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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-05-28

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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 28, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] BANK WORKERS' STRIKE RULED "ILLEGAL", ITS RESUMPTION BARRED
  • [02] SPAIN'S KING JUAN CARLOS AND QUEEN SOPHIA IN THESSALONIKI
  • [03] MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY LEADER TO TOUR THESSALY
  • [04] INTERNATIONAL FUR CONGRESS TO BE HELD IN KASTORIA
  • [05] FISH FOSSIL FOUND ON CRETE, DATES BACK TO THREE MILLION YEARS
  • [06] GREEK BUSINESS DELEGATION TO TRAVEL IN JORDAN ON JUNE 7-11
  • [07] SPAIN'S ROYAL COUPLE IS VISITING THESSALONIKI
  • [08] SIGNIFICANT PRESENTATIONS IN THE CONFERENCE ON ALEXANDER THE GREAT
  • [09] THE 16TH CIRCOM MEETING OPENED IN THESSALONIKI TODAY
  • [10] STRIKES IN GREECE CONTINUE
  • [11] THE LEFT-WING PARTY OF SYNASPISMOS HELD RALLY IN THESSALONIKI
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [12] GREECE WANTS KOSSOVO'S AUTONOMY, NOT INDEPENDENCE
  • [13] ALBANIANS ASK FOR NATO'S INTERVENTION IN KOSSOVO
  • [14] NATO'S TWO-DAY CONFERENCE BEGINS IN LUXEMBOURG TODAY
  • [15] NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TO PUBLISH GREEK EDITION
  • [16] UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS PROFESSOR IS AMONG WORLD'S TOP TWENTY
  • [17] KOREA'S DAEWOO TAKES MAJORITY STAKE IN ROMANIAN CARMAKER
  • [18] US SECRETARY OF STATE TO MEET SEPARATELY WITH PANGALOS, CEM
  • [19] PODGORICA: OVER 20,000 RALLY IN SUPPORT OF DJUKANOVIC
  • [20] TURKISH WARSHIPS WILL SAIL INTO THE OCCUPIED PORTS OF CYPRUS
  • [21] PASCAL MILO WELCOMES NATO'S DECISION

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] BANK WORKERS' STRIKE RULED "ILLEGAL", ITS RESUMPTION BARRED

    A Greek court ruled yesterday that the strike conducted by bank staff disgruntled over the state's plans to privatize Ionian Bank, is illegal and has barred its resumption.

    The Athens-based Court of Appeals ordered workers at state- controlled Ionian Bank to end the strike they have held since May 11.

    In its ruling, the Court said union leaders would be fined GRD400,000 (about $1,200) on a daily basis if the order was ignored. As for the employees, under Greek law, staff members failing to return to work after such a ruling also face the possibility of dismissal.

    In its reasoning, the Court held that the striking Ionian workers have essentially barred thousands of customers from having access to their savings accounts, since there isn't even a skeleton staff on duty to serve them.

    Undaunted, the Ionian Bank's union president pledged that the workers will not back down and a new strike was announced for today and tomorrow.

    [02] SPAIN'S KING JUAN CARLOS AND QUEEN SOPHIA IN THESSALONIKI

    Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia, the sister of Greece's former king Konstantine, currently on a five-day, official visit to Greece, will arrive in Thessaloniki this afternoon where they will received by the Minister of Macedonia- Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos..

    Juan Carlos will lay a wreath at a memorial commemorating the thousands of Greek Jews exterminated by the Nazis during World War II. These were descendants of about 20,000 Jews who arrived in the city after their eviction from Spain in 1492. The royals are expected to be addressed in Spanish by the president of the city's Jewish community Andreas Sefihas.

    Tomorrow, they will visit the archaeological sites and museum of Vergina.

    [03] MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY LEADER TO TOUR THESSALY

    The leader of Greece's main opposition party, New Democracy's Kostas Karamanlis is to embark on a four-day tour of central Greece today, namely the prefectures of Magnesia, Larisa, Karditsa and Trikala.

    He will meet with local authorities, business leaders, as well as party followers and will give a series of addresses.

    [04] INTERNATIONAL FUR CONGRESS TO BE HELD IN KASTORIA

    An international fur congress is to begin at the city of Kastoria, in northwestern Greece, tomorrow, featuring the participation of furriers from 12 countries including Russia, the US and China.

    Specifically, delegations from Russia, Ukraine, China, the Czech Republic, Romania, Spain, Austria, Denmark, Hungary, Italy and the US will be attending the launch of the three-day international fur congress.

    The prefecture of Kastoria has a long tradition in fur production from breeding to the finished product and accounts for approximately six percent of total foreign exchange inflows into Greece annually.

