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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-09-02

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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, September 2, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] WORLD FINANCIAL CRISIS CONTINUES, GREECE'S EMU ACCESSION NOT IN PERIL
  • [02] NATIONAL HIGHWAY CONNECTING KAKAVIA-GJIROCASTER BLOCKED BY RESIDENTS
  • [03] PRIME MINISTER TO MEET WITH PRESIDENT OF REPUBLIC TODAY
  • [04] FINNISH PRESIDENT ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO GREECE SEPTEMBER14-17
  • [05] ISRAELI EMBASSY DENIES REPORTS OF JOINT MILITARY EXERCISES WITH TURKEY
  • [06] MR. REPPAS COMMENTED ON THE DENKTASH - CEM PROPOSAL
  • [07] STEPHANOPOULOS - SIMITIS MEETING
  • [08] THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE GAVE SIGNS OF RECOVERY
  • [09] FIVE PARLIAMENTS PARTICIPATED IN A TELE-CONFERENCE
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [10] US PRESIDENT CLINTON MEETS WITH RUSSIAN POLITICIANS IN MOSCOW
  • [11] UNHCR CONCERNED OVER KOSSOVO'S REFUGEES AS WINTER APPROACHES
  • [12] GREEK DEFENSE MINISTER TO VISIT CYPRUS FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY
  • [13] GREEK DEFENSE MINISTER ENTERS TALKS WITH TUNISIAN OFFICIALS
  • [14] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT CLERIDES MEETS WITH ALGERIAN COUNTERPART
  • [15] THE TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTRY ON THE EUROPEAN COURT DECISION IN FAVOUR OF TITINA LOIZIDOU
  • [16] YELTSIN: RUSSIA MUST CONTINUE THE REFORMS
  • [17] CLERIDES' ADDRESS IN THE 12TH SUMMIT MEETING OF THE NON- ALIGNED COUNTRIES

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] WORLD FINANCIAL CRISIS CONTINUES, GREECE'S EMU ACCESSION NOT IN PERIL

    While the financial crisis is reverberating in markets throughout the world, Greece's government spokesperson Dimitris Reppas stated that these developments are not endangering Greece's aim to gain accession to the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), nor do they threaten the state's plan to financially strengthen the weaker classes.

    After a marathon meeting with the Prime Minister Kostas Simitis yesterday, Finance Minister Yiannos Papantoniou said there will be fluctuations in Greek financial markets, but the fluctuations will not upset the general tendency toward stabilization.

    Meanwhile, the New York Stock Exchange underway a 3.8% recovery yesterday after having plummeted on Monday.

    [02] NATIONAL HIGHWAY CONNECTING KAKAVIA-GJIROCASTER BLOCKED BY RESIDENTS

    A line of vehicles has been formed along the national highway linking the cities of Kakavia and Gjirocaster as the residents of the Albanian village Lazarati have blocked the road demanding the replacement of the police chief.

    The situation is tense, as the residents are believed to be heavily armed. The region is being guarded by Albanian police forces.

    [03] PRIME MINISTER TO MEET WITH PRESIDENT OF REPUBLIC TODAY

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will be received by the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos at noon today with whom he will discuss the current political developments.

    According to government spokesman Dimitris Reppas, the meeting is being held within the framework of the regular monthly contacts between the premier and the president.

    Also today, Mr. Simitis will receive International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Juan Antonio Samaranch to discuss issues related to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

    [04] FINNISH PRESIDENT ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO GREECE SEPTEMBER14-17

    Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari will conduct an official visit to Greece from September 14 to 17, this being his first visit to Athens .

    Apart from issues of a bilateral nature, discussions are expected to focus on recent developments in Russia, the situation in Kosovo and the Balkans and issues relating to the European Union in view of Finland taking up the union's rotating presidency in the second half of 1999.

    President Ahtisaari's visit is taking place in return of a visit to Finland by the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos in November 1996.

    [05] ISRAELI EMBASSY DENIES REPORTS OF JOINT MILITARY EXERCISES WITH TURKEY

    The Israeli Embassy in Athens yesterday denied press reports that Israel was planning joint military exercises with Turkey.

