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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-11-18

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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 18, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] TEMPERATURES DROP SIGNIFICANTLY IN NORTHERN GREECE
  • [02] ALMOST ALL OF USED TRUCKS HAVE FAKE OWNERSHIP TITLES, SAYS MINISTRY
  • [03] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELS TO SOUTH AFRICA TOMORROW
  • [04] 1ST BALKAN CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION
  • [05] 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF POLYTECHNIC U. UPRISING COMMEMORATED PEACEFULLY
  • [06] DEPUTY FM MEETS KRANIDIOTIS WITH CUBAN COUNTERPART ALLIENDE
  • [07] ARCHBISHOP CHRISTODOULOS OPPOSED TO HUMAN CLONING
  • [08] EVENT TO BE HELD IN COMMEMORATION OF NATIONAL RESISTANCE
  • [09] NATIONAL BANK TO UNVEIL AUTHENTIC COPY OF RIGAS' CHART
  • [10] 10TH PANHELLENIC AIDS CONFERENCE BEGINS TOMORROW IN ATHENS
  • [11] MEETING FOR PANEUROPEAN X AXIS TO BE HELD IN THESSALONIKI TOMORROW
  • [12] EXTREMELY LOW TEMPERATURES IN NORTHERN GREECE
  • [13] THE GREEK CABINET MEETS ON FRIDAY
  • [14] GREECE IS NOT INVOLVED IN THE OCALAN CASE
  • [15] NO NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ISSUE OF THE NAME OF FYROM
  • [16] HUNGER STRIKE BY KURDS IN THESSALONIKI
  • [17] THE GREEK FOREIGN MINISTRY ISSUED A TOUGH RESPONSE TO THE TURKISH ACCUSATIONS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [18] TURKEY WANTS TO BE NAMED AS EU CANDIDATE MEMBER
  • [19] GREEKS MAY SMOKE MORE, BUT THEY ARE LESS PRONE TO CANCER
  • [20] CHIEF OF GREEK ARMY ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES
  • [21] GREEK NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM IN TIRANA FOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
  • [22] ANKARA EXERTS PRESSURES FOR THE EXTRADITION OF OCALAN
  • [23] TURKISH AIRCRAFT VIOLATED THE CYPRIOT AIR SPACE
  • [24] TURKISH WARSHIPS AND SUBMARINES HAVE ARRIVED AT THE PORT OF KERINIA

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] TEMPERATURES DROP SIGNIFICANTLY IN NORTHERN GREECE

    Temperatures have drop significantly in Northern Greece, reaching as low as zero degrees in many regions.

    According to the National Weather Report, the cold wave is to continue throughout the week in Macedonian and Thrace. Meanwhile, the season's first snowfall made its appearance yesterday in the mountain areas of Kozani, Florina and Kastoria where transportation is feasible with anti-skid chains.

    [02] ALMOST ALL OF USED TRUCKS HAVE FAKE OWNERSHIP TITLES, SAYS MINISTRY

    Ninety-five to 98% of the used trucks in Greece have fraudulent titles of ownership, the Undersecretary of Economy George Drys announced yesterday.

    He further added that car owners who have paid for vehicles that have not gone through customs check yet, will be able to receive the monetary difference owed to them.

    Meanwhile, staff at the country's customs checks points are embarking today on a three-day strike.

    [03] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELS TO SOUTH AFRICA TOMORROW

    Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos is to embark on an official two-day visit to South Africa tomorrow.

    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.

    [04] 1ST BALKAN CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION

    The First Balkan Conference on "Education and Research Within the Frame of Sustainable Development" will be inaugurated in Thessaloniki tomorrow by the Undersecretary of Education Yiannis Anthopoulos.

    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.

    [05] 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF POLYTECHNIC U. UPRISING COMMEMORATED PEACEFULLY

    The annual march from the Athens Polytechnic University to the US embassy was held peacefully yesterday, featuring the participation of approximately ten thousand people who commemorated the 25th anniversary of a student occupation of the school's campus in protest against the military dictatorship.

    In spite of the minor skirmishes between police and self- styled anarchists, this year's march bore no resemblance to years' past that were marked with serious act of vandalism and riots.

    [06] DEPUTY FM MEETS KRANIDIOTIS WITH CUBAN COUNTERPART ALLIENDE

    Greece's Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannos Kranidiotis met with his Cuban counterpart Isabelle Alliende in Athens yesterday whom he briefed on Greek-Turkish relations, the Cyprus problem and developments in the Balkans.

    In turn, Ms. Alliende briefed Mr. Kranidiotis on Havana's role in Latin American and Caribbean regional integration, as well as Cuba's progress in human rights issues and efforts to combat drug trafficking.

    Mr. Kranidiotis told Ms Alliende that Greece intended to support Cuba's participation in the European Union - Latin America - Caribbean summit meeting scheduled for June 1999 in Rio de Janeiro.

