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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-11-24

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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 24, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] WAVE OF ADVERSE WEATHER ABATES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY
  • [02] THEO AGGELOPOULOS AMASSES SEVEN AWARDS AT THESSALONIKI FESTIVAL
  • [03] CROATIAN PRESIDENT TO MEET WITH GREEK PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT
  • [04] INTERBALKAN-BLACK SEA BUSINESS CENTER TO HOLD MISSION TO BELGRADE
  • [05] GREEK CULTURE MINISTER ASKS PRINCE CHARLES FOR THE RETURN OF THE MARBLES
  • [06] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT CLERIDES TO VISIT ATHENS ON NOVEMBER 27
  • [07] PREMIER TO CONFER WITH FOREIGN AND DEFENSE MINISTERS OVER CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [08] GREECE, EGYPT TO HOLD JOINT NAVAL EXERCISE, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND
  • [09] GREEK FM: ANKARA HAS NO RIGHT TO THREATEN AND ISSUE ULTIMATUMS
  • [10] TURKISH BUSINESSMEN PARTICIPATE IN AEGEAN LOCAL PRODUCTS EXHIBITION
  • [11] KALAMARIA HONORS ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
  • [12] DENSE FOG CLOAKS WESTERN MACEDONIA, ENCUMBERS TRAFFIC
  • [13] ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS GOT STUCK IN SNOW AND ABANDONED 106 KILOS OF HASH
  • [14] PENSIONERS DEFY COLD WEATHER, TAKE TO THE STREETS TO PROTEST
  • [15] "STAGE" PROGRAM FOR UNEMPLOYED COLLEGE GRADUATES SET INTO EFFECT
  • [16] REPPAS: THE TURKISH PROPAGANDA WAS RIDICULED AGAIN
  • [17] REPPAS: OCALAN DID NOT MAKE A STOP IN ATHENS
  • [18] EURO-DEPUTIES ISSUED AN APPEAL FOR OCALAN
  • [19] REPPAS: THERE IS NO MESSAGE FROM SIMITIS TO CLERIDES
  • [20] THE DIALOGUE FOR THE 35-HOUR WEEK WILL SOON BE UNDERWAY
  • [21] CONTACTS OF PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS WITH GOVERNMENT MINISTERS
  • [22] GREECE'S BALKAN POLICY GIVES VERY GOOD RESULTS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [23] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT CLERIDES TO MEET WITH SIR DAVID HANNAY IN LONDON
  • [24] NATO DISMISSES BELGRADE'S CLAIMS OVER RAPID INTERVENTION FORCE
  • [25] TURKISH CHRISTIANS PROTEST IN ZURICH
  • [26] A DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WILL OPEN IN GEVGELI WITH THE HELP OF GREECE
  • [27] PRESIDENT YELTSIN'S STATE OF HEALTH CAUSED CONCERN IN RUSSIA

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] WAVE OF ADVERSE WEATHER ABATES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY

    The wave of adverse weather that struck all of Greece yesterday with thunder storms and gushing winds has begun to gradually abate. Meanwhile, the bodies of three out of four missing crew members of a Greek tug were recovered last night after their boat was engulfed in flames in the port of Thessaloniki while trying to extinguish the blaze on a burning tanker. The fate of the fourth sailor is still unknown.

    The storm's aftermath can still be felt in Thessaloniki, where trees were torn off the ground and catapulted parked vehicles. Most transportation in the outskirts of the city can be conducted with anti-skid chains.

    [02] THEO AGGELOPOULOS AMASSES SEVEN AWARDS AT THESSALONIKI FESTIVAL

    Theo Aggelopoulos' award-winning film ''Eternity and a Day'' amassed seven prizes during the state awards of Thessaloniki's 39th Film Festival, among them best fiction film, best direction and best script.

    Mr. Aggelopoulos, whose film received the top Palme d'Or award at this year's Cannes Film Festival, is to represent Greece at this year's United States Motion Picture Academy Awards, a.k.a. Oscar, nominated for the best foreign film category.

