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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 01-08-12
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 GOVERNMENT INDIFFERENCE IN NAUTICAL SECTORAthens, 12 August 2001 (19:09 UTC+2)
The ship malfunctions and the many hours of delays in the departures and arrivals of ships, is mentioned in a relevant announcement by the Head of the Marine Commerce sector of new Democracy, MP, Mr. Varvitsiotis. Mr. Varvitsiotis mentions that the above phenomenon has become an everyday occurrence, and talks of the disappearance of all political leadership in the Ministry of Marine Commerce, accusing the government of indifference to the discomfort that thousands of Greek and foreign tourists undergo.
"The Minister may have stated before the summer season that everything is well on its way in the sector of coastal shipping but reality is completely different, and he not only owes to recognize it, but to confront it as well", pointed out Mr. Varvitsiotis and added that the Minbister's assurances to look into the matter are just excuses, and in reality there is a frightful lacking in harbor infrastructure ana a suffocating situation in the Piraeus harbor.Mr. Varvitsiotis called the Minister of Marine Commerce to deal with the issue of vast disfunctions in all the ports of our country and especially in Attica.
 PASSARIS STILL AT LARGEAthens, 12 August 2001 (19:06 UTC+2)
The infamous Kostas Passaris is still at large. Articles published in the Sunday papers refer to the circumstances under which he managed to escape from the police operation to capture him in Neos Kosmos in Attica. Specifically, it's pointed out that Passaris escaped by the means of a taxi.
The taxi driver in his statement to the Attica Police Department mentioned that the criminal said: "Do what I say, I'm Passaris". He then asked him to proceed to the Brahami area of Athens while he called someone on his cellphone and asked him to wait. When they got to Brahami he got off without saying a word. The taxi driver confirmed that he was limping from his left leg.
Drops of blood were found in the car and were sent to police labs so that a DNA analysis could take place.
 FATOS NANO IN CAR ACCIDENTAthens, 12 August 2001 (19:07 UTC+2)
The former Albanian Prime Minister and President of the Albanian Social Party, Fatos Nano, was transferred to the Athens Medical Center after a car accident. The accident took place in Albania and his transfer to the Medical center was deemed necessary.
A very precise surgical procedure on two fingers of his right hand was successful, and as his doctors stated, Mr. Nano will remain hospitalized for two days.
The former Prime Minister was injured in a car crash in Tepeleni and was transferred by plane to Athens. He was accompanied by his wife and the Albanian Minister of Health.
 UNDERSECRETARIES OF PRESS AND EMPLOYMENT ON PASOKAthens, 12 August 2001 (19:05 UTC+2)
The possibility of early elections was ruled out by the Undersecretary of Press, Tilemahos Hitiris, who stated that the elections will take place at the end of the 4 year term. The country needs stability, and that stability is guaranteed by the government of PASOK, stated the Undersecretary in an interview given to the "Typos tis Kyriakis" newspaper and to the question of New Democracy being ready to take up the government of the country he stated that not everything is as seems to be.
To a question on what measures Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will announce at the TIF, Mr. Hitiris answered that any announcements of the Prime Minister will have to do with PASOK's pre-electoral commitments and the governmental program.
PASOK's congress this October must be a procedure with substance and not a catwalk, stressed the Undersecretary of Employment, Christos Protopapas in an interview with the "Kiriakatiki Eleftherotypia" newspaper. The undersecretary noted that changes should be made in some areas of governmental policy, such as the Insurance matter, where policies that went against what society wants have been promoted, but he disagreed with a complete turn in governmental policy.