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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-11-03

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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, November 3, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE OVER CONFIDENCE VOTE CONCLUDES AT MIDNIGHT
  • [02] PREMIER TO MEET WITH PRESIDENT TOMORROW
  • [03] POST OFFICE WORKERS TO STRIKE ON THURSDAY
  • [04] CENTRAL GREECE'S FARMERS CONDUCT RALLY, WARN OF MORE TO COME
  • [05] MEDICINE PROFESSORS FROM BULGARIA TRAIN IN ALEXANDROUPOLIS
  • [06] FM BLASTS MINISTRY'S TRANSLATION DEPARTMENT, TOP OFFICIAL RESIGNS
  • [07] ATHENS MEDICAL CENTER AMONG THE WORLD'S 300 MOST PRODUCTIVE
  • [08] SIMITIS-SKANDALIDIS MEETING
  • [09] PANGALOS: THEY CAN NOT IMPOSE ON US THE PLANS OF ANKARA
  • [10] GREEK POST-GRADUATE STUDIES IN ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT
  • [11] "OLYMPIC AIRWAYS" WANTS A FOREIGN STRATEGIC INVESTOR
  • [12] PHOTO EXHIBITION ON THE MONUMENTS OF THESSALONIKI
  • [13] NET-PIK SATELLITE COOPERATION FOR THE GREEKS LIVING ABROAD
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [14] GREEK TELECOM ORGANIZATION LISTED ON WALL STREET AS OF YESTERDAY
  • [15] MILUDINOVIC MEETS WITH HILL
  • [16] CYPRUS TURNS TO GREEK WATER AS DROUGHT RELIEF MEASURE
  • [17] GREECE'S EDUCATION MINISTER TRAVELS TO ALBANIA
  • [18] UHAC TO HONOR A CONGRESSMAN, A BALL PLAYER AND A DIPLOMAT
  • [19] DEPUTY FM AT INAUGURATION OF NEW EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
  • [20] FYROM DENIES ACCESS TO BULGARIAN JOURNALISTS
  • [21] US INTERVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE
  • [22] MOBILIZATIONS AGAINST THE TURKISH NUCLEAR THREAT BY THE CANADIAN NUCLEAR VIGILANCE PROGRAM
  • [23] THE ISRAELI PRESIDENT CONTINUES HIS VISIT TO CYPRUS
  • [24] STILIANIDES: THE VISIT OF THE ISRAELI PRESIDENT TO CYPRUS IS IMPORTANT

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE OVER CONFIDENCE VOTE CONCLUDES AT MIDNIGHT

    The Hellenic Parliament will conclude its discussions tonight concerning granting a confidence vote to the government.

    The discussion will continue until midnight when the parliamentarians will vote in an open ballot. The government is resolved to seek a Parliamentary absolute majority of at least 151 votes in the confidence vote.

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, who sought the confidence vote immediately after the government reshuffle on Thursday, opened the discussion on Sunday night analyzing the government policy in all sectors.

    The leader of the main opposition party Kostas Karamanlis accused the Premier of trying to resolve inner-party problems at the expense of parliament.

    [02] PREMIER TO MEET WITH PRESIDENT TOMORROW

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis is to be received by the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos tomorrow.

    The meeting, was scheduled for yesterday but was postponed until after Parliament conducts a vote of confidence tonight.

    The Premier will brief the President on the course of the state's internal and foreign policies.

    [03] POST OFFICE WORKERS TO STRIKE ON THURSDAY

    Postal workers are to conduct a 24-hour strike on Thursday, November 5, in protest to the postal market-related bill which will be tabled in Parliament.

    The post office employees maintain that the said bill needs to be improved in order to prevent concessions in the management agreement terms which, as they say, will essentially impede the course and development of the Greek postal services.

    [04] CENTRAL GREECE'S FARMERS CONDUCT RALLY, WARN OF MORE TO COME

    Central Greece's farmers conducted a rally today, warning the newly-appointed Minister of Agriculture George Anomeritis that they are bend on turning up the heat in case their demands are not met.

    The rally, which was held under the aegis of the Federation of Larissa's Farmers Associations, the participants aired their demands and stated that they will not hesitate to take to the streets on their tractors if the government does not satisfy them.

