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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2001-12-20
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, December 20, 2001
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
In statements after the meeting, Mr. Miller underlined that the Simitis-Bush agenda will include terrorism, the situation in the Middle East and the Balkans, the Euroarmy and its relation to NATO and the EU.
Setting Easter as the deadline for the legalization, the Ministry of the Interior came to a decision with the Ministry of Public Order, not to deport residents with a temporary 6 month permit (which permits end in the beginning of 2002), if their holders
have submitted their applications.
Deputy Minister Papadimas confirmed that a circular sent to the various prefectures, states that immediate priority be given to those whose temporary permits are near expiration, while a new one is being prepared so that receiving necessary paperwork can
continue after February 2. Depending on the turn-out - and the service of the immigrants in January - the Ministry will estimate if it is necessary for legislative reforms for the extension of the deadlines to take place, in which case the reform will be
included in the draft for the law of political protection and the completion of the immigration law, which will be voted for near the end of January.
The work stoppage decision was reached by the Association of Daily Newspapers Journalists in Athens. In the mobilization also took part the Macedonia-Thrace Association of Journalists and the mass media technicians.
In the lawsuit filed by the woman against the Greek state, she claimed that a number of serious omissions were made by the doctors when she was admitted in the hospital and during a breast plastic operation.
As a result of the omissions and errors that are attributed to the anesthesiologist and the surgeon, the woman became a "vegetable" with a 100% handicap.
board Singapore Airlines' planes to Australia.
Also, the Olympic Airways management announced that it ends the airline's flights to the Aegean island of Paros as well.
For the record, those measures are placed within the wider framework of the efforts aimed at dealing with the international crisis in the air transportation sector.
Of the stocks trading today, only 66 recorded gains and 255 had losses, while the value of 31 stocks remained unchanged.
He also announced that the social protection measures for the weaker classes will be strengthened with new social benefits starting on January 1, 2002.
Mr. Reppas confirmed that 300.000 new job positions, and 300.000 new job training positions will be created by 2004, while 300.000 workers will be placed in training programs.
The guide includes the political system of the Balkan and Black Sea countries, a description of their economy in numbers, the main political figures and their diplomatic representation. It also includes many geographic and historical details, their inter national conflicts, their state of defense as well as, useful telephone numbers.
Mr. Papandreou stated that a road of tough negotiations was opened after the Laeken EU Summit meeting, stressing that Greece will be firm in its positions. He stated characteristically that Greece will defend its interests.
On the Cyprus issue, the Foreign Minister stated that Cyprus' EU accession into the European Union is given and is independent of the solution of the political problem on the island. He also stated that the current situation favors the efforts to find a solution to the problem stressing, however, that excessive expectations must be avoided.
On the occasion of the imminent visit of Prime Minister Kostas Simitis to the United States where he will meet with US President George Bush, Mr. Papandreou stated that the two leaders will discuss the Euro-army, the Cyprus issue, the cooperation in the fight against terrorism and the Greek-US cooperation in the Balkans.
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
The Prime Minister will leave for Sofia in the morning with a special flight and will return to Athens later on the same day.
Greek Minister of Defense Yiannos Papantoniou participates in the summit meeting and in statements he made underlined that Greece will not accept any Euro-army regulations that are in conflict with the Greek positions.
Mr. Papantoniou stated that the decisions on the issue are made by the European Union and speculated that the Greek-Turkish relations will not be affected by the specific issue.
On the sidelines of the summit, Mr. Papantoniou met with his Turkish counterpart Sabahadin Cakmakoglu.