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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-01-10

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


Last Update: 16:02 GMT+2

SECTIONS

  • [A] GREECE
  • [B] BALKANS

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] GREECE

  • [01] JEWISH COMMUNITY: THE TURKISH ALLEGATIONS ARE INACCURATE
  • [02] THE GOVERNMENT WILL PROTECT THE DRACHMA
  • [03] TURKEY SHOULD NOT PLAY WITH FIRE
  • [04] EARTHQUAKE MEASURING 4.2 ON THE RICHTER SCALE
  • [05] 8 UKRAINIAN EXPERTS IN ATHENS TO EXAMINE THE CAUSES OF THE "YAKOVLEV" CRASH
  • [06] PANAGIOTIS PSOMIADIS WILL RUN FOR THESSALONIKI'S MAYORALTY
  • [B] BALKANS

  • [07] PANGALOS - KASOULIDES MEETING
  • [08] THE PRESENCE OF GREEK SOLDIERS IN TIRANA IS PLACED WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE GREEK-ALBANIAN AGREEMENT
  • [09] DENKTASH WANTS THE OPENING OF THE AIR BASE IN PAPHOS TO BE STOPPED
  • [10] TURKEY'S POLICY OF GENOCIDE LEADS THE KURDS TO THE MASS EXODUS

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] GREECE

    [01] JEWISH COMMUNITY: THE TURKISH ALLEGATIONS ARE INACCURATE

    Web Posted: 16:02 GMT+2

    Thessaloniki 10 January (MPA)

    The Jewish Community in Thessaloniki with a statement it has issued characterizes as inaccurate the positions expressed by the Turkish foreign ministry regarding the stance of the Greek people toward the Jews during the Nazi occupation.

    The statement points out that the Greek people almost to their entirety headed by the Church, the national resistance and the security forces showed solidarity to their Jewish brothers, in many cases risking their lives.

    This solidarity, continues the statement, has been expressed very strongly and in the most formal way with the document dated March 22, 1943 which was addressed to the German occupation forces and was co-signed by Archbishop Damaskinos and the presidents of 29 local organizations.

    [02] THE GOVERNMENT WILL PROTECT THE DRACHMA

    Web Posted: 16:02 GMT+2

    Athens 10 January (MPA)

    The government has hammered out a complete action plan in order to be able to deal with the speculators and win the battle of the drachma taking all necessary measures to back the national currency, stressed minister of national economy and finance Yiannos Papantoniou.

    Main opposition party of New Democracy Kostas Karamanlis expressed doubts on whether the government will manage to really back the drachma. Meanwhile, the price index closed at 4,7% in 1997.

    [03] TURKEY SHOULD NOT PLAY WITH FIRE

    Web Posted: 16:02 GMT+2

    Athens 10 January (MPA)

    Greek minister of national defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos warned Ankara not to play with fire commenting on the violations of the Greek air space by Turkish jets.

    US State Department spokesman Mr.Foley characterized as provocative the violations of the Greek air space by Turkish fighter jets provided that they take place within the 6-mile limit.

    [04] EARTHQUAKE MEASURING 4.2 ON THE RICHTER SCALE

    Web Posted: 16:02 GMT+2

    Thessaloniki 10 January (MPA)

    An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale shook the region south of the island of Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea at 6:30 am this morning.

    According to the local authorities, no damages were reported.

    [05] 8 UKRAINIAN EXPERTS IN ATHENS TO EXAMINE THE CAUSES OF THE "YAKOVLEV" CRASH

    Web Posted: 16:02 GMT+2

    Athens 10 January (MPA)

    Eight Ukrainian experts are in Athens to examine together with their Greek colleagues the causes of the "Yakovlev-42" crash near Thessaloniki last month.

    According to a senior executive of the Greek Civil Aviation Agency, the investigation is expected to be completed by the end of February and that the findings will shed light on every aspect of the accident.

    On January 15, the Greek group of specialists will visit Russia to continue their investigation in cooperation with the builders of the plane.

