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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-09-25

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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 25, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] NATIONAL DEFENSE COUNCIL CONVENES TO APPOINT NEW POLICE CHIEF
  • [02] GREEK ECONOMY IS STRONG, ACCORDING TO NATIONAL STATISTICS SERVICE
  • [03] SPARTATHLON '98 RACE BEGINS TODAY, 23 COUNTRIES REPRESENTED
  • [04] MEDITERRANEAN CULTURE MINISTERS CONFERENCE BEGINS IN RHODES TODAY
  • [05] INTERBALKAN SYMPOSIUM OF ORTHODOXY BEGINS IN NORTHERN GREECE
  • [06] INFORMATICS FIRMS KEEP GROWING IN N. GREECE, TRADE EXHIBITION TO OPEN
  • [07] SANTORINI TO HOST COUNCIL OF EUROPE COMMISSIONERS CONFERENCE
  • [08] ONE OUT OF EVERY THREE YOUNG PERSONS IS JOBLESS IN GREECE
  • [09] D.A. CHARGES POLICEMEN WITH CAUSING BODILY HARM THROUGH NEGLIGENCE
  • [10] ONE MILLION FOREIGNERS ARRIVE AT "MACEDONIA" AIRPORT SO FAR IN 1998
  • [11] IOANNIS GEORGAKOPOULOS IS THE NEW POLICE CHIEF IN GREECE
  • [12] THE MAUSOLEUM OF MAO WILL SOON BE CLOSED, ACCORDING TO A CHINESE WRITER
  • [13] "MITILINEOS LTD" BOUGHT OUT 60% OF THE LARGEST METAL INDUSTRY IN ROMANIA
  • [14] SHOCKING FACTS ON ATTILA B' ARE INCLUDED IN A NEW BOOK BY SOFIA IORDANIDOU
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [15] GREEK FM PRESENTS ADDRESS TO UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • [16] GREEK FM PANGALOS MEETS WITH US ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE
  • [17] US SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WILLIAM COHEN ARRIVES AT FYROM TODAY
  • [18] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TO MPA: ALL THE ISSUES WILL BE FACED
  • [19] PRESIDENT OF CYPRUS TO ADDRESS UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • [20] ECOFIN MEETS IN BRUSSELS
  • [21] IMMINENT GOVERNMENT RESHUFFLE IN ALBANIA
  • [22] THE LEADERSHIP OF THE GREEKS LIVING ABROAD WILL MEET WITH HOLBROOKE AND MILLER
  • [23] TURKEY IS GUILTY AGAIN, ACCORDING TO A EUROPEAN COURT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DECISION
  • [24] LEONIDAS RAPTAKIS WAS RE-ELECTED STATE SENATOR IN RHODE ISLAND
  • [25] THE GREEK CULTURE WEEK WAS INAUGURATED IN BUDAPEST

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] NATIONAL DEFENSE COUNCIL CONVENES TO APPOINT NEW POLICE CHIEF

    The National Council of Defense and Foreign Affairs (KYSEA) is to convene today in order to appoint a new police chief, following yesterday's resignation of Greek Police Chief Athanassios Vassilopoulos.

    Public Order Minister George Romeos also submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Kostas Simitis after being called back from Brussels to explain the incident, but it was rejected. The government has sacked Attica Police Chief Yannis Georgakopoulos and the head of the state security, Theodoros Papafilis, following Wednesday night's fiasco which left two persons seriously injured, and another ten in hospital.

    Twelve people, including the head and deputy head of the police force and six police officers, were injured when a hand grenade exploded following a standoff between police and a Greek- Romanian fugitive, Sorin Matei.

    A preliminary inquiry is expected to look at the circumstances surrounding the decision to raid the apartment as well as what lead to the hostage-taking situation and the aftermath of the raid. The inquiry will decide whether disciplinary or criminal charges should be brought against those involved.

    [02] GREEK ECONOMY IS STRONG, ACCORDING TO NATIONAL STATISTICS SERVICE

    The Greek economy remained strong in the first seven months of 1998, according to figures released by the National Statistics Service yesterday.

    Industrial production increased 8.4 percent in July alone to show a 5.1 percent increase in the period January-July compared with the same period last year. Construction activity was also sharply higher, rising by 12.7 percent in June for a 10.7 percent increase in the first seven months of 1998 compared with the corresponding period in 1997.