    "The Embassy of Israel would like to declare that reports in certain of today's (Tuesday's) newspapers, which are based on reports from Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, related to some imminent joint Israeli-Turkish exercises have no basis in reality," the statement said.

    [06] MR. REPPAS COMMENTED ON THE DENKTASH - CEM PROPOSAL

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated to reporters that the United States are not justified to be annoyed by the rejection of the Turkish proposal for the establishment of a confederation in Cyprus and added that "we support the UN resolutions".

    Mr. Reppas indirectly called on the United States to make known what they want, as on the one hand they maintain that they undertake initiatives for the solution of the Cyprus problem and on the other they do not respect the countries participating in the procedures.

    When asked to comment if the United States were aware of the move by Rauf Denktash and Ismail Cem who suggested the establishment of a confederation in Cyprus, he stated that there is no such information and added that there are reactions to this proposal from countries such as, France and China which are permanent members of the UN Security Council.

    Finally, Mr. Reppas stressed that the framework and the basis on which the Cyprus problem must be resolved are given, namely the UN resolutions.

    [07] STEPHANOPOULOS - SIMITIS MEETING

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis briefed Hellenic Republic president Kostis Stephanopoulos on foreign and economic issues.

    Mr. Simitis, referring to the international economic crisis, stressed that its course is uncertain as it has taken up international dimensions. He also added that based on the information he got from yesterday's special meeting of the Governors of the European Central Banks the problem can be overcome.

    Earlier, the prime minister had met with foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos to discuss the developments in the Cyprus issue after the Simitis - Clerides meeting and Denktash's provocative proposal on Cyprus. The Simitis - Pangalos meeting was held in view of the informal meeting of the EU foreign ministers that will be held in Austria next weekend.

    [08] THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE GAVE SIGNS OF RECOVERY

    The general price index in the Athens Stock Exchange showed an upward trend at noon today, while the volume of transactions exceed the 62.4 billion drachmas mark.

    Also positive is the climate in the main European stock markets. In the money market was observed an influx of capital targeting the Greek state treasury bills.

    [09] FIVE PARLIAMENTS PARTICIPATED IN A TELE-CONFERENCE

    Five Parliaments, including the Greek national assembly, participated in a two-hour tele-conference. This pilot programme, for the first one ever tele-conference of European Parliaments, had certain technical difficulties in its implementation but proved that things have changed radically in the sector of communications and information.

    In this first tele-conference of European Parliaments, that was materialised at the initiative of Greek Parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis, participated the Parliaments of Greece, Austria, Germany and Finland as well as members of the European Parliament.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [10] US PRESIDENT CLINTON MEETS WITH RUSSIAN POLITICIANS IN MOSCOW

    United States President Bill Clinton is continuing his official visit to Moscow, having met with his Russian counterpart Boris Yeltsin yesterday with whom he discussed Russia's economic crisis.

    President Clinton stressed that Russia must continue on the road to reform. He said that "I do not believe [the solution for Russia] is by reverting to the failed policies of the past. I do not believe it is by stopping the reform process in midstream.

    "I believe you will create the conditions of growth if - but only if - you continue to move decisively along the path of democratic, market-oriented constructive revolution."

    President Yeltsin promised to continue along the path of reform, a policy he has followed for the past two years. Meanwhile, the Russian parliament (Duma) has made clear its overwhelming rejection of President Yeltsin's choice of prime minister, Viktor Chernomyrdin. A new vote will be held on Monday.

    [11] UNHCR CONCERNED OVER KOSSOVO'S REFUGEES AS WINTER APPROACHES

    The United Nations refugee agency continues to be extremely concerned about the plight of tens of thousands of displaced persons as winter approaches in Kosovo.

    The Spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Kris Janowski, said yesterday that the people were in the woods without shelters. Last Saturday, he added, UNHCR saw a group of 47 people, mainly women and children, shivering in the cold and rain under pieces of tarpaulin thrown over carts in the Kula woods, 15 kilometres outside the town of Pristina. According to Mr. Janowski, a woman gave birth under those terrible conditions that day.

