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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 05-06-29

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Entry Quotas Go Haywire
  • [02] Ongoing Controversy
  • [03] Smart Swimming Goggles
  • [04] Papandreou Lashes Out
  • [05] Karamanlis-Reda Meeting
  • [06] Heat Wave Approaching
  • [07] New Exarch Takes Up Position
  • [08] The Black Hole of Adulteration
  • [09] New CAP Being Formulated
  • [10] Close Economic Partnership
  • [11] Germany Ranks Third At Extra Time
  • [12] New Technologies and Public Administration
  • [13] Prosecutor Investigates Srebrenica Massacre
  • [14] New Bus Routes

  • [01] According to the Exam Stats Entry Quotas Go Haywire

    29 Jun 2005 15:38:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    According to the Exam statistics announced by the Education Ministry on the results of candidates for the Greek Exams, the entry quotas for Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics, and Polytechnic Schools are expected to decrease. On the other hand, Medical, Law and Philology Schools will show an increase. In general, the percentages of candidates who failed have increased as opposed to last year, while it is estimated that approximately 30,000 students failed to receive a pass mark. According to the statistics, most of the problems were detected in the subjects of Mathematics, Physics, History and Ancient Greek, while top marks were received in Chemistry, Biology and Electronics. The results for the special exams (Foreign Languages, Design and Music) will be announced by 7 July, while candidates are required to hand in their preferences for Schools they want to attend from 11 to 22 July. Furthermore, the results of Technical High School students for entry to Technological Schools will be announced on Thursday 7 July.

    Failure in Four Subjects

    Physics, Mathematics, History and Ancient Greek received the highest percentages of fail marks.

    As per the Education Ministrys general secretary, Andreas Karamanos, "The percentages of success and failure per subject are not that far from the averages of previous years."

    Specifically, 73.77% of the candidates failed in technical Mathematics, while 74.93% failed in technical Physics and 35.75% in applied Physics. Furthermore, 52.49% of the candidates failed in Ancient Greek and 62.04% in History.

    On the other hand, the lowest fail results were recorded in applied Biology (15.23%), Chemistry (18.59%) and Modern Greek (31.15%), while the highest percentages of top marks (18-20) were recorded in Chemistry (43.55%), Electronics (37.66%) and applied Mathematics (22.68%).

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    Related Links:

    Education Ministry

    ERT's Site on the Greek Exams

    [02] Government Determined to Go Forth Ongoing Controversy

    29 Jun 2005 13:50:00 (Last updated: 29 Jun 2005 23:46:06)

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    Sources: NA - 105.8

    A written statement by former ND President Miltiadis Evert triggers a new round of controversy. As per Mr Evert, four months ago, Alpha Bank had predicted that the regulation on social security would be submitted, at the time when the money market bill was voted, in which the reforms in question were included, in Parliament. In a discussion with journalists this afternoon, Minister of Economy Giorgos Alogoskoufis expressed his dissatisfaction over the stance of the former ND President, noting that the government will not go forth with changes aimed to please Mr Evert. On his part, Mr Evert insisted on his views, while he added that according to the data by the Chartered Accountants who audited the banks financial statements for 2004, Alpha Bank had allocated funds to cover the actuarial deficits to its employees social security fund and was waiting for the exact amount it was required to pay. "All the banks have been aware of the Governments intentions concerning the bank employees social security since last September. They have participated in discussions and most of them have included the relevant planning in their financial statements," responded Economy Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis. The President of PASOK spoke of a weakness of the government to give a prospect to the issues of social security and labour relations, while SYN noted that the Government has been exposed. In the meantime, OTOE has called a new 48-hour strike for today and tomorrow, while it is also organising a rally at 8pm in Syntagma Square, while on Thursday it is expected to discuss the prospect of deferring the strike.

    Intense Wrangling

    In his rejoinder, Mr Evert invited the minister to name the banks that had included similar notes on their financial statements. Furthermore, the former ND President refused to comment on his stance in tomorrows session in Parliament concerning the future of his amendments (whereby he asks Mr Alogoskoufis to submit an actuarial study for the cost of banks employees incorporation to IKA), stressing that no one is authorised to interpret his intentions.

    Commenting on Mr Everts new statements Mr Alogoskoufis stated, "The banks have to register their charges to the social security organisations after the end of the deadline given, which is July 15, for the publication of the statement of accounts."

