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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 01-08-13
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 MAJOR PARTIES PREPARE FOR THE TIFThessaloniki, 13 August 2001 (13:57 UTC+2)
The government and the opposition party are preparing themselves for the 66th Thessaloniki International Fair, where political confrontations are expected to prevail, on occasion of economic matters and political developments.
In Sifnos, Prime Minister Kostas Simitis is working on the speeches he will give in Thessaloniki and is studying the propositions made by the government's economic staff, which are relevant with economic policy and the reinforcement of low incomes.
A few days before his visit to Thessaloniki, the Prime Minister will meet with a delegation of the Industries' Association of Northern Greece (IANG) and will listen to their requests and propositions. Also, in Thessaloniki on the 5th of September, the executive council of the General Worker's Confederation of Greece will hold a plenary session, where a memo will be put together, which will include the positions, propositions and requests of the syndicalist movement on income policy and other issues, such as the Insurance issue and others.
The Minister of Macedonia and Thrace, Giorgos Paschalidis, has scheduled separate meetings with all the city's bodies, the meeting of the Coordinating Committee, the three districts of Macedonia and Thrace and an event for the Reconstruction of the Balkans, in view of the Prime Minister's visit. Meanwhile, he has sent the Prime Minister a brief with all information of the progress of the governmental task in the area and the priorities that have been set.
Meetings are also taking place in New Democracy in preparation of Kostas Karamanlis' visit to Thessaloniki and the oppositional stance he will hold. N.D.'s president will also meet with a delegation of the Industries' Association of Northern Greece before his trip to Thessaloniki. From the information that has been made known so far, the leader of the main opposition party will be in Thessaloniki on the weekend of the 15th and 16th of September. On Saturday he will meet with Party Staff Members and in the evening will make a speech at the TIF dinner with the participation of the productive ranks. On Sunday he will hold a press conference.
 SLUGGISH BEGINNING FOR THE ASEAthens, 13 August 2001 (17:35 UTC+2)
The ASE is up to a sluggish start this week, with the general index closing with a few losses of 0,49%. It closed at 2611,12 units.
The volume of transaction remained slight, 67,3 million Euro while only 67 stocks recorded profits, 263 recorded losses and 44 remained stable.
 ATTENTION TO THE CYPRUS MATTERAthens, 13 August 2001 (16:22 UTC+2)
An appeal for alertness to the Cyprus matter was made by the President of New Democracy, Kostas Karamanlis, in a statement he made, in view of the 27 years since the second phase of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
Mr. Karamanlis mentioned that the second phase of the invasion of Cyprus was completed with the occupation of 37% of Megalonissos and points out that this year the anniversary coincides with the attempts by the UN to resume the discussions on the solution of the Cyprus matter, mainly by convincing the Turkish side to return to the negotiation table.
"Almost 3 decades after the climax of Cypriot Hellinism, it is worth remembering that the 'Attila 2' military operations took place during the agreed upon armistice and, in Geneva, discussions were taking place in order to solve the problem" notes Mr. Karamanlis, and adds: "drawing on this 'black celebration', New Democracy calls of alertness. And, despite our wishes for a good climate between Greece and Turkey, which mustn't be at the expense of our national interests, asks the government to show greater sensitivity when in the practice of foreign policy and to avoid undue celebrations and excess joy in the name of a vague Greek-Turkish friendship."
 NEW PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM ELECTEDAthens, 13 August 2001 (15:52 UTC+2)
The until recently Metropolite of Ierapolis, Irineos, was elected Patriarch of Jerusalem, who had also been Exarch of the Sacrosanct Grave in Athens.
The other two candidates for the Position were the Metropolite of Petra, Cornilius, and Metropolite of Vostra, Timotheus.