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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2003-10-17

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


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, October 17, 2003

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] ELECTORAL BATTLE FOR THE RETURN OF THE MARBLES
  • [02] GROWTH AND COMPETITIVENESS
  • [03] KARAMANLIS SPEECH AT ENAE
  • [04] TSOCHATZOPOULOS OUT OF IC UNIT
  • [05] ALLEVIATING CIRCUMSTANCES FOR "17N"
  • [06] HITIRIS SUGGESTED CAUTION ON CHURCH ISSUES
  • [07] GAINS IN THE ASE
  • [08] HITIRIS: THE ND REACTION TO THE PARTHENON MARBLES ISSUE IS UNACCEPTABLE
  • [09] 4TH CONFERENCE OF NEW PARLIAMENTARY STATES IN EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN
  • [10] STRONG EARTHQUAKE SOUTH OF KALAMATA
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [11] ATTEMPTS AT UNDERSTANING
  • [12] SIMITIS OPTIMISM ON COMPLETION OF EU CONSTITUTION DIALOGUE BY THE END OF 2003 NEWS IN DETAILS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] ELECTORAL BATTLE FOR THE RETURN OF THE MARBLES The issue of the return of the Parthenon Marbles prior to the 2004 elections was raised by Prime Minister Costas Simitis in a meeting with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, in the margin of the informal EU Summit in Brussels. "Mr. Simitis confessed he is los ing the elections", commented ND Spokesperson Thodoros Roussopoulos, who accused Mr. Simitis of "using a national issue for party and electoral interests". "The event that the return of the Marbles is being discussed by the Greek and UK Prime Ministers s hould be greeted by all Greeks, without a party reflex", stated Minister of Culture Evaggelos Venizelos. However there is information that there had been prior discussion between the two PMs on the return of the Marbles in correspondence between them, whi le Mr. Blair's last letter "left room for hope", according to "Flash" radio.

    "The Prime Minister's first and foremost goal is that the Marbles be back before the 2004 Olympics", stated Government Spokesperson and Minister of the Press Christos Protopapas, in response to ND's criticism.

    "Greeks fully comprehend that the three months between the elections and Olympics - with the interjection of Euroelections - will not suffice for this venture to be completed", he added.

    "But, unfortunately, ND is once again scorning our national goals, shrinking them to the level of party interests", he concluded.

    ND's criticism was also characterized as a tragic political mistake, if not a strike at the effort for the return of the Parthenon Marbles by Minister of Culture Evaggelos Venizelos, in statements he made this morning to "Flash" radio. He also wondered i f ND would prefer Cyprus not be incorporated to the EU, since there is always the chance that PASOK will use that to its electoral advantage. He also mentioned that the Greek and British PM had also communicated on the Marbles issue in letters.

    "The fact that the issue of the return of the Parthenon Marbles is being discussed by the Greek and British PM - and not for the first time today - is very important in this issue and should be greeted by all Greeks, without a "party reflex", said Minist er of Culture in statements yesterday.

    "The formal Greek position on the return of the Marbles, as I have repeatedly expressed it in Greece and abroad, aims at the formation of an exhibition of the entire sculpture decorating the Acropolis, with the signature of both the Acropolis and the Bri tish Museum", said Mr. Venizelos.

    "As I have repeatedly stressed to the British Media, the British Prime Minister is the one who can provide a solution, overcoming traditional resistance and promoting a modern perception of his country on international cultural cooperation", he noted.

  • [02] GROWTH AND COMPETITIVENESS The informal EU Summit judged that a series of works that are expected to improve the productiveness and competitiveness of the EU and will facilitate the growth of the media in the framework of European action for development should be approved. The Gre ek government appreciated that this initiative of the EU, emphasizing the participation of the private sector, will contribute to the improvement of the Greek economy's long term competitiveness, the acceleration of investments and the participation in pr ivate initiative, stated Prime Minister Costas Simitis.
  • [03] KARAMANLIS SPEECH AT ENAE An attack against the government's policy in the local government sector was made by President of New Democracy Costas Karamanlis, during his speech at the Union of Prefecture Local Governments (ENAE).

    He accused it of being negative towards local government, while he underlined that ND's position, as it is underlined in the party's government plan, is a transition to a powerful local government, with rights and adequate funds. A powerful local governm ent, free of dependencies.

  • [04] TSOCHATZOPOULOS OUT OF IC UNIT Minister of Development Akis Tsochatzopoulos left the intensive care unit of the Areteio hospital.

    His tests were completed and the results were positive and Mr. Tsochatzopoulos was taken to a hospital room. The Minister felt a sharp pain in his right leg yesterday and was taken to the hospital where doctors diagnosed a thrombosis.

    The Minister is expected to be released from hospital early next week.

