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Athens News Agency: News in English, 00-03-06

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Washington-Greeks honored
  • [02] Group claims bomb

  • [01] Washington-Greeks honored

    06/03/2000 12:56:31

    Five eminent Greek-Americans of the sectors of economy, media and science, and two Philhellene American Congressmen were honoured ty the American Hellenic Institute (Ahi) at a function held Sunday at a central Washington hotel.

    Vice-president of America On Line, the largest internet provider in the world, and co-owner of the Washington-based Capital hockey team and Wizards basketball team Ted Leonsis, MIT professor of nuclear physics Dr. Elias Gyftopoulos, president of the Arts & Entertaiment, History Channel and Biography Channel cable television stations Nicholas Davatzis, CBS presenter Thalia Asouras, and doctor Theodoros Lyras were honored at the event, marking the 25th anniversary of AHI's establishment.

    Also honored were US Senator William Roth (Republican-Delaware) and Donald Payne (Democrat-New Jersey).

    The awards were announced by another eminent Greek-American, CNN financial news presenter John Metaxas.

    The recipients paid tribute to AHI founder and driving force Eugene Rossidis for his long-term contribution to the projection of Greek positions in Washington. Rossidis was one of the leaders of the successful campaign for the imposition of an arms embargo on Turkey in 1974 immediately after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

    The two US Congressmen urged for pressure on Turkey so that it would contribute to achieving a just solution of the Cyprus issue, while Representative Payne also endorsed the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece, a cause that he has personally campaigned for.

    Rossidis told the gathering that as the liberalisation of the Internet progressed in Greece and Turkey, so did the prospects increase for exchanges of ideas and influence that could positively effect even the Cyprus issue.

    [02] Group claims bomb

    06/03/2000 12:35:54

    A group calling itself "Revolutionary Cells" claimed responsibility for a bomb explosion that went off outside a construction firm's offices in an Athens suburb late Sunday, causing damage but no injuries.

    A home-made time-bomb went off at 11:22 p.m. Sunday outside the offices of AKTOR construction company in the Athens northern suburb of Halandri, causing damage to the entrance and to cars parked nearby.

    No injuries resulted from the blast as police had cordoned off the area following a warning call.

    An unidentified man telephoned the Athens afternoon dailies Eleftherotypia and Athinaiki about half an hour earlier on behalf of the group and warned of the bomb.


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