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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2001-09-14

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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 14, 2001

SECTIONS

  • [A] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS TITLES
  • [] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [01] REOPENING OF THE AMERICAN CONSULATE IN THESSALONIKI ON MONDAY
  • [02] KARAMANLIS VISIT TO THESSALONIKI SEPTEMBER 29-30
  • [03] LETTER FROM ASSOCIATION OF EDITORS OF DAILY NEWSPAPERS IN ATHENS (ESHEA) TO AMERICAN JOURNALISTS
  • [04] EXTREME SECURITY MEASURES IN SOUDA BASE
  • [05] ALL OLYMPIC AIRWAYS FLIGHTS TO NEW YORK AND CANADA CANCELLED
  • [06] THE FEELINGS OF ATHENIANS ON THE TERRORIST ATTACKS RECORDED BY A "KAPA REASEARCH" SURVEY
  • [07] GREEK RESCUE TEAM READY TO MOVE TO US
  • [08] P. EFTHYMIOU IN FRANCE
  • [09] SIGNING OF MEMORANDUM BETWEEN "ATHENS 2004" AND INTERNATIONAL ATHENS AIRPORT
  • [10] GREEKS - VICTIMS IN NEW YORK
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
  • [11] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH POSTPONES VISIT TO KRETE
  • [12] CHRISTODOULOS LETTER TO BUSH
  • [13] DEFENSE MINISTER OF FYROM IN FLORINA
  • [14] LETTER EXPRESSING CONDOLENCES FROM BARTHOLOMEW TO DIMITRIOS
  • [15] TH. SPYROPOULOS LETTER TO US PRESIDENT ON TERRORIST ATTACKS
  • [16] SPECIAL HOTLINE TO THE GREEK CONSULE IN NEW YORK FOR INFORMATION ON MISSING GREEKS
  • [17] SAE APPEAL FOR GREEKS LIVING ABROAD CONTRIBUTION
  • [18] THOMAS MILLER: "COMING TO GREECE IS A GREAT HONOR"
  • [19] ARCHBISHOP DIMITRIOS AT THE SCENE OF THE TRAGEDY

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] REOPENING OF THE AMERICAN CONSULATE IN THESSALONIKI ON MONDAY

    The American Consulate in Thessaloniki will function normally from Monday, September 17. Due to the terrorism events that took place on September 11 in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Somerset, Pennsylvania, and due to the many condolences of the people of northern Greece, the American consulate has opened a book of condolences. Any who wish to express their condolences by signing the book may address Mr. Tiano at the American Embassy on September 17 and 19 from 9am until 12 noon.

    [02] KARAMANLIS VISIT TO THESSALONIKI SEPTEMBER 29-30

    On September 29-30 the President of New Democracy will visit Thessaloniki, after a postponing of the three day visit to the TIF, that would have started today.

    The postponement is due to the fact that Mr. Karamanlis remains unable to leave Boston because US airports are closed due to the terrorist strike.

    [03] LETTER FROM ASSOCIATION OF EDITORS OF DAILY NEWSPAPERS IN ATHENS (ESHEA) TO AMERICAN JOURNALISTS

    The board of directors of ESHEA expressed its deep grief for the victims of the tragedy, in a letter sent to the journalist Associations of the US and to the International Journalist Federation.

    The letter mentions: "All that happened in New York and in Washington is revolting and horrible to any person for the insanity of violence which is reproduced in many forms in our world. We are living a new form of globalization, that of fear and insecurity. In this general absurdity, we are certain that in this case the journalistic function will serve all those values that ensure life, peace, the liberties and the prosperity of humanity".

    [04] EXTREME SECURITY MEASURES IN SOUDA BASE

    The American base in Souda, has been put under extreme security measures, after the terrorist strike on the US.

    Guards and snipers are ready on areas in and out of the base, while in the area of Mouzoura, Greek Police forces are constantly patrolling.

    According to the command of the Base, the American Base in Souda in on the highest level of alert.

    [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] 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%.

    [07] 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.

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    [08] P. EFTHYMIOU IN FRANCE

    A series of meetings with his French counterpart, Jacques Lang and the Deputy Minister of Professional Training Jean Luc Melanson have been taking place since last night by the Minister of Education Petros Efthymiou, who is making an official visit to France.

    During the meeting Mr. Efthymiou had with Mr. Melanson a promotion of bilateral agreements on issues of professional education and organization will be promoted. The Ministries of Education of the two countries will cooperate for the materialization of a pilot program the creation of a diploma with a unified content in the member states, on hotel professions.

    Also, issues related to the cooperation between Greece and France in education were discussed yesterday afternoon by the Minister of Education and his French counterpart.

    In the framework of his visit to France, Mr. Efthymiou declared, yesterday, the opening of the works of the 5th International Conference of Greek Linguistics, which is taking place in Sorbonne University.

    [09] SIGNING OF MEMORANDUM BETWEEN "ATHENS 2004" AND INTERNATIONAL ATHENS AIRPORT

    The Memorandum for Cooperation and a Common Outlook between the Athens International Airport and the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games Athens 2004 (OEOA), will be signed today.

