NEWS

This Week

Monday Foreign Minister George Papandreou visits the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania as part of Greece’s presidency of the European Union. In Albania, he will be accompanied by the EU foreign and security affairs chief Javier Solana and External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten. He is expected to have talks with his Albanian counterpart Ilir Meta and Prime Minister Fatos Nano. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s envoy Alvaro de Soto visits Cyprus to resume mediation of talks on the UN plan. Winter sales begin. To February 28. Amnesty International to present a memorandum calling on the Greek government to give high priority to human rights during its EU presidency. At the Athens journalists’ association (ESIEA) hall, 20 Academias Street, at 11.30 a.m. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge and the chairman of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for Athens, Denis Oswald, arrive in Athens. To Wednesday. Roadwork on the Pharos part of Kifissias Avenue in Psychico are to cause further detours in the area from today until early February. Tuesday Turkish-Cypriot opposition parties, unions and organizations are to hold a demonstration in the Turkish-held part of Nicosia demanding that their leader, Rauf Denktash, accept the UN peace proposal by Feb. 28. IOC President Jacques Rogge, Coordination Commission Chairman Denis Oswald and the President of Athens 2004 Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki to visit Olympic installations. The Foreign Press Association will host a luncheon in honor of Rogge and Angelopoulos-Daskalaki at the Caravel Hotel, at 1.00 p.m. Foreign Minister Papandreou visits Yugoslavia and Croatia. Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Greece organizes a seminar for journalists on «Refugees in Greece and the EU in view of Greece’s EU Presidency.» At its premises, 23 Taygetou St, Palaio Psychico. Tel 210.675.6801. Wednesday Official presentation of the Olympic Flame, to be attended by IOC President Jacques Rogge, at the Athens 2004 headquarters at Nea Ionia. Prime Minister Costas Simitis to present the Greek EU presidency program at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Foreign Minister Papandreou visits Sarajevo to attend the official ceremony marking the EU’s assumption of the International Police Force in Bosnia. Foreign Press Association holds its annual general meeting. Thursday Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyianni to visit Cyprus. UN envoy Alvaro de Soto due in Athens for talks with PM Simitis and Foreign Minister Papandreou. US State Department Special Coordinator for Cyprus Tom Weston is also due in Athens. EU foreign and security policy chief Javier Solana visits Athens. NATO Secretary-General Lord Robertson visits Athens. Friday Municipal employees stage a 24-hour strike. European commissioners Solana and Patten and Foreign Minister Papandreou to meet with Indian government officials in Athens. Athens Economic University holds seminar on «The Economic Dimension of Mass Media.» At the university’s Antoniadou Amphitheater, at 11 a.m. Tel. 210.823.7361. Saturday Athens garbage collectors stage a 48-hour strike for more pay. German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer is due in Athens for talks with Foreign Minister Papandreou on the future of Europe and the EU’s institutional reforms.