    [03] SPARTATHLON '98 RACE BEGINS TODAY, 23 COUNTRIES REPRESENTED

    Over 190 athletes representing 23 countries are currently in Athens in order 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 today 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.

    [04] MEDITERRANEAN CULTURE MINISTERS CONFERENCE BEGINS IN RHODES TODAY

    The First Mediterranean Conference of Culture Ministers commences today on the island of Rhodes and will be held until Sunday, September 27.

    Greece's Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos has stated that all Mediterranean countries except Libya will be participating and will discuss all the large cultural programs planned for the celebration of the new millennium as well as the 2004 Olympic Games.

    Mr. Venizelos said that the celebrations for the year 2000 include exhibitions, publications, Greek participation in musical and theatrical international events, as well as the new monuments such as the new Acropolis museum and Goulandris Museum of Modern Art.

    Ministers are also expected to discuss the holding of an 11- nation Mediterranean forum - with the participation of the five EU Mediterranean countries, namely Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, and Greece, as well as non-EU members Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt , Algeria, Turkey and Malta.

    Greece's Culture Minster also said that the events for the year 2000 include a religious element represented by the Orthodox Christian Church and organized by the Patriarchate of Jerusalem and will include Byzantine art exhibitions.

    [05] INTERBALKAN SYMPOSIUM OF ORTHODOXY BEGINS IN NORTHERN GREECE

    A symposium titled "The Orthodox Heritage in the past, present and future of Southeastern Europe" is to begin today in the northern Greek city of Serres.

    The symposium, featuring 30 speakers from Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria and Albania, will discuss issues concerning ecclesiastical history, education, art and culture.

    Messages will be forwarded by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Archbishop of Greece and the Archbishop of Albania.

    The three-day event is organized by the prefecture of Serres, and the Municipality of Nigrita, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, The Foundation of National And Religious Concern Karipion Melathron, as well as the Metropolis of Serres.

    [06] INFORMATICS FIRMS KEEP GROWING IN N. GREECE, TRADE EXHIBITION TO OPEN

    Thessaloniki will host the 12th "Infosystem - Hi-Tech '98 exhibition", scheduled to open in September 30, which will host 625 exhibitors from Greece and 22 countries of Europe, America and Asia.

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will salute the opening of the event through a telematic connection with Athens.

    After a 15.7 per cent growth rate and a turnover of 170 billion drachmas in 1997, prospects for Greek informatics firms in northern Greece appear favorable, according to sector representatives.

    This year's growth rate is expected to reach 17.2 per cent, with a turnover of 200 billion drachmas, the president of the sector's association, Athanasios Tzikas, said in a press conference in view of the exhibition.

    He said the event should work in the way of promoting contacts between Greek informatics professionals with their counterparts from countries in the Balkans, further afield in Europe, and the Middle East.

    Mr. Tzikas said HELEXPO, the trade fair organization, was in discussions with US and British companies for the joint organizing of the 1999 event. The 12th Infosystem will last until October 4.

    [07] SANTORINI TO HOST COUNCIL OF EUROPE COMMISSIONERS CONFERENCE

    The Political and Joint Committee of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly is to convene tomorrow at the island of Santorini.

    Taking part in the three-day event will be parliamentarians and permanent representatives from the C of E's 40 member-states. Greece will be represented by deputies D. Vrettos and V. Maginas.

    Greece's Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou will also address the conference.

    [08] ONE OUT OF EVERY THREE YOUNG PERSONS IS JOBLESS IN GREECE

    Greece ranks fourth among the European Union's 15 member- states when it comes to unemployment rates concerning those below the age of 25, with one out of every three young persons in Greece (31%) being jobless.

    According to the European statistics agency EUROSTAT, the country's overall unemployment rate during the three-year period of 1995-95 rose to 9.4%. According to the same report, certain regions of Greece are among those in the EU where the plight of unemployment has skyrocketed in the recent years.

    One of these regions is western Macedonia where one out of two young persons is without a job, specifically 45.9%, whereas in the region of Epirus the rate is almost as high with 40% of the young and able being unemployed.

    Central Greece is the third region most stricken by joblessness among its youth with a rate of 37/9%, and central Macedonia is not far behind with 28.6%.

