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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-11-15
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
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 FILM DIRECTOR GREENAWAY IN THESSALONIKI
Web Posted: 19:43 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 15/11/1998 (MPA) "Cinema is dead," according to film director Peter Greenaway, who is currently in Thessaloniki in light of the city's 39th film festival.
Mr. Greenaway stated that there is no future is cinema as we know it.
"There are no longer interesting film directors, having turned to other areas, such as new technologies, which open up new possibilities for a presentation of non-narrative thought. Cinema today is like an video satirical work or a literary text," he told reporters.
Repeat performances of Greenaway's "100 Objects Representing the World" prop-opera are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the theater of the Macedonian Studies Society in the city.
 GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELS TO SOUTH AFRICA ON THURSDAY
Web Posted: 19:43 GMT+2Athens, 15/11/1998 (MPA) Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos is to embark on an official two-day visit to South Africa on Thursday, November 19.
Famous Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis will accompany the FM on his visit and will conduct his musical adaptation of Odysseus Elytis' epic "Axion Esti".
Mr. Pangalos has said that proceeds from the concert would be donated to South African President Nelson Mandela's charity to help impoverished children.
Mr. Mandela has said he will attend the Greek composer's concert.
 CROATIAN PRESIDENT TO VISIT GREECE THIS MONTH
Web Posted: 19:43 GMT+2Athens, 15/11/1998 (MPA) Croatia's president Franjo Tudjman will pay an official visit to Greece from November 23 to 25, at the invitation of his Greek counterpart, the office of President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos announced.
 GREEK PM, FORMER PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN COMMISSION SPEAK IN ATHENS
Web Posted: 19:43 GMT+2Athens, 15/11/1998 (MPA) Jacques Delors, the former president of the European Commission, and Prime Minister Kostas Simitis were the keynote speakers at a two-day international meeting on European identity, which began in Athens on Friday evening.
"The democratic ideal is perhaps the weightiest element that could contribute to the formation of a single European political identity, above cultural or utility criteria," Mr. Delors said.
"Of these three criteria, the one I believe should weigh more than the others is that of democracy. Without ignoring local or regional solidarity, the incentives for a European identity are not incentives of kindred relations or geographical proximity, but are based on whether one accepts the basic ideals of the rights of Man and democracy," he added.
Prime Minister Simitis referred to the skepticism regarding the continuation of the
course towards European unification.
"A vision, a plan that excites and mobilizes, cannot merely reproduce what already exists, but must supersede it, moving feelings and imagination. But the watershed is not visible. The creation of a single market, a single currency and single institutions does not guarantee that an area with different languages, different religions and different lifestyles will become a single entity and overcome either increasing socio-economic differentials or the deeply-rooted perception of the nation-state," he said.
The seminar, whose attendants included thirty prominent European academics, was organized by the "Our Europe" foundation which Delors heads, and the Greek Center of European Studies (EKEM).
 POLICE ON ALERT AROUND UNIVERSITY IN LIGHT OF COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS
Web Posted: 19:43 GMT+2Athens, 15/11/1998 (MPA) Strong police forces have already been deployed in the area of the Athens Polytechnic School, near the National Archaeological Museum, and other university buildings.
This is a preventive measure to guard against incidents that might occur during the three-day events commemorating the 1973 Polytechnic uprising against the military junta. A rally will take place on Tuesday evening, November 17, towards the American embassy.
 PRESIDENT OF HELLENIC PARLIAMENT IN CYPRUS TODAY
Web Posted: 19:43 GMT+2Nicosia, 15/11/1998 (MPA) The President of the Hellenic Parliament, Apostolos Kaklamanis, has embarked on a two-day official visit to Cyprus today, at the invitation of his Cypriot counterpart, Spyros Kyprianou.
He was received by the President of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides and other party leaders.
Mr. Kaklamanis will hold a series of meetings before his return to Athens on Monday evening.
 DIPLOMATIC THRILLER UNFOLDS FOR EXTRADITION OF OCALAN
Web Posted: 19:43 GMT+2Rome , 15/11/1998 (MPA) The case of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan's extradition to Turkey has unfolded into an international thriller as Italian law forbids the extradition of individuals to a country that still upholds capital punishment, such as Turkey.
In a surprise move, the Turkish Minster of Justice has announced that tomorrow he will table a proposal for the abolishment of the death penalty. Turkish demands for Ocalan's extradition have drawn condemnation from Greek political parties.
 KAKIAVILIS, KOKKAS, WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONS, HAVE WON FIVE MEDALS
Web Posted: 19:43 GMT+2Lahti, 15/11/1998 (MPA) Greek weightlifting champions Akakios Kakiasvili and Leonidas Kokkas have amassed five medals in the 94-kilo category at the Finland-held Word Weightlifting Championships. Kakiasvili earned two gold medals and a bronze, while Kokkas earned a silver and a bronze.
Pyrros Dimass won one gold and two silver, on Friday and also broke a world record in the snatch by lifting 178 kg .
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