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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-09-17

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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 17, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] GREEK PREMIER RECEIVES EU TRANSPORT COMMISSIONER NEIL KINNOCK TODAY
  • [02] GREEK DEFENSE MINISTER MEETS WITH BRITISH COUNTERPART IN ATHENS
  • [03] S.E. EUROPEAN COUNTRIES LEADERS TO MEET IN ANTALYA ON OCTOBER12-14
  • [04] FBI DIRECTOR ARRIVES IN GREECE TODAY FOR TWO-DAY VISIT
  • [05] FERRARI, SUPERFAST FERRIES & CAMPARI EMBARK ON SIX-DAY EVENT TODAY
  • [06] CHAMPION'S LEAGUE RESULTS: PANATHINAIKOS BEATS DYNAMO KIEV 2- 1
  • [07] SIMITIS IN ANTALYA IN OCTOBER
  • [08] LOSSES ARE RECORDED IN MOST EUROPEAN STOCK MARKETS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [09] BERISHA FOLLOWERS TO CONDUCT ANOTHER PROTEST RALLY IN TIRANA
  • [10] CONFLICT IN KOSSOVO CONTINUES
  • [11] THE LIFTING OF BERISHA'S PARLIAMENTARY IMMUNITY IS BEING DISCUSSED IN THE ALBANIAN PARLIAMENT
  • [12] FOREIGN MINISTER PANGALOS IS IN NEW YORK
  • [13] A BRITISH FOREIGN OFFICE OFFICIAL MET WITH CLERIDES AND KASOULIDES

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] GREEK PREMIER RECEIVES EU TRANSPORT COMMISSIONER NEIL KINNOCK TODAY

    European Union Transport Commissioner Neil Kinnock will begin an official two-day visit to Greece today where he is due to meet Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, Merchant Marine Minister Stavros Soumakis and Transport and Communications Minister Tassos Mandelis.

    He will also meet representatives of the Union of Greek Shipowners and Union of Passenger Shipowners. In addition, the commissioner will tour the site of a new international airport being built for Athens at Spata, and meet informally with Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou.

    [02] GREEK DEFENSE MINISTER MEETS WITH BRITISH COUNTERPART IN ATHENS

    British Defense Secretary George Robertson, who met yesterday in Athens with his Greek counterpart Akis Tsochatzopoulos, has rejected the Turkish-Cypriot leader's (Rauf Denktash) proposal for a confederation of two states in Cyprus.

    Following his talks with Mr. Tsochatzopoulos, Mr. Robertson stated that Britain "does not support the Denktash proposal."

    He added that "we cannot accept any solution of confederation of two sovereign states", pointing out that it would be contrary to agreement for a bicommunal, bizonal federation that has been discussed for almost 25 years.

    He said Britain "welcomes any proposals for a solution on the island but this is not one we would support".

    He repeated, however, his country's opposition to the deployment of the Russian-made S300 even though he recognized the right of governments to make decisions concerning their defense.

    Pointing out that Britain was "genuinely concerned" over the S300, he argued they would not "add to the security" but rather "add to tension and therefore create problems". "There are better ways of getting security than this particular system, " he added.

    In turn, Mr. Tsochatzopoulos said "those concerned with the problems created by the military build-up in Cyprus should support a policy of arms reduction, something both Greece and Cyprus support".

    He also stressed that it is every state's undeniable right to choose the way to defend itself.

    Mr. Robertson arrived in Athens after holding talks in Ankara with the Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz , defense and foreign ministers.

    [03] S.E. EUROPEAN COUNTRIES LEADERS TO MEET IN ANTALYA ON OCTOBER12-14

    The leaders of the Southeastern European countries are to conduct a Summit Meeting in Antalya, Turkey on October12-14.

    Greek Premier Kostas Simitis has stated that he will meet with his Turkish counterpart Mesut Yilmaz, as well as with other leaders, on the sidelines of the Summit.

    [04] FBI DIRECTOR ARRIVES IN GREECE TODAY FOR TWO-DAY VISIT

    The director of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Louis Freeh will begin a two-day visit to Greece as of today.

    Mr. Freeh is scheduled to meet today with Public Order Minister George Romeos and Greek Police (El.AS) chief Lt. Gen. Athanasios Vassilopoulos. According to reports, issues to be discussed include drugs smuggling, terrorism and state security.

    US ambassador in Athens Nicholas Burns will host a dinner in Mr. Freeh's honor later in the evening.

    [05] FERRARI, SUPERFAST FERRIES & CAMPARI EMBARK ON SIX-DAY EVENT TODAY

    Ferrari, the famous sports car, SuperFast Ferries and Campari are to embark on a six-day event in Athens today with the participation of over 70 Ferrari cars from all over Europe.

