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2004 boss, minister stress cooperation

The head of the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee (ATHOC), Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, and Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos briefed a parliamentary committee yesterday where both stressed that they were cooperating. This followed evidence of tension in recent weeks, mainly over whether ATHOC or the government was responsible for certain projects that still had to be paid for. «Sixteen months before the Games, it is too late to talk about who is responsible and who is not. What is important is that we make use of all existing forces for the sake of the Olympic preparations,» Angelopoulos-Daskalaki said. «We respect every euro of the Greek people,» Venizelos said, «There is no issue regarding my relations with Mrs Angelopoulos… Our opinions are similar on many issues.» Parliament approved a deal allowing the Karaiskaki Stadium to be refurbished in time for the Games.