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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 02-09-18
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 SOTIROPOULOU IN CORYDALLOS TODAYAthens, 18 September 2002 (13:33 UTC+2)
Aggeliki Sotiropoulou will be taken to the DA and then to the Corydallos penitentiary, charged with participating in the November 17 terrorist organization.
The Appeals Council judged that there are signs of possible implication and her temporary incarceration was deemed necessary. Sotiropoulou was arrested yesterday in Patissia and spent the night in a counter terrorism cell.
Within the Corydallos penitentiary, Dimitris Koufontinas and Nikos Papanastasiou talked for 90 minutes, the duration of time they spent in the courtyard together, for the first time since their incarceration.
According to To Vima newspaper, after two months of near isolation, Nikos Papanastasiou met with a fellow prisoner for the first time, while the only suspect still spending time in the courtyard alone is Alexandros Giotopoulos.
As far as the communication rules for the prisoners with 4th degree relatives and attorneys are concerned, they have not yet been established. Dimitris Koufontinas asked if he will be allowed to see Aggeliki Sotiropoulou within the prison, while the authorities are seriously looking into the possibility of allowing Mrs. Sotiropoulou to see her underage son every day.
 GREECE WANTS TO IMPROVE RELATIONS WITH TURKEYAthens, 18 September 2002 (12:11 UTC+2)
Greece is purely aiming at improving Greek Turkish relations, stated Defense Minister Giannos Papantoniou, while at the same time making clear that substantial and permanent improvement of Greek-Turkish relations, requires resolving the Cyprus issue and removing all Turkish claims on Greece's sovereign rights in the Aegean.
Speaking to Flash radio, Mr. Papantoniou supported that it is difficult for one to foresee the exact developments at the Copenhagen EU Summit as far as Cyprus' accession to the EU is concerned.
What is certain is that Turkey has stated it will react to the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the European Union. The question is, to what extent will these reactions go. The image I have is that at the moment Turkey is weighing the consequences its reaction may have. It would definitely cause great problems and will damage its European prospects, because who will continue to support it once it has acted outside international Law, he asked.
He also added that Greece must be ready for every eventuality and added that we must continue hoping that prudence, common mind and the real interests of Turkey will prevail over its reactions.
As far as a possible US attack on Iraq is concerned, the Minister of Defense stressed that initially a positive position of the international community , and especially the EU, is needed, while he clarified that Greece will not participate in anything that has not been sanctioned by the United Nations.
Mr. Papantoniou underlined that Greece has nothing to gain from such a military intervention and he referred to the negative consequences such an action would have on a country's economy. We also have to fight, as a country, within the EU so that through UN Inspectors a war can be avoided. Because geopolitically we are in the Middle Eastern region, thus any destabilizing action will be a powerful strike at our national interests. Furthermore, we are a small country, greatly dependent on petroleum. It is obvious that for the duration of a military operation there would be many negative consequences on our economy, he said.
 BALKAN JUSTICE MINISTERS' MEETINGKastoria, 18 September 2002 (19:21 UTC+2)
The first meeting of Balkan Justice Ministers will be held in Kastoria, northwestern Greece, on September 21 organized by the Greek Justice Ministry on the occasion of the 2nd Balkan Jurists Conference that will take place on September 20-21 and the founding of the Balkan Federation of Jurists.
In the meeting of the Balkan Justice Ministers will participate the responsible ministers from Greece, Romania, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania as well as representatives of the Justice Ministries in Bulgaria and Cyprus.
In view of the Greek EU Presidency in the first half of 2003, the meeting will examine the efforts made in the Balkans against organized crime and illegal immigration.
 PAPANDREOU: INTERNAL DEVELOPMENTS IN TURKEY WILL PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLEThessaloniki, 18 September 2002 (19:04 UTC+2)
Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou, in an exclusive interview with the Athens radio station Alpha Polis 96.5FM, stated that Cyprus' accession as a whole is the model that will be followed by the EU. Cyprus will become an EU member as a whole but de facto the northern part of the island will not be able to be a part of the EU due to the situation there. As soon as the problem is resolved it will become part of the EU automatically, as in the case of East Germany. Of course, all that will happen within the framework of the Federation of Cyprus that will be created.
On the course of the opening of the EU accession negotiations with Turkey, Mr. Papandreou pointed out that nothing has been decided yet and the issue will be assessed in Copenhagen on December 12. However, he said, developments inside Turkey will play an important role in the final decision of the EU. He added that Greece is in favor of Turkey's European course.
When asked to comment on the likelihood for Ankara to escalate its provocation, given the unstable political scene in the neighboring country, Mr. Papandreou pointed out that in spite of the internal developments the rapprochement achieved so far has stopped Turkey's domestic instability from being exported to Greece. Within this framework, stated Mr. Papandreou, unpredictable moves not only hurt bilateral relations but Turkey's relations with the EU as well and in essence its own prospects.
Greece, concluded Mr. Papandreou, is always ready to defend its interests but he predicted that developments will be smooth.
