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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-05-26

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


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY NEWS IN ENGLISH
Thessaloniki, May 26, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] GOVERNMENT, WORKERS DON'T SEE EYE TO EYE OVER BANKS
  • [02] SPAIN'S ROYALS ARRIVE IN GREECE WITH POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE
  • [03] SPANISH FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS WITH GREECE'S PANGALOS
  • [04] INTERNATIONAL MEDIA CONFERENCE HELD IN ATHENS
  • [05] GOVERNMENT'S POPULARITY IS FLAGGING, ACCORDING TO POLL
  • [06] SIMITIS MET WITH THE ROYAL COUPLE OF SPAIN
  • [07] SIMITIS MET WITH US SENATOR PAUL SARBANIS
  • [08] REPPAS DENIED THE INFORMATION ON MILITARY DIALOGUE BETWEEN GREECE AND TURKEY
  • [09] THE CIRCOM MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE IN THESSALONIKI
  • [10] OVER 400 DELEGATES WILL TAKE PART IN THE TRANSIT TRADE AND COMBINED TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE
  • [11] TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS IN SE EUROPE WILL BE DISCUSSED IN CORFU
  • [12] ELECTRONIC ALLIANCE ON TOURISM BETWEEN GREECE AND AUSTRIA
  • [13] WAVE OF STRIKES WILL PARALYZE GREECE TOMORROW
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [14] TURKEY WON'T BE IN THE EU ANY TIME SOON, SAYS KINKEL
  • [15] IBRAHIM RUGOVA TRAVELS TO THE UNITED STATES TODAY
  • [16] CYPRIOT GOVERNMENT REJECTS US REPORT ON MISSING PERSONS
  • [17] THOMAS MILLER IN CYPRUS, TO MEET WITH PRESIDENT CLERIDES
  • [18] CLERIDES - MILLER MEETING
  • [19] THE CARDIFF EU SUMMIT MEETING IS A MILESTONE FOR THE CYPRIOT GOVERNMENT
  • [20] KASOULIDES WILL BE IN ATHENS NEXT SATURDAY
  • [21] US AND BRITISH TOURISTS ARE BEING MURDERED IN TURKEY FOR THEIR PASSPORTS
  • [22] EVENT COMMEMORATING THE GENOCIDE OF THE GREEKS IN PONTOS WAS HELD IN BELGRADE
  • [23] TURKEY: PROSECUTIONS AGAINST ISLAMISTS

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] GOVERNMENT, WORKERS DON'T SEE EYE TO EYE OVER BANKS

    The juxtaposition between the government and the bank sector's worker is growing.

    Workers at all of Greece's banks were on a 24-hour strike yesterday, in a sign of protest to Sunday's raid conducted by SWAT teams at Ionian Bank's computer headquarters in Piraeus.

    Meanwhile, Ionian's management last week decided to initiate legal proceedings against the bank's unions in an attempt to put an end to the strike. The court is to issue its ruling today.

    [02] SPAIN'S ROYALS ARRIVE IN GREECE WITH POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE

    Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia, the sister of Greece's former king Konstantine, arrived in Athens yesterday afternoon for a five-day, official visit.

    The President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos officially welcomed the royal couple outside the Presidential Mansion where the Spanish King and Queen received the full honors accorded to heads of state.

    Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis, Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, his wife Daphne, Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos, Athens Mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos and main opposition party leader Kostas Karamanlis were among the dignitaries present at the official reception for the couple at the presidential mansion. In the evening, President Stephanopoulos hosted a dinner at the Presidential Mansion for the Spanish monarch.

    The royal couple will be received by the Prime Minister today and will inaugurate the "Classic Greece in Spain" exhibition in Athens.

    Spanish Foreign Minister Abel Matutes, who is accompanying the royal couple, met yesterday with his Greek counterpart Theodoros Pangalos.

    On Thursday the royal couple will visit Thessaloniki where they will be received by the Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos and on Friday they will visit the archaeological sites and museum of Vergina.

    [03] SPANISH FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS WITH GREECE'S PANGALOS

    Spain's Foreign Minister Abel Matutes, accompanying his country's royal couple on their official visit to Greece, was received by his Greek counterpart Theodoros Pangalos in Athens yesterday.

    The two men discussed issues concerning the European Union, as well as other matters of bilateral interest, such economic and cultural cooperation.

    Mr. Matutes, who referred to Mr. Pangalos as "a good friend", stated that relations between the two countries are excellent and multifaceted in the framework of European institutions and NATO.

    The two ministers also discussed matters related to the preparation of the Olympic Games.

    [04] INTERNATIONAL MEDIA CONFERENCE HELD IN ATHENS

    A five-day conference, featuring the participation of journalists, scholars and activists from Europe, the Middle East Africa and America is currently being held in Athens, in order to review the role of corporate and government control of news and information.

