Athens News Agency: News in English (PM), 97-07-28
NEWS IN ENGLISH
Athens, Greece, 28/07/1997 (ANA)
- Greece submits memorandum to US detailing airspace violations
- KYSEA to decide Phantom modernisation award on Wednesday
- Mirage jet crashes into sea, fate of pilot unknown
- Police launch massive security operation prior to Athens '97
- New Albanian PM looks to stronger relations between Athens-Tirana
- University of Thrace to cooperate with Ukraine institute
- Athens ready to host 2004 Olympics, `Independent` says
- Summer electromagnetics course draws world scientists to Samos
- Twenty die in car accidents over weekend
- Hidden immigrant community discovered on remote island
- Foreign Exchange
NEWS IN DETAIL
Greece submits memorandum to US detailing airspace violations
Greece's Ambassador in Washington has submitted a memorandum to the US
government setting out in detail the latest spate of violations by Turkish
warplanes of Greek airspace over the Aegean, government spokesman Dimitris
Reppas said today.
Confirming press reports of the memorandum, Reppas said it clearly stated
Greece's position that ''such phenomena not only fail to help but undermine
the climate which is being aspired to following the Madrid agreement''.
He was referring to the joint communique signed by Prime Minister Costas
Simitis and Turkish President Suleyman Demirel on the sidelines of the
recent NATO summit in Madrid.
''These phenomena (violations) may be sporadic but they must stop,'' Reppas
said, clarifying that similar memorandums had not been submitted to other
KYSEA to decide Phantom modernisation award on Wednesday
The government said today that the final decision awarding the tender for
the modernisation of 39 Hellenic Air Force Phantom F-4 jets would be taken
at Wednesday's meeting of the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and
On the basis of the tender terms, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said,
one of which is that the aircraft must be ready by the end of the year 2000,
it had been decided that the bid of the German company -- DASA -- was
superior to that of the US firm which participated in the tender.
Reppas also confirmed that US Ambassador to Greece, Thomas Niles, had sent
a letter about the matter to Prime Minister Costas Simitis, adding however
that this was ''a usual procedure which illustrates the interest of
diplomatic representatives of foreign countries in issues which concern
Mirage jet crashes into sea, fate of pilot unknown
A Hellenic Air Force Mirage-2000 fighter plane crashed into the sea
northeast of the island of Skyros this morning as it was carrying out a
training flight, and its pilot was missing, Airforce sources said.
Two helicopters and a C-130 plane have joined nearby ships in a search
operation for Lt. Ioakeim Pantelakis, an experienced pilot with 420 flight
hours on Mirages.
Wreckage from the Mirage has been spotted 25 nautical miles northeast of
The jet-fighter took off with another Mirage from Tanagra airforce base on
a routine training flight in interception and went crashed into the sea at
10:50, the sources said.
A committee of experts has been set up to investigate the causes of the
Police launch massive security operation prior to Athens '97
Over 9,000 policemen will be on duty equipped with the very latest
equipment when the IAAF World Athletics Championships open in Athens on
Friday, Attica police chief Ioannis Georgakopoulos said today.
The giant security operation got under way last Friday and was immediately
apparent to Athenians unaccustomed to seeing so many policemen and cars
patrolling the capital.
Georgakopoulos said the operation would climax on Friday and continue until
the end of the championships on August 10.
Some 7,500 officers, supported by approximately 1,500 police cadets will be
on duty during the games, while increased security measures will be taken
for the Marathon and long distance walking races.
Georgakopoulos said the police would be providing security from the moment
teams arrive at Athens international airport and are escorted to their
Police officers will accompany the teams as they travel to and from the
Athens Olympic Sports Complex each day, while security at the hotels will
In particular during the games, Georgakopoulos said, the police will carry
out stringent checks of people entering the hotels at which athletes will
New Albanian PM looks to stronger relations between Athens-Tirana
Newly-elected Albanian Prime Minister Fatos Nano said in Tirana on Saturday
the "reconstruction era" which started in the neighbouring country would
help towards better relations between Greece and Albania.
"We both live in the same corner of Europe and we hope this new era of
reconstruction of the Albanian republic will create a new climate of
confidence between Greeks and Albanians," Mr. Nano told the press late on
Saturday before talks with visiting PASOK Secretary Costas Skandalidis.
Mr. Skandalidis, who arrived in Tirana on Saturday, met also with other
Albanian government officials. Yesterday, he met with leaders of parties
participating in the Balkan country's socialist-led leftist coalition
government, as well as the leader of the opposition Democratic Party.
It is the first official visit to Albania by a Greek politician since the
new government took office last week.
Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos is expected to visit Tirana on
August 5, while a visit by Greek Public Order Minister George Romeos is
expected to take place around the same time.
