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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-09-14

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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 14, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] MPA'S CONFERENCE ON RIGAS FEREOS
  • [02] JOURNALISM AWARDS "RIGAS VELESTINLIS"
  • [03] THESSALONIKI'S 63RD INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR COMES TO A CLOSE TODAY
  • [04] MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY'S CONFERENCE ON RIGAS WAS A SUCCESS
  • [05] FINNISH PRESIDENT TO ARRIVE ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO ATHENS TODAY
  • [06] US ATACAMS MISSILES DELIVERED TO THESSALONIKI
  • [07] ECONOMY MINISTER ANNOUNCES POSSIBLE REDUCTION OF TAXES NEXT YEAR
  • [08] THE GREEK FOREIGN MINISTRY IS CONCERNED OVER THE DEVELOPMENTS IN ALBANIA
  • [09] THE GREEK GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ON THE CRISIS IN ALBANIA
  • [10] REPPAS: CEM'S STATEMENTS ARE A REPEAT OF THE TURKISH POSITIONS
  • [11] THE PREFECT OF EVROS RESPONDED TO THE TURKISH STATEMENTS ON THE CHANGE OF BORDERS DUE TO THE SHIFT OF THE EVROS RIVER BED
  • [12] BIG GAINS IN THE MAIN STOCK MARKETS OF THE WORLD
  • [13] THE GREEK FOOTBALL FEDERATION WILL REQUEST THAT THE GAME WITH THE NATIONAL TEAM OF ALBANIA BE HELD IN GREECE
  • [14] SIMITIS' STATEMENT ON THE SITUATION IN ALBANIA
  • [15] MESSAGE ON THE WORLD PEACE DAY BY THE GREEK PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [16] ALBANIA ROCKED BY MURDER OF DEMOCRATIC PARTY DEPUTY HIDARI
  • [17] ALBANIAN PM, PRESIDENT CONDEMN KILLING, APPEAL FOR CALM
  • [18] ALBANIA: SALI BERISHA SPEAKS TO THE MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY
  • [19] IRAN CRITICIZES TURKISH MILITARY COOPERATION WITH ISRAEL
  • [20] THE CENTER OF TIRANA HAS BECOME A BATTLE FIELD
  • [21] BERISHA'S FOLLOWERS TRY TO TAKE OVER THE STATE RADIO AND TELEVISION BUILDING
  • [22] THE CYPRIOT PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT MET WITH ARAB AMBASSADORS
  • [23] JOINT STATEMENT ON ALBANIA BY THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE, THE EU AND THE US

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] MPA'S CONFERENCE ON RIGAS FEREOS

    Over fifty delegates met in Thessaloniki on September 11-12 on the occasion of the Macedonian Press Agency's conference on "The effect of the ideas of Rigas Velestinlis on the countries of south-eastern Europe and the need for Inter-Balkan cooperation today". Following are excerpts of some of the ideas that were dispersed during the two-day conference:

    The President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos stated in his salutation: "Rigas Fereos was a pioneer in the field of what we know today as inter-Balkan cooperation.

    "His activity in the national uprisings of the Danube- bordering hegemonies is famous. That is where he embarked from in order restoring freedom in Greece and that is where he conceived the idea for the formation of a Balkan federation.

    "With his revolutionary declarations, the Chart, the Thurios, he struggled for freedom until his death. The scientists participating in the inter-Balkan conference will develop their points of view on "the influence of the ideas of Rigas Fereos in the countries of Southeastern Europe and on the need of inter- Balkan cooperation today" thereby granting new dimensions on the assessment of this national martyr's work under the present time's prism.

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis sent the following message: "Two hundred years have passed since the death of Rigas and his deeply revolutionary and humanitarian ideas are more applicable today than ever before.

    Our country, as a member of the European Union and within the framework of political friendship and cooperation with all the Balkan countries on an equal basis has become the main stability factor in this sensitive region. Its diplomatic initiatives for the peaceful settlement of crisis and disputes have won international recognition.

    I believe that it is the common belief of all the Balkan states that there can be no peace, stability and security in the region without regional cooperation. This regional cooperation must be promoted by all the countries together. An Inter-Balkan cooperation that will not be an occasional one but one that will be consolidated on a permanent basis. An Inter-Balkan cooperation that will be based on self-evident principles: The state of Law, the protection of Human Rights, the inviolability of the borders and territorial integrity, the respect of International Law and the respect of international treaties.

