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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2001-10-26

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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 26, 2001

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] ATHENS-THESSALONIKI ANTIWAR RALLIES
  • [02] DISPUTES OVER ALBANIAN BOY AND FLAG
  • [03] ROUSSOPOULOS ON STATHOPOULOS STATEMENTS
  • [04] OFFICIALS IN THESSALONIKI
  • [05] ONE MORE GREEK-TURKISH AGREEMENT
  • [06] DAVID SASSON: ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN COMPROMISE BETWEEN
  • [07] YOUNG MPs FROM E. MEDITERRANEAN MEET IN RHODES
  • [08] THE PRIME MINISTER'S MESSAGE ON THE OCTOBER 28TH ANNIVERSARY
  • [09] KARAMANLIS: NEW DEMOCRACY WILL WIN THE NEXT ELECTIONS
  • [10] TAX REFORM FRAMEWORK READY BY THE END OF 2001
  • [11] MARGINAL GAINS IN THE ASE
  • [12] THE GOV'T SPOKESMAN ON THE PRODI STATEMENTS
  • [13] THE LABOR MINISTER VISITED THE GREEK GENERAL CONFEDERATION OF LABOR
  • [14] PRESIDENT STEPHANOPOULOS AGAINST ANY KIND OF FANATICISM
  • [15] MESSAGE BY MR. KARAMANLIS ON THE OCTOBER 28 ANNIVERSARY
  • [16] GRAND NATIONAL SPONSORS BRIEFED
  • [17] 2004 PARALYMPICS TO BE HELD SEPTEMBER 17-28
  • [18] PARALYMPIC GAMES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
  • [19] ATHENS 2004 SEMINAR ON TECHNOLOGY
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [20] EURODEPUTY ON ANTHRAX SECURITY MEASURES
  • [21] PRODI: CYPRUS WILL BECOME AN EU MEMBER
  • [22] A GREEK-AMERICAN DONATED US$250.000 FOR THE REBUILDING OF ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH NEWS IN DETAILS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] ATHENS-THESSALONIKI ANTIWAR RALLIES A rally against the war in Afghanistan has been organized for November 8, at 8pm in Syntagma Square in Athens, by dozens of bodies, unions and associations. Their demands are for the war, Greece's participation in it and the functioning of all foreign mi litary bases in our country to stop.

    A rally has also been organized on the same date in Thessaloniki, at 7pm in Aristotelous Square, by the Committee of Thessaloniki Bodies. In an announcement the committee asks for the war to stop, for all Greek involvement in it to end, and that democrat ic principles are not sacrificed on the altar of the war against terrorism.

  • [02] DISPUTES OVER ALBANIAN BOY AND FLAG A misadventure similar to that of others of the same nationality as him seems to be in store for 12-year-old Jordan Grika from Albania, distinguished student of the 6th grade, who has all the requirements needed for a student to be the flag-bearer in the

    student parade.

    Despite the clarity of the law and the crystal clear position of the Ministry of Education on the issue of the rights of those participating in Greek education, some people react. The student, who has been baptized, wants to hold the Greek flag, but his performance in school is of absolutely no interest to some of the residents of Agriosykia, in Pella. They are threatening with abstention from the festive events.

    In any case, the city council of Pella has decided to that the 12-year-old will be aloud to carry the flag.

  • [03] ROUSSOPOULOS ON STATHOPOULOS STATEMENTS "The statements today, of the, until very recently, Minister of Justice, Michalis Stathopoulos, are a slap in the government's face", stated spokesperson of New Democracy to the press, commenting on an interview of the former Minister on ALPHA NEWS radio

    station.

    "Mr. Stathopoulos confirmed the repeated complaints of New Democracy on government interference with Justice, after confessing today that "there were isolated opinions that thought I should be more active in doing Justice, in the sense of having some int erference on issues with political importance and political consequences. Let's not be indirect, this was in various cases when the person to be prosecuted was a politician or of the political environment", he stressed.

    "Mr. Stathopoulos is not an MP, nor is he a part of the government any more. That is why the Prime Minister should investigate and make the cases in which the, until yesterday, minister was under pressure to interfere with justice, and by whom he was so pressured, publicly known", he ended.

