|Monday, 20 January 2020|
Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 03-11-13
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 DECISION IN THE FANARIAthens, 13 November 2003 (13:03 UTC+2)
The Metropolites of Xanthi Panreleimon and Sparti Efstathios, will transfer the decision of the Church of Greece on the Metropolises of the so called New Countries to Istanbul today. The two Metropolites will deliver the list of candidates for the Metropolises of Thessaloniki and Eleftheroupoli to the Ecumenical Patriarch, along with the decisions the emergency meeting of the hierarchy came to.
 SIMITIS' TELEGRAM OF CONDOLENCES TO BERLUSCONIAthens, 13 November 2003 (18:53 UTC+2)
Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis sent a telegram of condolences to his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi for the tragic loss of Italian soldiers in Iraq.
Mr. Simitis expressed his deep sorrow for the tragic loss of so many Italian soldiers, who were the victims of the atrocious bomb attack on Iraq while on duty.
The Prime Minister extended his sincere condolences to Mr. Berlusconi and the families of the victims.
 KONSTANTINOS MITSOTAKIS HAD SALMONELLAAthens, 13 November 2003 (17:35 UTC+2)
Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy honorary President Konstantinos Mitsotakis was infected with salmonella bacteria and was not ill with viral gastroenteritis as it was initially suspected, stated his personal doctor professor Sotiris Raptis. Mr. Raptis pointed out today that the suspicion of salmonella existed from the beginning and that's why he was treated with antibiotics.
Mr. Mitsotakis is expected to leave Evangelismos Hospital in Athens tomorrow.
 MARGINAL GAINS IN THE ASEAthens, 13 November 2003 (17:15 UTC+2)
The Greek stock market quickly overcame the turbulence that resulted from the Deutsche Bank withdrawal from Eurobank and returned to an upward course.
Marginal gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index rose to +0.06% at 2.161,33 points, while the volume of transactions was at 169 million euros.
Of the stocks trading today, 202 had losses and 98 recorded gains, while the value of 89 stocks remained unchanged.
 THEODORAKIS CLARIFICATIONS ON STATEMENTS ABOUT JEWSAthens, 13 November 2003 (16:13 UTC+2)
His surprise about the rumble created due to his recent statements about Jews, was expressed by Mikis Theodorakis.
Mr. Theodorakis had stated, during a presentation of three of his books, that the Jews have the fanaticism, the self-awareness and the ability to assert themselves. Today we can say that this small people is unfortunately the root of all evil, not good, which means that too much self-awareness and too much persistence is bad for you, he had pointed out.
In his announcement on Wednesday, Mr. Theodorakis stated that he has always been on the side of the weak and of course the Israeli people, while he has repeatedly condemned the Saron government policy and the role of Jewish American politicians and intellectuals in drafting the aggressive Bush policy.
There could have only been purposeful confusion between the Israeli people, which I have proven I admire and honor, and these negative phenomena, that essentially mar Israel's image thus playing the truly anti-Semitic role. These are on the side of Evil, the root of Evil as I recently stated, he stressed.
The Central Jewish Council of Greece issued an announcement, pointing out that the distinguished composer is aiding the winds of religious intolerance and racism.
 THE ARCHBISHOP OF AMERICA IS ON A VISIT TO GREECEAthens, 12 November 2003 (21:24 UTC+2)
Issues concerning the Greek-American community were discussed in the meeting of Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis with Archbishop Dimitrios of America, who is on a visit to Athens.
The Archbishop thanked the Prime Minister for the US0,000 economic assistance offered by the Greek government that was used to rebuild the church of Saint Nikolaos in New York, which was destroyed when the Twin Towers were hit by terrorists on September 11, 2001.
Archbishop Dimitrios praised the work of the Greek EU Presidency and the efforts of the Greek government for Cyprus' EU accession. He also expressed satisfaction for the introduction of education programs on Greek civilization in the Greek-American community schools.
The Archbishop of America discussed the crisis in the relations of the Greek Church with the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the meeting he had with Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou.
Mr. Papandreou underlined the great prestige the Ecumenical Patriarchate enjoys around the world and the significance of the preservation of this prestige internationally. He also underlined that the Church of Greece is dynamic and it is the source of an Orthodox Church that it is alive and able to declare Orthodoxy at an international level.
The Archbishop stressed that the Church of Greece is a dynamic Church and this Church should not be in any kind of a friction. He said that if a problem appears to be unsolved it has been expressed the wrong way and if the wording is changed the problem can be solved.
 TIME DESTROYS IN AGIA SOPHIAIstanbul, 13 November 2003 (13:03 UTC+2)
Even the graves in Agia Sophia in Istanbul were violated by sacrilegious raiders and antiquity smugglers, who stole a valuable manuscript written in Assyrian, thus completing the destruction carried out on the holy relics by time and indifference. Images of crumbling holy tombs and relics in bits from Warehouse 31 of Agia Sophia, were shown for the first time after 50 years by Turkish journalist Ugur Dudar, in the Arena show, to be shown on the D channel.