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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 97-11-22

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


Last Update: 16:37 GMT+2

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] GREECE

  • [01] MEMORIAL FOR THE JEWS WILL BE UNVEILED IN THESSALONIKI
  • [02] THE GERMAN FOREIGN UNDERSECRETARY WILL VISIT GREECE
  • [03] THE GREEK MINISTER OF DEVELOPMENT IS VISITING CHINA
  • [04] GREEK AND TURKISH MAYORS PLAN TO ESTABLISH A GREEK-TURKISH ASSOCIATION OF AEGEAN MUNICIPALITIES
  • [05] INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS SENT MESSAGES FOR THE MPA CONFERENCE THAT OPENS ON MONDAY
  • [B] BALKANS

  • [06] PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS IN THE BOSNIAN SERB REPUBLIC
  • [C] EUROPE

  • [07] MEASURES AGAINST UNEMPLOYMENT WERE DECIDED BY THE "15"
  • [08] THE GREEK CULTURE MINISTER WILL BE IN BRUSSELS TOMORROW
  • [D] WORLD

  • [09] THE TURKS IMPOSED RESTRICTIVE MEASURES ON SYRIAN ORTHODOX MONASTERIES

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] GREECE

    [01] MEMORIAL FOR THE JEWS WILL BE UNVEILED IN THESSALONIKI

    Web Posted: 16:37 GMT+2

    Thessaloniki 22 November (MPA)

    The unveiling of a memorial for the 50.000 victims of the holocaust in Thessaloniki will be made tomorrow by president Kostis Stephanopoulos.

    The ceremony will take place in the presence of Greek government ministers and high officials from the United States, Israel, Germany and other European states, while US president Bill Clinton will send a message.

    [02] THE GERMAN FOREIGN UNDERSECRETARY WILL VISIT GREECE

    Web Posted: 16:37 GMT+2

    Athens 22 November (MPA)

    German undersecretary of foreign affairs Werner Hoyer will discuss the developments in the Greek-Turkish relations and the Cyprus issue with Greek foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos and minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos.

    After his visit to Athens, the German government official will be in Thessaloniki for the unveiling ceremony of a memorial for the 50.000 Jews of the city that were killed in the holocaust.

    Mr.Hoyer will also have talks with deputy foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou.

    [03] THE GREEK MINISTER OF DEVELOPMENT IS VISITING CHINA

    Web Posted: 16:37 GMT+2

    Athens 22 November (MPA)

    Greek minister of development Ms.Vaso Papandreou is in China, within the framework of her formal visit to the country, accompanied by Greek businessmen, who are active in the region or they are interested to expand their businesses to this country of central-east Asia.

    The Greek minister is visiting China at the invitation of the Chinese deputy prime minister Song Jian, who also heads the government committee on science, research and technology. Ms.Papandreou will also meet with Zeng Peiyan, vice-president of the State Planning Committee, the supreme body of the Chinese government as well as, with other high ranking government officials

    [04] GREEK AND TURKISH MAYORS PLAN TO ESTABLISH A GREEK-TURKISH ASSOCIATION OF AEGEAN MUNICIPALITIES

    Web Posted: 16:37 GMT+2

    Thessaloniki 22 November (MPA)

    The likelihood of establishing a Greek-Turkish Association of Aegean Municipalities will be examined by Greek and Turkish mayors in their meeting in the Aegean island of Samos next February.

    The goal of the association will be to deal with the problem of pollution in the Aegean coasts as well as, with the solution of the problems concerning the trade transactions between Greek and Turkish municipalities in the region, stated to MPA city council member of Kusandasi and general secretary of the Association of Turkish Municipalities at the Aegean coasts Mehmet Zeki Fintantal.

    [05] INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS SENT MESSAGES FOR THE MPA CONFERENCE THAT OPENS ON MONDAY

    Web Posted: 16:37 GMT+2

    Thessaloniki 22 November (MPA)

    Leading journalists, most of them general directors, chief editors or executive staff of the largest and most reliable European mass media have begun arriving in Thessaloniki to participate in the European Conference that is organized by MPA on November 24 and 25 in cooperation with the Organization Cultural Capital of Europe '97.

    The official opening of the conference "Europe and the Mass Media: Our Cultural Heritage" will be declared by minister of press and mass media Dimitris Reppas, while messages will be delivered by minister of Macedonia- Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos and mayor of Thessaloniki Konstantinos Kosmopoulos, who is also the president of the Cultural Capital of Europe Organization.

