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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2002-07-04
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, July 4, 2002
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
Mr. Simitis pointed out that there are still a lot to be done in order to break up the terrorist network. He called on the people to show confidence in the work of the government, adding that political parties and mass media should display a responsible stance and contribute toward this direction.
The Prime Minister stated that the Greek people want terrorism to be uprooted and this is the main target of the government and the priority of the governmental policy. He also stated that the developments in the efforts against terrorism are the outcome
of systematic work during the past years.
According to the Athens radio station "Flash", the document was sent to airports, sea ports, army camps and police stations in the Greek islands and its topic was security measures for the protection of public works, installations and material.
In statements he made in the US embassy building on the occasion of the US Day of Independence, Mr. Miller pointed out that the United States help the Greek authorities in the investigation they conduct. He also added that he is aware of the outcome of t he investigation but it is up to the Greek authorities to decide when they will release detailed statements to the press.
Mr. Nasiakos referred to yesterday's police raid in a "17 November" hideout in downtown Athens in which police found "17N" leaflets, the terrorist organization banner, an organization seal, a computer, guns and explosives. According to the Greek Police C hief, the findings will be examined carefully and are expected to be the source of valuable information. The investigation is still underway and the Greek Police will make further statements as soon as new evidence is collected.
Mr. Nasiakos also underlined the significance of the contribution made in the investigation by the people, stressing that the Greek police has received a large number of telephone calls by people who recognized Xiros from the pictures that were given to publicity.
Mr. Karamanlis stated that the accidental event last Saturday gave to police the opportunity they expected for years. This opportunity cannot and should not be missed, stated Mr. Karamanlis. He said that this is the time to display responsibility and hav e tangible results. The evidence found should be evaluated in order to lead to the arrest and punishment of those who either planned or executed heinous crimes for the past 27 years.
He said that authorities work with determination and the recent developments are the result of systematic work, while he pointed out that investigation continues toward every direction.
When asked to comment on the stance adopted by the political parties, he said that the government wants from the political parties, the people and the mass media to display a sense of responsibility, stressing that it will take time for the efforts again st terrorism to be completed.
Of the stocks trading today, the overwhelming majority of 234 had gains and 77 recorded losses, while the value of 62 stocks remained unchanged.
Mr. Howard is also scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Kostas Simitis to discuss bilateral issues, Australia's relations with the European Union as well as issues concerning the Greeks living in Australia.
The Australian Prime Minister will also visit the cities of Chania and Iraklion in the island of Crete, in south Aegean to honor the Australians who were killed there during WWII.
For this reason, 39.2% of the Greeks will stay home in their vacation time, while the duration of vacations for the Greeks has been limited considerably due to the serious financial problems they face.
The Greek National Statistics Agency has recorded a total of 5.704 unintentional drownings in the past 20 years (1980-1999) which corresponds to an average of 300 drownings a year.
Based on the available figures, each year drown about 20 children under the age of 14 and 15 teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19. The majority of the drownings take place at sea, while the incidents recorded in swimming pools are fewer.
It was also established that the fingerprints, found in a car used by "17 November" for the assassination of ship-owner Kostas Peratikos in Piraeus in 1997, belonged to Savvas Xiros, who was injured when a time bomb exploded in his hands in the Port of P iraeus last Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, three individuals are being questioned by anti-terrorist officers and are expected to be arrested as there is incriminating evidence against them. Another individual was taken in for questioning this afternoon and it is believed that he is ass ociated with the villa in Sounio where the typewriter was found.
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS