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FYROM STRATEGY

FM and PM discuss stance on name, Molyviatis to brief opposition leaders Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis and Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis discussed the government’s stance on the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) following the Balkan state’s formal recognition by the USA last week as the «Republic of Macedonia.» Molyviatis said yesterday that he will also discuss the matter in separate meetings with opposition party leaders on Thursday. Tomorrow, the minister will brief Parliament’s foreign policy and defense committee. GAMES BILL Final figure due within days Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis will announce the final sum regarding the total cost of the Olympic Games in the next few days, government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos said yesterday. The figure is expected to well exceed 7 billion euros. Rewriting history President Costis Stephanopoulos yesterday called for a rewriting of Greek history books, with the removal of «certain exaggerations that we do not need today.» The president cited as an example references to Byzantine Emperor Basil II (976-1025), who conquered Bulgaria for the Empire and «whom Greeks continue to refer to as the Bulgar-Slayer.» Track death A 27-year-old construction firm worker was killed yesterday morning when he fell under a train while trying to set up phone cables above the tracks of the Athens-Piraeus electric railway (ISAP) near Maroussi station. A workers’ representative on ISAP’s managing board said the victim, Alexandros Alevizatos, not been properly trained, adding that such jobs should be carried out at night when trains are not running. Job program A new Culture Ministry funding program aims to offer training and work experience to hundreds of unemployed skilled laborers, archaeologists and conservators by the end of January, Deputy Culture Minister Petros Tatoulis said yesterday. The program will also offer jobs for young people in theaters and municipal art studios. A total of 32.7 million euros is to be invested in the program, which will provide 6,000 people with jobs lasting between nine and 12 months, Tatoulis said. Bus lanes Traffic police yesterday launched a crackdown on Athens bus lane violations, issuing fines of 83 euros each to dozens of car and taxi drivers. Today, tow trucks are to move into action, removing any vehicles parked in spots obstructing bus routes. The crackdown is to be boosted by the use of surveillance cameras. Vicious rape A 12-year-old girl was in hospital and her 33-year-old mother in severe shock after they were both raped by the same man in the Athenian district of Galatsi on Sunday night, police said yesterday. The rapist, wielding a screwdriver, had stopped the mother and child in the street and taken them to the ground floor of a nearby building where he raped the mother, police said. He had then tied the mother up before raping the daughter on the second floor, according to police. Embassy closed The US Embassy in Athens, including the consular section, the US Consulate-General in Thessaloniki and all US government offices across the country will be closed on Thursday in observance of Veterans’ Day, an official US national holiday. Migrants detained Coast guards on Lesvos yesterday detained two illegal immigrants who had reached the island in an inflatable dinghy from neighboring Turkey. On Sunday, officials on Kos detained five would-be migrants who had also reached the island from Turkey, in a small boat.