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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-07-13

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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 13, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] NATIONAL ECONOMY MINISTRY OFFICIALS TO CONVENE TODAY
  • [02] OLYMPIC AIRWAYS PILOTS TO MEET WITH AIRLINE'S ADMINISTRATORS TODAY
  • [03] ROYAUMONT MEETING CONCLUDES IN THESSALONIKI WITH ACTION PLAN
  • [04] "VIRGIN" PROMOTES HOLIDAY-IN-GREECE PACKAGES IN BRITISH MARKET
  • [05] ONLY 3% OF GREEK VENTURES PREPARE FOR EMU, ONLY 6% ARE INFORMED
  • [06] GREEK PRODUCTS TO BE EXHIBITED IN MOSCOW AND BUDAPEST
  • [07] PRELIMINARY CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON RIO-ANTIRIO BRIDGE
  • [08] GOVERNMENT STILL SUFFERS FROM FLAGGING IMAGE, ACCORDING TO POLL
  • [09] SIMITIS - SKANDALIDIS MEETING
  • [10] OLYMPIC AIRWAYS MANAGEMENT - PILOTS MEETING
  • [11] THE MILITARY EXERCISE "SARISSA 98" IS UNDERWAY IN NORTH- CENTRAL GREECE
  • [12] THE FEDORA 6TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD IN THESSALONIKI
  • [13] GARABEDIAN: THE THESSALONIKI - SOFIA FLIGHT WILL BE PROFITABLE
  • [14] INTER-BALKAN YOUTH MEETING IN EVROS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [15] FRANCE WORLD CHAMPION, BEATS BRAZIL 3-0
  • [16] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT TO MEET WITH RUSSIAN COUNTERPART TODAY
  • [17] ALTERNATE FM GEORGE PAPANDREOU IN BRUSSELS TO ATTEND EU MEETING
  • [18] CLERIDES, YELTSIN PLEDGE TO PUSH THROUGH MISSILE DEAL
  • [19] ISRAEL TRAINS TURKISH PILOTS IN DESTROYING S-300
  • [20] THE AGREEMENT ON THE S-300 MISSILES WILL MATERIALIZE
  • [21] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT SATISFIED OVER HIS MEETING WITH YELTSIN

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] NATIONAL ECONOMY MINISTRY OFFICIALS TO CONVENE TODAY

    A meeting is to be held today at the Ministry of National Economy, headed by the Minister of National Economy and Finance Yiannos Papantoniou, where the participants are to discuss the adoption of measures to curb inflation.

    Among those present will be the governor of the Bank of Greece. Meanwhile, the government is to take the final measures this week for the sale of Ionian Bank.

    [02] OLYMPIC AIRWAYS PILOTS TO MEET WITH AIRLINE'S ADMINISTRATORS TODAY

    In an effort to defuse the fermenting crisis, see flight delays, cancellations and mergers, the pilots of the state-owned Olympic Airways are to meet with the airline's administrators today and they might proceed to schedule changes aimed at better serving the public.

    Meanwhile, only a limited number of trains are to run tomorrow, after the 24-hour strike declared by the railway workers throughout the country.

    For more information on the schedule changes, travelers can contact the local railway stations or their travel agencies.

    [03] ROYAUMONT MEETING CONCLUDES IN THESSALONIKI WITH ACTION PLAN

    A meeting held within the Royaumont initiative for SE Europe, comprising non-governmental bodies' (NGOs) representatives from Europe, the US, and the Balkans concluded in Thessaloniki yesterday, where the participants approved a declaration of principles and an action plan concerning southeastern Europe's security and cooperation.

    According to the initiative's coordinator, Panayiotis Roumeliotis, 55 programs concerning countries in SE Europe have been submitted and put into operation in the three years that Royaumont has been launched.

    [04] "VIRGIN" PROMOTES HOLIDAY-IN-GREECE PACKAGES IN BRITISH MARKET

    While he may not have been successful in building a hotel at the island of Hydra, "Virgin"'s Richard Branson is touting Greece as an ideal vacationing spot to the British by promoting a series of attractive holiday packages.