    [03] CROATIAN PRESIDENT TO MEET WITH GREEK PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT

    Croatia's president Franjo Tudjman continues his official visit to Greece and will be received by the President of the Hellenic Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis today.

    Yesterday, Mr. Tudjman met with his Greek counterpart Kostis Stephanopoulos and the Prime Minster Kostas Simitis, as well as political party leaders.

    President Tudjman is accompanied by a delegation of Croat businessmen who will visit Thessaloniki Industrial Chamber on Thursday.

    [04] 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.

    [05] GREEK CULTURE MINISTER ASKS PRINCE CHARLES FOR THE RETURN OF THE MARBLES

    Britain's Prince Charles toured the Acropolis yesterday afternoon, accompanied by Greek culture minister Evangelos Venizelos.

    The culture minister told the Prince that the British government should "make a brave move and return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.

    "The time has come for the monuments of Athenian civilisation to return to the place which has been preparing for exactly this reason - the new Acropolis museum," Mr. Venizelos added. .

    Prince Charles was later awarded the Gold Key to the City by Athens Mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos during a special ceremony at the Athens Town Hall .

    On bestowing the city's medal on the Prince of Wales, Mr. Avramopoulos also equested his support for a return of the Marbles.

    The Prince will travel to Knossos, Crete, today and will depart for London later in the day.

    [06] 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, the Minister of Press and Media Dimitris Reppas announced yesterday.

    During his visit to Athens, the Cypriot President will be accompanied by Cypriot Foreign Minister Yiannakis Cassoulides and Defense Minister Yiannakis Omirou.

    The talks between Mgrs. Clerides and Simitis 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.

    [07] PREMIER TO CONFER WITH FOREIGN AND DEFENSE MINISTERS OVER CYPRUS ISSUE

    Prime Minster Kostas Simitis is to meet with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and National Defense, Theodoros Pangalos and Akis Tsochatzopoulos respectively, in order to discuss the Cyprus issue.

    Tomorrow's meetings is taking place in light of the Cypriot President's imminent visit to Greece. Mr. Glafkos Clerides will arrive in Athens on November 27 where he will be received by the Greek Premier.

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    [08] GREECE, EGYPT TO HOLD JOINT NAVAL EXERCISE, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND

    Greece and Egypt are to hold their first ever joint exercise, from November 27 to December 2, in accordance with a military cooperation agreement signed by the two countries.

    The naval exercise, code-named "Alexandria '98", will be held off the coast of Alexanrdia and two frigates from each country will take part in the maneuver.

    The exercise aims to boost relations between the two nations' naval forces and promote operational cooperation.

    [09] GREEK FM: ANKARA HAS NO RIGHT TO THREATEN AND ISSUE ULTIMATUMS

    Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos met with his Croatian counterpart Mate Granic in Athens yesterday with whom he discussed matters of mutual interest as well as the Greek-Turkish relations.

    Following the talks, Mr. Pangalos stated that Ankara does not have the right to threaten and issue ultimatum when Turkey itself maintains arms on a permanent basis at the occupied region of Cyprus.

    Meanwhile, in a letter addressed to the President of the Council of Greeks Abroad Andrew Athens, US President Bill Clinton stated that the Cyprus issue, along with Kossovo and the Middle East, is among the State Department's priority issues.

    [10] TURKISH BUSINESSMEN PARTICIPATE IN AEGEAN LOCAL PRODUCTS EXHIBITION

    One hundred and eighty Turkish businessmen visited the Exhibition of Aegean Local Products, organized by Helexpo in the island of Lesvos.

    The Turkish delegation was headed by the chairman of the Ismir Chamber Ekmer Demiraz while, on the Greek side, participants included chamber officials and business executives.

    The participants discussed a variety of issues including the creation of intervention mechanisms in both countries' governments in periods of political crisis, an intervention that Turkish officials said they would embark on in coming weeks will center on the Halki School of Theology, whose board was fired by Turkish authorities without adequate reason earlier this month.

    A decision was taken for the meeting to be held every six months in Greece and Turkey.

    Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou saluted the event.

