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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2001-09-17

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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 17, 2001

SECTIONS

  • [A] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS TITLES
  • [] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [01] KONSTANTOPOULOS WARNING ON MISTAKEN REACTIONS TO TERRORISM STRIKES
  • [02] EV. VENIZELOS: GREECE IS MOVING IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE EU
  • [03] COMMEMORATIVE PRAYER IN THESSALONIKI FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE US TERRORIST ATTACKS
  • [04] PAVLOPOULOS: COOPERATION OF PEOPLE FOR ERADICATION OF TERRORISM
  • [05] G. PAPANDREOU: "AGREEMENT ON AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL FOR THE CONFRONTATION OF TERRORISM"
  • [06] SIMITIS-TSOHATZOPOULOS MEETING THIS AFTERNOON
  • [07] M. CHRYSOCHOIDIS: SAFE ORGANIZATION OF THE OLYMPICS
  • [08] NAMES OF GREEKS LIVING ABROAD IN NEW YORK HOSPITALS
  • [09] TWO-HOUR PAUSE IN THE ASE TRANSACTIONS
  • [10] INCREASE OF 11.93% IN THE GREEK-GERMAN TRADE TRANSACTIONS IN 2000
  • [11] PAPANTONIOU: NO SPECIAL MEASURES BECAUSE OF THE CRISIS
  • [12] OVER 1.200 ALBANIAN REBELS' WEAPONS IN ATHENS
  • [13] THE OA FLIGHTS TO MONTREAL, TORONTO AND NEW YORK RESUME TOMORROW
  • [14] REPPAS COMMENTED ON THE ASE
  • [15] ND CALLS FOR A MEETING OF THE POLITICAL PARTY LEADERS
  • [16] TSOCHATZOPOULOS ON TERRORISM
  • [17] THOUSANDS OF VISITORS IN THESSALONIKI'S 66TH ITF
  • [18] THE LOSSES IN THE ASE WERE LIMITED
  • [19] PAPANDREOU WILL MEET WITH THE POLITICAL PARTY LEADERS
  • [20] SECURITY IS THE FIRST PRIORITY
  • [21] MOU SIGNED WITH THE ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
  • [22] OLYMPIC PRODUCTS IN THE US MARKET
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
  • [23] 7 NAMES OF GREEKS LIVING ABROAD CONFIRMED
  • [24] AUSTRALIAN MEMORIAL FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE TERRORIST ATTACK
  • [25] THE PARTHENON MARBLES IN THE COMMONWEALTH SUMMIT MEETING

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] KONSTANTOPOULOS WARNING ON MISTAKEN REACTIONS TO TERRORISM STRIKES

    Cool analysis, positive action and initiative in the great changes that have taken place in the last few days, after the terrorist strike in the US, proposed the President of the Coalition, Nikos Konstantopoulos, in a speech at the Coalition Youth Festival, which took place in Protomaya Square on the Pedion tou Areos. Mr. Konstantopoulos underlined the need for the 21st century to have a human face with democratic, social and ecological priorities.

    Referring to the terrorist attack of September 11, he stressed that it made everyone come to terms with reality, in a period during which the greatest accumulation of goods and wealth is taking place, where the international system does not produce balance, security, justice, and equality with peace. In relation to the retaliation for this attack, he stressed that those really responsible must be punished, irrelevant of any concepts of international revenge, or the demonizaton of a holy war.

    Mr. Konstantopoulos warned of the nightmarish consequences of a mistaken reaction. As far as Greece is concerned, he suggested the activation of our country in the framework of the European Union so that a serious strategy through an honest discussion between the parties, which will support the concept of international law and the role of the UN.

    In relation to the dimensions the punishment of the parties responsible for the tragedy may take, the President of the Coalition pointed out that the identity of the perpetrators must not lead to the assumption that all of the Arab-Muslim world is guilty, and, he underlined, we must not move to concepts of entire countries being at fault, to retaliation at the cost of innocent lives, to the abolition of democratic freedoms.

    "It is required even of the US to understand that the way in which they interfere always and selectively, politically and ready to do war, creates reactions, which are historically justified", he stressed.

    [02] EV. VENIZELOS: GREECE IS MOVING IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE EU

    "Greece is moving in the safe framework of common European policy", stated Cultural Minister Evaggelos Venizelos, when asked about our country's involvement in US movements, in retaliation to the terrorist strikes in New York and Washington. Answering questions during the events for the national memory of Asia Minor Hellenism, which was organized in the Historic Center of Thessaloniki, Mr. Venizelos stressed that Greece has the great advantage of being a member country of the European Union and NATO and added that our country is protecting its national interests by following the united European position in relation to the large international policy problems.

