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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-07-16

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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 16, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] COUNCIL OF GREEKS ABROAD CONVENES IN THESSALONIKI
  • [02] FINANCE MINISTER: GREECE WILL BE READY TO ACCEDE THE EMU IN 1999
  • [03] DEFENSE MINSTER IN THESSALONIKI TO OBSERVE MILITARY EXERCISE
  • [04] EU EMPLOYMENT COMMISSIONER ARRIVES IN GREECE TODAY
  • [05] STATE RAILWAY EMPLOYEES DECLARE 24-HOUR STRIKE TODAY
  • [06] SINGER GRIGORIS BITHIKOTSIS UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL SURGERY
  • [07] INTR/NAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT SAMARANCH IN ATHENS TODAY
  • [08] PREMIER TO MEET WITH MINISTERS OF PUBLIC ORDER AND INTERIOR
  • [09] POETESS JOE KARELLI DIES AT THE AGE OF 96
  • [10] SAE'S MEETING IN THESSALONIKI CONTINUES
  • [11] THE FUNERAL OF THE GREAT POETESS ZOI KARELLI WILL BE HELD TOMORROW
  • [12] ND DEPUTY GERASIMOS GIAKOUMATOS APOLOGIZED FOR HIS BEHAVIOR
  • [13] ND DEPUTY VARSAMIS GIOVANOUDAS WILL APPEAR BEFORE THE ND PARLIAMENTARY GROUP SECRETARY
  • [14] DRAFT LAW ON IMPROVEMENT OF POLICE
  • [15] HALF THESSALONIKI REMAINS WITHOUT WATER
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [16] NATO SECRETARY GENERAL JAVIER SOLANA TO VISIT FYROM NEXT WEEK
  • [17] YILMAZ DOES NOT RULE OUT THE LIKELIHOOD OF AN ARMED CONFLICT IN THE AEGEAN
  • [18] RADIATION LEAK IN KOZLODUI

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] COUNCIL OF GREEKS ABROAD CONVENES IN THESSALONIKI

    The members of the World Council of Greeks Abroad (SAE) are to meet in Thessaloniki today and tomorrow in order to discuss the action plan concerning the support program for the Greeks from the former Soviet Union, as well as problems concerning the teaching of the Greek language abroad.

    The meeting will be attended by general secretary for Greeks living abroad Stavros Labrinides.

    [02] FINANCE MINISTER: GREECE WILL BE READY TO ACCEDE THE EMU IN 1999

    The Minister of National Economy and Finance Yiannos Papantoniou has stated that the course of privatizations is impressive and pointed out that it will result in a whooping 1.5 trillion drachmas for the state's coffers.

    Moreover, the Minster expressed his confidence that the country will meet all the accession criteria for the Economic and Monetary Union by the end of the year 1999.

    [03] DEFENSE MINSTER IN THESSALONIKI TO OBSERVE MILITARY EXERCISE

    The Minister of National Defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos will arrive in Thessaloniki today in order to observe a major military exercise, code-named 'Sarisa '98', at the Askos Profiti region.

    The exercise is designed to test the operational capabilities of the Second Army Corps after its conversion into a rapid reaction force.

    The exercise will involve a mechanized brigade, 34 UH-1H and OH-58 helicopters, Apache helicopters, commando and paratrooper units, as well as F-16, F-4 and Mirage fighters, along with artillery units.

    [04] EU EMPLOYMENT COMMISSIONER ARRIVES IN GREECE TODAY

    The European Union's Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs Padraig Flynn is to arrive in Athens today for a two-day visit where he will discuss issues concerning the EU's Social Fund.

    The Commissioner will be received by the Prime Minister Costas Simitis, Labor Minister Miltiades Papaioannou and Health and Welfare Minister Costas Geitonas.

    According to Commission officials , Mr. Flynn will discuss EU programs for the support of employment, proposed by Athens and based on the Luxembourg summit decisions.

    He is also expected to raise the issue of low EU fund absorption rates by Greece, especially in regards to educational and training programs.

    [05] STATE RAILWAY EMPLOYEES DECLARE 24-HOUR STRIKE TODAY

    Only those trains serving social needs are to run on the Athens- Thessaloniki railway route, after the 24-hour strike declared by the state-owned railway organization (OSE) workers.

