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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2001-09-18

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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 18, 2001

SECTIONS

  • [A] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS TITLES
  • [] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [01] REACTIONS IN GREECE TO TERRORIST ATTACK
  • [02] MOBILIZATION IN GOVERNMENT-OPPOSITION ON TERRORISM
  • [03] NAVY GATHERS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
  • [04] V. RAPANOS: PLAN OF ACTION IN CASE OF ECONOMIC CRISIS
  • [05] "BIG BROTHER" ON TRIAL ON NOVEMBER 5TH
  • [06] NAZI VICTIMS' APPEAL TO THE SUPREME COURT
  • [07] PRESIDENT STEPHANOPOULOS MET WITH HIS COUNTERPART FROM ICELAND
  • [08] AUSTRIAN AIRLINES: 35 YEARS IN NORTHERN GREECE
  • [09] APOSTOLAKIS: THERE IS NOTHING NEW ON THE BASE IN SOUDA
  • [10] MITSOTAKIS: THE OLYMPIC GAMES WILL NOT BE HELD IN ATHENS IF THE TERRORISM PROBLEM IS NOT SOLVED
  • [11] REPPAS' RESPONSE TO MITSOTAKIS' STATEMENTS
  • [12] SIMITIS: THE GOVERNMENT WILL DO ITS BEST TO HOST SUCCESSFUL OLYMPIC GAMES
  • [13] REPPAS: NO US REQUEST FOR GREEK PARTICIPATION IN THE ATTACKS IT WILL LAUNCH
  • [14] MARGINAL LOSSES IN THE ASE
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] REACTIONS IN GREECE TO TERRORIST ATTACK

    Peace and stability in broader regions of the planet will be endangered by the military staff plan of the US, according to the appreciation of the Greek Communist Party.

    "Sympathy for the suffering American people cannot and must not turn into sympathy and tolerance of US state policy, which organizes state and parastate terrorism, creates and trains terrorist groups and armed mercenary death squads", stressed the Central Committee of the Party, which had an emergency meeting on the US tragedy.

    It is pointed out in the announcement that "the leadership of the US has no interest in the truth shining, but to let doubt against opposing states and people reign, so that its new attacks and crimes can be excused".

    The Greek Communist Party made mention of an attempt for "total conquest of all oil routes", since US targets are mainly located in areas of strategic importance, such as Afghanistan, Iraq and other Arabian countries, it advised "self-control and vigilance", while it condemned the "psychosis" at the expense of Muslim people, as well as discrimination according to culture and religion.

    The Movement of Free Citizens (KEP), on the other hand, is completely supportive of the EU and NATO in the attempt of the US to fight terrorism, stressed the President of the party, Dimitris Avramopoulos.

    "We must support the democratic, as well as the cultural achievements of Europe and the western world and of course the protection of human rights", he pointed out.

    "We express our undivided support to the American people, and consider punishment of the responsible parties is demanded. Yet, there is need self-control and wisdom because the endurance of democracy is being tested", said the President of KEP, characteristically stressing that "we must not reach the point of demonizing people, states and religions".

    Their condemnation for the terrorist attack on the US was expressed on Monday, by the Ministers of Public Administration of Greece and France, Vaso Papandreou and Michel Chapen.

    During a common press conference, Mrs. Papandreou pointed out, that at this point "we must not find ourselves doubting human rights and measures that would lead to cultural confrontation".

    The French Minister stressed that he totally condemns such acts of terrorism, but he stressed that the answers which will be given must be fair, meaning that the right target should be hit, at the right position so there are no more injustices done to the people.

    As far as the part the EU and the western world must play, Mrs. Papandreou said that Europe must find ways with which to eradicate or decrease such phenomena. "The part of the EU is important", stressed the Minister, pointing out at the same time that the cooperation of member-countries will be needed on this issue.

    [02] MOBILIZATION IN GOVERNMENT-OPPOSITION ON TERRORISM

    The issue of dealing with terrorism, with the new data which was gathered after the terrorist attack on the US, has occupied both the government and the opposition.

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will meet with the President of "Athens 2004" Gianna Aggelopoulou, and at noon the Interministerial Committee for the 2004 Olympics will meet, and will examine the proposition of additional security measures for their safe carrying out.

    Foreign Secretary Giorgos Papandreou has meetings with the Secretary General of the Greek Communist Party, Aleka Papariga, and the President of the Coalition, Nikos Konstantopoulos, today. Tomorrow he will meet the President of Parliament, Apostolos Kaklamanis, while he will be informed by the members of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and Defense of the Parliament.

    On Thursday the Governmental Council of Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA), at which new developments will be discussed, the armament policies of the armed forces and their contribution to the confrontation of terrorism.

    New Democracy asked for convocation of all political figures, presided over by the President of the Republic, Kostis Stefanopoulos. At 12 noon, Kostas Karamanlis will meet with the coordinators of the party, while the issue of terrorism will also occupy the meeting of New Democracy's Political Council meeting.

