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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-05-23
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
 THE INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF COMMUNIST PARTIES CONTINUES IN ATHENS
Web Posted: 14:27 GMT+2Athens, 23/05/1998 (MPA) The proceedings of the International Meeting of 60 Communist Parties, organized by the Greek Communist Party in Athens, continue.
The meeting is being held on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Communist manifesto and the 80 years since the foundation of the Greek Communist Party. The meeting opened yesterday with a speech by Greek Communist Party general secretary, Ms. Aleka Papariga.
 THE BALKAN PEACE BRIGADE IS BEING PREPARED
Web Posted: 14:27 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 23/05/1998 (MPA) The proceedings of the first phase of the meeting of the south-eastern European countries' undersecretaries of defense were completed with the signing of a "letter of intention".
The letter, which defines the political structure of the multi-national peace-keeping body of the Balkan countries, is expected to serve as a guide based on which the ministers of defense will discuss the force's range of authority at a military level during their meeting in Skopje on September 26.
 WORLD FUND RAISER IS ORGANIZED BY SAE
Web Posted: 14:23 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 23/05/1998 (MPA) The World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) organizes a world fund raiser today and tomorrow to help the 700.000 Greeks in the former Soviet Union, who live today in poverty and with almost non existent medical care.
The Greeks all over the world will be united for the first time through live radio and television link in an effort that has only one purpose, to help the Greeks in the Black Sea win back their lost hope for life and progress.
 COMPROMISE SOLUTION FOR THE ISSUE OF THE IONIAN BANK IS SOUGHT BY THE BANK EMPLOYEES' UNION AND THE GOVERNMENT
Web Posted: 14:21 GMT+2Athens, 23/05/1998 (MPA) Compromise formula for the solution of the issue of the Ionian Bank is sought by the Bank Employees' Union (OTOE) and the ministry of labor.
OTOE president Dimitris Kouselas requested the postponement of the bank's sale procedures and the opening of a concrete dialogue to end the strike action undertaken by the bank employees.
The government has no objection to go ahead with a dialogue but within a strictly defined framework, stated minister of labor Miltiadis Papaioannou.
 THE FIVE MISSING CYPRIOTS WITH US CITIZENSHIP ARE OFFICIALLY DEAD
Web Posted: 14:42 GMT+2Nicosia , 23/05/1998 (MPA) The 5 Cypriots with US citizenship, missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, are regarded as dead officially, as the report published yesterday by the US government has dashed their relatives' hopes to find them alive.
Based on the report, the death of one of them namely, Andreas Kasapis has been certified through a DNA test on bones found and according to the detailed investigation that has been conducted, the survival of the other four Americans is regarded as impossible.
US State Department spokesman James Rubin mentions in his statement that US special coordinator on Cyprus Thomas Miller has delivered personally the death certificate of Andreas Kasapis to his family on March 5. Mr. Rubin also has sent his condolences to the families of the four missing and regarded dead namely, Sokratis Kapsouris, Kiriakos Hatzichristoudias, Christos Libertis and Kiriakos Sofokleous.
 WASHINGTON: TURKEY'S STANCE HINDERS THE PROGRESS OF THE TALKS IN CYPRUS
Web Posted: 14:42 GMT+2Nicosia, 23/05/1998 (MPA) US assistant Secretary of State Thomas Pickering expressed disappointment for the failure of US presidential envoy Richard Habrooke's mission to win the reopening of the community talks in Cyprus.
The US government official clarified that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash himself made it clear that Turkey insists in Cyprus' withdrawal from the EU accession talks and demands the recognition of the Turkish Cypriot regime in the Turkish occupied northern part of the island. The US official also stressed that the United States react to the Turkish stance that undermines progress.
He stated that the US government will continue the efforts for the solution of the Cyprus problem in spite of the disappointment caused by the failure of the Halbrooke mission.
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