Browse through our Interesting Nodes of Greek Radio & Television A)? GHT="50">
Compact version
Today's Suggestion
Read The "Macedonian Question" (by Maria Nystazopoulou-Pelekidou)
HomeAbout HR-NetNewsWeb SitesDocumentsOnline HelpUsage InformationContact us
Sunday, 17 November 2019
 
News
  Latest News (All)
     From Greece
     From Cyprus
     From Europe
     From Balkans
     From Turkey
     From USA
  Announcements
  World Press
  News Archives
Web Sites
  Hosted
  Mirrored
  Interesting Nodes
Documents
  Special Topics
  Treaties, Conventions
  Constitutions
  U.S. Agencies
  Cyprus Problem
  Other
Services
  Personal NewsPaper
  Greek Fonts
  Tools
  F.A.Q.
 

Athens News Agency: Daily News Bulletin in English, 96-12-11

Athens News Agency: Daily News Bulletin in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: The Greek Press & Information Office, Ottawa Canada <grnewsca@sympatico.ca>

ATHENS NEWS AGENCY BULLETIN (No 1063), December 11, 1996

Greek Press & Information Office
Ottawa, Canada
E-Mail Address: grnewsca@sympatico.ca


CONTENTS

  • [01] Gov't ready to discuss farmers' problems if blockades lifted
  • [02] Farmers' reactions
  • [03] New Democracy criticism
  • [04] No shortages on Christmas market, minister promises
  • [05] British Foreign Office appeal
  • [06] Avramopoulos pledges the support of local Gov't as he receives Turkish businessmen
  • [07] Meeting with Niles
  • [08] 'Greece will not accept Turkey's entry to EU, WEU' through the window
  • [09] US State Department spokesman refers to central Aegean islet
  • [10] Simitis in The Hague on last stop before Dublin summit
  • [11] Greek, Cypriot defense ministers to continue talks today
  • [12] Academic claims Turkey has already settled sovereignty of Imia
  • [13] Striking diplomats to meet finance under-secretary today
  • [14] Skopje to propose name to Greece
  • [15] Greek issues to be promoted in Congress
  • [16] Farmers' blockade and flooding threaten livelihood of 4.000 workers in Xanthi
  • [17] 2,000 workers laid off
  • [18] GSEE to stage rally outside Parliament on December 17
  • [19] Seminar on the National Land Registry
  • [20] Premier meets with pensioners during Cabinet meeting
  • [21] Demonstrations around the country
  • [22] Teachers, education ministry employees, join strike action
  • [23] EIB approves funding for Rio-Antirrio bridge
  • [24] Fifteenth century topographical guide of Greek islands auctioned at Sotheby's

  • [01] Gov't ready to discuss farmers' problems if blockades lifted

    Athens, 11/12/1996 (ANA)

    The government and farmers yesterday dug their heels in over the blocking of national and provincial highways, which is now evolving into a drawn-out stand-off likely to run well into the holiday season.

    Prime Minister Costas Simitis yesterday stood firm in the face of farmers' demands, setting as a prerequisite for an "institutional dialogue" their lifting of nation-wide road blocks which have caused widespread disruption to domestic and international traffic for almost two weeks.

    Speaking on television after a four-hour cabinet meeting on the subject, Mr. Simitis said that both he and Agriculture Minister Stephanos Tzoumakas wished to have a discussion with the farmers' official representative bodies.

    "But there can be no such dialogue when extreme forms of struggle are being used and the country's road network remains blocked," Mr. Simitis said, promising that as soon as the roadblocks were lifted, the government would take initiatives for "an institutional dialogue with all."

    The subjects for discussion, Mr. Simitis said, would be inter alia the timetable for the realization of the national register of farmers, the determining of Greek policy towards the European Union and a price ceiling for cotton, the restructuring of the Greek Agricultural Insurance Organization (ELGA) and "the charting of parameters f or a national agricultural policy."

    Earlier, Mr. Simitis said the government was taking measures "at the limits of the economy's capacity" while acknowledging that problems had accumulated for some years in the agricultural sector.

    "Which is why the government took a series of measures, exhausting every possibility which existed," he added.

    Referring to the repercussions of the farmers' protests, Mr. Simitis said the possibilities for tackling the structural problems of the agricultural sector were being diminished, the export of farm produce was being obstructed, a problem was being created for the economic life of towns and cities, the distribution of livestock products and supplies to enterprises were being impeded and "citizens with health problems are being prevented from traveling."

