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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-07-02

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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, July 2, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] HEAT WAVE THROUGHOUT GREECE, TEMPERATURES SOAR TO 102F
  • [02] THREE NEW BORDER CROSSINGS TO BE CREATED BETWEEN GREECE - BULGARIA
  • [03] DRAMA PREFECTURE TO BESTOW HONORS FOR CONTRIBUTION TO DIASPORA
  • [04] SOCCER: GERMAN PLAYER SIGNS WITH THESSALONIKI'S ARIS
  • [05] HEAT WAVE IN GREECE
  • [06] GREECE WANTS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE INTERREG 2 C PROGRAMME
  • [07] REPPAS: NO CONFLICT BETWEEN JUSTICE MINISTER AND PROSECUTORS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [08] CANADA IN FAVOR OF RETURNING PARTHENON MARBLES TO GREECE
  • [09] TURKISH RACKETEERS MURDER TOURISTS TO STEAL THEIR PASSPORTS
  • [10] UN SPECIAL ADVISER IN NICOSIA TODAY, TO MEET WITH CLERIDES, DENKTASH
  • [11] HOLBROOKE AND STATE DEPARTMENT: WE SUPPORT IBRAHIM RUGOVA
  • [12] SERBS RECAPTURE KOSSOVO MINE FROM ETHNIC ALBANIANS
  • [13] STATE SUBSIDIES TO INDUSTRY SECTOR AMOUNTED TO ECU798 MILLION IN 96
  • [14] NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL JAVIER SOLANA TRAVELS TO TIRANA TODAY
  • [15] CLERIDES - CORDOVEZ MEETING
  • [16] JAVIER SOLANA IS ON A VISIT TO TIRANA
  • [17] CUBAN PARLIAMENT DEPUTIES MET IN NICOSIA WITH PRESIDENT CLERIDES
  • [18] THE TURKISH ECONOMY IS UNDER THE TOTAL CONTROL OF THE IMF
  • [19] SANCTIONS ON SWISS BANKS OVER THE JEWISH GOLD
  • [20] GREEK CYPRIOT AND TURKISH CYPRIOT BUSINESSMEN MET IN OSLO
  • [21] NATO DISPLEASED OVER HOLBROOKE'S CONTACTS WITH THE KOSOVO LIBERATION ARMY
  • [22] DELIVERY OF RUSSIAN S-300 MISSILES TO CYPRUS DELAYED

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] HEAT WAVE THROUGHOUT GREECE, TEMPERATURES SOAR TO 102F

    State authorities are in a state of readiness in order to address the various problems that may arise from the heat wave expected to strike Greece today, according to the National Weather Bureau.

    According to the forecasts, the temperatures are expected to soar to 106F (41C) today, reaching 108F (42C) tomorrow and Saturday.

    The Prefect of Thessaloniki, Kostas Papadopoulos has ordered hospitals and ambulance services to be in a state of readiness, especially for the groups which are most prone to heat strokes, such as the elderly and the ill.

    Temperatures are forecast to fall on Sunday, with a cool front moving in from the north, the weather service said in a news release.

    [02] THREE NEW BORDER CROSSINGS TO BE CREATED BETWEEN GREECE - BULGARIA

    Greek and Bulgarian experts are to meet today and tomorrow in Athens in order to discuss the creation of three new toll stations at border crossings between the two countries.

    The experts are to hammer out the exact locations of the new toll stations at Rudozem-Xanthi and Kerdzali - Komotini.

    [03] DRAMA PREFECTURE TO BESTOW HONORS FOR CONTRIBUTION TO DIASPORA

    The Prefecture of Drama, in northern Greece, is to bestow honors on two of its citizens who are distinguished members of the Greek community living abroad, namely Swedish deputy Nikos Papadopoulos and the Secretary-General of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) Christos Karypides.

    The two men will be honored in a celebration to be held on tomorrow, July 3, at 8:30 p.m. at the amphitheatre of the Prefecture of Drama.