    The event, organized by the Andreas Papandreou Foundation in collaboration with the Institute of Strategic and Development Studies -Andreas Papandreou (ISTAME) is titled "A 21st century dialogue: A media-run world".

    Among those scheduled to speak are Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the former president of Haiti, who will speak on "What the Media doesn't print: Neoliberalism and structural adjustment policies"; Ramsey Clark, the former U.S. attorney general, who will speak on "Media Manipulation of Foreign Policy"; and renowned Egyptian writer and novelist Nawal El-Sadawi, who will speak on "Western Cultural Imperialism reflected in the Media and International News".

    Addressing the conference, Press Minister Dimitris Reppas spoke of the risks lurking in the domination of the mass communication media and new technologies, stressing the need for formulating policies on a European Union level, with the criteria being the maintenance of human qualities and collective goods.

    In turn, Alternate Foreign Minister and president of ISTAME, George Papandreou, said that those controlling technology, along with those producing, interpreting and transmitting information were all crucial to the future of democracy.

    Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos attended the opening of the conference.

    [05] GOVERNMENT'S POPULARITY IS FLAGGING, ACCORDING TO POLL

    The government's popularity is flagging, according to a recent poll conducted by an Athens daily, while the main opposition party's is on the rise, although both the Premier and the main opposition's leader are not as liked by the public as they used to be.

    According to the poll, published in today's issue of "Ta Nea", the ruling PASOK party's popularity fell to 15% in May 1998, as opposed to the 17.7% it marked in March of 1998.

    Main opposition New Democracy saw a sizable increase in its popularity, which rose to 15.4% in May, as opposed to 10.5% in March.

    The same is not true for either party's leaders. Specifically, Prime Minister, and PASOK President, Kostas Simitis gathered markedly fewer positive remarks in May of this year in comparison to March, as they dropped to 31.2% from 40.7%. Positive views for New Democracy's leader Kostas Karamanlis dropped to 41.9% from 49% during the same two-month period.

    Ranking first - and most popular - among the political leaders is the President of the Coalition of Left and Progress (Synaspismos) Nikos Konstantopoulos with 56.2%, followed by the President of the Democratic Social Movement (DIKKI) Dimitris Tsovolas (49.6%).

    Ranking third and fourth respectively are New Democracy's leader and the Prime Minister, followed by the secretary-general of the Communist Party of Greece Aleka Paparega with 23.9% and the President of Political Spring Antonis Samaras 15.9%.

    At the same time, 65% of those polled believe that, yes, Greece will gain accession to the European Monetary Union.

    [06] SIMITIS MET WITH THE ROYAL COUPLE OF SPAIN

    Spain's royal couple met with prime minister Kostas Simitis at noon today and in the afternoon they will have contacts with right-wing main opposition party New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis and other political party leaders.

    On Thursday, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia will be in Thessaloniki and they will meet with minister of Macedonia-Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos.

    The royal couple will visit the city museums and the churches of Agios Dimitrios and Agia Sofia, while on Friday they will visit the archaeological site of Vergina.

    [07] SIMITIS MET WITH US SENATOR PAUL SARBANIS

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis met with Greek-American US Senator Paul Sarbanis and discussed issues concerning the Greek-US relations and the US policy on the Greek-Turkish issues.

    Mr. Sarbanis, speaking in a special event yesterday, backed the Greek positions on the Greek-Turkish issues and pointed out that Ankara has a difficult time in understanding and accepting the principles of international law.

    [08] REPPAS DENIED THE INFORMATION ON MILITARY DIALOGUE BETWEEN GREECE AND TURKEY

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas categorically denied the information on military dialogue between Greece and Turkey that was included in a front page article of the Turkish newspaper "Cumhurriyet".

    However, Mr. Reppas left open the likelihood of an exchange of views in the meeting of prime minister Kostas Simitis with his Turkish counterpart Mesut Yilmaz within the framework of the Black Sea meeting on June 4.

    On the issue of Turkey's funding by the European Union, Mr. Reppas stressed that the Greek position on the veto remains firm for as long as Turkey does not change its stance and does not meet the preconditions set in the Luxembourg Summit.

    [09] THE CIRCOM MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE IN THESSALONIKI

    The 16th meeting of the CIRCOM Regional will take place in Thessaloniki on Thursday with the participation of 300 representatives of the Pan-European Union of Regional Television Stations (CIRCOM) and managers of leading European television channels from 38 European countries.

    In the conference, that is being organized by the state television channel ET3 and will be completed on Saturday, will be discussed issues concerning co-productions, program exchanges, live TV shows, other services offered and the future of television.

