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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-09-21

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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 21, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON ON THESSALONIKI'S ROLE
  • [02] 2 OUT OF 10 GREEK STUDENTS HAVE EXPERIMENTED WITH HASHISH, SAYS REPORT
  • [03] GREECE'S MURDER RATE HAS SHARPLY RISEN OVER PAST 7 YEARS
  • [04] AN ALBANIAN NATIONAL WAS MURDERED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT IN THESSALONIKI
  • [05] PM TO SPEAK AT PASOK RALLY MARKING 2ND ANNIVERSARY OF PARTY VICTORY
  • [06] ALTERNATE FM CALLS FOR SUPPORT OF OLYMPIC TRUCE
  • [07] "ARTISTS WITHOUT BORDERS" TO EMBARK ON 3-MONTH TRAIN TOUR OF BALKANS
  • [08] NEW LOSSES IN THE INTERNATIONAL STOCK MARKETS
  • [09] THE INTERNATIONAL MUSICOLOGY CONFERENCE IN ANCIENT DION HAS ENDED
  • [10] BUCHAREST WANTS THE GREEK PARTICIPATION IN THE ROMANIAN PRIVATIZATIONS
  • [11] REPPAS: MITSOTAKIS HAD A TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WITH SIMITIS BEFORE HIS MEETING WITH YILMAZ
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [12] SALI BERISHA CUTS OFF ALL CONTACT WITH THE GOVERNMENT
  • [13] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT CLERIDES IN NEW YORK, TO MEET WITH HOLBROOKE
  • [14] CLINTON'S VIDEOTAPED TESTIMONY ON LEWINSKY TO BE AIRED THIS EVENING
  • [15] "GREECE IN PRINT", LARGEST EXHIBITION OF GREEK BOOKS IN NEW YORK, BOSTON
  • [16] THE ARCHBISHOP OF ALBANIA APPEALED FOR SELF-RESTRAINT
  • [17] GIORGOS PAPANDREOU IS IN STRASBOURG
  • [18] INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF POETS IN LISBON
  • [19] PANGALOS COMMENTED ON THE SITUATION IN ALBANIA
  • [20] THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN TURKEY IS HOPELESS
  • [21] SAVVAS STAFILIDIS IS THE NEW GREEK DEPUTY IN SWEDEN - THE SWEDISH DAUGHTER OF ANDREAS PAPANDREOU WAS ELECTED CITY COUNCILOR
  • [22] GREECE'S BANK OF COMMERCE OWNS 85% OF THE BULGARIAN BANK OF INVESTMENTS

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON ON THESSALONIKI'S ROLE

    Government spokesperson Dimitris Reppas, in an interview with the local daily "Thessaloniki", commented that the sister capital city's role should not be a mirror image of Athens' "bankrupt model".

    "As long as (the city of ) Thessaloniki, itself, limits its ambitions within the Greek borders it will asphyxiate," Mr. Reppas said.

    He stated that following the developments in the recent years, Thessaloniki should not rest on the fact that it is the country's second largest center.

    "It should become the first center of the Balkans. It should seek its future in qualitative terms, not quantitative," Mr. Reppas said, adding that the city's human resources should be more daring, emerge into the social limelight and contribute to the city's emancipation.

    [02] 2 OUT OF 10 GREEK STUDENTS HAVE EXPERIMENTED WITH HASHISH, SAYS REPORT

    Two out of ten Greek students have experimented with hashish, while over half has dabbled with alcohol, according to statistics presented at the First National Conference of Forensic Scientists and Toxicologists, which began Friday in Thessaloniki.

    Specifically, in a poll involving 317 juniors and seniors from three different high schools in Thessaloniki, 17.9% of them have tried hashish, while 62.46% have consumed alcohol.

    According to the researchers, there isn't sufficient information provided to the students on which substances are addictive, while their study also reveals that the factors leading the young persons to drug use are peer pressure, curiosity and fad following.

    [03] GREECE'S MURDER RATE HAS SHARPLY RISEN OVER PAST 7 YEARS

    The murder rate in Greece has increased dramatically over the past seven years with the majority of victims and perpetrators being non-Greeks.

    The figures were presented at the First National Conference of Forensic Scientists and Toxicologists, which began Friday in Thessaloniki.

