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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2001-10-22

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


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, October 22, 2001

SECTIONS

  • [A] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] KKE: "EU SHOWED ITS REAL FACE AT GENT"
  • [02] BOAT WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
  • [03] NEW PASOK LEADERSHIP TODAY, NEW GOVERNMENT TOMORROW
  • [04] G. PAPANDREOU IN IRAN ON NOVEMBER 2-3
  • [05] T. WESTON IN ATHENS ON WEDNESDAY
  • [06] 1 OUT OF 10 DRIVERS DUI
  • [07] CONFERENCE ON EUROPEAN CONSTITUTION
  • [08] V. KOUFOUDAKIS: GROUND TROOPS MAKE THINGS WORSE
  • [09] A BRITISH NATIONAL WAS ARRESTED IN CRETE
  • [10] AVRAMOPOULOS COULD SEEK ANOTHER TERM AS ATHENS MAYOR
  • [11] PAPANDREOU WILL VISIT HUNGARY, MOROCCO AND IRAN
  • [12] TENSION OUTSIDE THE MERCHANT MARINE MINISTRY IN PIRAEUS
  • [13] SIMITIS: UNITY FOR VICTORY
  • [14] SIGNIFICANT GAINS IN THE ASE
  • [15] THREE LETTERS WITH WHITE POWDER WERE FOUND IN PATRAS
  • [16] PASOK PARTY ELECTIONS
  • [17] ONE YEAR SINCE PROF. PETRIDIS' DEATH
  • [18] THE 2004 PARALYMPICS WILL TAKE PLACE ON SEPTEMBER17-28
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    NEWS IN DETAILS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] KKE: "EU SHOWED ITS REAL FACE AT GENT" In the unofficial summit meeting at Gent, the EU showed its true form, that of an imperialistic league, as is pointed out in an announcement of the Greek Communist Party's (KKE) Central Committee.

    "It has legalized and given support to the war in Afghanistan anew, a war taking place in the pretense of terrorism. Meanwhile the EU's "15" have given the US full and direct access to all European information and files to the judicial authorities, to th e Europolice and the group of experts on the war against terrorism", mentions KKE.

    Furthermore, she pointed out that the government, with the support of New Democracy, is standing along side unpopular decisions and called working people to react in an organized manner, aiming at the measures that are against their social security and t heir rights.

  • [02] BOAT WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS A Turkish boat with 97 illegal immigrants was spotted in international waters, near Kavo Doro, and was taken to the Lavrio harbor by the coastguard. Among the illegal immigrants there were 6 women and 4 children. The illegal immigrants came from Afghanis tan, Pakistan and Kurdistan.

    Meanwhile, 164 illegal immigrants from Kurdistan are being held in Tinos. They were arrested Saturday, along with the captain transferring them.

  • [03] NEW PASOK LEADERSHIP TODAY, NEW GOVERNMENT TOMORROW PASOK is electing its leadership today, while tomorrow, if all goes as planned, Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will announce the structure of the new government.

    At 1pm PASOK's Central Committee will convene for the first time after the 6th congress, and will elect the new secretary and the 11 members of the new executive office. The only candidate, so far, for the position is Minister of the Environment, Plannin g and Public Works Kostas Laliotis, who is expected to win with a great majority, since there is information that he will be supported from all sides.

    After the election of the secretary and the members of the executive office, the path to the reshuffling of the government, which will probably take place tomorrow, will be open, a fact that will increase the suspense of ministers, deputy ministers, MPs and other staff members, since the Prime Minister has not divulged any information on the composition of the government.

  • [04] G. PAPANDREOU IN IRAN ON NOVEMBER 2-3 The visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs Giorgos Papandreou to Iran has been set for 2-3 November. Mr. Papandreou will have discussions with the leadership of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while his meeting with Iranian President Hatami has st ill not been confirmed.

