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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2001-10-23
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, October 23, 2001
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.