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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-09-08

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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 8, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] GREEK COMMUNIST PARTY'S SECRETARY GENERAL IN THESSALONIKI TODAY
  • [02] GREEK F.M.: THE EU SHOULD FOCUS ITS ATTENTION TO KOSSOVO AND RUSSIA
  • [03] SWISS PRESIDENT FORWARDS HIS CONDOLENCES TO GREEK COUNTERPART
  • [04] EU ENERGY COMMISSIONER SPEAKS AT THESSALONIKI'S TRADE FAIR
  • [05] PREMIER OF BOSNIA AND GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER SEE EYE TO EYE
  • [06] SIMITIS-KARATZAS MEETING
  • [07] TURKISH FIGHTER JETS VIOLATED THE GREEK AIR SPACE
  • [08] REPPAS: TURKEY DOES NOT WANT THE EASING OF THE CRISIS IN THE AEGEAN
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [09] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELS TO TEHRAN FOR TWO-DAY VISIT
  • [10] POLITICAL DEADLOCK DRIVES RUSSIAN ECONOMY TO RUIN
  • [11] THREE GREEK CHAMPIONS IN JOHANNESBURG FOR TRACK- FIELD WORLD CUP
  • [12] BULGARIAN PRESIDENT: NATO'S INTERVENTION IN KOSSOVO UNNECESSARY
  • [13] OSCE ASSIGNS 2,700 OBSERVERS TO OVERSEE BOSNIA'S GENERAL ELECTIONS
  • [14] EFFORTS BY YELTSIN TO SOLVE THE CRISIS IN RUSSIA
  • [15] THE THREE BORDER CROSSINGS WITH GREECE WILL IMPROVE THE ECONOMIC SITUATION IN THE BULGARIAN BORDER REGIONS
  • [16] INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE PROTECTION OF CARETTA-CARETTA
  • [17] TURKISH POLICE ARRESTED FOUR GIRLS ACCUSED OF HAVING LINKS WITH THE KURDISH PKK
  • [18] THE STEEPLE AND MINARET OF A CHURCH IN CRETE IS AN EXAMPLE OF CO-EXISTENCE OF CULTURES
  • [19] THE YUGOSLAV FOREIGN MINISTER WILL VISIT GREECE

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] GREEK COMMUNIST PARTY'S SECRETARY GENERAL IN THESSALONIKI TODAY

    The Secretary General of the Communist Party of Greece Aleka Paparega is to conduct a two-day visit to Thessaloniki as of today.

    Ms. Paparega will visit the International Trade Fair of Thessaloniki this evening and will also ,meet with various local government leaders and union representatives.

    [02] GREEK F.M.: THE EU SHOULD FOCUS ITS ATTENTION TO KOSSOVO AND RUSSIA

    In a press interview granted after the close of the European Union's Foreign Ministers meeting in Salzburg, Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos stressed that the Community needs to focus its immediate attention to Russia, whether or not there is a cabinet reshuffle in Moscow.

    In a further reference to Russia, Mr. Pangalos stated that there needs to be a reduction in the social variations apparent in that country, as well as the need to combat crime.

    Referring to the Kossovo crisis, Mr. Pangalos stressed that the Greek side has made clear the need for an overall discussion on the issue.

    The EU's approach needs to be balanced because here we have a position which entails obligations for both sides. We cannot impose sanctions on Belgrade and not make it clear to Kossovo's Albanians that they have to abandon their (demand for ) independence, abandon the armed activity and terrorist actions, otherwise, we will not have a balanced solution," Mr. Pangalos said.

    [03] SWISS PRESIDENT FORWARDS HIS CONDOLENCES TO GREEK COUNTERPART

    The President of Switzerland Flavio Cotti has forwarded a message of condolences to the families of the victims of Swissair Flight 111 which crashed off the Canadian coast last week.

    In a telegram to his Greek counterpart, Kostis Stephanopoulos, the Swiss president expressed his grief over the loss of the 229 lives aboard the aircraft. Two Greek citizens - Chronoula Bonanou- Iconomopoulou, 42, from Patras, and Nikos Kefalidis, 55, from Alexandroupolis , were traveling on Greek passports.

    Another 12 passengers on the ill-fated airliner were Greek nationals, whose families reside in Greece.

    [04] EU ENERGY COMMISSIONER SPEAKS AT THESSALONIKI'S TRADE FAIR

    The European Union's Energy Commissioner Christos Papoutsis, gave an address in Thessaloniki yesterday where he stated that Greece needs to implement a combined policy of stabilization and development in order to best achieve its goal of acceding to the Economic and Monetary Union.