    The program, titled Virgin Sun Holidays, is to be activated as of May 1, 1999 and will apply to the islands of Crete, Corfu and Rhodes.

    [05] ONLY 3% OF GREEK VENTURES PREPARE FOR EMU, ONLY 6% ARE INFORMED

    Only three percent of Greek businesses appear to be ready to accept the challenge of the Economic and Monetary Union, while only a mere six percent are actually informed on the changes that are to take place at a pan-European level when the EMU becomes a reality.

    According to data provided by the European Federation of Accountants, ventures in the remaining member-states of the European Union are quite ahead in the game, as one-third of them report prepared for the EMU.

    [06] GREEK PRODUCTS TO BE EXHIBITED IN MOSCOW AND BUDAPEST

    Greek products are to be exhibited in two separate international trade events that will take place in Moscow and Budapest, titled "CONSUMEXPO1999" and "FOODAPEST '98" respectively.

    Moscow's exhibition will be held between 18-23 of January 1999 and will feature various consumer goods, such as yarn materials, clothing, furniture and electronic appliances.

    FOODAPEST is to be held in Budapest in November 24-27, 1998, with the participation of Greece.

    The event, held every two years, is considered the largest in the field for the central-eastern European region.

    It should be noted that Greek food and beverages exports to Hungary are steadily on the rise.

    The products to be exhibited will represent all the food and beverage sectors of Greece, as well as related machinery and process materials.

    [07] PRELIMINARY CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON RIO-ANTIRIO BRIDGE

    The preliminary phase is underway on the bridge project that will link Rio with Antirio, with six construction companies taking part in a consortium headed by the Technical S. A. "Athina ATE".

    The specific project has a time schedule of 18 months, with a budget of 1.5 billion drachmas. This figure concerns only the construction of a tank that will support the bridge's four 90- meter gateways.

    The overall remaining works on the project amount to 45 billion drachmas, 18 of which are solely allocated to the bridge.

    [08] GOVERNMENT STILL SUFFERS FROM FLAGGING IMAGE, ACCORDING TO POLL

    The government and the Prime Minister Kostas Simitis are still suffering from a flagging image, in spite of a slight recovery, according to a recent poll conducted by the VPRC company on behalf of the Athens daily "Ta Nea".

    According to the results of the poll, published today, the popularity of the PASOK government and PM Simitis presently stands at 34.6%, as opposed to May's 31.2%.

    While positive opinion for the government is currently at 16.2%, as opposed to May's 15%, the overall negative opinion surpasses -for the first time- the 50 percent mark.

    Meanwhile , the popularity of the main opposition party, New Democracy, is also on a downward course, having fallen to 11.2%, as opposed to last May's 15.4%. nevertheless, the main opposition leader Kostas Karamanlis enjoys an increase in popularity, specifically 44.2%, up from last May's 41.9%.

    [09] SIMITIS - SKANDALIDIS MEETING

    Minister of national economy and finance Yiannos Papantoniou and the Governor of the Bank of Greece examined the course of inflation and the interest rates policy in a meeting held in Athens today.

    Meanwhile, the measures for the better backing of the structural changes in the economy were the main issue of discussion in the meeting of prime minister Kostas Simitis with governing socialist party of PASOK Central Committee secretary Kostas Skandalidis.

    [10] OLYMPIC AIRWAYS MANAGEMENT - PILOTS MEETING

    The pilots of state-owned Olympic Airways meet today with the management of the company in an effort to solve the problem of the lengthy delays in scheduled flights.

    Meanwhile, the state-owned Railway Organization will cover only a small number of destinations due to the 24hour strike of the railway employees.

    [11] THE MILITARY EXERCISE "SARISSA 98" IS UNDERWAY IN NORTH- CENTRAL GREECE

    The military exercise "Sarissa 98" opened in north-central Greece today with the participation of formations and units from the 2nd Army Corps. The scenario of the exercise will be completed on July 17 and provides for mechanized formations' operations in combination with air borne operations.

