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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2003-03-17

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From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, March 17, 2003

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] GONE WITH THE WIND!
  • [02] WITNESSES TO A BLOODY TALE
  • [03] ISMAIL CEM IN ATHENS
  • [04] 17N DEFENSE ASKS FOR THE CANCELLATION OF PRELIMINARY PROCEEDINGS
  • [05] DRUGS AND INGRATITUDE
  • [06] THOUSANDS OF ABUSED CHILDREN
  • [07] 11TH JOURNALISTIC CONFERENCE IN JUNE
  • [08] DEP. MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN KYOTO
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [09] THE EU DISCUSSES THE BALKANS NEWS IN DETAILS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] GONE WITH THE WIND! Serious problems have been caused, mainly in transportations, by the especially strong winds, whose speed can reach 130 km/h, registering at 10 Beaufort, in some areas of the Aegean. Floods were recorded on the Ioannina seafront and in the mountainous re gions of Achaea. Narrows all over the country have been shut down and there have been problems with flights. The weather forecast foresees the adverse phenomena will wear themselves out by this afternoon.
  • [02] WITNESSES TO A BLOODY TALE The court will accept the testimonies of witnesses in the trial concerning the crimes of the 17N terrorist organization, after it overruled all objections filed by the defense. The first case concerns the murder of US military official Robert Chad, in No vember 1983, and will be followed by witness testimonies on the robbery of the National Bank, during which officer Christos Matis was murdered.
  • [03] ISMAIL CEM IN ATHENS Head of the New Turkey Party and former Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, who is in Athens, will meet with Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou at 11:00 this morning. The New turkey Party received only 2% in the recent elections.
  • [04] 17N DEFENSE ASKS FOR THE CANCELLATION OF PRELIMINARY PROCEEDINGS The trial of the "November 17" terrorist organization continued this morning with objections on behalf of the defense, concerning the invalidity of the preliminary proceedings.

    Vassilis Tzortzatos' defense attorneys filed a request that the suit by the widow of DA Andrioulidakis be suspended, because his family received compensation from the "Evaggelismis" hospital for his death.

    However, DAs Christos Lambrou and Vassilis Markis, suggested the objections be overruled, because, as they said, everything was done according to the proper legal procedure.

    Other defense attorneys requested that evidence such as the findings of the graphologist and the fingerprints found in the hideouts, be barred from use in trial because it was either subjective or circumstantial.

    Meanwhile, the trial will move into its main body today, with testimonies from murder and attempted murder witnesses, in cases that 17N took the responsibility for. These include the attempted murder of US Seargeant Robert Chad, the robbery of the Nation al Bank, during which police officer Christos Matis was murdered, and the double homicide of publisher Nikos Momferatos and his driver Panagiotis Roussetis.

  • [05] DRUGS AND INGRATITUDE DA Ch. Lambrou proposed that all objections concerning the preliminary investigations and the obtaining of the preliminary testimonies concerning crimes related to the activities of 17N from the defendants, be overruled, while he accused Savvas Xeros of ingratitude, in reference to his statement that his testimony was elicited with the use of drugs. Mr. Lambrou made mention of a "final confession", noting that it was in the hands of the Greek Republic that the defendant was saved.
  • [06] THOUSANDS OF ABUSED CHILDREN Approximately 5000-10000 children are physically or mentally abused in Greece each year, but the majority of the cases is not reported, according to the information presented at a meeting on the abuse and treatment of minors, organized by the municipalit y of Thessaloniki. However, the specialists participating in the meeting stressed that child abuse is still a family secret, which is almost exclusively reported in divorce cases.
  • [07] 11TH JOURNALISTIC CONFERENCE IN JUNE The 11th Journalistic Conference to be held on the island of Samothraki from June 6-8, will be dedicated to the 2004 Olympics.

    Top sportswriters from all over the world will participate in the Conference, while it is the first time that the Panhellenic Association of Sports Press will participate in its organization.

    On the first day of the Conference there will be a presentation of the "ATHENS 2004" press services, while the role of the media and sports journalism as regards to the Olympic spirit will also be discussed. On the second day issues concerning violence i n sports, doping, controlled journalism, etc. will also be discussed.

  • [08] DEP. MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN KYOTO Deputy Minister of the Environment, Planning and Public Works Rodoula Zisi will be traveling to Kyoto today, heading the large Greek delegation to attend the 3rd World Water Forum, which is being held there from March 16 to March 24.

    The Forum covers a large number of smaller forums, parallel meetings, and 5 meetings on the 5 major geographical regions (Africa, North and South America, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Middle East and the Mediterranean), as well as a Ministerial C onvention.

    The Forum's basic goal is the exchange views and experiences among a large number of governments or governmental organizations, institutes and international organizations, as well as to present successful examples as far as the protection and management of water resources are concerned.

    Greece holds the rotating Presidency of the EU and is expected to play an important role in the promotion of European positions on a global level.

    Mrs. Zisi will preside over a series of Communal Coordinations on a ministerial level, aiming at forming common European positions, she will speak on behalf of the European Union at the Ministerial Plenary Session, while at the same time she will partici pate in a number of events, which of great interest to Greece, such as the Day of the Mediterranean and the Middle East and the Day of Europe.

  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [09] THE EU DISCUSSES THE BALKANS The European enlargement, developments in the Western Balkans, the Middle East, the crisis in North Korea and EU-Russia relations will be discussed at the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council meeting, to be held in Brussels tomorrow, preside d over by Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou.

    The agenda will also include the effectiveness of the Union's exterior activities, the European Defense and Security Policy and human rights in the framework of the 59th meeting of the UN Committee on human rights.

    The Council will explore the proposal for a regulation on the submission of a final anti-dubbing tax concerning the import of metal - iron, steel, etc. - sheeting, from various countries of the Balkans and Africa.


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