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Athens News Agency: News in English, 02-09-24

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Greek PM comments on Iraq from Copenhagen
  • [02] Greece to send humanitarian aid to Albania's flood victims
  • [03] Greece seeks EU help for farm losses due to heavy rain
  • [04] Greek Cultural Foundation literary translation prize
  • [05] Bank of Greece to organize Greek painters exhibition in Washington
  • [06] Foreign Exchange Rates - Wednesday
  • [07] Weather Forecast: Rain on Wednesday
  • [08] Greek stocks end 1.91 pct lower on Tuesday

  • [01] Greek PM comments on Iraq from Copenhagen

    24/09/2002 23:10:04

    COPENHAGEN (ANA - M. Spinthourakis) Greece was against any form of unilateral action against Iraq, Prime Minister Costas Simitis said on Tuesday following a two-day meeting between European Union and Asian leaders in Copenhagen (ASEM).

    He also stressed that the United Nations should have a primary role in efforts to defuse the tension.

    The Greek premier said that the situation in Iraq had been among the subjects discussed at the EU-Asia meeting and admitted that there were differences of opinion on this issue within Europe, with some sides supporting that unilateral engagement in Iraq could be justified and others opposed.

    Greece was among those countries, such as France and China, that believed unilateral action boded serious dangers for the future, he added.

    [02] Greece to send humanitarian aid to Albania's flood victims

    24/09/2002 23:07:41

    Greece's Civil Defense General Secretariat will send humanitarian aid to Albania, which recently suffered serious problems due to flooding, the Greek foreign ministry announced on Tuesday.

    The effort of the Civil Defense General Secretariat will be supported by the foreign ministry, the Armed Forces General Staff, the fire brigade and the health and welfare ministry.

    Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou contacted his Albanian counterpart Ilir Meta and expressed the willingness of the Greek government to send help, while Deputy Foreign Minister Andreas Loverdos remains in constant contact with Meta to work out the details, the ministry's announcement added.

    [03] Greece seeks EU help for farm losses due to heavy rain

    24/09/2002 23:06:30

    BRUSSELS (ANA/G.Zitouniati) - Greek Agriculture Minister George Drys on Tuesday asked the European Union for funds to help meet losses incurred by farmers in torrential rains in August and September.

    Hardest hit were grapes, raisins, market garden produce, and farming infrastructure and raw materials, Drys told an EU agriculture ministers' meeting in the Belgian capital.

    Greece and other countries that asked for help were asked to submit data on the extent of damage and losses.

    [04] Greek Cultural Foundation literary translation prize

    24/09/2002 22:33:20

    LONDON (ANA) - The Greek Cultural Foundation (EIP) literary translation prize was awarded on Monday during a ceremony at Londons South Bank Center to Leo Marshal for his translation of Greek author Sotiris Dimitrious book ?May Your Name Be Blessed?.

    Awarded for the first time this year, the EIP literary translation prize will be awarded every two years to works circulated in the English language within the five-year period preceding the award.

    The prize on the Greek side will be awarded along with the ones for France, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Italy by the chief editor of the Times Literary Supplement and the participation of the popular U.S. author Susan Sontag.

    [05] Bank of Greece to organize Greek painters exhibition in Washington

    24/09/2002 19:25:04

    The Bank of Greece, the country's regulatory body, announced that it is organizing an exhibition of Greek painters in Washington D.C. at the Federal Reserve System's central building.

    Thirty-nine works of Greek painters from 1830 to 1930 will be showcased between Sept. 30 and Dec. 3.

    [06] Foreign Exchange Rates - Wednesday

    24/09/2002 18:44:24

    Reference buying rates per euro released by the European Central Bank

    U.S. dollar 0.990

    Pound sterling 0.636

    Danish kroner 7.486

    Swedish kroner 9.161

    Japanese yen 121.9

    Swiss franc 1.474

    Norwegian kroner 7.379

    Cyprus pound 0.578

    Canadian dollar 1.574

    Australian dollar 1.823

    [07] Weather Forecast: Rain on Wednesday

    24/09/2002 18:06:56

    Rain and storms are forecast in all parts of the country. Winds southerly, light to moderate, turning strong in parts of the Aegean. In the north, temperatures will range from 16C to 24C; in the west from 18C to 27C; and in the rest of the country from 19C to 29C. Temperatures in Athens between 22C and 27C; and in Thessaloniki from 18C to 24C.

    [08] Greek stocks end 1.91 pct lower on Tuesday

    24/09/2002 16:45:13

    Greek stocks continued their free-fall for one more session in the Athens Stock Exchange, with sentiment undermined by a negative climate in international markets.

    The general index ended 1.91 percent lower at 1,818.58 points, finding short-term support at the 1,800 level. Turnover was a low 96 million euros.

    The Holdings, Insurance, Textile and Construction sectors suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day (5.24 percent, 4.22 percent, 4.13 percent and 3.96 percent, respectively), while Banks and Cement the lowest percentage losses (0.77 percent and 0.73 percent, respectively).

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavy traded stocks dropped 1.41 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index dropped 3.41 percent and the FTSE/ASE SmallCap 80 index fell 3.09 percent.

    Broadly, decliners led advancers by 307 to 31 with another 19 issues unchanged.


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