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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 03-10-15
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 WINNING BACK SELF-ESTEEMAthens, 15 October 2003 (09:21 UTC+2)
I would have lived without a shred of self-esteem, said the alternate director of the Ministry of the Environment's Land Service Roubini Stathea, who killed herself on Sunday, in the letter to her children, which was published in today's the NEA newspaper. Reassurance on her honesty was given by the inspector of the Ministry of Finance, who had undertaken the investigation of claims, after a direction from the General Inspector. His intention to say all he has to say at her funeral was expressed by her husband, Panagiotis Tzavaras. Justice will investigate everything, stated Minister of the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works, Vasso Papandreou.
 DOCTORS PLEASED WITH CONJOINED TWINS' HEALTHRome, 15 October 2003 (14:18 UTC+2)
The health of the conjoined twins from Thessaloniki that underwent surgery for their separation in a Rome hospital, is coming along satisfactorily. As time passes optimism is growing, as the chances for complications decrease.
In fact, the doctors appreciated that in a few days the infants will be able to return to Thessaloniki. The neurosurgeon who performed the separation operation was very optimistic and satisfied with their health.
The Greek pediatrician who participated in the operation, Michalis Koutzoglou, stated: Personally, I am calm and satisfied with the result.
 DELAY IN MEETING CONFIRMATIONAthens, 15 October 2003 (09:22 UTC+2)
Press Spokesperson for the US State Department Richard Bauer denied confirmation or disconfirmation of Colin Powell's visit to Athens next week. Mr. Powell is in Thailand, from where he will travel to Spain for the meeting for Iraq donors. At the present I cannot confirm any stops along the way, said Mr. Powell. A protest rally has already been announced in Athens.
 DEEP RIFT IN CHURCH RELATIONSAthens, 15 October 2003 (09:22 UTC+2)
Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos made mention of confusion and misinformation that is intentionally cultivated, even with the mobilization of journalists, in response to the statements of Metropolite of Thessaliotida and Press Spokesperson of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece, Theokletos, who expressed the view that only Greeks recognized the ecumenical nature of the Patriarchate. The Ecumenical Patriarch underlined that the ecumenical nature is recognized by all, even by other dogmas, and disagreement on the issue has only been expressed by the Turkish government, adding that that will soon be lifted too.
 TENSION IN THE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE CHURCH OF GREECE AND THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATEAthens, 15 October 2003 (19:25 UTC+2)
The relations between the Church of Greece and the Ecumenical Patriarchate continue to be tense on the occasion of the dispute over the candidate Metropolites in the so-called New States.
On the likelihood to meet with Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All of Greece, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew stated that if the Archbishop comes to the Fanar he is going to be welcomed.
On its part, the Archbishopric pointed out that in the invitation issued by Archbishop Christodoulos it was suggested that a mutually acceptable decision on the place and time of the meeting should be reached.
 MEETING IN VIEW OF THE EUROPEAN COUNCILAthens, 15 October 2003 (18:46 UTC+2)
A preparatory meeting, in view of the imminent two-day Informal European Council Summit in Brussels that opens tomorrow, was held in Athens today chaired by Prime Minister Kostas Simitis with the participation of Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis, Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou, Minister of Press Christos Protopapas and Alternate Foreign Minister Tasos Giannitsis.
Mr. Papandreopu stated after the meeting that discussions are going to be held in Brussels on the European Constitution, EU foreign policy issues and the course of the inter-governmental conference.
On today's bloodbath in Gaza, Mr. Papandreou expressed the grief of the Greek government for the people killed in the attack and stressed that such actions do not promote the peace process. He also underlined that there is a need for all sides to assume their share of responsibility and work for peace through the creation of a Palestinian State by the year 2005 and the safeguarding of security for the State of Israel.
The Foreign Minister was also asked about the relations between the Church of Greece and the Ecumenical Patriarchate expressing the government's concern and the need for unity in Orthodoxy. However, he stressed that the Greek state is not responsible to intervene in such a dispute and suggested dialogue, calm and prudence.
 THE GOV'T SPOKESMAN ON POWELL'S VISITAthens, 15 October 2003 (18:22 UTC+2)
Greek government spokesman Christos Protopapas, responding to a relevant question, stated that US Secretary of State Colin Powell had discussed and agreed with the Greek Foreign Ministry to hold working meetings and not a formal visit to Athens.
