A worker is dwarfed by the giant tunneling machine…

A worker is dwarfed by the giant tunneling machine as it breaks through the last bit of earth to enter the future Nomismatokopeio Station yesterday on the line being built from Ethniki Amynas at Papagou to the Stavros interchange in Aghia Paraskevi. The 5.9-kilometer (3.7-mile) line, which is proceeding two days ahead of schedule, is to be ready before the Athens 2004 Olympics. Stations in between will be ready from 2005. «We have to ask whether it is wise at this juncture to state clearly that Cyprus will be in the next wave (of enlargement),» Reuters quoted the diplomat as saying. «We don’t want to do anything to create turbulence in Turkey on the eve of their election… The timing (of the Brussels summit) would argue in favor of less specific language on Cyprus, he said. «It would surely be wise to remove any pressure on the two sides (the Greek and Turkish Cypriots) as they seek a solution.»

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