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Athens News Agency: News in English (AM), 98-09-20

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr>

NEWS IN ENGLISH

Athens, Greece, 20/09/1998 (ANA)


MAIN HEADLINES

  • Defence Minister to watch Parmenion exercise
  • High speed ferry to cut Piraeus-Rhodes time
  • Surprise stop at Kalamata airport
  • Three killed in accident on Kos
  • Papandreou calls for support for Olympic Truce
  • PASOK executive council approves March congress
  • Papandreou visits Tirana
  • Simitis wants PASOK congress `united, and ideological`
  • Pangalos pushes for Cyprus' EU accession
  • Briton arrives to lobby for Parthenon Marbles return
  • Weather
  • Foreign Exchange

NEWS IN DETAIL

Defence Minister to watch Parmenion exercise

National Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos will be present to watch the final two phases of the combined large-scale "Parmenion '98" war games being held in Evros (land forces) and Chios (naval forces), sources said on Sunday. Joining Tsohatzopoulos to watch the Evros exercise will be Greece's armed forces leadership and possibly President of the Republic Costis Stephanopoulos. The final phases are scheduled to take place on Tuesday (Evros) and Wednesday (Chios). All branches of the armed forces are participating in the annual Parmenion exercise, which began last Thursday and is being directed by Chief of General Staff General (Air) Athanasios Tzoganis, from the national operations room.

High speed ferry to cut Piraeus-Rhodes time

DANE Sea Lines announced on Sunday that it was introducing a new high-speed passenger vessel that would cut travelling time from Rhodes to Piraeus to 5.5 hours. DANE General Director Loizos Saroniatis the order placed for the high-speed Trimaran, combined with the company's share capital increase, which began on September 2 and ends on October 2, was part of efforts to save the indebted shipper by diversifying its activities. The Trimaran is set to go into operation as of April 15, with Australian ship-building firm INCAT leasing DANE a Trimaran until its own is constructed. DANE will pay INCAT 10 percent of the proceeds from the route as a downpayment on the 55-million-dollar new ship.

Surprise stop at Kalamata airport

Kalamata airport authorities reported an unscheduled stop by a single- engine C-114B airplane belonging to Binlandin Aviation at the city's airport on Saturday evening. The aircraft was en route to Corfu with final destination Germany where the pilot, Bangladeshi citizen Rahma Shikh Tashdique, 23, a resident of Texas and an aircraft mechanic, was scheduled to conduct repairs on another aircraft. Tashdique made the unscheduled stop at Kalamata because he said the temperature had fallen to below freezing as he was flying at 12,000 feet, resulting in frost on the windshield impairing his vision. Tashdique had flown from the U.S. and had stopped for refuelling in Iraklion, Crete.

Three killed in accident on Kos

Two Greek-Australians were among three people killed in a road accident on the island of Kos on Saturday, when the car in which they were travelling overturned and left the road. Police identified the two men as Pantelis Papoulis, 26 and Constantine Nissiotis, 25, both residents of Sydney, Australia, visiting Kos to attend the wedding of Pantelis Zamayias, 25, the driver of the ill-fated car. Local police said they were examining the cause of the accident but thought that excessive speed, and possibly the influence of alcohol, were the contributing factors.

Papandreou calls for support for Olympic Truce

Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou on Sunday called on Olympic Games medallists meeting in Greece to support and become the symbols of the idea of an Olympic Truce. Speaking on the first day of the international conference of Olympic medal winners at the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Papandreou said the support of past Olympic Games medallists was "exceptionally important" as they could inspire and guide the young, and particularly those coming from strife-torn regions, to help in consolidating peace

PASOK executive council approves March congress

Prime Minister Costas Simitis' proposal, in his capacity as president of PASOK's executive council, to hold the 5th party congress on March 18 to 21, 1999, was approved on Saturday by the council. The PASOK executive council results of the vote are: 81 for, 31 against and 8 blank.

Papandreou visits Tirana

Greek Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou arrived in Tirana on Saturday and is expected to meet with Albanian President Rexhep Mejdani and Albanian Prime Minister Fatos Nano, while there are unconfirmed reports he might meet with Democratic Party leader Sali Berisha, in an effort to help ease the political crisis in Albania, according to an ANA dispatch from the Albanian capital Meanwhile, police arrested 100 people during clashes and there were reports of clashes between Berisha's supporters and police 15 klm north of the Albanian capital.

Simitis wants PASOK congress `united, and ideological`

Prime Minister and ruling PASOK President Costas Simitis yesterday stressed that he was looking forward to a "united and profoundly ideological as well as political party congress", adding that a united and strong PASOK will emerge from it. He added that the congress will be a prelude to the party's victory in the general elections in the year 2000. Addressing a meeting of PASOK's central committee, convened yesterday to proclaim the party's 5th congress, Mr. Simitis said that he will continue the implementation of government policy steadfastly and underlined the crucial nature of the present period of turmoil in the world economy, as well as of next month's municipal and prefectural elections.

Pangalos pushes for Cyprus' EU accession

Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos yesterday called on Europe and Washington to support Cyprus' European Union accession regardless of the political problem prevailing on the island republic. He was speaking at the Greek Studies Programme of Columbia University in New York. Expressing Athens' concern over certain views in some European capitals, as well as in Washington, which claim that Cyprus should not become a member of the European Union because it is a divided country, Mr. Pangalos said: "This seems as if we want to punish the victim instead of the criminal, (instead) of those who are responsible for the invasion and occupation of a portion of the island."

Briton arrives to lobby for Parthenon Marbles return

The chairman of the British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles brought his campaign to "home ground" Friday as he arrived in Greece for a series of meetings and lectures focusing on the London-based group's efforts to pursuade the British Museum to repatriate the classical friezes. "The (Parthenon) marbles will definitely be returned to Greece in the long-term...and before the 2004 Olympics if the Acropolis Museum is built to house them," Graham Binns confidently predicted just after a press conference at the Centre of Acropolis Studies, only a few hundred metres from the

WEATHER

Occasional storms and rain across most of Greece tomorrow. Winds will be northwesterly moderate to strong in the west and south. Temperatures will range from 12-20 in the north, 15-26 in the Ionian and mainland and 18-27 in the Aegean. Athens will be overcast with cloud increasing in the afternoon, 17-25. Thessaloniki will be cloudy with the likelihood of evening rain, 15-20.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Monday's rates (buying) U.S. dollar 288.811 British pound 484.790 Japanese yen (100) 218.250 French franc 50.777 German mark 170.267 Italian lira (100) 17.228 Irish Punt 426.362 Belgian franc 8.253 Finnish mark 55.947 Dutch guilder 150.982 Danish kr. 44.658 Austrian sch. 24.200 Spanish peseta 2.007 Swedish kr. 36.972 Norwegian kr. 38.420 Swiss franc 207.179 Port. Escudo 1.664 Aus. dollar 170.475 Can. dollar 188.282 Cyprus pound 575.360

(M.P.)


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