    "We must not forget we are a European country, but geographically set in the Balkans and we are the organizers of the 2004 Olympics. So, we have to protect vital national interests and the only method is this: our participation in a common European position", he said characteristically.

    When asked about the interview of the US Ambassador to Athens, Tom Miller, with the "Vima" newspaper and of his mentioning that the war which the US has declared on terrorism also concerns "November 17", Mr. Venizelos stressed there is a united large front against every terrorist organization and every possibility if terrorism. The Minister underlined that almost all the countries in the world are part of this front and paid special attention to the need for reliable international institutions, which will guarantee the protection of democracy and human rights, but also respect international legality, to exist.

    In relation to possible worries on security issues in view of the 2004 Olympics, the Minister of Culture assured that the 2004 Olympics will be completely safe, because, as he said, Greece has processed a extended and completely modern security plan for the Olympic Games which is in development and is based on multilateral international cooperation.

    On the day of memory for the genocide of Hellenism in Asia Minor, Mr. Venizelos commented that September 14 is a day of memory and based on the relative legislature and the relative Presidential Enactment which had been issued with the initiative of the Ministries of the Interior and Culture. "September 14 is a day of honor towards refugees, towards the refugee element to which Greece owes its real and deep modernization, already from the 20s and 30s. Without the refugees, Greece's image would be different", he added.

    [03] COMMEMORATIVE PRAYER IN THESSALONIKI FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE US TERRORIST ATTACKS

    A commemorative prayer for the victims of the terrorist strike in the US was joined in yesterday morning in the Church of St. Dimitrios in Thessaloniki.

    In his sermon, Metropolite of Thessaloniki, Panteleimon II appeared enraged by the terrorist strike on the US, he made mention of the loss of many Orthodox Greeks living abroad and expressed his appreciation that the criminals will soon answer for what they have done. Also, that we Greeks take courage from our Lord, Jesus Christ, and that with his power we will meet the demands of our times.

    [04] PAVLOPOULOS: COOPERATION OF PEOPLE FOR ERADICATION OF TERRORISM

    The cooperation of states and people in order to deal with the phenomenon of terrorism, through a procedure which will move in the framework of international law, is proposed by the parliamentary spokesperson of New Democracy, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, in an interview to "Macedonia" newspaper.

    In whatever concerns the position of Greece, the parliamentary spokesperson of N.D., believes that it has moved correctly thus far in the framework of applying relative regulations of NATO for solidarity towards the US government and the American people, while it must consent to the application of article 5 of the Atlantic Alliance, once the prerequisites are there, the necessary evidence. "In the bipolar of solidarity and applying international law, we must be supporters without any qualms, with no conditions", he mentioned characteristically.

    Also, Mr. Pavlopoulos stressed the need for the need to enforce international law, in a united and consistent manner and not selective, so that no countries are favored over others, under the weight of ulterior motive, as there is no leeway to lose our great target of fighting terrorism.

    [05] G. PAPANDREOU: "AGREEMENT ON AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL FOR THE CONFRONTATION OF TERRORISM"

    Foreign secretary Giorgos Papandreou, in an interview with the "Ta Nea" newspaper, today, Monday, underlined that to deal with terrorism, agreement will be needed on an international level. "Yes" to the US reaction on the terrorist strike they received, said the Foreign Secretary, and added that any measures taken by the US should not be restricted to the police and military field. And this is because "if we don't look at the causes of the phenomenon of terrorism, it will just keep repeating itself". In fact, according to Mr. Papandreou, "military and police measures are just a part of it, maybe not even a major part of it".

    As the Foreign Secretary stated, today's societies are faced with a dilemma of "how are we going to deal with such phenomena and, at the same time, protect the institutions of Democracy'.

    Mr. Papandreou stressed that "one must recognize the sensitivity and the charge of a whole people, families, some of them Greek, and of the USA". We Europeans, added the Foreign Secretary "recognize the right of this sentiment but want to use a frame of mind that will overcome today's feelings, so as this phenomenon of terrorism can be dealt with effectively".

    At this point Mr. Papandreou stressed that there is not going to be any real result in the attempt to deal with terrorism, if poverty, inequity and conflicts aren't also dealt with.

