NEWS

This Week

MONDAY Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash hold their first regular thrice-weekly meeting in Nicosia. – The IOC’s Coordination Commission arrives in Athens to inspect Olympics preparations. To Wednesday. – Agriculture Minister Giorgos Drys attends EU agriculture ministers meeting in Brussels. To Tuesday. – The US Embassy in Athens and all US government offices in Greece will remain closed in observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday, a US national holiday. – Prime Minister Costas Simitis to inaugurate the new administration building of the National Bank of Greece in Athens, at the corner of Aeolou and Sophocleous streets. – Professors at Thessaloniki Technical College (TEI) will stage a strike protesting at the new bill on education. – Cypriot Defense Minister Yiannakis Omirou meets with Foreign Minister George Papandreou and Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou in Athens. TUESDAY Prime Minister Simitis attends inauguration of Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov in Sofia. – National Economy and Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis attends meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels. – The Marangopoulou Foundation for Human Rights to hold a public debate on «Afghanistan and the international implications,» at 6.30 p.m. at the Athens Journalists’ Union (ESIEA) building, 20 Academias St. Sotiris Mousouris, former special UN envoy to Afghanistan, will speak. WEDNESDAY Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Pique visits Athens. Spain holds the EU’s rotating presidency. – Doctors at Social Security Foundation (IKA) hold a four-hour work stoppage demanding permanent status for those working on contract. – Trial of Panayiotis Krambis and another 10 people allegedly involved in the murder of businessman Giorgos Nikolaidis and his assistant, Soula Kalathaki. – The Greek Center for European Studies will hold a conference on «The Future of Europe and Turkey,» at 10 a.m. at Zappeion Hall. Alternate Foreign Minister Tassos Yiannitsis and Turkish diplomats and business representatives will be among the main speakers. – American anthropologist and disaster expert Susanna Hoffman is to speak on «From Earthquake to Terrorism: Confronting Disaster.» At the National Research Foundation, 48 Vas. Constantinou Ave., at 8 p.m. THURSDAY The Communist-led Committee for International Detente and Peace to hold a protest rally in support of the Palestinian cause at 6 p.m. at the old Athens University campus on Panepistimiou St. FRIDAY Albanian Prime Minister Ilir Meta in Athens for talks. SATURDAY The federation of primary school teachers (DOE) meets to discuss further strike action, demanding the withdrawal of the new bill on education.