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

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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 11, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] CABINET MEETING TO APPROVE 1999 BUDGET TODAY
  • [02] SWEDISH FOREIGN AID MINISTER SCHORI IN ATHENS TOMORROW
  • [03] PRESIDENT OF HELLENIC PARLIAMENT TO VISIT CYPRUS ON SUNDAY
  • [04] GREEK FM TO SPEAK ON HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY AT PARLIAMENT CEREMONY
  • [05] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTRY CONCERNED OVER DETAINED TANJUNG REPORTERS
  • [06] FOREIGN AND DEFENSE COUNCIL TO CONVENE TODAY
  • [07] NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET TO HAVE ADDITIONAL REVENUE OF OVER 600 BILLION
  • [08] NATIONAL BANK ACQUIRES AUTHENTIC COPY OF RIGAS' CHART
  • [09] ATHENS TO HOST CONFERENCE ON RENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY
  • [10] TURKISH PATROL BOAT HARASSED GREEK FISHING BOAT IN NE AEGEAN
  • [11] THESSALONIKI BAR ASSOCIATION GIVES LEGAL AID TO REPATRIATING GREEKS
  • [12] THE NEW BUDGET HAS BEEN APPROVED
  • [13] LIEUTENANT-GENERAL PARAGIOUDAKIS IS THE NEW NATIONAL DEFENSE GENERAL STAFF CHIEF
  • [14] EUROPEAN COMMISSION INTEREST IN THE BYZANTINE MONUMENTS OF N.SYRIA
  • [15] THE FIRST HYBRID CAR BY TOYOTA WILL BE PRESENTED IN THESSALONIKI
  • [16] THE 17TH ARMED FORCES MEDICAL CONFERENCE OPENED IN THESSALONIKI
  • [17] THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMISTICE WAS CELEBRATED IN THESSALONIKI
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [18] AUSTRIAN FM: THERE IS NO PROBLEM FOR CYPRUS
  • [19] ALBANIAN PREMIER TO VISIT ATHENS TOMORROW
  • [20] UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY PROCLAIMS NEXT DECADE AS CULTURE OF PEACE
  • [21] THE UN OBSERVERS WERE RECALLED FROM IRAQ
  • [22] VASILIOU: THE EU ACCESSION NEGOTIATIONS WILL CONTINUE
  • [23] THE CLERIDES-SIMITIS MEETING WILL BE HELD IN ATHENS AT THE END OF NOVEMBER

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] CABINET MEETING TO APPROVE 1999 BUDGET TODAY

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will chair a Cabinet meeting today, where the 1999 state budget is to be approved and submitted to Parliament immediately thereafter. The new budget allows for slight wage and pension increases, fixed public utilities rates as well as a freeze on new hires.

    The new budget does not contain any new taxes. According to reports, the increases are to amount to approximately two percent and will be effective as of January 1, 1999. The new budget also allows for additional revenue from the State Telecommunications Organization's shares.

    [02] SWEDISH FOREIGN AID MINISTER SCHORI IN ATHENS TOMORROW

    Swedish Foreign Aid Minister Pierre Schori is due to address an event tomorrow evening at the Athens Concert Hall on the subject of "Greece and Sweden in a United Europe".

    Mr. Schori is best known in Greece for the solidarity he showed to Greek democrats during the seven- year military dictatorship (1967-74) and as a close friend and associate of late Swedish premier Olaf Palme.

    [03] PRESIDENT OF HELLENIC PARLIAMENT TO VISIT CYPRUS ON SUNDAY

    The President of the Hellenic Parliament, Apostolos Kaklamanis, will embark on a two-day official visit to Cyprus on Sunday, November 15, at the invitation of his Cypriot counterpart, Spyros Kyprianou.

    Mr. Kaklamanis will hold a series of meetings before his return to Athens on Monday evening.

    [04] GREEK FM TO SPEAK ON HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY AT PARLIAMENT CEREMONY

    Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos will speak this evening will speak at a ceremony celebrating the 50-year anniversary since the declaration of Human Rights around the world.

    Mr. Pangalos' speech is titled " Greek Foreign Policy and Human Rights" while the ceremony will be attended by President of the Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos.

    [05] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTRY CONCERNED OVER DETAINED TANJUNG REPORTERS

    Greece's Foreign Ministry has expressed its concern over the continued detainment of two reporters from the Yugoslav press agency Tanjug by armed Albanians in Kosovo.

    In its statement, the Foreign Ministry stresses that the detainment is linearly contrary to international law and expresses the hope that the abductors will soon realize that their act is uncalled for and will release the journalists.

    [06] FOREIGN AND DEFENSE COUNCIL TO CONVENE TODAY

    The Government's Foreign and Defense Council (KYSEA) is to convene today, following the Cabinet's meeting over the 1999 budget.

    According to reports, the KYSEA, will appoint a military chief to take up duties early next year.

