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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2002-09-18
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, September 18, 2002
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
Speaking to Flash radio, Mr. Papantoniou supported that it is difficult for one to foresee the exact developments at the Copenhagen EU Summit as far as Cyprus' accession to the EU is concerned.
"What is certain is that Turkey has stated it will react to the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the European Union. The question is, to what extent will these reactions go. The image I have is that at the moment Turkey is weighing the consequences
its reaction may have. It would definitely cause great problems and will damage its European prospects, because who will continue to support it once it has acted outside international Law", he asked.
He also added that Greece must be ready for every eventuality and added that we must continue hoping that prudence, common mind and the real interests of Turkey will prevail over its reactions.
As far as a possible US attack on Iraq is concerned, the Minister of Defense stressed that initially a positive position of the international community , and especially the EU, is needed, while he clarified that Greece will not participate in anything "t hat has not been sanctioned by the United Nations".
Mr. Papantoniou underlined that Greece has nothing to gain from such a military intervention and he referred to the negative consequences such an action would have on a country's economy. "We also have to fight, as a country, within the EU so that throug h UN Inspectors a war can be avoided. Because geopolitically we are in the Middle Eastern region, thus any destabilizing action will be a powerful strike at our national interests. Furthermore, we are a small country, greatly dependent on petroleum. It is
obvious that for the duration of a military operation there would be many negative consequences on our economy", he said.
During the day, Mr. Karamanlis will meet with relevant Commissioner on enlargement issues, Gunter Verheugen, while he will be present at a reception of ND EuroMPs, in honor of Greek EU employees. In the evening the Head of the Opposition will observe the
works of the EPP's Presidency.
Tomorrow, the President of ND will observe the works of the council and the political office of the EPP and in the afternoon he will return to Athens.
This development sparked a new round of confrontations between PASOK and ND. Press spokesperson of ND Thodoris Roussopoulos, stated that this development has done justice to ND, and is a slap in the face for all those who would not tire of poisoning publ ic life. He called Mr. Simitis and Mr. Laliotis to apologize.
The Secretary of PASOK's Central Committee, Kostas Laliotis, pointed out that the issue is not closed. The judges are judged and the political stigma will mark ND for its shady dealings with financial interests.
Government Spokesperson Christos Protopapas answered Mr. Roussopoulos with the questions: "Why did ND claim it had no connections to the Liberian "Mayo" company, when they accept that $2.5 million surged from this source into its own treasury? Does this not do justice to the truth of Mr. Laliotis' evidences? Is this not called a transaction and dependence on financial interests?"
On his side, the ND Press Spokesperson stated that: "Mr. Protopapas' repeated drivel has been answered by Justice".
"The coin form of these two European currencies is a serious reason for their undervaluing in the consciences of our country's citizens, and that has a negative effect on price levels, while, at the same time, it contributes to a lax consumer habit in bu ying products", pointed out OTOE.
It should be noted that the Greek request of OTOE, was made known by letter to the Vice President of the European Central Bank, Lucas Papadimos, Minister of Finance Nikos Christodoulakis, and the Director of the Bank of Greece, Nikolaos Garganas.
The Appeals Council judged that there are signs of possible implication and her temporary incarceration was deemed necessary. Sotiropoulou was arrested yesterday in Patissia and spent the night in a counter terrorism cell.
Within the Corydallos penitentiary, Dimitris Koufontinas and Nikos Papanastasiou talked for 90 minutes, the duration of time they spent in the courtyard together, for the first time since their incarceration.
According to "To Vima" newspaper, after two months of near isolation, Nikos Papanastasiou met with a fellow prisoner for the first time, while the only suspect still spending time in the courtyard alone is Alexandros Giotopoulos.
As far as the communication rules for the prisoners with 4th degree relatives and attorneys are concerned, they have not yet been established. Dimitris Koufontinas asked if he will be allowed to see Aggeliki Sotiropoulou within the prison, while the auth orities are seriously looking into the possibility of allowing Mrs. Sotiropoulou to see her underage son every day.