    Today's strike, declared by the railway employees federation, is in protest against the government's plan to streamline their company as part of a wider restructuring in the public sector.

    Skeleton staff will provide one train per route in order to lessen inconvenience to passengers whose journeys are urgent.

    On July 23, coinciding with the state-wide strike declared by the General Confederation of Greek Laborers, no trains will run throughout the country.

    [06] SINGER GRIGORIS BITHIKOTSIS UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL SURGERY

    The bard of contemporary Greek music, singer Grigoris Bithikotsis, underwent successful surgery in Athens yesterday, having suffered aortic aneurism.

    According to his physicians, the six-and-a-half hours operation was successful and, if all goes well, Mr. Bithikotsis will be able to go home in ten days.

    Rightfully called "Sir", Mr. ┬Úthikotsis has sung the stanzas written by some of Greece most famous and beloved poets, such as Elitis, Gatsos, Ritsos, Seferis, and Varnalis.

    He's also worked with some of Greece's greatest composers: Manos Hatzidakis, Mikis Theodorakis, and Stavros Xarchakos.

    [07] INTR/NAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT SAMARANCH IN ATHENS TODAY

    The president of the International Olympic Committee Juan Antonio Samaranch is to arrive in Athens today in order to attend the opening ceremony of the International Olympic Academy's annual session this afternoon.

    Mr. Samaranch will be arriving from Moscow, where he attended the first World Youth Games. The 38th session of the International Olympic Academy, which runs through July 30, will bring together 202 delegates from 97 countries, who will hear 16 speakers addressing the theme "Olympism - Aspects of the Olympic Games".

    [08] PREMIER TO MEET WITH MINISTERS OF PUBLIC ORDER AND INTERIOR

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis is to meet with the Ministers of Public Order and Interior, George Romeos and Alekos Papadopoulos respectively, at the Maximos Mansion today.

    Meanwhile, the resigned supervisor of the Amarousi Immigration office Andreas Soultatos has turned over additional files containing incriminating evidence to the district attorney.

    According to Mr. Soultatos , the DA now has in his possession approximately 500 orders for illicit permits for foreigners.

    [09] POETESS JOE KARELLI DIES AT THE AGE OF 96

    Thessaloniki poetess Zoe Karelli died during the early morning hours at the age of 96. In her works, Ms. Karelli eloquently wove the ancient Greek spirit with Christianity.

    Since 1935, the poetess published 12 poem anthologies and often collaborated with the literary periodical "Kochlias".

    Ms. Karelli was also a corresponding member of the Athens Academy and was also a candidate for the Nobel in Literature. A frequent translator of T.S. Eliot's works, in 1956 she was bestowed with the state award for her "Kassandra" anthology, while in 1974 she was granted the State's Poetry Award. In 1978 she was awarded by the Athens Academy while in 1988 she was named honorary professor by the Aristotle University's School of Philosophy. Three years ago, the president of the Hellenic Republic honored her with the Palm Commander Award.

    [10] SAE'S MEETING IN THESSALONIKI CONTINUES

    The Helleniad (named after the Olympiad) of the young Greeks living abroad which will take place in Thessaloniki in 1999 and the legal identity of the Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) are two of the important issues discussed this morning in the meeting of SAE's presiding board held in Thessaloniki.

    In the meeting participate the Parliament deputies and members of the Permanent All-Party Committee of the Greeks Abroad (Niotis, Papas, Kounalakis, Intzes), general secretary of sports Mr. Sgouros and special secretary of sports Mr. Stelios Angeloudis.

    [11] THE FUNERAL OF THE GREAT POETESS ZOI KARELLI WILL BE HELD TOMORROW

    The funeral of the great poetess Zoi Karelli, sister of author Nikos-Gabriel Pentzikis, will be held in Thessaloniki tomorrow morning. Zoi Karelli, who was honored for her poems with many state prizes and also by the Athens Academy, died at the age of 97.

    In 1982 she was honored by the president of the Hellenic Republic. She also wrote a number of theater plays performed by the State Theater of Northern Greece.

