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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 00-10-27
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 MEETING UNDER THE PRIME MINISTER ON THE OLYMPIC GAMES' PREPARATIONSAthens, 27 October 2000 (18:12 UTC+2)
All the issues concerning the 2004 Olympic Games' preparations were discussed in a meeting held today under prime minister Kostas Simitis with the participation of culture minister Theodoros Pangalos, environment, land planning and public works minister Kostas Laliotis and "Athens 2004" Organization president Ms. Yianna Angelopoulou.
After the meeting, Mr. Pangalos stressed that the bid for the construction of the horse racetrack continues and will end on November 15 as scheduled. He stated that if the state is not satisfied with the tenders that will be placed it is possible to undertake itself to construct the specific project.
Mr. Pangalos also referred to the resignation of Mr. Kakoyiannis from the chairmanship of the Cultural Olympiad and stated that there are different views concerning who will be the new Cultural Olympiad president but nothing is certain yet.
 PRESIDENT STEPHANOPOULOS' STATEMENTS ON GREECE'S FOREIGN RELATIONSThessaloniki, 27 October 2000 (16:30 UTC+2)
Greek president Kostis Stephanopoulos made an appeal to Albania to recognize the ethnic Greek minority in Himara and respect the international treaties and accords protecting minority rights, while referring to the Greek-FYROM relations he stressed that the neighboring country must admit formally that it has no expansionist intentions.
Speaking on the Greek-Turkish relations, Mr. Stephanopoulos called on Ankara to appeal to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, stressing that Greece will accept the international court's decision. At the same time, he stated that Greece will accept a dialogue with Turkey but not on its sovereign rights, characterizing as groundless Ankara's claims concerning the demilitarization of the islands.
Mr. Stephanopoulos also referred to Greece's relations with Bulgaria and Romania, stressing that they are excellent.
Speaking in the ceremony in which he was declared honorary citizen of Thessaloniki, Mr. Stephanopoulos referred to the whole spectrum of Greece's relations with the neighboring countries, stressing that Greece is trying to help its neighbors not out of charity but because it will be to its own benefit if the region is economically developed.
 MESSAGE OF UNITY FROM THESSALONIKIThessaloniki, 27 October 2000 (16:02 UTC+2)
The three-day celebrations continued in Thessaloniki for a second day today with the big student parade, the inauguration of the War Museum and the formal dinner that will be given this evening by the 3rd Army Corps Commander in honor of president Kostis Stephanopoulos. Thessaloniki celebrates the anniversary of its liberation, the feast of its patron saint and the glorious "NO" the heroic Greek people said to fascism in 1940.
The country's political leadership has sent a message of unity, hope and historical memory. President Stephanopoulos stated in yesterday's celebrations on the occasion of the city's liberation and the feast of its patron saint that the memories and the patriotic elation lead us steadily to the future. Commenting on the claims made in Skopje by Turkish prime minister Bulent Ecevit, the Greek president stated that they are not based on any law.
Prime minister Kostas Simitis in his message on the occasion of the October 28, 1940 national anniversary called on the Greek people to work together for the country's good, stressing that the vision of all the Greeks can be summarized in the words "strong Greece".
 PAPARIGA-ARAFAT MEETINGAthens, 27 October 2000 (15:49 UTC+2)
Greek Communist Party general secretary Ms. Aleka Papariga met with Palestinian president Yasser Arafat. In statements she made after the meeting, Ms. Papariga said that during her visit to Ramalah, in Gaza she did not experience only the effects of the bombings, the provocation and the dead and injured as a result of the gunshots. She also experienced the effects of a tragic economic blockade that escalates constantly. Ms. Papariga stated that the only thing she saw was cell-like cities and prison-like cities surrounded by the Israeli army where food and medicine supplies disappear steadily.
Ms. Papariga stated that the goal is to create an independent Palestinian state that will live in peace with the neighboring state of Israel. She said that solutions promoting a limited autonomy will be a condemnation for the Palestinian people and for peace in the region.
 LOSSES OF 0.26% IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGEAthens, 27 October 2000 (15:33 UTC+2)
Marginal losses of 0.26% were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange and the general index dropped to 3.762,95 points, while the volume of transactions was small at 47 billion drachmas.
Of the stock trading today 158 recorded gains, 187 had losses and 35 remained unchanged.
 THE GREEKS ARE IN FAVOR OF THE EUROPEAN UNIONStrasbourg, 27 October 2000 (15:41 UTC+2)
Half of the European citizens are in favor of the European unification, while the rest keep some distance from the vision of the united Europe and 14% are against it, according to an opinion poll that was conducted in the spring of 2000 in all 15 EU member-states on a sample of 16.000 people, among them 1.004 Greek citizens.
The Greeks are 61% in favor of Greece's participation in the EU and 8% against, while 69% are in favor of the Euro and 19% against. However, 75% believe that they are not informed enough on the Euro.
The Greeks together with the Danes and the Swedish are the only European people with over 50% support to the enlargement of the EU, while the Greeks after the Spaniards are the most warm supporters of Turkey's accession into the European Union.
Also, 97% of the Greeks stated that they are proud of their origin and they are second only to the Irish with 98%. Less proud of their origin among the Europeans are the Germans with 66%. On the average 83%, of the European people are proud of their national origin and only 12% state that they are not proud.
 THE GREEK SUCCESSES CONTINUE IN THE SYDNEY PARALYMPIC GAMESSydney, 27 October 2000 (17:24 UTC+2)
The Greek athletes participating in Sydney's Paralympic Games won another medal for Greece.
This time it was Simeon Paltsantidis in the men's discus throwing F55 category, who won the bronze after competing with very strong rivals.
Paltsantidis won the bronze with a throw of 30.80m, while the gold was won by Czech Martin Nemec with 34.38m and the silver went to Canadian Jacques Marten with 32.21m.