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BRIEF GREEK NEWS BULLETIN (25/10/1995)

From: Macedonian Press Agency <mpa@uranus.eng.auth.gr>

Macedonian Press Agency Directory

BRIEF GREEK NEWS BULLETIN BY MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY

Thessaloniki, October 25, 1995

NEWS IN ENGLISH

  • [01] SEPARATE MEETINGS WITH MEDIATOR VANCE ON THE NAME OF FYROM

  • [02] GRECOBULGARIAN AGREEMENTS ON ECONOMIC-POLITICAL COOPERATION

  • [03] PRESIDENT OF THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC TO VISIT ROMANIA ON NOVEMBER 2-4

  • [04] BALKAN CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 30-31 IN ATHENS

  • [05] AGREEMENT SIGNED BY GREEK AND F.R.Y. OLYMPIC COMMITTEES

  • [06] GREEK-SLOVAK PROTOCOL OF ECONOMIC COOPERATION WAS SIGNED

  • [07] TURKEY:PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS AND NOT HUMANRIGHTS


    NEWS IN ENGLISH

    [01] SEPARATE MEETINGS WITH MEDIATOR VANCE ON THE NAME OF FYROM

    The discussions on the issue of the name that will be used by Skopje effectively opened with the meeting Greek ambassador in the United Nations mr Christos Zaharakis had with Security Council mediator mr Cyrus Vance in New York, while earlier a meeting was held between mr.Vance and the FYROM Foreign Minister mr Stevo Crvenkovski.

    Ambassador Zaharakis is already in Athens for consultations with the Prime Minister Papandreou and teh Foreign Minister Papoulias concerning the handling of the issue.

    The opening of the separate meetings and consultations is strongly disputed by Scopje both through the state radio and through the morning daily "Nova Makedonia".

    The state radio station reported that no meeting was held in New York in the last few days while referring to the Vance - Zaharakis meeting the radio station stressed that it was a usual meeting.

    "Nova Makedonia" in a correspondence from New York stresses that no negotiations were held on the issue of the name and characterized as speculations of the greek press the reports concerning the negotiations.

    [02] GRECOBULGARIAN AGREEMENTS ON ECONOMIC-POLITICAL COOPERATION

    Greek Foreign Minister mr Carolos Papoulias stated after his return from Sofia yesterday, where he made a 24-hour visit, that greek Prime Minister mr Andreas Papandreou will sign three bilateral agreements of economic and political cooperation during his imminent visit in Sofia.

    The agreements will concern the waters of River Nestos, the opening of new border crossings between the two countries and the status of seasonal workers.

    Regarding Bulgaria's participation in the so- called "Para-Egnatia" highway mr. Papoulias stated that the wishes and the intentions of others do not concern Greece and stressed that Bulgaria is also interested in the vertical road axis and the large corridors leading to Central, Eastern and Northern Europe.

    [03] PRESIDENT OF THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC TO VISIT ROMANIA ON NOVEMBER 2-4

    Greek President mr Constantinos Stephanopoulos will make an official visit to Romania on November 2-4 after an invitation by his romanian counterpart Ion Iliescu, according to an announcement by the romanian Foreign Ministry.

    In the first day of his visit mr. Stephanopoulos will address both Houses of the romanian Parliament.

    Initially the visit by mr. Stephanopoulos was scheduled to take place on October 5-7 but it was postponed without a concrete explanation according to the french news agency.

    [04] BALKAN CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 30-31 IN ATHENS

    The international Conference under the title: "Balkan Summit Meeting : Political, Economic and Investment Developments" will be held in Athens on October 30-31 organised by the newspaper "International Herald Tribune" and the Hellenic - American Chamber of Commerce. In the Conference will participate a number of government officials from Balkan countries, Directors of Banks and international credit organizations, businessmen and analysts.

    Among the foreign speakers will be bulgarian vice- president and Minister of Economic Development mr. Rumen Getcev, General Director of International Economic Relations in the romanian Ministry of Finance mr.Mihai Borza, publisher of the International Herald Tribune group mr.Axel Krause, former bulgarian Prime Minister mr.Andrei Lukanov and possibly US Assistant Secretary of State mr.Richard Hollbrook and albanian Undersecretary of Finance mrs.Ariana Nati. From the greek side will participate among others leader of New Democracy party Miltiadis Evert, Defence Minister Gerasimos Arsenis, Minister of National Economy Yiannos Papantoniou and greek EU Commissioner Christos Papoutsis.

    The Conference will deal mainly with issues concerning tele-communications, transportations, constructions, the banking sector and energy while there will also be examined options for specific Balkan investments.

    [05] AGREEMENT SIGNED BY GREEK AND F.R.Y. OLYMPIC COMMITTEES

    In Belgrade was announced that the Yugoslav Olympic Committee signed a sports and technical cooperation agreement with the respective greek Committee.

    The agreement provides for the cooperation in the exchange of athletes, teams, coaches and experts. Also, it provides for the exchange of information in the sector of the construction and maintenance of athletic centers and in the training on technical and organizational issues.

    The two Committees will also exchange information and written material concerning sports schools, research institutes and the exchange of experience in the sector of sports medicine and the organising of big athletic events.

    The agreement was signed by the President of the Yugoslav Olympic Committee, Alexander Bakacevic and by the President of the Greek Olympic Committee, Antonis Tzikas.

    [06] GREEK-SLOVAK PROTOCOL OF ECONOMIC COOPERATION WAS SIGNED

    A protocol of cooperation was signed in Athens today between the Central Association of Chambers and Slovakia's Commerce and Industry Chamber.

    The signed protocol provides for the exchange of information concerning the activities of the two sides, the support of cooperation between the business communities of the two countries, the exchange of trade delegations and the organising of meetings and conferences.

    Also, the protocol supports the efforts toward overcomming the obstacles for the free flow of goods between the two countries.

    [07] TURKEY:PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS AND NOT HUMANRIGHTS

    The recently published report by the Turkish Human Rights Institution over the policy followed by Turkey on the issue of human rights was a catapult for Turkey. The report was published by many turkish newspapers and was accompanied by negative articles, while the newspaper "Cumhurriyet" presented the report under the title "Human rights are not protected, but only those who violate them". According to the newspaper, in the report are mentioned the most characteristic incidents that prove the human rights violations taking place in Turkey.

    Based on the report, the year 1994 is characterized as "black year" for Turkey in the human rights sector as 4.041 people were killed during turtures or were executed without a trial. The number of murders committed during the same year by "unknown" perpetrators reached 423.

    In 1994 journalists and authors in Turkey received a total of 448 years in prison terms and fines of 71 billion 600 million turkish lira. Also, the arrests of journalists continued reaching 102, while the ban in the operation of political parties and associations continued.

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