    Among the issues for discussion will be the "Balkan TV Magazine", the digital TV broadcast revolution, the improvement of the regional television , television rights , the television executives of the year 2010, the news philosophy, one-man television crews, the "Euro TV Regio" pilot program, the news bulletins via Internet, the regional television in the European capitals, the co-productions of CIRCOM members for the year 2000 etc.

    [10] OVER 400 DELEGATES WILL TAKE PART IN THE TRANSIT TRADE AND COMBINED TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE

    The 2nd Conference on Combined Transportation and Transit Trade in south-eastern Europe will open in Thessaloniki on June 4 with the participation of over 400 delegates most of them foreign. The conference is organized by Thessaloniki's International Trade Fair HELEXPO and the Transportation Technique Workshop of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

    The conference will last until June 6 and the participants will examine significant proposals for the solution of the problems faced by combined transportation in the Balkans. About 60- 70% of the goods are being carried to their destination through combined transportation, while 5-10% of travelers use that form of transportation.

    [11] TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS IN SE EUROPE WILL BE DISCUSSED IN CORFU

    The institutional problems faced by transportation in south- eastern Europe will be discussed in a meeting that will be held in the Ionian Sea island of Corfu on May 28-29 within the framework of the American initiative SECI for the cooperation in SE Europe.

    The main subject of the meeting will be the facilitation of trade among the countries participating in the initiative.

    In the SECI initiative participate countries from the wider region of the Balkans, while supporters of the initiative are the United States, Austria, Germany, Moldavia, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, international organizations and the European Union.

    [12] ELECTRONIC ALLIANCE ON TOURISM BETWEEN GREECE AND AUSTRIA

    The alliance between Greece and Austria, for the promotion of tourism in both countries through the electronic management of tourist information, was sealed recently through its implementation.

    A meeting was held as a follow-up of the relevant agreement between the Greek Tourist Organization and the corresponding Austrian agency to examine the potential for a closer cooperation of a strategic nature between the two countries.

    As it was made known, quicker and fuller information will be offered through the electronic system both to individual tourists and to those traveling in groups. Moreover, the reliability of the offered services will be safeguarded.

    [13] WAVE OF STRIKES WILL PARALYZE GREECE TOMORROW

    Greece will be "paralyzed" tomorrow, as the strikes, announced by the General Confederation of Greek Workers and the Civil Servants Supreme Administrative Council, will be joined by employees in state banks, the mass transportation sector, schools, hospitals, tax offices and services of local and prefectorial authorities.

    Moreover, workers in ports, the state electricity, telecommunications, water supply, postal services and big industries will, also, participate in tomorrow's strike wave.

    Meanwhile, the preparations for the pan-Hellenic strike organized by the General Confederation of Greek Workers, as well as preparations for the pan-Macedonian rally organized by the Labour Centres of the cities of Northern Greece, which will be held tomorrow, were completed.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [14] TURKEY WON'T BE IN THE EU ANY TIME SOON, SAYS KINKEL

    German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel has stated that Turkey won't be able to accede to the European Union in the foreseeable future, referring to that country's pressing issues, such as violation of human rights, the Kurdish issues and the Greek- Turkish disputes.

    Meanwhile, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled against Turkey, ordering it to pay compensatory damages in the cases of individual and political rights violations.

    [15] IBRAHIM RUGOVA TRAVELS TO THE UNITED STATES TODAY

    The leader of Kossovo's ethnic Albanians Ibrahim Rugova is to travel to the United States today where he will meet with US President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Madleine Albright.

    Mr. Rugova's spokesperson stated that his visit aims at granting more publicity to the escalating tension in Kossovo.

    [16] CYPRIOT GOVERNMENT REJECTS US REPORT ON MISSING PERSONS

    The United States report, issued last week by US President Bill Clinton, on the fate of five US Greek Cypriots listed as missing persons has been met with skepticism by the Cypriot government.

    According to Cypriot press reports, Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides is to turn over the report to the island's attorney- general's office for an opinion.

    Although refusing to comment on the report, which declares the five to be dead, Cypriot government spokesperson Christos Stylianides made it clear the government would accept only physical proof that any of the 1,619 are dead.

    The US on Friday released a 37-page report on the fate of the five Greek Cypriots with US citizenship, one of whom, Andreas Kassapis, has been proved dead through DNA testing on remains found by an American team in the occupied areas.

    The US report, prepared by ambassador Robert Dillon, concludes that Kassapis, then 16, was killed shortly after his capture on August 20, 1974, "very likely by Turkish Cypriot militia men and buried in a field in northern Cyprus near his home town of Asha."

    His partial remains were found there in December 1997 by a UN team of forensic experts and will be returned to his family in the US.

    Of the remaining four, the report said, one probably died from physical hardship stemming from captivity in the northern mountain range above Karavas on August 8, 1974

    The other two "very likely" died in separate killings carried out by Turkish Cypriot fighters in the Mesaoria region between August 15 and August 21, 1974.

