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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2001-12-03

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


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, December 3, 2001

SECTIONS

  • [A] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] KILLER WEATHER
  • [02] BALKAN CITY NETWORK
  • [03] HISTORY OF THE GREEK CIVIL WAR
  • [04] FIGHTER PLANE DOWN-PILOTS SAFE
  • [05] PATRIARCH AND ARCHBISHOP GATHERING
  • [06] AXON ECONOMICAL CONSEQUENCES
  • [07] TWO NEW CONNECTION DEALS FOR OTE
  • [08] PAPADIMOS: THE PICTURE OF THE GREEK ECONOMY IS POSITIVE
  • [09] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIALS VISITED THE JAILED BRITISH PLANE SPOTTERS
  • [10] POWELL-PAPANDREOU TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION
  • [11] SIMITIS AND PUTIN WILL SIGN BILATERAL AGREEMENTS
  • [12] THE MACEDONIA-THRACE JOURNALISTS ON THE WINGED VICTORY OF SAMOTHRACE
  • [13] SMALL LOSSES IN THE ASE
  • [14] PROTOPAPAS: NO GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
  • [15] EU LABOR MINISTERS COUNCIL MEETING
  • [16] GREECE WANTS THE COMMITMENTS ON THE EURO-ARMY TO BE RESPECTED
  • [17] 2ND FRIENDSHIP AND COOPERATION MEETING OF BALKAN MAYORS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [18] THE POLISH POETRY FESTIVAL AWARD WENT TO A GREEK NEWS IN DETAILS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] KILLER WEATHER Two Afghan illegal immigrants were found dead on the Mytilini shore, Thermi. The illegal immigrants came to Greece from the Turkish coast with another 11 compatriots of theirs using 3 inflatable boats.

    7 of the illegal immigrants were arrested yesterday morning in the Thermi beach area and the authorities were informed of the case.

    Land and air searches continue for the locating of the other illegal immigrants, while there are extremely high wind speeds in the region.

    This morning ships did not cast off due to tempestual winds. None of the scheduled trips to the Aegean islands will be carried out, while the channel lines from Kavala to Thasos, Prinos and Keramoti, will remain closed.

    On the other hand, the channel lines between Rio-Antirio, Kallini to Kefallonia, and Zachynthos and Igoumenitsa - Corfu.

    There are problems throughout Greece due to the bad weather, and specifically, the snow.

    Dozens of mountain villages of Central and Southern Greece have been cut off due to the snow, while vehicles can only move if they are equipped with anti-skid chains.

    Meanwhile, searches are in progress to locate the 17-year-old Dimitris Tsouras, who has been missing since Saturday in Dervenochoria, Attica.

  • [02] BALKAN CITY NETWORK 30 Mayors of major Balkan cities are starting meetings in Thessaloniki, aiming at materializing the inter-Balkan inter-municipal cooperation by creating the Network of Major Balkan Cities. This is the 2nd Meeting of Friendship and Cooperation of Major Ba lkan Cities to take place in Thessaloniki, thanks to the initiative of Mayor Vasilis Papageorgopoulos.

    The proposal to create a Network of Major Balkan Cities had been made last year by Mayor Papgeorgopoulos during the 1st International Meeting of Friendship and Cooperation of Major Balkan Cities. In the Meeting to begin today, the Mayors will move to the

    creation of structures to the Network which will include: The Mayor Council, which will be the highest body of the network. The presiding city, the Mayor of which will lead the Network. The Executive Secretariat and the General Direction, which will coor dinate and materialize the actions and programs of the Network. And the thematic Committees, which will develop special actions in various sectors, such as sports, culture, the environment, architecture, heritage, etc.

  • [03] HISTORY OF THE GREEK CIVIL WAR "Vivliorama" Publications are presenting the book of the well known professor of Crete University, Giorgos Margaritis, "The History of the Greek Civil War 1946-1949", vol. I-II. Speakers on the book include Aggelos Elefantis, Ilias Nikolakopoulos, Rena Stavridou and author Giorgos Margaritis.

    The presentation will take place on December 6th, at 12:30, in the Room of Speech and Art of the Book Lodge.

  • [04] FIGHTER PLANE DOWN-PILOTS SAFE An RF-4 Phantom crashed a few minutes after 11am in the area of Kalabaka. Fortunately the two pilots managed to eject in time and are safe.

    Air Force search and rescue helicopters have been sent to the area to collect the two pilots.

  • [05] PATRIARCH AND ARCHBISHOP GATHERING The presence of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Patriarch and Pope of Alexandria and all Africa Peter VI, Patriarch of Jerusalem Irineos, as well as Archbishop of America Dimitrios, Thiatira Grigorios and Tirana Anastasios, will add brilliance to the 4 th World SAE Congress in Thessaloniki.

    According to information so far, Archbishop of Athens Chrstodoulos will not attend due to prior engagements.

    It should be noted that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will be present at the works for the first time, and he denies the rumors that said he was opposed to the institution, although in all previous congresses he sent his message.

