Read about The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople Read the Convention Relating to the Regime of the Straits (24 July 1923) Read the Convention Relating to the Regime of the Straits (24 July 1923) A)? GHT="50">
Compact version
Today's Suggestion
Read The "Macedonian Question" (by Maria Nystazopoulou-Pelekidou)
HomeAbout HR-NetNewsWeb SitesDocumentsOnline HelpUsage InformationContact us
Saturday, 4 December 2021
 
News
  Latest News (All)
     From Greece
     From Cyprus
     From Europe
     From Balkans
     From Turkey
     From USA
  Announcements
  World Press
  News Archives
Web Sites
  Hosted
  Mirrored
  Interesting Nodes
Documents
  Special Topics
  Treaties, Conventions
  Constitutions
  U.S. Agencies
  Cyprus Problem
  Other
Services
  Personal NewsPaper
  Greek Fonts
  Tools
  F.A.Q.
 

Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-05-19

Macedonian Press Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY NEWS IN ENGLISH
Thessaloniki, May 19, 1998

SECTIONS

  • [A] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] CHANGES IN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION PROCESS, NO MORE EXAMS
  • [02] GENOCIDE OF GREEKS FROM PONTOS COMMEMORATED TODAY
  • [03] PRESIDENT, PM TO OPEN GREEK INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION ASSEMBLY
  • [04] MORE BANK EMPLOYEES EMBARK ON ROTATION STRIKES
  • [05] CYPRIOT DEFENSE MINISTER SPEAKS AT SERRES
  • [06] CN/TL MACEDONIA MANAGER ACCEPTS MAYOR'S RESIGNATION
  • [07] IMF OFFICALS TELL GREECE TO STEP UP PRIVATIZATION PROCESS
  • [08] THE RESIGNATION OF MAYOR KOSMOPOULOS HAS BEEN ACCEPTED
  • [09] MEETING UNDER PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS ON THE OLYMPIC GAMES
  • [10] PAPANTONIOU-OTOE MEETING
  • [11] APOSTOLAKIS - BURNS MEETING
  • [12] PANGALOS COMMENTED ON THE CLINTON PROPOSAL
  • [13] A GREEK WARSHIP IS VISITING VATUM IN GEORGIA
  • [14] CALLS FOR THE RECOGNITION OF THE GENOCIDE OF THE GREEKS IN PONTOS COMMITTED BY TURKEY
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [15] US PRESIDENT, BRITISH PREMIER COMMENT ON CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [16] CONTACT GROUP REVERSES PART OF SANCTIONS AGAINST BELGRADE
  • [17] RUSSIAN-GREEK TRADE MAY REACH ONE BILLION DOLLARS
  • [18] BRITISH FOREIGN MINISTER ROBIN COOK VISITS ANKARA
  • [19] US PROPOSE MISSILE SALES TO GREECE AND TURKEY, 5.5 to 10 RATIO
  • [20] THE GREEK-RUSSIAN TRADE TRANSACTIONS TURNOVER FOR 1998 COULD REACH 1 BILLION DOLLARS
  • [21] A BRITISH OFFICIAL MET WITH CYPRIOT PRESIDENT CLERIDES
  • [22] GENERAL KARADAYI IN MOSCOW

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] CHANGES IN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION PROCESS, NO MORE EXAMS

    High school students who are to graduate in the year 2000 will not be subject to the grueling state-wide examinations, according to the new graduation process announced by the Minister of Education Gerasimos Arsenis.

    The curriculum reforms, which will be announced in detail later today, will also call for examinations in the junior and senior years of high school twice a year, as opposed to every three months. Once students graduate from high-school, they will be able to continue in the university of their choice without entry examinations.

    [02] GENOCIDE OF GREEKS FROM PONTOS COMMEMORATED TODAY

    The Genocide of Greeks from Pontus is being commemorated throughout the country today. The Coordinating Committee of Pontos Associations demand that the international community exert pressures on Turkey to recognize the genocide. Two rallies will be held in Thessaloniki today, where the protesters will march to the Turkish consulate.

    [03] PRESIDENT, PM TO OPEN GREEK INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION ASSEMBLY

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis is to salute the open session of the annual assembly of the Greek Industries Association (SEV) which will be held tomorrow and will also be attended by the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos.

    The Minister of Finance and National Economy Yiannos Papantoniou will be among the speakers at the event, along with SEV's Chairman Jason Stratos and the chairman of the German Industries Association Hans-Olaf Henkel.

    [04] MORE BANK EMPLOYEES EMBARK ON ROTATION STRIKES

    In protest to the state's privatization plans for the Ionian Bank, employees at Commercial and Attica banks will strike today.