    The main topic of discussion of the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs will be developments after the September 11 attacks on the US, and the coordination and cooperation of the two countries on dealing with terrorism, while the relationship of Iran to th e EU will also be discussed.

  • [05] T. WESTON IN ATHENS ON WEDNESDAY State Department Envoy, in charge of the Cyprus matter, Thomas Weston, will visit Athens on Wednesday October 24. The US official will come into contact with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • [06] 1 OUT OF 10 DRIVERS DUI One out of every ten drivers was found to be driving drunk, according to the checks made by traffic police in Thessaloniki during the October 15-21 period. According to a traffic police announcement, of the 625 people checked, 95 were driving under the i nfluence of alcohol.

    Also, 201 violations of concerning not wearing helmets were noted.

  • [07] CONFERENCE ON EUROPEAN CONSTITUTION An international conference on "The course towards the European Constitution and the recent review of the Greek Constitution: thoughts, trends and perspective", will take place on October 28 and 29 in the Center for International and European Economic Ju stice.

    Conference works will begin at 6pm on Sunday October 28, with an introductory speech by the Minister of Culture and Professor at the AUTh Evaggelos Venizelos while a round table discussion, the issue being "Towards one Constitution for the European Union ".

  • [08] V. KOUFOUDAKIS: GROUND TROOPS MAKE THINGS WORSE With the second phase of operations, insertion of ground troops, in Afghanistan in effect, things will become worse for many countries, friendly to the US, starting with Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Indonesia, and Malaysia, an even in Europe. This was the appreciation of well known Professor of Political Science and Dean of Indiana University's Philosophical School, Dr. Vaggelis Koufoudakis.

    In statements to the Macedonian Press Agency, the Greek living abroad professor, who has specialized in Middle Eastern issues, stressed that ground operations in Afghanistan were expected, as part of US planning and the whole struggle against terrorism i s based on "unholy", as he says, alliances.

    About the Middle Eastern issue, he points out that it is indubitably one of the many causes for the reactions not only of Arabs, but of the Muslim world in general against US policy in the Middle East.

  • [09] A BRITISH NATIONAL WAS ARRESTED IN CRETE A 34-year-old British man will be brought to the prosecutor's office in the city of Chania, in the south Aegean island of Crete either today or tomorrow, as a British police arrest warrant is pending against him. The man is accused of murdering a young man in the region of London on September 27.

    The British man was arrested in Chania on Saturday morning following a request by Interpol.

  • [10] AVRAMOPOULOS COULD SEEK ANOTHER TERM AS ATHENS MAYOR Athens mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos could seek another term to the post in case his proposal to create a metropolitan municipality is accepted.

    The metropolitan structure of Athens is the only way out from the big problems faced by the city, stated Mr. Avramopoulos, adding that the Greek political forces, and above all the government, should consider this likelihood seriously.

  • [11] PAPANDREOU WILL VISIT HUNGARY, MOROCCO AND IRAN Foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou will be on a formal visit to Hungary on Wednesday, according to a statement made by government spokesman Dimitris Reppas.

    On Thursday and Friday, Mr. Papandreou will participate in the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation meeting in Morocco to discuss issues concerning cultural and religious dialogue.

    Next Monday, he will attend the general affairs council in Luxembourg, while on November 2-3 he is scheduled to visit Teheran.

  • [12] TENSION OUTSIDE THE MERCHANT MARINE MINISTRY IN PIRAEUS Tension was recorded at noon today outside the merchant marine ministry building in Piraeus, where a rally was held organized by the workers in the Perama Ship-repair Zone. The demonstrators protested against the working conditions they experience, on th e occasion of the tragic accident in Salamina, near Piraeus last Saturday that killed 5 ship-workers.

    The protesters were confronted with a strong police force when they attempted to enter forcibly the ministry building. Later on, they left the area as they were not allowed to meet with merchant marine minister Christos Papoutsis, who was not in the buil ding.

