"The European elections are a political measure for European policy," Mr. Simitis told an Athens daily and added that "they are not national elections where the government is judged."
When asked to comment on the view expressed by Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, who had said that should the ruling PASOK party suffer a vast loss during the European elections, then a matter of leadership could arise, Mr. Simitis (who is also PASOK's president) responded: "It leaves me indifferent.
"It is clear that the president of PASOK is elected for a three-year term. It is also very clear that the Greek people gave me a specific order in 1996, which I must fulfill."
According to the clinic's medical announcement, the patient is showing symptoms of incomplete intestinal obstruction. Mr. Yiannopoulos is undergoing pharmaceutical therapy in order to avoid surgery, although his physicians are leaving this possibility open.
Mr. Schroeder's visit to Greece is part of his series of contacts held in light of the EU Summit Conference. The two leaders are expected to discuss the latest developments in light of the Commission's resignation, as well as the upcoming Berlin Summit.
Mr. Ulmanis will also be received by Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis and opposition party leaders.
During his stay, the Latvian President will address an event organized in his honor by the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry and will travel to Thessaloniki on Friday. He will depart for the all-male monastic community of Mt. Athos by helicopter on the same day.
Later on Friday, he will meet with Thessaloniki Mayor Vassilis Papageorgopoulos, while Macedonia-Thrace Minister Yiannis Magriotis will host a dinner in his honor later in the evening.
The event, organized by Anatolia's Alumni Association, was attended by several ministers and the US ambassador to Greece Nicholas Burns
Ms. Gore will visit Athens today where she will deliver an address at the American College in Athens, while later in the day she will be received by the President of the Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos.
Ms. Gore, a known advocate of volunteerism, is the Clinton Administration's mental health adviser.
The participants gathered in downtown Thessaloniki and marched towards the United States Consulate, chanting anti- American slogans.
The network will allow for the exchange of updated know-how and an overall expanded sense of cooperation in the sector of health, especially through technological means.
Mr. Simitis stated that the discussion he had with Mr. Schroder concerned the crisis in the European Union and the Agenda 2000. On the issue of the European Commission, the Greek prime minister underlined the need for a quick solution and the establishment of a Commission able to make decisions, give directions and determine the course of the European Union.
Mr. Schroder agreed that there is a need to find a solution immediately to the issue that has been created as a result of the crisis in the European Commission and stated that he holds discussions with the prime ministers of all the European Union member-states on who will be the new Commission president. The German chancellor revealed that he agreed with Mr. Simitis on the individual he backs for the position but he refused to give further details.
On the Agenda 2000, they discussed the resources that will be allocated for development programs in the next 7 years. Mr. Simitis pointed out that the negotiations on the farm products have ended in a satisfactory way for Greece, while negotiations continue concerning the structural funds.
The German chancellor congratulated Mr. Simitis on the course of Greece's national economy and stated that he is amazed with its fiscal discipline. Earlier today, Mr. Schroder had a meeting in Rome with Italian prime minister Massimo D'Alema.
They will arrive on Sunday afternoon and they will attend a formal dinner given in their honor by minister of Macedonia-Thrace Yiannis Magriotis, while they will visit archeological sites, before departing for Frankfurt on Monday afternoon.
Mr. Reppas stated that the Cypriot government follows the developments closely and there is cooperation with the UN to avert settlement attempts.
The two leaders will discuss the surprise resignation of the EU Commission as well as issues, such as the "Agenda 2000" that will be examined in the Berlin EU summit meeting that will be held on March 24-25.
Mr. Schroder in statements he made today ruled out the likelihood for Mr. Jacques Santer to be appointed again to the post of the European Commission president.
The party congress proceedings will be completed on Sunday with the voting procedure to elect the members of the party bodies. PASOK's executive bureau in its last meeting decided to put forth a proposal to the party delegates based on which, the central committee will have 180 regular members without substitutes and the executive bureau will be made up of 11 members plus a president and a secretary.
The bad weather is more intense in north-western Greece especially in the mountainous regions of the prefectures of Florina, Kozani, Kastoria and Grevena. The cars in the road network of north-western Greece move only with non-skid chains.
Mr. Karamanlis stated that Greece is a country which has a stabilizing role in the region.
"We do not desire changes in borders. We want wider cooperation both at bilateral and multilateral level," he said.
Referring to Greek-Turkish relations, Mr. Karamanlis stated that Athens desires Turkey's European orientation, although Ankara must first respect international law and abandon threats to use force.
On his part, Mr. Cohen raised the issue of the "November 17" terrorist group's activities and conveyed Washington's concern.
He said the elusive terrorist group has been active for many years in Greece, with repercussions on inter-state relations.
Meanwhile, Mr. Santer has rejected the findings of the report drawn by the "wisemen" committee claiming that it gives a distorted view of the European institutions. The investigation found no evidence of any commissioner having personally engaged in fraudulent activities per se, but said they failed to crack down on wrongdoing committed by their subordinates.
At the same time, the en masse resignation of the commissioners has ignited intense concern over the future of the common currency, the euro.
A Pentagon official stated that Belgrade will continue to fortify its troops at the country's borders with FYROM where NATO forces are deployed, a move characterized by Western diplomats as an open challenge.
The Swedish Foreign Ministry has not issued a travel advisory, although it advises tourists to avoid excursions to southeast and eastern Turkey.
Andrew Kokoraleis, 35, was sentenced to death for one of the killings - the 1982 murder of a 21-year-old woman.
His defense attorneys unsuccessfully argued that he was coerced into confessing, while also arguing that new information emerged casting doubt on the credibility of confessions by two co- defendants who accused Kokoraleis.
The Archbishop of America Spyridon was one among other church leaders who requested a stay of the execution.
During their talks, the Greek diplomat assured the President of FYROM that Athens will support Skopje's target of joining the European Union and NATO, while also expressed the hope that the bilateral cooperation will expand to additional sectors.
IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch is already facing a confidence vote, although he has disavowed any personal responsibility in the scandal and stresses that he wanted to finish his term, which expires in the year 2001.
The name feta had been registered in 1996 as protected name of a product coming from a specific area and was reserved for the white cheese produced in Greece. France, Germany and Denmark appealed against the European Commission position that was in favor of Greece with the argument that they produce similar cheeses also named feta.
The court ruled that if a name of a product becomes widely used and therefore, a common name, it can not be protected. This decision opens the door for every EU member-state to put in the European Union markets cheeses similar to the Greek feta cheese, under the name feta.