    Along with Mgrs. Papadopoulos and Karypides, the general director of the Macedonian Press Agency Spyros Kouzinopoulos will also be honored for his valuable input and contribution to informing Greeks throughout the world.

    [04] SOCCER: GERMAN PLAYER SIGNS WITH THESSALONIKI'S ARIS

    German player Reiner Raufman, who played for Cyprus last year, is expected to sign a three-year contract with Aris today.

    Joining PAOK will be Joe Nagbe, while Kostas Lagonides is to return to the team, having already signed a one-year contract. According to reports, a Latin-American ball player who took part in Mudial is also coveted by PAOK.

    Meanwhile, Iraklis is continuing training in light of Sunday's game with Bucharest's National, whose players are to arrive in Thessaloniki tomorrow evening.

    [05] HEAT WAVE IN GREECE

    A heat wave has struck Greece. Temperatures will reach today 40 degrees Celsius, while tomorrow will "touch" the 42 degrees mark.

    Minister of health Kostas Gitonas stated that if it is deemed necessary the emergency plan "Xenokratis" will be implemented, while he instructed officials in the country's prefectures and municipalities to offer every possible help to the homeless and the elderly.

    The ministry of labor with a circular it has issued suggests that all those working outside should take short breaks to avoid heatstroke.

    All the hospitals in the country as well as, the ambulance service are in a state of readiness.

    [06] GREECE WANTS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE INTERREG 2 C PROGRAMME

    Greece claims the sum of 30 million ECU within the framework of the Interreg 2 C European Union programme to be allocated for interventions aimed at dealing with floods along the banks of Strimonas River as well as with the drought in the Aegean islands.

    The decisions on which countries will be included in the programme, with a total budget of 300 million ECU, are expected to be made before the end of July.

    [07] REPPAS: NO CONFLICT BETWEEN JUSTICE MINISTER AND PROSECUTORS

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas, commenting on the statements the Justice minister Evangellos Giannopoulos made regarding an investigation in the ministry of National Order conducted by the Public Prosecutor's Office, stressed that there is no conflict between the ministry of Justice and the public prosecutors. Mr Reppas stated that it was clarified that the investigation did not concern the political leadership neither the National Order minister Giorgos Romeos and noted that the government fully supports the prosecutor's investigation.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [08] CANADA IN FAVOR OF RETURNING PARTHENON MARBLES TO GREECE

    Greek Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos is currently in Canada where he represented Greece at the two-day international conference on international cultural cooperation in Ottawa.

    Mr. Venizelos was received by Canada's National Heritage Minister Sheila Copps who advocated the immediate return of the Parthenon Marbles, currently housed in the British Museum, to their homeland, Athens. He also invited Ms Copps to attend an international conference on "Women-Athletics and Sponsorship" to be held in Athens in September, and also invited the Canadian minister to represent her country as an observer at a meeting of the Culture Ministers of the Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation- Barcelona Process on the island of Rhodes in September, to be attended by 15 European Union and 12 non-EU Mediterranean countries.

    [09] TURKISH RACKETEERS MURDER TOURISTS TO STEAL THEIR PASSPORTS

    Passport racketeers in Turkey have killed 174 British nationals during the past ten years, according to press reports in Britain.

    London daily "The Guardian" reported that most of the victims were of Asian descent whose passports sold for about 6,000 sterling each. The coveted passports are considered by the racketeers as a sure way to enter Europe.

    According to "The Guardian", Britain's Foreign Office has informed the Turkish authorities who stated that they are aware of the issue.

    [10] UN SPECIAL ADVISER IN NICOSIA TODAY, TO MEET WITH CLERIDES, DENKTASH

    The UN Secretary-General's special adviser for the Cyprus issue Diego Cordovez arrived in Nicosia today, where he will be received by the President of the Republic of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides and the leader of the Turkish-Cypriots Rauf Denktash.