    The Memorandum will be signed by the President of the OEOA Athens 2004 Gianna Aggelopoulou-Daskalaki and the General Director of the International Airport Dr. Matthias Mitscherlich

    [10] GREEKS - VICTIMS IN NEW YORK

    The names on one dead and 2 missing Greeks living abroad were affirmed by the General Consulate of New York. Michael Tarou, son of the President of the Cypriot Federation of Florida is dead, who was a air host on the United Airlines flight, which was taken over by terrorists.

    The 27-year-old Greek Cypriot Ioanna Achladioti, who was working in an insurance company n the 101st floor of the second tower of the World Trade Center and Giannis Katsimatidis, brother of Anthoula Katsimadi, assistant off the Governor of New York John Patakis, are missing.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [11] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH POSTPONES VISIT TO KRETE

    Due to the "tragic events in the USA and the crucial moments the world will go through during the next few days", Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew postponed his programmed visit to Krete.

    The Ecumenical Patriarch sent a telegram with his condolences to the Archbishop of America, Dimitrios, the President and the Vice President of the US, the Ministers of National Defense and Foreign Secretaries, as well as the US Ambassador in Ankara and the Consul General in Istanbul, in which he expresses his deepest sympathies to the families of the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks.

    [12] 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.

    [13] DEFENSE MINISTER OF FYROM IN FLORINA

    From hour to hour the delegation of the Defense Minister of FYROM is arriving in Florina, headed by Minister Vlado Boutsofski, in order to observe the final phase of the military exercise "Philippos 2001", which is taking place in that area.

    The visit was decided after the invitation from the Greek Minister of Defense, Akis Tsohatzopoulos. After the completion of the exercise, the two ministers will have an official meeting.

    The Head of Staff of FYROM, Lietenant General Metodi Staboliski, is also part of the FYROM delegation, and he will have discussions with the Head of Staff ofNatioanal Defense, General Manousso Paragioudaki and Head of Staff Lieutenant General Giorgos Antonakopoulos.

    [14] LETTER EXPRESSING CONDOLENCES FROM BARTHOLOMEW TO DIMITRIOS

    His condolences towards the American Greeks living abroad, for the "inhuman, terrorist and criminal strikes", which resulted in innocent victims from among the American people, were expressed by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in a message sent to Archbishop of America Dimitrios.

    "Every Christian soul condemns this insane criminal act without a second doubt, and prays with all his soul that God may disarm any aspiring criminals that would commit such acts in the future", stressed the Ecumenical Patriarch.

    Finally, Mr. Bartholomew prays to God that the souls of the victims may rest in peace and that he may console their families.

    [15] 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.

    [16] 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.

    [17] SAE APPEAL FOR GREEKS LIVING ABROAD CONTRIBUTION

    The Council of Greeks Living Abroad (district of North and South America) calls all Greeks living in the US to assist in the support of the families and the victims of the terrorist attacks in the US. For that reason anyone who wishes to may contribute by depositing an amount to any branch of Atlantic Bank (New York or Chicago), or send a check to the Benefit Foundation of SAE to the following address: Account: SAE ASSISTANCE FUND Number: 59004581 For any other information that would help the informing of interested parties or relatives there is the website: www.saeamerica.org/terrorattack and the phone number (312) 357-0027

    [18] THOMAS MILLER: "COMING TO GREECE IS A GREAT HONOR"

    Thomas Miller, who is being sworn in as the new ambassador of the US to Greece next week, stated that he is excited about his appointment, in an interview he gave to Mr. Giorgos Bistis of the Greek Service "Voice of America".

    In this interview, which was given before the dramatic events in the US, Mr. Miller confessed that he himself as much as his wife preferred the American embassy in Athens, more than any other embassy in the world. And that is why when President Bush and Foreign Secretary Collin Powel appointed him there he was "lively moved and greatly honored" that he was asked to serve in Greece again. It was like a dream come true, again.

    Thomas Powel has a very positive opinion of Greece in which he has many personal and professional friends. Greece, he said, "is a wonderful country with beautiful life, there is a deep sense of every issue there, sometimes a lot of passion, but in all honesty I enjoy all those things, it is the style I love".

    [19] ARCHBISHOP DIMITRIOS AT THE SCENE OF THE TRAGEDY

    The area of the tragedy in south Manhattan was visited Archbishop of America Dimitrios. The Archbishop, after a special permit was granted by the security authorities, he walked in the area of the terrorist attack where the skyscrapers fell, moved and in awe. He spoke with spokespersons of the police. The fire department and the rescue crew, offering blessings, gratitude for their work and expressed the undivided support of the Greek Orthodox Archbishopric of America. As he said, he lived moments and scenes that reminded him of the days Thessaloniki was being bombed when he was a child, during WWII.

    He offered a prayer for the souls of those lost by the terrorist action and a separate prayer for the healing of those wounded and a positive result for the rescue teams.


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