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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-09-24

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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 24, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] ROMANIAN NATIONAL TAKES HOSTAGES IN ATHENS BEFORE CAPTURE, 10 DOWN
  • [02] PM TO BE BRIEFED ON MASSACRE, PUBLIC ORDER MINISTER BACK FROM BRUSSELS
  • [03] PROSECUTOR TO PROBE INTO CONDITIONS OF LAST NIGHT'S MASSACRE
  • [04] CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY STAFF TO CONDUCT STRIKE UNTIL SUNDAY
  • [05] SPARTATHLON '98 RACE BEGINS TOMORROW, 23 COUNTRIES REPRESENTED
  • [06] THESSALONIKI PICKED AS BALKAN ENTRY POINT FOR CHIQUITA BANANAS
  • [07] SIMITIS-ROMEOS MEETING ON LAST NIGHT'S MASSACRE
  • [08] REPPAS: ANSWERS WILL BE GIVEN AFTER THE SIMITIS-ROMEOS MEETING
  • [09] KOSTAS KARAMANLIS STRONGLY CRITICIZED THE GOVERNMENT FOR YESTERDAY'S BLOOD BATH
  • [10] REPPAS: NO VIOLENT SOLUTION IN KOSOVO
  • [11] G. PAPANDREOU ON THE EUROPEAN PROSPECT OF THE BALKANS
  • [12] THE MINISTER OF PUBLIC ORDER ANNOUNCED THE SACKING OF THE GREEK POLICE LEADERSHIP
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [13] NATO CONVENES OVER KOSSOVO
  • [14] YUGOSLAV PRESIDENT MILOSEVIC RECEIVES GREEK BUSINESS DELEGATION
  • [15] RUSSIA'S AMBASSADOR TO GREECE NOW DEPUTY PM. FOR SOCIAL POLICY
  • [16] GREEK FM SALUTES BULGARIAN INITIATIVE FOR BALKAN FMs MEETING
  • [17] US DEFENSE DEPARTMENT PROPOSES SALE OF $245 MISSILE SYSTEMS TO GREECE
  • [18] ALBANIAN GOVERNMENT TO BE RESHUFFLED IN A MATTER OF DAYS
  • [19] US ENVOY HOLBROOKE TO SEPARATELY MEET TODAY WITH CLERIDES AND CEM
  • [20] HOLBROOKE'S CONTACTS WITH CLERIDES
  • [21] COHEN WILL BE IN SKOPJE TOMORROW
  • [22] FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE ECONOMIC RELATIONS BETWEEN CYPRUS AND THE UNITED STATES
  • [23] PROGRAMS FOR THE GREEKS LIVING ABROAD

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] ROMANIAN NATIONAL TAKES HOSTAGES IN ATHENS BEFORE CAPTURE, 10 DOWN

    The 25-year-old woman Amalia Ginaki who was probably the most tragic victim in last nights horrific incident is fighting for her life at the intensive care unit of the Red Cross in Athens, where her attacker, the Romanian criminal Matei Sorin, is also hospitalized but whose life is out of danger.

    The drama started when Sorin, who had escaped from the Greek prisons numerous times, stormed into the apartment housing Ms. Ginaki and her family members and took them hostage under the threat of a hand grenade.

    The Greek police ambushed the residence after mistakenly assessing that the grenade was a fake one. When confronted, Sorin activated the deadly weapon by pulling the pin from the grenade, which exploded on the young woman and also injured the Police Force's commander, deputy commander, two SWAT team members and four other police officers.

    [02] PM TO BE BRIEFED ON MASSACRE, PUBLIC ORDER MINISTER BACK FROM BRUSSELS

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis has requested a through report from the secretary-general of the Public Order Minster Yiannis Papadoyiannakis, on last night's massacre in Athens where four civilians -who were taken hostage by a Romanian criminal- and eight police officers were injured when police stormed their apartment n order to free them.

    In light of last night's events, Public Order Minister George Romeos is expediting his return from Brussels today, where he was attending the EU Public Order ministers summit.

    [03] PROSECUTOR TO PROBE INTO CONDITIONS OF LAST NIGHT'S MASSACRE

    The Athens District Attorney Georgios Koliokostas has ordered an emergency preliminary examination into the conditions and causes of last night's massacre that left at least two persons maimed and about four others fighting for their lives in local hospitals.

    It started as a standoff between police and the Romanian fugitive Matei Sorin yesterday evening and escalated into a massacre when police stormed the apartment where Sorin had broken into and was holding a family of three as hostages, while threatening to explode the hand grenade.