    The prime minister reiterated that the government had only recently been given a mandate from the Greek people and called on all concerned "to assume their responsibilities."

    Meanwhile, Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said the upshot of the cabinet meeting was the reconfirmation of the position in favor of dialogue with the farmers. Mr. Reppas noted however that Transport and Communications Minister Haris Kastanidis had proposed that the government seek a vote of confidence in Parliament.

    The spokesman said that Mr. Simitis had replied to the proposal underlining that the confidence of Parliament was a given fact, since the government had not yet completed three months in power since general elections in September and "the popular mandate is still fresh."

    Replying to reporters' questions, Mr. Reppas said that the issue of using the police to remove the farmers' blockades had not been raised at the cabinet meeting, adding that the government was not even considering such an eventuality.

    Commenting on a proposal by ruling PASOK party Executive Committee member Pantelis Economou who has called for the formation of an inter-party committee to assume the role of intermediary between the government and the farmers, Mr. Reppas said "We are not at war to need peace keepers."

    [02] Farmers' reactions

    Athens, 11/12/1996 (ANA)

    Responding to the premier's statements, the farmers decided to intensify their protest action and called on their colleagues throughout the country to "join the fight" and buttress roadblocks.

    A statement issued after a meeting of the Struggle Coordinating Committee at the large Viokarpet roadblock near Larissa said farmers would not give in before being vindicated, and called on party leaders to visit the region and discuss their problem s.

    The Committee's chairman, Mr. Patakis, said during a large rally held under torrential rain in Karditsa earlier in the day that the farmers would not give in if the government did not meet at least six of their 14 demands.

    The Coordinating Committee is to meet anew today to determine any further course of action.

    [03] New Democracy criticism

    Athens, 11/12/1996 (ANA)

    Main opposition New Democracy party leader Miltiades Evert later criticized the premier's attitude towards the farmers' issue.

    Referring to what he termed "inhuman behavior," Mr. Evert said that Mr. Simitis should have embraced the farmers from the beginning and should fly to Larissa in order to explain to them that the economy cannot afford to grant their requests.

    The ND leader said that with his statements earlier in the day, the premier tried to turn one group of farmers against the other, adding that "Mr. Simitis will be morally defeated in this case."

    Mr. Evert said the best way to handle the farmers' issue was through direct communication instead of threats and proclamations, leaving the possibility open to meet in person with the farmers.

    "If the farmers' coordinating committee wants to meet with me then I will go (to Larissa) or I will be available to them in Athens," he said.

    "We politicians have the obligation to engage in dialogue with social groups," he added.

    [04] No shortages on Christmas market, minister promises

    Athens, 11/12/1996 (ANA)

    Meanwhile, Development Under-secretary Michalis Chrysohoidis provided assurances yesterday that the Christmas market would not face shortages, and that supplies and prices were continuing at normal levels.

    Minor problems were observed in the distribution of fuels, milk and a number of raw materials.

    Farmers who had blockaded the Irakleion to Hania highway on Crete on Monday, suspended their mobilizations and lifted the blockades at midnight yesterday.

    The Patras Port Authority announced yesterday that extra ferry routes to Corinth and Piraeus are taking place at unscheduled times, depending on the evolving situation. Anyone interested should contact STRINTZIS LINES, tel. (01)- 622602, and MINOAN LINE S, tel. (01)- 427100.

    The Panhellenic Exporters' Association said yesterday that according to its estimates, 80 per cent of the daily seven billion drachmas worth of Greek exports had been practically suspended, half of them being agricultural produce, and with a significant amount of them being perishable.

    [05] British Foreign Office appeal

    London, 11/12/1996 (ANA - L. Tsirigotakis)

    The British Foreign Office, speaking in relation to 100 British transport lorries blocked in northern Greece, said it had contacted all sides involved in the dispute, appealing for a quick end to it.

    "It is regrettable that 100 British lorry drivers have been entangled in an internal dispute," the statement said.

    In a travel directive issued, the Foreign Office warned that the strike began by port workers yesterday is likely to have an immediate affect on the Patras - Italy route.

    [06] Avramopoulos pledges the support of local Gov't as he receives Turkish businessmen

    Athens, 11/12/1996 (ANA)

    Athens Mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos yesterday told a visiting delegation of Turkish businessmen that local government in Greece and Turkey could play an important role in the creation of "a new atmosphere" in both countries.

    Mr. Avramopoulos received the delegation at the town hall this morning. The 60-member delegation is one of the largest of Turkish businessmen ever to travel abroad.