    Kastoria has 2,700 fur producing enterprises,1,700 of which are exclusively export-oriented. Russia and the Far East are evolving into the industry's major importers. According to official data, the fur industry in the region employs 13,000 people.

    Greek furriers treat 8.5 percent of world fur and leather production, and produce 30 percent of fur products worldwide.

    [05] FISH FOSSIL FOUND ON CRETE, DATES BACK TO THREE MILLION YEARS

    Researchers on the island of Crete have discovered the fossil of a three-million-year-old fish, 450 meters up on a mountainside.

    According to press reports, the fossil was contained in a slab of rock, believed to come from an inland Cretan quarry, that was being used as a step in a mountaintop castle built in 961 AD.

    Geologists from the University of Crete's Natural History Museum believe the fossil is evidence that Crete was once partially or totally under the sea. At 50 cm (20 inches) long, the fossil is the largest found in the region.

    [06] GREEK BUSINESS DELEGATION TO TRAVEL IN JORDAN ON JUNE 7-11

    A Thessaloniki businessmen's delegation is to travel to Jordan on June 7, for a five-day mission organized by the Organization of Export Promotion (OPE).

    Headed by the chairman of OPE, Ioannis Jen, the delegation is to represent businesses from the sectors of food, construction material, industrial products, electrical materials and computers, medicines, cosmetics, office furniture, etc.

    The participation fee is GRD250,000. Those interested in participating may contact the Industrial Chamber of Thessaloniki, tel. 271-708.

    [07] SPAIN'S ROYAL COUPLE IS VISITING THESSALONIKI

    Spain's royal couple arrived in Thessaloniki at noon today. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were welcomed at the Macedonia Airport by minister of Macedonia-Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos. Soon afterwards, the King of Spain laid a wreath at the monument for the victims of the Holocaust to honor the Jews who were killed in the Nazi concentration camps.

    The royal couple of Spain will visit the Byzantine Museum and the churches of Agios Dimitrios and Agia Sofia this afternoon. On Friday, they will visit the archaeological site of Vergina and in the afternoon they will leave for Madrid.

    In the ceremony at the monument for the Jews killed by the Nazis, the president of the Jewish Community in Thessaloniki, Mr. Andreas Sefiha referred to the month of March of the year 1492 when the Jews were forced to leave Spain and came to Thessaloniki which became their new home. Mr. Sefiha expressed the certainty that with the visit of Spain's royal couple the ties between the two countries will be further strengthened.

    King Juan Carlos in his speech announced that a few days ago the Spanish government decided to offer the sum of 250 million pesetas to the World Organization of Sefardites (Sefarad is the name of Spain in the Bible) showing this way Spain's support to the Jews from Spain, who were the victims of persecution during the Holocaust and in the years that followed.

    Meanwhile, around 200 royalists had gathered at the site of the monument cheering and calling the name of the Queen of Spain referring to her as the Princess of Greece.

    [08] SIGNIFICANT PRESENTATIONS IN THE CONFERENCE ON ALEXANDER THE GREAT

    The international conference on "Alexander the Great: From Macedonia to the World" continues in the north-central Greek city of Veria with the presentation of significant reports by distinguished Greek and foreign archaeologists and historians.

    According to Egyptian professor Mahmud Sakr, who presented a report on "Alexander the Great and diplomacy", the Macedonian King united the Greeks as soon as he ascended to the throne using diplomacy and as the leader of all Greeks started the battle against a common enemy.

    Reports were also presented by archaeologists Stella Drougou under the title "The theater in ancient Macedonia" and by Maria Lilibakis-Akamatis under the title "The Macedonian city".

    [09] THE 16TH CIRCOM MEETING OPENED IN THESSALONIKI TODAY

    Significant steps toward the strengthening of cooperation among the regional television networks around the world are expected to be made in the 16th CIRCOM Regional meeting that opened in Thessaloniki today and will be completed on Saturday, May 30.

    The meeting in which participate 310 delegates of the Pan- European Association of Regional Television Stations (CIRCOM) from 38 European countries was organized by the state television station ET3.

    Co-productions, exchanges of TV programs, live television shows and services offered will be at the center of the meeting. The delegates will deal with the future of television in view of globalization and the developments that will be signaled by the spread of digital television.

    Ministry of Mass Media general secretary Nikolaos Athanasakis referred in his speech to the significant role the regional networks are called to play in the preservation of local culture, traditions and heritage. He underlined that programs such as, the "Balkan TV Magazine", the "Baltic Report", "Alice" and "Euromusica" should be strengthened and become the basis of a stable and fruitful inter-state cooperation that will protect national divergence and will mirror the European linguistic and cultural polymorphism.

