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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-11-16

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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 16, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] PREMIER COMMENTS ON POLYTECHNIC U. ANNIVERSARY
  • [02] POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY UPRISING COMMEMORATED TOMORROW
  • [03] CROATIAN PRESIDENT TO VISIT GREECE THIS MONTH
  • [04] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELS TO SOUTH AFRICA ON THURSDAY
  • [05] FOREIGN DIPLOMATS TOUR WESTERN MACEDONIA
  • [06] CHIEF OF GREEK ARMY TO CONDUCT OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES
  • [07] GREEK PRESS MINISTER: THERE IS ONLY ONE MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY
  • [08] PREMIER TO SPEAK BEFORE THE FOREIGN PRESS ON NOVEMBER 26
  • [09] "ODYSSEUS" SEMINAR ON DEPORTATION OF ILLEGALS FROM THE EU
  • [10] MORGAN STANLEY: GREECE WILL FULFILL ALL OF EMU CRITERIA IN 1999
  • [11] THESSALONIKI TO HOUSE BALKAN CENTER OF INDUSTRIAL MATH
  • [12] REPPAS: GREECE HAD NO COMMUNICATION WITH OCALAN OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE
  • [13] THE EVENTS COMMEMORATING THE POLYTECHNIC UPRISING CONTINUE
  • [14] GREECE WILL MEET ALL THE EMU CRITERIA
  • [15] CARS WILL BE CHEAPER STARTING TODAY
  • [16] REPPAS ON THE US AMBASSADOR'S VISIT TO THE NATIONAL INFORMATION SERVICE
  • [17] DORIS LESSING WILL VISIT THESSALONIKI
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [18] GREECE IS WORLD WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPION WITH 6 GOLD, 4 SILVER, 5 BRONZE
  • [19] TURKEY PRESSES ITALY FOR EXTRADITION OF PKK LEADER OCALAN
  • [20] PRESIDENT OF GREECE AND PATRIARCH VARTHOLOMEOS IN VENICE
  • [21] THE ALBANIAN INFORMATION MINISTER INTERVIEW WITH MPA
  • [22] SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IN THE AEGEAN TO LOCATE METHANE DEPOSITS

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] PREMIER COMMENTS ON POLYTECHNIC U. ANNIVERSARY

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis honored the 23rd anniversary of the Polytechnic University's student uprising by laying a wreath at the school's gate this morning.

    He stated that "the anniversary of the student uprising of the Polytechnic University is always a reason for us to remember that democracy, freedom and social justice are valuable virtues that we should respect."

    [02] POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY UPRISING COMMEMORATED TOMORROW

    Strong police forces have already been deployed in the area of the Athens Polytechnic School, near the National Archaeological Museum, and other university buildings, as the 25-year anniversary since the 1973 Polytechnic student uprising against the military junta is being commemorated.

    The police force is a preventive measure to guard against incidents that might occur during the events which will culminate tomorrow evening with a rally to the American embassy.

    [03] CROATIAN PRESIDENT TO VISIT GREECE THIS MONTH

    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.

    [04] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELS TO SOUTH AFRICA ON THURSDAY

    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.

    [05] FOREIGN DIPLOMATS TOUR WESTERN MACEDONIA

    The development and investment opportunities of western Macedonia were presented to a diplomatic delegation through a mission organized by the Association of Northern Greece's Industries (SVVE) to the cities of Florina, Kozani, Kastoria and Ptolemaida.

    Development Deputy Minister Anna Diamantopoulou spoke to the regarding the development potential of the Kozani and Florina regions.

    Ms Diamantopoulou noted the comparative advantages that Greece offers for joint investments as well as direct investments, following an improvement of the country's economic indicators over the past few years.

    Regarding western Macedonia, she referred to major infrastructure projects, such as the under-construction Egnatia motorway and industrial parks, among others.

    The delegation, headed by the chairman of SVVE, featured the participation of the consul-generals of Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Canada, Liberia, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Philippines, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay, Romania and Korea

    The participants attended a seminar in Florina concerning the municipalities development opportunities and also visited the fur exhibition-auction center of Kastoria.

    Representing the diplomats, the German consul in Thessaloniki, Mark von Schweinitz, said that the visit constitutes an opportunity for the diplomats to become acquainted with the area, believing that possibilities exist for the development of business relations with economic officials from their countries.

    Representatives of Florina officials expressed optimism that the acquaintance they had with the foreign diplomats could constitute the first phase of economic cooperation with businessmen from their countries. They said that apart from energy reserves, tourism, stockbreeding and agricultural production can be utilized for the creation of joint businesses.

    [06] CHIEF OF GREEK ARMY TO CONDUCT OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES

    The chief of the Greek Army, Lt-Gen. Manoussos Paragioudakis, will conduct an official five-day visit to the United States at the invitation of his counterpart Gen. Dennis Reimer, according to a US Information Service press release.

    During his visit, Lt-Gen. Paragioudakis will tour various military facilities in the US and will have talks with top US officers on issues of mutual interest. Additionally, there are planned visits to the US Joint Chiefs of Staff and several army commands.