    UNHCR said that the displaced persons had nowhere to go as their houses had been burnt and they were afraid of police in the area and the shootings they heard overnight.

    UNHCR added that representatives of the village of Sediare, west of Pristina, came to its office in Pristina to ask for help on Monday. They needed food and regular visits from UNHCR as they felt the agency's presence could protect them from attacks.

    According to the agency, the representatives of the displaced people said that they would rather die in their homes than in the cold outside.

    On Tuesday, 16 trucks set out from Pristina to deliver relief supplies to more than 55,000 people in central and western Kosovo. This was the largest relief convoy to date, according to UNHCR.

    UNHCR Spokesman Kris Janowski reiterated the agency's appeal for a cessation of hostilities followed by "some sort of a political settlement" in Kosovo. He said that UNHCR did not want the Kosovo humanitarian relief operation to "become a substitute for other solutions" to the conflict.

    [12] GREEK DEFENSE MINISTER TO VISIT CYPRUS FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY

    Greece's National Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos is scheduled to visit Cyprus to attend a military parade on October 1, marking the island's Independence Day. According to a report aired by the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (RIK), Mr. Tsochatzopoulos, together with Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides, will receive the salute of the parade.

    [13] GREEK DEFENSE MINISTER ENTERS TALKS WITH TUNISIAN OFFICIALS

    Greece's Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, currently on an official visit to Tunisia, yesterday met with Tunisian officials with whom he discussed the terms of a military cooperation agreement, regarding the army, the navy and the air force.

    The talks, which will continue today, also include training programs, armament procurements and the defense industry.

    Mr. Tsochatzopoulos was received by his Tunisian counterpart Ben Yahia yesterday and noted the need for cooperation between the region's countries, who can decisively contribute toward the maintenance of stability and security, as well as the confronting of whichever problem.

    Discussion included the possibility of joint military exercises and the need for regional security.

    [14] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT CLERIDES MEETS WITH ALGERIAN COUNTERPART

    Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides met with Algerian President Lemaine Zeroual, on the sidelines of the Summit conference of the European NAM member states.

    The two men discussed the Cyprus issue, bilateral relations, issues of security and cooperation in the greater Mediterranean region and the Cypriot Foreign Minister Yiannakis Kasoulides' visit to Algeria.

    President Zeroual conveyed his country's insistence and support for Cyprus' territorial integrity and sovereignty.

    [15] THE TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTRY ON THE EUROPEAN COURT DECISION IN FAVOUR OF TITINA LOIZIDOU

    Turkey will not comply with the European Court on Human Rights ruling in favour of Greek Cypriot Titina Loizidou, from the occupied Kerinia in Cyprus, based on which Ankara should pay compensation to her. The above position was expressed by Turkish foreign ministry officials who briefed on the issue of Ms. Loizidou's compensation the Council of Europe member states representatives serving in Ankara.

    According to the Turkish Cypriot press, Turkish foreign ministry officials maintained that Turkey will not comply with a decision that can not be implemented and which, furthermore, is not of its concern. They also expressed the belief that Turkey will not be expelled from the Council of Europe stressing that there is no precedent of a country being expelled on issues of compensation.

    [16] YELTSIN: RUSSIA MUST CONTINUE THE REFORMS

    The presidents of the United States and Russia Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin had a new meeting in Kremlin today. The two men signed an agreement on nuclear armaments.

    We are still friends and we had no disagreement whatsoever, stated Boris Yeltsin adding that Russia should continue the reforms. He stressed that Moscow needs the political support of the United States to approach investors.

    [17] CLERIDES' ADDRESS IN THE 12TH SUMMIT MEETING OF THE NON- ALIGNED COUNTRIES

    Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides, speaking in the opening ceremony of the 12th Summit Meeting of the Non Aligned Countries held in Durban, South Africa, referred to the significant role the Movement can play in the new international scene that is being formed.

    Mr. Clerides stressed that the movement will be an active partner in the effort against racial discrimination and will work to limit poverty and social injustice. He congratulated the president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela for taking over the presidency of the movement and expressed certainty that under his chairmanship it will continue to play its important role in the international affairs promoting its high goals and objectives.


    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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