    [07] NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET TO HAVE ADDITIONAL REVENUE OF OVER 600 BILLION

    The 1999 budget, which is expected to be tabled to Parliament today, is to have additional revenue of at least GRD 650 billion, while primary deficit will be increased by 5.5%.

    Moreover, the new budget does not include any additional taxes, nor reliefs, as the Ministry of economics will not proceed to the indexation of the tax scale.

    According to economists, the added revenue will be derived from the recovering economy, the regulation of pending tax cases and the curbing of tax evasion.

    [08] NATIONAL BANK ACQUIRES AUTHENTIC COPY OF RIGAS' CHART

    The Cultural Center of the National Bank of Greece in Thessaloniki has acquired an authentic copy of the Chart of Rigas, the great Greek revolutionary who envisioned Balkan friendship and unity.

    The document will be officially presented next Thursday, November 19 and it will be placed on display.

    The display is of great significance as it coincides with the bicentennial anniversary since Rigas' death. The Chart was printed in 1797 at Vienna and comprises 12 sheets that compose a map of four square meters.

    [09] ATHENS TO HOST CONFERENCE ON RENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY

    Greek government officials and EU Commissioner Christos Papoutsis are to address the conference "Application of Renewable Sources of Energy, National Priorities and European Strategy" which will be held in Athens on November 30- December 2.

    Among the speakers at the conference will be the Minister of Development, Vaso Papandreou, Minster of Environment, City Planning and Public Works Kostas Laliotis, the Minister of the Aegean Elisabeth Papazoi and the Eurodeputy of the Coalition for the Left and Progress Michael Papayiannakis.

    [10] TURKISH PATROL BOAT HARASSED GREEK FISHING BOAT IN NE AEGEAN

    A Turkish patrol boat, guarding the sea region of Ainos, approached and harassed a Greek trawler while it was fishing in international waters at the northeastern section of the Aegean Sea, near the island of Samothrace.

    According to the Greek boat's captain, the patrol boat approached the trawler, remained close by for approximately 15 minutes and suddenly sailed for the port of Ainos.

    This is the second such incident taking place this month.

    [11] THESSALONIKI BAR ASSOCIATION GIVES LEGAL AID TO REPATRIATING GREEKS

    The Thessaloniki Bar Association has begun granting free legal aid to repatriating Greeks, especially those who have returned to Greece from the former soviet Union.

    The program, which is funded by the General Secretariat of the New Generation, features the participation of 371 young lawyers who will keep their clients advised of their rights concerning employment, citizenship and other matters, as well as provide them with legal defense in the country's lower courts.

    [12] THE NEW BUDGET HAS BEEN APPROVED

    The 1999 state budget was approved today by the Greek cabinet. Minister of national economy and finance Yiannos Papantoniou will present the proposed budget to parliament this afternoon. Its revenues exceed the sum of 11 trillion drachmas, while spending will reach 13 trillion drachmas.

    The new budget does not include new taxes, while it provides for additional revenues from the sale of Greek Telecommunications Company, OTE, and Greek Petroleum Company shares. Also, it provides for small increases in wages and pensions as well as, for the "freezing" of the Public Services' bills and new hirings.

    [13] LIEUTENANT-GENERAL PARAGIOUDAKIS IS THE NEW NATIONAL DEFENSE GENERAL STAFF CHIEF

    Lieutenant-general Manousos Paragioudakis, who was the General Army Staff chief, is the new National Defense General Staff chief. The decision was made by the Governmental Council of Foreign Affairs and Defense, in its meeting today that was held under the chairmanship of prime minister Kostas Simitis, as wing- commander Athanasios Tzoganis has completed his three-year term in the position of the National Defense General Staff chief.

    In the next meeting of the Governmental Council of Foreign Affairs and Defense decisions will be made on the changes in the leadership of the rest armed forces. Most favourite for the post of the General Army Staff chief are: Army Commander lieutenant- general Konstantinos Panagiotakis and Army General Inspector lieutenant-general Dimitris Arvanitis.

    [14] EUROPEAN COMMISSION INTEREST IN THE BYZANTINE MONUMENTS OF N.SYRIA

    Greek Euro-deputy from the Coalition of the Left party Mr. Alekos Alavanos requested assistance from the European Parliament to save from destruction the Byzantine monuments in northern Syria (2.000 churches and a number of settlements).

    In a written response EU Commissioner Mr. Marin pointed out that already the European Commission supports all efforts aimed at the preservation of the historic and cultural heritage of Syria, while on the specific issue raised by Mr. Alavanos it was stressed that it can be discussed in the regular contacts the EU Commission has with the Syrian authorities.

    One of the best preserved zones of Byzantine monuments of great historical and architectural value is found in northern Syria. According to historians, in the region's 800 villages lived thousands of people in the period between the 4th and 6th century AD.

    [15] THE FIRST HYBRID CAR BY TOYOTA WILL BE PRESENTED IN THESSALONIKI

    The presentation of TOYOTA Prius, the first hybrid car of the Japanese car-maker, will take place in Thessaloniki next Monday. The car is already in the Japanese market and it is expected to be sold in Europe in the year 2000.