    The delegates are attending a two-day conference of the Greek-Turkish Business Co-operation Council which opened here on Monday.

    "The time has come to pave the way for closer co-operation," Mr. Avramopoulos said, calling on the business world to act as a "channel" for closer bilateral relations.

    He stressed in particular the need to overcome the problem of what he called "the psychological factor" which impedes closer ties between the two neighbors.

    Mr. Avramopoulos asked the Turkish delegates to try and understand that there were specific political problems which must be resolved, the "key", as he put it, being the continuing Turkish occupation of Cyprus.

    "The Turkish government must at long last provide a solution, in order to substantially open the way for an improvement in bilateral relations," he said.

    At the same time, Mr. Avramopoulos urged "the raising of the flag for better co-operation in the economic sector", as well as for common interests and common areas for action to be identified "in order to place yet another brick in the wall which will protect us".

    During the meeting, which took place in a good atmosphere, Mr. Avramopoulos described the Turkish businessmen as "the European expression of contemporary Turkey." He urged them to unceasingly link the future of their country with the European Union and expressed the hope for even closer co-operation with his local government counterparts in Turkey.

    The head of the Turkish delegation, Rahmi Koc, who is the president of Turkey's biggest business conglomerate and also president of the Turkish-Greek Business Council, said he was convinced that rapprochement between the two countries would be reality " in the not too distant future".

    [07] Meeting with Niles

    Athens, 11/12/1996 (ANA)

    Before the meeting with Mr. Avramopoulos, the Turkish delegation was received by US Ambassador in Athens Thomas Niles.

    According to informed sources, Mr. Niles urged the businessmen of both countries to implement specific business plans, expressing the view that this would undoubtedly lead to a substantial improvement in the political climate prevailing between Greece and Turkey.

    [08] 'Greece will not accept Turkey's entry to EU, WEU' through the window

    Brussels, 11/12/1996 (ANA - M. Spinthourakis)

    NATO's Council of Foreign Ministers session, which ended yesterday, focused on the alliance's enlargement eastwards and on its restructuring, Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos told reporters after the meeting.

    Mr. Pangalos also spoke of Turkey's attempts to use NATO's ministerial session to impose the upgrading of its participation in the European Union's defense wing, the West European Union.

    Taking the floor yesterday, Turkish Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller referred to the WEU's ministerial session in Ostend on November 19, saying a member-state (Greece) had not accepted Turkey's participation with full rights in planning and implementing WEU missions and for which the use of NATO's infrastructures is required.

    In a statement to the press in Ostend on November 19, Ms. Ciller had said that if the WEU does not decide to accept the Turkish claim, then it will refer the issue to NATO and prevent whatever logistical support for WEU missions by NATO.

    Turkey recently threatened to not accept any reference to relations between the WEU and NATO in the ministerial session's final communiqui unless its positions are accepted.

    However, noting that most of NATO's member-states disagreed with its methods, the Turkish government reduced its demands.

    Thus NATO's final communiqui, issued yesterday, "expresses its satisfaction over the constant intensification of its co-operation with the WEU".

    The communiqui also said that at the Ostend session, WEU ministers had stated that WEU "is ready to participate actively" in NATO's defense planning and that "the WEU is pursuing the attainment of an agreement at present on the issue of the participation of all of NATO's European members in planning and implementing operations carried out by the WEU, using NATO's means and potential."

    Commenting on the final communiqui, Mr. Pangalos said NATO's institutional segregation from the WEU is clear, adding that Greece will not accept Turkey's entry "to the European Union and the WEU through the window."

    The foreign minister said that in his address at the ministerial session, he reiterated the proposal submitted by Greece for the creation of a conventional mechanism as part of NATO to resolve possible differences among member-states.

    "Greece will continue to support and promote its proposal and soon we will submit a draft protocol on the creation of a conventional mechanism, attaching it to the course towards enlargement," he said.

    Speaking at a press conference at the end of the session, NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana referred to the problem of NATO's mediating activities when differences exist between member-states.

    Mr. Solana avoided comment on the essence of the Greek proposal, but said that in general, NATO has procedures for resolving problems among member-states.

    Diplomatic sources in Brussels said yesterday that the issue might be discussed in January in the framework of Mr. Solana's visit to Athens.

