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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-11-22

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From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.


Last Update: 23:27 GMT+2

SECTIONS

  • [A] GREECE
  • [B] BALKANS

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] GREECE

  • [01] INTERBALKAN-BLACK SEA BUSINESS CENTER TO HOLD MISSION TO BELGRADE
  • [02] CROATIAN PRESIDENT TO VISIT GREECE TOMORROW
  • [03] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT CLERIDES TO VISIT ATHENS ON NOVEMBER 27
  • [04] DELEGATION OF CHINESE JOURNALISTS TO VISIT THESSALONIKI TOMORROW
  • [05] PRINCE CHARLES ARRIVES IN ATHENS TODAY
  • [06] ANOTHER WAVE OF ADVERSE WEATHER STRIKES ALL OF GREECE
  • [B] BALKANS

  • [07] ATTEMPTS TO UNDERMINE MPA FELL ON DEAD WATER
  • [08] TURKISH GOVERNMENT IS TOPPLING, CENSURE MOTION TO BE HELD NEXT WEEK
  • [09] ALBANIA: REFERENDUM FOR CONSTITUTION HELD TODAY

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] GREECE

    [01] INTERBALKAN-BLACK SEA BUSINESS CENTER TO HOLD MISSION TO BELGRADE

    Web Posted: 20:27 GMT+2
    Thessaloniki, 22.11.1998 (MPA) The Thessaloniki-based Inter-Balkan and Black Sea Business Center (DIPEK) is to organize a business mission to Belgrade in an effort to establish economic ventures between the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Greece.

    The mission will depart from Thessaloniki on Thursday and will remain in the Yugoslav capital until Sunday.

    Various chambers of northern Greece are participating in the delegation, along with various businessmen who are active or interested in developing ventures in Yugoslavia.

    [02] CROATIAN PRESIDENT TO VISIT GREECE TOMORROW

    Web Posted: 20:27 GMT+2
    Athens, 22.11.1998 (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.

    [03] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT CLERIDES TO VISIT ATHENS ON NOVEMBER 27

    Web Posted: 20:27 GMT+2
    Athens, 22/11/1998 (MPA) Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides is to be received by Greece's Prime Minister Kostas Simitis on November 27, during his visit to Athens where he will be accompanied by Cypriot Foreign Minister Yiannakis Cassoulides and Defense Minister Yiannakis Omirou.

    The talks will be attended by Greece's Foreign and Defense Ministers, Mgrs. Theodoros Pangalos and Akis Tsochatzopoulos, respectively.

    On the agenda for the meeting are Cyprus' EU accession process and the issue of the S-300 missiles.

    [04] DELEGATION OF CHINESE JOURNALISTS TO VISIT THESSALONIKI TOMORROW

    Web Posted: 20:27 GMT+2
    Thessaloniki, 22/11/1998 (MPA) A delegation of Chinese journalists, led by the secretary-general of the Pan-Chinese Journalists' Association Liang Gujie, is to visit Thessaloniki between November 23-25.

    The delegates are to conduct a series of meetings, among them with the Prefect of Thessaloniki Kostas Papadopoulos on Tuesday, November 24.

    [05] PRINCE CHARLES ARRIVES IN ATHENS TODAY

    Web Posted: 20:27 GMT+2
    Athens, 22/11/1998 (MPA) Prince Charles arrived in Athens this evening, is embarking on an official visit to Greece where he will stay until Tuesday, November 24.

    The Prince of Wales is to attend a formal reception at the Megaron Mousikis this evening. Tomorrow morning he will lay a wreath at the Unknown Soldier's monument and immediately thereafter he will be received by the Mayor of Athens Dimitris Avramopoulos who will decorate him with the city medal.

    In the afternoon, the Prince will be received by the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos and will visit the Acropolis later in the day.

    On Tuesday, Prince Charles will travel to Heraklion, Crete where he will visit Knossos, prior to returning to the United Kingdom.