    The cars will depart from the Italian port of Ancona this morning and will arrive in Patras 19 hours later aboard a SuperFast ferry, owned by Greek blue-chip Attica Enterprises, which is listed on the Athens bourse.

    Among events planned starting on Friday are skill races in Alepohori near Megara and then a drive to Athens.

    The Ferraris will be lined up in front of the Kallimarmaro Stadium in central Athens and the Acropolis.

    [06] CHAMPION'S LEAGUE RESULTS: PANATHINAIKOS BEATS DYNAMO KIEV 2- 1

    Panathinaikos of Athens beat Dynamo Kiev 2-1 in Athens, while Olympiakos Piraeus drew 2-2 with Porto in Portugal in Champion's League group matches yesterday.

    Panathinaikos plays in the E Group, while Olympiakos is in the A Group.

    [07] SIMITIS IN ANTALYA IN OCTOBER

    The summit meeting of state and government leaders from south- eastern European countries will take place in Antalya, Turkey on October 12-14.

    According to what prime minister Simitis said in his press conference during Thessaloniki's International Trade Fair, he will have contacts with his Turkish counterpart Mesut Yilmaz and with leaders of other countries on the sidelines of the summit meeting.

    [08] LOSSES ARE RECORDED IN MOST EUROPEAN STOCK MARKETS

    The big losses are the prevailing trend today in most European stock markets after the biggest drop of the past 12 years that was recorded in Japan's Nikkei index. The drop was caused by the US Central Bank president refusal to be committed to cutting interest rates.

    The losses recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange were 1.10% at noon today.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [09] BERISHA FOLLOWERS TO CONDUCT ANOTHER PROTEST RALLY IN TIRANA

    Another protest rally is to be held in Tirana today by the followers of the main opposition leader and former president Sali Berisha who has called on them to press on until the government resigns.

    Today, a parliamentary committee is to review whether or not Mr. Berisha's and five Democratic Party deputies' parliamentary immunity will be lifted in order to criminally prosecute them. Meanwhile, the European Union, the Organization for Security and cooperation in Europe and the Western European Union has issued an appeal to all of Albania's political forces to support president Rejep Meidani.

    [10] CONFLICT IN KOSSOVO CONTINUES

    France and Britain have embarked upon preliminary talks concerning the submittance of a resolution that will aim at achieving cease-fire in Kossovo. According to reports, certain NATO member-countries are ready to draw military measures in order to end the conflict.

    US President Bill Clinton warned of the danger of a massive human tragedy threatening Kossovo.

    [11] THE LIFTING OF BERISHA'S PARLIAMENTARY IMMUNITY IS BEING DISCUSSED IN THE ALBANIAN PARLIAMENT

    The discussion on the lifting of Sali Berisha's parliamentary immunity, who is accused of a coup attempt, starts at this hour in the Albanian Parliament.

    The former president did not visit the general prosecutor's office today to testify on the recent incidents that took place at the center of Tirana.

    Meanwhile, the tragic toll of the armed attack against the police station in the town of Leza, 65 kilometers north of Tirana, is 3 people dead and 10 injured.

    [12] FOREIGN MINISTER PANGALOS IS IN NEW YORK

    Greek foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos is on a visit to New York. This morning he met with leading members of the Greek- American community and Archbishop Spyridon and in the evening he will visit the Butler Library, where rare publications of Greek interest are being exhibited.

    Tomorrow evening, Mr. Pangalos will deliver a speech at Columbia University on "Greece and the future of Europe", while on Monday he will meet with leading members of the Greek-American community and later on the same day, he will attend a formal dinner given by UN Secretary-General in honor of the heads of the diplomatic delegations.

    On Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Pangalos is expected to leave for Washington accompanied by the general secretary for the Greeks Living Abroad Stavros Lambrinidis, while the following day he will return to New York to address the UN General Assembly.

    [13] A BRITISH FOREIGN OFFICE OFFICIAL MET WITH CLERIDES AND KASOULIDES

    The British foreign office head of political directorate met with Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides and foreign minister Yiannakis Kasoulides in Nicosia today.

    The British official stated that he works for the solution of the Cyprus problem in close cooperation with Britain's special envoy Sir David Hanney and underlined that the efforts of Britain focus on the implementation of a moratorium of flights over Cyprus.

    He also clarified that his country continues to be actively involved in the efforts for the solution of Cyprus problem within the framework of the UN.

    He was accompanied by the British High Commissioner and today he will meet with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.


    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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