    However, he added that the pursuit of the causes does not mean that there should not be a reaction now, maybe even a military one. "Because friends will be counted for the US now. And this is important and it is important for Greece itself, that has to show that it is with the EU, it is with the Alliance, that we have sensitivity and that we will all take part in a reaction which we all decide together".

    [06] SIMITIS-TSOHATZOPOULOS MEETING THIS AFTERNOON

    A discussion on all issues will take place between Prime Minister Kostas Simitis and Minister of Defense Akis Tsohatzopoulos on all issues today, in a meeting today at 1 pm at the Maximos Mansion. The meeting's agenda includes armament programs of the armed forces, the situation being formed with the terrorist attack on the US, developments in the Balkans, and a discussion on the upcoming PASOK congress it is not out of the question.

    [07] M. CHRYSOCHOIDIS: SAFE ORGANIZATION OF THE OLYMPICS

    The issue of reforming the security plan of the 2004 Olympics in Athens was left open by the Minister of Public Order, Michalis Chrysochiodis. In an interview to "Ethnos" newspaper, the Minister stressed that the security plan has been formed according to experience of previous events and has been approved by the International Olympic Committee (DOE) and at the same time noted that "any developments, of course, are in any case taken under consideration, since in the Olympics the "dogma" from which we do not move is its safe organizations".

    To a question on the terrorist organization "November17" he pointed out that the goal of their eradication is still a steady one, and that services are working in that direction and it is known that they aren't taking stabs in the dark, but are utilizing the valuable knowledge of other country's services. He added that on the particular issue, "we must be calm in our analyses and laconic in our words".

    In what may concern dealing with terrorism, a point of reference for policies which the Greek government will apply, are the ideas and policies which are being formed in the framework of the European Union.

    Drawing on the terrorist attack in the US, the Minister noted: "Democracy has a debt to punish terrorist activity and even better, if it can prevent it. The most effective way of defending human rights is by disarming those who would conspire against it. The defense of Democracy from its enemies, in this case terrorism, must in no case lead to the undermining of institutions. There is no discount on freedoms".

    Tomorrow the cabinet will come into session, presided over by Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, on the safety measures in the 2004 Olympics.

    [08] NAMES OF GREEKS LIVING ABROAD IN NEW YORK HOSPITALS

    The names of the Greeks living abroad that were wounded during the attack on the World Trade Center and have been transferred to New York hospitals, are included in the lists given to the New York Mayor's office by the hospitals for the Emergency Coordination. The Greek names are the following: NAMES IN HOSPITALS Dimitri Alexiou Beth Israel - Kings Div. NY John Antoniadis SYCMC - St. Vincent's Manhattan, NY Johnny Antiniadas SYCMC - St. Vincent's Manhattan, NY Paul Athane Beth Israel Medical Center (Petrie Div.) NY Theo Athanassiou Chelsea Piers, NY John Basiliou Chelsea Piers, NY Evangelina Canellopoulos Mount Sinal Hospital of Queens, NY John Costalas NYU - Downtown, NY Dean Coutsouris New York Methodist Hospital Mark Dephtaraos SVCMC - St. Vincent's Manhattan, NY Marina Diamantopoulos Staten Island University Hospital, NY Aris Economopoulos St. Francis Medical Center, NJ Anton Economos SVCMC - St. Vincent's Manhattan, NY James Efthimiades SVCMC - St. Vincent's Manhattan, NY John Fortis Bellevue Hospital, NY Mark Grilis NYU - Downtown, NY Gregory Kourtesis The Valley Hospital, NJ Jennifer Kouzi NYU (Tisch/Rusk), NY Luis Lemos Possimbly SVCMC - St. John's Queens Pete Leventis Chelsea Piers, NY George Liropoulos Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens, NY William Manas SVCMC - St. Vincent's Manhattan, NY Joanna Mariti NYU (Tisch/Rusk), NY John Nakrosis Liberty HealthCare System, Inc. Jersey City Med Ctr. Athena Nakrosis Liberty HealthCare System, Inc. Jersey City Med Ctr Thomas Nakrosis Liberty HealthCare System, Inc. Jersey City Med Ctr Lawrence Nakrosis Liberty HealthCare System, Inc. Jersey City Med Ctr Peter Papadopoulos Staten Island University Hospital, NY Ralpb Papadopoulos Staten Island University Hospital, NY Peter Papaemanuel Hospital for Joint Diseases, NY Peter Paramathis Staten Island University Hospital, NY Gregory Patsos Bellevue Hospital, NY Evgenia Poumpouras Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, NY Rizzos Alex Chelsea Piers, NY Stephen Savas Chelsea Piers Lisa Skiptunis Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, NJ Dennis Valsamedis Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, NY Aristides Varsos SVCMC - St. John's Queens, NY Douglas Vlachos SVCMC - St. John's Queens, NY Gregoria Voulgaris Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens, NY Xenaris John Chelsea Piers, NY Spiro Yioras Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens, NY Gloria Zeros St. Mary's Hospital Passaic.NJ

