Athens News Agency: News in English (AM), 97-08-19
NEWS IN ENGLISH
Athens, Greece, 19/08/1997 (ANA)
- Greece calls for vigilance on Turkish intransigence
- Turkey should be condemned, Greek Eurodeputy says
- Ecumenical Patriarch hopes for closer ties with the Vatican
- EU citizens to be given voting rights in municipal elections
- Feminist theologians' conference opens
- Actor playing Judas found hanging on stage
- World's seismologists meet in Thessaloniki
- Gov't approves subsidised investments by DIS
- Sarantopoulos firm awarded ISO 9002
- Greek stocks tumble in thin market
- Xios Bank expands activities
- New rates for treasury bill issues
- NBC poll says Athens best choice for the 2004 Olympics
- Foreign exchange
NEWS IN DETAIL
Greece calls for vigilance on Turkish intransigence
The foreign ministry yesterday called for continuous vigilance and
opposition to Turkish intransigence on the part of Greek and Cypriot
political parties and of Greek communities around the world.
Greece will take diplomatic steps the United Nations Secretary General,
with all members of the UN Security Council and the European Union a
foreign ministry announcement said.
Athens has also begun a briefing campaign of governments and media around
the world. These moves, the foreign ministry added, were aimed at having
the international community adopt positions that would permit the good
services of the UN Secretary General to bear results and to deal with
Turkish intransigence "so that the two communities in the island republic
may live in harmony within the framework of a bi-communal and bi-zonal
federation, according to UN resolutions and the summit agreements of 1977
Turkey should be condemned, Greek Eurodeputy says
The European Union must condemn Turkish Cypriot intransigence, which led to
the deadlock of UN-led direct talks between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish
Cypriot communities, Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Eurodeputy Vassilis
Efremidis said yesterday.
In a question tabled in the European Parliament, Mr. Efremidis also called
on the EU Council to take all necessary action and deflect threats by
Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and Turkish officials regarding the
annexation of the island's Turkish- occupied north.
Ecumenical Patriarch hopes for closer ties with the Vatican
Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos yesterday expressed the hope that
relations between Orthodox Christianity and the Vatican be soon restored.
The Patriarch made the statement at the end of his three-day visit to the
eastern Aegean island of Hios.
Vartholomeos said he expected a delegation from the Vatican to visit the
See of the Orthodox Church at its Phanar district headquarters in Istanbul
on November 30 -- the day commemorating the founding of the Church of
Constantinople by Apostle Andrew.
He added that the Phanar did not send a similar delegation to the Vatican
because there had been what he called a "small distress" recently.
The Patriarch was invited officially by the Union of Mastich Producers of
Hios to bless the trees producing mastich, a basic ingredient for the Holy
Oil provided by the Patriarchate.
The Patriarch, who is returning to Istanbul today, also announced his
forthcoming schedule, which includes a visit to the United States in
EU citizens to be given voting rights in municipal elections
Citizens of European Union countries who reside in Greece will have the
right to vote and stand as candidates in this country's next year's
municipal elections, according to a presidential decree being prepared by
the interior, public administration and decentralisation ministry.
The decree, designed to bring in line Greek legislation with EU directives,
does not establish the right of foreign nationals to be elected as mayors
or heads of municipal councils, and sets as requirements a command of the
Greek language, enrollment in the registers of the municipality they choose
to stand as candidates, as well as possession of an electoral booklet.
The relevant documents for enrollement in the electoral registers must be
submitted by March 31, 1998. EU citizens will be eligible to vote only if
they do not vote in their countries of origin.
Feminist theologians' conference opens
"Orthodox Christian spirituality and feminist theology generally reflect
two very broad and vastly different types of world view and thinking, but
also contain common points of interest," an Orthodox theologian told the
7th international conference of the European Society of Women in Theological
Research (ESWTR), which opened here Sunday. "
Thinking and re-thinking relationships, experience and process are main
concerns of both feminist theology and Orthodox spirituality even if they
operate within different traditions of thinking," Orthodox theologian
Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald said.
"It was a long journey for most of the 200 women theologians from 28
countries to come to Crete for the bigeest ESWTR conference ever," Michaela
Moser, the conference spokeswoman, told the ANA.
The theme of the conference is "Sources and Resources of Feminist
Theologies", and it focuses on the dialogue between Orthodox women
theologians and Western feminist theologians with different religious
"The journey towards true encounter and dialogue of women coming from
different backgrounds is long, difficult and often painful," Karidoyanes
Other keynote speakers at the conference, considered "the start of a
difficult journey towards dialogue" between the East and West", and include
Old Testament scholar Silvia Schroer from Switzerland, Joan Martin from the
United States, Letizia Tomassone from Italy, and Ulrike Bechmann of
Actor playing Judas found hanging on stage
A British actor tragically hanged himself at a hotel complex in Halkidiki
on Sunday while portraying Judas in "Jesus Christ Superstar".
Tony Wheeler, 25, from Oxfordshire had belonged to the hotel's animation
team which staged the show live for the hotel guests.
His role called for walking up to the noose, placing it around his neck and
hanging himself as the spotlight was switched off him. A special hook would
have allowed him to remain suspended while appearing to hang.
When he failed to turn up later, a search revealed that Wheeler had
actually died on the theatrical noose. A doctor who performed an autopsy
said, "There are indications of death by hanging", but could not say
whether the death was accidental or not.