    Deputy general secretary of CIRCOM Boris Bergant referred to Thessaloniki making complimentary comments and characterizing it as a cradle of civilization. He announced that the Association has three new members since yesterday and reminded that the 17th meeting of CIRCOM will be held in Croatia in November.

    Messages of the ministers of culture and Macedonia-Thrace, who were unable to attend, were read during the official opening of the meeting. Minister of culture Evangelos Venizelos characterized the meeting as a "cultural event" and pointed out that the upgrading of the regional networks is a necessary pre- condition for the regional development within the framework of the European Union.

    Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos reminded in his message that the goal of the mass media should be not just to provide news information but to meet the spiritual needs of the public.

    [10] STRIKES IN GREECE CONTINUE

    The Ionian Bank workers will continue their strike tomorrow, supported by the Federation of Bank Workers.

    Today's strike was joined by the workers of the Commercial Bank, the administrative board of which approved, by a vast majority, yesterday, the proposal for the shares sale of the Ionian Bank.

    However, Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stressed that the government intends to do its best and use all legal means in order to achieve the re-opening of the Ionian Bank.

    Mr Reppas, also, noted that the government considers current strikes to be abusive and called on workers to abide by the court's ruling.

    [11] THE LEFT-WING PARTY OF SYNASPISMOS HELD RALLY IN THESSALONIKI

    President of the left-wing party of Synaspismos Nikos Konstantopoulos, addressing the open rally of the party's supporters, which was held today at the Aristotelous place, in Thessaloniki, accused prime minister Kostas Simitis and the policy of the governing party of PASOK of leading the country to a deadlock.

    Mr Konstantopoulos stressed that the government, through its "autocracy and social insensitivity", is responsible for the increasing social and economic problems and added that his party's proposals are specific.

    He, also, referred to the main opposition party of New Democracy, saying that both ND and PASOK pledged to lead Greece to the 21st century but their policies resulted in the country being the last to follow other states.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [12] GREECE WANTS KOSSOVO'S AUTONOMY, NOT INDEPENDENCE

    Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos, during a one- day visit to Slovenia, stated yesterday that the Greek government supports autonomy for the Yugoslav province of Kossovo but not independence.

    He added however that the borders in the region should not change. "If we do not apply this principle we will open a Pandora's box,'' he said.

    Mr. Pangalos also stressed the importance of using sanctions against Yugoslavia to keep the peace, saying they should be ``real and not just imaginary.''

    The Foreign Minister also urged the international community to listen more closely to the Balkan countries.

    ``The voice of the countries in the region should be heard, as we know a little bit more (about he situation),'' he said.

    [13] ALBANIANS ASK FOR NATO'S INTERVENTION IN KOSSOVO

    Kossovo's Albanian community members h e requested NATO's intervention in the region's fermenting crisis.

    The latest reports from Kossovo say heavy fighting has continued between ethnic-Albanian separatists and Serbian forces. Meanwhile, the American State Department has confirmed that Kossovo's main ethnic-Albanian leader, Ibrahim Rugova, is due to meet senior members of the Clinton Administration later this week.

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has opened an office in northern Albania to deal with a possible influx of refugees from the neighboring Serbian province of Kossovo.

    A UNHCR spokesman said that so far there had only been about forty such cases, but contingency plans had been made to deal with larger numbers.

    [14] NATO'S TWO-DAY CONFERENCE BEGINS IN LUXEMBOURG TODAY

    The Alliance's two-day conference at a Foreign Ministers level is to begin in Luxembourg today, where the participants are to meet with their counterparts from central and eastern European countries, Russia and the republics of the former Soviet Union. The conference is held within the framework of the council of euro- atlantic cooperation and the participants will discuss the latest developments in Kossovo, as well as the aversion of any potential spill-over in the neighboring countries, i.e. Albania and FYROM.

    Specifically, the Foreign Ministers are to examine proposals submitted by the Alliance's military committee concerning the establishment of peace in Kossovo and whether or not NATO's forces will intervene in the region. Should such force be established in the area it would number 7,000-20,000 soldiers.

    According to the BBC, a meeting between Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos with his counterparts from the United States, Russia and FYROM, is not unlikely.

    [15] NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TO PUBLISH GREEK EDITION

    The renowned National Geographic magazine is to publish a Greek edition starting in October, in cooperation with Lambrakis Press, the leading publisher of newspapers and magazines in Greece.

    According to the National Geographic Society, the magazine's Greek edition will closely follow the editorial content of the monthly English-language original.

    National Geographic is starting a Hebrew edition in June and is already published in Japanese, Italian and Spanish.

    The Society said it is also in negotiations to publish the magazine in the local languages of Brazil, China, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scandinavia and Turkey.

