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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-11-23

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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 23, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] WAVE OF ADVERSE WEATHER STRIKES ALL OF GREECE
  • [02] PRINCE CHARLES IN ATHENS, TO MEET WITH GREEK PRESIDENT TODAY
  • [03] CROATIAN PRESIDENT IN GREECE TODAY
  • [04] DELEGATION OF CHINESE JOURNALISTS TO VISIT THESSALONIKI TODAY
  • [05] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT CLERIDES TO VISIT ATHENS ON NOVEMBER 27
  • [06] GREEK FILM "ETERNITY AND A DAY" TO VIE FOR THE OSCAR
  • [07] JAPANESE FILM RECEIVES TOP BILLING IN THESSALONIKI'S 39TH FILM FESTIVAL
  • [08] OIL TANKER ON FIRE AT THESSALONIKI'S PORT
  • [09] THUNDER STORMS BRING HAVOC TO THESSALONIKI
  • [10] GREEK RAILWAY WORKERS ON STRIKE TODAY
  • [11] ALTERNATE FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELS TO GERMANY NEXT MONTH
  • [12] EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS CAUSED SERIOUS PROBLEMS IN THESSALONIKI
  • [13] TUDZMAN MET WITH STEPHANOPOULOS AND SIMITIS
  • [14] PRINCE CHARLES IS IN ATHENS
  • [15] GREEK INTEREST FOR CONTACTS WITH 13 CROAT BUSINESSMEN IN THESSALONIKI
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [16] INTERBALKAN-BLACK SEA BUSINESS CENTER TO HOLD MISSION TO BELGRADE
  • [17] ARCHBISHOP OF ATHENS AND ALL OF GREECE CONTINUES VISIT TO EGYPT
  • [18] TURKISH FIGHTER JETS VIOLATED THE CYPRIOT AIRSPACE
  • [19] FATOS NANO UNDERWENT A GALL-BLADDER OPERATION IN ATHENS
  • [20] THE ALBANIAN CONSTITUTION MEETS THE EUROPEAN REQUIREMENTS
  • [21] GREECE OFFERED ARMOURED CARS TO THE ALBANIAN POLICE

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] WAVE OF ADVERSE WEATHER STRIKES ALL OF GREECE

    Adverse weather has stricken all of Greece with snow fall and gushing winds 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.

    [02] PRINCE CHARLES IN ATHENS, TO MEET WITH GREEK PRESIDENT TODAY

    Prince Charles arrived in Athens yesterday evening, on an official visit to Greece where he will stay until Tuesday, November 24.

    The Prince of Wales attended a formal reception at the Megaron Mousikis last night . Today 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.

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

    [03] CROATIAN PRESIDENT IN GREECE TODAY

    Croatia's president Franjo Tudjman is embarking today on an official, three-day visit to Greece from, at the invitation of his Greek counterpart Kostis Stephanopoulos with whom he will meet this afternoon.

    Today he will also be received by the Prime Minster Kostas Simitis, the Speaker of the House Apostolos Kaklamanis and political party leaders. President Tudjman is accompanied by a delegation of Croat businessmen. He will visit the Acropolis and Sunio.

    [04] DELEGATION OF CHINESE JOURNALISTS TO VISIT THESSALONIKI TODAY

    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 tomorrow, November 24.

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

    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.

    [06] GREEK FILM "ETERNITY AND A DAY" TO VIE FOR THE OSCAR

    Theo Angelopoulos' award-winning film ''Eternity and a Day'' is to represent Greece at this year's United States Motion Picture Academy Awards, aka Oscar, nominated for the best foreign film category.

    "Eternity and a Day" received the top Palme d'Or award at this year's Cannes Film Festival in May.

    [07] JAPANESE FILM RECEIVES TOP BILLING IN THESSALONIKI'S 39TH FILM FESTIVAL

    The Japanese film 'Fish in August' by Yoichiro Takahashi won the "Golden Alexander Award" for the best film at the 39th Thessaloniki Film Festival's international section on Saturday night.