    Greece's Foreign Minister Theodros Pangalos forwarded his salutation in which he stated that the Conference "the influence of the ideas of Rigas Velestinlis on the countries of Southeastern Europe and the need for interbalkan cooperation today", is a truly laudable initiative undertaken by the Macedonian Press Agency.

    The leader of Greece's main opposition party, New Democracy's Kostas Karamanlis stated that The name of Rigas constitutes, even to our day, a point of reference synonymous with freedom, democracy, equal rights regardless of nationality, the State of Justice, religious tolerance and opposition to tyranny.

    "Today, in the once-again disturbed Peninsula, we cogently recognize the need to review, adopt and enforce the idea of the modern Greek Enlightener. A need served by your Conference. Holding the said Conference in Thessaloniki, a center of Greek and Byzantine culture with significant cultural influence on the Balkan region, bears its own symbolism," Mr. Karamanlis said, adding that the Association of Balkan News Agencies provides an interesting and dynamic example of the possibilities for cooperation."

    Albanian foreign minister Paskal Milo characterized Slobodan Milosevic as a "democratic dictator" saying that the Yugoslav leader can not bring democracy to Serbia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

    Mr. Milo stressed that the crisis in Kosovo is a problem concerning all the Balkan peoples and not just the Albanians and the Serbs. He said that it is a regional crisis and at the same time a European one and added that "The philosophy and practice of the Serb-Albanian cohabitation in Kosovo is so badly compromised that it is difficult to think that it will have a future. But the great challenges can be faced even when it seems that there is no way out".

    Shortly afterwards, Serb minister of information Alexander Vucic responding to the accusations launched by Mr. Milo stressed that Albania tolerates on its territory -if not backing- terrorist training camps and does nothing to stop the illegal arms trade.

    Mr. Vucic expressed the hope that the Albanian side will sit at the negotiating table in the immediate future for the sake of true peace and unity in the Balkans.

    In his speech the Serb minister of information accused the foreign mass media of misinformation by creating news that present the Serbs as those who are mainly responsible for all bad and need to be punished. He said that part of the blame belongs to the Balkan reporters who are proven to be equally prone to spreading "false news". Bulgarian undersecretary of culture Svetlozar Zekov stated that the word "accession" has become fashionable since the start of the unification of Europe, adding that it would be best if the unification is not just economic and political but cultural as well. He referred to the activities of Bulgaria's National Book Center and to its cooperation with Greece's respective center and suggested that the countries of the region should undertake an initiative for a Balkan cultural agreement aimed at promoting literature as well as, for the publication of a multi-lingual Balkan literature magazine under the auspices of UNESCO.

    Croat professor of modern Greek language Vesna Kurelec referred to the ideas of Rigas and the Croat enlightenment and stressed that his premature death overshadowed his role as a linguistic reformist.

    Bulgarian ambassador to Athens, student of Rigas' ideas and literary man Kiril Topalov characterized Rigas as a Balkan typological phenomenon of his time. Romanian professor specializing in Balkan issues Alexandru Firescu referred to the Romanian translators and poets who had Rigas as a model. Dimokrition University of Thrace Ioannis Papadrianos stated that Rigas based on his descent belongs exclusively to Greece but his revolutionary work concerned all the Balkan peoples, adding that his tragic death had a deep effect to the Serb literary world and especially to Nobel prize winner Ivo Andric.

    Konstantin Badea, general director of Romania's Rompress news agency, spoke on "The Nation within the Context of Globalization".

    "Globalization," he stated, "through telecommunications, transport, commerce, mass media -especially TV- and other technological advances, requires imperatively, beyond human will, the disappearance of the nation state an of the nation. That's one of the prevailing world ideology and current Western ideology. We, in the former Communist countries, are very familiar with this school of thought, only under a different name: it was called "proletarian internationalism"

    DAJC EDUARD, a member of the Scientific Society for History in Serbia, spoke on "the influence of Balkan Confrontations on Rigas Ideas and Rigas Influence on Balkan Cooperation."

    In his address, Mr. Eduard stated that "Rigas work was concentrated on cooperation of Balkan Nations which is the only way that leads our peninsula to real liberation from, in most cases destructive, influence of outer powers. Balkan to Balkan nations was Rigas and should be our motto."

