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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2002-07-05
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, June 5, 2002
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
Mr. Simitis characterized as important the latest developments in the efforts against terrorism and underlined that this outcome was not accidental but the result of serious and systematic work during the past years. The Prime Minister stated that the co ntribution of all is necessary to avoid rumors and speculations in order to allow police to do its job.
He launched an attack on the right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy accusing it of lack of a proposals, and nihilism.
Mr. Simitis stated that the major goals for PASOK are the successful Olympic Games in 2004, Cyprus's accession into the European Union, the settlement of issues of national importance in accordance with the Helsinki decisions and the materialization of b old policies for the solution of the major social problems.
According to information yesterday, it was made known that another arrest was made that of a Sudanese, named Amin Duran, a friend and associate of Savvas Xiros, who was arrested when a time-bomb exploded in his hands in the port of Piraeus on Saturday ni ght. Xiros and Duran owned an ice production plant in Sudan. Meanwhile, Xiros' ex-wife Angeliki Sotiropoulou was also arrested and is questioned by police. According to information, the organization's typewriter was found in a house in Sounio, near Athens , as well as two 45-calibre pistols, while a search was conducted in the regions of Aegina and Angistri.
The bank accounts, the income sources and assets of at least 15 individuals involved in the financing of terrorists are also being examined. According to information, a raid was conducted in a house in the Athens suburb of Ekali.
According to the same information, 6 people are being held by police (5 men and one woman), while the information on arrests of well-known individuals as well as journalists allegedly involved in "17 November" have been denied.
The downward course followed by inflation for a third month in a row is mainly due to the drop in the fuel and food prices, as well as to the strengthening of the Euro to the US dollar.
Minister of Finance Nikos Christodoulakis predicted in the biannual report on the Greek economy that inflation in Greece in 2002 will be at 3.3% instead of 3% as it was initially predicted.
Mr. Kaklamanis thanked the Australian Prime Minister for the support offered by his country to the efforts for a fair solution to the Cyprus problem and for the know-how offered by Australia to the Olympic Games preparations.
Mr. Howard thanked the Parliament President for the warm welcome he had in Greece and stated that he is impressed with the progress made in the Olympic Games projects.
Yesterday, the Australian Prime Minister met with Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis and discussed issues concerning bilateral relations, while an agreement was signed in their presence for mutual assistance in penal law issues. Both underlined the valu able contribution of the thousands of Greek-Australians to the efforts for the creation of a prosperous Australia.
Referring to the bilateral economic relations, Mr. Simitis pointed out that they are very good but they can develop even further. From his side, Mr. Howard pointed out that the request made by Australian businessmen to improve their access to the Greek m arket is close to materialization.
Of the stocks trading today, 136 recorded gains and 167 had losses, while the value of 70 stocks remained unchanged.
Mr. Magriotis will represent Prime Minister Kostas Simitis to the Summit.
Specifically, 42% of the right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy voters decide whom to vote based on personal criteria and 49% based on political party criteria, while 52% of the governing Socialist Party of PASOK voters choose candidates base d on personal criteria and 39% based on political party criteria.
Also, 41.2% of the Greek voters will decide, who will be the recipient of their vote when they will reach the ballot-box and 36.9% will come to a decision about two months before the elections.
Specifically, the research revealed that the consumption of alcohol drinks and cigarette smoking have taken up alarming dimensions among children between the ages of 10 and 12, while the problem becomes more serious among teenagers ages 13-18.
Based on the research, the 12yearolds spend 11% of their allowance for drinks and cigarettes, the 15yearolds 32% and the 18yearolds 47% of their allowance.
Specifically, 6.92% need emergency dental surgery, 37.17% need simple dental care and 14.78% need certain additional dental work.
According to figures presented by sociologist Katerina Yiannetou, over 80.000 women from Eastern European countries were added to the domestic prostitution market in the period 1990-2000. She stressed, among others, that these women live in an inhumane r egime of violence and in essence there are no free foreign prostitutes.
Based on the available information, after 4 months in Greece, an average of 12% of these women do not know in which part of a city they are, while 50% do not know in which geographic area of the city is the neighborhood they live in. A shocking 5% do not
know in which city they are and 3% do not know the country.
These women also appear to have no sense time, as 33% do not know the day, 50% do not know the date, 10% the month and 4% the year. Some of them appeared uncertain even about their age and could not remember details from the past.
It is estimated that the profits from the organized crime of human trafficking in 2000 were 7 billion Euro worldwide.
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS