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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2001-09-13

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From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY NEWS IN ENGLISH
Thessaloniki, September 13, 2001

SECTIONS

  • [A] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS TITLES
  • [] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [01] EUROPE PAYS ITS RESPECTS TO US VICTIMS G. PAPANDREOU STATEMENTS
  • [02] CHRISTODOULOS LETTER TO BUSH
  • [03] GREEK RESCUE TEAM READY TO MOVE TO US
  • [04] THE FEELINGS OF ATHENIANS ON THE TERRORIST ATTACKS RECORDED BY A "KAPA REASEARCH" SURVEY
  • [05] ALL OLYMPIC AIRWAYS FLIGHTS TO NEW YORK AND CANADA CANCELLED
  • [06] SPECIAL HOTLINE TO THE GREEK CONSULE IN NEW YORK FOR INFORMATION ON MISSING GREEKS
  • [07] TH. SPYROPOULOS LETTER TO US PRESIDENT ON TERRORIST ATTACKS
  • [08] A. ATHENS - CH. TOMARAS VISIT TO NEW YORK - STATEMENTS TO MPA
  • [09] ATHENS AND TOMARAS WILL VISIT NEW YORK
  • [10] GAINS IN THE ASE
  • [11] CABLE FAILURE IN THE HELICOPTER OF THE GREEK PRESIDENT
  • [12] THE GREEK NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM WILL PLAY IN THESSALONIKI IN 2004
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
  • [13] THOMAS MILLER: IT IS A GREAT HONOR FOR ME TO COME TO GREECE
  • [14] WESTERN POLICY CENTER: THE WORLD CHANGED ON SEPTEMBER 11
  • [15] A GREEK-AMERICAN WHO ESCAPED THE DISASTER SPOKE TO MPA
  • [16] RUSSIAN TOURISTS IN THE TURKISH OCCUPIED NORTHERN CYPRUS

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] EUROPE PAYS ITS RESPECTS TO US VICTIMS G. PAPANDREOU STATEMENTS

    The complete support and solidarity to the American people, but also a harsh condemnation of terrorism was expressed by the "15" Foreign Secretaries of the EU, in an emergency meeting in Brussels.

    The Foreign Secretaries agreed to take protective measures against terrorism, in airports, public service buildings and in public transportation in all of Europe, which will be discussed by the Ministers of Transportation and Interior on September 15 and 27.

    In a decision made by the Foreign Ministers, Friday was declared a day of mourning in all of Europe. In a symbolic gesture of solidarity towards the US people, the "15" asked the citizens of the EU to keep 3 minutes of silence, on Friday at 13:00, Greek time.

    "We have proposed an in depth study of all measures which will co-ordinate all services, police authorities, and politics between us, so as to deal with this phenomenon", stressed Foreign Secretary Giorgos Papandreou.

    "A complicated phenomenon, which is not just an issue of police confrontation, but for which there are deep social reasons in various regions of the planet, which must be dealt with in the best possible way. So, a complicated policy is needed, which will be effective. It will take place in cooperation with the USA and Russia and many other countries, either in the framework of our bilateral agreements, or in the UN", he added.

    "All scenarios are open", stated Foreign Secretary Giorgos Papandreou and suggested to avoid demonizing people or states without evidence.

    [02] CHRISTODOULOS LETTER TO BUSH

    A swift healing of wounds from the attack made on the US, was wished for by Archbishop Christodoulos in a letter sent from Serbia, where he is at this time, to the President of the US, George Bush.

    "Greeks, just like Serbians, had the courage to denounce the unjust bombing against civilians by your nation two years ago, and with the same frankness and fighting spirit, condemn this terrorist action", stressed the Archbishop, addressing the faithful in a Serbian church.

    [03] GREEK RESCUE TEAM READY TO MOVE TO US

    The Greek Rescue Team, stated that it was ready to move to the US with a rescue crew supported by search and rescue equipment, from the first second of the tragic events in the US.

    For this reason they are in constant contact with the relevant services, so as to be ready to move as soon as the airports are re-functioning.

    [04] THE FEELINGS OF ATHENIANS ON THE TERRORIST ATTACKS RECORDED BY A "KAPA REASEARCH" SURVEY

    The feelings of Athenians, a few hours after the terrorist strike on the was recorded by the survey performed by "Kapa Reseaarch" on behalf of the NET Television show, "Protagonists".

    The company asked the 600 people who were the sample of the survey to answer how they feel after the terrorist strike in the US. Rage, disgust, outrageous, cruel murderers, was answered by 16%, I'm opposed to, disapprove of 8%, crime, sorrow, worried 43%, worried for what will happen next 10%, baffled, what happened is unbelievable 2%, mixed feelings, sorry but they deserved it 11%, it was to be expected, they were looking for trouble 2%, it was to be expected, serves them right 5%.

    [05] ALL OLYMPIC AIRWAYS FLIGHTS TO NEW YORK AND CANADA CANCELLED

    All scheduled flights of Olympic Airways to New York and Canada have been cancelled. As was announced by the company, flights 411 to New York and 423 to Canada, are cancelled.

    [06] SPECIAL HOTLINE TO THE GREEK CONSULE IN NEW YORK FOR INFORMATION ON MISSING GREEKS

    The Greek Consulate is trying to concentrate information on the well being of Greeks working in businesses housed in the twin towers of New York and the surrounding area.

    There is a special hotline in the New York Consulate, where Greek citizens or Greeks living abroad may call if they have relatives or friends that are considered missing.

    The phone number is 001-212-98855000, extension 222 or 244

    There is no official information on our compatriots who were in the buildings, or in nearby offices, as the work of the rescue crews continues.

    The Consul General in New York, Giorgos Platis, and the Archbishop of America, Dimitrios visited hospitals.

    The Greek consulate in constant contact with the Greek Government and notified US authorities our country's intention to send rescue teams to the US.

    [07] TH. SPYROPOULOS LETTER TO US PRESIDENT ON TERRORIST ATTACKS

    His condolences for the innocent victims of the terrorist strikes in the US, expressed the President of the Greek-American Council, Theodoros Spyropoulos, in a letter he sent to the President of the US, George Bush.

    Mr. Spyropoulos stressed that the Greek-American Council will stand at the side of the US President in every way, and added that "with sorrow, terror and rage, we watch the terrifying strikes in New York, Washington and maybe other cities in the US, by terrorists, who turn against unarmed American civilians".

    Furthermore, he noted that terrorism is a vile action from individuals with no respect for human life or the law that governs civilized society, and expressed the conviction that the Congress and the Senate will act intensely to reaffirm the feeling of security to the American people and give it the strength to continue its daily life.

    [08] A. ATHENS - CH. TOMARAS VISIT TO NEW YORK - STATEMENTS TO MPA

    The Coordinator of SAE, N&S America, Christos Tomaras, expressed his deepest grief on the loss of so many innocent people and the wish for the number of casualties to be as small as possible, in statements he made to the Macedonian Press Agency.

    "I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the innocent victims and to assure them that our thoughts are with them", stressed Mr. Tomaras. But I also feel indignation with the monstrous attack and condemn the cowardly act and the perpetrators. The Greek community side by side with American society will move to every action of participation and support for the punishment of the perpetrators and the restoration of justice. I have complete trust in the American powers and I am certain that the ones to blame will be found."

    Mr. Tomaras disputed all information that SAE had offices in either of the towers of the World Trade Center and stressed that from the first moment he has been in constant contact with the members of the Coordinating Committee of SAE in New York, so a clear picture of the number of Greeks living abroad that were in the skyscrapers

    [09] ATHENS AND TOMARAS WILL VISIT NEW YORK

    North and South America World Council for Hellenes Abroad, SAE, coordinator Chris Tomaras, speaking to MPA, expressed his deep regret for the loss of so many innocent people and wished that the number of victims will be as small as possible.

    He expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and assured them that SAE's thoughts are with them, while he also expressed indignation for the horrific attack, condemning this cowardly event and its culprits.

    Mr. Tomaras denied the information that SAE maintained offices in one of the two Twin Towers and stressed that he is in contact with SAE's Coordinating Committee in New York to determine the number of Greek-Americans working in the skyscrapers.

    Meanwhile, both Mr. Tomaras and SAE president Andrew Athens prepare to visit New York and organize a support campaign.

    [10] GAINS IN THE ASE

    Gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index rose to +0.77% at 2.376,20 points, while the volume of transactions was 140.8 million Euro or 47.9 billion drachmas.

    Of the stocks trading today, 148 recorded gains and 163 had losses, while the value of 67 stocks remained stable.

    [11] CABLE FAILURE IN THE HELICOPTER OF THE GREEK PRESIDENT

    The helicopter that was about to carry president Kostis Stephanopoulos from Rhodes to the island of Kastelorizo in southern Aegean suffered a cable failure.