    Lt-Gen. Paragioudakis has recently been promoted to chief of staff and will be assuming his duties on Feb. 15, 1999.

    [07] GREEK PRESS MINISTER: THERE IS ONLY ONE MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY

    The Minister of Press and Media and government spokesperson Dimitris Reppas said that it is not possible for a news agency in FYROM to take part in a forthcoming conference of the Association of Balkan News Agencies (ABNA) in Sofia if its title included the word 'Macedonian', as the only news agency whose name already contains that word is the Thessaloniki-based Macedonian News Agency.

    Mr. Reppas made the statement in reference to the decision taken by the government of FYROM to launch into operation a new press agency, under the name "Macedonian Information Agency" (MIA), a title that closely resembles the MPA's name.

    Replying to reporters' questions, Mr. Reppas said that since the MPA is already using the designation 'Macedonian' in its title, it was not possible for another agency to participate in the conference "under a false name".

    [08] PREMIER TO SPEAK BEFORE THE FOREIGN PRESS ON NOVEMBER 26

    The Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will be the guest speaker at a Foreign Press Association (FPA) luncheon to be held on November 26 at the Caravel Hotel in Athens.

    The Premier will speak about government policy, and reply to questions from the floor.

    [09] "ODYSSEUS" SEMINAR ON DEPORTATION OF ILLEGALS FROM THE EU

    A two-day seminar, organized by the Public Order Ministry, is starting in Athens today focusing on the issue of deporting and reintroducing illegal immigrants into their own society.

    The European Commission-funded seminar, part of the "Odysseus" program initiative, will focus on the exchange of technical knowledge, practices and methods of planning for the deportation of illegal immigrants from the European Union.

    The Greek ministry has invited representatives from France, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Portugal, as well as Bulgaria, Cyprus, Poland and Romania.

    [10] MORGAN STANLEY: GREECE WILL FULFILL ALL OF EMU CRITERIA IN 1999

    Within the following year, the Greek economy will fulfill all of the criteria necessary for accession to the Economic and Monetary Union, according to Morgan Stanley analysts. According to the financial agency, the Greek government will manage to contain inflation during the course of 1999 by curbing it at 2.4%, thus overcoming the last hurdle on the EMU course.

    The findings were given by Morgan Stanley officials during a teleconference conducted with the Ministry of National Economy. Furthermore, the agency assessed that the country's Gross National Product will mark a three percent increase, as opposed to the Greek government's forecast of 3.7%. In regards to the deficit, Morgan Stanley's assessment is less optimistic than the government's, but nevertheless positive as its analysts forecast a 2.3 percent rate, as opposed to the 1.9% mark forecast by the Greek state.

    In conclusion, Morgan Stanley does point out that the positive course of the Greek economy's indices constitutes a message to foreign investors, especially for the purchase of Greek treasury bills.

    [11] THESSALONIKI TO HOUSE BALKAN CENTER OF INDUSTRIAL MATH

    A Balkan Center of Industrial Math is to be founded in Thessaloniki, following a meeting held recently in town among 30 mathematicians from the Universities of Sofia, Belgrade, Bucharest, Tirana, Skopje and Istanbul.

    The participants at the meeting, which was held at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, agreed that the formation of such center will constitute the link between the academic community and the industries.

    [12] REPPAS: GREECE HAD NO COMMUNICATION WITH OCALAN OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE

    The Greek side had no communication with PKK leader Abdulah Ocalan or his representative to discuss his arrival to Greece.

    The statement was made by Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas responding to questions by reporters on the scenarios concerning the Kurdish leader.

    [13] THE EVENTS COMMEMORATING THE POLYTECHNIC UPRISING CONTINUE

    The events commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Polytechnic uprising in Athens continue. Wreaths were laid at the Polytechnic heroes monument by prime minister Kostas Simitis, heading a government delegation, minister of education Gerasimos Arsenis and opposition political party leaders.

    Mr. Simitis stated that the anniversary of the Polytechnic uprising is an opportunity for everyone to acknowledge that democracy, freedom and social justice are priceless principles that need to be respected.

    The events will culminate tomorrow afternoon with the march to the US embassy organized by the university students association. A police force of over 5.000 men is in a state of alert to avert any incidents.

    In Thessaloniki, a rally that will be followed by a march to the US consulate, will be held at the Aristotle University Polytechnic School and not in Aristotelous Square.

    [14] GREECE WILL MEET ALL THE EMU CRITERIA

    The Greek economy will meet all the criteria set for its participation in the EMU by 1999, according to the international credit organization "Morgan Stanley".

    During next year, the Greek economy will be able to curb inflation to 2.4% overcoming its last obstacle in its course to the EMU, predicted the "Morgan Stanley" representatives after a tele-conference they had with ministry of national economy high officials.

    [15] CARS WILL BE CHEAPER STARTING TODAY

    New cars will be cheaper as of today after a government decision to cut the automobile taxation. Also, today state revenue service officials have started inspections to determine if the reduced car prices reach the consumers.

