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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-07-03

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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 3, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] HEAT WAVE THROUGHOUT GREECE, THREE DIE FROM SIZZLING TEMPERATURES
  • [02] DIASPORA YOUTH TO MEET IN THESSALONIKI TOMORROW
  • [03] DRAMA PREFECTURE TO BESTOW HONORS FOR CONTRIBUTION TO DIASPORA
  • [04] PTOLEMAIDA MAYOR , ALONG WITH TWO OTHERS, KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
  • [05] NATION-WIDE STRIKE ON JULY 23, IN PROTEST OF LABOR RELATIONS
  • [06] HELLENIC PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT ON VISIT TO CHINA
  • [07] EXHIBITION OF ALEKOS PHASIANOS NEW ART COLLECTION IN SANI FESTIVAL
  • [08] TSOCHATZOPOULOS LEFT FOR THE UNITED STATES
  • [09] CABINET MEETING IN ATHENS
  • [10] CABINET APPROVES BILL SUBMITTED BY THE DEVELOPMENT MINISTRY
  • [11] FUNERAL OF PTOMELAIDA MAYOR TO BE HELD TOMORROW
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [12] RICHARD HOLBROOKE TO MEET IN BELGRADE WITH MILOSEVIC TODAY
  • [13] GREECE'S DEFENSE MINISTER BEGINS US TOUR TODAY
  • [14] RUSSIA CONFIRMS: S-300 MISSILES WON'T ARRIVE IN CYPRUS UNTIL AUTUMN
  • [15] STATE DEPARTMENT COMMENTS ON HOLBROOKE-MILOSEVIC MEETING
  • [16] CORDOVEZ IN CYPRUS, MEETS WITH PRESIDENT CLERIDES
  • [17] TURKEY ARRESTS ONE OF ITS NAVY OFFICERS ALLEGEDLY SPYING FOR GREECE
  • [18] UN SECRETARY-GENERAL'S NEW SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE IN CYPRUS TODAY
  • [19] EU TO DECIDE IN SEPTEMBER ON THE FATE OF OLYMPIC AIRWAYS' FINANCES
  • [20] TSOCHATZOPOULOS: TURKEY IS NOT IN DANGER
  • [21] NEW CLERIDES - CORDOVEZ MEETING
  • [22] ANKARA GAVE NO RESPONSE TO THE REQUEST FOR THE REOPENING OF THE THEOLOGY SCHOOL IN CHALKI
  • [23] SOLANA IS DISPLEASED WITH THE SITUATION IN KOSSOVO
  • [24] THE US STATE DEPARTMENT REACTS TO THE IMPOSITION OF SANCTIONS ON SWISS BANKS
  • [25] DEBADES IN NATO OVER CONTACTS WITH THE KOSOVO LIBERATION ARMY

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] HEAT WAVE THROUGHOUT GREECE, THREE DIE FROM SIZZLING TEMPERATURES

    Three persons have died from heat-related causes, unable to bear the sizzling temperatures that yesterday soared to 106F (41C), while hundreds of others are hospitalised with heat stroke symptoms.

    For the third consecutive day, temperatures are expected to climb to scorching levels again today, reaching 108F (42C).

    State authorities continue to be in a state of readiness, while hospitals and ambulance services are working around the clock.

    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] DIASPORA YOUTH TO MEET IN THESSALONIKI TOMORROW

    The young members of the Council of Greeks Abroad, European Region, (SAE) are to conduct a working session in Thessaloniki tomorrow.

    The nine-member youth committee of SAE is to hold contacts with local authorities and youth leaders from throughout Greece in order to draw an action plan whose emphasisi will be the use and manipulation of cutting edge technology.

    [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 this evening 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] PTOLEMAIDA MAYOR , ALONG WITH TWO OTHERS, KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

    The Mayor of the city of Ptolemaida, Petros Tottis, his chauffeur and a motorcycle driver were killed in a traffic collision that occurred late last night in the Athens-Thessaloniki national highway.

    According to the highway patrol, the accident took place when a motorcycle driven by a 25-year-old woman collided with the mayor's car. The vehicle, driven by the mayor's chauffeur, Nestoras Alexakis, 30, went off course, tipped and exploded.

    The three persons bodies were discovered near the site of the collision after night-long searches.

    Mr. Tottis was en route to Ptolemaida from Athens.

    [05] NATION-WIDE STRIKE ON JULY 23, IN PROTEST OF LABOR RELATIONS

    The General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) has called a 24-hour nation-wide strike for July 23, protesting the government's draft bill on labor relations.