    The two officials also discussed bilateral economic and commercial ties in the realm of an air transport agreement which paves the way for a direct air link between the two countries.

    A shipping agreement is also scheduled which will contain an article on the avoidance of double taxation from shipping profits.

    [07] ARCHBISHOP CHRISTODOULOS OPPOSED TO HUMAN CLONING

    The Archbishop of Athens and all of Greece Christodoulos is opposed to human cloning as he fears that such scientific progresses would be exceeding the boundaries ordained by nature.

    Mr. Christodoulos, addressing the Panhellenic Surgeons Conference which was held in Athens during the past weekend, warned that cloning could result in the creation of a race of human copies, amounting to a nightmare worse than Frankenstein's monster. He further added that he shudders at the thought of genetic engineering going so far that it shows a disrespect for the laws of nature which, he warned, avenges itself against those who fail to respect it.

    "This will create a race of human copies, just as the Nazis and Soviets tried to do. Frankenstein and the Nazi genetics researcher Joseph Mengele would pale by comparison," he stated.

    He expressed the concern that the moral understanding of those who wield the tools of science may be lacking, inadequate to the task of assessing what kind of research and work is right and what kind is wrong.

    Nevertheless, he stressed that genetic research has provided many benefits for mankind, albeit adding that there needs to be stricter controls on it, regulated by sound moral and ethical judgment.

    [08] EVENT TO BE HELD IN COMMEMORATION OF NATIONAL RESISTANCE

    The Prefecture of Thessaloniki is organizing an event to be held this Sunday in memory those who lost their lives fighting against the German occupation during the time period of 1941-1944.

    A doxology will be performed at the city's St. Sophia church, followed by a speech of Prefect Kostas Papadopoulos and a wreath- laying ceremony at the National Resistance Monument.

    [09] NATIONAL BANK TO UNVEIL 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 tomorrow, 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. .

    [10] 10TH PANHELLENIC AIDS CONFERENCE BEGINS TOMORROW IN ATHENS

    The Tenth Panhellenic AIDS conference is to begin in Athens tomorrow until November 21, featuring the participation of physicians, nursing staff and medical school students.

    According the a relevant news conference, the noted reduction in AIDS outbreaks in developed countries is mostly due to the emergence of new treatments, however new cases continue to appear in groups that were not previously considered prone to the virus.

    Meanwhile, AIDS continues to run rampant in Eastern European countries, Africa and South-eastern Asia.

    [11] MEETING FOR PANEUROPEAN X AXIS TO BE HELD IN THESSALONIKI TOMORROW

    The first session of the directing committee for the Paneuropean X Axis, chaired by Greece, is to be held in Thessaloniki tomorrow and Friday.

    The meeting will feature the participation of representatives from all the interested countries, namely Greece, FYROM, the F.R. of Yugoslavia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary and Bulgaria.

    The participants, aside from documenting the present infrastructure situation, are to tackle issues concerning the increase of passenger and freight mobility between Central and South Eastern Europe.

    The development of the said axis is expected to provide a boost to Greek exports towards Central Europe, thereby increasing Northern Greece's role as a stopover for passenger and freight, especially since the port of Thessaloniki will serve this very purpose.

    The X Axis begins in Thessaloniki and runs through Skopje, Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubliana to end in Saltzburg, Austria. Sections of the axis are being developed trough Grac, Budapest and Sofia.

    [12] EXTREMELY LOW TEMPERATURES IN NORTHERN GREECE

    The extremely low temperatures is the main weather characteristic in northern Greece. In many regions of western Macedonia the temperature is close to zero, while in Thessaloniki will be between 2 to 8 degrees Celsius.

    According to the National Weather Bureau, the cold weather will continue in northern Greece throughout the week. Yesterday, fell the first snow in the mountainous regions of Florina, Kastoria and Kozani in the north-west. Cars in the provincial road linking Florina with Kastoria via Vigla must use non-skid chains.

    [13] THE GREEK CABINET MEETS ON FRIDAY

    The Greek cabinet will meet on Friday to examine among others the establishment of new organizations and ministries.

    Specifically, are expected mergers of state agencies, abolition of departments and transference of state employees. The cabinet will also discuss the measures that need to be taken to deal with the problem that will appear to computers in the year 2000 due to the so-called millennium bug.

    [14] GREECE IS NOT INVOLVED IN THE OCALAN CASE

    Greece is not involved in any way to the Ocalan case stated acting government spokesman Yiannis Nikolaou, adding that no discussion was ever made on the likelihood of a political asylum to be granted by Greece to the leader of PKK. Mr. Nikolaou characterized as a "good novel" the article published by the newspaper "Athinaiki" according to which, Ocalan made a stop at the Athens Airport requested a political asylum but the Greek government refused to grant it to him.

    According to Mr. Nikolaou, undersecretary of foreign affairs Yiannos Kranidiotis met at noon today with Turkey's ambassador to Athens and protested against the accusations made by Ankara against Greece over the Ocalan case. The Kurdish issue, said Mr. Nikolaou, is not a Greek-Turkish problem, it is Turkey's political problem which has an obligation to solve and not to export it.