    [12] ND DEPUTY GERASIMOS GIAKOUMATOS APOLOGIZED FOR HIS BEHAVIOR

    Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy Parliament deputy Gerasimos Giakoumatos appeared before New Democracy Parliamentary Group secretary Mr. Dimas and apologized for his behavior saying that his statements were misinterpreted. He also added that his statements were aimed at sensitizing the ministry of public order to the big problem of the increased crime in the country.

    With this statement the whole issue ended without any further repercussions for the Parliament deputy. Commenting on the issue, honorary president of New Democracy Konstantinos Mitsotakis stated that the behavior of the party deputies is unacceptable and stressed that the party and its leadership should deal with the problem.

    Giakoumatos outraged by the fact that his house was burglarized appeared on television brandishing a hand gun and threatening that he will kill minister of public order Mr. Romeos if his family and home are again in any danger.

    Mr. Mitsotakis also accused the leadership of the socialist governing party of PASOK and Parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis of hypocricy, pointing out that they refused a New Democracy proposal to change the parliamentary immunity article.

    [13] ND DEPUTY VARSAMIS GIOVANOUDAS WILL APPEAR BEFORE THE ND PARLIAMENTARY GROUP SECRETARY

    Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy Parliament deputy Varsamis Giovanoudas, elected in the prefecture of Chalkidiki in northern Greece, will be called to appear before the New Democracy Parliamentary Group secretary to present his side of the story over the law suit filed against him by his 25yearold former girlfriend, who accused him of beating her up.

    According to the law suit filed against him, the 25yearold Law student, with whom the Parliament deputy had an extramarital affair, maintains that the Parliament deputy beat her up when she told him that she wants to end their relationship.

    The incident is being denied by the friends and family of Mr. Giovanoudas, who is married and has two children.

    [14] DRAFT LAW ON IMPROVEMENT OF POLICE

    A draft law on the improvement of the police system at all levels will be submitted to the Greek parliament in August. This was announced today after the meeting prime minister Kostas Simitis had with the minister of National Order Giorgos Romeos, who briefed mr Simitis on the developments concerning his ministry and the incidents of corruption in the police.

    Mr Romeos, in statements he made, took full responsibility for the 2000 and more visas he approved in order to legalize the stay of foreigners in Greece and stressed that his action was motivated by sensitivity, transparency and objectivity.

    [15] HALF THESSALONIKI REMAINS WITHOUT WATER

    The biggest part of Thessaloniki remained without water since this morning due to damage caused to one of the main water pipes of the city. According to a statement issued by the Water Supply Organization of Thessaloniki, one of the three main water pipes, which supplies a big part of the town with water, broke, while the reason of the damage remains unknown. Based on the same statement, the restoration of the damage will be completed tomorrow and thus problems in water supply are expected to continue.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [16] NATO SECRETARY GENERAL JAVIER SOLANA TO VISIT FYROM NEXT WEEK

    NATO's secretary-general Javier Solana is to visit FYROM on July 22-23 in order to discuss the latest developments in Kossovo as well as the allied forces exercises to be conducted in Krivolac between September12-18. Mr. Solana will be received by FYROM's political leaders.

    The Albanian exercises, agreed to in principle by NATO foreign ministers in May, are being advanced to reflect growing concern at the crisis in Kossovo, which the West fears could destabilize the volatile Balkans region.

    The ``Cooperative Assembly'' peace support exercises are expected to involve troops from the United States, Britain, Germany, Greece, Spain, France and Italy, along with Albanians.

    The exercises will also provide an opportunity for Albanians to have their teeth done as U.S. soldiers will bring a special dental unit to treat the local population.

    [17] YILMAZ DOES NOT RULE OUT THE LIKELIHOOD OF AN ARMED CONFLICT IN THE AEGEAN

    Turkish prime minister Mesut Yilmaz does not rule out the likelihood of an armed conflict in the Aegean.

    In an interview with the French political review "Politique Internationale", part of which was broadcast by the BBC radio, the Turkish prime minister accuses Greece of having aspirations to make the Aegean a Greek sea and Cyprus a Greek island.

    [18] RADIATION LEAK IN KOZLODUI

    Radiation leak was caused today in the room where the inactive- for the time being-nuclear reactor "2" of the nuclear plant in Kozlodui is installed. This was announced by a statement issued by the Committee for the peaceful use of atomic energy and the Energy Committee of Bulgaria, which, also, noted that the leak is limited.

    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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