    [09] TWO-HOUR PAUSE IN THE ASE TRANSACTIONS

    The transactions in the Athens Stock Exchange were interrupted for two hours today after a decision by its president Panagiotis Alexakis following consultations with the responsible Capital Market Committee officials.

    The meting was scheduled to resume at 2.15pm and will end at 5pm as the Greek stock market officials believe that the price drop in the ASE does not correspond to the international reality.

    The temporary interruption was decided to give time to market officials and investors to evaluate calmly the current international developments.

    At the time of the break, the general index of the ASE recorded considerable losses of -8.21% dropping to 2.063,81 points.

    [10] INCREASE OF 11.93% IN THE GREEK-GERMAN TRADE TRANSACTIONS IN 2000

    An increase of 11.93% was recorded in the Greek-German trade transactions last year reaching DM12.1 billion compared to DM10.8 billion in 1999, according to figures provided by Germany's Federal Statistics Agency.

    At the same period of time, the balance of payments for Greece continued to be positive with a surplus of 2.448 billion Euro, while the trade transactions deficit showed a further increase for Greece and reached 2.959 billion Euro compared to 2.412 billion Euro in 1999.

    According to statements made to MPA by Greek-German Chamber of Commerce northern Greece department director Martin Knapp, Germany continues to be Greece's main economic partner.

    The number of German businesses in Greece or the businesses with German capital participation that are active in Greece are 145 and offer jobs to 12.000 people the majority of them Greeks.

    [11] PAPANTONIOU: NO SPECIAL MEASURES BECAUSE OF THE CRISIS

    The behavior of the US consumer in the next 12-14 months after the worldwide upset caused by the unprecedented terrorist attacks in New York and Washington will be the key to the long- term developments in the world economy, according to statements made by minister of National Economy Yiannos Papantoniou, who clarified that if the American consumer confidence is not hurt and they continue to spend as they did in the past, the US economy will continue to follow the path to gradual recovery.

    If the opposite happens, said the minister, it means that there is a risk for the economic downturn to be extended with negative consequences both for the European Union and Greece.

    Mr. Papantoniou stressed in an interview with the Athens newspaper "TA NEA", that what is important is both the degree in which liquidity in the US economy will be increased and the speed in which the US government will finance the restoration of the damages.

    [12] OVER 1.200 ALBANIAN REBELS' WEAPONS IN ATHENS

    The Greek military convoy, bringing over 1.200 weapons from Krivolak, FYROM that were handed over by the Albanian rebels within the framework of the disarmament agreement, is expected to arrive at an Athens military camp today.

    The Greek convoy entered Greece from the Greek-FYROM border crossing of Evzoni, Kilkis this morning and according to information, the weapons, which have been broken down into pieces, will be inspected in the Athens military camp and at the end of the week they will be melted down in a steel plant. An armored personnel carrier that has been broken down into pieces is also on its way to the Athens military camp.

    These weapons constitute 1/3 of a total of about 3.500 weapons handed over by the Albanian rebels in the first phase of the disarmament.

    [13] THE OA FLIGHTS TO MONTREAL, TORONTO AND NEW YORK RESUME TOMORROW

    Olympic Airways flight 423 for Montreal and Toronto with time of departure 9.50am as well as, OA flight 411 for New York, time of departure 12.20pm, will take place as scheduled.

    According to Olympic Airways, in the specific flights will travel only the ticket holders, while passengers will have to be at the "Eleftherios Venizelos" Athens Airport four hours before their flight's time of departure.

    [14] REPPAS COMMENTED ON THE ASE

    Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas, responding to the question on whether the government is considering to take measures after the new plunge in the Athens Stock Exchange, suggested that comments that can burden the operation of the Athens Stock Exchange even more must be avoided.