    [03] NAVY GATHERS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

    A frigate of the navy will gather 300 Iranian illegal immigrants, who have remained in a craft which is adrift with no crew since last night, open of the island of Lefkada.

    [04] V. RAPANOS: PLAN OF ACTION IN CASE OF ECONOMIC CRISIS

    His judgement that it is still too early to translate the effects of the US crisis on Greek economy, was expressed by the President of the Council of Economic Specialists, Vasilis Rapanos.

    As he pointed out, none of the International Organizations, such as the International Monetary Fund and Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, nor the European Union, have moved to any kind of assessment of the consequences, which the recent economic events in the US may have on European economies.

    In reference to the recent lowering of interest rates, a move made for the support of Wall Street and European markets, Mr. Rapanos pointed out that it is a positive development for Greece as well, clarifying that our country is fully incorporated in the European economic situation.

    In case of a serious economic crisis, the President of the Council of Economic Specialists, pointed out that there is a plan of action. Specifically, he said that "there is a normal scenario, which concerns a stable flow of economic developments and there are also scenarios for worse situations.

    On what measures Greece may take, in order to deal with a possible economic crisis, Mr. Rapanos stressed that, "on Monetary policies, Greece has its hands tied, as the European Central Bank makes all decisions on the issue", and added, "Greece may adjust its tax and fiscal policies according to developments, without, however, ignoring that there is an enormous fiscal problem".

    On whether there is a safety net in this year's budget, he stressed "there might even be a larger one this year, due to the circumstances". He also added, that "if it is larger, if there is a great international crisis, is exclusively a matter of the government how it shall be allocated".

    [05] "BIG BROTHER" ON TRIAL ON NOVEMBER 5TH

    The trial date has been set for November 5th for the request of the two lawyers asking for measures to be taken against Antenna television station, in order to stop the showing of the Big Brother show. The trial that was scheduled for yesterday for the television game was postponed due to the absence of one a witness from the side of the plaintiffs.

    "With the showing of this controversial show, the rights of the viewer are injured, their personality is insulted and every sense of morality is humiliated", support lawyers Giorgos Trantallidis and Kostas Samartzis, who have submitted requests the discontinuing of the show.

    Yesterday the President of the Association of Greek Viewers, Katerina Karamanoli, who is expected to exert additional interventions on behalf of the plaintiffs.

    [06] NAZI VICTIMS' APPEAL TO THE SUPREME COURT

    Relatives of the victims of Distomo are appealing to the Supreme Court, after the decision of the German court for a postponement of the auction of property of the German State.

    Yesterday, the German Ambassador in Athens Karl-Heinz Kuhna, stressed that, in a justice state, it is self-evident that the decision of the political court of appeals of Athens, on the foreclosure of German real estate as damages for the relatives of the victims in Distomo, needs the permission of the Justice Ministry, on occasion of the inauguration of the new facilities of the Goethe Institute in Thessaloniki.

    As pointed out, this decision is in accord with article 923 of the civil code and assures that there cannot be solitary actions against third countries. "For me as Ambassador of Germany it is quite difficult to justify the actions committed by Germans during WWII in Greece. Actions which are of course reprehensible, but it has been 57 years", he added. At the same time he expressed his grief for what the Germans did in Greece during WWII, and added that the shadows of the past can only be erased by close cooperation between Greece and Germany.

    Mr. Kuhna assured everyone that he feels safe in Greece, even though he was targeted by a terrorist attack. He added that diplomatic missions are adequately guarded, and that if he believed Greece wasn't safe, he would have proposed the postponement the German week, which will take place from September 27 to October 3 in the exhibit area in Athens, something I am not going to do.

    He underlined that Greece can take care of security of the 2004 Olympics, but also that Germany is willing to assist. "A failure of the Olympics is something that we will also receive", stressed Mr. Kuhna.

    Furthermore, Mr. Kuhna pointed out that we all feel pain and disgust for what happened in the USA and added that Chancellor Gerhard Schreder and all his European counterparts, have appealed for solidarity, but that a war between Christians and Muslims should not start because of the attacks on the US.

    He also stressed that the two Goethe Institutes in Athens and Thessaloniki are symbols of solidarity between Greece and Germany, and that they stood by Greek intellectuals during the difficult period of the junta.

    [07] PRESIDENT STEPHANOPOULOS MET WITH HIS COUNTERPART FROM ICELAND

    Strong concern over the international developments after the terrorist attacks on the United States was expressed today both by Greek president Kostis Stephanopoulos and his counterpart from Iceland Olafur Grimson, who is on a visit to Athens.

    Mr. Stephanopoulos underlined the need to safeguard world peace, while Mr. Grimson stressed that all democratic states should cooperate on issues of security and in the effort to counter terrorism .

