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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 97-06-14

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From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.


Last Update: 15:01 GMT+2

SECTIONS

  • [A] GREECE
  • [B] BALKANS
  • [C] WORLD

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] GREECE

  • [01] THE ISLETS OF IMIA ARE GREEK, ACCORDING TO THE US PENTAGON FORMAL MAP
  • [02] PRESIDENT STEPHANOPOULOS DENIED PUBLICATIONS ON HIS RESIGNATION DUE TO HEALTH PROBLEMS
  • [03] THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE GREEK ECONOMY IS UNDERLINED BY THE OSCE
  • [04] MPA PLAYS A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE, STATED OPPOSITION PARTY LEADER MR.TSOVOLAS
  • [B] BALKANS

  • [05] THE MINISTERS OF DEFENSE OF GREECE AND FYROM MET IN BRUSSELS
  • [06] FATOS NANO SPOKE IN AN OPEN-AIR PRE-ELECTION RALLY IN ATHENS
  • [C] WORLD

  • [07] THE 4TH WORLD CONFERENCE OF GREEKS FROM PONTOS CONTINUES
  • [08] THE RECOGNITION OF THE GENOCIDE OF THE GREEKS FROM PONTOS IS A PRE- CONDITION FOR TURKEY TO DEVELOP FRIENDLY RELATIONS WITH ITS NEIGHBOURS

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] GREECE

    [01] THE ISLETS OF IMIA ARE GREEK, ACCORDING TO THE US PENTAGON FORMAL MAP

    Web Posted: 15:01 GMT+2

    Washington 14 June (MPA)

    The islets of Imia in the Aegean are presented as Greek in a US Pentagon official map. According to the Greek newspaper "Exousia", the map that was issued by the National Imagery of Mapping Agency, NIMA, on October 6, 1996 refers to the islets with their Greek name, Imia, and there is no mentioning of the Turkish name "Kardak".

    A NIMA representative stated that the specific reference to the Greek sovereignty was the result of a US State Department intervention to the Pentagon a few months ago. In an earlier publication of the map, dated January 27, 1996, just three days before the crisis over Imia, the specific islets were characterized with the term indeterminable sovereignty.

    [02] PRESIDENT STEPHANOPOULOS DENIED PUBLICATIONS ON HIS RESIGNATION DUE TO HEALTH PROBLEMS

    Web Posted: 15:01 GMT+2

    Athens 14 June (MPA)

    Greek President Kostis Stephanopoulos denied an Athens newspaper report, according to which, he will resign from his post due to health reasons. When asked to comment on the report, mr.Stephanopoulos, who is touring the Aegean islands, stated that he should thank the responsible journalist because he made him more popular.

    In a statement issued by the President's Office, the report is being denied and is characterized as "not serious".

    [03] THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE GREEK ECONOMY IS UNDERLINED BY THE OSCE

    Web Posted: 15:01 GMT+2

    Athens 14 June (MPA)

    An OSCE report mentions the need for the continuation of the efforts aimed at the further improvement of the Greek economy. The overall conclusion of the report, which is issued by the international organization every 6 months, is that the drop of inflation and interest rates in Greece have increased the confidence of consumers and businessmen.

    Nevertheless, it is stressed that inflation in 1997 will be at 6% and not at

    4,5-5%, as estimated by the Greek government's convergence programme.

    [04] MPA PLAYS A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE, STATED OPPOSITION PARTY LEADER MR.TSOVOLAS

    Web Posted: 15:01 GMT+2

    Thessaloniki 14 June (MPA)

    Leader of opposition party DHKKI, Dimitris Tsovolas characterized as very important the role of Macedonian Press Agency, during his visit to its facilities where he was briefed on its activities by its General Director Spyros Kouzinopoulos.

    Mr.Tsovolas stated that MPA will contribute to the efforts made for Thessaloniki to become the information capital of the region.

    On the 4th World Conference of Greeks from Pontos, mr.Tsovolas stated that its conclusions will help the political parties and the responsible state institutions to have well documented views on issues concerning the hellenism.

    Referring to the recent ratification of the Schengen Accord by the Greek Parliament, mr.Tsovolas stated that his party tried hard to prevent its ratification.

    [B] BALKANS

    [05] THE MINISTERS OF DEFENSE OF GREECE AND FYROM MET IN BRUSSELS

    Web Posted: 15:01 GMT+2

    Skopje 14 June (MPA)

    Greek Minister of Defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos had a 20minute meeting in Brussels yesterday with his counterpart from FYROM Lazar Kitanovski, on the sidelines of the NATO Defense Ministers' meeting with their 27 counterparts in the "Partnership for Peace" programme.

    According to the state television in Skopje, the two ministers discussed issues concerning the cooperation between Greece and FYROM in the defense sector and agreed on a meeting of General Army Staff Chiefs from both countries. They also expressed the wish to hold a formal meeting in the future either in Athens or in Skopje.

    Mr.Tsochatzopoulos and mr.Kitanovski exchanged views on the defense situation in the Balkans and they also discussed the situation in Albania.

    [06] FATOS NANO SPOKE IN AN OPEN-AIR PRE-ELECTION RALLY IN ATHENS

    Web Posted: 15:01 GMT+2

    Athens 14 June (MPA)

    Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis met with the military leadership to discuss ways for the transportation of Albanians living in Greece, who want to go to their country to vote in the June 29 elections, while they also decided to reinforce the troops guarding the borders with Albania.

    Albanian Socialist party leader Fatos Nano spoke yesterday in a pre- election rally of Albanians that was held in a central Athens square and called on them to exercise their right to vote.

    [C] WORLD

    [07] THE 4TH WORLD CONFERENCE OF GREEKS FROM PONTOS CONTINUES

    Web Posted: 15:01 GMT+2

    Thessaloniki 14 June (MPA)

    The 4th World Conference of Greeks from Pontos continues for a second day in Thessaloniki. Interior Minister Alekos Papadopoulos characterized the Greeks living abroad as an invaluable power for the metropolitan center.

    Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos stated that the Greeks from Pontos are a dynamic part of hellenism, while he stated that the drawing up of a strategy, to promote the ties of the metropolitan center with the Greeks living abroad, is imperative.

    Leader of main opposition party of New Democracy Kostas Karamanlis stated that the Greeks from Pontos are Greece's best Ambassadors abroad, underlining the contribution of the hellenism of Pontos to the struggles of the nation.

    [08] THE RECOGNITION OF THE GENOCIDE OF THE GREEKS FROM PONTOS IS A PRE- CONDITION FOR TURKEY TO DEVELOP FRIENDLY RELATIONS WITH ITS NEIGHBOURS

    Web Posted: 15:01 GMT+2

    Thessaloniki 14 June (MPA)

    Turkey's regret and apology for the crime of the genocide of the Greeks from Pontos would be an act useful for the establishment of a climate of peace as well as, for the creation of a better environment in international relations. The above were stressed by Minister of Transportations and Telecommunications mr.Charis Kastanidis in his speech in the 4th World Conference of Greeks from Pontos.

    Mr.Kastanidis using the example of Germany which was able to overturn the negative picture created over it by recognizing the crime it committed against the Jews and also by paying compensation, he called on Turkey to do the same.

    Mr.Kastanidis stated that Turkey is not asked to pay compensation but to show regret and apologize, recognizing the genocide of the Greeks from Pontos.


    Complete archives of the Macedonian Press Agency bulletins are available on the MPA Home Page at http://www.mpa.gr/ and on the U.S. mirror at http://www.hri.org/MPA/


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