    PANAYOT DENEV, general director of Bulgarian news agency BTA, spoke on "Balkan News: The (Im)Possible Genre". He stated that the main question is whether objective information about the Balkans has reached, is reaching and will be reaching the democratic world - which now usually means Europe and North America.

    "Do news flow from our troubled lands differ depending on how they reach the rest of the world: mediated or unmediated?

    And if mediation is inevitable, who are the intermediaries and how do they do their job?

    I purposefully use the term "genre" in defiance of theory of literature, because I regard truth and falsehood as distinct manners and styles of news-reporting journalism. Professional news reporting and propaganda are poles apart."

    MEHMET GULER, general director of Turkey's "Anadolu" news agency, spoke on "The role of the Press for the Inter-balkan Cooperation Today".

    He said that the Balkan peninsula, which is at the southeastern part of Europe, has become the stage for political unrest due to its strategic status for ages. The Balkans, which was effected by immigration as it is situated in the transit route from Asia to Europe, has also been the arena of various civilizations.

    "Although appropriate opportunities came out after the cold- war period concerning the installation of a new period at the bases of friendship and cooperation by the abolishment of both blocks that divided the Balkans and also by the disappearance of political and ideological impediments, these opportunities could not be benefited well due to some negative conditions occurred in the region."

    MARIUS PETREAN, spoke on the "The Balkans: Unfulfilled dreams of Rigas Fereos", and stated that Rigas was not only an outstanding figure for Greek history but also for the whole South- East European region.

    "It is, I believe, the duty of historians but also a duty of the media. I therefore sincerely welcome the initiative of this Conference -a right step in the right direction.

    Rigas Fereos was a man of action but also a visionary, a dreamer. Many historians and even politicians pointed out that his revolution and humanitarian ideas are as actual as ever. Influenced by the French Revolution and the ideals of Enlightenment, Rigas used the texts of French manifestos and constitutions to draw up the Statutory Charta of the Hellenic Republic. But Rigas went well beyond the declarations of the French Revolution. He recognized political and individual rights for the citizen rather than for groups of citizens, such as minorities.

    Svetlana Slapsak, Prof. at I Ljubljana Postgraduate School in Humanities, spoke on The Legacy of Rigas Velestinlis: The Balkan School for Delicate Lovers.

    "Towards the end of the 18th century, the passion for new knowledge, education and justice pushed intellectuals and aspiring students from the Balkans, among them Dositej Obradovi from the Serbian parts under the Austrian Empire, toward the Western cultures and Western cultural and academic centres. The same passion pushed Rigas Velestinlis to study, translate and adapt texts by French authors, certainly the main source of intellectual incentives and democratic ideas of the time."

    [02] JOURNALISM AWARDS "RIGAS VELESTINLIS"

    The Macedonian Press Agency's two-day conference honoring the bicentennial anniversary since the death of Rigas Velestinlis came to a close with the signing of a declaration that calls on the Balkan countries' governments to take the necessary measures that would create a climate of understanding, mutual acquaintance, and cooperation.

    The fifty delegates saluted the proposals submitted by Greek and foreign academics and journalists which call for the creation of an inter-Balkan school of journalism headquarters in Thessaloniki as well as for the establishment of awards named after Rigas Velestinlis which would be bestowed upon the year's best news stories, commentaries and sketches in the Balkan region.

    The declaration reads as follows: We, the politicians, academics, historians and journalists participating in the Interbalkan conference organized by the Macedonian Press Agency in Thessaloniki, on September 11-12, 1998 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of the visionary of Interbalkan cooperation Rigas Velestinlis, believing that his ideas will remain alive and topical as ever in our days, declare that the unfortunate phenomena of nationalism and racism occurring in our region once again do not reflect the mentality or history of Balkan peoples and Rigas.

    Considering that the governments of the countries of the region can resolve existing problems through dialogue, cooperation and developing peaceful co-existence and friendly neighbourliness, we would like to invite the Governments of the countries of SE Europe to help with measures to encourage the cultivation of a good climate of deliberation, mutual acquaintance and mutual understanding of our peoples.

    We would like to warmly greet the efforts of all governments who strive for the timely accession of all Balkan states in the E.U. As we are certain that with the integration of all Balkan countries in the European family, the reinforcement of democratization and economic development within the framework of United Europe all problems troubling the Balkan countries today will be overcome. Thus, the vision and desires of the pan-Balkanic national activist will be realized.

