This Week

The United Nations secretary-general’s special envoy for Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, visits Athens. -Prime Minister Costas Simitis to meet with Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou. Later the prime minister will visit the Foreign Ministry for the unveiling of a bust of late Alternate Foreign Minister Yiannos Kranidiotis who died in a plane accident in 1999. -Economy and Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis travels to Brussels for a meeting of EU finance and economy ministers (ECOFIN). WEDNESDAY Turkish Foreign Minister Ismael Cem arrives in Athens on an official two-day visit, during which he will hold talks with Foreign Minister George Papandreou and other top officials. Talks will focus on bilateral issues, including Cyprus. To Thursday. -Prime Minister Simitis to hold meetings with Justice Minister Philippos Petsalnikos, Archbishop Anastasios of Albania and National Economy Minister Nikos Christodoulakis. He will also visit the Athens traffic department. -The Foreign Women’s Network in Athens organizes a workshop on Foreign Women Living in Greece. It is aimed at encouraging and supporting women on employment issues. At the Goulandris-Horn Foundation in Plaka. For further details call 921.4335. THURSDAY Prime Minister Simitis to chair a Cabinet meeting. -PM Simitis to meet with Turkish Foreign Minister Cem. -Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit Mount Athos. -The Athens-based anti-globalization group Genoa Initiative 2001 organizes anti-war rallies throughout the country. The group has declared November 8 a day of action against war. Labor unions also will hold an anti-war rally at Syntagma Square in Athens.