    [15] NO NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ISSUE OF THE NAME OF FYROM

    There are no new developments in the United Nations consultations between Greece and FYROM regarding the issue of the name of FYROM, stated acting government spokesman Yiannis Nikolaou.

    Acting Greek government spokesman reiterated the Greek government's firm positions aimed at safeguarding good neighbourly relations with FYROM.

    [16] HUNGER STRIKE BY KURDS IN THESSALONIKI

    A young Kurd with symptoms of exhaustion due to hunger strike was taken to a Thessaloniki hospital today.

    About 30 Kurds, most of them university students, are on a hunger strike since Friday in protest to Ankara's request for Ocalan's extradition from Italy. According to information, the young Kurd was exhausted by hunger and also by the extreme cold.

    [17] THE GREEK FOREIGN MINISTRY ISSUED A TOUGH RESPONSE TO THE TURKISH ACCUSATIONS

    The Greek foreign ministry issued a tough response to the Turkish accusations against Greece and Cyprus over the Ocalan case, speaking about an unprovoked attack against Greece.

    Greek undersecretary of foreign affairs Yiannos Kranidiotis characterized as unfounded and shameful the accusations made by Ankara according to which, Greece and Cyprus allegedly offer protection to the Kurdish PKK rebels, adding that no one can ignore the fact that the Kurdish issue is a true political problem that must be solved with peaceful means and based on the respect of human rights.

    The Greek foreign ministry also underlined that Ankara has chosen a course that further distances it from the civilised democratic states.

    Meanwhile, in an interview with the Italian newspapers "La Republica" and "Unita", PKK leader Abdulah Ocalan requested Italy's mediation for the solution of the Kurdish problem and at the same time he stressed that the "annihilation of the Kurds is similar to that of the Greeks in Asia Minor and Cyprus".

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [18] TURKEY WANTS TO BE NAMED AS EU CANDIDATE MEMBER

    Turkish President Suleiman Demirel told his Austrian counterpart that Turkey wants to be named as a candidate member of the European Union during the upcoming Summit Meeting , to be held at Vienna in December.

    Meanwhile, Ankara is pressuring the Italian government to hand over the leader of the PKK Abdullah Ocalan.

    [19] GREEKS MAY SMOKE MORE, BUT THEY ARE LESS PRONE TO CANCER

    Greeks may smoke more than the average European, but they are less prone to cancer according to a social profile study conducted by the European Commission throughout the European Union's member- states.

    According to the other findings, most Greeks are homeowners but live in crowded conditions and show less preference for part- time employment, while they increasingly send their children to universities.

    The survey revealed that although two out of three Europeans generally stated that they "feel well", official data reflected that one in three men and one in four women were suffering from cancer before they reached the age of 75.

    [20] CHIEF OF GREEK ARMY ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES

    The chief of the Greek Army, Lt-Gen. Manoussos Paragioudakis, has embarked on an official five-day visit to the United States at the invitation of his counterpart Gen. Dennis Reimer. The two officers are to meet at the US Pentagon today to discuss prospects for the purchase of US-made weapons systems by Greek forces.

    Lt-Gen. Paragioudakis yesterday had a brief meeting with the US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Henry Shelton, focusing mainly on developments in the Balkans.

    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.

    [21] GREEK NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM IN TIRANA FOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

    Greece's national soccer team is presently in Tirana for today's European championship qualifier against Albania.

    This will be the first men's international soccer match to be played in Albania since 1996.

    All international sporting events in Albania were stopped last year, when riots against the government erupted after thousands of families lost their life savings in a huge investment scandal.

    [22] ANKARA EXERTS PRESSURES FOR THE EXTRADITION OF OCALAN

    Turkey continues to exert pressures on the Italian government trying to persuade it not to grant political asylum to Kurdish PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.

    Rome has made it clear that Ocalan meets the minimum of the pre-conditions necessary to receive political asylum after he denounced terrorism before Italian judges.

    [23] TURKISH AIRCRAFT VIOLATED THE CYPRIOT AIR SPACE

    Two Turkish F4 military planes specializing in aerial photography violated the Cypriot air space yesterday.

    The aircraft entered the region of Kormakitis, flew over the regions of Kerinia and Apostle Andreas and later turned toward Famagusta, Larnaka and Limassol and returned to Turkey.

    [24] TURKISH WARSHIPS AND SUBMARINES HAVE ARRIVED AT THE PORT OF KERINIA

    Two Turkish Navy frigates and two submarines participating in the military exercise "Determination at sea" have sailed into the closed port of the Turkish occupied Kerinia in Cyprus today.

    They will remain in Kerinia for 48 hours to prepare for the military exercise "Toros" that will start as soon as the warships will leave the port of Kerinia. Part of the exercise will take place off the coasts of Kormakitis.


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