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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 03-07-17
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 INVITATION TO A DIALOGUEAthens, 17 July 2003 (09:04 UTC+2)
The proposals of the government for changes in the electoral law will be announced by Prime Minister Costas Simitis, after the meeting of the governmental committee. Self-reliance at 41%, representation at 85%, the new division of the electoral districts will also be discussed. All proposals of MPs and PASOK officials will be utilized stated Government Spokesperson Christos Protopapas, commenting on Mr. Pagalos' proposals for 200 single seat districts. The proposal draft will be submitted to party leaders by the Minister of the Interior.
 CHECKS AGAINST OVERCHARGINGAthens, 17 July 2003 (09:04 UTC+2)
The meeting in the Redi market was presided over by deputy Minister of Development K. Koulouris, who set good quality and good prices as a goal. A draft for one invoice, from the field to the marketplace, was announced by Mr. Tsochatzopoulos, while Mr. Koulouris warned that he may move to revocations of work permits. The issue of high prices however, cannot be confronted with meetings and wishes, said ND.
 PAPANDREOU WARNS AGAINST DENKTASH GAMESAthens, 17 July 2003 (14:13 UTC+2)
Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou characterized the latest threats of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to move to the creation of settlements in Varosia if his request to reopen the Nicosia airport is not met, as tactics games that are condemned by Greece, the European Union and the International Community.
Mr. Papandreou met with his Italian counterpart Franco Fratini and stressed that a European momentum has been formed regarding the Cyprus issue, one giving hope for the reunification of the island, but he added that for the solution to found there must be real and honest will from Denktash and Ankara.
The combination of Mr. Denktash's movements, extending a friendly hand on one side and threatening on the other, shows that this will, at least in his person, does not exist and that these are tactics' movements and not a real spirit to solve the problem, he noted.
Mr. Fratini noted that the Italian Presidency does not find any other reliable and serious alternative solutions other than the Annan plan on the resolving of the Cyprus issue.
He also added that the Italian Presidency will try to convince the Turkish Cypruit side that the time has finally come to accept the Annan proposal and resolve the Cyprus issue.
During their meeting the two Foreign Ministers discussed the Cyprus issue, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Constitution of the EU, the further enlargement of the EU, the Balkans and the Middle East. Mr. Fratini also signed the distinguished personalities' declaration on the Olympic Truce.
 LITHUANIA LAST OBSTACLE FOR TEENSThessaloniki, 17 July 2003 (14:12 UTC+2)
Lithuania will be the last obstacle Greece't teen National Basketball Team will face on Saturday, in order to participate in the finals of the world championship being held in Thessaloniki. The Greek team lost to Croatia yesterday by 1 point, but retained its first position in the group.
 A GENTLE AND NOBLE TERRORIST?Athens, 17 July 2003 (14:12 UTC+2)
Alleged leader of the 17N terrorist organization Alexandros Giotopoulos was characterized as noble and gentle by author and intellectual K. Zouraris, who knew him from the time they spent together win France. An earlier testimony had come from Professor Skarpalezos, a fighter alongside Mr. Giotopoulos in the antidictatorship struggles, while journalist An Skordilis will complete his testimony today.
 DIRTY CIRCUITVolos, 17 July 2003 (14:12 UTC+2)
A 48-year-old from Volos, who had set up a website with pictures of minors, with the help of his 30-year-old friend, are expected to present their pleas at the examiner tomorrow. The page had been online since August 2001 and had received approximately 600,000 hits from Greece and abroad.
 PAIN AND MALIGNANCYThessaloniki, 17 July 2003 (09:12 UTC+2)
The 54-year-old patient who underwent an artificial heart implant procedure at the Interbalkan Medical Center of Thessaloniki, died from failure of the right ventricle according to the statements of Professor Panos Spyrou, who expressed his anger and sorrow and characterized the fact that certain forms of media attributed the cause of death to bleeding as malignant. The patient left the operating room without losing a drop of blood, said Mr. Spyrou characteristically, while he repeated his insistence on the artificial heart implant.