    He was demanding from police a get-away car and 500,000 dollars to release the hostages. According to a police spokesman, Sorin, who was reportedly under the influence of heroin, pulled the pin from the grenade and fastened it on the pants of one of the hostages, Amalia Ginaki, 25.

    When police stormed the apartment, Matei pushed the girl towards the policemen simultaneously exploding the hand grenade.

    The girl underwent surgery which resulted in the amputation of her leg. Also injured in the explosion were the Commander and deputy commander of the police force, as well as six other police officers, one of whom lost his right leg.

    [04] CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY STAFF TO CONDUCT STRIKE UNTIL SUNDAY

    The skies are to be clear, perhaps too clear, after civil aviation employees declared 24-hour rolling strikes until Sunday.

    According to Greece's Civil Aviation Authority, only forty percent of domestic and foreign flights are to be conducted, while no charter flight will take off. The protesters are opposed to civil Aviation Authority's transformation into a private company.

    [05] SPARTATHLON '98 RACE BEGINS TOMORROW, 23 COUNTRIES REPRESENTED

    Over 190 athletes representing 23 countries will be in Athens tomorrow to take part in what is considered to be one of the most grueling races in the world, the international ultra-distance endurance race "Spartathlon '98".

    The race, held for the 16th consecutive year, will begin on Friday at the foot of the Acropolis. The athletes will have 36 hours to run the 246-kilometer distance to the city of Sparta, in southeastern Peloponnese. They will be tracing the steps of the ancient Athenian courier Pheidippides, and will run 1,200 meters up Mount Parthenio in the dead of night.

    According to the ancient Greek historian Herodotus' account of the Battle of Marathon, Pheidippides was sent to Sparta to ask for help when the Persians landed at Marathon. Herodotus says Pheidippides arrived in Sparta "the next day".

    The Spartathlon was originated by John Foden, a British Royal Air Force wing commander who ran the course in 1982 with four RAF colleagues.

    The 1st International Spartathlon was organized in 1983 with the participation of 45 runners from 11 countries as well as Greece.

    [06] THESSALONIKI PICKED AS BALKAN ENTRY POINT FOR CHIQUITA BANANAS

    A recently signed agreement between Greece's Fruita and the well-know multinational Chiquita is expected to turn Thessaloniki's port into a major transit center for the import of large quantities of bananas towards the Balkans.

    The first shipment of some 40,000 cartons of bananas is expected to arrive in Thessaloniki tomorrow. Fruita has made arrangements for storage in the port's warehouses.

    [07] SIMITIS-ROMEOS MEETING ON LAST NIGHT'S MASSACRE

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis expressed his sorrow and support to the families of the victims of last night's hostage taking and massacre in Athens. Kostas Simitis has requested a full report by the ministry of public order general secretary Yiannis Papadoyiannakis on the bloody police operation.

    Mr. Simitis will meet today with minister of public order Giorgos Romeos to examine the situation that was created. Opposition New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis blamed the government for yesterday's events. "What we saw yesterday", he said, "gave us great sorrow".

    Meanwhile, 25yearold Amalia Ginaki, one of the hostages taken by the Romanian criminal, is in hospital fighting for her life. At noon today, the Romanian wanted criminal Matei Sorin, responsible for yesterday's tragedy, was transferred to the hospital of Nikea and the condition of his health is characterized as under control.

    [08] REPPAS: ANSWERS WILL BE GIVEN AFTER THE SIMITIS-ROMEOS MEETING

    "You should wait for the meeting of the prime minister with the minister of public order" said Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas responding the intense questions by reporters on whether there were resignations or if there will be any resignations after the bloody police operation yesterday for the arrest of Romanian wanted criminal Sorin Matei.

    Mr. Reppas expressed the government's deep sorrow for the injured and pointed out that still there is no concrete picture of what happened as the procedure for the collection of information continues.

    [09] KOSTAS KARAMANLIS STRONGLY CRITICIZED THE GOVERNMENT FOR YESTERDAY'S BLOOD BATH

    Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis, who is visiting the Aegean island of Siros, strongly criticized the government for yesterday's bloody police operation in the center of Athens for the arrest of a Romanian wanted criminal who had taken hostage 4 people.

    Mr. Karamanlis stated that yesterday's picture reproduces the absolute certainty that the Greek state is in dissolution and can not protect its citizens.

    [10] REPPAS: NO VIOLENT SOLUTION IN KOSOVO

    The Greek government supports the settlement of the crisis in Kossovo through dialogue and not through the use of force, reiterated Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas.