    The Aegean minister, parliament deputies, and mayor of Athens Dimitris Avramopoulos were also scheduled to board the same helicopter. Finally, a second helicopter brought Mr. Stephanopoulos and the rest of the mission to Kastelorizo.

    Mr. Stephanopoulos and the other officials attended the festivities that took place on the island on the occasion of the anniversary of the island's liberation.

    [12] THE GREEK NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM WILL PLAY IN THESSALONIKI IN 2004

    The Greek national football team will play in Thessaloniki's Group in the 2004 Olympic Games, while the small football final will be held in the city. The above were stressed by competition sector director Patrick Komninos during Olympic Games' seminars.

    In the Athens Olympic Games there will be four groups made up of four teams in the men's category, while in the women's category there will be two groups made up of four teams. The men participating in the games will have to be under the age of 23.

    The football games within the framework of the Athens Olympic Games will be held in the cities of Athens, Thessaloniki, Iraklio, Patras, and Volos.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [13] THOMAS MILLER: IT IS A GREAT HONOR FOR ME TO COME TO GREECE

    Thomas Miller, who will take over his duties as the new US ambassador to Athens next week, stated that he is thrilled with his appointment in a radio interview yesterday with Giorgos Bistis of the "Voice of America" Greek service.

    In the interview that was taken before the dramatic events in the United States, Mr. Miller stated that both his wife and himself preferred the embassy in Athens than any other embassy in the world and when the US president and the secretary of state gave him the post it was like a dream that came true.

    Mr. Miller has a very positive view about Greece where he has many friends. He finds that the Greeks are very direct people, who do not hesitate to tell you their opinion.

    On the Greek-US relations, he said that they are very strong for a number of reasons including historical and cultural ones. He said that both countries share many common values and views and it should not be ignored that 3 million Greek-Americans live in the United States, while many American citizens live in Greece.

    Among the issues he will deal with when he arrives in Athens will be the Greek-Turkish relations, the tension in the Aegean, the Cyprus issue, bilateral military issues, terrorism and the promotion of US exports.

    Mr. Miller stated that Greece plays a very positive role in the Balkan region especially, in the economic sector. He finally, stated that he is looking forward to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and stated that he is certain that it will be a great event for Greece and the Greek people. He also said that he will do everything he can to make sure that the Olympic Games in Athens will be a great success.

    [14] WESTERN POLICY CENTER: THE WORLD CHANGED ON SEPTEMBER 11

    Western Policy Center director John Sitilidis stated to MPA that the terrorist attack did not target just the United States but the West and the whole civilized world.

    Mr. Sitilidis stated that the United States now prepare to hit the terrorists where they live and expressed the hope that this will happen in close cooperation with NATO.

    Responding to the question how it was possible for such a well coordinated attack to be kept secret, Mr. Sitilidis stated that 100% security cannot be found anywhere in the world and this was obvious in the specific case. He said that there are big questions on the work of the CIA and the FBI but they will be answered by the thorough investigation that will take place. He also said that the world changed on September 11 and nothing will be the same again.

    [15] A GREEK-AMERICAN WHO ESCAPED THE DISASTER SPOKE TO MPA

    Aris Papathanasiou, a 39-year-old Greek-American, who worked in one of the Twin Towers in New York, was saved because he did not listened to those telling the people from the megaphones of the second tower, where he worked, not to leave the premises.

    He worked as a computer specialist for the brokerage firm Morgan Stanley and spoke to MPA about his horrible experience.

    When the first airplane crashed into the first tower he was in the elevator on his way to the 69th floor where he worked. The whole time he was in the building none knew what was going on and finally, somebody told them what happened and that there is no risk for them. He said that the only thing he thought was to use the stairs and abandon the building as many others did. While he was walking down the stairs with other people they were discussing about how could it be that such an accident could have taken place. He was at the 35th floor when the building shook from his foundations as a result of the second plane crash. There was panic, screaming, crying...and finally he was able to get out of the building. He stated characteristically that now that he thinks about it again and again he realizes that the experience he had lived was beyond any action movie he had seen in his life.

    [16] RUSSIAN TOURISTS IN THE TURKISH OCCUPIED NORTHERN CYPRUS

    A total of 145 Russian tourists arrived in the Turkish occupied territories of northern Cyprus yesterday coming from Antalia, Turkey for a one-day visit inaugurating an agreement between the so-called "ministry of tourism and environment" of the Turkish Cypriot regime with the Association of Tour Operators in Turkey.

    The agreement provides for one-day illegal visits of tourists to the Turkish occupied territories of Cyprus. Initially, the visits will take place every Wednesday.


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