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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-11-17

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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 17, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY UPRISING COMMEMORATED TODAY
  • [02] CAR SALES INCREASE AS PRICES DROP
  • [03] CROATIAN PRESIDENT TO VISIT GREECE THIS MONTH
  • [04] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELS TO SOUTH AFRICA ON THURSDAY
  • [05] 1ST BALKAN CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION
  • [06] EUROPEAN HIGH COURT JUSTICES IN THESSALONIKI TODAY
  • [07] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTRY'S ANNOUNCEMENT ON FORCED OCCUPATION LOAN
  • [08] PROTEST MARCHES FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE POLYTECHNIC UPRISING WILL BE HELD IN THESSALONIKI AND ATHENS THIS AFTERNOON
  • [09] GREECE WILL OVERCOME THE CHALLENGES FOR THE EMU
  • [10] THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS UNDERSECRETARIES OF GREECE AND SWITZERLAND WILL HAVE A POLITICAL DIALOGUE TWICE A YEAR
  • [11] 80 GREEK BUSINESSES IN SKOPJE
  • [12] THE GREEK EXPORTS TO ITALY REACHED 363 MILLION ECU IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1998
  • [13] EXPLOITABLE GOLD RESERVES WERE FOUND IN ALEXANDROUPOLIS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [14] GREEK UNDERSECRETARY OF SPORTS IN TIRANA FOR THREE DAY VISIT
  • [15] PRESIDENT OF HELLENIC PARLIAMENT CONCLUDES VISIT TO CYPRUS
  • [16] TENSION IN THE ANKARA-ROME RELATIONS BECAUSE OF OCALAN
  • [17] MILITARY AGREEMENT BETWEEN GREECE AND GEORGIA
  • [18] JOINT GREEK-BULGARIAN PLAN FOR THE MINING OF LEAD AND ZINC

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY UPRISING COMMEMORATED TODAY

    Strong police forces have 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 today.

    The police force is a preventive measure to guard against incidents that might occur during the events which are to culminate with a rally to the American embassy in Athens and a rally to the American general consulate in Thessaloniki .

    The events commemorate the student protest at the Athens Polytechnic against the military junta in 1973, which was forcefully overthrown and came to symbolize resistance to the seven-year dictatorship. The anniversary has been corrupted by violence through the years, as various self-proclaimed "anarchists" have managed to mar the day by provoking clashes with police, setting fire to cars and retail stores in the area, and causing extended damages within university buildings.

    [02] CAR SALES INCREASE AS PRICES DROP

    Car sales have already marked an increase as prices have dropped after the abolishment of the special consumption tax.

    Nevertheless, many dealerships have yet to announce their new price lists as they await further instructions from the Ministry regarding those vehicles that have already been through customs but have not been issued license plates.

    [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] 1ST BALKAN CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION

    The First Balkan Conference on "Education and Research Within the Frame of Sustainable Development" will start in Thessaloniki on Thursday, November19.

    The three-day Conference's basic idea is to introduce new education systems, like the "Open University or the Selective Studies", as powerful instruments of knowledge within the frame of the social - economical development of any country.

    Scientists, politicians, reporters, industrial and commerce representatives from Albania, Bulgaria, FYROM, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, and Turkey will participate in the Conference.

    The event is being held under the auspices of the Ministries of Education and Culture and it is also supported by the Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace.

    [06] EUROPEAN HIGH COURT JUSTICES IN THESSALONIKI TODAY

    A five-member delegation of higher court justices from the European Union is to visit the courts of Thessaloniki today in order to meet with Greek justices and examine a series of matters that concern the combat of international crime.

    According to the Appellate Court of Thessaloniki, the justices will focus their discussions on the delay noted in the exchange of information between the local bureaus and the Interpol regarding the extradition of criminals arrested in Greece, murder cases, drug trafficking, etc.

