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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 01-08-10
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 NEW DISCUSSIONS ON CYPRUSNicosia, 10 August 2001 (15:34 UTC+2)
A new round of discussions on the Cyprus issue will commence on the 4th or 6th of September in New York. This information was given from governmental sources in Nicosia and is a result of the discussions that have taken place in the past few days. According to the same sources, the discussions swill last for about 10 days and the submittal of unofficial documents will continue.
The two sides are expected to turn in documents on all the issues. Meanwhile, the representative of the Cypriot Government, Mr. M. Papapetrou stated yesterday that the Greekcypriot side is prepared to participate constructively in the discussion procedures, seeing them as a new opportunity to find a solution to the issue.
The President of the Cypriot Republic stated that Mr. Papapetrou is ready to partake in the discussions with flexibility and reasonableness, but he stressed, that no one should expect any kind of forfeiting on anything concerning the framework and form of the solution or the human rights issue. He also made clear that with this statement he is sending a message to R. Denktash, drawing on his latest statements, as well as in all other directions.
Commenting on the statement of the American Ambassador in Nicosia, that both sides need to attend with an open mind, the President stated that if one of the sides attends in a different frame of mind, the discussions should be terminated
 CONFLICT BETWEEN THE TWO MAJOR PARTIESAthens, 10 August 2001 (15:34 UTC+2)
After yesterday's meeting in the central offices of New Democracy, a full scale assault began on the matter of PASOK's hiring in the public sector. Mr. Soufias, who presided over the meeting stated, "We are not going to let the known governmental practices, that have dominated in many sectors of our country's public life with discriminations and differentiation in one direction continue."
New Democracy's parliamentary representative, P. Pavlopoulos charged PASOK with pretending to be modernizing while not doing so and tampering with evidence on employment and choosing where to give jobs, while calling it social policy.
The coordinator of the Standing Committee of Public Administration, Public Order and Justice for New Democracy, announced the creation of a team which will monitor all hiring in the district. He called the government not to confuse hiring with social policy and stated that the opposition wanted a body that will guarantee objective hiring and not a mere spectator.
Responses have come from the Under-secretary of Press, Mr. Tilemahos Hytiris, who stated that the department heads of ND are nostalgic of the past, and of the hiring policy practiced by the Right Wing while it was in government, and who in fact coined the term "our boys".
A further direct attack came from the PASOK secretary, Mr. Skandalidis, on the further demand of New Democracy for early elections. "This vision seems more like a midsummer night's dream and one should not forget the temperature is 40 C. I think that New Democracy will have to wait for at least two more summers and three more winters for elections, because that is how long it will take to complete our task. And they still should not be in such a hurry, since it is the people who will decide, after all."
 SMALL LOSSES IN THE ASEAthens, 10 August 2001 (16:32 UTC+2)
The ASE closed today with slight losses of 0,41%, while the basic index closed at 2.624,08 units. The volume of transactions was at 96,01 million Euro, with 114 stocks recording profits, 201 losses and 59 remaining stable.
 PATRIARCHAL VISIT TO POLANDAlexandria, 10 August 2001 (15:34 UTC+2)
Peter 7th, Patriarch of Alexandria and all of Africa, will officially visit Poland from the 17th to the 22nd of August. The Patriarch will arrive at the country's capital, Warsaw on Friday, the 17th of August, where the Metropolite of Warsaw and all of Poland, Savvas, the members of the High Synod of Archbishops, Ambassadors, and other State and Ecclesiastic agents.
On Sunday the 19th, the Patriarch will attend the Patriarchal and Synodic Mass in the Holy Convent of Saint Martha and Maria Gabarka. During his stay in Poland, the Patriarch will have official meetings with Warsaw Metropolite Savvas, the Members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Independent Orthodox Church of Poland, The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Poland, Cardinal Jozef, the President of the Polish Republic, the Prime Minister, the President of the Parliament, the Foreign Secretary, the Egyptian Ambassador and the Chair of the Ecumenical Movement of Poland.