  • [04] OFFICIALS IN THESSALONIKI The celebrations for Thessaloniki's liberation, and the October 28 parade, has brought major figures of the political scene to the city. President of the Republic Kostis Stefanopoulos was received at "Macedonia" airport by Mayor of Thessaloniki Vasilis P apageorgopoulos, and other city and regional officials. In a speech President Stefanopoulos made, he characterized October 26 1912 as symbolic for all the Balkan struggles of 1912 and 1913.

    Minister of Development Akis Tsohatzopoulos will also be present at the celebrations for October 26 and 28 with the President of the Republic. Minister of National Defense Giannos Papantoniou will also join them in the events at the Church of St. Dimitri os and events at Officers' Club.

  • [05] ONE MORE GREEK-TURKISH AGREEMENT The last of the 9 "low-level" Greek-Turkish agreements will be signed today by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    The director of the Turkish Direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Kyr. Rodousakis and the Turkish Ambassador, Ali Tuygan will sign the records for the exchange of ratification bodies of agreements for economic cooperation and mutual pr omotion and protection of investments, which will be put into effect in a month, on November 24.

  • [06] DAVID SASSON: ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN COMPROMISE BETWEEN The appreciation that as soon as hostilities end and negotiations begin between Palestinians and Israelis, a compromise will be reached, which will lead to the creation of some autonomous regions, if not the creation of a Palestinian State, was made by t he new Ambassador of Israel in Greece, David Sasson.

    Mr. Sasson, who is visiting Thessaloniki for the events of the St. Dimitrios celebrations and the anniversary of October 28, laid down a wreath at the Holocaust monument in Thessaloniki, where a memorial service took place in memory of the victims of the

    nazi brutalities.

    In the memorial service the Rabbi also said a prayer for the victims of the terrorist attack in New York.

  • [07] YOUNG MPs FROM E. MEDITERRANEAN MEET IN RHODES Greek parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis opened the 3rd International Conference of Young Parliamentarians from eastern Mediterranean countries which takes place in the southeastern Aegean island of Rhodes.

    Mr. Kaklamanis stated that the Mediterranean should not become a conflict point of religions and cultures, adding that the fundamental principles should be equality among states, balanced development and immediate condemnation of all those, who resort to

    the threat for the use of force or to the actual use of force.

    Referring to the current international situation after the terrorist attacks on the United States, he said that the best response to terrorism is the strengthening of democratic institutions, and the lifting of inequalities (social and economic) that kee p large regions of the planet in an underdeveloped state and divide people into rich and poor.

  • [08] THE PRIME MINISTER'S MESSAGE ON THE OCTOBER 28TH ANNIVERSARY The need for the Greek people to realize the challenges of the new era and use the historic memory to promote the Greek presence in today's world, was underlined by Prime Minister Kostas Simitis in his message on the occasion of the October 28th annivers ary commemorating Greece's entry in WWII.

    Mr. Simitis also pointed out that given the current international situation, as a result of the recent terrorist attacks on the United States, it is necessary for the Greeks to feel safe and materialize the vision for a strong Greece with a strong societ y.

    He also stressed that Greece's message to the new Greek generations should be resistance against barbarity, fanaticism, intolerance and racial and religious discrimination.

  • [09] KARAMANLIS: NEW DEMOCRACY WILL WIN THE NEXT ELECTIONS The certainty that his party will be the winner in the next parliamentary elections, was expressed by right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis in an interview with the Italian news agency ANSA.

    He said that when the 2004 Olympic Games will be held in Greece, New Democracy will be in government.

    He also said that when the party comes to power will improve the Greek economy's competitiveness and productivity and materialize structural changes.

    Mr. Karamanlis condemned terrorism and stated that the Greek government's reaction after the September 11 terrorist attack on the United States continues to be on the right direction.