    [05] MEDICINE PROFESSORS FROM BULGARIA TRAIN IN ALEXANDROUPOLIS

    Professors from Bulgaria's five Schools of Medicine (in the Universities of Sofia, Varna, Philipoupolis, Stara, Zgora and Pleven) are to receive training in modern methods of addressing sexually transmitted diseases, in seminars held at the city of Alexandroupolis on November 11-14.

    The training is being offered within the framework of the Interreg II program The unit of preventive medicine at the Foundation of Social Insurance (IKA), Alexandroupolis branch, embarked on this collaboration with the School of Medicine from the University of Philipoupolis where it established an STD control center, targeting Hepatitis C and AIDS.

    [06] FM BLASTS MINISTRY'S TRANSLATION DEPARTMENT, TOP OFFICIAL RESIGNS

    Following a surprise visit to his Ministry's translation department yesterday, Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos characterized the existing situation as "unacceptable", referring to the long lines of people waiting to be served.

    According to the Ministry's information agency, certain members of staff, who had not renewed their employment contracts protesting changes in the work agreements, continued to hold on to their job posts and were preventing their colleagues from working and serving the public. They were demanding permanent status employment and pay raises.

    Mr. Pangalos reportedly requested police intervention to force the protesting employees - eight in total - to leave the building.

    The Foreign Minister then demanded and received the resignation of the ministry's secretary-general for administration and organization, Konstantinos Zoras, holding him responsible for serious problems in the operation of the department.

    [07] ATHENS MEDICAL CENTER AMONG THE WORLD'S 300 MOST PRODUCTIVE

    The Medical Center of Athens ranks among the world's 300 most productive companies, according to Forbes magazine. The list was compiled after studies conducted among 13,000 ventures around the world, all of which has annual revenues of less than $500 million.

    The Medical Center is also listed among the world's 1,000 fastest growing companies, according to reports provided by the World Data Bank.

    [08] SIMITIS-SKANDALIDIS MEETING

    No issue has been raised concerning the change in the make up of PASOK's executive bureau, stated the party's central committee secretary Kostas Skandalidis after the meeting he had with prime minister Kostas Simitis.

    Mr. Skandalidis stated that the 5th party congress will take place as planned and pointed out that he had a wide ranging discussion with Mr. Simitis on the party congress, the latest developments and other issues that have come up. He also stressed that PASOK's political secretariat will meet on Thursday and later on that day the executive bureau will approve the topic that will be discussed in the two-day meeting of the central committee.

    [09] PANGALOS: THEY CAN NOT IMPOSE ON US THE PLANS OF ANKARA

    "Neither political nor military reasons can impose on us the plans of Ankara", stressed minister of foreign affairs Theodoros Pangalos in his speech in parliament.

    "The disputes between Greece and Turkey are being caused by Ankara", stated the minister and called on Turkey to appeal to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, saying that this is something that Ankara will have to do sooner or later as it is included in the agenda 2000 and in its European prospect.

    On the Greek-US relations, he said that they have been promoted and the United States now acknowledge that Turkey's behaviour is blocking the solution of the Cyprus problem. However, he observed that they do nothing to impose their views and at this point he accused the US government of following a policy of double standards. He called on the United States to implement the US legislation and to do in Cyprus what they did in Serbia namely, to withdraw the heavy US weapons from the island.

    On the Cyprus problem, Mr. Pangalos said that it is an international problem and must be resolved within the framework of the international community based on the UN resolutions.

    [10] GREEK POST-GRADUATE STUDIES IN ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT

    The "Alexander the Great Post-graduate Studies Center" will soon be a reality in Alexandria, Egypt. The stance of the Egyptian authorities is very positive and increases the expectations for the quick opening of the center that will be housed in the old school buildings of the Greek community in Alexandria. The establishment of the center is being promoted in the past few years within the framework of an inter-state agreement between Greece and Egypt.

    The above were stated to MPA by Greek-Egyptian Friendship Association president Spyros Kamalakis.

    [11] "OLYMPIC AIRWAYS" WANTS A FOREIGN STRATEGIC INVESTOR

    Greek minister of transport Tasos Mandelis revealed yesterday in parliament that "Olympic Airways" is in search of a foreign strategic investor that will participate in the management of the airline. In addition, the foreign strategic investor will participate in the company's capital with a 15-20% share.

    Meanwhile, an agreement of cooperation has been signed with the Portuguese airline "TAP" within the framework of the alliances sought after by the Greek airline. The cooperation concerns the flights to and from Lisbon, via Rome, and it is the first agreement of a number of others that will follow soon.