    Mr. Pangalos said that references were made during yesterday's talks to the issue of allied headquarters. He said Greece did not accept a proposal by Turkey according to which the duties of either NATO's air or naval subheadquarters could be transferred from Naples, Italy, to Izmir and in exchange Turkey accept the creation of an allied inter-branch regional headquarters in Larisa, Greece, on condition of an alternating Turkish and Greek commander.

    Mr. Pangalos said that this proposal had been made in the past, making it clear that Greece will not consider it, particularly considering the current tension in Greek-Turkish relations.

    Strong objections were also voiced by Italy, Mr. Pangalos said, which stressed that there is no question of NATO's present balances being changed.

    A decision was taken for NATO's summit to take place in Madrid in July 1997, the foreign minister said, adding that Greece agreed with the choice and that it supports the creation of "a special relationship" between NATO, Russia and Ukraine.

    Mr. Pangalos said briefly met Ms. Ciller, but no private discussions took place.

    [09] US State Department spokesman refers to central Aegean islet

    Washington, 11/12/1996 (ANA - T. Ellis)

    US State Department spokesman Glyn Davis yesterday referred to the sovereignty of the central Aegean islet of Kalogiroi.

    Replying to a question, Mr. Davis said the islet "on maps of the US government, appears as being Greek. This is the perception we have concerning the status of the island. This does not constitute a great political statement further than that it appears as Greek on US maps.

    "However, in general in these cases of disputed islets, we do not take a position and it is up to the Greeks and the Turks to solve their differences. The US has no reason to take a position over the sovereignty of territories which do not belong to us or we do not have claims on".

    [10] Simitis in The Hague on last stop before Dublin summit

    Athens, 11/12/1996 (ANA)

    Prime Minister Costas Simitis is scheduled to leave for The Hague today on the last stop of his tour of European capitals before the Dublin summit.

    Mr. Simitis has already visited other European countries as part of his tour and has met representatives of the Irish European Union presidency in Athens. Similar trips have also been undertaken by Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos and Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou.

    The prime minister arrives in Dublin tomorrow to represent Greece at the European Council which signals the end of the Irish EU presidency.

    [11] Greek, Cypriot defense ministers to continue talks today

    Athens, 11/12/1996 (ANA)

    National Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos had two hours of talks yesterday morning with his Cyprus counterpart Costas Eliades which, according to informed sources, focused on the implementation of the two countries' joint defense doctrine.

    After the meeting, both ministers declined to make any statement. Mr. Tsohatzopoulos and Mr. Eliades, who met for talks recently in Cyprus, are expected to continue their discussion at the national defense ministry today.

    [12] Academic claims Turkey has already settled sovereignty of Imia

    Athens, 11/12/1996 (ANA)

    A distinguished academic yesterday shed further light on the background to the Imia issue, announcing that he had discovered evidence that Turkey had in the past agreed to refer the matter to the International Court at the Hague.

    The announcement serves as further proof of the groundlessness of Ankara's disputing of Greece's sovereignty of the Aegean islets, which brought the two countries to the brink of war in January this year.

    In an interview with the Macedonian Press Agency (MPA), Professor of International Law Dimitris Constantopoulos said he had discovered a 1929 agreement between Turkey and Italy to refer the Imia issue to the International Court, in order for the latter to decide whether the islets belonged to Greece or Turkey.

    "Meanwhile, Italy and Turkey signed a treaty in 1932 and a protocol in December the same year which clearly state which islets belong to Turkey and which to Greece. So, in 1933 Italy and Turkey withdrew their recourse to the International Court," Mr. Constantopoulos said, stressing that the 1932 treaty and protocol both recognized Greek sovereignty of Imia.

    "This has not been announced in the past. Perhaps apart from the Turkish government it was known only to the Italian foreign ministry," Mr. Constantopoulos added.

    [13] Striking diplomats to meet finance under-secretary today

    Athens, 11/12/1996 (ANA)

    Finance Under-secretary Nikos Christodoulakis is to meet with the Union of Diplomatic Employees today in an effort to find a solution to financial demands made by diplomats, who have been striking since last week after the government decided to tax overseas bonuses. The diplomats are expected to turn up for work as normal today in view of the meeting.

    In a recent statement, Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos stressed his understanding for the diplomats' demands, saying that Greek diplomatic employees are paid less than their European colleagues.

    The outcome of the meeting will determine whether the strike will continue. With all diplomats participating in the strike, the Greek delegation for the Dublin summit risks being without diplomatic support if no solution is found during today's meeting.

