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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2003-04-01

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


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, April 1, 2003

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] RESPONSE TO HUMANITARIANISM
  • [02] CLOSING THE BOOK ON KOKKALIS?
  • [03] CONNECTING THE MURDER ATTEMPT TO THE SCANDAL
  • [04] NEW ANTIWAR RALLIES
  • [05] TSOCHATZOPOULOS: "BLOATED" US STATEMENTS THAT SYRIA-IRAN WILL FOLLOW IRAQ
  • [06] HUMANITARIAN AID FOR IRAQ FROM DOCTORS OF THE WORLD
  • [07] ASSASSINATION FOR NATIONAL RECONCILIATION
  • [08] GOVERNMENT REASSURANCES
  • [09] ANOTHER GREEK NAVY SHIP PATROLS SOUDA BAY
  • [10] CHRISTODOULAKIS: THE BUDGET WILL BE JUDGED AT THE END OF THE YEAR
  • [11] GAINS IN THE ASE
  • [12] THE SERB AMBASSADOR IS AGAINST THE WAR IN IRAQ
  • [13] THE GOV'T SPOKESMAN ON POWELL'S INITIATIVES
  • [14] PROTOPAPAS ON THE ECONOMY
  • [15] GREEK HUMANITARIAN AID TO IRAQ
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [16] DIPLOMACY IN THE WAR
  • [17] BRIDGE OF EU-US COMMUNICATION
  • [18] PAPANTONIOU'S CONTACTS IN WASHINGTON
  • [19] ARCHBISHOP OF ALBANIA STATEMENT ON THE WAR IN IRAQ NEWS IN DETAILS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] RESPONSE TO HUMANITARIANISM Greece has shown a great response to the invitation for the contribution of humanitarian aid to the people of Iraq. The Prime Minister characterized every contribution positive, while the Minister of Education appealed for school students to participate in the drive. But although the distribution of humanitarian aid is a priority of the EU, it is not easy while battles are ongoing. The 3 million euro offered by the government will be used by NGOs.
  • [02] CLOSING THE BOOK ON KOKKALIS? The Kokkalis case brief is on the way to the filing cabinets, as the 4th Regular DA, Giorgos Pournaras, saw that no criminal charges on espionage could be brought against the businessman, after a year and a half of investigations, and in a document to th e DA of First Instance asked that the case brief be closed. The brief has been transferred to the Appeals DA's office, which will decide if it is to be closed.
  • [03] CONNECTING THE MURDER ATTEMPT TO THE SCANDAL Witness testimonies on the attempt against the life of former Minister G. Petsos will mark the continuation of the trial on the crimes committed by the members of the 17N terrorist group. Yesterday, Mr. Petsos asked that the former commander of the Greek

    Intelligence Service, Mr. Tsimas, be subpoenaed, insinuating the involvement of the secret services and connecting the murder attempt against him to the trial on the Koskotas scandal, while he repeated his belief that only the operational branch of the o rganization is on trial, while the "masterminds" are still at large.

  • [04] NEW ANTIWAR RALLIES New antiwar rallies have been organized for this Thursday, April 3, in Thessaloniki.

    The Union of Civil Servant Organizations of Thessaloniki (EDOTh) has called employees in the public sector to participate in the 24-hour strike declared by the Supreme Administration of Greek Civil Servants (ADEDY) on Thursday and be present at the rally

    to be held at 11am at the Venizelos statue. The Workers'-Employees' Center of Thessaloniki has called employees in the private sector to participate in a four-hour walkout (11am-3pm) declared by the General Union of Greek Workers and the rally along with

    EDOTh.

    The Coordination Struggle of Thessaloniki schools decided on an antiwar rally on Thursday at 12 noon at the Venizelos statue.

    The two rallies will develop into protests towards the US Consulate.

    At 11am tomorrow, students and teachers will protest at the Direction of Higher Education of Thessaloniki and will ask that all absences given to the students during their participation in the antiwar rallies, be erased.