    "Mr Alogoskoufis response completely satisfies the Government," declared government spokesperson Thodoros Roussopoulos, repeating that a discussion had already commenced since last September. "There is no issue of selective briefing of specific banks, there is clear and public briefing of all banks," he stressed, while he noted that ND does not serve any other interests, but those of the Greek people, who elected it on March 7. Finally, the government spokesperson mentioned that a telephone conversation between Messrs Evert and Karamanlis never took place.

    On his part, PASOK spokesperson Nikos Athanasakis accused the government of flightiness and irresponsibility, saying that its aim is not the viability of the social security system and spoke of "a blatant propaganda by the government using the money of the Greek taxpayers."

    "Mr Evert, with his statements today, extends the problem of political, social and ethical responsibility of the government, because with the reforms over the banks social security, that have to be withdrawn, favours the banks and burdens the employees and pensioners," stated PASOK head of Employment, Social Policy and Health Evangelos Venizelos.

    "For many years Alpha Bank did not record, just as other banks, its accounts and duties that it had taken up to the social security organization, based on bill 1264/82. This crude illegality occurred with the full concealment of the governments and the relevant audit bodies, including the National Bank of Greece," said SYN Political Secretariat member Mr Lafazanis. "The government, once more, is proven to be heavily and multiply exposed for its finishing reforms to the banks which will burden IKA with billions of euros," concludes Mr Lafazanis.

    Bill Voted on Principle

    This evening, the discussion of the bill continues on the Articles that concern the money market. Moreover, the discussion on Thursday is expected with great interest, as the MPs will discuss the Articles over the bank employees social security, the OTE voluntary redundancy and Everts amendment, which the government however stated that it does not accept.

    On Wednesday morning, things heated up once again, when PASOK MP Giorgos Floridis criticised the governing party, saying that it continues to attribute responsibilities for the Stock Exchange scandal, at a time when the family of a ND politician gained 1.2 billion drachmas in the Stock Exchange. Meanwhile, he launched a personal attack against the PM for including the Greek football championship in the betting system, thus benefiting a specific businessman, something that the Minister had denied he would be doing.

    Answering, Mr Alogoskoufis suggested that PASOK should look at itself in the mirror, supporting that the Opposition "has become a three-party offer in the package of one."

    During his intervention over the general social security issue, the Minister of Employment and Social Protection, Panos Panagiotopoulos, repeated the Governments position that nothing will change in age limits, while pensions and other benefits will not be decreased. He further added that dialogue over social security will exceed four years and, after accusing PASOK parliamentarians of inaccuracies and endless scaremongering tactics, he called on the Opposition party to assume its responsibilities and join the dialogue table.

    Making reference to the banks social security, Mr Panagiotopoulos stated that the reforms are necessary, due to the rapid changes in the international banking market and the introduction of accounting models as well as the government wanting to protect the social security rights of the employees. In reference to the OTE voluntary redundancy, he said that it contributes in the normalization and the modernization of a gigantic operation of national and strategic interest.

    "In the pretence of banks social security, the Government opens the issue of social security in general, without submitting some kind of proposal," stressed PASOK MP Evangelos Venizelos, also speaking of the Prime Ministers turn towards the "club of neo-liberalism and authoritarianism."

    As for KKE MP Angelos Tzekis, he spoke of a fraudulent dialogue, in which his party would not participate, while he urged all unionists to seriously consider whether they would take part or not.

    In closing, Antonis Skyllakos said that there is dissentience between the Chairman of IKA and the government on the issue of if the organization will be burdened, and evaluated that the participation in the dialogue undermines social security.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

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    [03] Counting of Laps Made Easier Smart Swimming Goggles

    29 Jun 2005 15:57:00

    By Vicky Keleri

    It started off as a university project and ended up as the most sophisticated swimming accessory. While working on her degree in Industrial Design in the University of Bristol, Katie Williams designed a smart pair of goggles, which records the times of its owners. Working as lifeguard in her local swimming pool she observed the problems faced by swimmers, as most of them counted the laps with a watch or a wall, a fact that affected their movement and tactic. Thus the swimmers problems are solved with Williams goggles, since time and distance are recorded on the lenses. Thus, as she states, they do not waste energy and have all the time to focus on their efforts.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [04] George Papandreou at the Piraeus Marine Club Papandreou Lashes Out

