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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 01-10-15
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 FINAL RESULTS ON PASOK'S CENTRAL COMMITTEEAthens, 15 October 2001 (11:59 UTC+2)
The final results of the elections for the appointemnt of members for the Central Committee of PASOK are back fromthe supervisory committee of the 6th PASOK congress.
No. of Voters: 6439
1. Laliotis, Kostas. 3740 (Minister of the Envirmonment, Planning and Public Works)
2. Papandreou, Giorgos. 3564 (Foreign Secretary)
3. Skandalidis, Kostas. 3173 (Departing Secretary of PASOK's Central Committee)
4. Tsohatzopoulos, Apostolos. 3135 (Minister of Defense)
5. Venizelos, Evaggelos. 2830 (Minister of Culture)
6. Chrysochoidis, Michael. 2752 (Minister of Public Order)
7. Diamantopoulou, Anna. 2692 (European Commissioner of Employment and Social Affairs)
8. Papandreou, Vasso. 2645 (Minister of the Interior, Public Administration and Decentralization)
9. Pangalos, Thodoros. 2643 (Former Minister)
10. Efthymiou, Petros. 2618 (Minister of Education)
 HEALTH MINISTRY MEETINGS ON ANTHRAX CASESAthens, 15 October 2001 (11:33 UTC+2)
Meetings are constantly taking place at the Greek Ministry of Health, due to the Anthrax cases in the US. The leadership of the Ministry has made contact with pharmaceutical company representatives, pharmacist associations and doctors, in order to examine the issue and to take all necessary precautions.
Primary concern of the Health Ministry is to record the number of antibiotics in pharmaceutical company warehouses in the country.
The Deputy Minister of Health, Christina Spiraki, in statements made to Flash Radio Station, appeared reassuring that there are enough drugs.
 KONSTANTOPOULOS MET WITH THE ISRAELI AMBASSADORAthens, 15 October 2001 (17:59 UTC+2)
Opposition Coalition of the Left party leader Nikos Konstantopoulos met today with Israeli ambassador to Athens David Sasson. The two men discussed issues concerning the Middle East and terrorism.
Mr. Konstantopoulos expressed his party's positions and exchanged views on the world developments. He said that his party supports the need for peace in the Middle East and stability in the Balkans, stressing that this is Greece's strategic interest as the country is situated between the two volatile regions.
Referring to the results of the 6th PASOK Party Congress he said that it became obvious that there was little political essence or none at all, while there is a big distance between the party and society.
 VERY SMALL VOLUME OF TRANSACTIONS IN THE ASEAthens, 15 October 2001 (17:39 UTC+2)
The limited transactions characterized today's Athens Stock Exchange session. The general index had marginal gains of +0.10% at 2.262,29 points, and the volume of transactions was very small at 42.6 million Euro or 14.5 billion drachmas.
Of the stocks trading today, 133 recorded gains and 164 had losses, while the value of 90 remained unchanged.
 EVERT: ILLEGAL INTERVENTION BY THE ASE MANAGEMENTAthens, 15 October 2001 (17:27 UTC+2)
In a statement issued by right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy parliament deputy Miltiadis Evert, the Athens Stock Exchange management is accused of illegal intervention in the operation of the Athens stock market during the last week of the latest pre-election period.
Specifically, it is mentioned that the ASE management decided on April 3, 2000 to buy Commercial Bank and National Bank shares achieving this way the artificial rise of their value and therefore, the rise of the ASE general index itself.
Mr. Evert called on the prosecutor's office to act immediately.
 PAPANDREOU: THE TALKS IN DAMASCUS WERE USEFULAthens, 15 October 2001 (17:01 UTC+2)
Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou characterized as very useful the talks he had with Syrian president Bashar al Assad and the Syrian foreign minister in Damascus yesterday, within the framework of the Greek initiative aimed at defusing the tension in the Middle East.
Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that consultations are in progress concerning the visit of Mr. Papandreou to Iran early next week.
 THE CZECH FOREIGN MINISTER IS IN GREECEAthens, 15 October 2001 (16:53 UTC+2)
Czech foreign minister Jan Kavan, who is on a visit to Greece, met with president Kostis Stephanopoulos in Athens today. Earlier, he had a meeting with his Greek counterpart Giorgos Papandreou and the two agreed to proceed with the establishment of a Greek-Czech Chamber of Commerce in Thessaloniki that will be active in the Balkan reconstruction efforts.
Mr. Kavan referred to the international efforts aimed at combating terrorism after the attacks on the United States. He stated that Mohammad Ata, one of the September 11 hijackers, was in Prague last June for a short period of time and after investigations conducted by Czech and US agencies there was no confirmation on the information that he had visited the Czech capital other times as well.
Mr. Kavan and Mr. Papandreou pledged to further strengthen bilateral relations aimed at launching an initiative for a dialogue between the Arab world and Europe given the fact that the Czech Republic and Greece maintain traditionally good relations with the Arab states.
 DEADLY ACCIDENT AT THE GREEK-BULGARIAN BORDERSSerres, 15 October 2001 (15:45 UTC+2)
Two Greek army officers were killed in the region of Peritsi in Serres, at the Greek-Bulgarian borders, today during a mine clearance operation.
An investigation is underway to determine the exact conditions in which the tragic accident happened.
 GREEK-GERMAN ALLIANCE ON TOURISMThessaloniki, 15 October 2001 (15:43 UTC+2)
An opportunity to develop business alliances in the sector of tourism will be offered to those participating in the "German-Greek Business Cooperation Days" event to take place in Frankfurt on November 9-10.
It will be held as a follow-up to another event held earlier in Berlin and it will be under the auspices of the Hessen state ministry of finance and development. It will be organized by the German-Greek Economic Association in cooperation with the German Businessmen Association (BVMW) and the German Tourism Businesses Association (DRV).
Present in the event will be minister of development Nikos Christodoulakis.
 A MEMBER OF THE GREEK RESCUE TEAM IN PAKISTANAthens, 15 October 2001 (15:41 UTC+2)
After its humanitarian aid programs to Serbia, Kosovo and other Balkan regions, the Greek Rescue Team decided to send its member Zoi Livaditou to Pakistan.
The mission will last a week to record every need, while the existing situation will be assessed to be followed by a humanitarian aid program.
 PARLIAMENTARIANS FROM SE MEDITERRANEAN MEET IN RHODESRhodes, 15 October 2001 (15:39 UTC+2)
The issue of terrorism, the eradication of illegal immigration and the issue of the exploitation of women, are the most important issues that will be discussed in the conference of parliamentarians from southeastern Mediterranean to be held in Rhodes on October 25-27.
The conference initiative belongs to Greek parliament deputy Aristotelis Pavlidis, who is elected in the Dodecanese.
 KARAMANLIS ON TERRORISMAthens, 15 October 2001 (12:46 UTC+2)
President of New Democracy Kostas Karamanlis, referred to the issue of terorism and the need for national agreement, during his tour of Ioannina.
Specifically Mr. Karamanlis stated: "Terrorist strikes and crucial international developments require serious, calm and decisive actions. The main concern of the State is to guarantee the safety of the citizens. The State must protect the citizens. It must strike at terrorism, it must strike effectively at organized crime, both from within our country and 'imported'. A country that is governed well, knows who enters and who exits it, what he does while he stays, and what kind of a character he is. So, we need a very clear emigration policy. To be able to distinguish between economic refugees, people looking for a better future, and criminal elements.
We must also insist so that the European Union creates a unified, common European emigration policies. Besides we believe in a Europe with common and for common protected borders. And we must seek out closer cooperation with our partners to face crime more efficiently. And that is well timed since it is known that extremist groups which are linked to terrorism are active in the broader Balkan region."