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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-11-26

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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 26, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] THESSALONIKI AT THE EPICENTER OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE BALKANS
  • [02] PREMIER TO SPEAK BEFORE THE FOREIGN PRESS IN ATHENS TODAY
  • [03] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT CLERIDES TO MEET WITH PREMIER SIMITIS TOMORROW
  • [04] NORTHERN GREECE'S PHYSICIANS TO CONDUCT ANOTHER ROUND OF STRIKES
  • [05] RAILWAY WORKERS TO CONDUCT FIVE-DAY STRIKE AS OF MONDAY
  • [06] PREMIER: UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANT WORKERS WILL BE DEPORTED
  • [07] SOUTH KOREA'S SAMSUNG HEAVY INDUSTRIES SELLS 4 CRUISE SHIPS TO GREECE
  • [08] GREEK STUDENTS TAKE TO THE STREETS TODAY FOR PROTEST RALLIES
  • [09] PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS' INTERVIEW COVERING ALL ISSUES
  • [10] STEFANOS MANOS WILL HEAD A NEW POLITICAL PARTY IN THE NEXT PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS
  • [11] BUSINESSMEN FROM NORTHERN GREECE MET WITH VISITING CROAT COLLEAGUES
  • [12] FOUR GREEK WOMEN VISITED THE KALASH HEIGHTS
  • [13] 22% OF THE UNEMPLOYED IN GREECE ARE UNIVERSITY GRADUATES
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [14] TURKEY IN SEARCH OF A PREMIER AFTER MESUT YILMAZ RESIGNS
  • [15] NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL IN FYROM TODAY, AS WELL AS WESLEY CLARK
  • [16] CHILE'S PINOCHET LOSES IMMUNITY BID IN GREAT BRITAIN
  • [17] BELARUS GOVERNMENT INSTITUTES FOOD RATIONING
  • [18] FOREST FIRES IN RUSSIAN FAR EAST AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER
  • [19] EUROPEAN COMMISSION: HALF A MILLION HIGH-TECH JOBS GO BEGGING
  • [20] THE CYPRIOT FOREIGN MINISTER COMMENTED ON THE SIMITIS- CLERIDES MEETING
  • [21] A TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTRY BOOK PRESENTS THE ISLANDS OF RHODES, SAMOS AND KOS AS TURKISH TERRITORY
  • [22] CONSULTATIONS FOR A NEW GOVERNMENT IN TURKEY

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] THESSALONIKI AT THE EPICENTER OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE BALKANS

    Thessaloniki's, and overall northern Greece's, dynamic role in the Balkan trade and economic developments constitutes the government's main target, to be achieved through the construction of new highways and their incorporation into trans-European transportation networks. As such, an agreement signed between Prime Minister Kostas Simitis and Croatian President Franjo Tudjman concerns the construction of a new highway along the Dalmatian coast.

    [02] PREMIER TO SPEAK BEFORE THE FOREIGN PRESS IN ATHENS TODAY

    The Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will be the guest speaker at a Foreign Press Association (FPA) luncheon to be this afternoon at the Caravel Hotel in Athens.

    The Premier will speak about government policy, and reply to questions from the floor.

    [03] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT CLERIDES TO MEET WITH PREMIER SIMITIS TOMORROW

    Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides, who is arriving in Athens today, is to be received by Greece's Prime Minister Kostas Simitis tomorrow.

    On the agenda for the meeting are Cyprus' EU accession process and all aspects of the Cyprus issue.

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

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

    [04] NORTHERN GREECE'S PHYSICIANS TO CONDUCT ANOTHER ROUND OF STRIKES

    Northern Greece's hospital physicians are to embark on another 48-hour strike, December 1-2, protesting the on-duty scheduling programs proposed by the Ministry of Health.

    The striking doctors are to conduct sit-ins in offices of the hospitals' presidents and will gather in front of the Macedonia- Thrace Ministry.

    [05] RAILWAY WORKERS TO CONDUCT FIVE-DAY STRIKE AS OF MONDAY

    Workers at the Greek Railways Organization, (OSE) are to conduct a five-day strike starting on Monday, November 30, protesting a recent bill tabled in Parliament concerning their sector.

    The only trains that will operate will be those serving social needs, one for each route.