    29 Jun 2005 18:11:00

    By Despina Hristopoulou

    Sources: NET 105.8

    PASOK President George Papandreou, speaking to Greek ship-owners in a business lunch at the Piraeus Marine Club, appeared pessimistic over the course of the economy after the handlings of the government. Mr Papandreou made special reference to the costs of changes and mainly to who will pay this cost. On the occasion of the political current affairs and the governments initiatives in the issues of social security and labour relation, Mr Papandreou spoke of a weakness of the political leadership to give a prospect instead of cultivating insecurity. He also noted that the great changes need understanding and consensus, adding that the latter is a difficult process and not a temporary act aimed at the electoral gain. Furthermore, the leader of the Opposition described Public Administration and the problems created by bureaucracy, in relation to the facilitation of materialization of investment plans as an "Achilles Heel," stating that the state should be reduced in order to become more effective.

    "Greek Marine Should Not Fear"

    In reference to Greek mercantile marine, Mr Papandreou underlined that it should not fear the strict measures for the protection of the environment, since 90% of the ships are double-walled vessels. Furthermore, he criticized the government, and spoke of a false veto in the EU, in relation to the aforementioned issue, noting that it was an important mistake that led our country to isolation. Commenting on the governments plea to the ship-owners to invest in land, since as he said it was everyone wish including his own, he objected that it is a mistake to not depend on the investment opportunities but the patriotism of the ship-owners.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [05] Karamanlis-Reda Meeting

    29 Jun 2005 16:20:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    The improvement of bilateral relations between Greece and Saudi Arabia and the situation in the international markets by the upward spiral of oil prices were at the focus of the meeting between Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis with the Minister of State of Saudi Arabia Abdullah Reda. The Saudi Minister stated to Mr Karamanlis that he was expecting the meeting with great interest, observing that the European Union went through a crisis, similar to the one gone through by the Arab countries and the Prime Minister evaluated that the crisis in the EU will be overcome quickly. Minister of Development Dimitris Sioufas and Deputy Foreign Minister Evripidis Stylianidis were also present at the meeting, while after no comments were made.

    On Thursday morning, Mr Karamanlis will depart for London, where he will meet with his British counterpart Tony Blair at noon, while at 18:30 he will make a speech at City University with the subject of "The Prospects of Greece After the Olympic Games."

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [06] Temperature will Reach 39C on Friday Heat Wave Approaching

    29 Jun 2005 18:10:00

    By Annita Paschalinou

    The Hellenic Meteorological Service (EMY) with an emergency forecast of extreme weather conditions warns of a gradual increase of temperature throughout the country from Thursday, which is expected to reach 39C in the northern areas on Friday. A fall in temperature is expected starting from Saturday, initially in the west and following in northern Greece. In the rest of the country, the high temperatures will continue and will drop by Sunday.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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    [07] At the Exarchate of the Sacrosanct Grave in Plaka New Exarch Takes Up Position

    29 Jun 2005 17:28:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    The new Exarch of the Jerusalem Patriarchate, Archbishop of Gerason, Theofanis has been positioned at the Sacrosanct Grave Gleve in Plaka. His positioning took place without problems, a fact that satisfied the suffragan and members of the Jerusalem Patriarchate Holy Synod. On Wednesday afternoon, Mr Theofanis will represent the Exarchate of the Sacrosanct Grave in the celebratory evensong in Pnyka, while in the coning days he will be welcomed by the Greek authorities. In order to avoid woeful sights such as yesterdays, when former Exarch Theoktistos locked the door of the Exarchate banning Mr Theofanis entrance, police forces are guarding the building. According to journalists information, on Wednesday morning, Mr Theoktistos who was appointed Exarch by Mr Eirinaios, visited the judicial authorities and asked for legal protection, an action which came to nothing.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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    [08] Chemical Engineers Say Cases are Increasing The Black Hole of Adulteration

    29 Jun 2005 20:07:00

    By Tina Valaoura

    Sources: NET- NET 105.8- ANA

    With international prices of black gold juggling just above 57 dollars, the government is investigating ways that can lead to the arrest of increases in Greece. Apart from the intensive checks for the counter of profiteering, which have begun by the Ministry of Development crews, Deputy Minister of Development Giannis Papathanasiou asked of the Competition Committee to investigate the contracts signed by the oil companies with gas station owners. The aim is to check how the policy enforced by companies leads the gas stations to a full dependence of the companies, resulting for competition to be restricted and for high prices to be formed.

    In the meantime, according to the Panhellenic Association of Chemical Engineers (PACE), the extend of the adulteration and smuggling issue in fuel results in the Public Sector to lose over 2 billion euros income from taxes.