    [16] UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS PROFESSOR IS AMONG WORLD'S TOP TWENTY

    University of Cyprus professor Aris Spanos is ranked among the world's top twenty experts on theoretical econometrics, according to Cypriot news reports.

    Mr. Spanos' top twenty ranking is based on his prodigious output in leading journals between 1989 and 1995.

    The Worldwide Institutional Rankings in Econometrics also places the Cyprus University in 70th position for its contributions to the subject, out of 200 academic institutions.

    Yale University tops the global league in important contributions to econometric theory.

    But due to the efforts of Mr. Spanos, the Cyprus University is ranked third on productivity alone.

    The university's world rankings can only improve, as the data for the study goes back several years before the Cyprus University was opened.

    Econometrics is a specialized discipline that attempts to prove economic models via mathematical equations.

    [17] KOREA'S DAEWOO TAKES MAJORITY STAKE IN ROMANIAN CARMAKER

    The South Korean carmaker Daewoo has acquired a 51 percent stake in Romania's Mecatim auto manufacturer for an undisclosed sum, according to Romanian press reports.

    Mecatim's chief executive said Daewoo plans to invest $100 million in the plant, which will produce car equipment such as air- conditioning systems and brakes.

    The Korean company also plans to create 400 new jobs at the plant. In 1994, Daewoo acquired a 51 percent stake in the Rodae car plant.

    [18] US SECRETARY OF STATE TO MEET SEPARATELY WITH PANGALOS, CEM

    The United States Secretary of State Madleine Albright is expected to hold separate meetings with the Foreign Ministers of Greece and Turkey, Theodoros Pangalos and Ismael Cem, respectively, during tomorrow's NATO summit in Luxembourg.

    State department spokesperson James Rubin, stated that both Turkey and Greece are members of the North Atlantic Council and are close allies of the United States.

    "My experience has been when Secretary Albright is at one of those meetings, she, in one way or another, meets with all the members of the North Atlantic Council. It is also my understanding that there's a strong possibility of some separate bilateral meetings outside of the actual NAC session."

    [19] PODGORICA: OVER 20,000 RALLY IN SUPPORT OF DJUKANOVIC

    More than 20,000 people rallied in Podgorica yesterday in support of reformist Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic, a fierce opponent of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, ahead of general elections in this Yugoslav republic.

    According to the French news agency AFP, a group of supporters fled in panic from the main square in Podgorica after being hit by stones and firecrackers thrown from the top of a nearby high-rise, but the police calmed them down quickly.

    Ending a campaign for the Sunday elections in this tiny republic, which together with Serbia makes up the rump Yugoslavia, Djukanovic and his coalition "To Live Better" urged supporters to back their policy of democracy and economic reforms, condemning Milosevic's "autocratic regime."

    "We must not allow Milosevic to overrun Montenegro to fulfill his aims of creating Great Serbia," Djukanovic told the crowd.

    Western-backed Djukanovic, who had won Montenegrin presidential polls last year after defeating Milosevic's protege, now federal premier Momir Bulatovic, has become Yugoslav strongman's most dangerous political foe in the rump Yugoslavia.

    Waving Montenegrin flags and shouting "Milo, freedom," thousands greeted the reformist president on the main Podgorica square. Dozens of people stood on the roofs of nearby buildings, while many drove around the capital with their horns blaring. And the message of support for Djukanovic, coming from famous Yugoslav football players Dejan avicevic and Predrag Mijatovic, both Montenegrins, and read during the rally, drew rounds of applause in the crowd.

    [20] TURKISH WARSHIPS WILL SAIL INTO THE OCCUPIED PORTS OF CYPRUS

    Turkish Navy warships will sail into the occupied ports of Kerinia and Famagusta in northern Cyprus within the framework of the air and sea Turkish exercise code-named "Sea Wolf 98" that will be held on June 3-26. The exercise will be held in international waters and in the air space of Marmara, the Aegean and central and eastern Mediterranean.

    Headed by the fleet commander, admiral Ilhami Ertil different types of war vessels that will participate in the exercise have already left their bases and are also expected to arrive at the ports of Bizerte in Tunisia and Augusto in Italy.

    [21] PASCAL MILO WELCOMES NATO'S DECISION

    The Albanian government expressed its satisfaction over the decision reached by NATO to deploy military forces along the borders of Albania and FYROM with Serbia.

    The Albanian Foreign minister Pascal Milo, in statements he made, stressed that this decision is a proof that the Alliance is determined to avert a deterioration of the situation in the area.

    Mr Milo underlined that NATO's plans are a satisfactory response to Tirana's concern over an eventual spread of the crisis to the Balkans area.


    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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