    [06] PREMIER: UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANT WORKERS WILL BE DEPORTED

    Prime Minster Kostas Simitis, responding to a deputy's question posed in Parliament yesterday, stated that all the migrant workers who are undocumented will be deported from the country.

    The Premier conceded that Greek citizens feel insecure due to the increased crime rate which, he stated, is a result of the migrants who enter Greece with no economic means to survive.

    Nevertheless, he stated that the country's crime rate is low when compared to other EU member-states.

    He stated that the government will considered enlarging the forces at the country's police stations by assigning 4,000 desk- bound police officers to active service units, and will intensify its efforts to deport all foreign undocumented workers.

    [07] SOUTH KOREA'S SAMSUNG HEAVY INDUSTRIES SELLS 4 CRUISE SHIPS TO GREECE

    The South Korean company Samsung Heavy Industries Company Limited has won a contract to sell four cruise ships to Greece's Minoan Lines Shipping, which are to be delivered by July 2002.

    The ships, weighing 28 thousand metric tons, will each have a one-thousand passenger capacity and will also be able to carry 400 cars.

    Each ship will also have a pool, gym, and movie theater.

    [08] GREEK STUDENTS TAKE TO THE STREETS TODAY FOR PROTEST RALLIES

    Greek high school students are to take to the streets of Thessaloniki, Athens and other major cities today in order to rally against a number of issues, including teacher shortages, education ministry changes to grading and examinations at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels, and the introduction of open university type programs.

    High school teachers are also to refrain from conducting part of their classes today, while many schools are being occupied by student sit-ins.

    [09] PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS' INTERVIEW COVERING ALL ISSUES

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis, in an interview he gave in the Foreign Press Correspondents' Association luncheon today, referred to a number of domestic and foreign policy issues.

    Mr. Simitis underlined the firm Greek positions on national issues. He appeared optimistic that the country will be able to join the EMU and reiterated the government's will to follow closely the economic policy it has drawn up, while he pointed out its sensitivity on issues that have to do, among others, with social policy and employment. He said that among the goals of the government are a course of economic development, the country's participation in the European process on equal terms, the reinforcement of social justice and cohesion and the safety of all the Greek citizens as well as, Greece's increased presence in the international scene.

    The prime minister also referred to the governing socialist party of PASOK course toward its 5th party congress that will be held in March 1999, saying that he believes that the party president and the prime minister posts should be held by the same person.

    [10] STEFANOS MANOS WILL HEAD A NEW POLITICAL PARTY IN THE NEXT PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

    Independent parliament deputy Stefanos Manos will run in the next parliamentary elections as head of a new political party and has tabled a proposal for a bill requesting the change of the election system for the Euro-deputies.

    Mr. Manos stated that he will not return to the party of New Democracy and did not rule out the likelihood to form a new political party and participate in the 1999 European parliament elections.

    [11] BUSINESSMEN FROM NORTHERN GREECE MET WITH VISITING CROAT COLLEAGUES

    Eleven Croat businessmen, who are on a visit to Greece, had contacts in Thessaloniki today with 24 local businessmen active in the northern part of the country.

    In total were held 33 meetings with local personalities, mainly businessmen. Within the framework of the contacts it was examined both the potential for the establishment of trade agreements and the further strengthening of bilateral cooperation.

    However, the volume of the Greek-Croat trade transactions remains limited in spite of the fact that last year the value of the Greek products exported to the Croat market had increased by 4.1 billion drachmas.

    [12] FOUR GREEK WOMEN VISITED THE KALASH HEIGHTS

    Four women from the northern Greek city of Katerini, namely, Katerina Chrisargiri, Stella Kontoyianni, Anna Papachatzi and Anna Kagasidou went on a mountain climbing mission to the heights of north-western Pakistan, home of the Kalash tribe, who are descendants of Alexander the Great, worship the same gods with the ancient Greeks and use words that sound Greek.

    The bridges with those forgotten descendants of Alexander the Great were built for the first time by the organization "Friends of the Kalash" which organizes missions to the western Caucasus heights on a regular basis offering voluntary work and essential assistance to the Kalash. The organization has also managed to build a school for the education of the young Kalash.

    [13] 22% OF THE UNEMPLOYED IN GREECE ARE UNIVERSITY GRADUATES

    Greek General Confederation of Labor scientific director Savas Robolis stated in a conference on "University and Employment" held in Thessaloniki today, that 22% of the unemployed in Greece are either university or technical institute graduates which shows that higher education should change direction toward vocational training to cover short-term needs of the job market.