    The employees at Ionian Bank have been on an indefinite strike for a week, while rolling strikes by bank staff are scheduled to continue until June 12 when the shareholders of Commercial Bank vote on whether they will approve the sale of subsidiary Ionian.

    Tomorrow, employees at the state-owned enterprises (DEKOS) and banks will hold a four-hour work stoppage, a decision issued by the General Confederation of Greek Laborers (GSEE).

    [05] CYPRIOT DEFENSE MINISTER SPEAKS AT SERRES

    Visiting Cypriot Defense Minister Yiannakis Omirou gave an address at the city of Serres yesterday where he stated that Turkey has embarked on an orchestrated campaign to shift the focus of the Cyprus issue from what it really is.

    Specifically, Mr. Omirou said that Ankara wants to distort the problem of the island from being one of invasion and occupation to one of a threat against Turkey because of the deployment of the Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft missiles on the island.

    Moreover, Mr. Omirou stated that the United States need to understand that the key to solving the Cyprus issue lies with Ankara.

    [06] CN/TL MACEDONIA MANAGER ACCEPTS MAYOR'S RESIGNATION

    The District Manager of the Central Macedonia Charalabos Sofianos has accepted the resignation of the mayor of Thessaloniki Konstantinos Kosmopoulos.

    The city council is now to convene at a later date which has yet to be announced.

    Mr. Kosmopoulos resigned on Saturday from the city's mayoral post, after having served in that seat for ten years. While announcing his resignation, he lashed out against the opposition party's leader, New Democracy's Kostas Karamanlis, for not having granted the Thessaloniki mayor his support and for having opted to support another candidate, Vasilis Papageorgopoulos.

    The PASOK-backed candidate for the mayorship is Thrasivoulos Lazaridis. Elections will be held in October.

    [07] IMF OFFICALS TELL GREECE TO STEP UP PRIVATIZATION PROCESS

    Officials from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have asked the Greek government to step up its privatization process of the state-owned enterprises, according to the draft report drawn after a two-week study of the Greek economy.

    The report mentions that the privatizations announced so far are limited and allows room for more, while it also states that the government's target of containing inflation at 3% by the end of 1999 is feasible.

    [08] THE RESIGNATION OF MAYOR KOSMOPOULOS HAS BEEN ACCEPTED

    Regional governor of Central Macedonia Mr. Charalambos Sofianos accepted the resignation of Thessaloniki's mayor Konstantinos Kosmopoulos.

    Mr. Nikos Tachiaos, the city councilor with the most votes in the last municipal elections, will announce the date on which the New Democracy city councilors will meet.

    [09] MEETING UNDER PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS ON THE OLYMPIC GAMES

    The minister of culture appeared satisfied with the course of the preparations for the 2004 Olympic Games after the briefing of prime minister Kostas Simitis by the responsible ministerial committee.

    Mr. Venizelos stressed that the first formal meeting of the Olympic Games National Committee will be held on June 21 in ancient Olympia. He added that a decision has been reached according to which, in the first two years of its operation the Limited Liability Company 2004 will not employ more than 40 people.

    [10] PAPANTONIOU-OTOE MEETING

    The initiative undertaken by the president of the Greek General Confederation of Labor for a meeting of the bank employees' union (OTOE) representatives with minister of national economy and finance Yiannos Papantoniou at his office on Thursday has raised hopes that the crisis in the relations of the government with the bank employees will be defused.

    Meanwhile, a breach has been created in the bank employees' front after the decision of the Credit Bank employees' union to call on its members not to participate in the strike action.

    [11] APOSTOLAKIS - BURNS MEETING

    US ambassador to Athens Nicholas Burns met today with undersecretary of defense Dimitris Apostolakis, who stated that Mr. Burns briefed him on a telephone conversation between US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Turkish foreign minister Ismil Cem. In her discussion with her Turkish counterpart, Ms. Albright had stressed that Turkey is making a mistake to dispute the Greek sovereignty over four inhabited Aegean islands.

    On the proposal made by US president Bill Clinton, Mr. Apostolakis underlined that Greece does not accept the equal distances rationale, while on the confidence-building-measures he announced that the permanent representatives of Greece and Turkey to NATO will meet in Brussels on Saturday.

    NATO secretary-general Javier Solana's intention is to win the adoption of a moratorium on military exercises in the Aegean to be implemented in the summer months starting on June 15.

    [12] PANGALOS COMMENTED ON THE CLINTON PROPOSAL

    Greek foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos, responding to a proposal by US president Clinton for a package solution to the Greek-Turkish issues and the Cyprus problem, gave the assurance, in a press conference today, that the Greek national issues will not be settled as a package.