  • [05] ALLEVIATING CIRCUMSTANCES FOR "17N" The trial of the 19 suspect member of the "17 November" terrorist organization will continue on Monday, with the closing statement of the Xeros brothers' attorney. During today's proceedings, the defense attorneys of P. Tselentis, Ar. Economidisand Th. P apagianis, asked the court to recognize mitigating circumstances. Mr. Economidis mentioned that Tselentis is a typical "perpetrator due to belief" and did not ask so much for the leniency of the judges as for their understanding of what led his client to his actions, while Mr. Papagiannis stressed that Tselentis' actions had a political motive, and that his participation stopped in 1988.
  • [06] HITIRIS SUGGESTED CAUTION ON CHURCH ISSUES For every problem there is a solution, and the solution to the problems between the Archbishopric of Greece and the Ecumenical Patriarchate should be reached by the Church itself for its own good and the good of Orthodoxy, stated today acting government spokesman Tilemachos Hitiris.

    He made the statement responding to a relevant question by reporters and reiterated that everybody should be very careful, the press included, when dealing with the issue.

  • [07] GAINS IN THE ASE Gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index rose to +0.64% at 2.124,70 points, while the volume of transactions was at 110.1 million euros.

    Of the stocks trading today, 197 recorded gains and 99 had losses, while the value of 88 stocks remained unchanged.

  • [08] HITIRIS: THE ND REACTION TO THE PARTHENON MARBLES ISSUE IS UNACCEPTABLE Acting government spokesman Tilemachos Hitiris characterized as unacceptable the reaction of the right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy to the issue of the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece and called on its spokesman Thodoris Rousopou los to retract its statement because it undermines the efforts made for their return.

    Mr. Hitiris stated that Mr. Rousopoulos says that the Marbles should not come to Greece because the government could take advantage of such a development during the pre-election period. Mr. Hitiris said that the return of the Marbles is not being used fo r the governing party to win the next elections but in order for Greece to have a success in an effort that lasts for years. The elections are used as a time limit because the Olympic Games will take place almost immediately afterwards, said Mr. Hitiris.

  • [09] 4TH CONFERENCE OF NEW PARLIAMENTARY STATES IN EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN Greek Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis referred to the Iraqi issue, the Palestinian issue and the Cyprus problem addressing the 4th Conference of New Parliamentary States in Eastern Mediterranean that opened in the southeastern Aegean island of Rhodes yesterday.

    Mr. Kaklamanis stated characteristically that developments on the issue of Iraq vindicated the international public opinion, which used its infallible judgement and brought down the simplistic scenario that was used as an alibi for arbitrary actions.

    On the Middle East problem, he said that it follows a dangerous course, while on Cyprus, he stressed that the country's EU accession creates great prospects for its development.

    The three-day conference is organized in Rhodes by the International Institute for Democracy in cooperation with the Greek Parliament. During its proceedings will be examined issues such as foreign policy in Eastern Mediterranean after the war in Iraq, t he contribution of parliamentary diplomacy to the promotion of peace and security in the region and the EU enlargement and its effects on Eastern Mediterranean.

  • [10] STRONG EARTHQUAKE SOUTH OF KALAMATA A strong earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale was recorded at 3.57pm today at the sea, south of the city of Kalamata, southern Greece.

    According to Thessaloniki's Aristotle University seismology station, the epicenter of the tremor was located at the sea region, about 100 kilometers south of Kalamata and 500 kilometers south of the city of Thessaloniki.

    Seismologist Zafiria Roumelioti stated to MPA that strong earthquakes like the one recorded today are a usual phenomenon in the region.

    The earthquake was felt in the city of Kalamata and there are no reports of damages.

  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [11] ATTEMPTS AT UNDERSTANING The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patrarchate decided to keep the bridges of communication up, without giving up its rights, while it expressed its grief at what was said in Greece on its ecumenical nature. A plan by ecclesiastic circles to reduce the Pat riarch was denounced by Mr. Vartholomeos, attributing the crisis to human ambitions and bad counseling of the Archbishop. "I prefer peace, but if I am challenged to war, my quiver is full", said the Patriarch in his television interview.
  • [12] SIMITIS OPTIMISM ON COMPLETION OF EU CONSTITUTION DIALOGUE BY THE END OF 2003 His optimism that discussions on the Constitution of Europe will have been completed by the end of the year, was expressed by Prime Minister Costas Simitis, during his press conference this afternoon in Brussels. Mr. Simitis stressed that there will be b ilateral meetings of the Italian Presidency will all member-states in the immediate future, so that a plan for the finalization of the Constitution, which will be the topic of another intergovernmental conference, can be presented by November.

    Mr. Simitis went into detail concerning the issue of European Defense, stating that the European Constitution includes a series of provisions pertaining to the issue. Specifically, he said, the gradual creation of a system for joint defense and mutual as sistance in case of an attack by a third country, the formation of a system of a structured cooperation (which will be responsible for the organizing of more complex missions than those of a humanitarian character) and the creation of a European Equipment

    Service (to deal with research and the defense industry) was foreseen.

    Mr. Simitis did not foresee any changes in the Cyprus issue prior to the elections in the occupied territories in December, while he expected pressures on Turkey in 2004.

    Meanwhile, there was no further meeting between Mr. Blair and Mr. Simitis regarding the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece and the Prime Minister did not provide an answer to related questions.


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