    As a first step in that direction we second the proposal for the creation of an Interbalkan Journalism School based in Thessaloniki with branches in all Balkan States organized by the Macedonian Press Agency. We also propose the institutionalization of journalistic prizes named "Rigas Velestinlis" to be awarded to the best reportages, articles and cartoons of the year.

    [03] THESSALONIKI'S 63RD INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR COMES TO A CLOSE TODAY

    The run of Thessaloniki's 63rd International Trade Fair comes to a close today, having reached a record number of visitors this year. The Fair served as a meeting point for the Balkan business world, as well as for businesspersons from southeast Europe, and illustrated Thessaloniki's leadership role in the region.

    [04] MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY'S CONFERENCE ON RIGAS WAS A SUCCESS

    The Macedonian Press Agency's two-day conference honoring the bicentennial anniversary since the death of Rigas Velestinlis came to a close with the signing of a declaration that calls on the Balkan countries' governments to take the necessary measures that would create a climate of understanding, mutual acquaintance, and cooperation.

    The fifty delegates saluted the proposals submitted by Greek and foreign academics and journalists which call for the creation of an inter-Balkan school of journalism headquarters in Thessaloniki as well as for the establishment of awards named after Rigas Velestinlis which would be bestowed upon the year's best news stories, commentaries and sketches in the Balkan region.

    [05] FINNISH PRESIDENT TO ARRIVE ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO ATHENS TODAY

    Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari will pay an official visit to Greece from September 14 to 17, his first visit to Athens, taking place in return of a visit to Finland by Greek President Kostis Stephanopoulos in November 1996.

    Apart from issues of a bilateral nature, discussions are expected to focus on the recent developments in Russia, the situation in Kossovo 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.

    Before leaving Greece, the Finnish official will pay a short visit to Crete, from where he will depart for Helsinki.

    [06] US ATACAMS MISSILES DELIVERED TO THESSALONIKI

    Five ground-to-ground Atacams missiles were delivered to Thessaloniki yesterday from the United States, this being the first consignment of a 19-billion drachma order for 40 such missiles.

    The delivery ceremony was attended by National Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos and the chief of Greek army staff, Lieutenant-General Manoussos Parayoudakis.

    The state-of-the-art missiles will be used by the army and have a range of 165 kilometers. The all-weather missiles are designed to hit high-priority targets including administrative and control installations and munitions depots, launched from mobile M270 units.

    [07] ECONOMY MINISTER ANNOUNCES POSSIBLE REDUCTION OF TAXES NEXT YEAR

    The Minister of National Economy and Finance Minister Yiannos Papantoniou announced yesterday that the government may lower taxes in 1999 in order to reduce inflation and thus facilitating the country's entry into the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

    "The possibility of lowering taxes is being examined. If there is room for a reduction in 1999 this will happen so that inflation may fall and the country enter EMU," Mr. Papantoniou stated.

    The government has set January 1, 2001 as the latest entry date into the European Union's single currency.

    [08] THE GREEK FOREIGN MINISTRY IS CONCERNED OVER THE DEVELOPMENTS IN ALBANIA

    The strong concern of the Greek government over the developments in Albania after the murder of Parliament deputy Azem Haidari has been expressed by the foreign ministry spokesman, who stressed in his statement that the Greek side condemns the killing of the Albanian Parliament deputy and believes that the arrest and the trial of those responsible for the criminal act will restore the sense of justice in the country.

    The statement continues by stressing that the abstention from violence is the only way to avert the destabilization of Albania.

    [09] THE GREEK GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ON THE CRISIS IN ALBANIA

    The Greek government watches closely the situation in Albania and is in contact with the country's government through the diplomatic route, stated Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas.

    Mr. Reppas said that the Greek government condemns the acts of violence and that the murder of a politician should not create a new crisis, adding that everyone has responsibilities that must be assumed.

    Responding to the question if there will be a wave of Albanian immigrants toward Greece he responded that there are no such indications and that the forces guarding the borders are ready to deal with every eventuality.

    [10] REPPAS: CEM'S STATEMENTS ARE A REPEAT OF THE TURKISH POSITIONS

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas characterized the statements made by Turkish foreign minister Ismail Cem as a rehash of Ankara's known positions.