    Mr. Reppas called on the mass media to avoid making negative comments, suggesting calm as the stock markets all over the world have a negative reaction as a result of last Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

    Mr. Reppas stated that the stock market investors should weigh things carefully before making their final investment choices.

    [15] ND CALLS FOR A MEETING OF THE POLITICAL PARTY LEADERS

    Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy called for a meeting of the political party leaders presided over by Greek president Kostis Stephanopoulos.

    The party's foreign affairs committee met today and discussed the international developments after the terrorist attacks on the United States.

    In the meeting it was pointed out that terrorism has no place in the civilized world, while it was underlined that there is a need for Greece to be in line with the rest European Union and NATO countries and contribute to the efforts aimed at countering terrorism.

    However, it was stressed that any decision on the measures that will be taken must be made after a discussion in the UN Security Council.

    Meanwhile, the Greek Communist Party stated that it is against any Greek participation in the NATO military operations.

    The issue of terrorism in the light of the attacks on the United States will be examined after the opening of the parliament's regular session in October, stated government spokesman Dimitris Reppas, who did not rule out the likelihood of a political party leaders' meeting that will be presided over by president Kostis Stephanopoulos.

    [16] TSOCHATZOPOULOS ON TERRORISM

    The need to find a way to counter terrorism that will combine all means of domestic and foreign security and every principle of democracy, international law and democratic rights, was underlined by minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos in statements he made after the meeting he had with prime minister Kostas Simitis in Athens today. The armed forces disarmament programs, the situation as it has been formed after the terrorist attacks on the United States and the developments in the Balkans, were discussed in the meeting. The prime minister reiterated the need for calm and self- restraint.

    Mr. Tsochatzopoulos pointed out that it is the first time that terrorism has the form of a military operation with a war character, adding that the simple domestic security methods that were used in the past now are not enough.

    The Greek minister of defense also expressed Greece's solidarity to the United States in the effort to counter terrorism.

    Meanwhile, according to information Greece will facilitate the Americans by allowing the US ships and aircraft to pass through Greek territory.

    [17] THOUSANDS OF VISITORS IN THESSALONIKI'S 66TH ITF

    The new services for the citizens with the application of high technology and the single European currency, the Euro, were the two main characteristics of Thessaloniki's 66th International Trade Fair that was held in the city on September 8-16.

    Thousands of people visited its grounds to be informed on the achievements of the Greek production and the new technologies. As it was announced, a total of 295.950 people visited the ITF compared to 285.561 last year.

    In the ITF participated a total of 1.210 exhibitors, 581 of which were direct exhibitors and 629 were indirect.

    [18] THE LOSSES IN THE ASE WERE LIMITED

    Today's Athens Stock Exchange session closed with losses of - 1.80% at 2.207,94 points, after a plunge of -8.21% by the general index.

    The losses were limited after a decision by the American Central Bank to cut its interest rates by 0.5%.

    Transactions in the ASE were interrupted for two hours after a decision by its president Panagiotis Alexakis that was made in order to give time to market officials and investors to evaluate the international developments calmly.

    The volume of transactions was 232.7 million Euro and of the stocks trading today, 44 recorded gains, compared to 302 that had losses, while the value of 32 stocks remained stable.

    [19] PAPANDREOU WILL MEET WITH THE POLITICAL PARTY LEADERS

    Foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou will open a round of meetings with the Greek political party leaders starting tomorrow to brief them on the latest developments after the terrorist attack on the United States.

    Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that Mr. Papandreou undertook this initiative to reach a common stance and a common reaction with the Greek political parties in dealing with the consequences caused by this terrorist attack.

    On the future of the Stability Pact, Mr. Reppas stated that developments are followed closely, adding that Greece will move within the framework of its obligations and defend the interests of the Greek economy.

    He said that Greece will meet its obligations as an ally within the framework of NATO and continue its efforts aimed at promoting the leading political role the EU should play in the world.

    When he was called to comment on the rumors on bin Laden's activities in the Turkish occupied northern Cyprus, Mr. Reppas referred to the fact that the US State Department has condemned the unfounded allegations made by Mr. Whesley Clark and stressed that the Cypriot government and its services follow the developments closely and so far no evidence have come up on bin Laden's alleged activities in Cyprus.

    [20] SECURITY IS THE FIRST PRIORITY

    ATHENS 2004 will take all measures to ensure secure Games, stressed the ATHENS 2004 President, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, at the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Athens International Airport.

