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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2001-10-22
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, October 22, 2001
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
"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.
Meanwhile, 164 illegal immigrants from Kurdistan are being held in Tinos. They were arrested Saturday, along with the captain transferring them.
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.
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.
Also, 201 violations of concerning not wearing helmets were noted.
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 ".
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.
The British man was arrested in Chania on Saturday morning following a request by Interpol.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Of the stocks trading today, 330 recorded gains and 13 had losses, while the value of 34 remained unchanged.
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.
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.
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.
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