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Athens News Agency: News in English, 96-10-20

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Athens, Greece, 20/10/1996 (ANA)


  • PASOK Central Committee meeting
  • Greek censor gives go-ahead to "Trainspotting"
  • Albanians arrested on drug charges
  • Ancient gold ring unearthed


    Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos told the second day of ruling PASOK Central Committee's session to discuss the result of recent elections and party reconstitution that "we are the only government in Europe with a one- party strong majority."

    Addressing the sessions on Saturday, Mr. Pangalos said that "economic and technological competition inevitably leads to a need for stabilisation and the displeasure of employees and workers."

    He said the fact that a sector of PASOK voters supported the Democratic Social Movement in recent elections "constitutes a vote of protest which reflects the cost of modernisation and the end of the party's clientist relations."

    Taking the floor, Education Minister Gerasimos Arsenis told the sessions that the shifting of ND traditional voters to PASOK greatly contributed to the government's recent election win.

    "This could be seen in a positive light if it was the direct result of PASOK's efforts in this direction. Unfortunately it was the choice of middle to upper class voters aspiring for a macroeconomic policy of rightist ideologies. This aspiration must be dismissed," Mr. Arsenis said.

    The minister said these voters constitute the first problem of the post- election PASOK "because they bear great influence on the mass media," and warned against any shifts in party ideology in order to meet their aspirations.

    Mr. Arsenis also referred to efforts for a party reconstitution saying that at critical times "we need to take big and not small steps."

    He further stressed the need "to abandon the mentality of the administrator and endorse the mentality of the reformist.

    Turning to other issues, Mr. Arsenis said the convergence progamme should be implemented adding that wealth should be "impressively redistributed through a four-year-long programme" and called for radicar reforms in the sectors of health and education.

    He said that cuts in expenditures will not help preserve the welfare state, adding that the introduction of radical tax reforms, "the key to the government's economic policy" will provide the means to solve the deficit problem.

    Concluding he proposed that the party's Central Committee convene to discuss the 1997 budget prior to its submitting in Parliament.

    An Athens prosecutor on Saturday ruled that cinemas are allowed to continue screening the film "Trainspotting," after finding that it does not glorify drugs.

    Prosecutor Isidoros Doyiakos who watched the film at the head of a police delegation on Friday evening has reportedly said that the film was not in favour of drugs.

    "The film depicts the real world of drugs and those involved in it," Mr. Doyiakos is said to have told investigating prosecutors.

    Prosecutor George Koliokostas on Friday ordered a preliminary investigation into claims by an Athens daily earlier last week that the film "Trainspotting" glorified drug use.

    Mr. Koliokostas said the film would be watched by an expert panel which would decide if it glamourised the use of narcotics and, if so, be banned.

    "Trainspotting", one of British cinema's biggest-ever box office hits, graphically tells the story of a group of Scottish drug addicts.

    The film premiered in Athens cinemas on Friday night. Cinemas screening the film would be considered to be breaking Greek drug laws and its owners could face arrest if the panel found the film to be in favour of drug use.

    Police arrested four Albanian on Friday after finding them in possession of 20 kilos of hashish.

    Rolando Kanena, 35, Manti Kintsi, 26, Andrea Panare, 24, and Giorgio Kampouri 22 were arrested in Kastoria when approached by policemen who pretended to be drug dealers.

    A golden ring depicting the mother of gods was unearthed by archeologists at digs in the ancient Pella site in Macedonia, an international conference on Ancient Macedonia was told Saturday.

    Archeologist Maria Akamati told the conference, held in Thessaloniki, that diggings in the same region also led to two separate discoveries of invaluable coins dating back to the Hellenistic period.

    The mother of gods on the golden ring is depicted seated on a throne and holding a sceptre.


    Panayotis Markakis won the 14th Lambrakis Marathon Race today. There were 2, 900 participants from 40 countries in this year's race, which was dedicated to children suffering from cancer.

    Top of yesterday's soccer matches was Olympiakos' defeat of Apollo Athens with 3-0.

    AEK stayed on top of the basketball points board after its 59-48 victory over Heracles in Thessaloniki on Saturday. Sporting and Larissa were the surprise victors of the day's matches, defeating Peristeri and Piraeus respectively.


    Monday's weather in Athens is expected to be cloudy with rain showers decreasing during the afternoon. Winds will be moderate north to northeasterly, temperatures 13-18C. In Thessaloniki there will be occasional cloudy periods with the possibility of light rain. Winds north to northwesterly light to moderate, temperatures 10-15C.


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