    Mr. Reppas added that Turkey must respect the international organizations' decisions on state borders.

    [11] THE PREFECT OF EVROS RESPONDED TO THE TURKISH STATEMENTS ON THE CHANGE OF BORDERS DUE TO THE SHIFT OF THE EVROS RIVER BED

    The recent statement by a Turkish official according to which, thousands of hectares of Turkish territory have moved to the Greek side of the borders as a result of the shift observed in the Evros river bed and the subsequent erosion, brought about the response of prefect of Evros Giorgos Dolios.

    Mr. Dolios stated, commenting on the statements made by Matzip Sabir head of the Turkish Soil Erosion Institute, that according to his point of view there is no such issue adding that he can not avoid being suspicious toward such a statement made on behalf of Turkish circles which are related with the Turkish foreign ministry.

    Mr. Dolios clarified that until today there was no problem in the communication with the Turkish side for the solution of similar problems. According to the prefect, from time to time there are possession disputes over certain areas but in those cases committee meetings are being held and settlements are being reached.

    [12] BIG GAINS IN THE MAIN STOCK MARKETS OF THE WORLD

    Big gains prevailed today in the main stock markets of the world. However, economic analysts continue to be cautious mainly due to the problems in Latin America and Kenneth Starr's report on the White House sex scandal.

    The general price index in the Athens Stock Exchange closed today with gains of 3.12%.

    [13] THE GREEK FOOTBALL FEDERATION WILL REQUEST THAT THE GAME WITH THE NATIONAL TEAM OF ALBANIA BE HELD IN GREECE

    The violent incidents that take place in Tirana affect football as well. The Greek national football team is scheduled to play its second game with the respective team of Albania in Tirana on October 10 within the framework of the qualifiers for the European Championship of the year 2000.

    The Greek Football Federation is expected to request that the game be moved from Tirana, due to the unstable situation in the Albanian capital and take place in Greece.

    [14] SIMITIS' STATEMENT ON THE SITUATION IN ALBANIA

    Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis stressed the need for the settlement of the situation in Albania through political means and not through violence.

    Specifically, the prime minister stated that the improved function of the state in Albania, the security achieved and the improvement of the economic conditions, which were the results of hard work in the past year, should not be wasted. Mr. Simitis added that Albania is a country that has lost time and every new conflict can cause only damage.

    [15] MESSAGE ON THE WORLD PEACE DAY BY THE GREEK PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT

    For as long as Turkey insists in provoking through words and deeds and continues to dispute the sovereign rights of Greece, peace in the Balkans and in Europe as a whole will be at risk every day, stresses Greek Parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis in his message on the occasion of the World Peace Day celebrated tomorrow.

    Mr. Kaklamanis expresses his strong concern for the dangers faced by the region due to the inability of the international community to implement the restoration of International Law and human rights in Cyprus which are not being respected as a result of Ankara's expansionist policy.

    The Greek Parliament president states that the lack of essential mechanisms for the implementation of the rule of law in combination with the terrifying economic and social problems in most of the world, have led to new uncontrollable regional conflicts and to the spread of new forms of terrorism.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [16] ALBANIA ROCKED BY MURDER OF DEMOCRATIC PARTY DEPUTY HIDARI

    Albania is on the brink of another crisis following the murder of opposition Democratic Party deputy Azem Hidari in Tirana on Saturday.

    Episodes erupted at Tirana, costing the life on one and injuring three others, when Democratic Party followers tried to enter the Public Order Ministry and the office of the Prime Minister Fatos Nano.

    [17] ALBANIAN PM, PRESIDENT CONDEMN KILLING, APPEAL FOR CALM

    Albanian Prime Minster Fatos Nano and President Rejep Meidani have condemned the killing of opposition deputy Azem Hidari on Saturday and appealed for calm.

    Mr Meidani said the authorities would do their utmost to arrest those responsible for the killing.

    Mr. Nano, who has held all-night meetings with his cabinet members has not responded to the democratic Party leader Sali Berisha's deadline calling for his resignation, although he has implied that he dopes not intent to leave the post. He blamed Mr. Berisha of being behind the violent incidents that erupted after the assassination and characterized the murder as a "barbarian act." Earlier, Mr. Berisha, alleged that the government had ordered Mr. Hidari's assassination.