World's seismologists meet in Thessaloniki
Greece belongs in the highest seismic zone in the world, comprising an area
stretching from Gibraltar to China, University of Thessaloniki Professor
Vassilis Papazachos told an international seismology congress yesterday.
During opening remarks at the 29th international congress on seismology and
physics of the earth's interior at Thessaloniki, Mr. Papazachos also said
that it was appropriate that Greece had been chosen as the venue for the
congress, since its ground and especially the area of the Aegean comprised
a natural geophysical laboratory.
President of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the
Earth's Interior (IASPEI), Claude Froidevaux, said that the sea level at
the Aegean was lower 20,000 years ago and said that the Mediterranean was
non-existent as a water-filled basin 20 million years ago.
He pointed out that Greece's high seismic activity was due to the African
plate's moving north, due to pressure it received from surrounding
The congress aims at providing solutions in facing seismic phenomena and
predicting them. The congress is organised by the University of Thessaloniki
and scheduled to run for 10 days.
Gov't approves subsidised investments by DIS
The development ministry recently approved new subsidised investment of 920
million drachmas by the Athens Stock Exchange-listed Delta Informations
The subsidies will amount to 322 million, and will be aimed at creating a
new division for the provision of software for operational applications in
industry, cooperation with foreign firms, restructuring of the company on
the basis of the quality stand ard ISO 9000, and overhauling premises with
a view to increasing productivity.
Sarantopoulos firm awarded ISO 9002
The K.I. Sarantopoulos construction firm has been issued with the ISO 9002
quality certificate, covering all areas in which it is active, including
suppliers and subcontractors.
The total worth of projects awaiting construction by the company amount to
61.1 billion drachmas.
New contracts include external supply systems at the new Athens airport at
Spata, and an east-west highway in Albania, budgeted at six billion
Greek stocks tumble in thin market
Equity prices came under strong pressure on the Athens Stock Exchange
yesterday to end sharply lower.
Market participants said the pressure was more of a technical nature and
that price swings were exacerbated by a lack of supply as the market had
not returned to normal after a three day holiday.
The general index closed 1.39 percent lower at 1,622.90 points. Sector
indices lost ground. Banks fell 1.54 percent, Leasing eased 0.62 percent,
Insurance declined 0.53 percent, Investment fell 1.98 percent, Industrials
were 2.03 percent off, Constructi on eased 1.46 percent, Holding dropped
2.01 percent and Miscellaneous fell 1.76 percent. The parallel market for
small cap companies index ended 1.21 percent lower. Trading was moderate
and turnover was 7.8 billion drachmas.
Broadly, declining issues led advancing ones by 149 to 46 with another 14
Allatini, Alysida, Ideal and Balkan Export scored the biggest percentage
gains, while Tzirakian Profil, Demetriades and Athinea suffered the
heaviest losses of the day.
Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE) rose 60 drachmas to end at 6,
610. National Bank of Greece ended at 37,000, Ergobank at 17,835, Alpha
Credit Bank at 19,790, Delta Dairy at 4,200, Titan Cement at 14,870 and
Intracom at 12,900.
In the domestic foreign exchange market the dollar fell sharply against the
drachma following a strong correction of the US currency in international
Xios Bank expands activities
Xios Bank activities in the area of investment and financial services are
showing signficant growth, according to the bank's officials.
Two years after commencing operations in 1994, the bank managed to conquer
5 per cent of the market. This year it has increased market share in lead
managing loan issues for firms, bringing the total to 2.2 billion drachmas,
compared to 1.9 billion for the whole of last year.
It is also worth noting that Xios Bank has taken part in all 10 public
subscriptions in 1997, compared to eight last year and six in 1995.
New rates for treasury bill issues
The finance ministry has announced new rates for the next issues of
treasury bills, as follows:
Three-month: 8.40 per cent
Six-month : 8.70 per cent
One-year : 9.50 per cent
The next issue of one-year bills is tomorrow, by public subscription.
An auction of fluctuating-rate bills, worth 100 billion, will take place on
NBC poll says Athens best choice for the 2004 Olympics
Athens was by far the top choice to host the 2004 Olympic Games, according
to a phone poll conducted by the US national television network NBC.
The poll asked which of the five prospective cities - Athens, Buenos Aires,
Cape Town, Rome or Stockholm - should host the 2004 Olympics.
The sample included 844 people, and was organised by NBC's media service
department. Scores went as follows, in percentages: Athens 62, Cape Town 18,
Buenos Aires 8, Stockholm 6 and Rome 5.
Mostly fine weather is forecast for most of the country today except for
mainland Greece, the Ionian, and northern Aegean Sea, where cloudiness,
scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected. Light to moderate
northerly winds will intensify in parts of the southern Aegean. Athens will
be partly cloudy with possible showers, and temperatures ranging between 20-
31C. Similar weather in Thessaloniki where temperatures will be from 19-
Monday's closing rates - buying US dlr. 283.186
Pound sterling 455.288 Cyprus pd 530.026
French franc 46.289 Swiss franc 188.182
German mark 155.937 Italian lira (100) 15.950
Yen (100) 240.639 Canadian dlr. 204.253
Australian dlr. 209.714 Irish Punt 416.243
Belgian franc 7.552 Finnish mark 52.120
Dutch guilder 138.488 Danish kr. 40.948
Swedish kr. 35.623 Norwegian kr. 37.408
Austrian sch. 22.159 Spanish peseta 1.845
Port. Escudo 1.538