    Concern Over Public Health and Environment

    As it is mentioned in a 2003-2004 report in the area of Attica by the Athens University, the percentage of adulteration ranges to 7% for gas and 12% for diesel, while for commercial vehicles that use diesel, the use of heating gas reaches 40%. According to the data by the Ministry of Development, since February 2003 fines of 4.5 million euros were given to 82 stations in the area of Attica and Thessaloniki.

    The representatives of the Association in a Press interview today, noted that the adulteration of fuels causes the emission of dangerous carcinogenic fumes, with hazardous effects on public health and the environment, while it also causes damage to the engines of the vehicles.

    Furthermore, they asked that the tax forwarded by the government to be extended to marine fuels.

    On his part, government spokesperson Mr Rousopoulos, on the question of the decrease of the special tax of fuels, noted that the efforts are hard to yield fruit as in Greece the lowest tax in the EU is in force.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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    [09] Farmers' New Individual Rights in Mid-July New CAP Being Formulated

    29 Jun 2005 15:39:00

    By Athina Saloustrou

    The Government is proceeding with formulating the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), since the new individual rights of farmers (collection of grants) will be announced by mid-July, finalised by the end of 2005 and implemented by April 2006. During a relevant Press conference, Rural Development Minister Evangelos Basiakos announced that regional studies would be conducted over what items the farmers can cultivate. "We are not going to tell farmers cultivate this or dont cultivate that," stressed Mr Basiakos. "The studies will just offer the data necessary for framers to determine themselves what they will be cultivating."

    Products for Sale and not for Grants

    Mr Basiakos further noted that a price drop of agricultural products is expected, as per the OECD, a fact that would benefit consumers, while there might even be a slight reduction in production.

    On his part, Deputy Minister Alexandros Kontos mentioned that he agrees with the decision for complete decoupling and tobacco, since the market conditions have changed over the last year. He also noted that there are possibilities for cultivation planning, which would produce goods for sale and not for grants.

    SYN Speaks of Quick-Fix Solution

    In its announcement, SYN claimed that NDs Government proceeded with the worst possible implementation of the new CAP, with the direct support of PASOK, resorting to the quick-fix solution of complete decoupling of grants for production. As it mentioned, it is an action that will bring about a sharp fall in production for main goods, a reduction in farmers income and the rapid abandonment of rural areas, mainly mountainous regions and islands.

    It also predicted that this development would also create problems in the areas of product processing (tobacco, cotton etc) and would increase imports.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

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    [10] Between Greece and Turkey Close Economic Partnership

    29 Jun 2005 13:04:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    As per the Deputy Foreign Ministers of Greece and Turkey, Messrs Evripidis Stylianidis and Tuncer Kayalar respectively, the trade relations between the two countries have improved greatly over the last five years. During his opening remarks at the third Summit of the Joint Biministerial Economic Committee in Zappeio Mansion, Mr Stylianidis underlined that the trade relations over the last five years have increased by 120%, while he voiced the Governments wish for these relations to continue growing. Furthermore, he noted that half a million Greeks visited Turkey in 2004, while similar interest is demonstrated by Ankara. On his part, Mr Kayalar referred to the progress of Turkish Economy, while he stressed that there are opportunities for long-term Greek investments in Turkey and vice versa. Finally, the two Deputy Ministers pointed out the significance of the natural gas pipeline linking the two countries, which will be inaugurated by the two Prime Ministers on 3 July at the Greek-Turkish borders, while its construction is expected to be completed within a year.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [11] Germany Ranks Third At Extra Time

    29 Jun 2005 22:58:00

    Sources: Associated Press

    Even if theoretically the third-place final of the Confederations Cup was indifferent, Germany and Mexico put on a good show and scored many goals, since the final 4-3, which was scored at extra time, was enjoyable for the 42,000 fans that attended Zentralstadion. Exactly as it happened in the previous games of the two teams, the effective attacks where the ones that balanced the relaxed defences, and surely the match was undecided even in the first thirty minutes when the score was 0-0. Germany took the lead first, or to be absolutely clear Germany was the only team that was in the lead, since Mexico did have a hard time scoring, and when it received the goals it could easily tie the game.

