GREECE: SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBER: Paris, 20 – The dramatic duel between Greece and Belorussia that took place at the UN over the past three weeks for the 11th temporary seat on the Security Council ended this afternoon in a victory for Greece (…) A total of 19 votes from the UN General Assembly were needed. Greece earned 39 votes, Belorussia 16, and there were four abstentions. MODERN GREEK: The long-awaited literary magazine Modern Greek has been released for the Christmas market by the publishers known for their classic poetry anthologies, I. Apostolidis and Son. The first issue includes articles by I. and R. Apostolidis, poems by Takis Papatzonis, Vassilis Rotas, Yiannis Skarbas, Nikiforos Vrettakos, G. Geralis, Nikos Focas, F. Barlas, G. Stoyiannidis, M. Katsaros, G. Paparallis, E. Carter, short stories by K. Karavias, K. Hatziargyris and foreign poetry by Federico G. Lorca, Archibald MacLeish and Ezra Pound. ALLATINI FIRE: Thessaloniki, 19 – At 12.30 a.m. last night a fire broke out on the top floor of the Allatini flour mills. (…) The fire spread rapidly (…) and the Allatini mills, which consist of a large conglomeration of buildings, were burnt to cinders. An open debate would neither bolster the image of EU leaders nor strengthen the independent role claimed by the Union on foreign policy and security issues. Furthermore, an open discussion could have an unpredictable impact on the European public. Austria and Sweden, for example, which are countries with a long tradition of neutrality have endorsed the idea of an autonomous ESDP but, in contrast to countries of the ex-Communist bloc, they have no wish to become NATO members.