    The government spokesman added that the UN has expressed a political stance and NATO appealed for the intervention of the international community adding that no military intervention in the region was decided.

    [11] G. PAPANDREOU ON THE EUROPEAN PROSPECT OF THE BALKANS

    The reasons for which the European Union has to set as a priority the accession of the Balkan countries into the European institutions and the determination of the Greek government to play a leading role in the effort for the establishment of a political and economic cooperation for the further development of the region, was pointed out by Greek deputy foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou in his speech under the title "Greece-Balkans-European Union" delivered at the International Chamber of Commerce.

    Mr. Papandreou said that the EU has undertaken two significant initiatives namely, the inclusion of Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia in the procedure for the new expansion of the EU and the establishment of a policy for the regional cooperation with the states of former Yugoslavia, Albania and FYROM.

    On the expansion of the EU, he stressed among others, that Greece had pointed out from the beginning that there is a need for its balanced development in order for the EU to acquire its Balkan and Mediterranean dimension and not be limited exclusively to the region of central and eastern Europe.

    [12] THE MINISTER OF PUBLIC ORDER ANNOUNCED THE SACKING OF THE GREEK POLICE LEADERSHIP

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis decided the sacking of Police Chief Athanasios Vasilopoulos, Attica Police director Panagiotis Georgakopoulos and Security Police director Theodoros Papafilis, according to the announcement made by minister of public order Georgos Romeos after the meeting he had with the prime minister.

    Mr. Romeos and general secretary of the ministry of public order Yiannis Papadoyiannakis had submitted their resignations to the prime ministers earlier but they were not accepted.

    The minister of public order stated that the three officials, at the top of the Greek police hierarchy, were removed because they had the responsibility for the police operation which had the known tragic conclusion.

    Also, it was decided that a prosecutor will be in charge of the investigation on the case to determine the extend of the police responsibility for the failure of the operation that resulted in a blood bath, while the prime minister has requested the intensification of the efforts against crime.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [13] NATO CONVENES OVER KOSSOVO

    The Defense ministers of NATO's member-states are to meet in Portugal today in order to discuss the situation in Kossovo and the overall Balkan region.

    The Alliance will reportedly examine ways to intensify the pressure exerted on Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, in order to stop the Serb attacks against Kossovo's Albanian community.

    [14] YUGOSLAV PRESIDENT MILOSEVIC RECEIVES GREEK BUSINESS DELEGATION

    Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic met yesterday with a delegation of the newly established Yugoslav-Greek Business Council, which consists of distinguished business people from both countries.

    The Greek and Yugoslav business people briefed Mr. Milosevic on their plans in the sectors of energy, industry, agriculture, trade, transport and telecommunications as well as on the potential for capital investment in projects.

    Mr. Milosevic welcomed the establishment of the council and said that its proper functioning would contribute to both countries' economies.

    The Greek side was represented, among others, by the chairman of the Greek section of the council, Mr. Mytilineos, and officials from the dairy company DELTA, the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) and the Titan Cement Co.

    [15] RUSSIA'S AMBASSADOR TO GREECE NOW DEPUTY PM. FOR SOCIAL POLICY

    Russia's Ambassador to Greece Valentina Matviyenko has accepted her nomination as a Deputy Premier in charge of social policy in Prime Minister Yevgeni Primakov's new cabinet.

    The 49-year-old Ukrainian-born envoy is expected to meet President Boris Yeltsin later today to "formalize her appointment". Although the new cabinet has not yet been announced, Mrs. Matviyenko would become the first woman deputy prime minister in post-Soviet Russia.

    [16] GREEK FM SALUTES BULGARIAN INITIATIVE FOR BALKAN FMs MEETING

    Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos has saluted the initiative taken by his Bulgarian counterpart Nadezda Mihailova for a Balkan FM's meeting held yesterday at the offices of Bulgaria's permanent representation offices in New York.

    The Foreign Ministers discussed the resolution plan adopted yesterday by the European Union for Kossovo.

    Also attending the session were the foreign ministers of the signatory countries of a joint statement on Kossovo, namely Albania, Romania, Turkey, Slovenia and FYROM.

    "I believe that we all share the view that efforts should be made to achieve a peaceful solution to the Kossovo issue, to avoid military threats and military intervention...and begin a negotiation process to establish a regime of greater autonomy", Mr. Pangalos stated after the end of the meeting.