    According to research conducted for the Athens forensic service, there were 406 murders in the 12- year period 1978-1990, of which 55 involved foreigners; in the seven-year period 1991- 1997, there were 499 murders, of which 153 involved foreigners - 69 Albanians and 25 of undetermined origin.

    1996 was a bleakest year for homicide, with 83 murders recorded in Athens alone. Of that number, 63 of the victims were foreign nationals. By comparison, in 1978, Athens recorded 21 murders, with only two foreigners as victims. The conference is being held with the participation of more than 150 Greek and foreign experts.

    [04] AN ALBANIAN NATIONAL WAS MURDERED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT IN THESSALONIKI

    One Albanian national was murdered and another was wounded during a scuffle that occurred yesterday afternoon at Thessaloniki's Aristotle University.

    According to police reports, the two men, whose names are unknown, were likely the victims of their compatriots, many of whom have set up camp at the university's campus.

    The injured man underwent surgery yesterday at the city's Ippocration hospital. Yesterday's murder sparked off the question of whether or not the campus should enjoy asylum status and, if so, to what degree does it serve the university community or the illicit activities that take place on its grounds.

    [05] PM TO SPEAK AT PASOK RALLY MARKING 2ND ANNIVERSARY OF PARTY VICTORY

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis is scheduled to speak at a rally of ruling PASOK supporters tomorrow evening in the Athens district of Kallithea to mark the second anniversary of his party's 1996 general election victory.

    Mr. Simitis is expected to outline the government's progress to date and stress its commitment to achieving inclusion in Economic and Monetary Union.

    [06] ALTERNATE FM CALLS FOR SUPPORT OF OLYMPIC TRUCE

    Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou called on Olympic Games medalists meeting in Greece to support and become the symbols of the idea of an Olympic Truce.

    Speaking on the first day of the international conference of Olympic medal winners at the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, yesterday, Mr. Papandreou said the support of past Olympic Games medalists was "exceptionally important" as they could inspire and guide the young, and particularly those coming from strife-torn regions, to help in consolidating peace.

    Organized by the Association of Greek Olympics medal winners, SEO, the conference has drawn the participation of 35 Greek and 120 foreign athletes who have won a total of 300 Olympic medals.

    [07] "ARTISTS WITHOUT BORDERS" TO EMBARK ON 3-MONTH TRAIN TOUR OF BALKANS

    "Artists Without Borders", a Greek non-profit group, is to embark on a three-month train tour of 11 Balkan and European cities, outlining the origins of culture and the development of Western civilization.

    The train consists of six white wagons representing various stages of Western culture: democracy, theater, commerce and industry, technology, the Olympic idea and human rights. The train will spend at least two days in each city and hold theatrical shows with local groups. It is funded by the Greek culture ministry and parliament.

    The train will first visit Sofia, Bulgaria, on September 23, and then travel to Bucharest, Romania; Leipzig, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; Strasbourg, France; Milan, Italy; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Zagreb, Croatia; Banja Luka and Sarajevo, Bosnia; Belgrade, Yugoslavia and end in Skopje, capital of FYROM.

    [08] NEW LOSSES IN THE INTERNATIONAL STOCK MARKETS

    New losses were recorded in the European and Asian stock markets. The Nikkei index had a record loss, while the stock market prices were the lowest recorded compared to past years.

    The general price index in the Athens Stock Exchange showed a decline of 3.30% dropping to 2.101.30 units.

    [09] THE INTERNATIONAL MUSICOLOGY CONFERENCE IN ANCIENT DION HAS ENDED

    The International Musicology Conference was held with great success in Thessaloniki and the archaeological site of Dion under the title "Musical iconography 300BC - 300AD". The conference was organized by Thessaloniki's Friends of Music Association and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

    Within the framework of the conference was also organized a music concert dedicated to the memory of Maria Callas on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of her death. In the event participated the Prague string orchestra with works inspired from the myth of Orpheus under the direction of Nikos Tsouchlos.

    [10] BUCHAREST WANTS THE GREEK PARTICIPATION IN THE ROMANIAN PRIVATIZATIONS

    Romanian Trade and Industry Chamber president George Cojocaru requested the Greek participation in the privatization process of the Romanian industry within the framework of the meeting he had in Thessaloniki today with ministry of Macedonia-Thrace general secretary Giorgos Lissaridis.