    The president of Iceland has already met with parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis, while later in the afternoon he will have contacts with the political party leaders. His meeting with prime minister Kostas Simitis will take place tomorrow.

    [08] AUSTRIAN AIRLINES: 35 YEARS IN NORTHERN GREECE

    A special event will take place in Thessaloniki tomorrow organized by Austrian Airlines which celebrates 35 years in northern Greece.

    The event will take place in the presence of Austrian Airlines vice-president Dr. Rainer Walther, southeastern Europe, Middle East and Africa regional director Mr. Anton Bily and general director in Greece Mr. Viktor Ziegler.

    [09] APOSTOLAKIS: THERE IS NOTHING NEW ON THE BASE IN SOUDA

    For the time being there is nothing new on the Base in Souda, which is located on the south Aegean island of Crete. The above were stated by undersecretary of defense Dimitris Apostolakis in an interview with the Iraklio newspaper "Patris".

    Responding to the question on whether there was a request for the base to be used in the case of a US operation, the undersecretary stated "we have absolutely nothing about it at this hour". He also clarified that for the base to be used a request is necessary rather than a plain briefing, adding that the countries with such installations on their territory should give their approval before they are used.

    [10] MITSOTAKIS: THE OLYMPIC GAMES WILL NOT BE HELD IN ATHENS IF THE TERRORISM PROBLEM IS NOT SOLVED

    Today's statement by right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy honorary president Konstantinos Mitsotakis, made in an interview with the Athens television channel "Mega", has caused a sensation. Mr. Mitsotakis stated that the 2004 Olympic Games will not be held in Athens if the problem of terrorism is not solved.

    Greece has an obligation to deal seriously with terrorism, stated characteristically Mr. Mitsotakis, and spoke of a major problem that is linked with the Greek foreign policy, stressing that it damages Greece's international relations.

    New Democracy honorary president also said that if his party had stayed in power most likely there would be no "17 November" terrorist group today.

    [11] REPPAS' RESPONSE TO MITSOTAKIS' STATEMENTS

    The last thing the country needs at this hour is the word of a Cassandra. Greece prepares to organize impeccable Olympic Games in 2004. The statement was made by government spokesman Dimitris Reppas responding to comments by right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy honorary president Konstantinos Mitsotakis, made in a talk-show on the Athens television station "Mega", according to which the 2004 Olympic Games could not be held in Greece.

    Mr. Reppas added that the government, the political parties and the people in Greece deal with the Olympic Games in such a way that the country will be fully prepared, adding that the 2004 Olympic Games will be impeccable in every sector and not just in the sector of security.

    He also said that terrorism is an international plague and a global problem, adding that in order to counter terrorism Greece will observe its legal framework, while it will be in cooperation with other countries as well.

    [12] SIMITIS: THE GOVERNMENT WILL DO ITS BEST TO HOST SUCCESSFUL OLYMPIC GAMES

    The assurance that the government will do its best for successful Olympic Games that will be upgraded at all levels, was given today by prime minister Kostas Simitis in the ministerial committee meeting that dealt mainly with 2004 Olympic Games security issues after the latest developments that followed the terrorist attacks on the United States.

    Mr. Simitis stated that Greece works for the safety of the Olympic Games and stressed that there is a security plan. Mr. Simitis stated that within this framework Greece is in cooperation with seven very experienced countries and based on the new situation, this operational plan will be reexamined and improved until 2004.

    The course of Greece's preparations for the 2004 Olympic Games was discussed in the ministerial committee meeting as in eight days Greece will be visited by International Olympic Committee, IOC, president Jacques Rogge and IOC coordinating committee for Athens president Dennis Oswald.

    Undersecretary of press Tilemachos Hitiris stated that the government is ready for the visit of the IOC delegation to Athens.

    [13] REPPAS: NO US REQUEST FOR GREEK PARTICIPATION IN THE ATTACKS IT WILL LAUNCH

    Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that the US has made no special request to Greece, responding to a question on whether the US government has a made a specific request for Greek participation in the attacks it will launch.

    Mr. Reppas stated that within the framework of international cooperation Greece participates in the control procedures, exchange of information and exploitation of the available data in order to come to a conclusion. He said that cooperation concerns the exploitation of data on specific individuals who, according to the United States, are involved in last Tuesday's terrorist attack.

    Mr. Reppas stated that there is no list of suspects but a continuous flow of information and data that do not concern individuals with Greek nationality.

    He said that every political party in Greece agrees that terrorism is a plague that has to be countered and everybody knows what is the country's international position, its contractual obligations and the legal basis in compliance with which decisions will be reached.

    [14] MARGINAL LOSSES IN THE ASE

    Marginal losses were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index dropped to -0.08% at 2.206,24 points, while the volume of transactions was at 138.6 million Euro.

    Of the stocks trading today, 292 recorded gains and 50 had losses, while the value of 36 stocks remained stable.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS


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