    The final phase of the exercise will take place on July 16 and will be watched by the political and military leadership of the ministry of defense and other officials.

    [12] THE FEDORA 6TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD IN THESSALONIKI

    The 6th European Conference of the employment group FEDORA, which is made up of representatives of the 15 EU member-states, will take place in Thessaloniki in the year 2001.

    FEDORA is a European organization and its goal is to offer advice to university students concerning their vocational rehabilitation. The group was established in Belgium in 1988 and is directed by an elected 15member board representing each of the 15 EU member-states. Today, the group numbers 500 members.

    [13] GARABEDIAN: THE THESSALONIKI - SOFIA FLIGHT WILL BE PROFITABLE

    The hope that the Thessaloniki-Sofia passenger flight will be economically profitable and will vindicate the Bulgarian "Balkan Airlines" decision to undertake the venture, was expressed by Bulgarian undersecretary of transportation Apik Garabedian.

    In a press conference in Thessaloniki, Mr. Garabedian stated that it is possible to decide to expand the service by using Boeing 737-500 planes.

    The Bulgarian undersecretary of transportation also stated that the 6.000 Greek students studying in Bulgarian universities and the regular business, economic and political meetings held between Greeks and Bulgarians as well as, the great Bulgarian interest for tourism in Greece are expected to contribute to the success of the flight.

    [14] INTER-BALKAN YOUTH MEETING IN EVROS

    The cultural events within the framework of the "Youth Meeting - Ardas 98", which is held for a 4th consecutive year, will take place just one kilometer from the Greek-Turkish borders. In the annual cultural meeting that will be held on July 22-26 participate young boys and girls from all the Balkan states.

    The cultural events will take place at the banks of Ardas River in the region of Evros in north-eastern Greece.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [15] FRANCE WORLD CHAMPION, BEATS BRAZIL 3-0

    Frenchmen, and women, celebrated their national football team's victory all through the night by spilling into the light- filled streets of Champs Elysees, chanting and dancing in a sea of red, blue and white flags.

    The host country beat (a formidable opponent) Brazil 3-0 in last night's final game of the France '98 World football Cup. Brazilian coach Mario Zagalo stated that his team was unlucky and added that the night belonged to France, since it was a better team.

    [16] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT TO MEET WITH RUSSIAN COUNTERPART TODAY

    The President of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides is currently in Moscow, where he will meet his Russian counterpart Boris Yeltsin today.

    He is accompanied by Cypriot Foreign Minister Yiannakis Kasoulides and Under- Secretary to the President Pantelis Kouros.

    President Clerides will have a meeting with President Yeltsin, followed by a working lunch given by Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov.

    According to the CNA, the Cyprus issue, an agreement between Russia and Cyprus to avoid double taxation and other issues of mutual interest, will be at the focus of President Clerides' meetings.

    [17] ALTERNATE FM GEORGE PAPANDREOU IN BRUSSELS TO ATTEND EU MEETING

    Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou is currently in Brussels where he will attend the European Union General Affairs Council.

    Among the issues to be discussed by the Council, which will convene today and tomorrow, are the priorities of the Austrian EU presidency, Agenda 2000 and the time schedule for its implementation.

    Ministers will also be discussing the situation in the western Balkans, with emphasis on the crisis in the Serbian province of Kosovo.

    [18] CLERIDES, YELTSIN PLEDGE TO PUSH THROUGH MISSILE DEAL

    Cypriot President Glafcos Clerides, currently on an official visit to Russia, reassured Moscow today that Nicosia intends to honor a contract to buy an advanced Russian ground-to-air missile system, according to Russian news agencies.

    President Clerides and Russian counterpart Boris Yeltsin discussed the controversial 420-million-dollar order by Nicosia of Russian S-300 weaponry, and both leaders said they intended to push through the deal.

