NEWS

This Week

MONDAY The US State Department’s coordinator for Cyprus, Thomas Weston, and British mediator Lord Hannary are in Nicosia for talks with Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash. Police begin crackdown on pedestrians crossing streets illegally begins today. From now until September 10, violators will receive a warning. After that, they will receive a 16-euro fine. The US Embassy in Athens, including the Consular Section, the US Consulate General in Thessaloniki, and all US government offices in Greece will be closed today in observance of Labor Day. A two-day international conference on «Prose in Southeast Europe Today» begins on the island of Rhodes, organized by the Society of Writers and the International Writers and Translators Center of Rhodes. Some 30 leading Balkan writers are expected to attend. To Tuesday. The Athens-Piraeus Electric Railway (ISAP) has announced that its stations in the suburbs of Kallithea and Moschato will be closed today due to construction work. TUESDAY The Institute of Consumer Protection (INKA) has called for a one-day boycott of goods and services by all consumers in protest of rising prices in consumer goods since the introduction of the euro this year. Unions are to stage a protest rally at Kotzia Square in central Athens at 7 p.m. as well as in other major cities. Athens street markets begin a 48-hour strike in protest at consumer boycott. To Wednesday. The US State Department’s coordinator for Cyprus, Thomas Weston, arrives in Athens for talks with government officials. THURSDAY The National Hellenic Research Foundation and Delphi Society hold the 2nd International Multidisciplinary Delphi Conference, titled «Ecological Dynamics and Human Nature – The Risk of Mass Extinction of Life on the Planet.» The conference will be held in Delphi and will be attended by leading scholars from Greece, USA and Europe. FRIDAY UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to meet with Cypriot President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, in Paris. National Economy and Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis travels to Copenhagen for an informal meeting of EU economy and finance ministers. To Saturday. SATURDAY Agriculture Minister Giorgos Drys travels to Nyborg, Denmark, for an informal meeting of EU agricultural and fishing ministers. To Tuesday.