    [11] KALAMARIA HONORS ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

    On the occasion of the 50th anniversary since the signing of the World Declaration of Human Rights, the Municipality of Kalamaria, in cooperation with the Cultural Center Brahma Kumaris, is to organize an event titled "Human Values-Justice". The event, to be held tomorrow evening, is to feature the participation of the director of the United Nations Information Center in Athens Ingrid Lehman and the representative of the Brahma Kumaris University, Philosophy Professor Antony Strano.

    Their addresses will focus on the theme of justice which, according to the Declaration, "strikes a balance between rights and freedoms and humans and nature."

    [12] DENSE FOG CLOAKS WESTERN MACEDONIA, ENCUMBERS TRAFFIC

    Dense fog has cloaked Western Macedonia, encumbering traffic by reducing the drivers' visibility, while melted ice on the provincial road network necessitates the use of anti-skid chains.

    Meanwhile, the deluge that befell on the area of Halkidiki yesterday flooded a score of houses and stores.

    [13] ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS GOT STUCK IN SNOW AND ABANDONED 106 KILOS OF HASH

    A group of unidentified individuals who had apparently entered Greece illegally from Albania abandoned 106 kilos of hashish in the vehicle the stolen vehicle they were driving, when they were trapped in the snow on the provincial road Kozani- Florina.

    The culprits had stolen the car two days prior from a city in Florina. While driving on the provincial road, they fell upon a police block who were trying to regulate traffic due to the snow that had covered the roads.

    In a state of panic, the illegal immigrants abandoned the vehicle and ran off into the snow.

    On another matter, police in Florina arrested a 27-year-old man from Georgia who was transporting from Albania into Greece 700 cartons of contraband cigarettes which he planned to distribute in Thessaloniki.

    [14] PENSIONERS DEFY COLD WEATHER, TAKE TO THE STREETS TO PROTEST

    Pensioners in Athens and Thessaloniki defied the rain and cold weather today and took to the streets in order to rally against the state's economic policy.

    In Athens they rallied to the Minstry of National Economy and Finance, wanting to meet with the meeting Yiannos Papantoniou, whereas in Thessaloniki they rallied to the Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace.

    [15] "STAGE" PROGRAM FOR UNEMPLOYED COLLEGE GRADUATES SET INTO EFFECT

    Four thousand unemployed college graduates are to be given jobs during the next two-year period by various local administration organizations, cooperatives and companies, through the Labor Ministry's STAGE program.

    Eligibility for the program, whose funding amounts to seven billion drachmas, is met by those who have not surpassed the 35 years of age, have not been employed in a sector related to their studies and hold a university degree or a diploma from a technical university.

    [16] REPPAS: THE TURKISH PROPAGANDA WAS RIDICULED AGAIN

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that Ankara's action to publish a map which presents Greek islands under Turkish sovereignty is an extreme ridicule of the Turkish propaganda.

    Greece, said Mr. Reppas, deals with the issue by taking all the necessary steps and pointed out that the Turkish propaganda industry was unable to mislead the world as everybody knows to whom the islands belong to.

    [17] REPPAS: OCALAN DID NOT MAKE A STOP IN ATHENS

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas categorically denied the information that Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan made a stop at the Airport of Athens before going to Rome and added that the Greek government remains firm in its already expressed positions.

    Mr. Reppas also pointed out that the Greek government brought the Kurdish problem to an international level and that the issue was discussed in the European Union.

    [18] EURO-DEPUTIES ISSUED AN APPEAL FOR OCALAN

    Euro-deputies representing different political groups, among them certain PASOK Euro-deputies, issued an appeal to the Italian government to grant a political asylum to Kurdish PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan and in any case not to extradite him to Turkey.

    With a joint statement, the Euro-deputies point out that the European Court of Justice has ruled against Turkey a number of times in cases concerning persecutions of Kurds and destruction of Kurdish villages.

    [19] REPPAS: THERE IS NO MESSAGE FROM SIMITIS TO CLERIDES

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis has sent no message to Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides on the issue of the installation of the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Cyprus.

    The above was stated by Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas who underlined that the two leaders will discuss the Cyprus issue in the meeting they will have in Athens on Friday.