    [07] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTRY'S ANNOUNCEMENT ON FORCED OCCUPATION LOAN

    The Greek Foreign Ministry has issued an announcement responding to German claims that war reparations to Greece had come to an end with a 1960 agreement and that Germany had also aided Greece economically through European Union funds and, thus, was not liable for the return of a forced "loan" that the central bank of Greece handed over to German occupation forces during World War II.

    Greece responded in a relevant announcement by expressing regret and stressing that the German statement contained inaccuracies. Athens noted that war reparations are one thing, while the forced occupation loan is another. The foreign ministry added that the wartime "loan" was not a remedy for criminal or illegal acts perpetrated by Nazi forces during the occupation.

    "It was a specific amount taken from the Greek economy at gunpoint and was used by the German state for its own purposes. According to every rule of law, its return is imperative," the announcement read.

    The foreign ministry said that references made to the EU's own funds and cohesion policy in the EU is "absolutely unbecoming."

    This policy belongs neither to Greece nor to Germany and relations between member-states are not a network of bilateral relations. The announcement stated that the EU has its "own independent dynamism" and its own rules of operation, which are the result of overall negotiating.

    The statement added that excellent bilateral relations between Athens and Bonn and close cooperation between the two countries in the framework of the EU, NATO and other international organizations necessitate sincerity and clarity around this important issue.

    [08] PROTEST MARCHES FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE POLYTECHNIC UPRISING WILL BE HELD IN THESSALONIKI AND ATHENS THIS AFTERNOON

    The three-day events for the 25th anniversary of the Polytechnic uprising in Athens that eventually led to the fall of the military junta in Greece will culminate this afternoon with the protest marches to the US consulate in Thessaloniki and the US embassy in Athens.

    Police has drawn up a plan aimed at averting incidents during the marches but has focused its attention to averting the occupation of university buildings by groups of young protesters. The deputy dean of the Polytechnic School in Athens has stated that no decision has been made for the lifting of the university asylum except in the case of an emergency.

    At noon today, an event was held commemorating the Polytechnic uprising in the ministry of Macedonia-Thrace and in the presence of minister Yiannis Magriotis.

    [09] GREECE WILL OVERCOME THE CHALLENGES FOR THE EMU

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development report on the Greek economy that was given to publicity today, predicts high growth rates for the next three years.

    Specifically, it includes the speculation that Greece will pass the challenges successfully and will enter the Economic and Monetary Union using as a criterion the 12-month period that begins in April 1999.

    [10] THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS UNDERSECRETARIES OF GREECE AND SWITZERLAND WILL HAVE A POLITICAL DIALOGUE TWICE A YEAR

    Greek undersecretary of foreign affairs Yiannos Kranidiotis agreed with his Swiss counterpart during contacts they had in Switzerland to have a political dialogue twice a year.

    During their talks the two undersecretaries examined the course of bilateral relations and Switzerland's relations with the EU as well as a number of issues such as, the situation in the Balkans, the Cyprus problem and the Greek-Turkish relations. In the talks it was established that the two governments share the same views on a wide range of issues and it was agreed that new ways should be examined to further strengthen their economic and trade relations.

    [11] 80 GREEK BUSINESSES IN SKOPJE

    Eighty businesses from Greece will launch new contacts or they will renew the existing ones with businesses in FYROM within the framework of the 2nd Exhibition of Greek businesses in the country that will open in Skopje on December 2 and will last four days.

    In the exhibition will be promoted among others, the Greek Sugar Industry and the animal feed industry as well as, the Brewery of Northern Greece. Also, in the exhibition will participate the Arts and Crafts Chambers of Athens, Thessaloniki, Kilkis and Pieria.

    [12] THE GREEK EXPORTS TO ITALY REACHED 363 MILLION ECU IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1998

    The largest share of the Italian market got the Greek products last year. The Greek exports to Italy reached 1.168 billion ECU showing a slight increase compared to 1.146 billion ECU in 1996.

    Also, the value of Greek products that were imported by Italy in the six-month period of January-June 1998 reached 363 million ECU.

