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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 02-09-13
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 UNOFFICIAL BUSH-PAPANDREOU MEETINGNew York, 13 September 2002 (11:17 UTC+2)
Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou had an unofficial meeting with US President George Bush, in the margin of the reception held by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, in honor of the foreign delegations participating in the Organization's General Assembly.
Mr. Bush said he was pleased with the recent successes of the Greek Police in relation to November 17. You have done a very good job with terrorism, he pointed out.
He furthermore referred to Greece's role in the Balkans and asked to be informed on what is happening with the Cyprus issue. The Greek Foreign Minister underlined that Greece is attempting to resolve the political problem and recognizes the US's part in that direction.
Mr. Papandreou congratulated the US President for his speech at the UN General Assembly, and mentioned that it is necessary for the possible attack on Iraq to first be legalized.
In their short discussion, Mr. Papandreou and Mr. Bush raised the issue of Turkey's European prospects.
Mr. Bush asked Mr. Papandreou to give his best wishes to Prime Minister Kostas Simitis.
 SOTIROPOULOU TESTIFIES TOMORROWAthens, 13 September 2002 (11:35 UTC+2)
Aggeliki Sotiropoulou, Dimitris Koufontinas companion and Savvas Xeros' ex-wife, accused of participating in November 17, will testify before Special Examiner Leonidas Zervobeakos tomorrow.
The 40-year-old woman was arrested yesterday in Exarchia, Athens, and has been charged with participation in a criminal organization, supply and possession of explosives by complicity and possession of arms by complicity. All of the charges are felonies.
Aggeliki Sotiropoulou denied all the charges against her. Officers of the counter terrorism service mentioned that the warrant for her arrest was issued after one of her fingerprints was found in the Damareos st. hideout, on the interior of a wardrobe, while two more of her prints were found on a book and a magazine in the Patmos st. hideout.
Her attorney, Gianna Courtovik, stated that one fingerprint is not enough for the charges to hold water.
Meanwhile, as soon as Dimitris Koufontinas was informed of his companion's arrest, he asked to see the Corrydalos penitentiary warden, while he called his attorney Mrs. Courtovik. Savvas and Christodoulos Xeros telephoned Alisia Cortez, in order to be informed on any developments.
The police are expected to arrest more women implicated in terrorist organizations within the next few days. According to the To Vima newspaper, the counter terrorism service has information on two more women from Dimitris Koufontinas' circle, who allegedly belong to the core of ELA.
It seems one woman has been living in Egina for years, and had been listed in counter terrorism files as a possible participant in city guerrilla activities, as well as a Nikea resident, who was related to anti-authority organizations in Italy in the past.
 OLYMPICS ARE CHANGING GREECEAthens, 13 September 2002 (13:45 UTC+2)
The Olympic projects are changing our country's image, pointed out Minister of Culture Evaggelos Venizelos, who accompanied the Prime Minister on his visit to the Weight Lifting House in Nikea.
Olympic Greece is a reality. This does not just concern Attica, it does not just concern Nikea. It concerns all of the country, every prefecture, every municipality. It is complete, ambitious and applicable plan for the real modernization of Greece, he mentioned.
President of the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee, Gianna Aggelopoulou, underlined the importance of the Olympics and expressed her optimism on the final result. But we must not waste a single minute, everyone working on the case are doing so very methodically and correctly, and we will succeed. We owe it to ourselves and to our country.
 STATEMENTS BY PROTOPAPAS AND ROUSOPOULOSAthens, 13 September 2002 (19:25 UTC+2)
Greek government spokesman Christos Protopapas, responding to the statement made by right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis regarding the situation in Lake Doiran, stated that Mr. Karamanlis is looking for problems that exist for different reasons to promote his gray Greece tactic.
He said that Mr. Karamanlis wants to be on the news and not suggest solutions. Mr. Protopapas concluded that a serious work is necessary in Doiran and it cannot be supplemented by visits of tourist nature. He added that Mr. Karamanlis will forget all about Doiran tomorrow but the Ministry of Environment, Land Planning and Public Works will solve the problem.
Responding to the government spokesman, New Democracy spokesman Thodoris Rousopoulos spoke of gray statements by Mr. Protopapas and maintained that with his statements causes irreversible damage to the government he represents. He added that the case of Doiran is another proof that the forgotten other Greece of Mr. Simitis does not need empty words and promises anymore.
 KARAMANLIS ADDRESSED PRODUCTION SECTOR REPRESENTATIVES IN KILKIS, NORTHERN GREECEThessaloniki, 13 September 2002 (18:37 UTC+2)
Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis addressed production sector representatives in Kilkis, northern Greece.
Mr. Karamanlis stressed that Greece is a country with big social and regional inequalities. Three of the seven poorest regions in the European Union are in Greece, while unemployment in many regions is over 25%, he said.
The New Democracy leader stated that the government's agricultural policy has collapsed and added that there is no concrete plan for the support of the farm sector. He stressed that New Democracy believes in a new aggressive farm policy.
He also stated that Greece needs a new aggressive economic policy in harmony with the needs of the new era. Specifically, he said that concrete regional interventions are needed, while an emphasis should be given to more investments in the production sector, both Greek and foreign.
Mr. Karamanlis stated that the greatest threat is that the government is unable to protect the country's most valuable resource, the environment. He stated that during his visit earlier to Lake Doiran, he witnessed a site of devastation as no measure has been taken to reverse the disaster that is taking place, in spite of the repeated appeals made by ecological organizations and the remarks of New Democracy in parliament.