    The new reduced prices for cars and motorcycles will also be in effect for the new cars that are still in the country's customs offices on the condition they have received no registration number from the responsible transport services.

    [16] REPPAS ON THE US AMBASSADOR'S VISIT TO THE NATIONAL INFORMATION SERVICE

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that he is not aware of the content of the talks US ambassador to Athens Nicholas Burns had during his visit to the National Information Service headquarters.

    Mr. Reppas also stated that he does not have any information on an imminent terrorist attack in Greece.

    [17] DORIS LESSING WILL VISIT THESSALONIKI

    The distinguished author Doris Lessing will be in Thessaloniki on November 27 as the guest of the British Council.

    The British author, whose work is characterized by thoughts on social and political issues, will give a lecture on her literary work.

    Her numerous experiences as a result of her turbulent life led her to write about women, social and political problems, the exploitation of people, the racial inequality and the struggle between the personal and the overall good. In 1956 her beliefs on the infertility of the white culture in South Africa were the cause for her deportation from South Africa and South Rodesia where she lived as a child.

    Among her most famous works are "The Children of Violence", "The Golden Notebook", "The Summer before Darkness", "One man two women" and "Memories of a Survivor".

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [18] GREECE IS WORLD WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPION WITH 6 GOLD, 4 SILVER, 5 BRONZE

    Greece's weightlifting team has become the world champion, having amassed six gold, four silver and five bronze medals during the world championships held in Lahti, Finland. While Bulgaria also won the same number of medals, Greece is ahead as since it fared better in the fifth position. Needless to say, all of Greece's political leaders have flooded the champions with congratulatory salutes.

    [19] TURKEY PRESSES ITALY FOR EXTRADITION OF PKK LEADER OCALAN

    A large number of Kurds has gathered outside the Rome hospital where the leader of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) Abdullah Ocalan is believed to be held. Although Italian law forbids the extradition of individuals to a country that still upholds capital punishment, such as Turkey, the Turkish government insists that he be turned over to their authorities.

    In a surprise move, the Turkish Minster of Justice has announced that today he will table a proposal for the abolishment of the death penalty. Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin are to arrive in Rome today.

    [20] PRESIDENT OF GREECE AND PATRIARCH VARTHOLOMEOS IN VENICE

    The President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos has concluded an official visit to Venice where he attended the festivities celebrating the 500-year anniversary of the city's Greek community, while Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos officiated at a liturgy yesterday.

    The President led a Greek delegation attending events at the St. George Cathedral, along with a large number of expatriate Greeks from around Italy. He was accompanied by the Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou and Education Minister Gerasimos Arsenis.

    The Patriarch and Mr. Stephanopoulos visited the Institute of Byzantine and post-Byzantine studies, the Cathedral and the St. George monastery, which is undergoing extensive renovations. During the visit, the Patriarch unveiled a plaque at the Cathedral commemorating the Archbishops of Philadelphia, the Greek community and the Bishopry of Italy, while the Greek president unveiled a plaque marking the anniversary.

    Mr. Stephanopoulos and the Patriarch met with the Mayor of Venice, Massimo Cacciari, for talks on issues concerning the future venues of European unification, as well as the city's Roman and Byzantine tradition.

    [21] THE ALBANIAN INFORMATION MINISTER INTERVIEW WITH MPA

    Albanian government minister Musa Ulkini in an interview with MPA stated that he aspires to make the newly established ministry of information, which is an initiative undertaken by the Majko government, a modern institution patterned upon the western states' model.

    Mr. Ulkini stated that he is the first government minister in the history of the Albanian state who undertakes to create the ministry of information from nothing based only on the experience acquired from the United States, Germany, France and especially Greece.

    Regarding Greece, he believes that it is a great fortune that the press ministry in the country has a tradition of 20 years and operates based on modern principles while its experience can have a positive contribution to the successful operation of the Albanian ministry of information.

    Mr. Ulkini stated that the first congratulatory message after he became a government minister came from his Greek counterpart Dimitris Reppas who promised him not only friendship but concrete assistance in the efforts to create a ministry of information for the first time in the history of the Albanian state.

    He also expressed great satisfaction for the meeting with his Greek counterpart in Athens during the recent visit of prime minister Pandeli Majko to the Greek capital.

    [22] SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IN THE AEGEAN TO LOCATE METHANE DEPOSITS

    A Franco-Dutch scientific mission starts a research tomorrow to locate large deposits of methane in the Aegean Sea. The research will last until December 20 and will be held within a 10- kilometer radius of the southern Aegean island of Crete. The main role in the research will be played by the French scientific boat "Nautilus" that will gather samples from the bottom of the sea.

    The goal of the researchers is to calculate the methane percentage in the sea water and its effect on the underwater environment as well as, the presence of micro-organisms feeding from methane.

    The French researchers believe that the methane is possible to be found in solid form, such as ice. This is an assumption that makes this research even more interesting from an economic point of view, according to the BBC, as the solidified methane occupies 200 times less space than the methane in a gas form which means that its deposits can be enormous.


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