    Mr. Cojocaru visited the ministry accompanied by a four- member delegation and outlined to Mr. Lissaridis the state of the Romanian economy giving an emphasis to the slow progress of privatizations in the sector of industry, while he called on the Greek businessmen to contribute to the speeding-up of the effort by increasing their capital investments.

    Mr. Lissaridis stated to MPA that there is a lot of room for further cooperation in the business sector based on the talks he had with the Romanian delegation. He also announced that the new round of visits to the south-eastern European countries by the Inter-Balkan cooperation committee members will follow the one that is already in progress. The new round will be inaugurated in the period between February and April 1999.

    [11] REPPAS: MITSOTAKIS HAD A TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WITH SIMITIS BEFORE HIS MEETING WITH YILMAZ

    Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy honorary president Konstantinos Mitsotakis had a telephone conversation with prime minister Kostas Simitis before his meeting with Turkish prime minister Mesut Yilmaz, stated Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas.

    Mr. Reppas added that there was no new telephone communication after the meeting and that he is not aware if this will happen later.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [12] SALI BERISHA CUTS OFF ALL CONTACT WITH THE GOVERNMENT

    Sali Berisha, leader of Albania's Democratic Party, will apparently not bow to the international community's suggestions to respect the democratic process until order is restored in his country and has provocatively stated that he will "continue to fight until the government is overthrown." The DPs national council announced that it will no longer engage in negotiations or cooperate with the Albanian government. The council also approved Mr. Berisha's proposal for the formation of a "national front of resistance" whose aim is to overthrow the "dictatorial government of Fatos Nano."

    "The Democratic Party will only hold a dialogue with the people," it said in an announcement. The party's national council also approved Mr. Berisha's proposal for the formation of a "national front of resistance" whose aim is to overthrow the "dictatorial government of Fatos Nano." Speaking to the Macedonian Press Agency, the DP's secretary-general Ritvan Bonte, stressed that his party is "determined to continue our struggle until the final victory."

    Meanwhile, socialist party officials have confirmed that a cabinet reshuffle is imminent. Moreover, the government has placed a 200,000-dollar bounty on Azem Hajdari's assassins.

    [13] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT CLERIDES IN NEW YORK, TO MEET WITH HOLBROOKE

    The President of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides is expected to discuss the Cyprus problem with US Presidential Emissary for Cyprus, Richard Holbrooke in New York today, on the sidelines of the UN's general assembly.

    At his meeting with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Friday, President Clerides said that overcoming the intransigence displayed by the Turkish side in efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, does not only depend on Ankara but also on other factors that can affect Turkey.

    President Clerides refrained from expressing optimism for the resumption of negotiations between the two sides in October adding that this depends on how the situation will develop.

    Referring to the US role in the Cyprus peace efforts, President Clerides underlined that despite any problems President Clinton and Holbrooke may face, the US administration continues to deal "not only with the Cyprus question but also with many other serious problems".

    [14] CLINTON'S VIDEOTAPED TESTIMONY ON LEWINSKY TO BE AIRED THIS EVENING

    The videotaped testimony of United States President Bill Clinton, wherein he denies ever having had sexual relations of any kind with Monica Lewinsky, is to be aired this evening through satellite.

    Also, the public will have a chance to hear the telephone conversations held between the US President and Ms. Lewinsky during their steamy dalliance.

    [15] "GREECE IN PRINT", LARGEST EXHIBITION OF GREEK BOOKS IN NEW YORK, BOSTON

    Over one thousand books concerning Greece are to be displayed at the Greek book exhibition titled "Greece in Print", to be held on September 26-27 in New York and October 2-4 in Boston.

    The exhibition is to be accompanied by a series of event centered around Greek literature and culture and will feature the participation of 40 academicians and authors throughout the world, among them the Russian poet and human rights crusader Yevgeni Yevtushenko and author of "The Elgin Marbles" and "Hostage to History", Christopher Hitchens.

    Mr. Hitchens will also speak on Greek-Turkish relations, the Aegean and Cyprus.

