NEWS

This Week

Monday School year begins. Government Council on Foreign Policy and Defense (KYSEA) meets to appoint a new chief of the air force staff. President Costis Stephanopoulos attends session of Youth Parliament. Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis to attend EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, which is expected to discuss regulations for EU trade with Turkish Cypriots. To Tuesday. Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios and Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis to attend an assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on «Racism and Xenophobia» in Brussels. Track coach Christos Tzekos to testify before prosecutors Spyros Mouzakitis and Athena Theodoropoulos over the circumstances of star sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou missing a doping test and withdrawing from the Athens Olympics. Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga visits Thessaloniki International Fair. Athens-Piraeus provincial government and Greek Paralympic Committee present program of events to accompany the Paralympic Games. Paralympic Torch relay visits Loutsa, Pallini, Rafina, Nea Makri and Marathon. Tuesday Left-wing and human rights activists to demonstrate outside Korydallos Prison in show of support for November 17 terrorist gang member Vassilis Tzortzatos, who has been on hunger strike for a month. Paralympic Torch relay visits Stamata, Drosia, Ekali, Nea Erythraia, Kifissia, Maroussi, Pefki, Lykovryssi, Metamorphosis and Acharnes. Wednesday Albanian Foreign Minister Kastriot Islami due in Athens for talks with his Greek counterpart Petros Molyviatis. They are likely to discuss violent clashes between Greek and Albanian soccer fans after the Sept. 4 World Cup qualifying match. Left Coalition Party (Synaspismos) leader Nikos Constantopoulos visits Thessaloniki International Fair. Paralympic Torch relay visits Zephyri, Ano Liosia, Kamatero, Ilion, Aghious Anargyrous, Petroupolis, Peristeri and Megara. Thursday Defense Minister Spilios Spiliotopoulos to attend informal EU defense ministers meeting in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. To Friday. Paralympic Torch relay visits Nea Peramos, Mandra, Magoula, Elefsina, Keratsini, and Piraeus. Friday Paralympic opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium. Torch relay visits Aghios Ioannis Rendi, Nikaia, Korydallos, Aghia Varvara, Haidari and Aegaleo before entering Olympic Stadium. Socialist International to meet in Athens. International academic conference on emigration from island of Kythera, organized by Kythera’s Open Free University and Athens University. To Sunday. Tel. 210.368.8488. Saturday PASOK leader George Papandreou pays a two-day visit to Thessaloniki for the International Fair. «Crete 2004 – Land and Culture» is the theme of a two-day event to be held at the Mediterranean and Development Center of Crete, organized jointly by the municipalities of Hania prefecture. To Sunday.