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Athens News Agency: Daily News Bulletin in English, 96-12-27

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From: The Greek Press & Information Office, Ottawa Canada <>

ATHENS NEWS AGENCY BULLETIN (No 1075), December 27, 1996

Greek Press & Information Office
Ottawa, Canada
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  • [01] Weather front brings snowfall, low temperatures
  • [02] Apostolopoulos group signs major agreement with Montenegro
  • [03] Tsohatzopoulos expected to visit Greece's Bosnia contingent
  • [04] Greece - Yugoslavia telecommunications link approved
  • [05] Makeshift bomb exploded outside Citibank branch in Kypseli
  • [06] Council of State reassigns Thessaloniki water supply projects to Ergomihaniki
  • [07] Kavala trade delegation concludes visit to Belgrade
  • [08] Yiannopoulos to visit Germany
  • [09] US embassy statement issued on copyright infringement
  • [10] Kimmeria imam charged in illegal construction incident

  • [01] Weather front brings snowfall, low temperatures

    Athens, 27/12/1996 (ANA)

    Northern Greece is celebrating a belated "white Christmas" as a rapid deterioration in the weather in the early morning hours Thursday resulted in heavy snowfall in Thessaloniki. There was also light snowfall reported in central, western and eastern Macedonia and Thrace.

    The snowfall was accompanied by a sharp drop in temperatures, which ranged from 1-7 degrees Celsius, with the lowest temperature (zero C) registered in Florina.

    Snow was expected to fall around Athens' peaks, while tire chains are necessary in many parts of the country. Heavy seas have also been reported, with winds clocked at up to nine on the Beaufort scale.

    Meanwhile, in a related issue, a total of 21 people lost their lives and another 133 were injured in some 93 traffic accidents throughout Greece between Christmas Eve and yesterday afternoon, traffic police reported.

    [02] Apostolopoulos group signs major agreement with Montenegro

    Athens, 27/12/1996 (ANA)

    The Athens-based Apostolopoulos group has signed a major agreement with the Montenegrin government providing for establishment of a joint venture to set up an ultra-modern medical diagnostic center in Podgorica.

    The agreement also leaves the Apostolopoulos group as Montenegro's exclusive representative in Greece with respect to establishing Montenegro-based offshore investment companies.

    In addition to the medical and offshore sectors, the wide-ranging deal further provides for co-operation between the two sides in the trade, media and insurance sectors as well as establishment of an offshore bank.

    According to reports, the medical center - covering an area of 1,000 square meters - will meet European Union standards, employ state-of-the-art medical equipment, and will accept state-insured patients. It also aims to attract patients from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia.

    Furthermore, the Apostolopoulos group, which operates two "Iatriko Kentro" medical centers in Athens and is also constructing a center in Thessaloniki, will be the exclusive representative in Greece of Montenegro's shipping interests, with authorization to register vessels with the Montenegrin registry.

    Montenegro, with a population of 700,000, is located between Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Adriatic Sea. Since April 1992, it comprises the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia together with Serbia.

    [03] Tsohatzopoulos expected to visit Greece's Bosnia contingent

    Athens, 27/12/1996 (ANA)

    National Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos is scheduled to visit the Greek contingent of NATO's stabilization force in Bosnia on Sunday to extend to them New Year's wishes, sources said yesterday.

    He will return to Athens either on the same day or Monday morning, the same sources added.

    [04] Greece - Yugoslavia telecommunications link approved

    Athens, 27/12/1996 (ANA)

    The Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) board of directors has approved an agreement for financing of the Greece-Yugoslavia telecommunications link-up "Corfu-Bar-Belgrade".

    The OTE board also approved development of a phone-card service by consumers in 1997.

    [05] Makeshift bomb exploded outside Citibank branch in Kypseli

    Athens, 27/12/1996 (ANA)

    A makeshift bomb exploded outside the Citibank branch in the central Athens district of Kypseli early yesterday afternoon.