  • [05] TSOCHATZOPOULOS: "BLOATED" US STATEMENTS THAT SYRIA-IRAN WILL FOLLOW IRAQ Greece has the best conditions to deal with the problems from the war in Iraq, stressed Minister of Development Akis Tsochatzopoulos, who stated that no one can know how long the war will last.

    He characterized the statements made by US Secretary of State Collin Powel, that Iran and Syria will follow Iraq, as "bloated", and noted that what is more important is peace.

    Prime Minister Costas Simitis met with Mr. Tsochatzopoulos and was briefed on regional development programs.

  • [06] HUMANITARIAN AID FOR IRAQ FROM DOCTORS OF THE WORLD Humanitarian aid is being concentrated for the children of Iraq by the Doctors of the World, at kiosk 4 of the Thessaloniki International Fair, daily from 9am to 6pm.

    They are concentrating cough medicines, antipyretics, antibiotics, and diarrhea medicines, as well as foods (legumes, rice, sugar, canned milk and powdered baby food) and blankets.

    The Doctors of the World stress that the humanitarian aid concentrated, transferred and delivered to the tried citizens of Iraq.

  • [07] ASSASSINATION FOR NATIONAL RECONCILIATION Terrorism cannot stand the reconciliation between the Left and the Right, stated Mayor of Athens Dora Bakoyanni, in her emotionally charged testimony regarding the killing of her husband Pavlos Bakoyannis in 1989 by the 17N terrorist group. Earlier, the examination of witnesses in the attempted murder of G. Petsos had been completed, on which S. Xeros avoided answering the questions of the President of the Court regarding his preliminary investigation testimony, which he once again attributed to torture.
  • [08] GOVERNMENT REASSURANCES The Ministers who participated in the meeting with the Prime Minister were reassuring regarding the war in Iraq. Greece has the best conditions to deal with the problems from the war, stated Minister of Development Akis Tsochatzopoulos, while Minister of

    the Environment, Planning and Public Works, V. Papandreou, characterized the insecurity evident in markets and stock markets due to the war, as natural.

  • [09] ANOTHER GREEK NAVY SHIP PATROLS SOUDA BAY Another Greek warship has been dispatched to Souda, Crete southern Greece by the Greek Navy. Its mission will be the safety of the Souda Naval Yard and it was dispatched after a decision by the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs.

    The warship sent is missile-boat "Troupakis" and together with the torpedo-boat "Batsis" will patrol the region.

  • [10] CHRISTODOULAKIS: THE BUDGET WILL BE JUDGED AT THE END OF THE YEAR The performance and implementation course of the state budget will be judged at the end of the year and not earlier, stated Greek Minister of Finance Nikos Christodoulakis responding to those who maintain that the budget moves on a razor's edge.

    Mr. Christodoulakis pointed out that revenues go well and added that the main lever supporting the development and modernization of the Greek economy can be found at the community support framework and at the infrastructure and business support projects.

    On the downward course followed by international markets, Mr. Christodoulakis stated that he is worried by the war, adding that such a situation is logical to lead to many negative behaviors and increase international insecurity which in turn have an imp act on international economy.

  • [11] GAINS IN THE ASE The Athens Stock Exchange general index followed an upward course today as a result of the gains recorded in the major European stock markets.

    The general index rose to +0.50% at 1.474,65 points, while the volume of transactions was small at 44.2 million euros.

    Of the stocks trading today, 221 recorded gains and 79 had losses, while the value of 85 stocks remained unchanged.

  • [12] THE SERB AMBASSADOR IS AGAINST THE WAR IN IRAQ Ambassador of Serbia and Montenegro to Athens Mr. Dusan Batakovic, who is on a visit to Crete, expressed his opposition to the war in Iraq in statements he made after his meeting with the mayor of Chania.

    Mr. Batakovic stated that his country is not a friend of Saddam Hussein, pointing out that "we are friends of the Iraqi people and we are in favor of peace".

