This Week

MONDAY Prime Minister Costas Simitis chairs a meeting of his ministers of foreign affairs, defense and others ahead of his visit to the USA this week. -Captain and first mate of the Express Samina ferry which sank in September 2000 near the island of Paros, with the loss of 80 lives, to testify before investigating judge in Syros. TUESDAY Prime Minister Costas Simitis leaves for an official visit to the USA. He will meet President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The PM will also visit to «ground zero,» escorted by Rudolph Giuliani, the former mayor of NYC. To January 12 -Giorgos Skiadopoulos appeal against life sentence for murder of Julie Scully in Komotini. He murdered her on 7-8 January 1999. -Trial of pilot and copilot of plane on which Yiannos Kranidiotis and another six people died. In Athens. WEDNESDAY Prime Minister Costas Simitis meets with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in New York. Talks will focus on the Cyprus problem. Simitis will also meet with Archbishop of America Demetrios. THURSDAY Prime Minister Costas Simitis meets with President Bush at the White House. Talks will focus on the nascent European rapid reaction force, the Cyprus problem, the war on terrorism, the 2004 Olympics and other issues. -National Statistics Service to announce December’s CPI. FRIDAY Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios pays a four-day visit to Iran following an invitation from the government. Vartholomaios will meet with the leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Mohammad Khatami and other top government officials. To January 14. SATURDAY Archbishop of America Demetrios arrives in Athens on a seven-day official visit at the invitation of the Greek government.

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