    [14] Skopje to propose name to Greece

    Sofia, 11/12/1996 (ANA-N.Hios)

    According to the Skopje newspaper "Dvevnik" the Skopje government will propose the name "Macedonia Republic-Skopje Capital" for discussion with the Greek government at talks in New York on the issue of the state's name.

    Quoting foreign diplomatic circles, the newspaper says the fresh proposal could easily be endorsed by the Skopjan government and has been accepted in past consultations.

    According to the report, Athens is seeking to submit the name of "Slavomacedonia" for discussion, a proposal which in the past has been rejected by Skopje.

    [15] Greek issues to be promoted in Congress

    Washington, 11/12/1996 (ANA - A. Ellis)

    The American Hellenic Institute Public Affairs Committee (AHIPAC) announced three one-day conferences focusing on promoting Greek issues in Congress.

    The three conferences will be held immediately after the opening of the new Congress in early January and will be organized by AHIPAC in co-operation with AHEPA and the Hellenic American National Council (HANC), with support by the Cypriot, Panepirotic, Pancretan and Panchian Federation of America.

    The first conference will be held in New York on January 11, the second in Los Angeles on January 25 and the third in Chicago on February 8.

    The conferences will discuss issues concerning the Greek-American community and will adopt common positions on individual issues which will then be forwarded to Congress.

    [16] Farmers' blockade and flooding threaten livelihood of 4.000 workers in Xanthi

    Athens, 11/12/1996 (ANA)

    An industry representative in Xanthi warned yesterday that over 4,000 workers, craftsmen and employees would be out of a job if a solution was not found within the week to problems caused in Thrace by recent floods and the farmers' blockade of roads.

    "We have no raw materials to operate our enterprises. Orders worth millions of drachmas have been canceled. Exports have come to a halt because the borders with Turkey and Bulgaria are closed," Dimitris Bezermelis, president of the Industrialists' Association of Xanthi told the ANA.

    "Though no fault of our own, we have been labeled insolvent by the importers with whom we co-operate. If the state does not help us immediately, we shall be forced to close our businesses and this will be a particularly severe blow for our region which already has a high rate of unemployment," Mr. Bezermelis added.

    The presidents of industrial and commercial associations of Xanthi have meanwhile sent a memorandum to Prime Minister Costas Simitis requesting immediate financial assistance amounting to 50 per cent of the total losses incurred from the floods.

    They are also requesting favorable bank loans by the end of the year to cope with the other 50 per cent of losses, a two-year suspension of undertakings' outstanding debts to banks without the calculation of default interest and other accommodations.

    [17] 2,000 workers laid off

    Athens, 11/12/1996 (ANA)

    In a related development, the Vice-President of the Panhellenic Association of Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Dimitris Maratzidis told the ANA that over 2,000 workers in fruit standardization and export companies had been temporarily laid off since the start of the farmers' protests almost two weeks ago.

    Mr. Maratzidis said many businessmen in the branch were considering taking legal action against "all persons responsible" for the financial losses they have incurred. "Each day that passes, we are losing orders from major supermarkets in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria. Meanwhile, the Spanish are rushing to fill the gap. The situation is so bad that many companies will not be able to pay their employees the Christmas bonus," Mr. Maratzidis said.

    He maintained that the farmers' protests were not only hitting companies active in the processing, standardization and export of fruit and vegetables but also the producers themselves.

    "This is because the refrigerated trucks stranded (by the farmers' blockades) in northern Greece which were headed for abroad are loaded with fruit and vegetables which will reach European markets at a considerably increased cost, due to the delays, and also because of the higher freight charges since in some cases the trucks have had to travel from Piraeus to Thessaloniki by ferry-boat," Mr. Martatzidis said.

    Most of the workers laid off are believed to be in the prefectures of Imathia and Pella, where many of the fruit standardization and export companies are based.

    [18] GSEE to stage rally outside Parliament on December 17

    Athens, 11/12/1996 (ANA)

    The General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) yesterday decided to call a rally outside Parliament on December 17, the day the new state budget is to be ratified.

    The Confederation also decided to hold a three-hour work stoppage in the Attica region and in nearby towns at the end of the morning shift.

    The decisions taken were based on votes by the PASKE union (affiliated to the ruling socialists) and the Autonomous Intervention (affiliated to the Coalition of the Left and Progress party). The ESAK union group, affiliated to the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), supported an escalation of mobilizations with a 24-hour nationwide strike and a rally on January 17.