    The special award "Silver Alexander" was shared by the Korean- Tajikistani film 'The flight of the Bee' from directors Jamshed Ismanov and Byoung Hun Min, and 'The Unbuttoning' by Petr Zelenka from the Czech Republic.

    The best director award went to Greek director Konstantinos Giannaris for his 'From the Edge of the City'. Petr Zelenka also won the best script award for 'The Unbuttoning' Best Actress award went to French actress Jeanne Balibar for her role in Bruno Podalydes' "Only God Watches Me", while the best actor award went to Mehmet Kurtulus for his performance in Fatih Akin's 'Fatal Strike' (Germany).

    The best artistic achievement award was given to Korean Kwangmo Lee's "My Homeland in Spring".

    [08] OIL TANKER ON FIRE AT THESSALONIKI'S PORT

    A fire inferno broke out this morning at Thessaloniki's port where a tanker carrying 23,000 tons of fuel broke out in a blaze whose causes remain unknown.

    The fire department and port authorities rushed to the port and managed to contain the inferno at approximately 10 a.m.

    The "Crete Golden" had loaded the fuel at ECO's refinery. None of the 18 men on crew were injured.

    The Central Port Authority of Thessaloniki is conducting an investigation.

    [09] THUNDER STORMS BRING HAVOC TO THESSALONIKI

    Lashing thunder storms and gale-force winds have brought havoc to Thessaloniki, where trees were torn off the ground and power and phone line outages succeeded one another.

    While the strong winds are expected to abate later in the day, the inclement weather proved disastrous for transportation as most street lights didn't function during the morning hours and the drenching rain that followed later has deluged many areas.

    [10] GREEK RAILWAY WORKERS ON STRIKE TODAY

    Between 80-90% is the participation rate of the strike conducted today by Greece's railway workers, held concurrently with other railway workers' strikes in the European Union's member- states.

    Only one train conducted the Athens-Thessaloniki route today.

    The EU's railway workers are opposed to the Community's IV Directive which calls for abolishing state monopolies in the railway sector and giving the go-ahead to private investors.

    The workers counter that this would threaten labor relations and will downgrade the regional railway network.

    [11] ALTERNATE FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELS TO GERMANY NEXT MONTH

    Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou will visit Germany on December 1, where he will meet with the German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer.

    According to reports, the meeting will be in preparation for Prime Minister Kostas Simitis's visit to Germany where he will be received by the new German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

    Mgrs. Simitis and Schroeder will hold talks in view of the EU Vienna summit to be held on December 13, ahead of Germany taking up the Union's presidency on January 1.

    [12] EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS CAUSED SERIOUS PROBLEMS IN THESSALONIKI

    Extreme weather conditions hit Thessaloniki this morning. Gale-force winds uprooted tens of trees, interrupted the electricity supply and caused chaos at the center of the city.

    Based on the latest information available, three of the four seamen, who were missing since this morning after a fire on board their tug-boat at Thessaloniki's port, were found burned to death. The three were found inside their tug-boat that run ashore at the coast of Kalochori, near Thessaloniki and efforts aimed at locating the fourth crew member, who is still missing, continue.

    The wave of bad weather has hit northern Greece with snowfalls, heavy rains and problems in transportation. In many regions the temperature has dropped below zero. Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Yiannis Magriotis stated that all the state agencies are in a state of preparedness while schools will remain closed in the prefecture of Thessaloniki this afternoon.

    [13] TUDZMAN MET WITH STEPHANOPOULOS AND SIMITIS

    Croat president Franjo Tudzman, who is on a three-day formal visit to Greece, had separate meetings today with Greek president Kostis Stephanopoulos and prime minister Kostas Simitis.