    Mr. Pangalos stated that the term "package" in the diplomatic language means compromise through mutual concessions and made it clear that the Greek-Turkish issues can not be dealt with as a package as there is a number of claims made only from the part of Turkey.

    He said that Ankara's aggressiveness has an unfavorable effect on the issue of Cyprus and the unfavorable developments in the Cyprus problem have a negative effect on the Greek-Turkish relations but the two issues can not be dealt with jointly, stressed the Greek foreign minister, and added that the situation in Cyprus concerns the international community as a whole and will be handled only within the framework of the United Nations.

    Mr. Pangalos criticized strongly the persistence of the United States to dictate to the European Union ways in which to deal with issues that concern exclusively the EU such as, the Greek-Turkish relations.

    [13] A GREEK WARSHIP IS VISITING VATUM IN GEORGIA

    The Greek Navy warship "Aris" has arrived in the port of Vatum in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia for a three-day visit, according to the Georgian ministry of defense.

    During its visit and within the framework of the military cooperation between the Greek and the Georgian ministries of defense for 1998, the Greek Navy officers will exchange views with their Georgian colleagues.

    [14] CALLS FOR THE RECOGNITION OF THE GENOCIDE OF THE GREEKS IN PONTOS COMMITTED BY TURKEY

    The Federation of Greeks from Pontos Associations in northern Greece and the Greek Federation of Associations of Greeks from Pontos repatriates, who come from the former Soviet Union, requested from the Greek government to call on international organizations to recognize the genocide of the Greeks in Pontos.

    On the occasion of today's black anniversary of the genocide, the federations with the resolution they adopted, called on Turkey to recognize the crime of genocide it committed and also to withdraw its armed forces from the occupied northern Cyprus. They also expressed their opposition to the dialogue attempted by Ankara which, as they stress in their resolution, disputes national and sovereign rights.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [15] US PRESIDENT, BRITISH PREMIER COMMENT ON CYPRUS ISSUE

    United States President Bill Clinton has stated that Greeks and Turks have to draw difficult decisions in order to help in alleviating the rising tension concerning Cyprus. ``We have got to resolve this,'' Clinton told a news conference after an EU-U.S. summit in London yesterday.

    ``To get there I think we will have to proceed on many fronts at once and I think both the Turks and Greeks will have to make difficult decisions which I believe the European Union and, I know, the United States will strongly support,'' President Clinton said.

    ``I do not think we can solve one problem in isolation from the others. I think we have to move forward on all these problems, Cyprus, the Aegean jurisdictional disputes and the role of Turkey in Europe's future. All of that we have to move forward on,'' he added.

    In turn, British Prime Minister Toni Blair stated that he "agreed entirely" with Mr. Clinton's remarks and emphasized the EU's desire for "a good and close relationship with Turkey."

    "We have a deep concern over what is happening in Cyprus and we believe it is essential to make progress in this area", Mr. Blair said.

    "We want Turkey to feel included in the family of European nations. We have a deep concern over what has happened, and is happening, in Cyprus and we believe that it is essential we make progress in this area,'' he said.

    ``I think we should and will redouble our efforts to give a very clear signal to Turkey about our proper and true intentions and also to do what we can to bring hope in the conflict in Cyprus,'' he said.

    Both the US president and Britain's PM stated yesterday that problems relating to Greek-Turkish relations, Cyprus and Ankara's European aspirations have to be tackled in a comprehensive manner and not in isolation.

    [16] CONTACT GROUP REVERSES PART OF SANCTIONS AGAINST BELGRADE

    The six-nation Contact Group on former Yugoslavia has reversed its decision to impose new sanctions on Belgrade because Serb President Milosevic had begun a dialogue with the ethnic Albanian leadership in its troubled province of Kosovo.

    In a statement issued by the British Foreign Office, the Contact Group said it had lifted an investment ban which had been imposed at their meeting last week. While it will also review a freeze on Yugoslav assets held abroad, earlier sanctions will remain in place.

    The statement said that "by choosing dialogue, President Milosevic had made a clear choice to work with the international community rather than face deepening isolation."

    [17] RUSSIAN-GREEK TRADE MAY REACH ONE BILLION DOLLARS

    Russian-Greek bilateral trade turnover may hit one billion dollars in 1998, a 10 percent rise since 1997 and a continuation of an upward trend since 1993, Konstantinos Charatsaris, counselor of economic and trade department, at Greece's embassy in Moscow told Prime- Tass yesterday.