    Meanwhile, messages for the conference have begun arriving by the most important international organizations from all over Europe. EU Commissioner Marcelino Oreja, responsible for mass media, sent a letter apologizing for not being able to attend the MPA conference due to the culture ministers summit that is being held at the same time in Brussels. He also underlines that the EU will attend with great interest the conference through the representatives of Directorate X and will take under serious consideration its conclusions. Similar message was sent by Greek EU Commissioner Christos Papoutsis.

    Also, UNESCO's general director on issues of communications and information Mr.Henrikas Yushkiavitshus, requests in a telegram that the conclusions and the minutes taken in the conference be sent to the international organization.

    The European conference of the mass media, that is organized by MPA, can contribute greatly in the efforts to reach valuable conclusions regarding the operation of mass media and the cultural policy in Europe, underlines Greek culture minister Evangelos Venizelos in a message he sent welcoming the Greek and foreign delegates.

    In his message the culture minister, who will be absent from the conference due to the culture ministers summit in Brussels stresses:

    "A post-industrial society is foremostly an information society and this fact can have different implications on its self-awareness. Therefore, the manner in which the mass media operate greatly affects the way we understand ourselves and our social reality.

    However, the reality of the mass media -especially the audio-visual ones- is quite often reduced to a repetition of stereotypes while, in regards to the sector of cultural heritage, references are usually occasional and fragmented and unavoidably they get lost in the host of information. Our experience has, afterall, proven that the large quantity of news and the speed in which they are broadcast often compromise knowledge itself.

    Therefore, it is the very operation of the mass media that raises issues not only related to transparency and credibility, but also concerning pluralism, quality and priorities. The protection, study and promotion of our cultural heritage is- and must be- one of the utmost priorities of information.

    Culture is, afterall, a powerful bond that decisively contributes to the communication and cooperation among the peoples, something which United Europe is so in need of.

    I am glad that the Macedonian Press Agency, having astute awareness of its role, organizes a conference of European dimensions, centered around such a sensitive topic. I am certain that the sharing of experiences can greatly contribute to the arrival of valuable conclusions for the operation of the mass media and for the cultural policy in Europe."

    [B] BALKANS

    [06] PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS IN THE BOSNIAN SERB REPUBLIC

    Web Posted: 16:37 GMT+2

    Sarajevo 22 November (MPA)

    Parliamentary elections are being held today and tomorrow in the Serb Republic of Bosnia.

    According to the returning board, the right to vote have 1.150.000 Bosnian Serbs, and 100.000 of them will cast their ballot in Yugoslavia where they reside under refugee status.

    In the elections for the 83 seat Bosnian Serb Parliament run 28 political parties, 3 coalitions and 18 independent candidates.

    [C] EUROPE

    [07] MEASURES AGAINST UNEMPLOYMENT WERE DECIDED BY THE "15"

    Web Posted: 16:37 GMT+2

    Luxembourg 22 November (MPA)

    A number of measures against unemployment were decided by the "15" leaders of the European Union in their Summit meeting in Luxembourg. Measures will be taken to fight unemployment among the young and the long-term unemployed.

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis stated that there is no panacea for unemployment and stressed that Greece will not impose an energy tax and will not cut the taxation on the sector of services.

    [08] THE GREEK CULTURE MINISTER WILL BE IN BRUSSELS TOMORROW

    Web Posted: 16:37 GMT+2

    Athens 22 November (MPA)

    Greek culture minister Evangelos Venizelos will by in Brussels tomorrow to attend the EU culture ministers meeting that will be held on Monday.

    The council will deal with the selection of the Cultural Capital of Europe for the year 2001, the status of European programs after 1998, the special funds for the promotion of cinema and television production and the reduction of the Value Added Tax imposed on music records.

    Also, the EU culture ministers will meet in Brussels with their counterparts from central and eastern Europe to exchange views on the protection of minors and human dignity in the Audio-Visual media and information sector.

    [D] WORLD

    [09] THE TURKS IMPOSED RESTRICTIVE MEASURES ON SYRIAN ORTHODOX MONASTERIES

    Web Posted: 16:37 GMT+2

    The Hague 22 November (MPA)

    The Turkish government imposed restrictive measures on three Syrian Orthodox monasteries in south-eastern Turkey.

    According to the Dutch newspaper "Trouw", which cites the international Christian organization "Jubilee Campaign", the Syrian monastic communities have been forced by the Turkish authorities to close their schools and stop the teaching of the ancient Syrian language, while they are forbidden to accept new monks.

    The newspaper writes that the Turkish authorities accuse the monks of offering support to the Kurdish PKK rebels and they use this allegation as a pretext in order to win the final closure of those ancient monasteries.


    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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