    The DAKE union group (affiliated to the conservative New Democracy party) walked out of the meeting after accusing PASKE of "government unionism", although some unionists interpreted the move as helping PASKE through a difficult meeting.

    The farmers' mobilizations were discussed in a tense atmosphere, with PASKE unionists criticizing the policy of blockading national roads.

    Unionists affiliated to opposition parties said that a defeat of the farmers would have negative consequences for the labor union movement.

    [19] Seminar on the National Land Registry

    Athens, 11/12/1996 (ANA)

    The Athens Bar Association has organized a seminar on the National Land Register for tonight at 7 p.m. at its offices at Akadimias 60.

    The seminar will be addressed by Bar Association President Antonis Roubakiotis and others and will address issues such as the advice lawyers can give clients, legal issues and the experience gained from the drafting of the register in Rhodes and Kos.

    [20] Premier meets with pensioners during Cabinet meeting

    Athens, 11/12/1996 (ANA)

    Prime Minister Costas Simitis interrupted a Cabinet meeting he was chairing yesterday to meet with representatives of protesting pensioners who had stood in the rain for two hours outside Parliament.

    After the meeting, pensioners' representative Christos Triantis and Under-secretary to the Prime Minister's Office George Paschalidis told reporters that the dialogue between pensioners and the competent minister, Miltiades Papaioannou would continue at the labor and social security ministry.

    Mr. Triantis said the prime minister had reiterated that the state of the economy did not allow the satisfaction of pensioners' demands for higher benefits.

    He said he had responded by pointing out that the government had "given away" hundreds of billions of drachmas to oil companies and football clubs.

    Mr. Paschalidis underlined that "the road to dialogue" was that which would bring results.

    [21] Demonstrations around the country

    Athens, 11/12/1996 (ANA)

    Pensioners demonstrated around the country yesterday in support of their demands for parity with 20 daily wages of an unskilled worker, improved health care and others.

    In Thessaloniki, hundreds marched through the streets to the Macedonia-Thrace ministry after a rally at the Thessaloniki Labor Center, while Larissa was the venue for pensioners from Volos, Trikala and Karditsa.

    [22] Teachers, education ministry employees, join strike action

    Athens, 11/12/1996 (ANA)

    Education ministry employees yesterday decided to hold two three-hour work stoppages and to participate in the 24-hour strike called by the Civil Servants' Supreme Administrative Council (ADEDY) on December 17, calling for their salaries to be incorporate d in the uniform pay scale for civil servants.

    The work stoppages will be held from noon to 3 pm on Thursday and on December 19, while protest rallies outside the ministry building will also be held on those days.

    Meanwhile, teachers at state secondary schools begin a three-day strike today while private school teachers are holding a 24-hour strike to support demands for higher salaries.

    [23] EIB approves funding for Rio-Antirrio bridge

    Athens, 11/12/1996 (ANA)

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved 370 million ECU for the Rio-Antirrio bridge project, which will connect the Peloponnese with mainland Greece, National Economy Minister Yiannos Papantoniou announced yesterday.

    This brings the total amount approved by EIB for projects in Greece this year to 2.500 million ECU, compared to amounts up to 500 million in past years.

    The other most important projects approved are the new Athens airport at Spata (1,000 million ECU), natural gas (300 million) and the Stavros-Elefsina east-west highway north of Athens (875 million).

    [24] Fifteenth century topographical guide of Greek islands auctioned at Sotheby's

    London, 11/12/1996 (ANA - L. Tsirigotakis)

    The first tourist and topographical guide of the Greek islands, made by the Italian traveler Cristoforo Boldemonti in the early 15th century, was sold at Sotheby's yesterday for 150,000 pounds sterling, at three times the initial appraisal. The identity of the buyer was not disclosed.

    Boldemonti, influenced by classical Greece, arrived on the island of Rhodes in 1415 to learn the Greek language and stayed there for eight years. He then made a six-year tour of all the islands of the Greek archipelago, starting from the Ionian islands, the Cyclades and the Dodecanese and, after a stop in Constantinople, went on to Samothrace, Thasos, Evoia and Aigina.

    The historical book's last owners were an Italian family living in Switzerland.

    End of English language section.


    Athens News Agency: Daily News Bulletin in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article
    Back to Top
    Copyright 1995-2016 HR-Net (Hellenic Resources Network). An HRI Project.
    All Rights Reserved.

    HTML by the HR-Net Group / Hellenic Resources Institute, Inc.
    ana2html v1.01 run on Wednesday, 11 December 1996 - 15:33:04 UTC