    Mr. Charatsaris said that two groups of Greek businessmen will visit Moscow and St. Petersburg in June to voice their investment proposals in construction, ship-repairs, and light and food industries before Russian partners.

    The two countries are running two major investment projects, the construction of an aluminum works plant and a gas pipeline for Russian gas supplies in Greece, according to the Greek diplomat.

    Preparations of the Russian Black Sea port in the region of Krasnodar are currently underway. The Krasnodar region has been given a ten-million-dollar loan from the Greek government for the purchase of Greece-made equipment and consumer goods.

    [18] BRITISH FOREIGN MINISTER ROBIN COOK VISITS ANKARA

    British Foreign Minister Robin Cook is to arrive in Ankara today for a brief, one-day visit.

    Mr. Cook is to be received by Turkish President Suleiman Demirel, Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, and his Turkish counterpart Ismael Cem.

    During their meetings, Mr. Cook will brief the Turkish officials on his country's positions -following yesterday's Clinton-Blair talks- towards reaching a solution in the Cyprus issue and the British government's belief that talks between the island's two communities need to be restarted, in spite of the intransigence displayed by the leader of the Turkish-Cypriots Rauf Denktash.

    Moreover, it is expected that the British Foreign Minister and the Turkish officials are to discuss matters concerning Turkey's ties with the European Union, in light of the Turkey-EU Association Council to be held on May 27.

    [19] US PROPOSE MISSILE SALES TO GREECE AND TURKEY, 5.5 to 10 RATIO

    The United States Pentagon announced yesterday proposed sales of Hellfire anti-tank missiles to Greece and sea-skimming Harpoon anti-ship missiles to Turkey, saying they would not hurt the region's military balance.

    The proposed sale of 228 Hellfire missiles to Greece was worth 24 million dollars, while the proposed sale of 30 Harpoon missiles to Turkey was valued at 43 million dollars.

    "This sale will not adversely affect either the military balance in the region or US efforts to encourage a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus question," the Pentagon said, using identical language in statements on both proposals.

    US Defense Secretary William Cohen made clear in a recent visit to both countries that Washington remains keen to sell arms to both Athens and Ankara as their military undertake major investments in new weapons.

    The latest proposed sales, which represent a ratio of 5.5 to10, for Greece and Turkey respectively, would add to weapons already in the Greek and Turkish arsenals.

    [20] THE GREEK-RUSSIAN TRADE TRANSACTIONS TURNOVER FOR 1998 COULD REACH 1 BILLION DOLLARS

    The Greek-Russian trade transactions is possible to reach 1 billion dollars in 1998 showing an increase of 10 percentage points compared to 1997 stated to "Prime-Tass", economic and trade adviser of the Greek embassy in Moscow, Mr. Konstantinos Haratsaris.

    Mr. Haratsaris stated that two groups of Greek businessmen will visit Moscow and St. Petersburg in June to discuss investment proposals in the sectors of reconstruction, ship repair and food industry.

    [21] A BRITISH OFFICIAL MET WITH CYPRIOT PRESIDENT CLERIDES

    The head of southern Europe Affairs Department of the British Foreign Office met in Nicosia today with Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides and Parliament president Spyros Kyprianou to discuss the Cyprus issue and issues concerning the European Union and to be briefed on the latest developments.

    Cypriot Parliament president Mr. Kyprianou stated, after his meeting with the British official, that it is a mistake to associate the Cyprus issue with issues concerning the relations between Greece and Turkey or between Turkey and the European Union.

    Mr. Kyprianou stated that the Cyprus problem is an occupation problem, a problem of violation of human rights and an issue of Turkey's expansionism. He also characterized the present phase of the Cyprus problem as most crucial.

    [22] GENERAL KARADAYI IN MOSCOW

    Russian chief of Staff Anatoly Kvanshin and Defence minister Igor Sergeyev are due to hold talks today with their Turkish counterpart General Ismail Hakki Karadayi, who is on a five-day visit to Moscow since yesterday.

    The two sides are expected to sign an "understanding memorandum" and strive to reach a solution concerning the conflict over the installation of the S-300 missiles in Cyprus, scheduled for August.

    Earlier today, the Turkish military authorities noted that Russia's chances to participate in the turkish contracts regarding the reinforcement of its defence system would depend on the country's stance to the S-300 missiles issue.


    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/


    Macedonian Press Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article
    Back to Top
    Copyright © 1995-2016 HR-Net (Hellenic Resources Network). An HRI Project.
    All Rights Reserved.

    HTML by the HR-Net Group / Hellenic Resources Institute, Inc.
    mpegr2html v1.01 run on Tuesday, 19 May 1998 - 20:11:34 UTC