Mr. Skandalidis said his visit aimed to cement ties between the two
countries' socialist parties.
He said that the two peoples had no differences, but on the contrary had
much to gain from a prospective common course.
"The new Albania will find an ally in Greece, and we are willing to put
aside all differences of the past and support our neighbouring country in
its new course," Mr. Skandalidis said.
The PASOK Secretary expressed hope that the new Tirana government would
succeed in its difficult task as this would be to the benefit not only of
Albania itself but also the Balkans in general. "I hope progressive people,
with hope and vision, will succeed in building a new future," Mr.
He added that Greece was the only country that accepted and honoured
Albanians, while in the context of further development of relations and
communication between the two peoples, Mr. Skandalidis said the Greek
Foreign and Public Order Ministers would visit Albania soon to discuss and
find solutions for the main problems of concern to the two countries.
Albanian Foreign Minister Paskal Milo, who was present at the talks, told
reporters that in the near future four officials of the Albanian socialist
party would visit Athens to exchange views with PASOK counterparts aiming
at improving the organisation and operation of the Albanian Socialist
Mr. Milo has accepted an invitation by Mr. Skandalidis to visit Greece at
the end of August.
During his meetings, Mr. Skandalidis stressed the importance of the problem
Greece faces with the high number of Albanian illegal immigrants and the
impact on Greek tourism of Albanian armed gangs raiding Greek border
University of Thrace to cooperate with Ukraine institute
The senate of the Dimokrition University of Thrace will cooperate with the
Institute of Humanities from Mariupol in the Ukraine, according to an
announcement yesterday. Educational, scientific and cultural cooperation
between the two sides is expected to lay the foundations for strengthening
traditional friendship between Greece and the Ukraine and the rennaissance
of overseas Hellenism. According to a Dimokrition University announcement,
the biggest Greek community in states of the former USSR is found in
Mariupol and the Federation of Greek Societies in the Ukraine is headquartered
there, as well as Greece's general consulate. The Institute of Humanities
is the sole educational foundation in the territory of the former USSR
where in all faculties, the Greek language, history and culture are
Athens ready to host 2004 Olympics, `Independent` says
Greece, a candidate for the 2004 Olympics, is more prepared today to host
an Olympiad than the 2000 Games host,
Sydney, was, according to acclaimed sports writer Peter Corrigan. With
total financial backing in place and 72 per cent of the necessary
facilities built and operational, Athens' plusses also include the genuine
desire of the people for the Games, new ro ads constructed and improvements
to the underground railway. They also include a new international airport
to be operable by the year 2000 that will reduce cars using the city centre
and pollution by 35 per cent, and the lowest crime rate in Europe, Mr.
Corrigan, who visited Athens and the various sporting facilities last week,
wrote in the British newspaper "Independent on Sunday".
Summer electromagnetics course draws world scientists to Samos
New developments and modern applications in the field of electromagnetics
are being taught in a summer course which opened Saturday at the Eastern
Aegean Research Institute on Samos.
Participants in the course, which will run to August 5, include 134 eminent
scientists from 16 countries who will present studies on electromagnetic
computation, the theoretical basis for technologies involving electricity,
electronics and microwaves.
The course is organised by the Athens Polytechnic University's Institute of
Communication and Computer Systems, in the Mechanical Engineering
Department, in the context of NATO. Topics to be presented range from
computers to telecommunications, antenna s, transmission of electrical
waves, satellite systems and fibre optics. The course is organised by
Professor Nikolaos Ouzounoglou.
Twenty die in car accidents over weekend
Twenty people were killed in 247 car accidents over the weekend, the public
order ministry said late yesterday.
The ministry said 356 people were injured, 67 of them seriously, in
accidents that took place between Friday afternoon and Sunday evening.
Hidden immigrant community discovered on remote island
An entire community of illegal immigrants from Albania, Poland and Bulgaria
was discovered living on the 300-inhabitant island of Ai Stratis between
Lesvos and Limnos islands in the Aegean following the arrest of two illegal
immigrant women from Bulgaria.
The two women were arrested Friday and taken before an investigating
magistrate for stealing one million drachmas from a home on Lesvos, police
According to police sources, the Bulgarian and Polish women from the
illegal community were employed as domestic help in the homes of elderly
residents of Ai Stratis, while the Albanian immigrants were employed at a
water and sewerage project being constructed on the island by a construction
Mild weather is forecast throughout most of the country with northwesterly
winds and normal temperatures ranging from 18-30 C, except eastern
Macedonia and Thrace, where light clouds are expected and the possibility
of local showers. Athens will be sunny with temperatures of 22 to 33 C.
Thessaloniki will be overcast with temperatures of 20-28 C.
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