    "It is clear that after this tragic terrorist act the whole world is joining together to increase its resolve to eradicate terrorism. We have stated in the past that for the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games, security is our first priority. To achieve our goal of safe and secure Games we are working closely with the Government, specialists from past organising committees and the IOC. Should additional procedures be required to ensure the safety of all our guests in 2004, these will be integrated into our security plan."

    [21] MOU SIGNED WITH THE ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    A Memorandum of Understanding between the ATHENS 2004 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and the Athens International Airport (AIA) has been signed by the ATHENS 2004 President, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki and the AIA President, Dr. Matthias Mitscherlich.

    The Memorandum refers, among others, to the following services and actions:

    Provide of working areas for ATHENS 2004 representatives; Adapt of the passport control infrastructure, in order to serve the Olympic Family members; Service to travelling officials; Study and draft transport plans for the luggage of the Olympic Family, as well as accommodation, service, transport and accessibility for persons with a disability; Study and adapt the Olympic Family waiting rooms.

    The President of the ATHENS 2004 Organising Committee underlined the importance of the MOU.

    "The Airport will certainly hold a key-role in the lead up and during the 2004 Olympic Games regarding arrival and departure of several thousands of athletes, officials, journalists and visitors.

    The arrival and departure will be the first and the last impression about Greece for all those present at the Games. Today's Memorandum will evolve, in cooperation with the Airport Administration, into a detailed Functional Plan describing all actions necessary for the smooth and safe arrival and departure of all our guests for the Games."

    [22] OLYMPIC PRODUCTS IN THE US MARKET

    An agreement for licensed ATHENS 2004 merchandise has been reached in New York between the ATHENS 2004 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), following negotiations between Executive Director, Marton Simitsek, and Marketing General Manager, George Bolos, with USOC representatives.

    This important agreement foresees: THENS 2004 licensed merchandise will enter the vast US market; Expected revenue, according to moderate estimates, will amount to 5 million USD; ATHENS 2004 products will be available to Greeks of the Diaspora living in the USA; he agreement is the first step in a series of additional initiatives taken by ATHENS 2004 in the USA, in order to increase awareness of the ATHENS 2004 brand and core values associated with it.

    After approval by the IOC, the agreement will be signed between the ATHENS 2004 President, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, and the USOC President, Sandra Baldwin, at a special ceremony in New York next November.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [23] 7 NAMES OF GREEKS LIVING ABROAD CONFIRMED

    The General Consulate of Greece in New York confirmed the names of 7 Greeks living abroad missing from the terrorist attacks on the twin towers and possibly another two, whose names appear to be Greek.

    The number of Greeks living abroad wounded that have been admitted to New York hospitals is 33, a few of which have already returned to their homes.

    From the total 187 victims which have been pulled out from under the ruins, 115 have been recognized while the number of missing is 5.097.

    For more information the special hotline of the Greek Embassy in New York is functioning (001 212 988 5500)

    [24] AUSTRALIAN MEMORIAL FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE TERRORIST ATTACK

    In the presence of a great crowd and several officials, among whom the shadowy Minister of Multiculturalism, Helen Shardy, Archbishop of Australia, Mr. Stylianos, assisted by the Bishops Iezekeil and Joseph and the hieratic superior of St. Nicolaos, in Yaraville, Father Alexandros Korlos, inaugurated the new spacious and modern room of the parish of Yaraville.

    According to the "New World" in an auction which took place, many Greeks living abroad offered large sums of money, while the "gold key" of the room was given to Stavros Kianes, the "silver" to Giorgos Papadopoulos and the "copper" to Evaggelia Axarli.

    Archbishop Stylianos performed a short memorial service for the victims of the terrorist attacks in the US, while in his speech he supported that such actions "are not solved with revenge, but with forgiveness".

    [25] THE PARTHENON MARBLES IN THE COMMONWEALTH SUMMIT MEETING

    The request concerning the return of the Parthenon marbles to Greece will be presented by Australian prime minister John Howard to his British counterpart Tony Blair within the framework of the Commonwealth Summit meeting that that will be held in Brisbane, Australia on October 6-9.

    According to a news report by the Australian News Agency (AAP), the movement for the return of the Parthenon Marbles got strong support by former prime ministers Witlam and Freiser, who are among the leading members of the "Australians for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles" committee.

    The Australian prime minister agreed to raise the issue to his British counterpart in the summit meeting after a meeting he had with the Greek-Australian Council, the members of which delivered him a memorandum with over 30.000 signatures.


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