    On the other end of the scale, regions laden with tourism- related activities are not so hard hit by unemployment. For example, Crete and the northern Aegean Sea's islands present youth unemployment rates that do not surpass the 16.8% and 15.2% marks, respectively.

    [09] D.A. CHARGES POLICEMEN WITH CAUSING BODILY HARM THROUGH NEGLIGENCE

    The policemen involved in the botched rescue attempt during Wednesday night's hostage situation that left two people maimed and eight others injured, are now charged with causing bodily harm through concurring negligence.

    Moreover, the Attica prosecutor has filed charges against the Romanian-born escaped convict Sorin Matei for attempted murder, causing an explosion, as well as providing and possessing a hand grenade.

    Also, the Athens District Attorney's office will investigate whether penal and disciplinary action should be filed against the deputy D.A. who was present during the police force's first attempt in capturing the fugitive.

    [10] ONE MILLION FOREIGNERS ARRIVE AT "MACEDONIA" AIRPORT SO FAR IN 1998

    One million foreigners from every corner of the world have traveled through Thessaloniki's "Macedonia" airport so far in 1998, marking a traffic increase of 5.4% in comparison with the same time period last year.

    Specifically, 450,000 Germans, Britons and Austrians arrived in Northern Greece through the airport, thereby illustrating their preferred holiday spot.

    On the contrary, arrivals from eastern European countries marked a slight decrease , which is contributed to the complex visa-issuing process.

    During the period of January 1 to August 31, 1998, the western European country with the most airline arrivals in northern Greece is Germany, with 320,750 persons, while the eastern European country with the most arrivals is Russia with 33,195 persons.

    [11] IOANNIS GEORGAKOPOULOS IS THE NEW POLICE CHIEF IN GREECE

    Former first deputy Police Chief Ioannis Georgakopoulos was appointed by the government council of foreign affairs and defense to the position of the new Chief of Police. Athanasios Vasilopoulos, who resigned from the post after the failed operation for the arrest of Romanian wanted criminal Matei Sorin, receives the honorary title of the Greek Police Chief.

    Meanwhile, the condition of 25yearold Amalia Ginaki is slightly stabilized compared to yesterday but she continues to be in the intensive care unit of the Red Cross Hospital in Athens.

    In statements they made before the meeting, the ministers of justice Evangelos Yiannopoulos and health Kostas Gitonas reiterated that there are no political responsibilities for the failed police operation in Athens and stressed that the responsibility belongs to those who planned and executed the whole operation.

    [12] THE MAUSOLEUM OF MAO WILL SOON BE CLOSED, ACCORDING TO A CHINESE WRITER

    Jung Tsang, the Chinese writer of the book "Wild Swans-The three daughters of China", which in just two years since its publication has sold 5 million copies in Britain alone, likens Mao to Hitler and Stalin. Yesterday, during the presentation of her book in a central Thessaloniki bookstore, Jung Tsang stressed that sooner or later history will place Mao next to Hitler and Stalin.

    The Chinese writer, who for the past 5 years collects information to write together with her British husband Mao's biography, promised to present in 2 years many unknown aspects of the life of the leader, the Chinese people "were forced to deify". She also stressed that sooner or later the Chinese will removed Mao's portrait from the Tien-an-men square and also they will remove his remains that are kept in a mausoleum there.

    She said that China would have been much better off without Mao accusing him of destroying a big part of the Chinese cultural heritage, while she also stressed that the Chinese leader did absolutely nothing positive for the country. Responding to the comment that the book presents her own personal view, while the view of the other side is missing, she said that there is not one story in favour of Mao adding that there is nothing positive in his policy and for this reason he deserves this negative stance.

    Jung Tsang is the first Chinese professor teaching in a British University. For a period of time, she was a member of the national guard in China and lived in a protective cocoon as her parents were high ranking officials in the Maoist China who later fell into disfavor. However, her high place in the Maoist Chinese society did not prevent her from seeing the drama of her non privileged fellow Chinese, who were suffering and about 40 million of them have died from hunger.

    The book "The Wild Swans-The three daughters of China" combines her own memories from China, where she spent the first 26 years of her life, with the stories she heard from her mother which cover 60 hours of taped narration. The history of China is brought to life through the pages of the book starting from the year 1909 and ending in 1978.