    Mr. Bartholomew's visit to Thessaloniki for the SAE Congress, has caused various comments from the Greek community in Australia, and is a subject of much of the Greek press abroad, as far as the relations of the Australia Archbishopric and the Ecumenical

    Throne are concerned.

    The Archbishopric above, which is part of the Ecumenical Patriarchy, is the only one against SAE and Archbishop Stylianos himself has expressed his opposition to the institution, even with written statements to the Greek Press, as well as applying "punis hment" to those believers that did not comply to his advice.

  • [06] AXON ECONOMICAL CONSEQUENCES The economical consequences to AXON HOLDINGS SA's financial structure come to 8.4 billion drs. after the disruption of AXON AIRLINES SA's function, as stressed in a clarification announcement of the group to the administration ASE.

    Specifically, AXON HOLDINGS SA's participation in AXON AIRLINES SA, after the 11/10/01 decision of the General Assembly of AXON AIRLINES SA's shareholders, comes to 3.7 billion drs.

    Furthermore, there are obligations between AXON HOLDINGS SA and AXON AIRLINES SA, which end up in a clear obligation of the prior to the latter, coming to 400 million drs.

    SONAK SA, a subsidiary of AXON HOLDINGS SA, had participated in creating the share-capital for AXON AIRLINES SA, by contributing 1.3 billion drs., and had agreed to contribute another 1.7 billion drs, in order to raise the share-capital to 3 billion drs.

    AXON HOLDINGS SA will be also be required to pay the amount of 1.3 billion drs. regarding securities it has granted on for AXON AIRLINES SA.

    "In conclusion to the above, the total direct and indirect economic consequences to AXON HOLDINGS SA's financial structure, will not exceed the amount of 8.4 billion drs. At the same time, the other shareholders of AXON AIRLINES, who are not connected to

    AXON HOLDINGS SA, have already taken up their share of the damages, which comes to approximately 12 billion drs.", as is underlined in the announcement.

  • [07] TWO NEW CONNECTION DEALS FOR OTE OTE moved to the signing of two new connection deals with Algonet Telecommunications SA and Intraconnect SA. The two alternative telecommunications bodies have received a special permit for providing voice telephony services. In both cases the connection

    will be materialized by arch 2002.

  • [08] PAPADIMOS: THE PICTURE OF THE GREEK ECONOMY IS POSITIVE The prospects for the real convergence of the Greek economy with the economies of the Euro-zone countries continue to be positive, according to the bimonthly report issued by the Bank of Greece. The report was presented today by the Bank of Greece govern or Loukas Papadimos.

    In a press conference on the occasion of the presentation of the report, Mr. Papadimos pointed out that the fundamental characteristics of the Greek economy are improving, creating the preconditions for the continuation of the true convergence process.

    On inflation, Mr. Papadimos expressed the belief that it will be kept below 3% until December, while the annual average in 2001 will be slightly lower than 3.5%. In 2002, inflation is expected to be around 2.5%.

  • [09] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIALS VISITED THE JAILED BRITISH PLANE SPOTTERS Greek Foreign Ministry officials visited the Koridalos and Nafplion Prisons where the British nationals, who are accused of espionage, are being held. Foreign Ministry Development and Cooperation Agency director Alexandros Rontos and the Undersecretary o f Foreign Affairs Yiannis Magriotis' diplomatic office director visited the British nationals at the orders of the Greek Foreign Minister.

    They concluded that they are held in good conditions and expressed the wish that their case will have a speedy and positive conclusion.

    The issue was discussed in a telephone communication Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou had with his British counterpart.

    The Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman reiterated today that Mr. Papandreou's interest in the British nationals is independent of the steps taken by the Greek justice and that the Foreign Ministry is dealing with the case as far as bilateral relations are concerned.

  • [10] POWELL-PAPANDREOU TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION International terrorism, and developments in Afghanistan and the Middle East were the main topics of discussion in the telephone communication between US Secretary of State Colin Powell and Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou.

    Mr. Powell also briefed Mr. Papandreou on the outcome of the consultations he had with Turkish officials in his recent visit to Ankara.

  • [11] SIMITIS AND PUTIN WILL SIGN BILATERAL AGREEMENTS Six bilateral agreements will be signed by Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who will be on a three-day visit to Athens on Thursday.

    The agreements will be on fuel and energy, air transportation, the establishment of cultural centers as well as, the cooperation between the Justice Ministries of the two countries, police cooperation and shipping sector cooperation.

    The two leaders will have consultations on a wide spectrum of issues. They will discuss the developments concerning the NATO-Russia and the EU-Russia cooperation as well as, the developments in the Balkan region and southeastern Mediterranean with an emp hasis on the Cyprus problem, the Greek-Turkish relations, the situation in the Middle East. They will also discuss the developments in the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus and the international developments in relation with terrorism and Afghanistan.