 STELIOS HAJI-IOANNOU TO LEAVE THE EASYJET BOARD OF DIRECTORS EARLIER THAN PLANNEDAthens, 13 September 2002 (17:44 UTC+2)
Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder and chairman of EasyJet, announced that he will leave the airline's board of directors on November 26 to focus on new business activities.
For the record, Mr. Haji-Ioannou was planning to hand over the reins of the company to Sir Colin Chandler in April 2003. The date of his resignation coincides with the announcement of the airline's economic results for the current fiscal year.
According to statements made by Mr. Haji-Ioannou, he is not planning to sell in the immediate future the 22% of the company he owns.
 THE LOSSES CONTINUE IN THE ASEAthens, 13 September 2002 (17:15 UTC+2)
The Athens Stock Exchange plunged today. The general index dropped to -1.87% at 1.966,74 points, while the volume of transactions was at 92.8 million Euro.
Of the stocks trading today, the overwhelming majority of 313 recorded losses and only 27 had gains, while the value of 34 stocks remained unchanged.
 PRICELESS RELICS FROM PANAGIA SOUMELA IN THE CURCH OF ST.SOPHIA IN ISTANBULThessaloniki, 13 September 2002 (16:36 UTC+2)
Fifty priceless ecclesiastical relics that belonged to the church of Panagia Soumela in Pontos were discovered in the basements of the church of St.Sophia in Istanbul. According to estimates, those relics, which bear Greek inscriptions, probably arrived in Istanbul during the Asia Minor Disaster.
According to 5th World Conference of the Greeks from Pontos Organizing Committee deputy president Giorgos Tanimanidis, the priceless treasures were discovered by Turkish archaeologists and were photographed two years ago.
In a press conference that was held in Thessaloniki today, Mr. Tanimanidis stated that efforts are being made to hold an exhibition of the relics and their photographs in Thessaloniki.
 SIMITIS IS SATISFIED WITH THE COURSE OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES PROJECTSAthens, 13 September 2002 (16:29 UTC+2)
Prime Minister Kostas Simitis wrapped up his tour of the Olympic Games projects with a visit to the Olympic Press Center and the Olympic Radio/Television Center that are under construction in Marousi, Athens.
He personally guaranteed the excellent organization of the 2004 Olympic Games and appeared satisfied with the progress made within the framework of the timetables set. He stressed that the projects contribute to the improvement of the quality of life and Greece's speedier economic and social convergence with the rest EU states.
The building complex occupies a space of 183.000 square meters and will accommodate a total of 19.000 accredited members of the press and thousands more who will visit Greece during the 2004 Olympic Games.
 SEPTEMBER 22: A DAY WITHOUT A CARThessaloniki, 13 September 2002 (16:22 UTC+2)
The European Mobility Week was established by the European Union starting this year as a follow-up to the efforts to sensitize the European citizens and change their attitude regarding their way of transportation in the cities. The establishment of the European In town without my car! initiative on September 22, 2000 had this purpose.
The European Mobility Week on September 16-22 will offer the opportunity to the European citizens to enjoy a full week of events dedicated to sustainable mobility.
Greece will participate in the events that will take place in Athens and in a total of 79 municipalities.
The European Mobility Week includes the Public Transport Day (16/9), Cycling Day (18/9), Living Streets/Greenways Day (20/9) and Day Without a Car (22/9).
 5TH WORLD CONFERENCE OF THE GREEKS FROM PONTOSThessaloniki, 13 September 2002 (16:16 UTC+2)
The 5th World Conference of the Greeks from Pontos will be held in Thessaloniki on October 25-28 under the auspices of the Greek President.
After the resignation of the conference president Aristotle University of Thessaloniki dean Michalis Papadopoulos, the Organizing Committee, made up of Greek from Pontos federations from around the world, held a meeting and decided to back the conference. They stressed that the conference will play an important role in the effort to solve the problems of the Greeks from Pontos.
In a press conference that was held today it was announced that the conference organizers decided to expel the Federation of the Associations of Greeks from Pontos in Northern Greece from the conference after the resignation of Mr. Papadopoulos.
 800 MILLION EURO PROJECTS FOR A MODERN AIRPORT IN VIEW OF "EXPO 2008"Thessaloniki, 13 September 2002 (16:12 UTC+2)
The assurance that before 2008 Thessaloniki will have the international airport it needs to hold a successful EXPO 2008 World Exhibition, was given by Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Giorgos Paschalidis, who reminded that projects and investments of 800 million Euro are already in progress toward this direction or are getting underway.
Mr. Paschalidis stated that before 2008 the Thessaloniki airport will be international and competitive and will have the capacity to serve a total of 8 million passengers on an annual basis.
The Minister of Macedonia-Thrace made the statements during his visit to Thessaloniki's Macedonia Airport to inspect the progress made in the projects that are already underway.
 CAR SALES DECLINED IN AUGUSTAthens, 13 September 2002 (15:55 UTC+2)
The sales of private cars in the month of August dropped by 11.3%, according to the Greek National Statistics Agency.
A downward course dominated in the first eight months of 2002 when car sales dropped by 7.5%. The bus sales dropped by 13.4%, trucks 1.6% and motorcycles 10.4%.
The top place in car sales is occupied by Toyota and corresponds to an 8.83% market share. It is followed by Hyundai 8.80% and Peugeot 8.20%.