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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 02-07-08
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 STATE OF ILLINOIS SENATE: THE MACEDONIANS ARE GREEKSIllinois, 8 July 2002 (14:37 UTC+2)
The Senate of the State of Illinois, one of the largest US states with a population of over 15 million people, with a historic decision underlines that Macedonia was Greek for 3.000 years and continues to be Greek. Also, the ancient Macedonians were Greeks and the inhabitants of the northern province of Greece, Macedonia, are their Greek descendants.
The resolution 446 was approved by the Senate of Illinois in its 92nd General Assembly and was prepared by Assistant Majority Leader Adeline Jay Geo-Karis after moves by Dr. Antonios Papadopoulos, the Mid-Western District Governor of the Pan-Macedonian Association.
This important resolution has a follows:
Whereas, Philip of Macedonia, his son, Alexander the Great, and his tutor, the philosopher Aristotle, were born and raised in the northern province of Greece, Macedonia; and
Whereas, The language and culture of the ancient Macedonians, the ancestors of the inhabitants of northern Greece today, were Hellenic; and
Whereas, The Macedonians, like the rest of the Hellenes in Antiquity, believed in the 12 Gods of Olympus and participated with their fellow Hellenes in the Olympic Games; and
Whereas, Pella, the palace where Alexander the Great was born, and Vergina, the burial site of the Macedonian kings, are all located in Northern Greece; therefore, be it
Resolved, by the Senate of the Ninety-Second General Assembly of the State of Illinois, that for all of the above reasons, we proclaim that the ancient Macedonians are Hellenes and that the inhabitants of the northern province of Greece, Macedonia, are their Hellenic Descendants; and be it further
Resolved, That the history of Ancient Macedonia has been Hellenic for 3.000 years and continues to be today; and be it further
Resolved, That a suitable copy of this resolution be presented to Dr. Antonios Papadopoulos, the Mid-Western District Governor of the Pan-Macedonian Association, Inc.
Adopted by the Senate, June 1, 2002.
 THE GOVERNMENT CONDEMNS THE RUMORS INVOLVING CERTAIN NAMES IN TERRORISMAthens, 8 July 2002 (17:30 UTC+2)
The Greek government categorically condemns the rumors involving in terrorism certain names, stated Greek government spokesman Christos Protopapas and called on all political parties and the Association of Athens Journalists to do the same.
The minister of press stated that unacceptable and miserable speculations are being made during the past few days, stressing that the arbitrary descriptions in essence photograph certain individuals very clearly.
Responding to a question by reporters, Mr. Protopapas stated that the investigation is still underway and is being held within the framework of the Constitution and the state laws.
Finally, he spoke of a miserable and illiberal effort by right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy officials to downgrade the work done by the Greek Police, stressing that their stance proves that they have not realized yet that the battle against terrorism is a national affair.
 FLOODS FROM THE HEAVY RAINFALL IN ATHENSAthens, 8 July 2002 (18:52 UTC+2)
The heavy rain in Athens in early afternoon today flooded the city causing material damage and the death of a 35yearold Albanian, who was buried under a wall that collapsed.
Serious problems were caused by the sudden storm in the Sotiria Hospital where even certain of its operating rooms were flooded. Hundreds of basements have also flooded in Athens and Piraeus but the situation is slowly put under control as the rain has stopped and the waters began to recede.
Store windows and cars were damaged by the hail that fell in downtown Athens, while parked cars were washed away by the flood waters.
 MARGINAL GAINS IN THE ASEAthens, 8 July 2002 (16:58 UTC+2)
Marginal gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index rose to +0.18% at 2.201,84 points, while the volume of transactions was at 54.6 million Euro or 18.6 billion drachmas.
Of the stocks trading today, 106 recorded gains and 170 had losses, while the value of 97 stocks remained unchanged.
 IMPORTANT FINDINGS IN THE PERAMA CAVEIoannina, 8 July 2002 (16:18 UTC+2)
Important findings among them, human bones, came to light during the recent exploratory missions conducted in the Perama Cave by the Speleology Club of Ioannina.
The human bones and the cave-bear teeth found by an exploratory team were discovered 60 meters away from the spot where the bones of another cave-bear, that lived 300.000 years ago, were found 40 years ago.
 XIROS WILL TESTIFY BY TOMORROWAthens, 8 July 2002 (16:10 UTC+2)
Forty-year-old Savvas Xiros is expected to testify to a prosecutor this evening or tomorrow morning at the latest. Xiros is still in Evangelismos Hospital under heavy police security. He was injured a week ago in Piraeus when a time-bomb exploded in his hands by accident.
Arrest warrants are expected to be issued for five individuals on whom police has gathered enough evidence on their activities with the terrorist organization 17 November. Yesterday, Xiros was visited by his priest father, who met with him only for one minute and told him that his family is by his side.
The police investigation continues and the first findings were taken yesterday afternoon to the anti-terrorist agency laboratories. The collection of fingerprints continues and as soon as the procedure is completed the ballistic examination will be launched to establish which of the guns and when they were used in terrorist actions.
Meanwhile, according to police information, the DNA test done on Xiros has not been completed yet, while the same sources speculate that Xiros' fingerprints were matched with fingerprints found in a robbery at the Postal Office in Vironas, Athens in May 1997.
 THE PRESIDENT OF IRELAND IS IN GREECEAthens, 8 July 2002 (14:45 UTC+2)
Irish President Mary McAleese is on a formal visit to Greece. A formal dinner will be given by President Kostis Stephanopoulos in her honor at the Presidential Building in Athens this evening.
The Irish President will meet with Prime Minister Kostas Simitis tomorrow.