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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2003-08-21

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


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, August 21, 2003

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] THE FIRE IN THE ISLAND OF SAMOS WAS PUT OUT
  • [02] QUESTION POSED BY A ND DEPUTY TO THREE GOVERNMENT MINISTERS
  • [03] ATHENS IS THE 26TH MOST EXPENSIVE CITY IN THE WORLD
  • [04] BRITISH TOUR OPERATORS APOLOGIZED TO THE GREEK TOURIST ORGANIZATION
  • [05] CONSULTATION CENTER FOR THE CRETANS LIVING ABROAD
  • [06] GAINS IN THE ASE
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [07] THE CYPRIOT PRESIDENT WILL BE IN ATHENS IN SEPTEMBER NEWS IN DETAILS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] THE FIRE IN THE ISLAND OF SAMOS WAS PUT OUT The forest fire that broke out last night in the region of Potami in the Aegean island of Samos was put out this morning. The fire reached the region of Seitania causing damages to crops as a result of the strong winds and because of the fact that the re gion, where the fire originally had broken out, is not easily accessible.

    A strong Fire Department force participated in the fire fighting efforts, assisted by four fire fighting aircraft and three helicopters, as well as volunteers and local residents.

    Samos' Prefect Manolis Karlas stated that the fire was the work of arsonists.

  • [02] QUESTION POSED BY A ND DEPUTY TO THREE GOVERNMENT MINISTERS Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy Parliament deputy Evgenios Haitidis prepared a question directed to the Ministers of Interior, Public Order and Education on the occasion of press reports according to which, in the period of August 20-24

    a so-called "3rd world meeting of refugees from the Aegean Macedonia" will take place in prefectures in the northwestern part of Macedonia, northern Greece.

    "They are contemptible separatists, who appear to act undisturbed not only outside Greece but inside Greece as well, under the tolerance or even the assistance of government members", points out Mr. Haitidis, adding that "their primary goal is the recogn ition of a "Macedonian Ethnic Minority in Greece", while their ultimate goal is self-rule namely, the detachment of Greek territory".

    The New Democracy Parliament Deputy characterizes as unacceptable "the Greek government decision to allow individuals from FYROM to enter Greece for so-called, humanitarian reasons". He stresses that the individuals in question "have been found guilty in

    regular courts of law of being enemy collaborators and criminals and are being characterized by strong anti-Greek activity abroad".

    It is also stressed that the provocation becomes even more intense due to the presence of an official FYROM delegation in the conference and because of the fact that those attending it will also attend a religious liturgy in Aridea held by the self-procl aimed bishop Tsarknias in an illegal church in spite of the fact that it was banned by the responsible authorities.

    Mr. Haitidis asks the government ministers why the conference was allowed to take place on Greek territory; in what way individuals holding "Macedonia" passports will be stopped from entering Greece; and on what grounds a religious liturgy will be allowe d to take place by a bishop of a non-existent Church.

    Also, he asks the government why "it does not show any interest in the over 200.000 indigenous Greeks in FYROM who are persecuted if they dare to declare their origin". He, finally, requests that the Greek-FYROM agreement on the conference in question be

    presented.

  • [03] ATHENS IS THE 26TH MOST EXPENSIVE CITY IN THE WORLD Athens occupies the 26th place on the list with the most expensive cities in the world, according to a research conducted by the international financial organization UBS, published on the Athens newspaper "To Vima". Based on the list, Athens is more exp ensive than Madrid, Rome, Lisbon and Barcelona.

    The most expensive city in the world is Oslo, while the top places on the list are occupied by Hong-Kong, Tokyo, New York, Zurich and Copenhagen.

    Regarding wages, Athens is last but one among the European cities. In most European cities wages are between 35 and 65 euros per hour, while in Athens wages are at 22 euros per hour.

  • [04] BRITISH TOUR OPERATORS APOLOGIZED TO THE GREEK TOURIST ORGANIZATION Major British tour operators apologized to the Greek authorities for the misdeeds committed and the problems caused by British tourists in Greece. Among the tour operators, is the internationally known "Club 18-30".

    The Greek Tourist Organization, EOT, condemned the unprecedented incidents and through a statement it has issued it pointed out that the destruction of the Greek tourist product and the Greek culture will not be tolerated.

    A letter of apology was also sent to the EOT President by the British embassy in Athens.

  • [05] CONSULTATION CENTER FOR THE CRETANS LIVING ABROAD The establishment of a Center that will constitute a research and consultation institution for the second and third generation Cretans living abroad was suggested by University of Crete deputy dean Michalis Damanakis. The proposal was made within the fra mework of the World Conference of Cretans Living Abroad taking place at Kolibari, Chania in the island of Crete.

    Mr. Damanakis called on all institutes and the Church of Crete as well as the institutes of Cretans living abroad to cooperate for the creation of the center that will serve the needs of local residents as well as the needs of the Cretans living in diffe rent parts of the world.

    He also suggested that the conference taking place at Kolibari should become an institution and called for the creation of a registry of Cretans living abroad.

  • [06] GAINS IN THE ASE Big gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index rose to +1.92% at 2.276,47 points, while the volume of transactions was at 222.4 million euros.

    Of the stocks trading today, the overwhelming majority of 273 recorded gains and 51 had losses, while the value of 57 stocks remained unchanged.

  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [07] THE CYPRIOT PRESIDENT WILL BE IN ATHENS IN SEPTEMBER Cypriot Republic President Tasos Papadopoulos will be in Athens on September 16 for talks with Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis.

    Mr. Papadopoulos will return to Cyprus before departing for New York where he will address the UN General Assembly. gains and 51 had losses, while the value of 57 stocks remained unchanged.


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