    Moreover, Mr. Papoutsis stated that the country needs to implement a variety of measures that will promote the restructuring of the economy, allow for real economic convergence and attain the achievement of social cohesion.

    [05] PREMIER OF BOSNIA AND GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER SEE EYE TO EYE

    The Prime Minister of Bosnia-Herzegovina Milorad Dodik met with Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos in Athens yesterday, where the two men held talks concerning the latest developments in the Balkans and the Kossovo crisis.

    Following the meeting, which reportedly enjoyed a "meeting of the minds", Mr. Dodik stated that the forthcoming weekend's general elections will provide the Bosnian Serb republic with the means to implement the 1995 Dayton peace accords which ended the Bosnian war.

    "With a new government, the Serb Republic of Bosnia is well on the way to implementing the Dayton accord," Mr. Dodik said.

    In turn, pointing out that the Serb republic was faithfully and conscientiously implementing the accord, Mr. Pangalos said he hoped the international community would recognize this effort.

    Mgrs. Dodik and Pangalos said they were very satisfied with the level of bilateral relations. Mr. Dodik said he had invited Mr. Pangalos to Banja Luka for a visit, which, he said, would have "exceptional significance" for the promotion of bilateral relations.

    [06] SIMITIS-KARATZAS MEETING

    The speculation that the crisis in the world economy will soon be defused unless there are unforeseen developments, was expressed by Greek National Bank governor Theodoros Karatzas after the meeting he had with prime minister Kostas Simitis.

    Mr. Karatzas, when asked if the interest rates will drop, responded "we will wait and see".

    [07] TURKISH FIGHTER JETS VIOLATED THE GREEK AIR SPACE

    A number of violations of the Greek air space by Turkish fighter jets were reported in the Aegean.

    Twenty Turkish F-16, four Phantoms and two aircraft used for aerial photography violated the Greek air space and during the interceptions by Greek fighter jets there were 8 engagements recorded.

    [08] REPPAS: TURKEY DOES NOT WANT THE EASING OF THE CRISIS IN THE AEGEAN

    Turkey does not want to contribute to the easing of the crisis, as it continues to provoke and maintain the tension in the region, stated Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas commenting on the violations of the Greek air space over the Aegean by Turkish fighter jets.

    On the issue of the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles, Mr. Reppas reiterated that their supply and installation constitute a right of the Cypriot government which has an obligation to protect its interests.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [09] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELS TO TEHRAN FOR TWO-DAY VISIT

    Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos embarked on a two-day visit to Tehran today.

    Mr. Pangalos will meet with the country's political leaders, while he will also participate at the second ministerial summit of the trilateral cooperation of Greece, Iran and Armenia.

    This cooperation aims at the creation of a framework which will allow for the development of economic collaboration in sectors of mutual interest.

    [10] POLITICAL DEADLOCK DRIVES RUSSIAN ECONOMY TO RUIN

    Following the Communist-led Duma's second rejection of Russian President Boris Yeltsin's choice for premier Victor Cernomyrdin, both sides of the House warned that the country is risking a wave of violence stemming from the ruined economy.

    A third rejection would trigger the dissolution of the Duma and an early parliamentary election.

    [11] THREE GREEK CHAMPIONS IN JOHANNESBURG FOR TRACK- FIELD WORLD CUP

    Three Greek track and field champions departed for Johannesburg today in order to participate in the European track and field champions' team at the world cup race.

    Olga Vasdeki, Haris Papadias and Kostas Kederis are to race September11-13. Vasdeki and Papadias, both medalists at the European track and field championships, will race on the world cup's first day, while Kederis will take part in the third.

    This marks the first time Greece participates in the champions' team with three runners. Kostas Koukodimos was the sole runner in Cuba's 1994 race.

    [12] BULGARIAN PRESIDENT: NATO'S INTERVENTION IN KOSSOVO UNNECESSARY

    Bulgarian President Petar Stoyanov expressed his concern over the latest developments in Kossovo and also added that a NATO intervention in the region would be unnecessary .

    Speaking on the sidelines of Lisbon's EXPO '98, on the occasion of September 6 -a day dedicated to Bulgaria- , Mr. Stoyanov reiterated his country's strong will to become a member of the Alliance, as well as the European Union.

    Responding to a question set forth by the Athens News Agency, on whether he felt safe with the current Kossovo crisis, Mr. Stoyanov said not only Bulgarian politicians but his country's entire society was especially concerned about what was currently taking place in the Albanian- speaking Serbian province.

    He said a possible deterioration of the situation in Kossovo could also have an impact on Bulgaria.

