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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2001-10-23

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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 23, 2001

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] CABINET TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY
  • [02] TSOHATZOPOULOS-PAPANDREOU FOR THE EXECUTIVE BUREAU
  • [03] 100 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS OVER THE WEEKEND
  • [04] THOMAS WESTON IN ATHENS TOMORROW
  • [05] ALL OPTIONS OPEN FOR THE RESHUFFLING
  • [06] 82000 FOREIGN STUDENTS IN GREEK SCHOOLS
  • [07] MEETING ON THE RECONSTRUCTION OF YUGOSLAVIA
  • [08] MITSOTAKIS LAWSUIT AGAINST LALIOTIS
  • [09] MEETING ON TERRORISM
  • [10] HOLY SYNOD MEETING CONTINUES
  • [11] THE NEW GREEK GOVERNMENT
  • [12] TWO MINISTERS ARE LEFT OUT - 19 NEW FACES IN THE GOVERNMENT
  • [13] THE ASE REACTED POSITIVELY TO THE GOVERNMENT RESHUFFLE
  • [14] FORUM OF BALKAN CENTRAL BANKS' GOVERNORS
  • [15] NEW HELLENIC AID MISSION TO THE IRANIAN-AFGHAN BORDERS
  • [16] GREECE AT THE CENTER OF DEVELOPMENTS IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • [17] SUSPICIOUS LETTER WITH WHITE POWDER AT AN ATHENS POST OFFICE
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [18] 1ST GREEK DEAN IN AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY
  • [19] PAPANDREOU'S STATEMENTS ON THE ISSUE OF THE FYROM NAME NEWS IN DETAILS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] CABINET TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY The composition of the new cabinet is expected to be announced today, while Mr. Laliotis was elected secretary of the Central Committee of PASOK, with 147 votes for him, 32 blank votes and 2 null votes. In the first meeting of the newly elected Central C ommittee, the Prime Minister stressed that PASOK's message of unity was a strong and clear one sent by the 6th congress of the Party.
  • [02] TSOHATZOPOULOS-PAPANDREOU FOR THE EXECUTIVE BUREAU Defense Minister Akais Tsohatzopoulos appeared to be unifying in his statements after his election to the Executive Bureau.

    PASOK is in a new era and is moving with its powers united, a common policy and clear goals, he stressed.

    Vaso Papandreou, who came first in the elections for the Executive Bureau, mentioned that the position in which one is elected is not important. "What is important is the work we have to do in the government and the party."

  • [03] 100 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS OVER THE WEEKEND In total, 30 Afghan illegal immigrants landed on the Lesvos shore and another 75 on the shores of Chios during the last weekend, while their number at the immigrant shelter in Mytilini is constantly increasing.

    Today, 125 immigrants are staying at the shelter, while authorities are looking for larger premises, since thousands more are gathering on the shores of Asia Minor, and seeking escape routes, both because of the coming war, and because of the winter.

    At the shelter in Mytilini, the illegal immigrants are staying in tents, and according to authorities, when the weather gets worse, their stay will become much more difficult.

  • [04] THOMAS WESTON IN ATHENS TOMORROW The State Department's special coordinator on the Cyprus issue, Thomas Weston will be in Athens tomorrow. The US diplomat who previously visited Ankara, will meet with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Weston will also visit Cyprus.
  • [05] ALL OPTIONS OPEN FOR THE RESHUFFLING The reshuffling of the government is expected today, and the only sure thing is that Giorgos Papandreou will remain in the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs, as government spokesperson Dimitris Reppas confirmed yesterday.

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis has not given any information on the composition of the government yet, and sources report that the assignment of the ministries will be decided according to which ones are assigned to Vasso Papandreou, Akis Tsohatzopoulos a nd Giannos Papantoniou, who are expected to move.

    In yesterday's meeting of the Central Committee, the Prime Minister pointed out the need for unity and came out against introversion and personal interests of staff members.

    In the new Executive Bureau, elected yesterday, Dimitris Reppas, Michalis Neonakis, and Milena Apostolaki were elected for the first time, signaling a renewal. Vaso Papandreou came first, and Giorgos Papandreou and Akis Tsohatzopoulos come 7th and 8th, e vents that were also commented on.

  • [06] 82000 FOREIGN STUDENTS IN GREEK SCHOOLS More than 82000 students, 6% of the entire student body, in Greek elementary and high schools today, are foreigners. This was stressed by Deputy Minister Philippos Petsalnikos, speaking at a seminar on the "Incorporation of immigrants", organized by the Ministries of Education, the Interior and the Dutch Embassy.

    Referring to the incorporation of foreign students into the educational system, Mr. Petsalnikos mentioned 24 inter-cultural schools, which were founded in 1996, the formation 500 welcoming classes and 700 cramming-study sections for foreign students, as well as the appointment of 150 teachers in large school units.

  • [07] MEETING ON THE RECONSTRUCTION OF YUGOSLAVIA The continuation of traditionally good relations between Greece and Yugoslavia was the target of the meeting organized yesterday in an Athenian central hotel, the topic of which was: "Yugoslavia-One year later".