He said that Mr. Powell is going to have a number of working meetings with Greek President Kostis Stephanopoulos and Prime Minister Kostas Simitis to discuss issues that concern the international community within the framework of his trip to the wider region. Mr. Protopapas stated that Athens is being prepared for the meetings but in case something comes up in Mr. Powell's already heavy schedule another place will be found for the meetings or another procedure will be followed for the exchange of views.
Responding to a relevant question, Mr. Protopapas said that Mr. Powell's visit to Greece was not mentioned in the US State Department briefing of the members of the press because it is characterized as a working meeting and not as a formal visit.
 PROTOPAPAS ON THE RELATIONS OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE WITH THE CHURCH OF GREECEAthens, 15 October 2003 (18:03 UTC+2)
Prudence, sense of responsibility and calm should be displayed within the Church to defuse the crisis that erupted between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Church of Greece, stressed Greek government spokesman Christos Protopapas.
Mr. Protopapas added that the government stance is being dictated by a deep faith and respect to the discernible roles.
 MINISTER OF DEVELOPMENT AKIS TSOCHATZOPOULOS WAS ADMITTED IN A HOSPITALAthens, 15 October 2003 (17:42 UTC+2)
Minister of Development Akis Tsochatzopoulos was admitted in an Athens hospital today to undergo medical tests to check an old thrombosis at his right leg.
Even though his health condition is not described as serious, the doctors decided that he should be admitted into the hospital for further tests.
A health bulletin on his condition is going to be issued by the responsible doctors.
 SMALL GAINS IN THE ASEAthens, 15 October 2003 (17:24 UTC+2)
Small gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index rose to +0.18% at 2.118,46 points, while the volume of transactions was small at 119.1 million euros.
Of the stocks trading today, 163 recorded gains and 114 had losses, while the value of 107 stocks remained unchanged.
 R. STATHEA'S LETTER TO HER CHILDRENAthens, 15 October 2003 (15:28 UTC+2)
A letter from Roubini Stathea, the alternate director of the Ministry of the Environment's Land Service who committed suicide on Sunday, to her two children, Rhena and Costas, was published in today's the NEA newspaper. She asked her children to be responsible for everything they do in life, do what is right, get married and give their father grandchildren.
In five days, when this has all blown over, you will realize that it would not have been good to live with a mother with no self esteem, mentioned Roubini Stathea among other things.
Thank you for your understanding. Nobody could have stopped me. There was no ship for me. There was not path, she mentioned in a short note addressed to a coworker.
 SIMITIS IN BRUSSELSAthens, 15 October 2003 (14:18 UTC+2)
Prime Minister Costas Simitis will participate in the works of the Intergovernmental Convention of the European Council on Thursday and Friday, who is departing for Brussels at 2pm today.
Mr. Simitis will attend a working dinner of the European Socialist Party tonight, to be held in a hotel in the Belgian capital, while he will also meet with the President of the European Parliament. Mr. Simitis will return to Athens on Saturday night.
 GREEK SUPPORT TO SERBIA-MONTENEGROBelgrade, 15 October 2003 (19:41 UTC+2)
Greek President Kostis Stephanopoulos expressed Greece's support to the Euro-Atlantic prospects of Serbia-Montenegro in statements he made in Belgrade. Mr. Stephanopoulos is visiting Belgrade accompanied by Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Andreas Loverdos and Greek businessmen.
Addressing a Greek-Serb Business Forum, he pointed out that the Greek support is going to give a new momentum to the European prospect of the Balkans. He also stressed that the Greek businessmen do not work just for their own personal interest but for the national interest as well given the fact that the Greek-Serb cooperation will facilitate Serbia-Montenegro in its course toward the European Union.
 GREECE RESPECTS ITS MUSLIMS, SAYS THE OIC GENERAL SECRETARYKuala Lumpur, 15 October 2003 (16:52 UTC+2)
The observation included in the Organization of the Islamic Conference, OIC, General Secretary report that the rights of the Muslim minority in Greece are being respected, is a success of the Greek diplomacy. The report also rejects the Turkish proposal based on which, Ankara should have the right to reproach the Greek authorities with the condition of the mosques across Greece.
The delegations of the Greek and Cypriot diplomats, which were active on the sidelines of the Islamic Conference in Kuala Lumpur, were able after an intense behind-the-scenes process to persuade the friendly Arab countries to express their opposition to the positions promoted by the Turkish delegation on the Cyprus issue and the Muslim minority in Thrace, northeastern Greece.