    Michael Ballack drove in a free kick seven minutes into extra time to give 10-man Germany a 4-3 victory over Mexico and third place in the Confederations Cup. Lukas Podolski, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Robert Huth also scored for Germany, which played with 10 men from the 54th minute following the ejection of striker Mike Hanke. Jared Borgetti scored two and Jose Fonseca added another for Mexico, which missed some early chances, trailed three times and rallied each time to equalize in an entertaining match. Borgettis second goal in the 85th sent the game into extra time. Germany struck the final time after Ricardo Osorio brought down Kevin Kuranyi seven minutes into extra time. Ballack curled in the free kick over the Mexican wall for his fourth goal of the tournament; the first three coming from penalties. The star midfielder came through for Germany. Though he had a pale first half, the captain raised his game when it mattered. Mexico beat Brazil 1-0 in the group stage.

    The Latin Americans also took finalist, Argentina, to the limit before going out on penalties in the semis. But they ran out of steam in their second straight 30 minutes of extra time. With one minute remaining, Luis Perez drove a shot a wide in Mexicos last chance. Podolski notched his third goal of the tournament to put Germany ahead after 37 minutes. The Cologne striker scored after Sebastian Deisler moved the ball down the field and passed to Schweinsteiger. He pushed it along with his back heel, and Podolski drove in a shot from the edge of the area.

    It was only the start of fireworks. Fonseca scored three minutes later. Torsten Frings was robbed of the ball by Zinha, who fed Fonseca for the equalizer. Germany restored its lead one minute later through Schweinsteiger. Podolski and Andreas Hinkel executed a 1-2 move, with Hinkel feeding Schweinsteiger for an easy tap-in. Germany played with 10 men from the 54th minute when Hanke ended his first start of the tournament by drawing a red card. He and Mexican defender Carlos Salcido tussled before a German corner and, as Salcido carried the ball away, Hanke barged into him with a late tackle. Mexico needed just four minutes of extra-man advantage to equalize. Luis Perez crossed from the right and striker Borgetti eluded towering defender Per Mertesacker to beat Oliver Kahn with a perfectly timed header.

    Huth put Germany ahead for the third time in the 79th. Schweinsteiger took a corner, Ballack flicked the ball over at the near post, and Huth scored from close range. Mexico equalized in the 85th from a set piece. Pavel Pardo crossed from a free kick and Borgetti rose above the German defense again to beat Kahn with another header just inside the post. In extra time, however, Germany never lost control after Ballacks goal.

    Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia) Cards (Yellow): Perez, Frings, Asamoah, Medina, Osorio (Red): Hanke

    Line-ups:

    GERMANY (Oliver Kahn): Andreas Hinkel, Robert Huth, Per Mertesacker, Bernd Schneider, Torsten Frings, Sebastian Deisler (Gerald Asamoah, 67), Michael Ballack, Bastian Schweinsteiger (Fabian Ernst, 83), Lukas Podolski (Kevin Kuranyi, 74), Mike Hanke.

    MEXICO (Oswaldo Sanchez): Carlos Salcido, Ricardo Osorio, Mario Mendez (Alberto Medina, 58), Pavel Pardo, Zinha, Ramon Morales (Rafael Marquez Lugo, 81), Gonzalo Pineda, Luis Perez, Jared Borgetti, Jose Fonseca (Juan Pablo Rodriguez, 45).

    [12] Economist Conference New Technologies and Public Administration

    29 Jun 2005 17:13:00

    By Despina Hristopoulou

    Sources: NET- NET 105.8- ANA

    Minister of Economy Giorgos Alogoskoufis, speaking at the Economist Conference with the subject matter of electronic administration, expressed the need for Greek economy to turn to new technologies. As he said, the development of new technologies reinforces the competitiveness of the economy, improves the everyday lives of citizens and ensures the transparency of Public Administration. He also noted that the government is making a new digital strategy with the programme entitled "Society of Information." On his part, Minister of Interior Prokopis Pavlopoulos announced the commitment of the government to go forth with structural reforms in Public Administration. Deputy Minister of Interior Apostolos Andreoulakos noted that the potential of Public Administration to go forth with the necessary structural changes through the introduction of new technologies is the key for the economic and administrative convergence of Greece towards the developed countries of the European Union. He also added that the reinforcement of competitiveness is a survival term of the Greek society and economy, while he described the electronic administration as "a valuable reform tool of Public Administration."