    The flight to Lisbon is scheduled for three times weekly, specifically every Monday, Friday and Sunday.

    [12] PHOTO EXHIBITION ON THE MONUMENTS OF THESSALONIKI

    "The monuments of Thessaloniki and the earthquakes of 1978" is the theme of the photo exhibition that will be inaugurated on November 8 in the city's trade mark, the White Tower.

    In Thessaloniki, the Byzantine monuments coexist with modern buildings having an enchanting effect on the visitors and the city residents as well. The devastating earthquake of 1978 "wounded" many of those monuments and the need for their restoration was immediate.

    The initial scientific research showed that the earthquakes of 1978 alone were not responsible for the damage caused to the monuments but they simply worsened their condition and brought to light problems that had piled up in their centuries-long existence caused by earlier earthquakes, time itself and interventions that were made on them from time to time.

    The restoration work made was characterized by respect to the historical image of the monuments through time. The photographic material exhibited presents step-by-step the restoration work made in 28 monuments of Thessaloniki.

    [13] NET-PIK SATELLITE COOPERATION FOR THE GREEKS LIVING ABROAD

    The 6 o'clock television news bulletin of the Cypriot state- run television network, PIK, will be broadcast to the United States, Canada, Europe and South Africa via the satellite programme of the Greek state-run television network, NET.

    PIK is also at the stage of preparations concerning special information TV shows to be included in NET's satellite programme and according to the Cypriot television network, they will be ready for broadcast in mid-November.

    A cooperation agreement had been signed recently in Athens between Cypriot minister of interior Dinos Michalides and Greek minister of press Dimitris Reppas.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [14] GREEK TELECOM ORGANIZATION LISTED ON WALL STREET AS OF YESTERDAY

    Greece's Telecommunications Organization (OTE) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange as of yesterday, when the general counsel of OTE George Chrysolouris became the first Greek to declare the opening of trading on the NYSE.

    ΟΤΕ is Greece's largest company with a market capitalization of $11 billion, equal to roughly 10 percent of Greece's GDP. Meanwhile, the Transportation Minister Tasos Mantelis announced last night that the government is looking for a strategic investor who will undertake the management of the state-owned airline Olympic Airways and thus control 15-20% of the company.

    [15] MILUDINOVIC MEETS WITH HILL

    United States mediator Christopher Hill met with Serb President Milan Miludinovic, within the framework of a new effort to embark on negotiations between the Serb government and the Albanians of Kossovo.

    Today Mr. Hill will meet in Prishtina with Albanian community leaders.

    [16] CYPRUS TURNS TO GREEK WATER AS DROUGHT RELIEF MEASURE

    Greece is to supply Cyprus with 15 million cubic meters of water on an annual basis, as a drought relief measure, according to a pending agreement.

    The chief advisor of Greece's water supply department (EYDAP) Dionisios Xenos is to meet with Cypriot Agriculture Minister Kostas Themistocleous in Cyprus today in order to discuss the agreement which is hindering on the transportation cost as the water would be supplied from Athens to Nicosia by tanker.

    As Cyprus is facing diminishing dam supplies and a protracted drought, the island's water reserves are set to run out by the end of the year, the Cypriot government has also considered establishing two mobile desalination plants.

    According to Cypriot press reports, Nicosia had considered importing water in 1991 from Crete but shelved the idea due to costs. However, the extended drought and subsequent technological advances have made water shipments an increasingly attractive proposition. The island's occupied areas are already being supplied with water from Turkey by balloon.

    [17] GREECE'S EDUCATION MINISTER TRAVELS TO ALBANIA

    Education Minister Gerasimos Arsenis has embarked on a two- day official visit to Albania today.

    During his stay in Tirana, Mr. Arsenis will meet with Albania's president, parliament president and the Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania Anastasios as well as with deputies and government officials affiliated with the Human Rights Party.

    He will also sign an educational agreement, visit the Arsakeio Greek-Albanian College and meet with representatives of Greek and minority students.

    [18] UHAC TO HONOR A CONGRESSMAN, A BALL PLAYER AND A DIPLOMAT

    The United Hellenic-American Congress is to honor three diverse -yet prominent- figures in the Greek-American community during its 23rd annual Gala which will be held on November 14th at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, 301 E. North Water St.