  • [10] TAX REFORM FRAMEWORK READY BY THE END OF 2001 The first meeting new Minister of National Economy and Finance Nikos Christodoulakis had with the presiding board of the Greek General Confederation of Labor focused on the six basic issues raised by the trade unions. The issues in question are the state budget, the unemployment benefits, the social security system, the tax reform, the 3rd Community Framework of Support and the introduction of the Euro as the single EU currency next year.

    Mr. Christodoulakis stated that he will soon give his response to the issues raised, while on the tax reform he stated that the necessary framework for the social dialogue to get underway will be ready by the end of 2001. On the social security issue, Mr . Christodoulakis stated that the policy framework is being prepared.

  • [11] MARGINAL GAINS IN THE ASE Marginal gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index rose to +0.23% at 2.370,46 points, while the volume of transactions was 88.33 million Euro or 30.1 billion drachmas.

    Of the stocks trading today, 176 recorded gains and 129 had losses, while the value of 72 stocks remained unchanged.

  • [12] THE GOV'T SPOKESMAN ON THE PRODI STATEMENTS The visit of European Commission president Romano Prodi to Cyprus comes to confirm what has been stressed repeatedly namely, that Cyprus will be in the first EU enlargement wave, stated Greek government spokesman Christos Protopapas when he was called to

    comment on the statements made by Mr. Prodi in the Cypriot Parliament on the issue of Cyprus' EU accession course.

    According to the government spokesman, Mr. Prodi stressed for one more time that the EU wants the solution of the Cyprus problem but this is not a precondition for Cyprus' accession into the European Union. The Cypriot Republic, stated Mr. Protopapas, ha s covered most of the way to its EU accession.

  • [13] THE LABOR MINISTER VISITED THE GREEK GENERAL CONFEDERATION OF LABOR New Minister of Labor Dimitris Reppas visited today the Greek General Confederation of Labor offices and held his first meeting with its presiding board.

    When asked when the dialogue of the social security system reform will get underway, he responded that the issue will be examined in the following days and social security will be the topic of a separate dialogue. For this reason, stated Mr. Reppas, the discussion has to move ahead through agreements instead of confrontations.

    Greek General Confederation of Labor president Christos Polizogopoulos stated that today's meeting signaled the start of a new political behavior that wants solutions and agreement.

  • [14] PRESIDENT STEPHANOPOULOS AGAINST ANY KIND OF FANATICISM President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos expressed opposition to any kind of fanaticism and especially, the religious kind, characterizing it as the worst of all, in his speech during the formal luncheon that was given in his honor in The ssaloniki today by Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Giorgos Paschalidis.

    Mr. Stephanopoulos referred to the terrorists, who were killed by crashing the airplanes they hijacked into the Twin Towers in New York, and pointed out that religious fanaticism can lead to actions of self-sacrifice but these actions are still regarded as terrorist actions, actions that are repulsive, targeting not only human lives but the democratic way of life itself.

    Mr. Stephanopoulos referred to the fanaticism of political dispute that Greece has experienced in the past and stressed that the country has managed to overcome fanaticism which befogs and blocks dialogue.

  • [15] MESSAGE BY MR. KARAMANLIS ON THE OCTOBER 28 ANNIVERSARY As a historic event, the October 28, 1940 anniversary commemorating Greece's entry to WWII is a source of self-knowledge and awakening, stressed right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis in his message on the occasion.

    Mr. Karamanlis underlined that the situation at an international level is at a borderline point creating new facts that dictate new forms of international-bilateral and ultra-national cooperation.

    He said that Greece has the historic and cultural infrastructure to play its own role as a power that wants peace, democracy, stability, prosperity, and the respect of human rights and International Law.

  • [16] GRAND NATIONAL SPONSORS BRIEFED The President of the ATHENS 2004 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Executive Director Marton Simitsek and the Marketing team briefed the Grand National Sponsors' top management on the progress in the preparation f or the Olympic Games and the development of the sponsoring programme.

    A series of meetings, initiated today, will be conducted every couple of months, aiming at informing the Grand National Sponsors on the progress towards 2004, so that they can benefit from their sponsoring programme in Greece, following the example of th e Olympic Partners (TOP Sponsors) worldwide.