    Earlier, the five individuals that were accused of being responsible for the tragic accident, which took place during repairs in an oil-tanker ship, were brought to the interrogator's office and they requested to be allowed to present their case on Thurs day.

  • [13] SIMITIS: UNITY FOR VICTORY The unity within PASOK was the strong and clear message that was sent by the 6th PASOK Party Congress, stressed prime minister Kostas Simitis in his speech in the first meeting of the party's newly elected Central Committee.

    Mr. Simitis spoke of a unity that will be based on the popular mandate, the goals and the expectations of the Greek people, the values and ideals of PASOK.

    He said that the pact for a strong society has three clear targets namely, development, the creation of a new social state and the strengthening of Greece's international position.

    Referring to the recent EU Summit meeting in Gent, Belgium and the international developments, he said that the developments confirm the national strategy adopted by the government of PASOK.

    Speaking about the party's new Central Committee, Mr. Simitis underlined that PASOK wants a Central Committee that will be alive characterized by a fighting spirit necessary for the party to meet its goals.

    The prime minister launched an attack on the opposition party of New Democracy accusing it of having no proposals and of putting at risk the European prospect and the interests of Greece and the Greek people.

  • [14] SIGNIFICANT GAINS IN THE ASE Significant gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index rose to +1.62% at 2.383,51 points, while the volume of transactions was at 90 million Euro or 30.6 billion drachmas.

    Of the stocks trading today, 330 recorded gains and 13 had losses, while the value of 34 remained unchanged.

  • [15] THREE LETTERS WITH WHITE POWDER WERE FOUND IN PATRAS Three letters that included white powder were located at the city of Patras Central Post Office this morning.

    The building was evacuated and the letters were removed by firefighters. The three postal employees, who handled the mail, were taken to a hospital for medical tests. The mysterious powder was sent to a special lab to be tested.

    Meanwhile, a Dramas court sentenced two men to 20 days in prison with a three-year suspension. The two were found guilty of a hoax targeting a fellow-villager. They had sent him a letter with the word "Taliban" that included white powder. As it was prove d later on the powder was just flour.

  • [16] PASOK PARTY ELECTIONS Kostas Laliotis was elected governing socialist party of PASOK Central Committee secretary this afternoon after receiving 147 votes from the 181 Central Committee members. Also, were found 32 blank and 2 spoilt ballots.

    In the party's 11-member Executive Bureau elections, Vaso Papandreou got the most votes (147) followed by Apostolos Kaklamanis (119), Evangelos Venizelos (110), Dimitris Reppas (99), Kostas Skandalidis (98), Michalis Neonakis (97), Giorgos Papandreou (95 ), Akis Tsochatzopoulos (82), Milena Apostolaki (73), Tonia Antoniou (58) and Christos Papoutsis (56).

    Theodoros Pangalos and Irini Lambraki, who got 50 and 29 votes respectively, were not elected to the Executive Bureau.

    The Executive Bureau members were elected by the 181 members of the Central Committee. The valid ballots were 179, while there were also one blank and one spoilt ballot.

  • [17] ONE YEAR SINCE PROF. PETRIDIS' DEATH On October 28, it will be a year since the death of Aristotle University professor Pavlos Petridis, who served as MPA's Board of Directors president in the period from 1993 until he passed away. Professor Petridis had contributed greatly to the consolida tion of the Macedonian Press Agency.

    Culture minister Evangelos Venizelos stated that the writings of professor Petridis are still present and alive and through the use of his archives and sources he continues to enchant the reader and especially, the young.

  • [18] THE 2004 PARALYMPICS WILL TAKE PLACE ON SEPTEMBER17-28 The Athens 2004 Olympic Games Organizing Committee Board of Directors announced today that the 2004 Paralympics will take place on September 17-28.

    The goal set by the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee is to host the most successful ever Paralympics, 44 years after the first events were held in the 1960 Rome Olympics.

  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS


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