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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2003-10-06
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, October 6, 2003
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
Specifically on Alexandros Giotopoulos (the organization's alleged leader), 44% believes that he is probably the leader of 17N, while 17.9% believes that he is not. However, 36.5% is reserved in answering the specific question, while only 1.6% believed t hat the organization had no leader.
Regarding the crimes of the organizations, 33.3% believed that they are probably political, while 46.5% believe that they are penal; 20.2% did not answer the specific question.
However, a large portion of public opinion, 65%, is not interested in the trial of the "17N" organization, in contrast to 31.7% that is interested in it. Regarding the trial continuing in the women's ward of the Corydallos Penitentiary, which expected to
be completed in the first ten days of November, 55.5% believed that the trial was fair, in contrast to 22.9% which believes that it was probably not.
In the meeting he had with the Presidency of PASOK's Parliamentary Group, drawing on the commencing of a new period for the Parliament's Plenary Session, Mr. Simitis expressed his satisfaction on the course of the economy and the growth rate. He stressed
that the budget will be voted on and repeated that parliamentary elections will be held in Spring 2004.
The Prime Minister also discussed the problems MPs are concerned with, with the Presidency.
Of the stocks trading today, the overwhelming majority of 307 recorded gains and 32 had losses, while the value of 45 remained unchanged.
The two Greek fishermen were arrested by the Turks accused of entering the Turkish territorial waters while fishing in Evros River. The ordeal for Pluton Magdalinidis and his 15yearold son, Yiannis, began at dawn when they went fishing at Evros River in the region of Soufli.
Based on the available information, the two entered the Turkish territorial waters when they got lost and were arrested by the Turks. Their release is expected within the next few hours.
On Tuesday, October 7, Mr. Papantoniou will visit Washington where he will meet with US Assistant Secretary of State Mark Grossman.
On the same day, Mr. Papantoniou will be the main speaker in the 2nd Annual Conference on Greek-US Relations addressing issues of foreign policy and defense, the Athens Olympic Games preparations, the investment opportunities offered in Greece and the se curity environment. Later in the afternoon, he will meet with Greek-American Senator Paul Sarbanis and then he will leave for Colorado.
The NATO Summit agenda includes watching the Dynamic Response 07 military exercise, attending a working lunch of the NATO Defense Ministers with the NATO Secretary-General on Wednesday and with the Russian Defense Minister on Thursday.
Mr. Papantoniou will give a press conference in New York on Saturday, October 11.
During the meeting, they discussed the prospects for the twinning of the city of Florina with the city of Tirkoviste, while they also, discussed ideas for the further development of the economic, tourist and cultural cooperation, as well as joint initiat ives.
The two men also exchanged views on bilateral state relations, and on Florina's special role in the wider Balkan region and southeastern Europe.
The Athens journalists condemn the persecution of their Turkish Cypriot colleagues, which is accompanied by open threats against their lives.
The Greek government and the Foreign Ministry watch with great concern the dangerous escalation of violence and tension in the Middle East after the recent terrorist attack in Haifa that resulted to the deaths of innocent Israeli citizens, among them chi ldren, and the Israeli Air Force attack on Syria, he said characteristically.
He condemned both the terrorist attack in Haifa and the Israeli air raid on Syria and reiterated the need for the implementation of the "road map" for peace in the region.
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
According to Romania's penal laws, the transfer of an inmate to another country can last for a small period of time. For example, until the Greek authorities complete the investigation on crimes committed in Greece in which Passaris was allegedly involve d.
After the investigation is completed, the Greek authorities will have to escort Passaris back to Romania to serve his sentence.