    [06] PANAGIOTIS PSOMIADIS WILL RUN FOR THESSALONIKI'S MAYORALTY

    Web Posted: 16:02 GMT+2

    Thessaloniki 10 January (MPA)

    Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy Parliament deputy Panagiotis Psomiadis announced his decision to run for mayor of Thessaloniki even if the backing of his party is given to the present mayor of the city Mr.Konstantinos Kosmopoulos.

    Mr.Psomiadis appeared willing to "sacrifice" his Parliament position in the effort to win the mayoralty. According to his statement, if the party backs him openly he will leave his post in Parliament and pledged that in case he loses he will never return to Parliament.

    [B] BALKANS

    [07] PANGALOS - KASOULIDES MEETING

    Web Posted: 16:02 GMT+2

    Athens 10 January (MPA)

    Greek foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos and his Cypriot counterpart Yiannakis Kasoulides discussed in Athens the developments in the Cyprus issue and the prospects that will open for its solution after the presidential elections on the island.

    They also discussed the participation of the Turkish Cypriots in the negotiating team that will hold the negotiations for Cyprus' accession into the European Union.

    EARTHQUAKE MEASURING 4.2 ON THE RICHTER SCALE

    [08] THE PRESENCE OF GREEK SOLDIERS IN TIRANA IS PLACED WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE GREEK-ALBANIAN AGREEMENT

    Web Posted: 16:02 GMT+2

    Tirana 10 January (MPA)

    The issue of the continuing presence of the 250 Greek soldiers in Tirana is placed within the framework of the bilateral agreement between Greece and Albania concerning the "Partnership for peace" program, stressed Albanian foreign minister Paskal Milo in response to the criticism made by the opposition parties on the issue. The statement was made in an interview Mr.Milo gave to the private television station TV Arberia.

    Condemning the propaganda of the Albanian opposition parties against the presence of the Greek soldiers in Tirana, Mr.Milo stated categorically that this attitude blocks Albania's accession into Europe.

    [09] DENKTASH WANTS THE OPENING OF THE AIR BASE IN PAPHOS TO BE STOPPED

    Web Posted: 16:02 GMT+2

    Nicosia 10 January (MPA)

    Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash called on deputy UN representative in Cyprus Gustav Feisel, US ambassador Kenneth Brill and British High Commissioner David Maten to stop the opening of the Air Base in Paphos that will be inaugurated on January 24, according to Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides.

    Mr.Denktash appeared very provocative and underlined that in a different case the Turkish Cypriot side in cooperation with Ankara will take its own measures, meaning that a similar base will be opened in the Turkish occupied territories in northern Cyprus.

    [10] TURKEY'S POLICY OF GENOCIDE LEADS THE KURDS TO THE MASS EXODUS

    Web Posted: 16:02 GMT+2

    Athens 10 January (MPA)

    The policy of genocide followed by Turkey against the Kurdish people is the sole cause that leads to their mass exodus to the West, according to accusations made by Kurdish journalist Jemil Duran speaking this morning in the Athens radio station "Sky".

    Mr.Duran, who comes from the region of Ararat in Kurdistan was the editor of the bilingual newspaper "Eliz" (=Hope) which was published in Turkey. This is the fifth newspaper that is being closed by the Turkish authorities in response to the revelations it made on the violations of human rights committed mainly in south-eastern Turkey.

    He said that in the past 10 years the Turkish authorities have launched a dirty war against the Kurdish people and based on official facts coming from Ankara, more than 3.500 villages have been burned to the ground by the Turkish security forces, tens of towns have been evacuated and about 4 million Kurds have been forced to leave the Kurdistan region and move to cities like Istanbul and Ismir in order to be assimilated with the Turkish population. He characteristically said that in Istanbul now live over 5 million Kurds and this makes it the largest Kurdish city in the world.

    The persecuted journalist also stated that the number of Kurds today are estimated at 40 million people of whom, 20 million live in Turkey, 10 million in Iran, 4,5 million in Iraq, 3 million in Syria and about 1,5 million in the former Soviet Republics.


    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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