    New economic policies and developmental projects needed for the reconstruction of Yugoslavia a year after the political changes to the country, were the topics of discussion at the meeting, in which members of the Yugoslavian government and Greek busines smen participated.

    Among the basic targets of the meeting was the further development of economic cooperation between the two countries in sectors such as banking, telecommunications, transports, power and public works.

  • [08] MITSOTAKIS LAWSUIT AGAINST LALIOTIS A lawsuit against Kostas Laliotis was filed by Konstantinos Mitsotakis, on what the Minister of the Environment, Planning and Public Works accused him and his family of, concerning public funds.

    In statements to the press Mr. Mitsotakis spoke against Mr. Laliotis and noted: "The fact that Mr. Laliotis connects the pre-electoral fundraising of 1989 with the contract on the Spata airport we did not sign in 1993 and remembers it in 2001, is not jus t a smear-campaign; it borders on paranoia. The issue is now in the hands of Greek Justice. Have no doubt, that light will fall on the issue, and that the sycophant will get what he deserves." Mr. Mitsotakis added that he will volunteer as a witness in th e Spata airport case. Mr. Mitsotakis also pointed out that neither he, nor his family have anything to do with the bank account Mr. Laliotis mentioned.

  • [09] MEETING ON TERRORISM International developments after the September 11 terrorist strike on the US, is the topic of the meeting organized by the 'Konstantinos Karamanlis" Democracy Institute, scheduled for October 25, at 7pm, at the "Intercontinental" hotel. The coordinator o f the meeting will be journalist Alekos Papahelas, a greeting speech will be addressed to the participants by the President of the Institute, Ioannis Varvitsiotis, and speakers include Thomas Miller (US Ambassador), Theodoros Pagalos, Andreas Adrianopoulo s, Phyllis Oakley (former US assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs), Konstatinos Arvanitopoulos (general director of the Democracy Institute).
  • [10] HOLY SYNOD MEETING CONTINUES The meeting of the Holy Synod of the Hierarchy continues today, presided over by the Archbishop of Athens, Christodoulos, in order to discuss various issues concerning the church.

    As it was made known in yesterday's session, during the beginning of November, and specifically from November 2 to 9, the Archbishop of Tirana and the whole of Albania, Anastasios, will visit the Church of Greece.

    Also, the Church of Greece insists on holding an inter-religious meeting on terrorism. Representatives of various religions and Christian sects of Greece will be invited to the participate.

  • [11] THE NEW GREEK GOVERNMENT Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas announced today the composition of the new Greek government after the reshuffle made by prime minister Kostas Simitis. The new ministers will swear in tomorrow morning.

    Minister of National Economy and Finance is Nikos Christodoulakis, with undersecretaries Christos Pachtas, Apostolos Fotiadis and Giorgos Floridis.

    Foreign Minister is Giorgos Papandreou, with deputy foreign minister Tasos Yiannitsis and undersecretaries Yiannis Zafiropoulos, responsible for issues of development assistance and international economic transactions, and Yiannis Magriotis.

    Minister of Defense is Yiannos Papantoniou with undersecretaries Loukas Apostolidis and Lazaros Lotidis.

    Minister of Interior, Public Administration and Decentralization Kostas Skandalidis with undersecretaries Lambros Papadimas and Stavros Benos.

    Minister of Development is Akis Tsochatzopoulos with undersecretaries Dimitrios Georgakopoulos, Alekos Kalafatis and Christos Theodorou.

    Minister of Environment, Public Works and Land Planning Vaso Papandreou with undersecretaries Rodoula Zisi and Yiannis Tsaklidis.

    Minister of Education is Petros Efthimiou with undersecretaries Nikos Gesoulis and Eleni Kourkoula responsible for issues concerning youth, volunteerism and Olympic preparations.

    Minister of Labor and Social Security is Dimitris Reppas with undersecretaries Rovertos Spiropoulos, responsible for social security issues and Lefteris Tziolas, responsible for Labor issues.

    Minister of Health is Alekos Papadopoulos with undersecretaries Ektoras Nasiokas, Dimitrios Thanos and Elpida Tsouri.

    Minister of Agriculture is Georgios Dris with undersecretaries Vangelis Argiris and Fotis Hatzimichalis.

    Minister of Justice is Filippos Petsalnikos.

    Minister of Culture is Evangelos Venizelos with undersecretaries Nasos Alevras, responsible for Olympic Games issues and Yiannis Kourakis.

    Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications is Christos Verelis with undersecretary Spiros Vougias.

    Minister of Public Order is Michalis Chrisochoidis with undersecretary Vangelis Malesios.

    Minister of Merchant Marine is Giorgos Anomeritis.

    Minister of Press and Mass Media is Christos Protopappas with undersecretary Tilemachos Hitiris, responsible for coordination and communication issues in the 2004 Olympics.

    Minister of Macedonia-Thrace is Giorgos Paschalidis.

    Minister of Aegean, Nikos Sifounakis.

    Minister of State, Stefanos Manikas.

