NEWS

This Week

French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin pays a one-day official visit to Athens, accompanied by Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine. He is to hold talks with Prime Minister Costas Simitis and other top government officials. -Foreign Minister George Papandreou to meet with his French counterpart, Hubert Vedrine, at the Foreign Ministry at 9.50 a.m. -The Development Ministry is expected to release the number of bids that have been placed for the acquisition of 19.9 percent to 51 percent share, and the management, of the casinos on Mount Parnitha and Corfu. -Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem is in Brussels for a meeting with European Union officials to discuss his country’s accession course into the European body. -A Greek delegation attends a NATO meeting in Possouli, Italy to discuss the situation in the Balkans. -Archbishop Christodoulos who is in Yugoslavia on a seven-day official visit, is to meet with Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica and Serb Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. -Greek forces start a four-day military exercise in western Macedonia, northern Greece. The large-scale maneuvers, code-named Philippos – 2001, will include army and air force units. To Friday. -The Youth Wing of the Communist Party of Greece (KNE) organizes a rally outside the premises of television station Antenna, protesting the airing of the show Big Brother. Protesters will gather on Kifissias Avenue at 6:30 p.m., when the show is to be broadcast. TUESDAY The NATO Military Committee convenes in Budapest. The situation in the Balkan region, including the alliance’s presence in FYROM, is expected to be high on the agenda. -The secretary-general of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), Aleka Papariga will address party followers at a rally organized at Aristotelous Square, Thessaloniki, at 8:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides arrives at UN headquarters in New York, where he will hold talks with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on ways to restart a new round of proximity talks on the Cyprus issue. -A conference on Current Political Developments in the European Union and the Cyprus Issue. President Costis Stephanopoulos to attend. Foreign Minister George Papandreou and his Cypriot counterpart, Ioannis Cassoulides, will be keynote speakers. At the Divani Caravel Hotel. For further details, tel 321.7456. -A news conference on the issue German World War II reparations is held at the Old Parliament building at 7 p.m. Speakers include Yiannis Stamoulis, lawyer for the relatives of victims of the Distomo massacre, former Justice Minister G. A. Mangakis and resistance hero Manolis Glezos. FRIDAY Transport Minister Christos Verelis and Environment Minister Costas Laliotis are to travel to Louvain, Belgium for the informal meeting of EU transport and environment ministers. To Saturday. -ND leader Costas Karamanlis in Thessaloniki to attend the annual International Trade Fair. To September 16. -The youth wing of the Left Coalition (Synaspismos) organizes a festival at Protomagias Sq. To Sunday. SUNDAY Agriculture Minister Giorgos Anomeritis is to attend an informal meeting of EU agriculture ministers at Alder-Biezen, Belgium. To Tuesday.