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Athens News Agency: News in English, 01-10-08

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Foreign Exchange Rates - Tuesday
  • [02] Greek AWACS crews may participate in NATO's operations, gov't spokesman
  • [03] Greek inflation falls to 3.6 percent in September

  • [01] Foreign Exchange Rates - Tuesday

    08/10/2001 19:01:34

    Indicative tourist buying rates until Tuesday

    U.S. dollar 366.871

    German mark 172.829

    French franc 051.531

    Pound sterling 540.752

    Irish punt 429.202

    Belgian franc 008.379

    Luxembourg franc 008.379

    Dutch guilder 153.389

    Italian lira (100) 017.457

    Austrian schilling 024.565

    Danish kroner 45.468

    Swedish kroner 34.705

    Finnish mark 056.852

    Spanish peseta 002.032

    Portuguese escudo 001.686

    Japanese yen (100) 306.319

    Swiss franc 228.983

    Norwegian kroner 041.938

    Cyprus pound 588.331

    Canadian dollar 234.741

    Australian dollar 186.029

    [02] Greek AWACS crews may participate in NATO's operations, gov't spokesman says

    08/10/2001 18:53:07

    Greece's newly acquired AWACS airborne warning and control system platforms and their crews may participate in NATO's operations in North America, Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said on Monday, following a Government Council of Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA) meeting.

    Reppas said that the airplanes go together with their crews, thus AWACS with Greek crews may participate in NATO operations in North America.

    He stressed that during the KYSEA meeting Prime Minister Costas Simitis, who chaired it, said that the operations in Afghanistan were not a war of civilizations, nor a war between religions, rather it is a war against terrorism.

    Reppas noted that Simitis called President of the Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos and briefed him on developments in Afghanistan, while during the cabinet meeting he issued orders to Foreign Minister George Papandreou and Health and Welfare Minister Alekos Papadopoulos for the confrontation of possible effects of the U.S. offensive in Afghanistan.

    Responding to questions, Reppas said that according to reports the migration wave from Afghanistan to Europe and consequently to Greece is rising, while he added that the Greek government was undertaking all the necessary measures to increase the security of the country's borders.

    Reppas called the measure of grounding all private airplanes and helicopters an effective preventative measure, adding that if any of these kind of planes attempts to fly it then falls under the responsibilities of the Greek Airforce.

    He stressed that there is no danger for biological warfare against Greece, but despite that the government has undertaken all necessary measures.

    In closing, Reppas said that the ruling PASOK party congress would convene as scheduled, as well as the government reshuffle planned for after the congress.

    [03] Greek inflation falls to 3.6 percent in September

    08/10/2001 15:00:46

    Greece's annual inflation rate, measured by the consumer price index, fell to 3.6 percent in September from 3.8 percent the previous month, the National Statistics Service said on Monday.

    The consumer price index rose by 1.9 percent in September from August.

    The annual inflation rate's rise reflected increases in alcohol and tobacco prices (11.2 percent), food and beverages (6.4 percent).


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