    They are the Chairman of the US Congress's International Affairs Committee Ben Gilman, the Greek-American professional football player Frank Clopa and the outgoing Consul-General of Greece in Chicago Nicholas Zafiropoulos.

    [19] DEPUTY FM AT INAUGURATION OF NEW EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS

    Greece's deputy Foreign Minister Yiannos Kranidiotis is to depart for Strasbourg today in order to represented Greece (which presently holds the presidency of the Council of Europe) at the inauguration of the new European Court of Human Rights.

    The new Court is being established in order to meet the increasing needs that have arisen the developments in Europe during the last decade.

    It will replace both the old court and the C of E's Human Rights Committee.

    Mr. Kranidiotis will also meet with the C of E's secretary- general Daniel Tarchsys. He will also attend the C of E's summit during which Greece will grant the presidium to Hungary.

    [20] FYROM DENIES ACCESS TO BULGARIAN JOURNALISTS

    Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nadejda Mihailova stated that it was "fear" which propelled the FYROM authorities to detain Bulgarian journalists at the border.

    "The fact that FYROM does not allow Bulgarian journalists to enter the country is an extremely worrisome event for us since every country should be interested in having its parliamentary elections covered by journalists and observers who can provide warranties for the smooth operation of the elections," she stated.

    [21] US INTERVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE

    The US government, with a recent draft bill that has been adopted by the US Congress and has been signed by US president Bill Clinton, calls on Turkey to recognise the Ecumenical Patriarchate and its non political, religious mission, offer the appropriate protection and security and allow the re-opening of the Halki Theology School.

    In the new legislation it is mentioned characteristically that the US Congress feels that the United States should use their influence and suggest to the Turkish government to recognise the Ecumenical Patriarchate and its non political, religious mission.

    The new bill suggests to Turkey, among others, to offer the necessary protection and security to the Patriarchate and its personnel and calls on the Turkish government to guarantee that the Patriarchate's security needs will be met in accordance with the Turkish and the international community laws including the Treaty of Lausanne in 1968, the Helsinki Treaty of 1975 and the Charter of Paris.

    [22] MOBILIZATIONS AGAINST THE TURKISH NUCLEAR THREAT BY THE CANADIAN NUCLEAR VIGILANCE PROGRAM

    Research director of Canadian Nuclear Vigilance Programme professor David Martin will have contacts with leading members of the Greek-Canadian community in an effort to coordinate the activities for a mass and intense mobilization against the Turkish nuclear threat and the Canadian government's participation in the bid for the sale of CANDU nuclear reactors to Turkey through the Canadian state organization Atomic Energy Company.

    Professor Martin in an interview published by the Greek- Canadian newspaper "Greek-Canadian Report" explained that the Nuclear Vigilance Programme is opposed to the sale of CANDU nuclear reactors to Turkey since December 1996, when the first announcement was made on the Turkish nuclear programme, based on reasons that have to do with the protection of environment, safety and ethics.

    Professor Martin pointed out that the construction of a nuclear energy plant at Akkuyu Bay at the Mediterranean coasts just north of Cyprus will have catastrophic results for Canada and Turkey. He also stressed that the nuclear plant will be a serious threat for the Mediterranean and the regions of central Europe in the case of a serious nuclear accident that will cause a radiation leak into the atmosphere.

    [23] THE ISRAELI PRESIDENT CONTINUES HIS VISIT TO CYPRUS

    The belief that Nicosia will stop being a divided city and will be reunited again was expressed by Israeli president Ezer Weisman during his visit today at a military outpost in the Cypriot capital. Mr. Weisman stated that the wall dividing the city reminds him of Jerusalem and underlined that as in the case of Jerusalem there is a solution the same can happen in Cyprus too.

    Earlier, the Israeli president had a meeting with Nicosia mayor Lelos Dimitriades.

    [24] STILIANIDES: THE VISIT OF THE ISRAELI PRESIDENT TO CYPRUS IS IMPORTANT

    The Cypriot government has presented its concerns over the military cooperation between Turkey and Israel and expresses the wish for a further involvement of the leading factors in the region to the efforts for the solution of the Cyprus problem, stated Cypriot government spokesman Christos Stilianides.

    The Cypriot government, stated Mr. Stilianides, characterizes the visit of Israeli president Ezer Weisman as very important and added that the firm position of the Cypriot government is to call for more active involvement of the international factor to exert the right pressure on the Turkish side and enter a dialogue aimed at the settlement of the problem.


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