Athens News Agency: News in English (PM), 98-07-22
NEWS IN ENGLISH
Athens, Greece, 22/07/1998 (ANA)
- Three die in Attica fire
- Armaments programme focus of government meeting
- No U.S. recognition of occupied regime in Cyprus
- German travel caution on Cyprus not 'advisory'
- PM to see commissioner Friday
- Police arrest three on antiquities smuggling
- Major tourism resort planned for Crete
- Injured Dutch toddler air-lifted to Athens
- Albanian boy injured in hit-and-run
- MP recovering after eye injury
- Foreign Exchange
NEWS IN DETAIL
Three die in Attica fire
Three people died today in a forest fire which broke out in the area of
Kareas on Mt. Hymettus which overlooks Athens. Although the identity of the
three is still unknown, there are fears that the bodies may be those of
three firemen earlier reported missing after their fire-engine was engulfed
Armaments programme focus of government meeting
Prime Minister Costas Simitis will chair a meeting today on the course of
Greece's wide-ranging armaments programme and foreign defence policy prior
to Friday's meeting of the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and
Defence (KYSEA), government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said. Today's meeting
will be attended by Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos, National Defence
Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos and Undersecretary Dimitris Apostolakis as
well as the premier's military and economic advisers.
No U.S. recognition of occupied regime in Cyprus
Greece said today that statements by US State Department spokesman James
Rubin in no way indicated recognition by Washington of the Turkish
occupation regime in Cyprus. Rubin justified the presence of US officials
earlier this week in the Turkish-occupied north of the divided island at
events marking the 24th anniversary of the Turkish invasion as being of a
personal rather than an official nature. He added that employees of the US
embassy had attended the events in their free time and unofficially, noting
that their presence did not indicate "acceptance of the fact".
German travel caution on Cyprus not 'advisory'
Greece said today that a travel advisory on Cyprus issued by the German
foreign ministry did not indicate that there was a threat to the safety of
visitors going to the Mediterranean island. Government spokesman Dimitris
Reppas said however that the advisory contained a warning and was an issue
which would be dealt with by the Cypriot government, particularly bearing
in mind that the tourist season was in full swing. The German foreign
minister reportedly advises those planning holidays in Cyprus to watch the
political situation on the island carefully in view of the planned
stationing of Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles later this year.
PM to see commissioner Friday
Prime Minister Costas Simitis will meet in Athens on Friday with European
Union Commissioner Monika Wulf-Mathies, government spokesman Dimitris
Reppas announced today. Wulf-Mathies, who is responsible for regional
policy, structural funds and cohesion funds, said yesterday in Brussels
that a review of Greece's absorption of EU structural funds indicated that
its development prospects now looked brighter than a few years ago.
Police arrest three on antiquities smuggling
Police in Thessaloniki today arrested three persons found in possession of
43 valuable ancient earthenware artefacts of the Mycenaean and Classical
periods. The arrests were made after police stopped a car in the area of
Asvestochori, in which they found the antiquities. The police initially
estimated the value of the artefacts at about 10 million drachmas.
Major tourism resort planned for Crete
British-based Loyalward Ltd and the Ecclesiastical Foundation of Panagia
Akrotiriani have signed a contract for a major tourism development project
on the island of Crete that will create 3,200 new jobs, a Loyalward
representative told the ANA. The representative said that the 250 billion
drachma project provides for the construction of a new 7,000 bed tourist
facility on a 26,000 stremma piece of property owned by the Toplou
Monastery in the prefecture of Lassithi, eastern Crete, which will be
leased by Loyalward.
Injured Dutch toddler air-lifted to Athens
A 2-year-old Dutch boy who tumbled down a hotel staircase in Crete has been
brought to Athens by Air Force plane for hospital treatment. The toddler,
whose name was not released upon the parents' request, was seriously
injured when he fell off a third-floor staircase of a hotel in Ammoudara,
Gaziou near Heraklion late last night after escaping his mother's
attention. He was rushed to the Venizelio hospital, where he was found to
be suffering from internal bleeding in the head. An Airforce C-130 military
transport plane was immediately despatched to transport the toddler.
Albanian boy injured in hit-and-run
An eight-year-old Albanian boy was seriously injured in a hit-and-run
accident in Thessaloniki today. Police said Blefter Zika, who was living
with his family in Thessaloniki and attending a local public school, was
hit by a car in the Pano Poli residential district and abandoned by the
driver. The boy, who suffered multiple wounds all over his body, was taken
by passers-by to the George Yennimatas hospital.
MP recovering after eye injury
Main opposition New Democracy MP Fanni Palli-Petralia was recovering from
delicate eye surgery in an Athens medical facility, hospital sources said.
Palli-Petralia was rushed to the Apollonio hospital yesterday afternoon
from her holiday home on Skopelos island, where she injured her eye with a
Fine with strong northerly winds is forecast for today temperatures ranging
from 19-36C in the west, 18-34C in the mainland, and 22-32C on the islands.
Athens, sunny with strong to very strong winds, 22-34C. Same in Thessaloniki
with temperatures from 20-33C.
Tuesday's rates (buying) U.S. dollar 294.178
British pound 484.513 Japanese yen (100) 210.096
French franc 49.106 German mark 164.622
Italian lira (100) 16.686 Irish Punt 414.140
Belgian franc 7.982 Finnish mark 54.068
Dutch guilder 146.037 Danish kr. 43.192
Austrian sch. 23.372 Spanish peseta 1.938
Swedish kr. 36.936 Norwegian kr. 38.861
Swiss franc 194.650 Port. Escudo 1.607
Aus. dollar 184.720 Can. dollar 197.170
Cyprus pound 561.849