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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2002-02-19

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


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, February 19, 2002

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] BUSH MESSAGE TO STEFANOPOULOS
  • [02] BALKAN RESTRUCTURE PLAN SUBMITTED
  • [03] 10 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS CAUGHT
  • [04] SLIGHT SEISMIC VIBRATION
  • [05] PALESTINIAN SUPPORT RALLY IN THESSALONIKI
  • [06] MEETING UNDER SIMITIS ON OA
  • [07] PRIME MINISTER OF LUXEMBOURG IN ATHENS
  • [08] 4TH THESSALONIIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL
  • [09] PROTOPAPAS ON AFGHANISTAN
  • [10] THE PRIME MINISTER WILL VISIT JAPAN
  • [11] SOCRATES KOKKALIS FACES FOUR COUNTS OF FELONY CHARGES
  • [12] THE SOUTHEASTERN EUROPEAN CULTURE MINISTERS IN THESSALONIKI
  • [13] THE BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA DEFENSE MINISTERS WATCHED A TRAINING EXERCISE
  • [14] BIG LOSSES IN THE ASE
  • [15] THE GREEK FORCE IS DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN FOR HUMANITARIAN REASONS
  • [16] THE RESPONSE OF SOCRATES KOKKALIS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [17] VEDRINE AND FISCHER SIGN OLYMPIC TRUCE STATEMENT
  • [18] GREEK-BULGARIAN HEALTH COOPERATION PROGRAM
  • [19] THE PROBLEMS OF THE GREEK FARMERS WERE DISCUSSED IN BRUSSELS NEWS IN DETAILS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] BUSH MESSAGE TO STEFANOPOULOS US President Bush sent his best wishes to President of the Republic Kostantinos Stefanopoulos, for Greece's 50th anniversary since its accession to NATO.

    The friendship and cooperation that have characterized the past 50 years for the alliance, were mentioned in the message.

  • [02] BALKAN RESTRUCTURE PLAN SUBMITTED The Greek plan for the financial restructuring of the Balkans (ESOAB) was submitted to Parliament last night, undersigned by Minister of Economy and Finances Nikolaos Christodoulakis and Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou.

    ESOAB foresees that from 2002-2006, among other things, Greece will allocate 500 million euro for the financing of programs in Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, and FYROM.

    The plan states that the financing will be provided to the public sector of these countries and to private and public services, public welfare institutions, as well as non - governmental organizations active in those countries.

  • [03] 10 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS CAUGHT 10 Kurds about to make their way to Agona, Italy, via the Patra harbor, were found in 2 trucks and 1 smaller car.

    The three drivers of the cars and the 10 illegal immigrants were arrested and taken to the DA.

  • [04] SLIGHT SEISMIC VIBRATION A slight seismic vibration of about 3.8 R took place at 2:44 am in northwestern Attiki. According to seismologists, the quake came from the Parnitha focal area, and so far no damages have been reported.
  • [05] PALESTINIAN SUPPORT RALLY IN THESSALONIKI A support rally for the Palestinian people is taking place today at 6pm, by the statue of Venizelos in Thessaloniki.

    The rally is being organized by the General Palestinian Students' Association with the participation of the Workers' Center of Thessaloniki, the Public Workers' Union of Thessaloniki, the Middle Education Teachers' Union of Thessaloniki, the Hospital Doc tors' Union of Thessaloniki and the Non-Appointed Teachers' Union.

  • [06] MEETING UNDER SIMITIS ON OA A crucial meeting on the future of Olympic Airways has been scheduled for today by Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, at the Maximos Mansion.

    The participants of the meeting are the Ministers of Finances, Nikos Christodoulakis, and Transports, Christos Verelis, in order for the final decisions to be made.

    Apart from finding the funds necessary to save the national airliner, the government is expected to find itself confronted with its employees, since there will be changes in working status.

  • [07] PRIME MINISTER OF LUXEMBOURG IN ATHENS The Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jean Claude Juncker, is making an official visit to Athens today.

    Mr. Juncker will meet with the President of the Republic, Mr. Kostis Stefanopoulos, and Prime Minister Kostas Simitis this afternoon, while he will make a speech at an event on: "Europe - Our natural space", at the old Parliament.

    This evening, Mr. Simitis will hold a dinner in honor of the Luxembourg Prime Minister.

  • [08] 4TH THESSALONIIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL The 4th Thessaloniki Film Festival "Images of the 21st Century" will be hosted by the "Olympion I" and "Pavlos Zannas" cinemas of the Olympion Cinema Complex, from March 4-10. This year, more than 100 programmes from all over the world will be shown, whi ch will open a window to approach history, social changes, the development of culture and human relationships.

    This year's Festival sections include: "Views of the World", dealing with subjects of social interest, "Recording our Memory", with facts and testimonies of historic and social origin, "Portraits-Human Journeys", highlighting the human contribution to cu lture, social and historical developments, "Stories to tell", small stories of human interest that stand out for the nature of their themes and the way they have been dealt with. Special themes in this year's programme are a : a series dedicated to the co ndition of children in the Third World and developing countries and a series of entertainment documentaries presented in a late evening zone.

    Further information on the 4th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival can be found on line at http://www.docfestival.gr/indexd.html.

  • [09] PROTOPAPAS ON AFGHANISTAN The Greek government shares the concern of its European partners regarding the spread of the war in Afghanistan, stated government spokesman Christos Protopapas, adding that Greece supports the efforts against terrorism. He also underlined that the civil ian population should not become the victim of the campaign against terrorism.

    Mr. Protopapas stated that Greece will send a corps of engineers and a mobile hospital unit to Afghanistan within the framework of the international peace force.

  • [10] THE PRIME MINISTER WILL VISIT JAPAN Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will visit Japan on March 2-8.

