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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 01-07-21

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOR THE IMMIGRANTS
  • [02] THE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN ON THE EU OBSERVERS KILLED IN FYROM
  • [03] KOUKIADIS: GLOBALIZATION OF SOCIAL PROTECTION
  • [04] REACTIONS IN GREECE TO THE VIOLENT DEATH OF A PROTESTER IN GENOA
  • [05] KAKLAMANIS MET WITH THE AMBASSADORS OF LEBANON AND LUXEMBOURG
  • [06] SERRES HONORED ITS DISTINGUISHED CHILDREN OF THE DIASPORA
  • [07] GREEK PROTESTER ARRESTED IN GENOA

  • [01] EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOR THE IMMIGRANTS

    Thessaloniki, 21 July 2001 (16:36 UTC+2)

    The deadline for the collection of the necessary documents by the economic immigrants in Greece, who want to get a residence permit, is extended until September 7. However, by August 2 they will have to submit the legalization application, to which the documents should be attached by September 7 at the latest.

    As it was made known, 243.000 immigrants have already submitted applications for residence permits.

    The majority of the immigrants, who dialed the special phone number 1464 for further information on the documents that should accompany the application, were Albanians (63%), Russians and Ukrainians (9%), Romanians and Bulgarians (7%), Africans (3%), Asians and people from the Far East (5%), Arabs (4%), and Poles (4%).

    [02] THE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN ON THE EU OBSERVERS KILLED IN FYROM

    Athens, 21 July 2001 (16:24 UTC+2)

    Greek foreign ministry spokesman Panos Beglitis, referring to the three EU observers killed in FYROM, issued a statement expressing deep regret and sincere condolences for the tragic death of three EU observers in the region of Tetovo.

    In the statement it is stressed that this tragic incident highlights the difficult and dangerous conditions under which the EU missions work, and also the importance of their work, as their goal is to bring a peaceful solution to the problems in the region and avert an all-out conflict.

    [03] KOUKIADIS: GLOBALIZATION OF SOCIAL PROTECTION

    Thessaloniki, 21 July 2001 (18:19 UTC+2)

    The fact that the leaders of the G8 Summit meeting make decisions while being chased is a proof of the political failure of the global government, stated to MPA Greek governing socialist party of PASOK Euro-deputy university professor Yiannis Koukiadis, who is also a member of the Euro-parliament committee on globalization issues.

    Mr. Koukiadis, a labor law professor at Thessaloniki's Aristotle University and former labor minister, also stressed that the message sent out by the protesters is that there is a need for the globalization of social protection.

    Mr. Koukiadis stated that the majority of the protesters in Genoa have legitimate demands and want to influence political decisions, adding that among them are also groups that are not interested in dialogue, which however are the minority.

    He said that global government will expand and soon the anti-globalization movements will be organized, have more power and probably bigger participation in decision-making. The protesters say that people are not just consumers, they are citizens, they are members of a society and they have needs. Therefore, they call for regulations to be adopted. For example, they want regulations on environment protection, third world debts, slavery, and child labor namely, they want social protection in the world.

    Mr. Koukiadis stated that if the European Union is strengthened and has a political say will be able to impose its positions in the global negotiations.

    The emergency security measures taken in Genoa highlighted the political failure of global government because the powerful of the world simply cannot make decisions while being under siege. The G8 summit meetings cannot continue in the future without the participation of the people, stressed Mr. Koukiadis.

    [04] REACTIONS IN GREECE TO THE VIOLENT DEATH OF A PROTESTER IN GENOA

    Thessaloniki, 21 July 2001 (17:18 UTC+2)

    The Greek political parties reacted strongly to the violent death of 22yearold Italian protester Carlo Giuliani, in the clashes that erupted on the streets of Genoa yesterday where the G8 summit meeting takes place. The young anti-globalization protester was shot by an Italian policeman during an attack on a police vehicle.

    In a statement issued by the Greek governing socialist party of PASOK it is pointed out that the world youth movement mourns the murder of the 22yearold, while the stance adopted by the Italian security forces, and the new world order causes anger.

    Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis in statements he made this morning characterized as unacceptable the way in which the Italian authorities reacted to the protests.

    The Coalition of the Left party calls for the end of the violence exercised by the police forces in Genoa, while the Democratic Social Movement in its statement speaks of acts of violence and an effort to put a violent end to the protests held by the victims of neo-liberalism.

    The Liberal Party and the Movement of Free Citizens condemned every authoritarian act that took place during the peaceful protests in Genoa.

    Meanwhile, a protest march against the G8 meeting in Genoa was held in Thessaloniki today organized by the Greek Communist Party. The demonstrators expressed their anger for the violent incidents in Genoa that resulted to the death of a young Italian protester.

    Yesterday, two separate demonstrations were held in Athens and the protesters chanted slogans against the Italian government and the G8 leaders meeting in Genoa.

    [05] KAKLAMANIS MET WITH THE AMBASSADORS OF LEBANON AND LUXEMBOURG

    Athens, 21 July 2001 (16:17 UTC+2)

    Greek parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis met yesterday with new Lebanese ambassador to Athens William Habit with whom he discussed issues concerning the 3rd Conference of Euro-Mediterranean Parliament Presidents that will be held in Athens on October 7-8.

    He also met with Luxembourg's ambassador Fernand Kartheiser, who expressed the total support of his country to Cyprus' EU accession as it meets all necessary preconditions. He also agreed with Mr. Kaklamanis' position according to which, the Greek parliament should not ratify the EU enlargement agreement if Cyprus is not included in it.

    [06] SERRES HONORED ITS DISTINGUISHED CHILDREN OF THE DIASPORA

    Serres, 21 July 2001 (16:13 UTC+2)

    The prefecture and municipal authorities in the city of Serres, northern Greece, honored its distinguished children of the Diaspora in an emotional and warm ceremony yesterday evening.

    The ceremony was held in the Serres central square before an audience of hundreds of people who also had the opportunity to enjoy a folk dance show performed by the Melbourne-Victoria Pan-Macedonian Association dance group.

    Serres mayor Zisis Mitliangas pointed out that the Greeks in Greece and abroad participate actively and successfully in the economic, social, and cultural development.

    Macedonian Press Agency participated in the event and general director Spiros Kouzinopoulos stated that the goal was to contribute to the creation of stronger ties between the Serreans of the Diaspora and their homeland.

    [07] GREEK PROTESTER ARRESTED IN GENOA

    Genoa, 21 July 2001 (17:42 UTC+2)

    An unidentified Greek protester is among the 67 individuals arrested by the Italian police in Genoa, according to an official statement. Among those arrested are also, 49 Italians, 6 French nationals, 4 Germans, 4 Spaniards, 2 Swiss and an American.

    Meanwhile, Katerina Stamboulis, 22, who was handed over to the police today by officials from the Genoa hospital, where she was taken yesterday with respiratory problems caused by the tear gas used by the police, has been released from custody after an intervention by the Greek Coordinating Committee.


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