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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 01-01-22
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 ND DEPUTY UNDER GUARD IN ICU, BUT NOT IN DANGERAthens, 22 January 2001 (12:14 UTC+2)
Main opposition party New Democracy deputy Vassilis Michaloliakos, who was injured in a bomb blast last night, is not in danger but continues to be hospitalized at Tzaneion hospital's intensive care unit for security reasons.
According to hospital officials, Mr. Michaloliakos underwent late-night surgery in the chest and legs to remove the glass shards from his chest and legs but his life is not in danger.
The blast occurred as he was getting out of his car in front of his apartment building, shattering windows of nearby shops and homes. Several passers-by hit by flying glass also received hospital treatment.
The blast, which caused extensive damage to the area, was attributed to an explosive device detonated by remote control which had been planted under a nearby motorcycle.
According to police reports, eyewitnesses have testified that they saw two youths running from the scene shortly before the explosion and riding away on a small motorcycle. The police anti-terrorist squad combed the area for remains of the explosive device.
Although there was no claim of responsibility, police have said they are investigating whether the notorious terrorist group 17 November is behind the attack, as it has used the same method several times in the past.
The group, which has killed 23 individuals since 1975, last used a remote-controlled bomb in 1990 against Greek tycoon Vardis Vardinoyannis, who escaped unharmed thanks to his armored car. It also failed to kill former Public Order Minister George Petsos in a similar attack in 1989. It also blew up three buses carrying Greek and U.S. military and police officers in previous years, killing a Greek policeman in 1985.
 STOLEN GREEK ANTIQUITIES WERE RETURNED TO GREECEAthens, 22 January 2001 (18:44 UTC+2)
A special ceremony was held in the culture ministry building in Athens today for the return of 274 stolen Greek antiquities that were removed from the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth on April 12, 1990. The ceremony was held in the presence of Greek culture minister Evangelos Venizelos, US ambassador Nicholas Burns and other Greek and US officials.
Mr. Venizelos stated that the stolen artifacts were traced in the United States and thanks to the support and assistance of the US government, the US agencies, ambassador Burns and US embassy to Athens education attache Ms. Nilsen they were repatriated.
He characterized the illicit trade of antiquities as one of the worst and most provocative kinds of organized crime and expressed satisfaction because in this area as well as in other areas of organized crime international cooperation, and in the specific case, the Greek-US cooperation gave important results.
US ambassador Nicholas Burns stated that everyone who has visited Corinth, the archaeological site and the museum, has admired the special beauty of the place and realizes that today is a great day. He also stated that archaeological excavations with the cooperation of Greeks and Americans are taking place in the region for the past 110 years and during that time many archaeological treasures have been brought to light.
Mr. Venizelos stated that investigations are underway for the location of other 11 artifacts that are still missing, while Mr. Burns stated on that issue that the FBI continues its efforts aimed at finding the antiquities and arrest the offenders.
It should be noted that a total of 285 priceless artifacts were stolen from the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth in 1990, in one of the biggest museum robberies in Greece. The artifacts had been unearthed during the archaeological excavations that started in the region by the American School of Classical Studies in 1866.
 THE GREEK FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN ON THE FYROM NAMEAthens, 22 January 2001 (18:08 UTC+2)
Greek foreign ministry spokesman Panos Beglitis referred to the issue of the FYROM name today and stated that there is a political will by both sides for a mutually acceptable solution to the problem, adding that the talks that are being currently held are both at a bilateral level and through the United Nations.
Mr. Beglitis stated that there is mobility in both sides and Greece is open to the talks that are based on the 1995 interim agreement.
 COOPERATION BETWEEN THE GREEK NATURAL GAS COMPANY AND THE TURKISH BOTASThessaloniki, 22 January 2001 (17:15 UTC+2)
The Greek state natural gas company, DEPA, signed a protocol of cooperation with the Turkish state natural gas company BOTAS aimed at moving jointly toward the materialization of energy projects in the wider region of southeastern Europe.
Based on the cooperation protocol, the two companies will draw up joint viability studies for the construction of a natural gas pipeline that will link the wider region of the Caspian Sea, Russia and the Middle East with the Balkan and EU states via Greece and Turkey.
The protocol was signed in Ankara in the second meeting of the tripartite working group on technical issues formed by the European Union, Greece and Turkey.
It should be noted that the agreement is placed within the framework of the Inogate Umbrella Agreement, while the specific actions that will be undertaken by the two companies are included in a detailed memorandum that has been signed based on which, the joint draft studies must be ready by May to be submitted to the responsible EU bodies.
 THE SCIENTISTS' GOAL IS TO INCREASE LIFE EXPECTANCY TO 200 YEARSThessaloniki, 22 January 2001 (16:58 UTC+2)
In the next 25 years the number of people over the age of 65 will be 828 million worldwide compared to 328 million they were in 1990. Also, in the EU member states, like Greece, where the number of people in that age group correspond to 20% of the population today, it is estimated that they will make up 26% of the population in the year 2020.