    According to reports, an unknown man later called a private radio station and claimed responsibility for the attack on behalf of a group he identified as the "anarchist cells of revolutionary violence."

    The device, consisting of a fuse connected by a piece of cloth to a can filled with gasoline and two small liquid gas canisters, was planted beneath the bank's automatic teller machine (ATM), which was destroyed in the blast.

    No injuries were reported, although the explosion caused a small panic in the area.

    A Citibank branch in the Athens district of Halandri was damaged in a bomb explosion last Thursday, Dec. 19. That blast, which was not claimed by any individual or group, was caused by three kilograms of dynamite. The same Citibank branch had been the target of an attack by the elusive "November 17" terrorist group in 1991.

    [06] Council of State reassigns Thessaloniki water supply projects to Ergomihaniki

    Athens, 27/12/1996 (ANA)

    The Council of State has ruled that "urgent reasons of public interest" necessitate the immediate assignment of projects for Thessaloniki water supply to the firm Ergomihaniki S.A.

    The 5.2 billion drachmas projects concern water supply to Thessaloniki from the Aliakmon River and completion of a pipeline from the Axios River to the Sindos pumping station.

    With this ruling, the Council of State overturned a decision of the government's suspensions committee, which had suspended a tendering process for the project after recourse by the Meton S.A., Thessaloniki S.A. and Northern Greece S.A. consortium.

    [07] Kavala trade delegation concludes visit to Belgrade

    Athens, 27/12/1996 (ANA)

    A strong presence of foodstuff and beverages industries from the northern region of Kavala has met with a positive response at the Belgrade international trade fair.

    The Kavala Chamber of Commerce had the opportunity to collect valuable information on the prospects for trade and economic co-operation with Yugoslav counterpart organizations.

    Chamber president Apostolos Mardyris met, among others, with his counterparts of the chambers of commerce of Yugoslavia, Mihailo Milojevic, and of Serbia, Mr. Stoilkovic.

    The Greek ambassador to Belgrade, Panayiotis Valassopoulos, also hosted a reception for the 20-member Kavala delegation.

    One of the issues discussed was the problem concerning delays in the granting of entry visas. It was agreed that special efforts will be made for a solution.

    [08] Yiannopoulos to visit Germany

    Athens, 27/12/1996 (ANA)

    Justice Minister Evangelos Yiannopoulos will visit Germany beginning today until Dec. 30 at the invitation of the State of Hesse and the Greek organization "SPD" Hesse, it was announced Tuesday.

    During his visit, Mr. Yiannopoulos will address several Greek organizations and visit a narcotics detoxification center in Frankfurt.

    [09] US embassy statement issued on copyright infringement

    Athens, 27/12/1996 (ANA)

    US copyright holders are suffering "significant" losses in Greece due to piracy of their works, particularly motion picture producers whose films are routinely broadcast on Greek television without payment of royalties, a US embassy announcement claimed on Tuesday.

    The United States Information Service (USIS) press release said measures taken by Greece in the past to address the problem had been inadequate.

    It added, however, that following consultations between Athens and Washington, the Greek government had developed and presented to Washington an "action plan" of specific steps to tackle the problem.

    "Greece has committed itself, through this action plan, to take necessary measures to protect the rights of American copyright holders. I applaud this action. Although the plan could have gone further, it is a step in the right direction. I now look for ward to full implementation of the action plan and satisfactory resolution of US copyright concerns by April 30, 1997," a US embassy trade official said.

    [10] Kimmeria imam charged in illegal construction incident

    Athens, 27/12/1996 (ANA)

    The imam of Kimmeria, Xanthi prefecture, and 16 local residents have been charged with violating building construction codes during work on a new mosque.

    Imam Ahmet Indris, 51, Kimmeria president Hussein Pantak, 42, and 14 other community residents are due in a Xanthi court on Jan. 3 to face charges of commencing construction without a proper building license.

    End of English language section.

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