NEWS

This Week

MONDAY The European Commission, in cooperation with Greece’s Finance Ministry, holds a conference on «Europe-Mediterranean-Euro.» European Monetary Affairs Commissioner Pedro Solbes will attend. At the Intercontinental Hotel. To February 4. For further information, tel 210.727.2100. Foreign Minister George Papandreou visits Aman, Jordan, as part of his Middle East tour. He is expected to meet with his counterpart Marwan Muasher and King Abdallah II. Employees working at State Vehicle Inspection Centers (KTEO) stage a work stoppage from 11 a.m. to the end of their shift. Prime Minister Costas Simitis chairs a meeting with Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos, Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis and Athens 2004 President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki to discuss the finances of the Olympic Games and the Olympic project budget. The Cyprus Action Network holds a joint demonstration opposite the UN headquarters in New York of Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot students in favor of UN efforts to establish peace on Cyprus. From 11 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. TUESDAY Foreign Minister George Papandreou visits Saudi Arabia. He is to meet with King Fahd and Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal. Parliament to discuss corruption in the public sector. Officers of the Greek Peacekeeping Force in Kosovo to be honored at a ceremony at the French Embassy. WEDNESDAY Foreign Minister George Papandreou to attend the UN Security Council meeting on Iraq, in New York. He is expected to have talks with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and US Secretary of State Colin Powell. Greece’s most wanted criminal, Costas Passaris, to be sentenced in Bucharest for the murder of two employees during an armed robbery at a Romanian foreign exchange shop. THURSDAY The Center for Mediterranean and Middle East Studies of Athens’s Panteion University holds a debate on «The Peace Process in the Middle East after the Israeli Elections.» Israeli Ambassador David Sason and Palestinian Ambassador Abdalah Abdalah to attend. At the International Relations Foundation (IDIS), in Plaka. SATURDAY Western Greece’s Institute for Development (INADE) holds a conference in Kalamata on «Tourism Development and Promotion of Western Greece – Perspectives for the Messinia Prefecture.» Deputy Interior Minister Stavros Benos and General Secretary of Tourism Dimitris Georgarakis to attend. For further information, tel 210.339.2500. The UK-based Refugee Organization, in cooperation with Pan-Cypriot Citizens Movement, holds a conference on «The Annan Plan and its Impact on the Cyprus Issue.» At Filoxenia Conference Center, Nicosia, Cyprus. For further information, tel 00357.994.39019.