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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-06-03

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  • [01] Papoulias laids wreath at St. Petersburg monument
  • [02] New Traffic Code measures go into effect

  • [01] Papoulias laids wreath at St. Petersburg monument

    President Karolos Papoulias on Saturday laid a wreath at the Monument erected in memory of those who fell during the 1941-1944 seige of Leningrad, present day Saint Petersburg, ending his official visit to the Russian Federation.

    President Papoulias wrote in the visitors' book "never again war, never again barbarism. This is the call of all who fell and who suffered in this heroic city."

    Earlier in the day, President Papoulias attended an avent at the State Saint Petersburg University, where the president of the Modern Greek Studies Faculty, Fatima Yeloeva, spoke of Greece's history, using as an example the work of Kavafi in an extremely moving speech about the "soul" and the "voyage" of Greece that brought tears to the eyes of the Greek President.

    President Papoulias, who met President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov and other officials during his visit to Moscow and Saint Petersburg, is returning to Athens at the end of his visit.

    [02] New Traffic Code measures go into effect

    Public Order Minister Vyron Polydoras and Transport and Communications Minister Mihalis Liapis visited the intersection of Mesogion and Katechaki avenues on Sunday morning on the occasion of measures contained in the new Traffic Code going into effect as of Sunday.

    Polydoras said in a statement that the implementation of the new Traffic Code is the new beginning for a new road attitude and pointed out that "I wish to tell you that from the point of view of traffic police we shall be fair. Our instructions to the traffic police is for the law to be observed."

    The public order minister also said that "we are hoping for a considerable success that will remove us from the top positions in the case of road conduct and accidents that we have in Europe and go to the bottom positions."

    Liapis said on his part that a new effort is beginning to change the mentality of the Greek motorist, but stressed that "we don't want to punish anyone. On the contrary, we want to prevent lethal traffic accidents and, unfortunately, we have the privilege in all of Europe of coming first in lethal traffic accidents."

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