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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2003-10-15
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, October 15, 2003
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
husband, Panagiotis Tzavaras. "Justice will investigate everything", stated Minister of the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works, Vasso Papandreou.
I cannot confirm any stops along the way, said Mr. Powell. A protest rally has already been announced in Athens.
The government is applying the bravest income policy of the last 20 years and it is a paradox for these protests and mobilizations of social groups to exist, he said to "Flash" radio. He added that the government's message is to show solidarity towards t hose in need, but it cannot close on issues that have been pending for decades. The measures of the social package will be put into effect on January 1, 2004, while favorable provisions for petrol will come into effect tomorrow.
He responded to ND, saying that PASOK's MPs are not tired, but those who have been waiting to rule for 20 years, are.
He acknowledged that there are PASOK MPs whose behavior insults the common feeling of public opinion and the people, and he stated that such phenomena will not be permitted.
Mr. Simitis will attend a working dinner of the European Socialist Party tonight, to be held in a hotel in the Belgian capital, while he will also meet with the President of the European Parliament. Mr. Simitis will return to Athens on Saturday night.
"In five days, when this has all blown over, you will realize that it would not have been good to live with a mother with no self esteem", mentioned Roubini Stathea among other things.
"Thank you for your understanding. Nobody could have stopped me. There was no ship for me. There was not path", she mentioned in a short note addressed to a coworker.
Of the stocks trading today, 163 recorded gains and 114 had losses, while the value of 107 stocks remained unchanged.
Even though his health condition is not described as serious, the doctors decided that he should be admitted into the hospital for further tests.
A health bulletin on his condition is going to be issued by the responsible doctors.
Mr. Protopapas added that the government stance is being dictated by a deep faith and respect to the discernible roles.
He said that Mr. Powell is going to have a number of working meetings with Greek President Kostis Stephanopoulos and Prime Minister Kostas Simitis to discuss issues that concern the international community within the framework of his trip to the wider re gion. Mr. Protopapas stated that Athens is being prepared for the meetings but in case something comes up in Mr. Powell's already heavy schedule another place will be found for the meetings or another procedure will be followed for the exchange of views.
Responding to a relevant question, Mr. Protopapas said that Mr. Powell's visit to Greece was not mentioned in the US State Department briefing of the members of the press because it is characterized as a working meeting and not as a formal visit.
Mr. Papandreopu stated after the meeting that discussions are going to be held in Brussels on the European Constitution, EU foreign policy issues and the course of the inter-governmental conference.
On today's bloodbath in Gaza, Mr. Papandreou expressed the grief of the Greek government for the people killed in the attack and stressed that such actions do not promote the peace process. He also underlined that there is a need for all sides to assume their share of responsibility and work for peace through the creation of a Palestinian State by the year 2005 and the safeguarding of security for the State of Israel.
The Foreign Minister was also asked about the relations between the Church of Greece and the Ecumenical Patriarchate expressing the government's concern and the need for unity in Orthodoxy. However, he stressed that the Greek state is not responsible to intervene in such a dispute and suggested dialogue, calm and prudence.
On the likelihood to meet with Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All of Greece, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew stated that if the Archbishop comes to the Fanar he is going to be welcomed.
On its part, the Archbishopric pointed out that in the invitation issued by Archbishop Christodoulos it was suggested that a mutually acceptable decision on the place and time of the meeting should be reached.
At this difficult period for Iraq and the Iraqi people such actions of indiscriminate terrorism targeting foreign diplomatic missions contribute to the prolongation of instability and undermine the process for Iraq's reconstruction, stated Mr. Beglitis.
Called to comment on the response given by a US State Department spokesman, who last night avoided to confirm the visit, Mr. Beglitis stated that the Foreign Ministry was briefed on the date of the visit by two US State Department officials, by the Greek
Embassy in Washington and the US Embassy in Athens.
Mr. Beglitis explained that it is not a scheduled visit, adding that it is a positive response to an invitation by Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou made during the latter's visit to Washington last September. He stressed that he believes that in
spite of Mr. Powell's heavy schedule in southeastern Asia his visit to Athens on October 22 will be made possible.
It is a disrespectful and barbaric act but it is also an isolated incident that does not reflect the feelings of the Greek people toward their Jewish fellow citizens, stressed Mr. Beglitis.
He underlined that Greece and the Greek people have always supported the Jewish community and this tangible solidarity and help cannot be blemished by an isolated incident.
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In fact, the doctors appreciated that in a few days the infants will be able to return to Thessaloniki. The neurosurgeon who performed the separation operation was very optimistic and satisfied with their health.
The Greek pediatrician who participated in the operation, Michalis Koutzoglou, stated: "Personally, I am calm and satisfied with the result".
The delegations of the Greek and Cypriot diplomats, which were active on the sidelines of the Islamic Conference in Kuala Lumpur, were able after an intense behind-the-scenes process to persuade the friendly Arab countries to express their opposition to the positions promoted by the Turkish delegation on the Cyprus issue and the Muslim minority in Thrace, northeastern Greece.
Addressing a Greek-Serb Business Forum, he pointed out that the Greek support is going to give a new momentum to the European prospect of the Balkans. He also stressed that the Greek businessmen do not work just for their own personal interest but for th e national interest as well given the fact that the Greek-Serb cooperation will facilitate Serbia-Montenegro in its course toward the European Union.