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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 04-11-19
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 THESSALONIKI'S 45TH FILM FESTIVAL OPENS TODAYThessaloniki, 19 November 2004 (14:12 UTC+2)
Thessaloniki's 45th Film Festival opens today while the formal opening will take place tomorrow with Alejandro Amenabar's picture The Sea Within.
A total of 186 films will be screened in the festival that will last until November 28 and according to Film Festival Director Michel Dimopoulos, this is one of the richest programs ever prepared with great variety and innovation.
The foreign pictures competing in the festival are human-centered stories of antiheroes who try to survive under adverse conditions, while great names of the Greek and international cinema will be honored with presentations, retrospectives and special nights among them, Isabelle Huppert, who will be the formal guest and Greek screenwriter Iakovos Kampanelis, who has signed many firm scenarios.
 ARCHBISHOP CHRISTODOULOS' LETTER TO EU LEADERSAthens, 19 November 2004 (18:28 UTC+2)
Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece expressed his concern about the world that is being formed with total demerit toward objectivity and truth in a letter addressed to EU heads of state and the heads of Christian Churches on the issue of the FYROM name.
Archbishop Christodoulos stressed that the use of the name "Macedonia" by FYROM is more than a simple and innocent cultural misappropriation, pointing out that the cultural aspect of the issue is a permanent cause of passion stirring while he also referred to the occupation by Greece's neighbors of part of the Greek Macedonia during both World Wars.
He also mentions that the history of southeastern Europe has been colored by the harboring of insatiable irredentism that often led to armed conflicts not limited to the area in question. Specifically on FYROM, he pointed out that irredentism appears at two levels, the Slav and the Albanian, and for this reason is regarded more explosive.
Therefore, mentioned the Archbishop, the Greeks believe that the recognition of the neighboring to Greece FYROM under the name "Macedonia" does not serve any Balkan state because it raises the temperature on tension and suspicion in the region, while it appears to vindicate all those who build their history with stolen material and rewards all those who keep the spark of disorder and permanent instability burning in a crucial region for Europe and in times of constant tension.
The Archbishop also reminded the support offered by Greece to FYROM since the first moment of the country's founding and the encouragement of bilateral cooperation.
 KARAMANLIS: THE POLICIES OF FACTITIOUS BEAUTIFICATION ARE ABANDONEDAthens, 19 November 2004 (17:29 UTC+2)
Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis presented the moves the Greek government will make in the sector of the economy speaking in a symposium organized in Athens today by the economic university City of London in cooperation with an international maritime research center.
Mr. Karamanlis spoke about a realistic plan of mild fiscal adjustment with a social sensitivity as well as about reforms without extremities and surprise moves.
He said that until now there was failure in Greece's economic goals, which occupied one of the last places in the EU while the competitiveness of the economy recorded a constant drop. The result, according to the Prime Minister, was the creation of a serious fiscal problem, public deficit increase and new hidden debts.
Referring to the government tactic, he underlined that the policies of factitious beautification are abandoned permanently, the fiscal problem is acknowledged and an effective reform plan is implemented in public finances.
 LOSSES IN THE ASEAthens, 19 November 2004 (16:58 UTC+2)
Losses were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index dropped to -0.34% at 2623.16 points, while the volume of transactions was satisfactory at 166,7 million euros.
Of the stocks trading today, 117 had gains and 177 had losses, while the value of 125 stocks remained unchanged.
 THE ACTING GOV'T SPOKESMAN ON BUSH'S LETTER TO KARAMANLISAthens, 19 November 2004 (15:46 UTC+2)
Acting government spokesman Vangelis Antonaros referred to the letter US President George Bush sent to Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis.
He commented that the letter strengthens the Greek negotiating position because the US side as well is in favor of a solution to the FYROM name issue through UN negotiations.
Asked to comment whether the Prime Minister was briefed during his visit to the United States last May by US President Bush on the US intentions concerning the possibility to recognize FYROM under the name Republic of Macedonia, he responded negatively saying that the government had no information on the issue.
To the question if the Prime Minister feels insulted because he was not briefed on the US intentions, Mr. Antonaros responded negatively.
On the statement by the Albanian President on a likely recognition of FYROM by Tirana under the name Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Antonaros stated that the actions made by states are judged after they are made adding that he does not comment on intentions.
Responding to relevant questions, he reiterated that the government position is that the issue of the FYROM name must be resolved with a mutually acceptable name through the UN process.
 ANTONAROS ON THE GUL STATEMENTSAthens, 19 November 2004 (14:58 UTC+2)
Acting government spokesman Vangelis Antonaros, commenting on the statements made by Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul according to which, Turkey refuses to recognize the Cypriot Republic, stated that the non recognition of an EU member state by a candidate EU member is absurd politically and institutionally and cannot exist in Europe.
Asked to comment on the continuous Greek airspace violations by Turkish fighter jets and what Greece intends to do in response to this stance adopted by Ankara, Mr. Antonaros refused to comment saying characteristically that a negotiation practice is in progress in view of the December 17 EU Summit meeting and therefore, he will not enter any discussion.
Finally, he reminded that the violations by the Turkish Air Force in the Aegean are limited compared to last year.
 THE ACTING GOV'T SPOKESMAN ON THE INCIDENT IN ECHINOSAthens, 19 November 2004 (14:40 UTC+2)
Acting government spokesman Vangelis Antonaros confirmed that the Turkish government has asked for information from Greece on the incident in Echinos, northeastern Greece that took place during the shooting of a Greek television series.
Mr. Antonaros reiterated that it was an isolated incident without political dimensions.
He also pointed out that the request for information does not constitute an intervention in Greece's internal affairs.