    [20] THE DIALOGUE FOR THE 35-HOUR WEEK WILL SOON BE UNDERWAY

    The government's decision to start the dialogue for the adoption of the 35-hour work week was expressed by Akis Tsochatzopoulos and Kostas Skandalidis in the Greek General Confederation of Labor congress.

    However, they made it clear that the main target is for Greece to join the EMU. The minister of national defense stated that the public employees should not lose their permanency as a result of the conversion of the status of the state companies.

    Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy representative Prokopis Pavlopoulos called for an interim provision, similar to that which was adopted in the case of the Stock Exchange, aimed at maintaining the permanency of the public employees working in the organizations that will be turned into limited liability companies.

    [21] CONTACTS OF PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS WITH GOVERNMENT MINISTERS

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis had separate meetings with foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos and minister of development Vaso Papandreou to discuss energy policy issues, mainly concerning natural gas.

    The prime minister will also have a meeting today with governing socialist party of PASOK central committee secretary Kostas Skandalidis. The party's executive bureau meets today chaired by Mr. Simitis to discuss issues concerning the party congress that will be held in March.

    [22] GREECE'S BALKAN POLICY GIVES VERY GOOD RESULTS

    Greek foreign ministry general secretary professor Stelios Perakis stated that the Balkan policy followed by Greece gives very good results, while at the same time he underlined that Greece's role should become more intense toward the incorporation of the Balkan states into the European procedures.

    In his speech in an event organized by the Institute for Balkan Studies Mr. Perakis stressed that Greece is the only country that has a historical knowledge of the Balkans and is truly interested in the region's security, while he also pointed out the dangers for Europe and the Balkans in case the procedures for the closer cooperation of the Balkan states with the European Union do not move ahead.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [23] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT CLERIDES TO MEET WITH SIR DAVID HANNAY IN LONDON

    Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides is to meet with the British envoy for the Cyprus issue Sir David Hannay in London today, where the later will brief the Cypriot leader on his recent talks in Turkey.

    This evening, President Clerides will speak at the London School of Economics on Cyprus's course to the European Union.

    Mr. Clerides will depart London for Athens on Thursday.

    [24] NATO DISMISSES BELGRADE'S CLAIMS OVER RAPID INTERVENTION FORCE

    NATO officials in Brussels have dismissed Belgrade's claims that the deployment of a rapid intervention force into Yugoslavia constitutes a direct threat to the national security.

    The said force will comprise approximately 2,000 troops whose main mission would be to provide exit avenues and protection to the OSCE observers stationed in Kossovo, in case conflict erupts again in the region.

    [25] TURKISH CHRISTIANS PROTEST IN ZURICH

    Eighty Christians of Turkish origin held a protest in Zurich aimed at sensitizing the international public opinion over the oppression of the Turkish state.

    According to the Swiss news agency, they are Assyrian Christians of Turkish origin living in Germany, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland. The protesters want to inform the public opinion that the Kurdish minority is not the only one that is being oppressed in Turkey and at the same time, they express their solidarity to Kurdish PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.

    The protesters have occupied a church at the center of Zurich and they threaten that they will set themselves on fire in case of an effort to force them out.

    [26] A DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WILL OPEN IN GEVGELI WITH THE HELP OF GREECE

    An office of development will open in the following days in FYROM's border town of Gevgeli with the financial backing of the Greek ministry of interior, public administration and decentralization.

    The above were announced in Gevgeli after the meeting of a Greek interior ministry delegation with local administration representatives. It should be noted that it is a pilot programme which is implemented for the first time in FYROM and is part of the regional cooperation between the local administrations of the two countries.

    [27] PRESIDENT YELTSIN'S STATE OF HEALTH CAUSED CONCERN IN RUSSIA

    The deterioration of president Yeltsin's state of health has caused concern in Moscow and the communists speak about early elections.

    As it was made known, the Russian president will remain in hospital for about two weeks in order to recover from the pneumonia he is suffering from. According to his doctors, Mr. Yeltsin's state of health is stable.


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