    The ambassador of Serbia and Montenegro expressed regret over the fact that the problem in Iraq is not resolved in a legal way, adding that "we are sorry for the victims because we have gone through the same experience and we know that such conflicts des troy the people and not the system".

    Asked to comment on whether Serbia will be able to stand on its feet at a political level in the following months after Djindjic's assassination, Mr. Batakovic expressed the belief that this will be achieved. He underlined that the assassination of the S erb Prime Minister will not bring the results expected by some. A united front has been created, instead of chaos, which will continue the effort for Serbia's accession into the European Union. Mr. Batakovic expressed satisfaction for the fact that his co untry has the support of Greece in this effort.

    The ambassador of Serbia and Montenegro visited the prefect of Chania yesterday and awarded him a Federal Republic of Yugoslavia diploma in a show of gratitude for the moral and material support offered to the Yugoslav people.

  • [13] THE GOV'T SPOKESMAN ON POWELL'S INITIATIVES Greek government spokesman Christos Protopapas confirmed today that US Secretary of State Mr. Colin Powell has requested a meeting with the EU Troika. Namely, Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Se curity Policy Mr. Javier Solana and EU Commissioner for External Relations Mr. Chris Paten. Mr. Powell has also requested an informal meeting with the Foreign Ministers of the "15" and NATO, as well as a meeting with NATO representatives at a military lev el.

    Mr. Protopapas stated that the Greek government has no objection to exchange views and to reiterate its positions even though they are known. However, he pointed out that it would have been best if Mr. Powell had undertaken such initiatives and held disc ussions before the war. "It's never too late", concluded the Greek government spokesman.

  • [14] PROTOPAPAS ON THE ECONOMY The problems in the economies of different countries in the world and the EU because of the war, cannot leave Greece unaffected, pointed out Greek government spokesman Christos Protopapas reiterating, however, that the Greek economy has strong foundation s and no emergency measures were needed.

    Mr. Protopapas also said that the Greek economy is shielded but no armor is strong enough to be invulnerable, adding that Greece feels the effects of this international crisis mainly in the sector of tourism. He stated that growth rate should be kept hig h because this is the only answer to unemployment, while it is the only way to secure the revenues needed by the state to be able to have an economy with a healthy and stable course.

  • [15] GREEK HUMANITARIAN AID TO IRAQ The first caravan of Greek humanitarian aid, part of which was collected by "Alpha" television station viewers, has already arrived in Iraq to offer relief to the suffering Iraqi people and especially, the children. The lack in food, water and medicine i s tremendous and as a result thousands of people are faced with illnesses and famine.

    The Doctors of the World accompany the humanitarian aid they collected and the humanitarian aid collected by "Alpha" and defying the dangers they crossed the borders with Jordan with two trucks carrying drinking water, food and medicine mainly, for small

    children. Specifically, they carry a total of 6 tons of milk and 32 tons of pharmaceutical material, namely, syringes, medical equipment, gauzes and antibiotics.

    The Greek Doctors of the World have already collected 250 tons of humanitarian aid for the Iraqi people and at this hour, it is on its way to Jordan. From there it will be taken to Baghdad and other regions with the assistance of the Iraqi Red Cross.

    The news on the initiative of the Greek Doctors of the World and their arrival in Iraq traveled around the world through the international news agencies, while it was one of the top news stories on "Sky News" today.

  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [16] DIPLOMACY IN THE WAR A surprise visit to Brussels and Ankara will be carried out today by US Secretary of State Mr. Powell. In the seat of the EU he will meet with the heads of the Council and the Committee on foreign policy, Mr. Solana and Mr. Patten, as well as with the Pr esident of the Council Giorgos Papandreou, while in Ankara he will meet with the Turkish political leadership in an effort to make Turkey's position towards the war and as far as Northern Iraq is concerned, clear. Meanwhile, Greek Minister of National Def ense Giannos Papantoniou will meet with his US counterpart in Washington, D. Rumsfeld, and with President Bush's Security Consultant Contoleezza Rice. He is to be the first foreign politician to meet with Mr. Rumsfeld since the beginning of the operations
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