    The TOYOTA Prius moves using electricity and gas and its goal is the protection of the environment and the reduced gas consumption.

    [16] THE 17TH ARMED FORCES MEDICAL CONFERENCE OPENED IN THESSALONIKI

    Minor injuries, respiratory infections and gastro-enteritis were the main problems faced by the first mission of Greek officers sent to Albania to restore order after the March unrest last year. This was announced in the 17th Armed Forces Medical Conference that opened in Thessaloniki today and will continue until November 14.

    The intense activity due to construction work in the army camps, where the Greek force was based, was the cause of the minor injuries regularly recorded during the first days of the force's deployment, while the living conditions were the cause of respiratory infections and gastro-enteritis.

    During the three-month presence of the Greek medical officers in Albania there was a steady increase in dental problems among the members of the Greek force. Also, many members of the local population in the Albanian capital of Tirana sought the dental medical assistance offered by the Greek army doctors when it was made known that they were willing to care for the people living in the region.

    [17] THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMISTICE WAS CELEBRATED IN THESSALONIKI

    Eighty years ago on November 11, 1918 Germany signed the peace agreement putting an end to World War I. Greece's military and political authorities commemorated the anniversary with wreath laying ceremonies at the cemeteries of the allied forces in Thessaloniki.

    In a ceremony held at the 3rd Army Corps monument wreaths were laid by representatives of the local authorities as well as, by the general consuls of Germany, Russia, Italy, France, Cyprus, Yugoslavia and Britain.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [18] AUSTRIAN FM: THERE IS NO PROBLEM FOR CYPRUS

    The negotiations or Cyprus's accession to the European Union successfully got under way in Brussels yesterday.

    The President of the Council of the EU, Austrian Foreign Minister, Wolfgang Schussel, said "it represents a historical moment when the accession train is picking up speed".

    He also expressed hope that "as a result of these negotiations, the political negotiations will receive a new impulse." Furthermore, he downgraded the recent statement issued by Germany, France, ?the Netherlands (and approved by Italy) by stating that there is no hurdle for Cyprus.

    Greece's alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou met with his counterparts from Germany, Finland and Sweden.

    [19] ALBANIAN PREMIER TO VISIT ATHENS TOMORROW

    Albania's Prime Minster Panteli Majko is to be in Athens tomorrow on an official visit. The Albanian Premier will be received by his Greek counterpart Kostas Simitis with whom he will discuss matters of mutual interest.

    Moreover, Mr. Majko will hold talks with the leaders of Greece's opposition parties and with leading businessmen..

    [20] UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY PROCLAIMS NEXT DECADE AS CULTURE OF PEACE

    Emphasizing values that inspire social interaction based on the principles of tolerance, the United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed the period 2001- 2010 as the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World.

    The Assembly took this action in the conviction that such a decade, at the beginning of the new millennium, would \greatly assist efforts of the international community to foster peace, harmony, all human rights, democracy and development throughout the world.

    By a resolution adopted without a vote, the General Assembly called on United Nations bodies, particularly the Economic and Social Council and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), as well as non- governmental organizations, religious bodies and groups, educational institutions, artists and the media to actively support the Decade for the benefit of every child of the world. The Assembly also invited Member States to take the necessary steps to ensure that the practice of peace and non- violence is taught at all levels in their respective societies, including in educational institutions.

    [21] THE UN OBSERVERS WERE RECALLED FROM IRAQ

    The United Nations observers were recalled from Baghdad as the tension in the relations between UN and Iraq escalates.

    Baghdad remains firm in its position and does not allow for further UN investigations to take place before the lifting of the embargo against it. Washington warns for new air strikes in the region. It is believed that over 100 members of the UN mission have already abandoned the Iraqi capital.

    [22] VASILIOU: THE EU ACCESSION NEGOTIATIONS WILL CONTINUE

    Head of the Cypriot negotiating team Giorgos Vasiliou upon his return from Brussels expressed satisfaction for the opening of the EU accession negotiations between Cyprus and the European Union.

    Referring to the joint statement signed by France, Germany and Holland which was backed by Italy and linked the solution of the Cyprus problem with the island's accession into the EU, Mr. Vasiliou underlined that it should not cause any concerns because it has no legal basis.

    Mr. Vasiliou stated that the European Union knew that no solution had been found to the problem when Cyprus submitted its application for EU membership in 1990, adding that the EU was also aware of the situation on the island in 1995 when a decision was reached for the opening of the accession dialogue as well as, this year when a decision for the promotion of the dialogue was made.

    [23] THE CLERIDES-SIMITIS MEETING WILL BE HELD IN ATHENS AT THE END OF NOVEMBER

    Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis and Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides will meet in Athens at the end of November, according to Cypriot government spokesman Christos Stilianidis. Mr. Stilianidis mentioned that the two leaders will discuss the current developments in the Cyprus issue as well as, issues of bilateral cooperation.
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