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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2004-02-02

Macedonian Press Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, February 2, 2004

SECTIONS

  • [A] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] DECISIVE DEVELOPMENTS
  • [02] SUPPORT TO FIGHTING DRUG ADDICTION
  • [03] YES TO RADICAL CHANGES
  • [04] MEDIUM AND SMALL FARMS THE "VICTIMS"
  • [05] AN ATTACK ON THE RULE OF TWO PARTIES
  • [06] KARAMANLIS MET WITH BOUTROS-GHALI
  • [07] THE GOV'T SPOKESMAN ON THE "DER SPIEGEL" REPORT
  • [08] MARGINAL GAINS IN THE ASE
  • [09] THE JOBLESS SHOW MISTRUST TOWARD POLITICAL PARTIES
  • [10] THE ND LEADER ADDRESSED YOUNG VOTERS
  • [11] TSOCHATZOPOULOS WILL SUE "DER SPIEGEL"
  • [12] MEASURES FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED BUSINESSES
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [13] MAGRIOTIS IN CYPRUS NEWS IN DETAILS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] DECISIVE DEVELOPMENTS Decisive developments will be taking place in the two major parties this week, in the final sprint to the March 7 elections. In PASOK an emergency Conference is expected, the works of which will start on Friday and will be concluded on Sunday with the el ection of Giorgos Papandreou to the party's presidency. At the same time, ND officials are preparing the financial program, to be presented by Mr. Karamanlis on Tuesday.
  • [02] SUPPORT TO FIGHTING DRUG ADDICTION The need to create more curing communities and the organization of more, publicly funded, vocational training programs for people who have been cured of their addiction, was stressed by President of New Democracy Costas Karamanlis, who visited the "Parem vasi" addiction curing community in Rafina. Mr. Karamanlis was in favor of providing motivation to companies for the hiring of individuals who have been cured of their addiction, underlining that the problem with drugs is enormous and that responsibilitie s for it burden both state and country, and society.
  • [03] YES TO RADICAL CHANGES Radical changes to the state and the security network for the protection of the weak were announced by Foreign Minister and PASOK candidate President, Giorgos Papandreou, who stressed the issue of work for the unemployed youth. Just a few days before the

    PASOK's conference, in discussions with the journalists accompanying him on his five-day tour, Mr. Papandreou appeared to be determined on carrying out radical changes within PASOK and the political system, and stated that he was ready to honor his polit ical history and succeed in the mission he has undertaken.

  • [04] MEDIUM AND SMALL FARMS THE "VICTIMS" A full frontal attack on the government's agricultural policy was launched by KKE Secretary General Aleka Papariga, during her speech in Thessaloniki, in which she stressed that small and medium farms are among the victims of the policy. In a press confe rence she held during her visit to the Agrotica exhibit (in the facilities of the TIF), Mrs. Papariga made mention of a desertion of rural areas, an extermination of small homes at a rate of 2% per year, and the concentration of land and production to ver y few individuals. She also accused PASOK, ND and the Coalition on their positions during the farmers' mobilizations.
  • [05] AN ATTACK ON THE RULE OF TWO PARTIES An attack was made on bipartism by President of the Coalition of the Left and Nikos Constantopoulos and Head of the "Coalition of the Radical Left - Union Ballot", Nikos Constantopoulos, speaking in Colonos last Sunday. He also asked for the strengthenin g of the Coalition of the Radical Left, as an act of support to democratic pluralism in society and in parliament, and that a "decisive step (be made) in order to change associations and policies that have seated themselves on our country's political syst em and are oppressing it".
  • [06] KARAMANLIS MET WITH BOUTROS-GHALI Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis met with former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali at his party's central offices in Athens today.

    After the meeting, Mr. Karamanlis stated that they had a very interesting discussion with Mr. Boutros-Ghali characterizing him as an old friend of Greece.

    He said that they discussed a number of issues, among them, the need for a concrete Mediterranean policy on behalf of the EU as well as, issues concerning the Middle East and Cyprus. Mr. Karamanlis stated that Mr. Bouitros-Ghali had handled the Cyprus is sue for many years and made many efforts for the solution of the political problem on the island.

    Mr. Karamanlis invited Mr. Boutros-Ghali attend the Athens Olympic Games in August.

  • [07] THE GOV'T SPOKESMAN ON THE "DER SPIEGEL" REPORT Totally unfounded was characterized by Greek government spokesman Christos Protopapas the reference made by the German magazine "Der Spiegel" on irregularities reported in the purchase of the "Leopard" armored tanks. Mr. Protopapas added that there is no

    evidence backing the news report. He added that everything took place in total openness in accordance with the existing regulations urging those who have evidence to the opposite to present it to justice.

    However, the government spokesman stated that there is an attempt to create a climate of scandal-talk and added that those attempting to revive the 1989 climate will not succeed and will be led to a dead end.