    Both leaders expressed their "readiness to carry out the commitments they made earlier" on the delivery to Cyprus of the missile system, ITAR-TASS news agency reported, citing Kremlin spokesman Sergei Prikhodko.

    Upon his departure from Nicosia, the Cypriot President said he would cancel the contract if progress was made on demilitarizing Cyprus.

    "If talks restart and there is progress, then we will delay the arrival of the missiles in order not to blow the whole situation into the air," Mr. Clerides said.

    Yesterday, President Clerides visited the Moscow City Hall. Prior to the visit, the Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, as a host, took the president on a sightseeing tour from the Ukraina hotel to the Kolomenskoye museum along the Moskva river.

    Mr. Luzhkov told Mr. Clerides about the present situation in the city, including financial, social and religious issues.

    The Cypriot president told the Russian mayor that in Cyprus, which has no religious problems, there are disagreements over national and territorial issues.

    Mr. Clerides stressed that Moscow had achieved much since the mayor took office. He signed in the Book of City's Honored Guests and invited Mr. Luzhkov to make an official visit to Cyprus.

    [19] ISRAEL TRAINS TURKISH PILOTS IN DESTROYING S-300

    Six F-16 fighter-bombers of the Turkish air forces have conducted exercises at the Israeli training center Shdema designed to destroy the S-300 air defense systems which Russia delivered to Cyprus.

    During the exercises, the newspaper Hurriyet reported today, the task was to destroy the S-300 systems in conditions "of their use by Greek Cypriots against Turkey."

    [20] THE AGREEMENT ON THE S-300 MISSILES WILL MATERIALIZE

    The presidents of Russia and Cyprus Boris Yeltsin and Glafkos Clerides reconfirmed in their morning meeting in Moscow today their decision to materialize their agreement on the S-300 missiles.

    The statement was made by the Russian president assistant on international issues Sergei Prihotko immediately after the end of the talks held by the two presidents. Before the meeting, which was held in a friendly atmosphere, Boris Yeltsin expressed the view that the relations established between Russia and Cyprus are strong and stable.

    President Clerides had stated from Nicosia before his departure for the Russian capital that he would cancel the deal on the S-300 missiles only in case there is progress in the demilitarization of the island, saying characteristically that if the negotiations are underway and there is progress the arrival of the missiles will be delayed.

    [21] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT SATISFIED OVER HIS MEETING WITH YELTSIN

    Cypriot President, Glafkos Clerides, who is currently on a visit to Moscow, and , described the meeting he had his Russian counterpart, Boris Yeltsin today as "very successful".

    Mr Clerides stressed that the talks he had with mr Yeltsin were substanstive and added that the meeting proceeded so successfully that no questions were left for consideration with the Russian Foreign ministerYevgeni Primakov.

    During the conversation, mr Yeltsin praised the well- adjusted, cordial, good relations which were developed between himself and mr Clerides.

    After the meeting, mr Yeltsin's aide Sergei Prikhodko, announced to the journalists that the talks between the two presidents proved that there were no contradictions or disagreements in Moscow-Nicosia relations but, only, the mutual wish to strengthen their economic ties and expressed satisfaction over the complete coincidence of the views of the Russian Federation and the Cyprus Republic, concerning the prospects for the settlement of the Cyprus problem.

    Mr Clerides, also, thanked the Russian president for the consistent russian policy aiming to secure a prompt settlement of the Cyprus issue and for Russia's position at the UN Security Council.

    Mr Primakov noted that the Yeltsin-Clerides meeting was very intensive as the two leaders examined the perspectives for the development of bilateral relations and discussed in detail the eventuality of the Cyprus problem solution. The Russian Foreign minister added that the two countries have a wide field of coinciding positions and thus there is no ground to think that something would impede the development of their relations.

    Earlier today, mr Prikhodko announced that the two presidents, within the framework of their talks regarding the Cyprus problem, confirmed their countries' willingness to proceed with the implementation of the S-300 russian missiles delivery to Cyprus.


    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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