    According to UNFICYP's spokesperson, Mr. Cordovez might conduct a second round of talks with Mgrs. Clerides and Denktash.

    Tomorrow, Mr. Cordovez will meet with the Secretary- General's newly-appointed special representative in Cyprus Ann Herkus, who will replace Mr. Gustav Feishel.

    [11] HOLBROOKE AND STATE DEPARTMENT: WE SUPPORT IBRAHIM RUGOVA

    The United States have openly expressed their support to the leader of Kossovo's ethnic Albanians Ibrahim Rugova, stating that he is the correct interlocutor and the central and indispensable leader of the Albanian side in Kossovo and this is why US president Bill Clinton met with him.

    In an effort to justify the recent contacts made by US officials and the leaders of the Kossovo Liberation Army, State Department spokesperson James Rubin, told journalists at yesterday's daily briefing that "if we're going to get a cease- fire, we have to be in touch with the people who can control one side of the equation.

    " If we don't have contact with the Kosovar Liberation Army and we get Milosevic to do what he should have done long ago - which is to stop the crackdown - the cease-fire will not be able to sustain.

    "As a practical matter, we need to be in touch with those who can make it possible for a cease-fire to sustain; and that's the reason - and the only reason - we have been in contact with the Kosovar Liberation Army," Mr. Rubin explained.

    US newly-appointed ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke told the BBC that it is necessary to conduct talks with those who control the Albanian minority's armed forces.

    "Of course, Ibrahim Rugova has our complete support," Mr. Holbrooke said, adding "but Mr.Rugova , as he states, does not control the armed autonomists."

    Moreover, Mr. Holbrooke stated that his contacts with KLA members were not planned.

    Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel warned that NATO's policy towards the Serbs should not create false hopes of independence for Kossovo's Albanians.

    He also stated that any military intervention by NATO will require a relevant decision by the UN Security Council.

    [12] SERBS RECAPTURE KOSSOVO MINE FROM ETHNIC ALBANIANS

    Serbian security forces have regained control of a strategic coal mine just outside Kossovo's capital from ethnic Albanian guerrillas, according to press reports.

    Reporters were taken on a tour of Ade village, adjacent to the mine at Belacevic, by the Serbian media centre. The village was the scene of two days of fighting between ethnic Albanian insurgents and Serbian forces.

    The ethnic Albanians took control of Belacevic, ten kilometers west of Prishtina, and other nearby villages last week.

    Heavy mining equipment operating in the coal pit and the conveyor belt that transfers coal from the mine to two nearby generating plants in Obilic was operating on Wednesday.

    [13] STATE SUBSIDIES TO INDUSTRY SECTOR AMOUNTED TO ECU798 MILLION IN 96

    According to a report issued by the European Commission on the decade's state subsidisation, Greece ranks sixth among the European Union's 15 member-states in regard to state subsidies granted to the industry sector.

    Specifically, 798 million ECU were pumped into the country's industry sector, a clear reduction when programmed to 1995's 868.5 million ECU., and 1992's 1.1 billion ECU.

    The transportation sector holds the lion's share, with 31.5% of the subsidies, 4.4% of which (MECU44.1) were granted to Olympic Airways.

    The EU member ranking first in the state subsidies list is Germany, devouring 12,8 billion ECU in the industry sector during 1996.

    [14] NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL JAVIER SOLANA TRAVELS TO TIRANA TODAY

    NATO secretary-general Javier Solana is to conduct a visit to the capital of Albania, Tirana, today, where he will hold talks with Albanian President Reijep Meidani, Premier Fatos Nano, and the country's Foreign and Defense Ministers.

    During his stay, Mr. Solana will inaugurate NATO's offices at the Albanian defense ministry; the only one located in South- eastern Europe and which has been operating since last month.

    The state-owned media grant special emphasis to Mr. Solana's visit to Tirana, due to the current crisis in Kossovo.

