|Tuesday, 28 November 2023|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-08-16
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 FEAST DAY OF VIRGIN MARY CELEBRATED THROUGHOUT GREECEThousands of pilgrims travelled to the island of Tinos in the Aegean, and the monastery of Panaghia Soumela in northern Greece, yesterday, the feast day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary -- a major religious holiday for the Greek Orthodox Church.
There was also a special ceremony and wreaths were laid in commemoration of the sinking of the naval cruiser Elli, torpedoed in Tinos during the Second World War, on August 15, 1940. Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece officiated yesterday morning at a service in the church of Panaghia Ekatondapyliani on the Cyclades island of Paros, in the presence of president of the republic Konstantinos Stefanopoulos.
In northern Greece, the focus of celebrations was Panaghia Soumela, on Mount Vermion in Macedonia, where national defence minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos issued an appeal for a stop to ethnic cleansing against the Serbs in Kosovo. He stressed that Greece had taken a similar position in favour of the Kosovar Albanians, and noted that this should also be the case in Cyprus, where for 25 years now, a policy of ethnic cleansing has been implemented against the Greek Cypriots of Famagusta.
 CYPRIOT PRESIDENT ADDRESSES ANTI-OCCUPATION RALLYCypriot president Glafkos Kliridis stressed yesterday that the Cypriot people will not accept any solution for the Cyprus dispute other than that imposed by United Nations resolutions.
President Kliridis was addressing a massive anti-occupation rally on the 25th anniversary of the second phase of the Turkish invasion of the island. The event was organized by the municipality of Famagusta and other municipalities and communities from the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus.
Meanwhile, approximately 1,000 Greek Orthodox pilgrims from the free regions of Cyprus yesterday celebrated the Assumption of the Virgin Mary at the Apostle Andreas monastery in the occupied territory, accompanied by United Nations peace-keeping troops.
 AMERICAN EXPERTS VISIT CYPRUSA large delegation of American experts is currently in Cyprus, with the aim of collecting data to be used for United States proposals for a Cyprus solution. According to a report in a Nicosia-based newspaper, the American group will also conduct economic studies -- concerning relations between the two Cypriot communities -- which can be used later following a settlement of the political problem.
 PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET MEMBERS BACK FROM HOLIDAYSPrime minister Kostas Simitis and most cabinet members are expected to return from summer holidays today, to tackle the task of preparing for the state budget of the year 2000, make final decisions on tax reforms and finalize plans for the annual international trade fair to be held in Thessaloniki next month. At the fair, the prime minister will outline the aims of the government's policy and detail progress made by the Greek economy towards European economic and monetary union.
Next week, prime minister Simitis will hold consultations with national economy minister Yannos Papantoniou on public expenditure and the management of the third EU support framework. In the meantime, Mr Simitis will visit Albania on August 24 and 25, while on August 30, the president of Montenegro is scheduled to pay a an official visit to Athens.
 HOLIDAYS OVER FOR MOST GREEKS AS WELLHolidaymakers' return to urban centres is continuing normally and smoothly, following the holiday weekend. However, the road toll was high, with 24 dead and 368 injured in traffic accidents from Friday noon to Monday morning. FERRY-BOAT "ALKEOS" RETURNS SAFELY TO PORT A mechanical fault suffered by the ferry-boat "Alkeos" -- en route from Myrina to Rafina -- has been repaired and the vessel arrived in port safely this morning. There were no casualties among the crew or 522 passengers, when the boat was temporarily stranded at sea.