  • [12] TWO MINISTERS ARE LEFT OUT - 19 NEW FACES IN THE GOVERNMENT Minister of Justice Michalis Stathopoulos and Minister of Merchant Marine Christos Papoutsis are not included in the new government that was announced today. Minister of Environment, Public Works and Land Planning Kostas Laliotis was elected PASOK party Central Committee secretary and does not participate in the government.

    The government has 19 new faces namely, Minister of Interior Kostas Skandalidis and Minister of State Stefanos Manikas and undersecretaries Loukas Apostolidis, Lazaros Lotidis, Stavros Benos, Lambros Papadimas, Yiannis Magriotis, Dimitris Georgakopoulos,

    Christos Theodorou, Rodoula Zisi, Yiannis Tsaklidis, Vangelis Malesios, Elpida Tsouri, Rovertos Spiropoulos, Lefteris Tziolas, Nikos Gesoulis, Eleni Kourkoula, Yiannis Kourakis and Spiros Vougias.

    Undersecretaries Filippos Petsalnikos, Giorgos Dris and Christos Protopappas were upgraded to ministerial posts.

  • [13] THE ASE REACTED POSITIVELY TO THE GOVERNMENT RESHUFFLE Investors reacted positively to the composition of the new government announced today.

    The general index recorded gains of +0.91% and rose to 2.405,22 points, while the volume of transactions was notably improved at 172.6 million Euro or 58.8 billion drachmas.

    Of the stocks trading today, 206 recorded gains and 131 had losses, while the value of 40 stocks remained unchanged.

  • [14] FORUM OF BALKAN CENTRAL BANKS' GOVERNORS The effects of the international economic situation on the economies of their countries and the wider region, were discussed in the meeting of the Balkan, Black Sea and Central Asia Central Banks' governors that was held in the southeastern Aegean island

    of Rhodes.

    The governors of 12 central banks (among others, from Russia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Albania, Armenia and Georgia) attended the meeting that was presided over by Bank of Greece governor Loukas Papadimos.

    The Forum of Governors was founded on May 1, 1998 in Istanbul and numbers 16 members. It meets twice a year and the Bank of Greece has taken over its presidency and secretariat for the 2001-2002 period. The Forum's target is the improvement of communicat ion and cooperation among central banks.

  • [15] NEW HELLENIC AID MISSION TO THE IRANIAN-AFGHAN BORDERS The Greek non governmental organization Hellenic Aid, based at the northeastern Greek city of Alexandroupolis, prepares its second mission to the Iranian-Afghan borders.

    The above mentioned organization has agreed in cooperation with the Iranian Red Crescent to adopt a refugee camp for five months. Members of the organization visited Iran's borders with Afghanistan in early October to assess the situation and plan their actions.

  • [16] GREECE AT THE CENTER OF DEVELOPMENTS IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS The 2nd Telecoms Forum organized by Strategic International SA had a strong international character as many delegates from European and eastern Mediterranean countries attended its proceedings.

    The international two-day meeting on telecommunications in Greece, south Europe and eastern Mediterranean was completed today in Athens and offered Greece the opportunity to become the center of developments in telecommunications in the wider region.

    The main conclusion reached in the conference was that there is a need to reorient telecommunications strategies .

    In the forum participated delegates from Greece, Turkey, Germany, Israel, Britain, Italy, Belgium, Cyprus and France, showing that Greece's international telecommunications role is favored by its geographic position and its participation in the EMU.

  • [17] SUSPICIOUS LETTER WITH WHITE POWDER AT AN ATHENS POST OFFICE A suspicious letter with white powder in it was found at the Halandri Post Office in Athens this morning. The letter was traced by a postal worker and it was removed immediately by firefighters who sent it to a laboratory to be tested for anthrax.

    A Napoli based Italian company was allegedly the sender and the letter was addressed to an elderly woman. However, the postage stamps and seal used were Greek.

  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [18] 1ST GREEK DEAN IN AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY Kenneth Komninos Michael, is the first Dean of an Australian University of Greek descent.

    According to the "Neo Kosmo" newspaper, Kenneth Komninos Michael, who was recently appointed Dean of the University of Western Australia, is one of the most distinguished civil engineers. He was born in Perth. His parents are from Castelorizo and settled

    in Australia before WWII.

  • [19] PAPANDREOU'S STATEMENTS ON THE ISSUE OF THE FYROM NAME Greece's position that a mutually acceptable solution must be found to the problem of FYROM's name, was reiterated by Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou, who underlined that the FYROM government proposal for a double name is not acceptable by the Greek side.

    According to the Skopie newspaper Utrinski Vesnik, the statements were made by Mr. Papandreou to reporters from FYROM during their visit to Athens.

    Mr. Papandreou stressed that the issue of the name is not just a technical problem because it is directly related to the national conscience of the two societies and for this reason, a mutually acceptable solution is imperative.

    According to the newspaper, the Greek foreign minister stated that the two countries came close to a mutually acceptable solution before the crisis in FYROM had erupted and all that was left to do then was to explain it to the people and the two state pa rliaments. However, said Mr. Papandreou, the crisis interrupted these moves. Mr. Papandreou pointed out that a name should be found that will differentiate FYROM from the Greek region bearing the same name.


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