The above were made known in a press conference organized by Thessaloniki's Medical Association on the occasion of the 5th Conference of the Geriatrics and Gerontology Society in northern Greece that will be held on January 25-27.
The goal of the scientists for the next decades is to increase the average life expectancy to 200 years. According to biologists-geneticists, aging is the result of a specific gene and if it is decoded and isolated the aging process will virtually stop.
 SEAN CONNERY IS IN ATHENSAthens, 22 January 2001 (16:50 UTC+2)
Famous actor Sean Connery and his wife arrived in Athens yesterday on the occasion of the opening of her painting exhibition in a gallery at the Votanikos region in the Greek capital.
The famous couple will stay for a few days in Greece. Mr. Connery visited this morning the gallery where the exhibition will be held and later at noon he was honored in the City Hall by Athens mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos. He was also scheduled to visit the Acropolis.
Yesterday evening, the couple attended a dinner given in their honor by Greek music composer Vangelis Papathanasiou at his house.
 MORE LOSSES IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGEAthens, 22 January 2001 (16:45 UTC+2)
More losses were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index was down by 2.26% at 3.081,85 points, while the volume of transactions was small at 102 million Euro or 34.7 billion drachmas.
Of the stocks trading today, 308 recorded losses, while the value of the rest 26 stocks remained unchanged.
 REPPAS: GREECE IS A SAFE COUNTRYAthens, 22 January 2001 (16:35 UTC+2)
The discussion on the new draft bill on terrorism and organized crime will be completed next month, stated Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas responding to questions by reporters concerning the failed bomb attack against right-wing opposition party of New Democracy parliament deputy Vasilis Michaloliakos.
Mr. Reppas stated that such actions are condemned, stressing that the mechanisms seeking to destabilize the country will be confronted. He underlined that such actions undermine the institutions and hurt democracy, while responding to the question if the government is satisfied with the results so far and the cooperation between the Greek and foreign anti-terrorist agencies, he said that every one can reach the conclusion that there is not enough effectiveness. Mr. Reppas also said that the country is safe but the results are not satisfactory, stressing that they are not the expected ones.
 GREEK SAILOR ROBBED AND KILLED IN SOUTH AFRICAAthens, 22 January 2001 (14:55 UTC+2)
A 50-year-old Greek sailor has killed during a robbery that occurred in a central street of Derban, South Africa.
Greek consular authorities in Derban are presently conducting an investigation into the murder of Stavros Koulianos, a crew member of the "Cavo Gerakas" vessel. His body will be transported to Greece.
 GREEK COMMUNIST PARTY SG TO MEET WITH MILOSEVICAthens, 22 January 2001 (13:27 UTC+2)
The Secretary-General of the Greek Communist party (KKE) Aleka Paparega is to meet with the former president of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic on Wednesday, during the course of her official, four-day visit to F.R.Y.
Heading a KKE delegation, Ms. Paparega will meet with officials from the Serb Socialist Party, the Yugoslav Left Party and the New Communist Party of Yugoslavia to discuss ways of developing the "action of the Balkan anti-NATO center" and events in March 2001 marking the second anniversary of the NATO campaign in Yugoslavia.
The KKE officials will also participate in rallies held at Belgrade and Novi Sad, while they will also and visit hospitals as well as refugees from Kosovo and the towns of Pancevo and Novi Sad in northern Serbia.
According to a KKE announcement, the purpose of the visit is to "convey the undiminished solidarity" of Greek communists to the Yugoslav people and their struggle for "national independence, a Balkans of peace and cooperation, without NATO and nuclear arms."
 THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IN THE TURKISH NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCILAnkara, 22 January 2001 (16:38 UTC+2)
Turkey's National Security Council met today to discuss the measures that are about to be taken against France in response to the French National Assembly decision to recognize the 1915 Armenian massacre as a genocide committed by the Ottoman Turks.
It is an issue that has caused strong reactions in Turkey which threatens France with countermeasures in response to this move. Meanwhile, the British weekly review The Observer predicts that there will be problems in the relations between Ankara and London commenting on the British Foreign Office decision to make a reference to the victims of the Armenian genocide in the big event next Saturday dedicated to the Holocaust victims.
 A GREEK DELEGATION WILL BE CAIROCairo, 22 January 2001 (16:43 UTC+2)
A four-member Greek delegation leaves for Egypt tomorrow to attend a parliament meeting in Cairo of the four countries with the most ancient civilization in the region namely, Greece, Italy, Egypt and Iran.
The previous meeting on this quadripartite cultural dialogue was held in Teheran, while the next one will be held in Athens.