    Two agreements, one aimed at battling organized crime and drug trafficking and a second one aimed at improving the tourist cooperation, were signed in the meeting of the two presidents. In statements he made, the Croat president praised the role of Greece in the solution of the Bosnian crisis, while he expressed the hope that efforts will continue for the final solution of the problem in Kosovo.

    Mr. Stephanopoulos characterized the Greek-Croat relations as excellent and added that the Tudzman visit offers the opportunity for a further development of the bilateral economic cooperation. The relations between the two countries dominated the Simitis- Tudzman meeting. The Croat president later met with the political party leaders of the opposition.

    [14] PRINCE CHARLES IS IN ATHENS

    Britain's Prince Charles, who arrived in Athens last night, will be received by president Kostis Stephanopoulos today.

    The heir to the British throne together with prime minister Kostas Simitis attended a concert at the Megaron Concert Building in Athens last evening, while Prince Charles also visited a painting exhibition held in the premises. Prince Charles will visit Knosos, Crete tomorrow and afterwards he will depart for London.

    [15] GREEK INTEREST FOR CONTACTS WITH 13 CROAT BUSINESSMEN IN THESSALONIKI

    Thirteen Croat businessmen will visit Thessaloniki next Thursday within the framework of their formal visit to Greece accompanying Croat president Franjo Tudzman.

    Speaking to MPA, Organization for the Promotion of Exports director Mr. Karakasis stated that the Greek side has expressed strong interest in attending the bilateral contacts. It should be noted that, this Croat delegation is the largest ever visiting Greece and according to information, many of the Greek companies will seek talks for immediate investments and not just for import- export agreements.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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

    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.

    [17] ARCHBISHOP OF ATHENS AND ALL OF GREECE CONTINUES VISIT TO EGYPT

    The Archbishop of Athens and all of Greece Christodoulos is continuing his visit to Egypt, where he is to visit the Pyramids today and will also hold private talks with Coptic Patriarch Senuda.

    Yesterday evening, the Archbishop and the Patriarch Petros inaugurated the monk's cell of Agios Nektarios at a special ceremony in Cairo, where remains were brought from the island of Aigina.

    [18] TURKISH FIGHTER JETS VIOLATED THE CYPRIOT AIRSPACE

    Turkish fighter jets violated the Cypriot airspace. Yesterday morning, 24 fighter jets and 3 refuelling aircraft of the Turkish Air Force took off from an air base in southern Turkey having as their destination the state of Israel and flew over the region of Apostle Andreas violating the Cypriot airspace.

    The Turkish aircraft violated the Cypriot airspace again during their return to Turkey later in the afternoon.

    [19] FATOS NANO UNDERWENT A GALL-BLADDER OPERATION IN ATHENS

    The Albanian newspaper "Gazetta Skiptare" shed light over the "mystery" covering the disappearance of former Albanian prime minister Fatos Nano from the political scene of the country.

    According to the newspaper, Fatos Nano underwent a gall- bladder operation in an Athens hospital and for this reason he was unable to participate in the latest political developments that took place in his country.

    [20] THE ALBANIAN CONSTITUTION MEETS THE EUROPEAN REQUIREMENTS

    Albania's draft Constitution meets the European requirements according to Constitution specialist and Euro-deputy Dimitris Tsatsos, who visited Tirana at the invitation of the Albanian Parliament.

    Professor Tsatsos went to Tirana to welcome the completion of Albania's draft Constitution and discuss issues concerning the further course of the Albanian legislation, according to a report in the independent newspaper "Koha Yone".

    [21] GREECE OFFERED ARMOURED CARS TO THE ALBANIAN POLICE

    The armoured police cars that had been offered to Albania by Greece were delivered in a ceremony that was held in the Izberish camp in Albania in the presence of the Albanian public order minister.

    The ceremony that had an extensive coverage by all the mass media in the country was attended by the Greek ambassador to Tirana and the Greek military attache as well as, by many government officials from the Albanian ministries of public order and defense.


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