    Mr. Simitsek underlined that "there are two prerequisites for a successful Olympic sponsorship - know-how and cooperation." The sponsoring programme of ATHENS 2004 has reached 72.7 billion drachmas (207.715 million US dollars), thus covering 107% of the budgeted target, with only 7 out of 40 product categories signed on so far. Representatives of Grand National Sponsors ALPHA BANK, OTE, KOSMOTE, ATHENIAN REWERIES, DELTA, FAGE, ERT, HYUNDAI HELLAS, ELTA, SWATCH participated in this first meeting .

  • [17] 2004 PARALYMPICS TO BE HELD SEPTEMBER 17-28 The Athens Paralympic Games shall be staged from 17 to 28 September 2004, following the final decision taken by the Steering Committee of the ATHENS 2004 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.

    Forty-four years after the first Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960, ATHENS 2004 aims at presenting the most successful sporting event ever.

    For the first time in Paralympic Games history, the athletes will not pay any participation fees. By abolishing the participation fees, there is no discrimination between the athletes taking part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and equal opportunity

    becomes a reality.

    Athens will host 4,000 athletes with a disability from 125 countries and 3,000 official accompanying people. They will also be accommodated in the Olympic Village which will be renamed into Paralympic Village.

    Three thousand media representatives will cover the Paralympic Games, while 1,000 Technical delegates and at least 10,000 volunteers will contribute to this effort. The sporting event will be watched by 2,500 official guests belonging to the Paralympic F amily (representatives of the International Paralympic Committee, of the National Paralympic Committees, etc.).

  • [18] PARALYMPIC GAMES ADVISORY COMMITTEE The ATHENS 2004 Board of Directors has established a nine-member Advisory Committee to address all issues concerning the Paralympic Games.

    Specifically, the Committee will provide advice on issues related to training sites, accommodations, and on transportation for the athletes and their associates.

    ATHENS 2004 Managing Director Ioannis Spanudakis was appointed President of the Advisory Committee.

  • [19] ATHENS 2004 SEMINAR ON TECHNOLOGY During a special presentation in Athens, ATHENS 2004 President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki pointed out that the massive technological requirements of the Olympic Games will contribute to an extensive overhaul of Greece's infrastructure in basic sectors .

    Ms. Angelopoulos-Daskalaki also said that total investment in the communication sectors will amount 120 billion drachmas (approximately 352 million EURO) and urged Greek enterprises to participate in this technological regeneration.

  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [20] EURODEPUTY ON ANTHRAX SECURITY MEASURES The amendment of community legislature on pharmaceutical patents, so that antibiotics for anthrax can be freed from the monopoly and the high prices enforced by pharmaceutical companies, was asked of the European Commission by Al. Alavanos. The Member of

    European Parliament also asked for the recording of all labs where anthrax viruses or other diseases are kept, asking for a strict communal check to be initiated.

  • [21] PRODI: CYPRUS WILL BECOME AN EU MEMBER Cyprus will become a European Union member during the first EU enlargement wave regardless of whether there will be a settlement on the Cyprus problem, stressed European Commission president Romano Prodi speaking in the Cypriot parliament yesterday. He e xpressed the wish that the citizens of Cyprus will vote in the 2004 Euro-elections and invited both the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots to take advantage of every opportunity for the solution of the Cyprus problem before the EU accession.

    Mr. Prodi underlined that the EU wants a solution for the Cyprus problem before the EU accession stressing, however, that this will not be a pre-condition for Cyprus' accession into the EU.

    He also expressed the belief that the solution of the Cyprus issue is feasible and stated that Cyprus, as an EU member, will participate in the European Union Council.

  • [22] A GREEK-AMERICAN DONATED US$250.000 FOR THE REBUILDING OF ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH Greek-American Christos Kotsakos, president of the E' Trade Group Inc. donated US$250.000 to rebuilt the St. Nicholas church in Manhattan buried under the rubble of the Twin Towers which collapsed on September 11 after the terrorist attack on the United States.

    The donation was announced in the US-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce 53rd annual formal dinner at New York's Metropolitan Club last Friday when Mr. Kotsakos was declared Businessman of the Year.


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