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Athens News Agency: News in English, 03-06-03

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  • [01] European Art exhibition at the Dupont Circle Galleries in Washington
  • [02] Weather Forecast: Sunshine followed by rain, storms Tuesday
  • [03] Foreign Exchange Rates - Tuesday
  • [04] G8 meeting discusses international economy, Middle East, Iraq and North

  • [01] European Art exhibition at the Dupont Circle Galleries in Washington

    03/06/2003 12:24:56

    The renowned Dupont Circle Galleries in Washington, D.C., are opening the summer season with a coordinated exhibition of European art at the Circle's 11 participating galleries.

    In the first such collaboration with the embassies of the European Union member countries, eleven Dupont Circle galleries have opened their doors to artists from the European Union.

    The show offers Washingtonians a glimpse of recent trends in European art and features painting, drawing and photography.

    With a different curator from each gallery, the overall show contains a wide array of styles reflecting Europes diversity.

    This event is co-sponsored by the European Commission Delegation in Washington, DC.

    "The Galleries of Dupont Circle" is a consortium of art galleries with coordinated open receptions, situated in the historic Dupont Circle, Washington DC's leading neighborhood for art and entertainment that boasts premier fine art galleries, museums, restaurants and shopping.

    Below are listed the individual EU countries and artists on display at each of the 11 galleries:

    Austria: Maria Moser, Marsha Mateyka Gallery

    Belgium, Flanders: David Alexander Janssen, Studio Gallery

    Denmark: Miki Jacobsen, Anne Vilsboll, Burdick Gallery

    Finland: Melek Mazici, Elizabeth Roberts Gallery

    France: Franck Moeglen, Troyer Gallery

    Germany: August Sander, Kathleen Ewing Gallery

    Greece: Constantine Kakanias, Elizabeth Roberts Gallery

    Ireland: Felim Egan, Robert Brown Gallery

    Italy: Carmello Bolognese, Enzo Faraoni, Patrizia Gozzini, Raimondo Izzo, Silvio Loffredo, Antonio Martini, Alessandro Nuttini, and Ken Tielkemeir, Gallery 10

    Luxembourg: Anne-Lorraine Bousch, Conner Gallery

    Spain: Alberto Reguera, Gallery K

    Sweden: Maria Friberg, Conner Contemporary Gallery

    The Netherlands: Jan van Duijnhoven, Reinoud van Vught, Gallery K

    United Kingdom: Paul Edwards, Aaron Gallery

    The Opening Reception at all eleven galleries is on Wednesday, June 4th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

    [02] Weather Forecast: Sunshine followed by rain, storms Tuesday

    03/06/2003 10:35:04

    The day will start sunny, with isolated showers and storms from afternoon, mainly in the centre and north. Winds northerly, light to moderate. In the north, temperatures will range from 16C to 26C; and in the rest of the country from 16C to 30C. Temperatures in Athens between 18C and 30C; and in Thessaloniki from 16C to 28C.

    [03] Foreign Exchange Rates - Tuesday

    03/06/2003 10:34:38

    Reference buying rates per euro released by the European Central Bank

    U.S. dollar 1.176

    Pound sterling 0.723

    Danish kroner 7.483

    Swedish kroner 9.185

    Japanese yen 139.7

    Swiss franc 1.539

    Norwegian kroner 7.932

    Cyprus pound 0.591

    Canadian dollar 1.618

    Australian dollar 1.804

    [04] G8 meeting discusses international economy, Middle East, Iraq and North Korea

    02/06/2003 23:47:01

    The G8 summit primarily examined the international economy and the Middle East issue in discussions held on Monday, while reference was also made to other international developments such as the situation in Iraq and North Korea.

    Prime Minister Costas Simitis, attending the summit in his capacity as European Council president, told a press conference that in relation to develpments in the international economy a review of the situation was made and the common view reached was that following the end of uncertainty in Iraq, a gradual recovery has taken place which will continue. According to predictions, a considerable recovery will take place in Europe and the United states which shall be greater in 2004.

    All agreed that development cannot take place with efforts by the United States alone, but the European Union and Japan must participate in the effort.

    On the question of the dollar-euro parity, U.S. President George W. Bush informed his interlocutors that the United states wants a strong dollar since its depreciation is primarily due to high interest rates in the EU and not to some pursuit by the United States.

    The decrease in dependence on oil, and consequently on OPEC, received a positive response by all. This was achieved primarily by investments taking place in Russia and the procurement of oil from this country.

    The European leaders, referring to the Middle East issue, said the Palestinian issue must be resolved to avoid the creation of new terrorist organisations and avert the possibility of Palestinians participating in terrorist acts.

    Simitis said the common conviction was that a solution to the Palestinian issue must receive agreement by all, adding that all must hail the establishment of a Palestinian state and all must hail the existence of the state of Israel.

    During the discussion on Iraq, the G8 hailed the Security Council's decision and expressed their desire to participate in the country's reconstruction.

    The issue of North Korea was raised by Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koyzumi who said a peaceful solution must be sought through dialogue and understanding with North Korea.

    The G8 summit will be concluded on Tuesday morning with the ratification of a joint statement.

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