    ``GSEE aims to improve the content of the bill and have several articles withdrawn,'' GSEE representatives said in a statement.

    The employees union of state-controlled Ionian Bank has also called a 24-hour strike for today in protest against a court decision which limited union participation representatives at the bank's annual shareholders meeting which took place on June 30.

    [06] HELLENIC PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT ON VISIT TO CHINA

    The President of the Hellenic Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis is to depart tomorrow for a nine-day official visit to China, following an invitation by his Chinese counterpart Li Peng.

    During his stay in Beijing, Mr. Kaklamanis will hold talks with the state and government leaders of China, on matters of bilateral and mutual interest.

    [07] EXHIBITION OF ALEKOS PHASIANOS NEW ART COLLECTION IN SANI FESTIVAL

    The new collection of paintings by famous Greek contemporary artist Alekos Phasianos is to be unveiled tomorrow at the Sani Art Gallery, an event that is part of the annual Sani Festival, in Halkidiki.

    Mr. Phasianos, whose masterful pieces depict simple-yet- spontaneous excerpts of daily life through ethereal brushstrokes - his distinguishable style, is to give a live presentation of his method and technique during the exhibition.

    [08] TSOCHATZOPOULOS LEFT FOR THE UNITED STATES

    Minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos left for the United States today and stated that he believes that the talks he will have will be held on a realistic basis in order for the two countries to make better use of their long relations for the promotion of peace and stability in the region of the Balkans.

    Mr. Tsochatzopoulos stated that there are different views in NATO concerning the meeting of US officials with representatives of Kosovo's Liberation Army. Mr. Tsochatzopoulos also said that by mid 1999 a sub-regional NATO headquarters will be put in operation in Tirnavos, central Greece.

    [09] CABINET MEETING IN ATHENS

    The ministry of development draft bill for the production and distribution of energy was the topic of discussion in the cabinet meeting that was held today.

    Prime minister Simitis outlined the materialization course of the governmental work and reiterated that the government will materialize the policy of structural changes.

    The presentation of the draft bill was made by minister of development Vaso Papandreou, who referred to the energy planning that covers the next decade and to the plans for the expansion of the electricity and natural gas network.

    [10] CABINET APPROVES BILL SUBMITTED BY THE DEVELOPMENT MINISTRY

    The cabinet approved, at a session held today, the draft bill submitted by the ministry of Development concerning the production and distribution of energy in Greece.

    According to the Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas, the country should abide by the EU instructions until February 19.

    Mr Reppas stated that the regulation regarding a free energy market takes into account the special conditions in Greece. Thus, the State Electricity Company (DEI) will maintain its unified character while Greece should create terms of healthy competition.

    During the cabinet session, the issue of the insurance policy for the DEI workers as well as the need for it to be settled before the establishment of a free energy market were also raised.

    [11] FUNERAL OF PTOMELAIDA MAYOR TO BE HELD TOMORROW

    The funeral of the Mayor of the city of Ptolemaida, Petros Tottis, who was killed in a traffic accident late last night in Thessaloniki, is to be held tomorrow morning, at 11:00a.m.

    The city council has declared a three-day period mourning while the body of the deceased will be lied in state at the Cathedral of Agia Triada in Ptolemaida, at 8:00am until the time of the funeral. The city council, at an extraordinary session held today, expressed its deep sorrow for the loss and its condolences to the family and relatives of the deceased.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [12] RICHARD HOLBROOKE TO MEET IN BELGRADE WITH MILOSEVIC TODAY

    The United States newly appointed ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke is to travel to Belgrade this afternoon where he will meet with the President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic.

    Mr. Milosevic has publicly vowed that he will try to reach a political solution to the fermenting crisis in Kossovo, which will include autonomy for the region, albeit without compromising Serbia's sovereign rights.

    [13] GREECE'S DEFENSE MINISTER BEGINS US TOUR TODAY

    National Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos embarked on an official tour to the United States today, where he will meet with his US Defense Secretary William Cohen, who had visited Athens last April.

    According to reports, the two men will discuss the Cyprus issue, Greece's purchase of US military equipment, the continuation of efforts for a reduction of tension in the Aegean and the creation of a Balkan multinational force.

    On Wednesday, Mr. Tsochatzopoulos will be received at the Pentagon and will attend a reception in his honour at the US State Department. The defense minister will also meet with the chief of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and members of the Jewish community.

    [14] RUSSIA CONFIRMS: S-300 MISSILES WON'T ARRIVE IN CYPRUS UNTIL AUTUMN

    The Russian government yesterday confirmed that its S-300 anti aircraft missiles will not arrive in Cyprus before Autumn.