    According to figures provided by the Italian consulate in Thessaloniki, an upward trend was observed and in the Italian exports to Greece. The value of Italian products that appeared in the Greek stores last year exceeded the 3.666 billion ECU compared to 3.508 billion in 1996, while in the first half of 1998 the Italian exports to Greece were 1.202 billion ECU.

    [13] EXPLOITABLE GOLD RESERVES WERE FOUND IN ALEXANDROUPOLIS

    General director of "Gold mines of Thrace AMBE" Mr. Megapanos gave the assurance that there are "easily recoverable" gold reserves in Alexandroupolis and confirmed the information on the existence of gold reserves estimated at 1.250.000 ounces in the region of Perama in Alexandroupolis, north-eastern Greece. The information was made public 15 days ago by the other two companies participating in the joint venture namely, the Australian "Le Source" and the Canadian "Inmet".

    Mr. Megapanos stated that the mining process will start in the next two years and will last about 10-12 years.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [14] GREEK UNDERSECRETARY OF SPORTS IN TIRANA FOR THREE DAY VISIT

    Greece's Undersecretary of Sports Andreas Fouras is presently on a three-day visit to Tirana, heading an athletic delegation.

    Mr. Fouras will be received by the President of Albania Reijep Meidani, the Premier Pandeli Majko and Albania's Minster and Undersecretary of Sports, Mgrs. Edi Rama and Kresnik Tartari respectively.

    Greece and Albania are expected to sign a protocol of cooperation in the sports sector during Mr. Fouras' visit.

    He will also attend tomorrow's match between the Greek and Albanian men's national teams for the European championships cup qualifier in Tirana.

    [15] PRESIDENT OF HELLENIC PARLIAMENT CONCLUDES VISIT TO CYPRUS

    The President of the Hellenic Parliament, Apostolos Kaklamanis, wrapped up a two-day official visit to Cyprus yesterday evening, having met with the President of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides, his Cypriot counterpart, Spyros Kyprianou and other political leaders.

    Following his meeting with President Clerides, Mr. Kaklamanis stated that any problems with Cyprus's EU accession will be overcome, adding that the EU enlargement process can only be completed with Cyprus' entry.

    Mr. Kaklamanis also conveyed a message of solidarity from Greek Premier Kostas Simitis, which referred to the two countries' "common struggle and solidarity".

    [16] TENSION IN THE ANKARA-ROME RELATIONS BECAUSE OF OCALAN

    Tension continues in the Ankara-Rome relations as it appears that the Italian government is not willing to extradite Kurdish PKK leader Abdulah Ocalan to Turkey.

    Turkey maintains that Italy can not persist in its refusal to extradite a wanted criminal, as it characterizes Ocalan. Italian prime minister Massimo D'Alema in an interview left open the likelihood to grant political asylum to the Kurdish leader and stated that Ocalan's arrival to Italy can mean that he has abandoned terrorism.

    [17] MILITARY AGREEMENT BETWEEN GREECE AND GEORGIA

    A military delegation from the former soviet republic of Georgia, headed by deputy minister of defense Mr. Grogol Katamandze, arrives in Athens today for a three-day visit.

    Among the members of the delegation is the ministry of defense General Staff chief and according to local sources, the Georgian delegation is expected to sign a programme of military cooperation and joint military training with Greece to be in effect in 1999.

    [18] JOINT GREEK-BULGARIAN PLAN FOR THE MINING OF LEAD AND ZINC

    A Greek-Bulgarian cooperation for the mining of lead and zinc will be financed by the European Union, according to a statement issued by the mayor of Zlatograd in southern Bulgaria.

    Mayor Nikolai Despotov stated that an application has been submitted for the investment and a decision on the funding of the plan is being expected soon. He said that the financing will be made within the framework of the "Interreg-2" programme which aids the cross-border cooperation.

    It should be noted that the cross-border cooperation programme offers financial support for joint bilateral business activities by two countries, one of which must be a member of the European Union.


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