NEWS

This Week

Monday Prime Minister Costas Simitis to visit the Olympic table-tennis and gymnastics installations at Galatsi at 11.30 a.m. Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson to visit Athens. He is expected to meet with PASOK leader George Papandreou. Former Foreign Minister George Papandreou to hand over Foreign Ministry to Tassos Yiannitsis, the former Alternate Foreign Minister, at the ministry at 10 a.m. Papandreou to speak at election rally in Iraklion, Crete, at 7.30 p.m. New Democracy leader Costas Karamanlis visits manpower organization OAED offices on Pireos Street, at 9.30 a.m. At 10.15 a.m. he will visit home for disabled elderly on Skouze hill. Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga to hold news conference on the Cyprus issue at the Titania Hotel at 11 a.m. Synaspismos Left Coalition leader Nikos Constantopoulos to hold news conference on issue of parties’ air time during election period, at Zappeion Mansion, 12.45 p.m. US Embassy and consulates in Athens and Thessaloniki will remain closed today in observance of President’s Day. Tuesday PASOK Euro MP Anna Karamanou organizes conference on «Building Bridges of Peace in the Balkans: The European Prospect.» Former Bosnian Prime Minister Haris Silajdzic will be the keynote speaker. At the Zappeion Mansion. Tel 210.777.5223 or www.karamanou.gr. The Association for a Modern Society (OPEK) organizes a conference on «A Political System in Transition.» Foreign Minister Tassos Yiannitsis will speak. At the Foreign Ministry amphitheatre. Tel 210.362.5295. Police, coastguard and fire service officers in Hania, Crete, hold a demonstration in uniform, in demand that their work be classified as hazardous. Wednesday European People’s Party meets in Athens. European Commissioner Loyola de Palacio, the EPP president Wilfred Martens and New Democracy leader Costas Karamanlis to attend. To Thursday. 14 FINA Diving World Cup, a test event for the Athens Olympics, begins at the Olympic Aquatic Center. To Sunday. Thursday President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to resume talks on UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s plan for Cyprus reunification, in Nicosia. Annan’s special envoy, Alvaro de Soto, will be mediating. Sunday German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to visit Turkey. Cyprus will be high on the agenda of talks.