    The Russian ambassador in Ankara, Vadim Kuznetsov, told Agence France Presse (AFP) yesterday that delivery had been delayed at the request of the Cyprus House of Representatives.

    "Delivery of the S-300 systems has been postponed until late Autumn under a decision by the Cypriot parliament," Mr. Kuznetsov stated.

    Cypriot Defense Minister Yiannakis Omirou, responding to the Russian official's statement, said he knew of no such request from the House.

    "I cannot comment on when the missiles will be delivered, but I can say the House never made such a request," Mr. Omirou said.

    Meanwhile, Mr. Kuznetsov defended the planned missile sale.

    "This is an entirely economic matter and has nothing to do with politics. Had we not agreed to sell the missiles, Cyprus would have bought them from another supplier," he said, adding "we don't believe that those missiles will threaten Turkey's security."

    [15] STATE DEPARTMENT COMMENTS ON HOLBROOKE-MILOSEVIC MEETING

    State Department spokesperson James Rubin stated that the meeting to be held today between the US ambassador the UN Richard Holbrooke and F.R.Y.'s Serb President Slobodan Milosevic is aimed at getting "President Milosevic to realize that he's leading his country down the path to ruin."

    During yesterday's briefing, Mr. Rubin added that ``it's time for him (Milosevic) to get it through his head that the only course of wisdom is to pull back his forces, stop the crack down, stop the use of heavy military equipment, and start the use of the good sense of negotiations to resolve this problem.''

    Moreover, Mr. Rubin defended the recently-held meetings between Holbrooke and other U.S. officials with the members of the Kossovo Liberation Army, by stating ``it would be foolhardy for us not to realize that the necessities of a cease- fire require discussions with those who are in ability, in a position to enforce and implement such a cease-fire. And so we're going to be quite realistic and try to make that happen. ''

    [16] CORDOVEZ IN CYPRUS, MEETS WITH PRESIDENT CLERIDES

    The United Nations secretary-general's special adviser on the Cyprus issue, Diego Cordovez, met with Cypriot President Glafcos Clerides again today, after yesterday's first round of talks, which also included a meeting between Mr. Cordovez and the leader of the Turkish-Cypriots Rauf Denktash.

    Following the contacts, Mr. Cordovez deferred statements until tomorrow's scheduled press conference.

    According to sources, the talks focused on the Security Council's recently-approved resolutions on Cyprus.

    One of the resolutions, passed on Monday, stressed its full support for long-running efforts exerted by the UN Secretary- General to reunite the divided island as a federation through negotiations between the leaders of the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish- Cypriot communities.

    The other resolution renewed the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus for another six months through to the end of the year.

    [17] TURKEY ARRESTS ONE OF ITS NAVY OFFICERS ALLEGEDLY SPYING FOR GREECE

    The Turkish authorities have arrested a non-commissioned navy officer for allegedly spying for Greece.

    According to the Istanbul daily "Hurriyet", the officer, whose name was not released, was working at a navy dockyard at Golcuk, east of Istanbul and has been charged with transferring classified military documents to Greece.

    [18] UN SECRETARY-GENERAL'S NEW SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE IN CYPRUS TODAY

    The UN Secretary-General's newly-appointed special representative in Cyprus Ann Herkus is to arrive in Cyprus today, as she will officially take her post at the island on Monday.

    Ms. Herkus, who is succeeding Gustav Feishel, is to meet with the Secretary-General's special adviser on the Cyprus issue Diego Cordovez tomorrow in Cyprus.

    [19] EU TO DECIDE IN SEPTEMBER ON THE FATE OF OLYMPIC AIRWAYS' FINANCES

    A slighter-than-expected shares increase and the deferment of an approval for the subsidisation of new capital until September, as opposed to the end of July as the Greek government had hoped for, are two of the not-so-pleasant developments after the recent negotiations held between the administrators of the state-owned Olympic Airways and the European Commission.

    At the same time, a tough battle will have to be fought in order to secure from the European Union even a verbal "OK" over the Greek state's intention to vouch for the USD378 million to be allocated for paying off the 12 aircraft ordered by OA.

    Since the OA issue will not be listed on the agenda of the EU's latest plenary session, which means that it will be shelved until September, both the Greek government and the OA administrators ask that the EU grant its approval "a.s.a.p." in order to enable he state to guarantee the USD378 million. If the said guarantee is not granted on time by the Greek state, the already debt-ridden airline stands at losing the GRD 20 million in down payments it already has submitted to Boeing and Airbus.