  • [08] MARGINAL GAINS IN THE ASE Marginal gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index rose to +0.10% at 2435.11 points, while the volume of transactions was at 140.1 million euros.

    Of the stocks trading today, 135 had gains and 149 had losses, while the value of 99 stocks remained unchanged.

  • [09] THE JOBLESS SHOW MISTRUST TOWARD POLITICAL PARTIES The jobless in Greece display mistrust toward political parties and 42.7% believe that no political party can deal effectively with the problem of unemployment, while 23.6% of them state that they have not decided yet which party they will back in the Pa rliamentary elections of March 7.

    Indicative of the dominating climate are the conclusions of a research conducted by the "Interview" polling company on behalf of the newspaper "Thessaloniki" on a sample of 500 jobless.

    Responding to the question which party can more effectively deal with the problem of unemployment, 17.8% backed the right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy, and 15.1% the governing Socialist Party of PASOK, while 42.7% responded that no politic al party can deal effectively with the problem. A 10.4% of those questioned responded that another political party could find answers to the problem.

    Of those questioned, 45.4% responded that they are jobless for more than a year, 47.3% believe that privatization will create new job positions, while 64.1% stated that the reduction of the employers' contribution to the Social Security Fund could help l imit unemployment.

  • [10] THE ND LEADER ADDRESSED YOUNG VOTERS Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis addressed young voters in Kallithea, Athens and presented his party's positions on the problem of unemployment, the upgrading of education, the use of new technologies and the sup port of young men and women in the job market.

    Referring to the problem of unemployment, Mr. Karamanlis pledged to promote a new economic policy for a speedier and more dynamic development, accompanied by measures for the support of the unemployed.

    Speaking about education, Mr. Karamanlis stated that the basic goal of New Democracy is the upgrading of public universities, the founding of non-state, non-profit universities, the upgrading of technological education and the evaluation of educational p rograms of studies and books.

    He also referred to the changes he intends to make in the armed forces, their structure and operation, aimed among others, at reducing the military service time to gradually drop to 6 months starting in 2005.

  • [11] TSOCHATZOPOULOS WILL SUE "DER SPIEGEL" Greek Minister of Development Akis Tsochatzopoulos will sue the German magazine "Der Spiegel" for libel in response to yesterday's news report on irregularities in the purchase of the "Leopard" armored tanks when he was Minister of Defense. The news repo rt insinuated that those responsible were bribed in order to purchase the "Leopard" armored tanks.

    Mr. Tsochatzopoulos stated that he intends to bring his case before the German Justice because the news report includes arbitrary and unfounded references to his name, hurting him and the government's institutional procedures of operation as well as the Greek armed forces.

  • [12] MEASURES FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED BUSINESSES Measures for the small and medium sized businesses were announced today by governing Socialist Party of PASOK future president Giorgos Papandreou speaking in Athens.

    The measures include, among others, taxation cuts by 5% for small and medium sized businesses, taxation cuts for urban and rural co-operatives and simplification of the taxation situation for small and medium sized businesses.

    Mr. Papandreou also referred to the scandal-talk of the past few days, stressing that it is an obstacle to the country's economic development.

    He underlined that the economic policy that will be followed by PASOK will be based on high development rates, attraction of foreign investments, lowering of unemployment and strengthening of the competitiveness of the Greek economy.

  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [13] MAGRIOTIS IN CYPRUS Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Yiannis Magriotis spoke yesterday at an event organized by KISSOS-EDEK and the prefecture committee of PASOK in Limassol on the issue entitled: "Cyprus of Europe, Cyprus of Future".

    During his speech Mr. Magriotis noted, among others :

    "Cyprus's accession into the EU is positive evidence of the legitimate policies followed by the governments of Greece and Cyprus. Until yesterday, we spoke of national wounds and problems and today we have national successes. The future of the security a nd prosperity of Cyprus is within Europe. Cyprus should be integrated into all European institutions."

    Answering journalist questions regarding the latest mobility of the Cyprus issue, Mr. Magriotis called the Turkish side to stop its ambiguous statements and to commit in order to solve the political problem of the island, while he also noted that the Gre ek and Cypriot side should continue the same policy.

    "George Papandreou, who began this policy, is the person who, as Prime Minister in 2004, could seal the course for the solution of the political problem of Cyprus," concluded Mr. Magriotis.

    Earlier the deputy Foreign Minister met with the Justice and Public Order Minister of Cyprus, Mr. Doros Theodorou, and discussed the problems of the repatriates and their integration procedure in the society of Cyprus among other issues.

    Tomorrow Mr. Magriotis will hold meetings with Interior Minister Mr. Christou and the parliament President Mr. Christofias, as well as with the leaderships of other political parties.


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