    [06] ANOTHER WAVE OF ADVERSE WEATHER STRIKES ALL OF GREECE

    Web Posted: 20:27 GMT+2
    Thessaloniki, 22/11/1998 (MPA) Adverse weather has stricken all of Greece with snow falling in many areas. A number of villages central Greece have been isolated as the roads are inaccessible and most transportation can be conducted with anti-skid chains.

    Temperatures in northern Greece have reached the below-zero mark in many areas.

    The central ports have issued weather advisories and ships remain docked due to high winds.

    [B] BALKANS

    [07] ATTEMPTS TO UNDERMINE MPA FELL ON DEAD WATER

    Web Posted: 20:27 GMT+2
    Sofia, 22.11.1998 (MPA) Efforts exerted by nationalist circles in FYROM, affiliated with the former Cervenkovski-led government, to covertly achieve accession to the Association of Balkan News Agencies (ABNA) of a newly- formed news agency which is falsely titled as "Macedonian Information Agency" (MIA)have failed, as they were recognized as attempts to misappropriate the Macedonian Press Agency's (MPA) title, a Greek news agency which has successfully operated in Thessaloniki since 1991.

    The 7th General Assembly of the ABNA member sews agencies, recently held in Sofia, rejected the efforts of MIA's general director Zoran Ivanovski, who served as government spokesperson in FYROM's previous government, to achieve accession to ABNA.

    Moreover, ABNA called on Mr. Ivanovski to provide the data which attest that MIA meets all the prerequisites called for by ABNA and that it does not harm the interests of the other members, during the next meeting which will be held in Tirana six months from now.

    As a matter of fact, the general director of Albania's ATA Frok Cupi, who presently holds ABNA's rotating presidency, asked how could it be possible for MIA to want accession to the Association when its name is similar to the Macedonian Press Agency's, whose general director Spyros Kouzinopoulos is also ABNA's secretary -general.

    On other matters, the ABNA issued an announce,ment at the end of its session addressed to the world's governments that the right conditions be created which will allow journalists to work freely, without obstacles in their mobility from one country to another and with unhindered access to information.

    Finally, the ABNA's General Assembly stressed that the Balkan national news agencies, the mass media and the journalists should operated on the premises of pluralism, objectivity and the truth so that they may contribute to a climate of peace, security and cooperation in the region.

    The Assembly featured the participation of the general directors from the following news agencies: Anadolu (Turkey), ATA (Albania), BTA, Bulgaria, MPA (Greece), as well as the editors in chief from the Athens News Agency (Greece), ROMPRESS (Romania) and TANJUG (Yugoslavia).

    On the eve of the Assembly, representatives from FYROM's MIA, distributed leaflets wherein, while they listed themselves as "members" of ABNA, they "struck" the Macedonian Press Agency off the ABNA's members' list, a matter which provoked intense reactions.

    [08] TURKISH GOVERNMENT IS TOPPLING, CENSURE MOTION TO BE HELD NEXT WEEK

    Web Posted: 20:27 GMT+2
    Ankara, 22/11/1998 (MPA) Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz has stated that he does not plan to resign before the censure vote to be held against him in Parliament on November 25.

    The coalition government last week lost the initial stage of a parliamentary vote, as the assembly voted 310-213 against Mr. Yilmaz.

    Parliament will now hold a full-blown vote of confidence on Wednesday, November 25 and if more than 275 parliamentarians vote in favor of the censure, then the government will fall.

    ``We are waiting to be overturned with a censure,'' Ahad Andican the Minister of the Presidency stated.

    [09] ALBANIA: REFERENDUM FOR CONSTITUTION HELD TODAY

    Web Posted: 20:27 GMT+2
    Tirana, 22/11/1998 (MPA) A referendum for the establishment of the country's first constitution was held today in Albania, the first since the fall of the communist regime in 1990.

    The ratification of a democratic constitution, which will replace that of 1976, constituted one of the prerequisites set forth to Tirana for Albania's accession to Europe.

    Almost two millions voters cast their ballot in an election process supervised by 150 observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.


    Complete archives of the Macedonian Press Agency bulletins are available on the MPA Home Page at http://www.mpa.gr/ and on the U.S. mirror at http://www.hri.org/MPA/


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