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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 05-01-04

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From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.


CONTENTS

  • [01] GREAT RESPONSE BY THE GREEK PEOPLE
  • [02] EARTHQUAKE 4.9 ON THE RICHTER SCALE IN SARONIKOS BAY
  • [03] BLOOD BELONGING TO THE ASSASSINATED SPECIAL GUARD FOUND ON STOLEN CAR
  • [04] GAINS IN THE ASE
  • [05] THREE MINUTES OF SILENCE TOMORROW IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS IN ASIA
  • [06] THE SCHOOL IN BESLAN WILL BE NAMED AFTER TEACHER IOANNIS KANIDIS
  • [07] GLOBAL MOBILIZATION

  • [01] GREAT RESPONSE BY THE GREEK PEOPLE

    Athens, 4 January 2005 (13:39 UTC+2)

    The response of the Greek people to the calls for economic assistance to the people who lived through the disaster that hit the countries in southeastern Asia is unprecedented.

    Greek state-run radio-television network ERT has launched a telethon in cooperation with the Greek Foreign Ministry to collect donations for the economic assistance of the affected countries. According to ERT President Christos Panagopoulos the donations had reached 2,270,000 euros at noon today.

    The Greek people began sending in their donations since 6 am this morning while the telethon will be completed at 1 am on Wednesday morning.

    The money collected will be delivered to the Greek Foreign Ministry and then through bilateral and multilateral UN agreements will be distributed to the governments of the countries affected by the tsunami.

    [02] EARTHQUAKE 4.9 ON THE RICHTER SCALE IN SARONIKOS BAY

    Athens, 4 January 2005 (13:49 UTC+2)

    An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale was recorded at 11:45 last night and its epicenter was located at Saronikos Bay off the coasts of Athens.

    Another slightly smaller earthquake had been recorded in the same region on December 6 and seismologists maintain that there is no cause for concern.

    [03] BLOOD BELONGING TO THE ASSASSINATED SPECIAL GUARD FOUND ON STOLEN CAR

    Athens, 4 January 2005 (18:25 UTC+2)

    The stolen white Nissan found by the Greek police in the region of Marousi in Athens in the afternoon on New Year's Day has been identified as the car used by the killers of special guard Charalambos Amanatidis. The special guard was killed while on duty in an armed attack launched by unidentified assailants outside the residence of the British military attach in Nea Ionia, Athens in the early morning hours of last Friday.

    The fact that the car was used in the attack is proved by the traces of blood found on the car, which were matched through lab tests with the blood type of the assassinated special guard appointed to guard the house of the British diplomat.

    [04] GAINS IN THE ASE

    Athens, 4 January 2005 (17:09 UTC+2)

    Gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index rose to +0.45% at 2837.26 points, while the volume of transactions was at 200,2 million euros.

    Of the stocks trading today, 90 had gains and 212 had losses, while the value of 119 stocks remained unchanged.

    [05] THREE MINUTES OF SILENCE TOMORROW IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS IN ASIA

    Athens, 4 January 2005 (16:49 UTC+2)

    Minister of Interior, Public Administration and Decentralization Prokopis Pavlopoulos has issued an urgent circular according to which, Greece participates in the events held in memory of the victims of the devastation in southeastern Asia.

    The public sector employees are called to observe three minutes of silence tomorrow at noon, while flags will fly half-mast in all government buildings throughout the day. Mr. Pavlopoulos expressed the wish that the same will be in effect in the private sector as well.

    This was a proposal made by the outgoing Dutch EU Presidency in consultation with the current EU Presidency held by Luxembourg and the silence in memory of the victims will be observed simultaneously in all EU member states.

    [06] THE SCHOOL IN BESLAN WILL BE NAMED AFTER TEACHER IOANNIS KANIDIS

    Athens, 4 January 2005 (14:53 UTC+2)

    The new school in the town of Beslan will be named after Ioannis Kanidis, the teacher who was killed during the tragic events in the school of North Ocetia last year.

    The school will be built with the economic assistance of Solidarity, the non-governmental organization of the Church of Greece, and will be named after the Greek teacher who stood by his students during the dramatic hostage-taking situation last year that resulted to the deaths of hundreds of people, teachers, parents and school children.

    The city of Beslan accepted the Greek offer for the construction of a new school building given the fact that the old one will remain the way it is as a reminder of what happened to this small city.

    [07] GLOBAL MOBILIZATION

    Athens, 4 January 2005 (13:28 UTC+2)

    The United Nations have collected contributions reaching the record sum of 1,5 billion US dollars a week after the tidal waves in the Indian Ocean, while US President George Bush assigned his predecessors, Bill Clinton and George Bush Senior, the collection of money from private donations within the framework of the efforts to assist the affected countries.

    International non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders and international ecological organization Greenpeace cooperate to supply the affected countries with emergency medical aid.

    The French Health Minister arrived in Sri Lanka today on board an aircraft carrying 15 tons of pharmaceutical and water purification supplies for the survivors of the disaster.


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