    He will be accompanied by the representatives of 15 business companies from different sectors in which the Japanese market has expressed interest.

  • [11] SOCRATES KOKKALIS FACES FOUR COUNTS OF FELONY CHARGES Businessman and Olympiakos football team president Socrates Kokkalis faces four counts of felony charges for espionage, money laundering, fraud and embezzlement. He is also accused of committing active and passive bribery.

    Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy parliament deputy Panagiotis Kammenos submitted documents to the prosecutor based on which, Mr. Kokkalis was a Stazi spy who came to Greece to take the western technology to the Eastern Block countries. T he accusations concerning money laundering, fraud and embezzlement have to do with the Russian lotto case.

  • [12] THE SOUTHEASTERN EUROPEAN CULTURE MINISTERS IN THESSALONIKI The meeting of the southeastern European Culture Ministers will open in Thessaloniki on Friday organized at the initiative of Greek Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos.

    The participants will visit the city of Veria for the inauguration of the new Byzantine Museum and on Saturday, they will give a joint press conference.

  • [13] THE BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA DEFENSE MINISTERS WATCHED A TRAINING EXERCISE Greek Undersecretary of Defense Loukas Apostolidis, Croat-Muslim Federation Minister of Defense Mijo Anic and his Bosnia-Herzegovina Serb Republic counterpart Slobodan Bilic watched a multinational military training exercise that was held in the Multinat ional Training Center for the Support of Peace in Nea Santa, Kilkis in northern Greece.

    Mr. Apostolidis stated that Greece participates actively in the peace efforts.

    The specific training center is in operation since 1998 under the auspices of NATO, the UN and the European Union. Four more such centers are in operation in Germany, Canada, Turkey and Norway.

    Already, about 4.000 Greek as well as, foreign army officers from 29 countries have been trained in the past four years to participate in peacekeeping missions in different countries. In the following days, a total of 86 male and female officers from Bos nia-Herzegovina will complete their training in the Kilkis training camp to be deployed in Eritrea together with other peacekeeping forces.

  • [14] BIG LOSSES IN THE ASE Big losses were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index dropped to -1.74% at 2.418,11 points, while the volume of transactions was at 153 million Euro.

    Of the stocks trading today, 305 recorded losses and 31 had gains, while the value of 36 stocks remained unchanged.

  • [15] THE GREEK FORCE IS DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN FOR HUMANITARIAN REASONS The presence of the Greek force in Afghanistan is of a purely humanitarian nature, stressed Greek government spokesman Christos Protopapas.

    Mr. Protopapas stated that Greece has sent a corps of engineers to assist in the creation of infrastructure in the capital of Kabul, while it will also send a mobile hospital unit.

    The government spokesman said that Greece shares the concerns of its European partners regarding the spread of the war in Afghanistan and added that terrorism must be combated but at the same time the unarmed civilian population must be respected and pro tected.

  • [16] THE RESPONSE OF SOCRATES KOKKALIS Businessman Socrates Kokkalis, President of Intracom and Olympiakos football team, with a statement he has issued categorically denied any involvement in criminal acts and stresses that the espionage charge insults him deeply both as a human being and as

    a Greek citizen.

    Mr. Kokkalis is certain that the charges against him will collapse and warns that he will turn against any individual who is responsible for the attempt to tarnish his name and honor and the damage that can be caused on the activities of his pioneer busi ness group.

  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [17] VEDRINE AND FISCHER SIGN OLYMPIC TRUCE STATEMENT Greek initiative for the Olympic Truce, received the full support of the Foreign Ministers of France, Hubert Vedrine, and Germany, Joschka Fischer, yesterday morning in Brussels.

    In the margin of the General Affairs Council, Mr. Vedrine and Mr. Fischer signed the statement supporting the Olympic Truce, in the presence of Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou, a statement that has already been signed by many personalities of the int ernational political and intellectual scene.

    The statement celebrates the Olympic Truce, "as a means of promoting peace and reconciliation in the fields of conflict", encouraging peaceful resolving of differences and a cease-fire during the Olympic Games.

  • [18] GREEK-BULGARIAN HEALTH COOPERATION PROGRAM The program of cooperation signed in Sofia, Bulgaria today by the Greek and Bulgarian Health Ministers is characterized as a significant new step in the course of the dynamic development of the Greek-Bulgarian relations in general.

    The program of cooperation text includes a wide spectrum of activities for the further strengthening of the already very close bilateral cooperation in the sector of health.

    Greece and Bulgaria will exchange doctors, materialize joint programs of cross-border cooperation in the sectors of public health, undertake joint efforts against infectious diseases and cooperate in the area of transfusions and blood byproducts. The two

    countries will also cooperate on issues concerning the efforts to limit the problem of drug addiction and the treatment of drug addicts.

    Greek Health Minister Alekos Papadopoulos characterized the exchange of views and experience as very useful for the solution of the problems faced by the two countries within the framework of the reforms in the public health systems.

    Bulgarian Health Minister Bozidar Finkov expressed satisfaction for the expansion of the Greek-Bulgarian cooperation in the area of public health which is a significant element in the dynamic development of bilateral relations.

    Mr. Papadopoulos has completed his two-day visit to Sofia and returns to Athens later this afternoon.

  • [19] THE PROBLEMS OF THE GREEK FARMERS WERE DISCUSSED IN BRUSSELS The problems faced by the Greek farmers were discussed in Brussels today by Greek Minister of Agriculture Giorgos Dris and European Commissioner Frantz Fischler.

    In statements he made after the meeting, Mr. Dris stated that they discussed the issue of the compensation to be paid to the farmers who were mostly hit by the wave of bad weather last December and January.

    They also discussed the problems that are the result of the implementation in Greece of the new decisions on cotton and clarified issues concerning the quantities that will be subsidized.


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