"It is an important day which makes us feel responsible, both as a state and as individual citizens, for their present and future," Mr. Simitis stated, adding "life is not always like a fairy tail; for this reason we must focus on the children that live under difficult circumstances, those children that we pass by every day in the busy streets of the big city, while they try to sell their wares, the children that fall victims of exploitation and ill-treatment everyday."
The three-month exhibition will feature 100 artworks out of the overall collection that consists of 1,275 Russian avant-garde pieces, including works by Malevic, founder of the "supremacist" school, Tatlin the founder of "constructivism", Papova, Rozanova and Matiushin. The collection comprises mostly paintings, although sketches, engraved manuscripts and documents are included.
Art aficionado George Kostakis, a Moscow resident of Greek descent, amassed his collection between 1930 and 1960 through the exchange of works by western artists for paintings dating from the period of 1910-1930 by then unknown Russian avant-garde artists.
The Greek state formally acquired the collection with the signing of an agreement last April between the Thessaloniki State Museum of Modern Art and representatives of the late collector's granddaughter, Aliki Kostaki, through a 14 billion-drachma purchase deal.
Following the discussions, Mr. Tsohatzopoulos said that FYROM's leaders expressed their concerns over the developments in southern Serbia, following recent raids into that territory by ethnic Albanian bands operating from UN- and NATO-controlled Kossovo.
Regarding bilateral relations, the Greek Defense Minister pointed to the need for closer defense ties between Athens and Skopje, such as an agreement for cooperation in the armaments sector and the promotion of defense and security-related programs on the both the bilateral and European level.
A memorandum of understanding and a military cooperation agreement was also signed between Mr. Tsochatzopoulos and his counterpart from FYROM Ljuben Paunoski.
The Defense Minister was accompanied by a delegation of representatives from the Hellenic Arms Industry who held talks with the dean of FYROM's military academy and visited the metal industry of Skopje.
Thirty-eight-year-old Ivan Iliev reportedly tried to post restitution for his sentenced wife with fake 10,000-drachma bills. Police officers are now investigating if Iliev is part of a counterfeit money ring. He will appear before the prosecutor in the city of Drama today.
According to the spokesperson of the UN observers mission in Georgia, the negotiations are being handled by an envoy of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and a representative of the President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze. No information has been released on the abductors' demands or identities.
The explosive device was placed in the trash bin outside the Vouliagmeni home of Dimitris Souliotis. No responsibility has been claimed for the blast.
The Games featured the participation of 939 delegates and artists from 27 countries, among them Greece, China, Japan, the United States and Germany.
Addressing the closing ceremony, Mr. Pappas said that this is only the start of a great course in the name of culture, understanding among the peoples, and mutual tolerance and acceptance.
The next Delphic Games, which are to be held one year prior to the Olympics, will take place in 2003.
The Delphic Games, held in accordance to ancient Greek tradition, aim to restore and strengthen channels of communications between national and international initiatives and to create a global network for the assessment of outstanding artists.
"A community with social exclusions leads to an economy with limited capabilities of meeting the expectations of globalization," the Premier stated and stressed that the state aims to ensure that the information society will be available to all.
Mr. Simitis also stated that technological advances have improved the level and quality of relations between the state and the citizens, facilitated public service and strengthened transparency in operations and transactions.
The Premier also called on the private sector to utilize modern technology in order to promote growth and competition, while he also stressed that it is technology that has to adjust to society, and not vice versa.
According to information, the kidnapped Greek army captain Efstathios Kokkinidis and the Polish colonel are in a good state. The Greek ministry of defense has announced that the two UN observers are expected to be released by tomorrow.
After the inauguration ceremony, the two foreign ministers will go to Thessaloniki's Hyatt Hotel where they will hold talks.
He stated characteristically that the French side gave a fight in order to remove any reference to Christianity from the Human Rights Charter. He also said that France suffers from the 1789 revolution complex, while he stressed that Europe distances itself from Christianity and is swept by a wave of atheism.
Of the stocks trading today, only 30 recorded gains, while 304 had losses and 42 remained unchanged.
Mr. Reppas clarified that the visit is not expected to take place during this week.
He characterized the Summit results as positive for the Greek interests, stating that the Greek goals have been met. He also said that Greece maintains its veto right on foreign policy, shipping and funding programs issues, underlining that Greece is interested in the course of the European Union enlargement as it includes the accession of Cyprus.
Today, was made the first of two steps toward the complete convergence of the Greek interest rates with the Euro interest rates.
Private detective Efstathios Bakirtzis maintains that Christos Kerimis, a resident of the city of Veria in northern Greece, can be seen in a video holding Ben together with other children in a gypsy settlement. Kerimis has brought a slander action against Bakirtzis.
It should be noted that in 1995, Antonis Betsios, who serves a life sentence in prison, had revealed that his cousin Christos Kerimis was holding Ben. An undercover police officer approached the gypsy settlement and videotaped a small boy with Ben's facial characteristics and soon afterwards every trace of the little boy was lost.
The parents of little Ben speak of omissions that were committed by the police authorities in the investigations for the location of their child and appear determined to file suits.
The concert is organized by the Greek embassy press office in Tirana within the framework of a number of cultural and charity events held by the Greek embassy in the Albanian capital. The money raised from the ticket sales will be offered to the families of the police officers who lost their lives while on duty.
Mr. Spiros Simitis was also the director of the Research Center for the Protection of Personal Data in the same university and in 1998 he was appointed by the European Commission as chairman of the group of specialists on the so-called fundamental civil rights. The conclusions of this group were regarded as highly important and led Germany to suggest the creation of a relevant charter.
The group of specialists' text served as the basis for the German government proposals in the Cologne Summit in the summer of 1998, where it was decided that a new committee would undertake to prepare the final text which was finally adopted by the EU leaders in the Nice Summit.
Speaking to MPA, professor Spiros Simitis stated that this charter is the first step toward a European Constitution. The civil rights charter includes a number of rights that are already recognized by the national constitutions and the Strasbourg Convention as well as a number of new rights that reflect the changes that have taken place in society as well as today's problems.
Mr. Spiros Simitis stated that its implementation by the EU member-states is not mandatory as certain members and especially Britain, believed that this would constitute an intervention in their autonomy.