NEWS

This Week

MONDAY Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot delegations are expected to discuss how to deal with the investigation into the fate of those who went missing during the Turkish invasion of 1974. – Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos holds a news conference on preparations for the Athens 2004 Olympics. – Archbishop of America Demetrios, who arrived in Athens on Saturday, meets Parliament Speaker Apostolos Kaklamanis and Foreign Minister George Papandreou. – The Teachers’ Federation will meet to discuss future strike action in protest at the new bill on education. – Winter sales go into effect, until February 28. – Fund-raising concert for the women of Afghanistan,organized by the Athens Feminist Center, will feature Nena Venetsanou, Savina Yannatou, Aliki Kagialoglou, Lamia Bedioui, Mariza Koch. At the Sfendona Club (22 Alexandras Ave, Pedion tou Areos, tel 825 3991-2). Admission 4,000 drachmas. Starts at 9 p.m. No bookings. – The National Book Center to hold a conference on «Greek Literature after Frankfurt: Account and Dynamics.» TUESDAY Government Council on Foreign Policy and Defense (KYSEA) meets to discuss arms procurements and final plans for the deployment of Greek troops in Afghanistan. – Greek and Turkish delegations meet with Eurocontrol, the European air traffic control agency, in an effort to end an impasse over Ankara’s objections to two air corridors in the Athens Flight Information Region. – High-school teachers to stage a three-hour work stoppage demanding the withdrawal of the bill on education presented to Parliament last week. They will stage rallies outside the Education Ministry in Athens and in Eleftherios Venizelos Sq. in Thessaloniki. – Primary school teachers have called a 24-hour strike in protest at the new education bill. WEDNESDAY Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash will start direct negotiations for a comprehensive settlement on Cyprus issue in Nicosia. UN envoy Alvaro de Soto will attend. FRIDAY Labor and Social Security Minister Dimitris Reppas attends meeting of EU employment and social welfare ministers in Burgos, Spain. – Thessaloniki: Turkish Fashion opens its doors at the Helexpo fairground in Thessaloniki. To Sunday. SATURDAY EU agricultural ministers meet. Greece’s Giorgos Drys to ask for additional funding for farmers following the damage they suffered in last weekend’s heavy snowfall. – The regional School Teachers’ Federation to hold a general meeting to decide on further protest action against the new education bill.