    Regarding a UN draft resolution, which was to be discussed by the Security Council yesterday, Mr. Pangalos said the EU had long ago agreed on the draft resolution and only the US remained to approve of it. \ He further added that Russia's agreement on the UN draft resolution had been achieved during a meeting on Monday with new Russian FM Igor Ivanov.

    Mr. Pangalos said he was optimistic that the draft resolution would be approved by the Security Council.

    "The draft resolution is a strong but balanced warning to all sides involved (in the Kossovo issue), and this especially pleases us, as this is the spirit of Greece's approach," Mr. Pangalos said.

    [17] US DEFENSE DEPARTMENT PROPOSES SALE OF $245 MISSILE SYSTEMS TO GREECE

    The United States Department of Defense has announced the proposed sale to Greece of $245 million of missile systems and rocket launcher systems.

    The sale includes 18 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS), 146 extended range rocket pods, 81 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) guided missiles and launching assemblies, 11 command post carriers, 162 26 rockets and other related equipment.

    The Prime contractor for the arms deal would be Lockheed Martin Vought Systems, a unit of Lockheed Martin Corp. In a statement announcing the sale, the Pentagon said it would provide the Greek army with an area fire system for use against hostile artillery, air defense and maneuver elements.

    The Pentagon also announced that the arms deal would not adversely affect the military balance in the region.

    [18] ALBANIAN GOVERNMENT TO BE RESHUFFLED IN A MATTER OF DAYS

    The general council of Albania's ruling Socialist Party is to convene today in order to discuss changes proposed by Premier Fatos Nano hereby marking an imminent cabinet reshuffle. Mr. Nano has refused all demands of his resignation made by the main opposition party and stated that he will form a new cabinet composed of technocrats, will strengthen the public and justice sectors and will improve ways of combating corruption and illegal trade.

    "There will be changes in the government, not of the government," Mr. Nano said. Reportedly, the Ministers of Public Order and Justice are likely to be replaced.

    [19] US ENVOY HOLBROOKE TO SEPARATELY MEET TODAY WITH CLERIDES AND CEM

    The United States presidential envoy to Cyprus Richard Holbrooke is to hold separate meetings with the President of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides and the Turkish Foreign Minister Ismael Cem in New York today.

    During his contacts with Mgrs. Cem and Clerides, Mr. Holbroke will be accompanied by State Department coordinator Thomas Miller.

    According to the Cyprus News Agency, the United States are promoting direct contact negotiations between the two sides concerning issues of security and demilitarization.

    Later today, President Clerides is to present a speech before the national committee for foreign policy on "The Cyprus issue - opportunities for resolution".

    [20] HOLBROOKE'S CONTACTS WITH CLERIDES

    US mediator for Cyprus Richard Holbrooke will meet in New York today with Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides and Turkish foreign minister Ismail Cem.

    Yesterday, Mr. Cem reiterated the con-federation solution for Cyprus. In the talks will participate US State Department coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Miller.

    [21] COHEN WILL BE IN SKOPJE TOMORROW

    US Secretary of Defense William Cohen will be in FYROM tomorrow to attend the 3rd meeting of defense ministers from south- eastern European countries that will take place in Skopje on Saturday.

    On the same day, the ministers of defense from Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Albania and FYROM will discuss the creation of a multi-national peace-keeping force of rapid intervention that will be based in south-eastern Europe.

    [22] FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE ECONOMIC RELATIONS BETWEEN CYPRUS AND THE UNITED STATES

    The newly formed Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce in New York will lead to the dynamic development of the economic relations between Cyprus and the United States, stated in its opening session Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides.

    Mr. Clerides stressed that a new road is opened for the Cypriot businessmen, who are interested in expanding their activities to the United States, while he also said that the Cypriot government will support every effort that will contribute to the internationalization of commerce.

    The Cypriot president underlined that the US business community will benefit through the further improvement of its economic relations with Cyprus as it will have easier access to the markets of the Middle East and the central and eastern Europe.

    [23] PROGRAMS FOR THE GREEKS LIVING ABROAD

    The programs for the young Greeks living abroad and the coordination of the efforts for the promotion of the issues of national interest were the main issues discussed during the visit of general secretary for the Greeks living abroad Stavros Lambrinidis in New York and his meeting with representatives of the Federation of Greek Associations in the New York Metropolitan area, as well as with leading members of the Greek-American community.

    Mr. Lambrinidis gave an emphasis to the efforts for the preparations and the organizing of the World Assembly of Hellenism which will give the opportunity to the distinguished Greeks all over the world to meet and discuss both the problems of the Greeks living abroad and the promotion of the issues of Greek national interest.


    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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