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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 01-09-29
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 KARAMANLIS: OUR VISION IS A DYNAMIC AND SAFE GREECEThessaloniki, 29 September 2001 (16:41 UTC+2)
Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis is expected to refer to the crucial developments after the terrorist attack on the United States as well as, to the problems and the prospects for Greece, in the speech he will deliver this evening in the formal dinner with the participation of production sector representatives.
Mr. Karamanlis will underline in his speech that the terrorists have no right to speak about human values, ideologies, religion, and civilization, and added that there can be no war of religions or civilizations. He will also stress that indiscriminate violence and terrorism cannot be tolerated, pointing out that Greece should stand by the United States and the free world and that all the Greeks should unite forces regardless of their political beliefs.
He will refer to the fact that the government refused to hold a political leaders council meeting under the president of the Republic and will suggest that more powers should be given to the Foreign Policy Council.
On the issue of the economy, he is expected to condemn the government's policy, saying that even before the terrorist hit it was obvious that the Greek economy did not have the qualifications to stand on its own feet, while the "black holes" that were created made it even more vulnerable today.
On the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, he will say that many projects are still at the drawing pad and that minister of environment, land planning and public works Kostas Laliotis is getting ready to "escape".
 NATO EXERCISE IN THRACEThessaloniki, 29 September 2001 (15:56 UTC+2)
The NATO exercise under the code-name "Adventure Exchange" will be held in Thrace, northeastern Greece on October 1-25.
The exercise will be held within the framework of the exercises planned to train the direct action ground force.
In the exercise will participate 2.000 soldiers from 14 NATO member-states (Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Britain, and the United States).
Greece will participate in the exercise with an artillery force of 80 men.
 POSSIBLE TERRORIST TARGETS IN GREECE WILL BE PROTECTEDAthens, 29 September 2001 (18:16 UTC+2)
The ministerial committee that met yesterday under prime minister Kostas Simitis decided that ministry buildings, embassies, airports, subway stations, power plants, water reservoirs and armed forces installations will be under special protection to avert a terrorist attack.
It was decided that border controls will intensify and police forces will participate in the security measures on a 24-hour basis alongside the regular security personnel. Special security forces will participate if it is deemed necessary in the following days.
Strong protection measures will be taken in the country's ports, oil refineries and oil storage facilities.
 THE PASOK PARTY CONGRESS DELEGATES WILL BE ELECTED TOMORROWAthens, 29 September 2001 (16:58 UTC+2)
Over 200.000 governing socialist party of PASOK members across Greece will vote tomorrow for the 6.000 delegates, who will attend the party congress that will take place in October.
The PASOK party congress is not expected to bring about any change that could topple the existing political scene. However, it is absolutely certain that the architecture within the party will change to a considerable degree and in everybody's mind is the fact that the new central committee, that will be elected in the 6th party congress, is very likely to lead to the post-Simitis era.
 JACQUES DELORS WILL VISIT ATHENSAthens, 29 September 2001 (16:01 UTC+2)
Former European Commission president Jacques Delors will be in Athens on October 4. He is scheduled to deliver a speech at the Megaron Music Hall on the European Union course toward the expansion and consolidation of institutions.
In his ten-year term as European Commission president (1985-1995) Mr. Delors laid the basis for the unification of Europe and created the preconditions for the monetary union, the EMU. The greatest achievement of his term was the enactment of the social charter on the fundamental social rights of the workers.
 THE LEBANESE PRESIDENT WILL VISIT GREECEAthens, 29 September 2001 (15:54 UTC+2)
Lebanese president Emil Lahud will be on a three-day visit to Greece starting on Monday.
Mr. Lahud will meet with his Greek counterpart Kostis Stephanopoulos and bilateral agreements will be signed.
He will also have contacts with ambassadors from Arab countries and members of the Lebanese community in Athens, while he will visit the Society for the Protection and Rehabilitation of Handicap Children.
 A MISSING GERMAN TOURIST WAS FOUND DEADAthens, 29 September 2001 (15:52 UTC+2)
German ornithologist Ludgar Witte was found dead on the rocky islet of Paksimadi, north of Sitia.
He was missing since last Thursday and his death was described as an accident.
 INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON ENERGYAthens, 29 September 2001 (15:49 UTC+2)
An international meeting on the free energy market is organized to take place in Athens on Monday.
The meeting will be addressed by undersecretary Alexandros Kalafatis, Yurdakul Yigitguden from Turkey, former US energy secretary Bill Richardson and officials from Bulgaria and Yugoslavia.