NEWS

This Week

MONDAY US Assistant Secretary of State Marc Grossman meets with Foreign Minister George Papandreou and Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou in Athens. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s special envoy for Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, to meet with Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash’s aide Ergun Olgun. Cypriot government spokesman Michalis Papapetrou to hold news conference at the Foreign Press Association, 23 Academias St, Athens. Appeal trial of 12 British and two Dutch plane-spotters convicted of espionage and complicity in espionage begins in Kalamata. PM Costas Simitis and Athens 2004 President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki to inaugurate the Integration Test Laboratory which will test all technology involved in the Athens Olympics. Army General Staff holds a seminar on the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913. War Museum, Athens, at 8.30 a.m. Foreign Minister George Papandreou to speak on «Greece and USA: The Past, the Present and the Future of Greek-American Relations» at the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce event celebrating the chamber’s 70th birthday, at the Divani Caravel Hotel. Police begin crackdown to clear sidewalks of vehicles. TUESDAY Hospital doctors stage a four-hour work stoppage from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. demanding more pay. Employees of the Athens Bar Association hold a work stoppage from 12-3 p.m., demanding a pay increase. WEDNESDAY Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi to pay official visit. Prime Minister Simitis to visit Paris. He is expected to meet with President Jacques Chirac. To Thursday. IOC’s Coordination Commission arrives in Athens to inspect progress in the Olympics preparations. To Friday. Third Panhellenic Conference of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology opens in Iraklion, Crete. John Goodbody, the sports correspondent of The Times who has covered 15 Olympiads (nine Summer and six Winter Games) will speak on «What Every Journalist Should Know About Covering the Olympic Games.» The IOC’s press officer, Giselle Davies, will speak on «The IOC and the Mass Media.» Metropolitan Hotel, 11 a.m. Hellenic Petroleum employees to stage demonstration outside the Old Parliament in central Athens at 5.30 p.m. Olympic Airways technicians stage 8-11 a.m. work stoppage today and tomorrow in protest at the decision by OA management to suspend flights to Australia. The Marangopoulou Foundation for Human Rights and Piraeus University host a seminar on «Cyprus at the Gates of the European Union.» At the War Museum, 11.15 a.m. Among the speakers will be Cyprus’s Attorney General Alekos Markides and Parliament Speaker Dimitris Christofias. THURSDAY 19th Medical Congress of Armed Forces, organized by Greece’s chiefs of staff, opens in Thessaloniki. To Sunday. FRIDAY Prime Minister Simitis to visit Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. IOC Coordination Commission President Denis Oswald and the head of Athens 2004, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, hold a press conference at the Metropolitan Hotel, at 1 p.m. 43rd Thessaloniki Film Festival. To November 17.