    The State Against Bureaucracy

    Prokopis Pavlopoulos presented the main points for the decrease of bureaucracy and spoke specifically about the program entitled "Politeia," which, as he stated, includes the following sections of intervention:

    1. The service of citizens and business; the improvement of providing goods and services to the citizens and business, fulfilment of citizens and businesses needs, and the reinforcement of transparency, amends of the relations between the citizens and the state, reinforcement of impartiality and the service of citizens with equality issues. 2. New systems of organization and administration that concern the introduction of rules of modern management in the Public Sector, with the establishment of ineffectiveness indicators, the introduction of ISO systems and the application of total quality systems as its main aims. 3. Electronic administration; the introduction of new technologies in order for the current Public Administration to transform into an electronic form, aimed at the better and friendlier service of the citizens and business. In the specific context, a series of programmes are being materialized and specifically "Syzefksis" which will put PA on the Internet allowing, among others, the exchange of data in greater speeds and teleconferences, the electronic authentification of citizens and businesses in order to make their transactions with the Public Sector electronically, the support of small-middle sized companies in a central and regional level for the creation of appropriate digital infrastructure through the programme ME.TE.XO., and the reinforcement of KEP. 4. The reinforcement of manpower with a rational programming of human resources, with education and skills, planning of a new and objective evaluation system of Public Sector employees. 5. Transparency and values of a good administration aimed at the improvement of the credibility of the Public Administration and the participation of citizens in decision-making. 6. Management of natural disasters; advancement of a steering role of the Civil Protection Authority through the improvement of partnership of the involved bodies aimed at the increase of citizens trust to the disaster management unit. Mr Pavlopoulos stated that the government is going forth to the creation of an information support system of the Civil Protection Authority and a system of an early warning system. 7. Technical support.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [13] Investigating the Involvement of Greek Citizens Prosecutor Investigates Srebrenica Massacre

    29 Jun 2005 16:34:00

    By Athina Saloustrou

    The First Instance Prosecution is investigating the event of Greek citizens involvement in the massacre in Srebrenica on July 1995. The investigation, which was made known a few days ago in an interview by the Minister of Justice Anastasis Papaligouras, was ordered in the beginning of the month from the Chief of the First Instance Prosecution Dimitris Papagelopoulos. The Prosecutor intervened in the issue after Press articles and a relative question were submitted by MP Andreas Andrianopoulos in Parliament, who asked the forming of a special Parliamentary Committee for the investigation of an possible involvement of Greek paramilitary in the execution of thousands of Muslim Serbs in the area of Srebrenica in Bosnia. Recently, Mr Papaligouras had stated in Parliament that it is possible that Greek citizens took part in the Srebrenica massacre, but ruled out the event that they belonged to Greek Armed Forces, a fact that was denied by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Giorgos Koumoutsakos, "Even if there were Greeks involved in paramilitary action something it is condemned as by the government and from the people of Greece," stated Mr Koumoutsakos.

    On the Occasion of the Video In Question

    The issue of the Srebrenica Massacre came into the forefront from Andreas Andrianopoulos, since a video was aired in the beginning of June, which was broadcast in the International Court in the trial of former President of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic. In the video, Serb paramilitary forces are seen executing Muslims in Srebrenica.

    Mr Papagelopoulos has assigned the preliminary investigation to the First Instance Prosecutor, Athina Theodoropoulou, who received the order to study every fact of the case and to conclude if in any way Greek citizens are involved in the massacre.

    The verdict of the investigation, which is expected to last a while, and in which Mr Andrianopoulos is expected to testify, will depend on the course of the case, since if Greek citizens involved in the issue are found, and the degree of participation is determined, their committal to the Greek Justice or the International Court has to be clarified.

    However, according to Mr Koumoutsakos a demand of contribution has not been made from the side of the relative authorities of Bosnia-Herzegovina, which are conducting investigations, while as he stated the authority that can rule the participation or not of Greek citizens in the massacre is "only the Greek Justice which has already taken up the matter."

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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    [14] As of 1 July New Bus Routes

    29 Jun 2005 14:17:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    Sources:

    Three new bus routes will be included in OASAs bus schedule as of Friday 1 July, in order to better serve the inhabitants of Athenss eastern suburbs. Specifically these are: 310 (Koropi Suburban Railway Station Peania - End of Attiki Odos), 307 (Doukissis Plakentias Metro Station - Glyka Nera - Kantza Suburban Railway Station) and 306 (Doukissis Plakentias Metro Station Gargyttos - Gerakas). Furthermore, the bus routes Akadimias - Galatsi and Akadimia - Zografou Cemetery will join up to form the route Galatsi - Akadimia - Zografou Cemetery.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

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