    [13] "MITILINEOS LTD" BOUGHT OUT 60% OF THE LARGEST METAL INDUSTRY IN ROMANIA

    The Greek company "Mitilineos Ltd" made a dynamic opening to the market of eastern Europe with its decision to buy out the majority of shares of the largest Romanian metal processing industry plant "S.C. SOMETRA SA - Copsa Mica".

    Specifically, "Mitilineos Ltd" signed an agreement with the Romanian State Property Organization (FPS) for the purchase of shares corresponding to 60.044% of the industry plant, which is one on the most important in Europe.

    The value of the deal is over 20 million US dollars as the sale price won by FPS exceeds by 67% the value of the company in the RASDAQ.

    [14] SHOCKING FACTS ON ATTILA B' ARE INCLUDED IN A NEW BOOK BY SOFIA IORDANIDOU

    Shocking facts on the second Turkish invasion of Cyprus, called Attila B', came to light through the testimony of Turkish university professor Yaltsin Kiutsuk, who was a reserve officer of the Turkish army in the period of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. This account of the Turkish invasion is included in the book "Dalga-Dalga" by Sofia Iordanidou that will be in the bookstores by mid October.

    Yaltsin Kiutsuk will visit Athens and Thessaloniki on October 23 and 24 for the presentation of the book, a few days before his return to Turkey to serve, starting October 29, the two-year sentence imposed on him.

    The book includes Kiutsuk's interviews to Sofia Iordanidou and his personal account of the second Turkish invasion of Cyprus, parts of his personal diary as well as new unpublished interviews with the writer in Paris.

    It should be noted that Kiutsuk in an event in Nicosia last May referred to the missing people since the Turkish invasion and stated that the Turks either free their prisoners or do not free them, adding characteristically that they do not keep them, scattering this way the hopes of the families of the missing who are still expecting to see them again.

    Referring to the Turkish invasion of Assia, Kiutsuk had pointed out that the villagers looked like they were not expecting the attack possibly because they had confidence in Washington and stated "I advise you not to trust the United States again". He had characterized Turkey as a second rate imperialist country and speculated that Kemal's era nears its end to give its place to an ominous period.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [15] GREEK FM PRESENTS ADDRESS TO UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

    During his address to the 53rd United Nations' General Assembly yesterday, Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos accused Turkey of promoting the partition of Cyprus instead of contributing to a just and viable solution to the island's protracted problem.

    "The reaction from Ankara, obediently echoed by the Turkish Cypriot leadership has been one of harsh rejection. Either in terms of a flat negation, or by putting conditions, tantamount to canceling whatever has been so far desired by the international community, prescribed by the UN resolutions and even accepted by the Turkish Cypriot leadership themselves, " Mr. Pangalos said.

    "Such an attitude of rejection is easily explained by notorious designs of the Turkish government to effect the partition of Cyprus. Mr. (Bulent) Ecevit, deputy prime minister of Turkey, has in several occasions pointed out that the Cyprus question had be resolved, once and for all, by his country's armed forces invasion in 1974," he added.

    "Twenty four years after the invasion. Cyprus remains a divided island and the Turkish occupation forces increase their presence and weaponry, even denying to their victims the right to effectively defend themselves," Mr. Pangalos said.

    The past year has been "a year of stagnation and frustration. Frustrated have been the efforts of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and his special advisor Mr. Cordovez to relaunch the intercommunal talks.

    "Frustrated remain the hopes of the European Union to lead the Turkish Cypriot together with the Greek Cypriot community in a prosperous state of Cyprus, a member of the European family," Mr. Pangalos said.

    "It is time for the international community to strongly support the UN Secretary General to fulfill his mandate, to bring the two communities to the negotiating table, to initiate a dialogue on gradual disarmament towards the complete demilitarization of the island," he added.

    "Greece wishes to establish good neighborly relations with Turkey, based on the principles of international law and respect for international treaties, " the Greek foreign minister told the assembly referring to Greek-Turkish relations.

    "The International Court of Justice at The Hague, whose compulsory jurisdiction has been accepted by Greece, is the appropriate legal forum for the settlement of eventual problems in our relations. A positive response of Turkey to that effect would constitute a step towards the beginning of a new period of mutual understanding," he added.