    Asked about his opinion on relations between Sofia and Athens, the Bulgarian president said he took great pleasure to say that relations between the two nations were excellent. He added that, there were some pending issues albeit not clarifying them.

    [13] OSCE ASSIGNS 2,700 OBSERVERS TO OVERSEE BOSNIA'S GENERAL ELECTIONS

    The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has assigned a force of 2,700 observers who will oversee Bosnia's general elections to be held on September 12-13.

    Also, a large delegation of officials from the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly will observe the voting process. The delegates will arrive at Serajevo on Thursday where they will meet with party representatives and presidential candidates.

    [14] EFFORTS BY YELTSIN TO SOLVE THE CRISIS IN RUSSIA

    Russian president Boris Yeltsin had continuous consultations with his close associates this morning, while he has not named yet his candidate for the third round of voting in the Lower House of Parliament.

    Meanwhile, an upward trend prevailed today in most of the international stock markets. In the Athens Stock Exchange the general price index showed a 2.35% rise.

    [15] THE THREE BORDER CROSSINGS WITH GREECE WILL IMPROVE THE ECONOMIC SITUATION IN THE BULGARIAN BORDER REGIONS

    Bulgarian foreign minister Nadezda Mihailova believes that the three new border crossings with Greece will improve the economic situation in the Bulgarian border regions.

    In an interview with the newspaper "Demokratzia", the Bulgarian foreign minister stated that the agreement with the Greek side for the opening of three new border crossings is not just a political act or an issue of diplomacy but it will improve the economic situation in the Bulgarian border regions where there is a big problem with unemployment.

    The acceleration of the construction works for the quick operation of the new border crossings was agreed by Greek and Bulgarian prime ministers Kostas Simitis and Ivan Kostov in their recent meeting in Athens.

    [16] INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE PROTECTION OF CARETTA-CARETTA

    A care center for the injured sea turtles will be created by the "Sea Turtle Society of Greece" and its members call on all those who want to take part in the effort for the protection of the caretta-caretta sea turtle to offer their much needed economic assistance.

    In an article published in the German newspaper "Frankfurter Rundschau", are underlined the problems faced by the threatened with extinction caretta-caretta sea turtle which lives in the Ionian island of Zakynthos. The article also mentions the efforts made for its protection by the "Sea Turtle Society of Greece" since 1983. It is stressed that the biggest threat for the turtles are the people and that only after an intense struggle of the "Sea Turtle Society of Greece" measures were finally taken so that the Lagana Beach in Zakynthos, where caretta-caretta lives, be open to tourists only during the day and not during the night.

    [17] TURKISH POLICE ARRESTED FOUR GIRLS ACCUSED OF HAVING LINKS WITH THE KURDISH PKK

    The colors of the cardboard they were holding led to the arrests of four young girls in Ismir, three 11yearolds and a 15yearold.

    According to the Turkish newspaper "Radikal", the four girls were dancing in front of a jewelry store to raise money for orphan children holding in their hands cardboard of yellow, red and green color on which they had written the reason that led them to ask for the economic assistance of passers-by.

    Coincidentally, the colors of the cardboard are the colors of the flag of the outlawed Kurdish PKK party. Police arrested the four girls as suspects and led them to the local police station where they were questioned for involvement in the PKK.

    [18] THE STEEPLE AND MINARET OF A CHURCH IN CRETE IS AN EXAMPLE OF CO-EXISTENCE OF CULTURES

    Crete is an island where civilizations have met and managed to co-exist for centuries. A living example of co-existence of two different cultures is the church of St. Nikolaos in the city of Chania which has both a steeple and a minaret.

    Turkish newspaper "Yeni Yuzyil" in an article with the headline "A church and a mosque under the same roof" refers to this specific church which was built in the Byzantine years and later, during the Ottoman era, it was turned into a mosque with the addition of a minaret, while the church-tower at the other side of the building was kept intact.

    In 1898, when Crete became independent and was incorporated into Greece, the mosque was turned into a Christian Orthodox church but the minaret was not touched and now the paradox found at the church of St. Nikolaos has made it a tourist attraction.

    [19] THE YUGOSLAV FOREIGN MINISTER WILL VISIT GREECE

    Federal Republic of Yugoslavia foreign minister Zivadin Jovanovic will visit Greece on September 10-11 at the invitation of his Greek counterpart Theodoros Pangalos.

    According to a statement issued by the foreign ministry of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the two ministers will discuss issues concerning the strengthening of bilateral relations and cooperation as well as, international issues of mutual interest including the multi-faceted cooperation of south-eastern European countries.


    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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