    [16] THE ARCHBISHOP OF ALBANIA APPEALED FOR SELF-RESTRAINT

    Archbishop Anastasios of Albania has sent a message to all directions. He issued an appeal for calm, self-restraint and respect to all the democratic procedures in order to overcome the new crisis in Albania and called all on sides not to rekindle old passions to avoid further bloodshed.

    Meanwhile in Tirana, the first law suits against members of the opposition supporting Sali Berisha, who are accused of an attempt to overthrow the government of prime minister Fatos Nano, have been filed.

    [17] GIORGOS PAPANDREOU IS IN STRASBOURG

    Deputy foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou is in Strasbourg today to brief the members of the Council of Europe over the contacts he had with the Albanian state and political leadership.

    According to information, Mr. Papandreou will convey a joint proposal by the European organizations and the United States for the speeding-up of the completion of the democratic changes in Albania implemented by the Nano government.

    [18] INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF POETS IN LISBON

    An international meeting of poets will take place in Lisbon on October 6-12 at the initiative of the Portuguese Fernando Pesoa Institute in cooperation with the Pen Club.

    In the meeting will participate 11 distinguished poets from 12 countries, who will read certain of their poems and will talk about poetry.

    At the same time, a bilingual anthology of their work will be distributed and Greece will be represented in this international meeting by renown poet Takis Varvitsiotis.

    [19] PANGALOS COMMENTED ON THE SITUATION IN ALBANIA

    In a meeting with leaders of the Greek-American community in New York foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos made comments directed against Democratic party leader and former Albanian president Sali Berisha.

    In response to Mr. Berisha's statements over a Greek involvement and influence on Albania's domestic issues, Mr. Pangalos clarified that the Greek government has no opinion on who should govern Albania neither wants to interfere with its internal problems. He also underlined that the Greek policy is based on the principle that Albania should be governed in a democratic way that safeguards the respect of human rights and the creation of a climate of political stability.

    Mr. Pangalos also referred to the support offered by Greece to Albania in spite of the great financial cost.

    The foreign minister also said that the Greeks living abroad promote the issues of national importance in such an effective way for the United States to be in line with the ideas and principles ruling society.

    [20] THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN TURKEY IS HOPELESS

    The human rights situation in Turkey continues to be hopeless as it is mentioned in a report issued by Turkey's Human Rights Association for the month of August.

    According to the report, 1.649 people were kept in police custody among the 993 men, 587 women and 69 children, while 72 people have reported that they were tortured among them, 58 men, 10 women and 4 children.

    Three people lost their lives when they were attacked by unidentified individuals, 4 were injured during attacks by right- wing extremists, 27 were injured during protest demonstrations and 245 were fired from their jobs.

    One reporter was arrested, a radio and television station was attacked, 3 radio-television networks were closed after a decision by the Supreme Radio-Television Council, the issues of 29 newspapers and magazines and 5 books were seized, 5 reporters, writers, intellectuals and artists were arrested, while the penalty of a total of 181 days off the air was imposed to many radio and television networks.

    [21] SAVVAS STAFILIDIS IS THE NEW GREEK DEPUTY IN SWEDEN - THE SWEDISH DAUGHTER OF ANDREAS PAPANDREOU WAS ELECTED CITY COUNCILOR

    Nikos Papadopoulos lost his seat in the Swedish Parliament but based on the results of yesterday's elections, the Greeks living in Sweden will not be left without a deputy as Savvas Stafilidis is elected in Helsingborg with the Party of the Left.

    City Councilors are elected Nikos Paltakidis in Upsala with the moderate Union Party and in Lintinie the Swedish daughter of Andreas Papandreou Emilia Niblum with the Party of the Environmentalists.

    Nikos Papadopoulos, who was 9th in the list of the Social- democratic party candidates, is possible to regain his lost seat in Parliament in case two of his party's elected deputies become government ministers.

    [22] GREECE'S BANK OF COMMERCE OWNS 85% OF THE BULGARIAN BANK OF INVESTMENTS

    Greece's Bank of Commerce owns 85% of Bulgaria's Bank of Investments (BTE).

    According to the Sofia newspaper "Pari", in a special meeting of BTE's shareholders a decision was made to increase the bank's share-capital and as a result the share owned by the Greek Bank of Commerce in BTE rose to 84.98%.


    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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