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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 05-09-01
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 CYPRIOT WARNING TO ANKARAThessaloniki, 1 September 2005 (13:29 UTC+2)
The informal EU Foreign Ministers Council is expected to adopt a new counter-declaration draft plan in which it will be stated that the Turkish declaration on the non recognition of the Cypriot Republic, made during the signing of the protocol for the extension of the customs union to include the 10 new EU member states, does not produce legal results. The decision to adopt a counter-declaration was made after the rejection of the British EU Presidency draft plan in the Permanent Representatives summit.
Nicosia has warned that Turkey's EU accession negotiations will not be launched if there is no agreement on the framework.
 REFORMS IN THE JUDICIARY WILL CONTINUEAthens, 1 September 2005 (13:41 UTC+2)
Reforms in the judiciary continue and all corruption incidents will be tackled, stressed Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis who visited the Ministry of Justice.
Mr. Karamanlis reiterated the measures adopted by the government to correct the situation in the judiciary which was in a state of deterioration when the current government took over, stressed the Prime Minister.
Mr. Karamanlis also announced the creation of six new correctional institutions and the reinforcement of the justice infrastructure.
 ATHENS-THESSALONIKI EXPRESS TRAIN SERVICEThessaloniki, 1 September 2005 (17:36 UTC+2)
Two new express passenger trains will cover the distance between Athens and Thessaloniki in 4 hours and 15 minutes beginning on Monday, September 5.
According to the Greek Railway Organization, OSE, an ICE 50 and an ICE 51 train will be added to the train service network and as a result the train service schedule will be altered.
 KIA SPORTAGE CARS RECALLEDAthens, 1 September 2005 (16:47 UTC+2)
The process for the recall of KIA Sportage cars is underway, announced Ministry of Development consumer general secretary Thanasis Skordas.
Specifically, certain new Sportage (KM) cars manufactured in the period March 29, 2005 - May 18, 2005 could have faulty handbrakes.
Of the 175 cars involved, which have been imported in Greece, 85 have been sold and beginning today their owners will be receiving a registered letter notifying them of the problem and informing them that they can have their cars checked and repaired at a certified KIA mechanic free of charge.
 GREEK-BULGARIAN SERICULTURE AND SILK INDUSTRY PROGRAMAlexandroupolis, 1 September 2005 (14:21 UTC+2)
The Municipality of Soufli and the Association for the Regional Cooperation and Development (Haskovo, Bulgaria) have undertaken to materialize jointly the INTERREG III-PHARE CBC Greece-Bulgaria program on sericulture and silk industry.
A number of informative and promotion activities will take place within the framework of the program starting with an open for the public one-day conference to take place in Soufli on September 5.
Among the issues to be presented in the conference will be the evolution of the sectors of sericulture and silk industry through the centuries.
A reference will be made to the traditional methods used in Bulgaria as well as a presentation of the activities of the Sericulture Research Institute Harmanli, Bulgaria, while the prospects for the further development of sericulture and silk industry in the future will also be examined.
The program is materialized with the economic assistance of the European Union.
 A "DESCENDANT" OF THE HIPPOCRATES SYCAMORE TREE IN AUSTRALIAMelbourne, 1 September 2005 (15:20 UTC+2)
The University of Sydney School of Rural Health, based in the city of Dubbo in western New South Wales, Australia, announced that it was able to get a "descendant" of the sycamore tree under which Hippocrates, the "Father of Medicine", used to teach and practice the art of medicine in the Aegean island of Cos.
The school's program coordinator assoc. professor Bruce Harris stated that with the intervention of Greek-Australian doctor John Bulas the university managed to get an offset of a "descendant" of the historic plane tree.
The symbolic planting of the tree at the school's gardens will take place on September 9 by former deputy prime minister in the commonwealth government John Anderson in the presence of the consul general, other dignitaries and members of the Greek community in Dubbo. The Hippocratic Oath will be read in English and Greek before the sycamore tree is planted.
The Australian academician stated characteristically that with the planting of the tree both the School of Rural Health and the study of medicine will grow roots in western New South Wales because very soon the school's students will study the principles of medicine under the branches of essentially the same tree under which Hippocrates himself was teaching medicine.