    "Greece pursues a policy promoting stability, good neighborly relations, cooperation and economic development in South Eastern Europe. We participate in international projects or take our own initiatives, in the context of bilateral or multilateral schemes. We offer troops and counseling, funds and food. Greece offers to her neighbors and the region the much-needed feeling of trust and security," Mr. Pangalos said.

    "My country accords a high priority to our relations with Albania. We welcome the efforts of the Albanian government to further pursuing the process of normalization of democratic institutions, and its close cooperation with the international community.

    Greece considers it her duty to stand by Albania, in its efforts to overcome the serious difficulties it faces.

    "In the neighboring Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and more particularly in the area of Kossovo, the situation has reached a critical point. The vicious circle of the use of force must be halted. The refugees and displaced persons must be allowed to return to their homes safely without delay. Greece has sent humanitarian assistance for alleviating the plight of the refugees in northern Albania. We welcome the setting up of the Albanian negotiating group and support the immediate start of the negotiations with the view to arriving, as soon as possible, at a peaceful and negotiated solution on the future autonomy status of Kossovo, within the internationally recognized borders of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Terrorist acts and indiscriminate and disproportionate repression are unacceptable. Greece has and will actively participate in all international efforts aiming at securing a peaceful solution in Kossovo," Mr. Pangalos further said.

    "In the Middle East, the present stagnation underlines the urgency to reactivate the peace process. Its revival will bring them hope for peace and prosperity. Once more, we stress the need of full implementation of the relevant UN resolutions and agreements and we urge the parties to undertake any effort in order to achieve real peace, which should be a just, lasting and global one," he said.

    Referring to the Greek proposal for the 'Olympic Truce' the foreign minister stressed: "I would like also to refer briefly to an issue, which is of particular concern to my country, the Olympic Games. Greece, inspired by the Olympic Ideal, has presented, on Feb. 4 1998, during the session of the International Olympic Committee in Nagano, Japan, a comprehensive proposal outlining a set of organizational structures and a broad range of activities, aiming at the practical realization of the 'Olympic Truce' by the Athens Games of 2004 and the strengthening of the role of the Olympic movement.

    In order to support these important activities, Greece proposed the establishment of an International Center for 'Olympic Truce', at the very site of ancient Olympia.

    "Further, Greece has taken the initiative and proposed the creation of the 'Cultural Olympics' for the first time in the contemporary world. This proposal was welcomed by the International Olympic Committee and the preparatory work has already started between UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee and the Greek government," Mr. Pangalos said.

    Mr. Pangalos also referred to Greece's candidacy for Security Council : "Last but not least, I would like to refer to the candidacy of Greece for one of the two non-permanent seats, allocated to the western European and other states group at the Security Council of the UN, for the term 1999-2000.

    "My government has legitimate and justified ambitions for requesting the support of UN member-countries to such a distinction. Our long-standing foreign policy is dedicated to world peace and security; to the trend of decolonization and self- determination; to assisting developing and less developed countries, to respect for international law and human rights," he added.

    [16] GREEK FM PANGALOS MEETS WITH US ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE

    Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos called "substantive" the talks he had yesterday with the US assistant Secretary of State Mark Grossman.

    The two men discussed the Cyprus issue, the Greek-Turkish relations, the developments in Kossovo and Albania.

    When asked by journalists if he is optimistic over the Cyprus issue, Mr. Grossman responded that " I prefer to be realistic than optimistic."

    [17] US SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WILLIAM COHEN ARRIVES AT FYROM TODAY

    United States Secretary of Defense William Cohen is to arrive in FYROM today, where he will participate in the Third Conference of Defense Ministers of Southeastern European countries, to be held on Saturday in Skopje.

    The Defense Ministers of Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Albania and FYROM will discuss the founding of a multinational peacekeeping force of quick intervention in S.E. Europe.

    [18] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TO MPA: ALL THE ISSUES WILL BE FACED

    Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos had a lengthy (90 minutes) meeting with the US assistant Secretary of State Mark Grossman yesterday.

    Speaking to the Macedonian Press Agency, Mr. Pangalos stated that the talks were "substantive" and spanned issues of bilateral interest, such as Kossovo, Albania and the Middle East, "as well as issues of our own interest such as Cyprus and Greek-Turkish relations."

    When the Macedonian Press Agency asked the Greek Foreign Minister on the outcome of these talks, Mr. Pangalos responded that "all the issues will be faced."