    [20] TSOCHATZOPOULOS: TURKEY IS NOT IN DANGER

    Turkey with an armed force of 600.000 men and 400 war planes can not possibly be in any danger by the 6-7.000 Cypriot soldiers and a few anti-aircraft missiles, stressed Greek minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos in an interview with the Austrian newspaper "Die Presse" responding to the question on whether the installation of the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles will create the pre-conditions for an armed conflict in Cyprus.

    Mr. Tsochatzopoulos stressed that the installation of the missiles and the solution of the Cyprus problem are two separate issues not linked with each other and added that the fact that the Cyprus issue does not show any progress is the result of the position adopted by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash. He said that the experienced American diplomat Richard Holbrooke tried for months to lead the Cyprus issue to progress but his efforts were in vain because the only answer coming from Denktash was an intransigent "No" and this is the main reason why this problem can not be resolved.

    The Greek minister of defense also referred to the problem in Kossovo. He said that he categorically rejects the use of military force, maintaining that such a move would cause a chain reaction that would have involved FYROM and Albania in the hostilities. Mr. Tsochatzopoulos suggested the adoption of parallel initiatives by the United Nations, the European Union and the OSCE with three main objectives, namely, to isolate the illegal ethnic Albanian army, because it is a very dangerous movement which does not want a political solution but Kossovo's independence through war and destruction, to strengthen ethnic Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova's position and to make it clear to Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic that there is no other solution than the immediate opening of negotiations aimed at Kosovo's autonomy.

    [21] NEW CLERIDES - CORDOVEZ MEETING

    UN secretary-general special adviser Diego Cordovez, who is in Cyprus since yesterday morning, had a new meeting with Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides in Nicosia.

    The UN official will meet tomorrow with Ann Herkus, who will replace Gustav Feisel to the position of UN secretary- general special envoy to Cyprus. Ms Herkus will officially assume her duties on Monday.

    [22] ANKARA GAVE NO RESPONSE TO THE REQUEST FOR THE REOPENING OF THE THEOLOGY SCHOOL IN CHALKI

    Ankara has given no response to the request of Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos for the reopening of the Theology School in Chalki in spite of the fact that it has been a year since the meeting of the head of the Christian Orthodox Church with Turkish prime minister Mesut Yilmaz.

    The request of the Ecumenical Patriarch for the reopening of the Theology School in Chalki was brought again to publicity by the Turkish newspaper "Yeni Yuzyil" which mentions that the Turkish government has not given a response yet.

    The newspaper also publishes an interview of Metropolite Apostolos, the prior of the Holy Trinity Monastery in Chalki, who stresses that it is sad that the Theology School remains closed since 1971, adding that it was in an uninterrupted operation from 1844 to 1971. He said that its graduates are one thousand among them the Archbishop of America, the Metropolites of France, Austria and New Zealand.

    [23] SOLANA IS DISPLEASED WITH THE SITUATION IN KOSSOVO

    NATO secretary-general Javier Solana expressed his strong discontent over the situation in Kossovo before leaving for Bonn.

    Mr. Solana stated, after his talks yesterday with Albanian president Redzep Meidani, prime minister Fatos Nano and foreign minister Paskal Milo, that the cease fire must be implemented and the negotiations should resume, while he stated that Ibrahim Rugova still is the legitimate representative of the ethnic Albanians in Kossovo.

    [24] THE US STATE DEPARTMENT REACTS TO THE IMPOSITION OF SANCTIONS ON SWISS BANKS

    The US State Department criticized the initiative announced by a US committee made up of economic officials of state governments concerning the imposition of sanctions on Swiss banks because they have not paid yet the compensation they owe to the families of the victims of the Holocaust in World War II.

    The initiative was undertaken in an effort to force the Swiss banks to pay the huge compensations of hundreds of millions of dollars to the families of the victims of the Holocaust with blocked bank accounts in Switzerland since Germany's defeat in World War II.

    In a US State Department statement it is mentioned that the suggested measures are unjustified and counterproductive.

    [25] DEBADES IN NATO OVER CONTACTS WITH THE KOSOVO LIBERATION ARMY

    Greek minister of National Defence Akis Tsohatzopoulos stressed, today, that there is great divergence within NATO regarding a meeting between US officials with members of the Kosovo Liberation Army.

    Expressing his personal view, mr Tsohatzopoulos underlined that talks with people, who use force and terrorism in order to promote human rights, could never be useful, adding that participants in these talks cannot contribute to the achievement of a peaceful settlement unless they had ensured a pledge concerning the termination of violence and military activities.


    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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