    The fifth person was last seen in the company of several unidentified Turkish or Turkish Cypriot persons "who may very well have robbed and killed him," the report said.

    Commenting on reports of these people being taken prisoner, it added that the team found "no evidence" bearing out these allegations, which it described as "unfounded".

    "Although the US government believes that all five missing Americans are dead, it will continue to pursue any additional leads it receives on their fate," the report concludes.

    The US State Department said that, had the four survived, one would be 84 years old and the other three over 90.

    "It would be unrealistic to hold out any hope of them still being alive," the State Department said.

    Mr. Stylianides said the Cypriot government was studying the report, which has been sent for state legal advice.

    "The position of the government is clear," he said. "We do not accept to consider any missing person dead unless scientific convincing evidence is provided about his identity."

    He added that the government was pleased that the remains of one of the five missing had been positively identified.

    [17] THOMAS MILLER IN CYPRUS, TO MEET WITH PRESIDENT CLERIDES

    The United States special coordinator for the Cyprus issue Thomas Miller arrived at the island yesterday evening and will meet with Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides today.

    Mr. Miller is expected to exert pressure on the Cypriot government to cancel the order of the Russian-made S-300 anti- aircraft missiles.

    [18] CLERIDES - MILLER MEETING

    The position of the United States that the installation of the S-300 missiles will not help in the efforts to find a solution to the Cyprus problem was reiterated by Thomas Miller, who underlined that the United States do not set the cancellation of the deal as a precondition for the continuation of their efforts in Cyprus.

    Mr. Miller met with Cypriot president Mr. Clerides and made it clear that the United States will continue their efforts aimed at finding a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    [19] THE CARDIFF EU SUMMIT MEETING IS A MILESTONE FOR THE CYPRIOT GOVERNMENT

    The Cypriot government regards the EU Summit meeting that will be held in Cardiff, Wales next month as a milestone.

    The above were stated by Cypriot foreign minister Yiannakis Kasoulides, who underlined that equally important will be the stance of the UN Security Council toward the renewal of the UNFICYP mandate and the UN secretary-general report on his good offices in Cyprus.

    [20] KASOULIDES WILL BE IN ATHENS NEXT SATURDAY

    Cypriot foreign minister Yiannakis Kasoulides will be in Athens on Saturday for meetings with members of the Greek government.

    Referring to his imminent visit to Athens, Mr. Kasoulides stated that the two governments will continue to have regular contacts both on the Cyprus problem and his country's EU accession course.

    Cyprus's prosecutor general Alekos Markidis and head of Cyprus's negotiating team Giorgos Vasiliou will also be in Athens on Friday for talks concerning Cyprus's EU accession course.

    [21] US AND BRITISH TOURISTS ARE BEING MURDERED IN TURKEY FOR THEIR PASSPORTS

    American and British tourists are murdered in Turkey for their passports that are being sold in illegal underground markets for up to 10.000 US dollars each.

    The London newspaper "The Independent" writes that there are crime gangs of forgers operating in Turkey to which the passports of the murdered American and British tourists are being sold by their killers.

    The newspaper mentions two cases of British nationals, who were "lost somewhere in Turkey" and underlines that British Labor Party Parliament member Keith Vaz will call for an extraordinary discussion in Parliament over the fate of the 174 British citizens, who disappeared in Turkey in the last 10 years.

    The newspaper mentions the case of Edgar Fernandes from east London, who disappeared almost as soon as he arrived in Turkey and was found dead in Bosporos three weeks later. His family believes that he was killed for his passport.

    [22] EVENT COMMEMORATING THE GENOCIDE OF THE GREEKS IN PONTOS WAS HELD IN BELGRADE

    An event commemorating the anniversary of the genocide of the Greeks in Pontos by the Turks was held in Belgrade.

    In the event, that was organized by the Greek press office in Belgrade and was held in the Chapel of the Belgrade Theology School, were present Cypriot ambassador Andreas Skarparis, the Greek embassy delegation in Belgrade, members of the Association of Greeks in Serbia "Rigas Fereos" and Greek-Serb friendship associations.

    Within the framework of the event, the press office organized a photo exhibition on the long presence of the Greeks in Pontos and the suffering of the refugees. In the exhibition was also presented a map of the region where the Greeks of Pontos wanted to create the autonomous "Republic of Pontos".

    [23] TURKEY: PROSECUTIONS AGAINST ISLAMISTS

    Turkish government and justice persecute the Businessmen Union called MUSIAD, which, actively supports Islamists.

    Following the recent prosecution against 20 businessmen who, financially and morally, supported the Welfare party, which was declared illegal by the Constitutional Court, now, the Prosecutor of Ankara's State Security Court pressed charges against the president of Erol Yarar with the accusation that he "stirred up peoples' hatred through religious discriminations".


    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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