    Following the talks, Mr. Grossman was asked if there will be a US initiative aiming at the improvement of Greek-Turkish relations and he responded that "this is what we wish for, this is the United States' position."

    In regards to the S-300 missiles purchased by Cyprus, Mr. Pangalos said that the matter was not brought up for discussion with Mr. Grossman, but said that "I did bring it up as a background introduction."

    [19] PRESIDENT OF CYPRUS TO ADDRESS UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

    The President of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides is to address this evening the United Nations 53rd General Assembly and is expected to call on Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to return to the negotiations table in order to arrive at a fair solution of the Cyprus problem, based on the UN resolutions.

    Later, Mr. Clerides will meet with the UN secretary-general Kofi Annan who is expected to develop his points of view to the Cypriot president for the resolution of the Cyprus issue.

    [20] ECOFIN MEETS IN BRUSSELS

    Minister of national economy and finance Yiannos Papantoniou represents Greece in the ECOFIN meeting that is being held in Brussels today. Under discussion, among others, is the issue of the drachma entering the European exchange rate mechanism.

    Last night, Mr. Papantoniou met with prime minister Kostas Simitis to discuss the 1999 budget.

    [21] IMMINENT GOVERNMENT RESHUFFLE IN ALBANIA

    Prime minister Fatos Nano confirmed that a government reshuffle is imminent in Albania and in statements he made to MPA he stressed that the changes in the government will be announced immediately after the consultations with the political party leaders participating in the government coalition.

    The prime minister's proposals for changes in the government were approved by the general council of the governing Socialist Party which met yesterday presided over by Fatos Nano.

    [22] THE LEADERSHIP OF THE GREEKS LIVING ABROAD WILL MEET WITH HOLBROOKE AND MILLER

    The leadership of the Greeks Living Abroad will convey the concerns of the Greek-American community regarding the issues of national importance mainly, the Cyprus problem and the problems in the Aegean, during the meeting in Washington today with US special envoys to Cyprus Richard Holbrooke and Thomas Miller held within the framework of the 14th Hellenic Leadership Conference that takes place in the US capital.

    The conference sent messages of support to Greece and Cyprus, while a sensation was caused by the letter of US House Representatives Gilman and Hamilton addressed to US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in which they express their concerns over the possible sale of F-15 fighter jets to Greece.

    US Senator Paul Sarbanis stated that there should be limits to the armaments race because otherwise the military balance will deteriorate to Greece's disadvantage. According to Mr. Sarbanis, if Greece does not receive the F-15 jets, Turkey will not either.

    [23] TURKEY IS GUILTY AGAIN, ACCORDING TO A EUROPEAN COURT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DECISION

    The European Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg found Turkey guilty again of violations of the European Human Rights Treaty.

    The case of Demir, Kaplan and Susin versus Turkey concerns the violation of article 5 paragraph 3 of the treaty over the unjustified long period in police custody. The court ruled that Turkey should pay a total compensation of 70.000 francs to the plaintiffs.

    [24] LEONIDAS RAPTAKIS WAS RE-ELECTED STATE SENATOR IN RHODE ISLAND

    Leonidas Raptakis was re-elected state Senator in Rhode Island. Mr. Raptakis was the nominee of the Democratic Party in the preliminary elections of last Tuesday and renewed his term for 2 more years as the Republicans will not have a candidate in the region for November's general elections.

    It is the second time that Mr. Raptakis is being elected state Senator. In 1996, after two terms in the state House of Representatives, he decided to test his luck in higher posts and became a candidate for the state Senate. Mr. Raptakis is the first Greek-American state Senator in Rhode Island.

    His parents come from the Aegean island of Andros but he was born in Cranston, Rhode Island. He is married to Donna-Marie and have two children Alexandra and Nikolaos.

    [25] THE GREEK CULTURE WEEK WAS INAUGURATED IN BUDAPEST

    The Greek Culture Week was inaugurated in Budapest yesterday. The event is organized by the local administration of the Greeks in Hungary and the corresponding organization of the Greeks living in Budapest.

    The Culture Week will last until October 4 and among the events that will be held are the screening of modern Greek films, art exhibitions, a Greek festival with the participation of music and dance groups from the northern Greek city of Kavala and the German city of Frankfurt as well as, a classical music concert by Greek artists. Also, a conference will be held on the Greek diaspora in central Europe.


    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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