 PROTOPAPAS ON THE FYROM ELECTIONSAthens, 18 September 2002 (18:21 UTC+2)
As a government spokesman I cannot enter the internal affairs of other countries or comment on election results, stated Greek government spokesman Christos Protopapas responding to FYROM press reports according to which, he refused to comment on the Socialists' victory in the parliamentary elections.
Mr. Protopapas stressed that elections were held in a climate of calm and there was mature and democratic behavior displayed by everybody, in a country that has suffered greatly by conflicts recently. He added that the Greek government is ready to cooperate with the government of FYROM to handle the issues that are still pending and of course Greece is ready to cooperate for the consolidation of peace, security and cooperation in southeastern Europe.
 THE ASE FREE FALL CONTINUESAthens, 18 September 2002 (17:45 UTC+2)
The Athens Stock Exchange continues to lose ground as the general index plunged today under the 1.900 points.
The general index dropped to -1.79% at 1.898,49 points, while the volume of transactions did not exceed 100 million Euro.
Of the stocks trading today only 39 recorded gains and the overwhelming majority of 299 had losses, while the value of 37 stocks remained unchanged.
 INFLATION IN THE EURO-ZONE REACHED 2.1% IN AUGUSTAthens, 18 September 2002 (16:54 UTC+2)
Inflation in the Euro-zone in the month of August was just over the 2% target set by the European Central Bank for price stability. In July inflation was under 2% at 1.9%.
Inflation in the Euro-zone was at 2.1% in August, while Greece still has the third highest inflation among the 12 Euro-zone countries as its harmonized index rose to 3.8% like in Holland. The highest inflation was recorded in Ireland (4.5%) followed by Portugal (3.9%). The lowest was in Germany (1%), Belgium (1.3%) and Finland (1.8%).
The inflationary pressures in the Euro-zone were intensified by the international oil price hikes which increased the cost in industry and airlines.
An upward course was followed by the average structural inflation in the Euro-zone which reached 2.5% in August compared to 2.4% in July.
 INKA: THE CENTRAL FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLE MARKETS ARE EMPTYThessaloniki, 18 September 2002 (16:47 UTC+2)
The central fresh fruit and vegetable markets in Athens and Thessaloniki were empty in the early morning hours today as a result of the continuing consumer boycott held in protest to the high fresh fruit and vegetable prices. Yesterday, second day of the mobilization that will be completed on Thursday, the boycott participation reached 40-60%.
This means in essence that large quantities of fresh fruit and vegetables have remained undisposed and as a result prices have dropped even further.
 TWENTY EIGHT YEARS IN PRISON FOR A NORWEGIAN CHILD RAPISTIraklion, 18 September 2002 (16:22 UTC+2)
A prison sentence of 28 years was imposed to a 41yearold Norwegian man, according to the Greek State Radio.
A court in Iraklion, on the island of Crete in southern Greece, found the Norwegian guilty for the rape of an 8yearold boy from Sweden, who was on vacation with his parents in Platania, Chania in May 2001.
 BEGLITIS ON THE FYROM ELECTIONSAthens, 18 September 2002 (16:18 UTC+2)
Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Panos Beglitis expressed the Greek government's satisfaction for the calm and democratic way in which parliamentary elections were held in FYROM as well as for the mature and responsible stance adopted by political forces and people in the neighboring country.
Greece is a strategic partner of FYROM and will continue to contribute to the stability and development of the neighboring country by strengthening the multifaceted bilateral cooperation and by promoting its Euro-Atlantic prospect, stated Mr. Beglitis.
 140 TEENAGERS FROM ISRAEL WILL VISIT GREECE FOR A WEEKAthens, 18 September 2002 (16:14 UTC+2)
One hundred forty teenagers from Israel, ages 15-17, will visit Greece for a week at the initiative of the Central Association of Greek Municipalities and Communities in cooperation with the embassy of Israel. The Israelis will visit archaeological sites in Athens and the Peloponnese and a number of Greek islands.
They come from cities and towns of Israel targeted repeatedly by terrorist suicide attacks in the past two years and many of them have lost family members or friends.
The 140 young Israelis will arrive in Athens on Sunday morning.
 ABOUT 100.000 FOREIGNERS AND REPATRIATED GREEKS IN THE GREEK SCHOOLSAthens, 18 September 2002 (16:12 UTC+2)
The number of foreign and repatriated Greek students is estimated at 100.000 in Greece, while one in four students in the schools of Athens is a foreigner, according to figures presented yesterday in a one-day conference organized by the Greek Local Administration Association.
Based on figures provided by the Ministry of Education for the year 2000, the foreign and repatriated Greek students in the Greek elementary education schools are 65.546 (10.7%) and 43.000 of them come from Albania, 16.459 from the former Soviet Union and 3.500 from different EU countries. In the secondary education schools their percentage is smaller as in the school year 2000-2001 foreign students corresponded to 4.5% of the total number of students.
Most of the foreign students are in the region of Athens (47%), central Macedonia (24%) and eastern Macedonia and Thrace (9%).