    [18] ALBANIA: SALI BERISHA SPEAKS TO THE MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY

    The leader of Albania's main opposition Democratic Party Sali Berisha spoke to the Macedonian Press Agency in an exclusive interview following Saturday's murder of his party's deputy Azem Hidari, whose funeral is to take place this morning in Tirana.

    Mr. Berisha stated that he has given Albanian Prime Minster Fatos Nano and his cabinet a deadline of one hour after the funeral to resign from the post.

    Mr. Berisha told the MPA that Prime Minster Nano is responsible for the deputy's murder as well as for the aftermath. He stressed that if the government does not resign after the one- hour deadline, then it shall bear responsibility for anything hat might take place.

    Mr. Nano in turn blamed the Democratic Party leader and called on the Albanian people not to allow the country to return to previous eras.

    [19] IRAN CRITICIZES TURKISH MILITARY COOPERATION WITH ISRAEL

    Iranian president, Mohammed Khatami, criticized Turkish military cooperation with Israel during his Tehran-held talks with the Turkish foreign minister, Ismail Cem.

    According to press reports, President Khatami stated that Israel was an aggressive country and Turkey had no need to cooperate with it.

    Mr. Cem replied that relations between Turkey and Israel were not aimed at the interests of any of the countries in the region.

    [20] THE CENTER OF TIRANA HAS BECOME A BATTLE FIELD

    The center of the Albanian capital of Tirana, where the government buildings are located, has turned into a battle ground, according to information. Thousands of followers of Sali Berisha's Democratic Party, who gathered in Tirana for the funeral of the murdered Parliament deputy Azem Haidari, have turned the procession into the largest and most violent anti-government demonstration ever.

    As soon as the thousands of people accompanying Haidari's coffin arrived in front of the government building where the prime minister's office is housed, shots were fired by automatic weapons against the guards standing outside the government buildings. The members of the national guard returned fire and in a few seconds the whole area became a battle field. The protesters occupied two armoured tanks and one of them has entered the yard of the presidential building.

    Foreign minister Paskal Milo stressed that Haidari's murder was a plan by certain circles interested in creating an unstable situation in the country and seeking to cause the overthrow of the government. According to Mr. Milo, the prime minister has called on the Albanian people to defend democracy and freedom after the threats launched by Berisha, who said that he will be unable to control his followers in case prime minister Nano refuses to submit his resignation.

    [21] BERISHA'S FOLLOWERS TRY TO TAKE OVER THE STATE RADIO AND TELEVISION BUILDING

    According to the latest information, followers of Sali Berisha's Democratic Party have moved toward the state radio and television building. Based on the same information, the efforts of the protesters to occupy the building are being backed by two armoured tanks that were taken over earlier by Berisha's followers in front of the prime minister's office.

    At the same time, other information mentions that groups of demonstrators have occupied the army camp located near the Albanian Parliament building and have removed guns and ammunition, while they are already near government buildings where the exchange of fire continues.

    In spite of the fact that different radio stations broadcast the news of prime minister Fatos Nano's resignation, OSCE representative in Tirana Dan Everts has allegedly stated that the prime minister remains in his post, adding that he has stated to foreign diplomats that he will not hesitate to step down if this move is necessary to avoid the bloodshed in the country.

    [22] THE CYPRIOT PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT MET WITH ARAB AMBASSADORS

    Egypt's ambassador to Nicosia Fadel El Kanti expressed his concern over the military cooperation between Israel and Turkey after the meeting he had with Cypriot Parliament president Spyros Kyprianou.

    Mr. Kanti, who was the head of an Arab ambassadors delegation, stressed that such alliances are not needed at a time when efforts are being made for the peaceful solution of the problems in the region. The ambassadors were also briefed on the developments in the Cyprus problem during their meeting with Mr. Kyprianou.

    [23] JOINT STATEMENT ON ALBANIA BY THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE, THE EU AND THE US

    The Council of Europe, the European Union and the United States have issued a joint statement after a meeting of their delegations.

    In the statement it is stressed that the use of violence for political purposes is condemned, while they point out that the leaders of all the Albanian political parties should take the responsibility for the actions of their followers, stressing that the political leaders in the country have an obligation to find a peaceful solution that will respect democracy.

    The statement concludes that the international community pledges to back any package of measures that will bring some kind of a solution, adding that those who will not cooperate will suffer the consequences.


    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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