    [15] CLERIDES - CORDOVEZ MEETING

    UN secretary-general special adviser on the Cyprus issue Diego Cordovez, who is on a visit Nicosia, will meet with Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.

    Tomorrow, Mr. Cordovez will meet with Ann Herkus, who will replace Gustav Feisel as the UN secretary-general special envoy to Cyprus.

    [16] JAVIER SOLANA IS ON A VISIT TO TIRANA

    NATO secretary-general Javier Solana will meet in Tirana today with Albanian president Redzep Meidani, prime minister Fatos Nano and ministers of foreign affairs and defense Paskal Milo and Luan Haidaranga.

    Meanwhile, the United States expressed their support to the leader of the ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, Ibrahim Rugova.

    [17] CUBAN PARLIAMENT DEPUTIES MET IN NICOSIA WITH PRESIDENT CLERIDES

    Cuban Parliament deputies met in Nicosia today with Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides and conveyed to him the full support and solidarity of their country to the struggle of the Cypriot people.

    Mr. Clerides briefed Group of Friendship in the Cuban Parliament chairman Ernesto Suarez Mentez and Cuban Parliament member Leonardo Lopez on the latest developments in the Cyprus issue.

    From their side, the Cuban Parliament deputies, who are on a visit to Cyprus at the invitation of the Cypriot Parliament, briefed Cypriot president Clerides on the developments in their country and the economic isolation imposed on Cuba.

    [18] THE TURKISH ECONOMY IS UNDER THE TOTAL CONTROL OF THE IMF

    The Turkish economy is placed under the total control of the International Monetary Fund based on the agreement reached recently which provides that the international organization will effectively determine the country's fiscal policy for a period of at least 18 months.

    The newspaper "Hurriyet" as all the Turkish newspapers stresses that among the targets set by the international organization is the drop of inflation to 50% in 1998 and to 20% in 1999.

    The IMF will check the course of the Turkish economy every 3 months and its conclusions will be sent to international evaluation and credit organizations.

    [19] SANCTIONS ON SWISS BANKS OVER THE JEWISH GOLD

    A new initiative was announced by the United States in an effort to force the Swiss banks to give back hundreds of millions of dollars owed to the victims of the Holocaust.

    A committee of economic officials announced, according to the radio service of the BBC, that it will impose sanctions on Swiss banks because they have not paid yet the compensation owed to the families of the victims of the Holocaust, who did not get their property back after the defeat of Germany in World War II.

    [20] GREEK CYPRIOT AND TURKISH CYPRIOT BUSINESSMEN MET IN OSLO

    The two-day meeting of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot businessmen which was held with the participation of businessmen from Greece and Turkey was completed in Oslo with the signing of an agreement for further cooperation.

    The meeting that was held at the initiative of the Oslo Peace Institute was presided over by US ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke.

    [21] NATO DISPLEASED OVER HOLBROOKE'S CONTACTS WITH THE KOSOVO LIBERATION ARMY

    NATO secretary general Javier Solana stated today that he recognises Ibrahim Rugova as the leader of the Kosovo Albanians, while, at the same time, the United States have contacts with radical ethnic Albanian separatists. Meanwhile, all European states are concerned over the talks Richard Holbrooke held with two members of the Kosovo Liberation Army without consulting NATO because it is expected that this initiative will hamper the negotiations between Serbian authorities and ethnic Albanians.

    [22] DELIVERY OF RUSSIAN S-300 MISSILES TO CYPRUS DELAYED

    Russian ambassador to Ankara Vadim Kuznetsof announced today that the delivery of the Russian S-300 missiles to Cyprus would be delayed until the end of autumn, following a request by the Cypriot government, according to the Cypriot Press Agency. This is the first time that a Russian diplomat officially announces a delay of the missiles delivery to the island. Mr Kuznetsof pointed out that the contract on the missiles sale is a purely economic matter and has nothing to do with politics.

    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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