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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2002-09-13
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, September 13, 2002
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
At the same time, he will answer to what Prime Minister Kostas Simitis said a week ago from the TIF's podium, while he will promote ND Thessaloniki Mayor and Prefect candidates Vassilis Papageorgopoulos and Panagiotis Psomiadis (respecitvely).
This morning, Mr. Karamanlis will visit Lake Doirani in Kilkis and will speak to local body representatives at 12:30. At 19:30 he will visit Mr. Papageorgopoulos campaign center in Thessaloniki.
On Saturday, at 10:30, he will visit the offices of the Journalists' Union of Macedonia and Thrace Daily Newspapers (ESIEM-Th), at 11:00 the 67th TIF, and at 12:30 the campaign center of candidate Prefect, Panagiotis Psomiadis.
At 20:00, he will speak at the official dinner held at the "I. Vellidis" conference center.
On Sunday, at 13:00, he will hold a press conference at the "Macedonia Palace" Hotel.
The 40-year-old woman was arrested yesterday in Exarchia, Athens, and has been charged with participation in a criminal organization, supply and possession of explosives by complicity and possession of arms by complicity. All of the charges are felonies.
Aggeliki Sotiropoulou denied all the charges against her. Officers of the counter terrorism service mentioned that the warrant for her arrest was issued after one of her fingerprints was found in the Damareos st. hideout, on the interior of a wardrobe, w hile two more of her prints were found on a book and a magazine in the Patmos st. hideout.
Her attorney, Gianna Courtovik, stated that one fingerprint is not enough for the charges to hold water.
Meanwhile, as soon as Dimitris Koufontinas was informed of his companion's arrest, he asked to see the Corrydalos penitentiary warden, while he called his attorney Mrs. Courtovik. Savvas and Christodoulos Xeros telephoned Alisia Cortez, in order to be in formed on any developments.
The police are expected to arrest more women implicated in terrorist organizations within the next few days. According to the "To Vima" newspaper, the counter terrorism service has information on two more women from Dimitris Koufontinas' circle, who alle gedly belong to the core of ELA.
It seems one woman has been living in Egina for years, and had been listed in counter terrorism files as a possible participant in city guerrilla activities, as well as a Nikea resident, who was related to anti-authority organizations in Italy in the pas t.
A downward course dominated in the first eight months of 2002 when car sales dropped by 7.5%. The bus sales dropped by 13.4%, trucks 1.6% and motorcycles 10.4%.
The top place in car sales is occupied by Toyota and corresponds to an 8.83% market share. It is followed by Hyundai 8.80% and Peugeot 8.20%.
Mr. Paschalidis stated that before 2008 the Thessaloniki airport will be international and competitive and will have the capacity to serve a total of 8 million passengers on an annual basis.
The Minister of Macedonia-Thrace made the statements during his visit to Thessaloniki's Macedonia Airport to inspect the progress made in the projects that are already underway.
After the resignation of the conference president Aristotle University of Thessaloniki dean Michalis Papadopoulos, the Organizing Committee, made up of Greek from Pontos federations from around the world, held a meeting and decided to back the conference . They stressed that the conference will play an important role in the effort to solve the problems of the Greeks from Pontos.
In a press conference that was held today it was announced that the conference organizers decided to expel the Federation of the Associations of Greeks from Pontos in Northern Greece from the conference after the resignation of Mr. Papadopoulos.
The European Mobility Week on September 16-22 will offer the opportunity to the European citizens to enjoy a full week of events dedicated to sustainable mobility.
Greece will participate in the events that will take place in Athens and in a total of 79 municipalities.
The European Mobility Week includes the Public Transport Day (16/9), Cycling Day (18/9), Living Streets/Greenways Day (20/9) and Day Without a Car (22/9).
He personally guaranteed the excellent organization of the 2004 Olympic Games and appeared satisfied with the progress made within the framework of the timetables set. He stressed that the projects contribute to the improvement of the quality of life and
Greece's speedier economic and social convergence with the rest EU states.
The building complex occupies a space of 183.000 square meters and will accommodate a total of 19.000 accredited members of the press and thousands more who will visit Greece during the 2004 Olympic Games.
According to 5th World Conference of the Greeks from Pontos Organizing Committee deputy president Giorgos Tanimanidis, the priceless treasures were discovered by Turkish archaeologists and were photographed two years ago.
In a press conference that was held in Thessaloniki today, Mr. Tanimanidis stated that efforts are being made to hold an exhibition of the relics and their photographs in Thessaloniki.
Of the stocks trading today, the overwhelming majority of 313 recorded losses and only 27 had gains, while the value of 34 stocks remained unchanged.
For the record, Mr. Haji-Ioannou was planning to hand over the reins of the company to Sir Colin Chandler in April 2003. The date of his resignation coincides with the announcement of the airline's economic results for the current fiscal year.
According to statements made by Mr. Haji-Ioannou, he is not planning to sell in the immediate future the 22% of the company he owns.
Mr. Karamanlis stressed that Greece is a country with big social and regional inequalities. Three of the seven poorest regions in the European Union are in Greece, while unemployment in many regions is over 25%, he said.
The New Democracy leader stated that the government's agricultural policy has collapsed and added that there is no concrete plan for the support of the farm sector. He stressed that New Democracy believes in a new aggressive farm policy.
He also stated that Greece needs a new aggressive economic policy in harmony with the needs of the new era. Specifically, he said that concrete regional interventions are needed, while an emphasis should be given to more investments in the production se ctor, both Greek and foreign.
Mr. Karamanlis stated that the greatest threat is that the government is unable to protect the country's most valuable resource, the environment. He stated that during his visit earlier to Lake Doiran, he witnessed a site of devastation as no measure has
been taken to reverse the disaster that is taking place, in spite of the repeated appeals made by ecological organizations and the remarks of New Democracy in parliament.
exist for different reasons to promote his "gray Greece" tactic.
He said that Mr. Karamanlis wants to be on the news and not suggest solutions. Mr. Protopapas concluded that a serious work is necessary in Doiran and it cannot be supplemented by visits of tourist nature. He added that Mr. Karamanlis will forget all abo ut Doiran tomorrow but the Ministry of Environment, Land Planning and Public Works will solve the problem.
Responding to the government spokesman, New Democracy spokesman Thodoris Rousopoulos spoke of "gray statements" by Mr. Protopapas and maintained that with his statements causes irreversible damage to the government he represents. He added that the case o f Doiran is another proof that the forgotten "other Greece" of Mr. Simitis does not need empty words and promises anymore.
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Mr. Bush said he was pleased with the recent successes of the Greek Police in relation to "November 17". "You have done a very good job with terrorism", he pointed out.
He furthermore referred to Greece's role in the Balkans and asked to be informed on what is happening with the Cyprus issue. The Greek Foreign Minister underlined that Greece is attempting to resolve the political problem and recognizes the US's part in that direction.
Mr. Papandreou congratulated the US President for his speech at the UN General Assembly, and mentioned that it is necessary for the possible attack on Iraq to first be legalized.
In their short discussion, Mr. Papandreou and Mr. Bush raised the issue of Turkey's European prospects.
Mr. Bush asked Mr. Papandreou to give his best wishes to Prime Minister Kostas Simitis.