Specifically, the Special Supreme Court ruled that based on International Law, a state cannot be tried by the court of another state, for reparations of any kind both at times of war and peace.
However, the issue of the German reparations has been referred to Division I of the Supreme Court, which is able to send an interlocutory query to the court of European communities before its ruling, in order to define the sense of the wrongdoing.
The plenary session of the Supreme Court had ruled, after the appeal of Distomo victims' relatives had made, that reparation demands for wrongdoing by another state could be tried in Greece.
On their side, the relatives of the victims may appeal to the Hague Court, against the Greek Public Sector, for violation of the European treaty on human rights, in obstructing the right to justice.
Based on figures provided by the Ministry of Education for the year 2000, the foreign and repatriated Greek students in the Greek elementary education schools are 65.546 (10.7%) and 43.000 of them come from Albania, 16.459 from the former Soviet Union an d 3.500 from different EU countries. In the secondary education schools their percentage is smaller as in the school year 2000-2001 foreign students corresponded to 4.5% of the total number of students.
Most of the foreign students are in the region of Athens (47%), central Macedonia (24%) and eastern Macedonia and Thrace (9%).
in Athens and the Peloponnese and a number of Greek islands.
They come from cities and towns of Israel targeted repeatedly by terrorist suicide attacks in the past two years and many of them have lost family members or friends.
The 140 young Israelis will arrive in Athens on Sunday morning.
and people in the neighboring country.
Greece is a strategic partner of FYROM and will continue to contribute to the stability and development of the neighboring country by strengthening the multifaceted bilateral cooperation and by promoting its Euro-Atlantic prospect, stated Mr. Beglitis.
A court in Iraklion, on the island of Crete in southern Greece, found the Norwegian guilty for the rape of an 8yearold boy from Sweden, who was on vacation with his parents in Platania, Chania in May 2001.
mobilization that will be completed on Thursday, the boycott participation reached 40-60%.
This means in essence that large quantities of fresh fruit and vegetables have remained undisposed and as a result prices have dropped even further.
Inflation in the Euro-zone was at 2.1% in August, while Greece still has the third highest inflation among the 12 Euro-zone countries as its harmonized index rose to 3.8% like in Holland. The highest inflation was recorded in Ireland (4.5%) followed by P ortugal (3.9%). The lowest was in Germany (1%), Belgium (1.3%) and Finland (1.8%).
The inflationary pressures in the Euro-zone were intensified by the international oil price hikes which increased the cost in industry and airlines.
An upward course was followed by the average structural inflation in the Euro-zone which reached 2.5% in August compared to 2.4% in July.
The general index dropped to -1.79% at 1.898,49 points, while the volume of transactions did not exceed 100 million Euro.
Of the stocks trading today only 39 recorded gains and the overwhelming majority of 299 had losses, while the value of 37 stocks remained unchanged.
Mr. Protopapas stressed that elections were held in a climate of calm and there was mature and democratic behavior displayed by everybody, in a country that has suffered greatly by conflicts recently. He added that the Greek government is ready to cooper ate with the government of FYROM to handle the issues that are still pending and of course Greece is ready to cooperate for the consolidation of peace, security and cooperation in southeastern Europe.
On the course of the opening of the EU accession negotiations with Turkey, Mr. Papandreou pointed out that nothing has been decided yet and the issue will be assessed in Copenhagen on December 12. However, he said, developments inside Turkey will play an
important role in the final decision of the EU. He added that Greece is in favor of Turkey's European course.
When asked to comment on the likelihood for Ankara to escalate its provocation, given the unstable political scene in the neighboring country, Mr. Papandreou pointed out that in spite of the internal developments the rapprochement achieved so far has sto pped Turkey's domestic instability from being exported to Greece. Within this framework, stated Mr. Papandreou, unpredictable moves not only hurt bilateral relations but Turkey's relations with the EU as well and in essence its own prospects.
Greece, concluded Mr. Papandreou, is always ready to defend its interests but he predicted that developments will be smooth.
In the meeting of the Balkan Justice Ministers will participate the responsible ministers from Greece, Romania, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania as well as representatives of the Justice Ministries in Bulgaria and Cyprus