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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-05-09
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
Last Update: 23:27 GMT+2
NEWS IN DETAIL
 GREEK-US ALLIANCE FOR THE PURCHASE OF "ROM TELECOM"
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Athens, 09/05/1998 (MPA) The Greek state Telecommunications Company, OTE, in cooperation with the US giant "SBC-Communications Inc" will claim 35% of the Romanian state telecommunications organization "ROM Telecom".
The alliance of the two interested companies is expected to bring mutual benefits to both of them. Specifically, SBC is expected to help OTE with its financial power and its experience in the developing markets, while the Greek telecommunications organization will exploit the traditionally good economic relations between Greece and the Balkans limiting the investment risk for the SBC.
The US company employs 118.000 people, who serve 30 million customers using conventional phones and 5.6 million using wireless phones in the United States.
 SERBS AND RUSSIANS CELEBRATED VICTORY DAY IN THESSALONIKI
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 09/05/1998 (MPA) The Russian and Serb diplomatic authorities, together with veterans of the Yugoslav and the Soviet army, celebrated in the Zeidinlik Cemetery the 53rd anniversary of the victory of the allied forces over the Nazis.
Russian consul general Oleg Voronkov stated that this day is celebrated just like a national holiday and has a special significance for all the countries that fought against fascism.
 NANO-ROMEOS MEETING
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 09/05/1998 (MPA) Minister of public order Giorgos Romeos met with Albanian prime minister Fatos Nano to discuss issues concerning the cooperation of two countries in the efforts to counter crime and for better border protection.
The two men agreed that cooperation between Greece and Albanian should move even further and that the measures for the protection of the borders should intensify.
The agreement on the exchange of liaisons between Greece and Albania will be signed in early July. According to the agreement, an Albanian officer will be sent to Athens and a Greek to Tirana having as a goal the cooperation for the exchange of information concerning illegal drug trafficking and illegal immigration.
 NANO ISSUED AN INVITATION TO GREEK INVESTORS
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 09/05/1998 (MPA) Albania will not object to an initiative undertaken by Greece and Italy for the solution of the crisis in Kosovo, stated to MPA Albanian prime minister Fatos Nano.
The Albanian leader will visit the archeological site of Vergina today and tomorrow he will be in Chalkidiki. Speaking in the general assembly of the Association of Industries in Northern Greece yesterday, Mr. Nano appealed to Greek businessmen to invest in his country.
Mr. Nano stated that he sent a letter to the Italian foreign minister on April 29 calling for the mobilization of Italy toward the direction of international initiatives but he denied that in the letter he proposed to proceed with the disarmament of armed Albanians, who cross the borders with Yugoslavia where the armed clashes continue.
 ARCHBISHOP CHRISTODOULOS HAS BEEN INSTALLED
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Athens, 09/05/1998 (MPA) Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All of Greece was installed in a formal ceremony in Athens in the presence of Parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis, the prelates of the Holy Synod and representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and other Orthodox Churches.
Yesterday, Greek president Kostis Stephanopoulos wished for good cooperation and further improvement of the good relations between the Greek presidency and the Archbishopric.
After the ceremony, Archbishop Christodoulos thanked the prelates for the trust they showed in him by electing him head of the Church of Greece.
Referring to the Church-State relation, he pointed out that those who try to create friction between the two are trying in vain and added that the Church will continue its course with unity for the good of the country. He also added that cooperation is necessary for the good of Greece.
The new Archbishop referred to the role of the Orthodox Greece in the united Europe and stated that now is the time of Orthodoxy, stressing that the Church will back the efforts of the people and the government in Europe without renouncing the Greek Orthodox Christian identity.
 THE GREEK CYPRIOTS ARE DISPLEASED WITH THE RESULTS OF THE HALBROOKE INITIATIVE
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Nicosia, 09/05/1998 (MPA) The Greek Cypriot side is displeased with the results of the initiative undertaken by US presidential envoy Richard Halbrooke for Cyprus.
Greek undersecretary of foreign affairs Yiannos Kranidiotis expressed his disappointment over the US initiative after his meeting in New York yesterday with UN secretary-general representative Diego Cordovez.
The Greek undersecretary stated that he supports UN secretary-general Kofi Annan's initiative and stressed that the basis for the talks should be the establishment of a two-zone, two-community federation and that a partition formula that will lead to a direct or indirect recognition of the Turkish Cypriot regime can not be accepted.
 MILOSEVIC REJECTED GONZALES' MEDIATION
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Brussels, 09/05/1998 (MPA) Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic rejected the international requests to accept foreign mediation in the issue of Kosovo.
Mr. Gonzales, former Spanish prime minister and Europe's mediator, confirmed from Brussels that Belgrade rejected his proposal for mediation, stressing that he does not know if there is something more formal than a letter signed by the Belgrade government.
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