  • [12] THE MACEDONIA-THRACE JOURNALISTS ON THE WINGED VICTORY OF SAMOTHRACE The Macedonia-Thrace Journalists' Association calls for the return to Greece of the Winged Victory of Samothrace statue and in a declaration it has issued it is stressed that this is not an issue of lesser importance compared to the issue of the return t o Greece of the Parthenon Marbles and other Greek antiquities that are scattered in every corner of the world.

    In the declaration it is mentioned that the role of the kidnapper is unbecoming for the noble French nation, while France's silence on the issue of the return of the Winged Victory of Samothrace statue is impressive.

    It is also stressed that the return of the statue to its place of origin will be a victory of civilization.

  • [13] SMALL LOSSES IN THE ASE Small losses were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index dropped to -0.53% at 2.679,68 points, while the volume of transactions was at 128.02 million Euro or 43.62 billion drachmas.

    Of the stocks trading today, only 54 recorded gains and 290 had losses, while the value of 22 stocks remained unchanged.

  • [14] PROTOPAPAS: NO GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM The government does not intervene in the operation of the justice system, stated Greek government spokesman Christos Protopapas, responding to questions by journalists on the issue of the arrest of British nationals in the southern Greek city of Kalamata , accused of spying.

    Mr. Protopapas added that everything is being assessed based on the evidence collected by police.

  • [15] EU LABOR MINISTERS COUNCIL MEETING Greek Labor Minister Dimitris Reppas attended the EU Labor and Social Affairs Ministers Council meeting in Brussels today.

    The issues under discussion concern the proposal for the adoption of a regulation to coordinate the EU social security systems, the employment and social policy, the legislation protecting the wage earners from insolvent employers, and measures against p overty and social exclusion.

    The EU Labor ministers will also discuss the quality and viability of pensions, the council's draft plan on the European Year for the Handicap 2003, the incorporation of sex equality issues in the EU policies, the promotion of a European framework on the

    social responsibility of businesses and the amendment of the council's directive on the protection of the workers from asbestos exposure.

  • [16] GREECE WANTS THE COMMITMENTS ON THE EURO-ARMY TO BE RESPECTED Greece wants the commitments and decisions reached on the Euro-army be respected on the basis of the Nice Summit Meeting decision framework, underlined Greek government spokesman Christos Protopapas responding to a question by a reporter on the occasion of the statements made by Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit after the meeting he had with US and British officials according to which, Ankara's demands concerning the Euro-army have been met.

    Mr. Protopapas stated that the Greek government watches the developments closely and reminded that Prime Minister Simitis, in a contact he had with his Belgian counterpart, made it clear that the decisions on the issue should move within the framework of

    the Nice Summit Meeting decisions.

    Mr. Protopapas said that there can be no exclusion of territorial zones and especially, if there are territorial zones that are of special national importance. He said that the issue was raised to the Belgian Prime Minister who backed the Nice decisions in statements he made recently.

  • [17] 2ND FRIENDSHIP AND COOPERATION MEETING OF BALKAN MAYORS The proceedings of the 2nd Friendship and Cooperation Meeting of major Balkan city mayors opened in Thessaloniki today. The meeting is held at the initiative of Thessaloniki mayor Vasilis Papageorgopoulos with the participation of 30 Balkan mayors aimed at the materialization of the inter-Balkan, inter-municipal cooperation through the Major Balkan Cities Network.

    In his opening speech, Mr. Papageorgopoulos pointed out that the international, inter-municipal cooperation opens creative horizons and creates prospects that bring significant benefits to local communities, while it promotes the role of the cities as re gional centers that can undertake the materialization of development planning and promote decentralization.

    Plovdiv's deputy mayor Nedialko Gentsev, who represents the Bulgarian city's mayor Ivan Tsomakov, sent the message that local authorities play a key role in international cooperation and stressed that the creation of a joint strategy of peaceful coexiste nce and development will improve relations among Balkan cities.

    The metropolitan municipality of Ankara mayor representative, Melih Gioktsek, expressed his opposition to terrorist activities and wars and pointed out that the most dangerous development, even compared to a nuclear war, is the clash of civilizations and

    the fact that different civilizations are not familiar with each other. He said that the biggest part of the responsibility for this lays with the local administration officials as they are the ones who offer their services to the people on a daily basis . He concluded by saying that they should give a priority to the promotion of programs and methods that will secure justice, peace, friendship and cultural understanding.

  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [18] THE POLISH POETRY FESTIVAL AWARD WENT TO A GREEK Greek poet and translator of Greek and Polish poetry Nikos Hatzinikolaou received the main award of the 24th "International Poetic November" Poetry Festival that took place in the Polish city of Poznan with the participation of 70 poets from 14 countries .

    The Polish newspaper Trybuna mentioned that Mr. Hatzinikoloaou was honored mainly for his translations of Homer's Iliad into the Polish language, while his book The Girl from the Delphi was published recently.

    A honorary distinction was also received by Mr. Hatzinikolaou's son, Aris.


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