    Mr. Robolis predicted gradual increase of unemployment until the year 2000 and presented OECD figures according to which, in a country with a 10% unemployment, 6% is due to the structural crisis, 2% to the changes in professions and 2% to the relation of the education system with the job market.

    Sociologists and researcher of the National Employment Observatory Ms. Olympia Kaminioti stated that based on the available statistics the categories mostly hit by unemployment are women and the young.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [14] TURKEY IN SEARCH OF A PREMIER AFTER MESUT YILMAZ RESIGNS

    Turkey is in search of a new Premier following yesterday's resignation of Mesut Yilmaz, whose coalition government collapsed in a Parliamentary censure vote held last evening. The censure vote was initiated by the True Path and Republican People's parties. President Suleiman Demirel has asked Mr. Yilmaz to stay on as caretaker prime minister until a new government can be formed.

    [15] NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL IN FYROM TODAY, AS WELL AS WESLEY CLARK

    NATO's secretary-general Javier Solana and the Alliance's military chief Wesley Clark are to travel to FYROM today where they will be received by President Kiro Gligorov, the outgoing Prime Minister Branco Cervenkovski and the Premier by proxy Lupco Georgievski.

    Mr.Gligorov stated that his country is ready to allow the deployment of a NATO rapid intervention force in FYROM.

    [16] CHILE'S PINOCHET LOSES IMMUNITY BID IN GREAT BRITAIN

    Chile's former dictator Augusto Pinochet has lost a court bid for immunity from arrest, leaving the British government a week to decide whether Spain can extradite the former Chilean dictator to face charges of genocide and torture.

    A House of Lords tribunal ruled yesterday in a 3-2 vote that Mr. Pinochet's alleged crimes were no more part of a head of state's functions than, as it announced, "murdering his gardener or arranging the torture of his opponents for the sheer spectacle of it." Mr. Pinochet, who is presently under police guard at a north London hospital, was arrested on October 16 while in a London clinic recovering from back surgery.

    An extradition order issued by a Spanish Judge accused Mr. Pinochet of atrocities committed by his security forces in the deaths and disappearances of Spanish citizens in Chile during his 1973-90 rule.

    Two weeks later, a British court quashed the arrest warrants, saying he had immunity from prosecution as a foreign head of state. Wednesday's ruling overturned that decision.

    [17] BELARUS GOVERNMENT INSTITUTES FOOD RATIONING

    The government of Belarus is to impose food rationing in order to deal with severe food shortages that have resulted from the country's economic crisis.

    Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has also told the government to cap the salaries at the country's few private companies.

    The food rationing will apply to milk, meat and other goods, even matches. Specifically, customers have been limited to two cartons of milk, 4.4 pounds of meat or poultry, 11 ounces of cheese, 10.5 ounces of chocolate and 10 boxes of matches.

    [18] FOREST FIRES IN RUSSIAN FAR EAST AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER

    The international ecological organization Greenpeace has announced that the forest fires that scorched Russia's Far East for five months have caused an "ecological and social catastrophe."

    Approximately two million acres, including 1,500,000 of forest, in the Ulch region have been destroyed by the fires, Greenpeace representatives stated.

    The Ulch region is located some 500 miles north of Khabarovsk and neighbors the Sakhalin island. Its 30,000 residents have for centuries lived from hunting, fishing, and mushroom and berry picking.

    "Now an ecological and social catastrophe is threatening the population, deprived of its last source of existence, the forest," Greenpeace said.

    The fires burned from mid-May until mid-October, after an unusually dry period. They were extinguished by the first snowfalls.

    Animals normally living in the forest either perished or fled, and the vegetation was reduced to ashes. Smoke also destroyed the harvest.

    [19] EUROPEAN COMMISSION: HALF A MILLION HIGH-TECH JOBS GO BEGGING

    Over half a million jobs in Europe's information technology sector are currently unfilled because of skill shortages, according to a European Commission report released yesterday.

    A failure to address these shortages urgently will "carry a heavy price" for the growth and competitiveness of EU member- states, as well as for employment levels, the report warned.

    To address the crisis, the Commission said the European Union had to do more to encourage start-up firms in the sector and boost IT training in schools and colleges as well as for people already in work.

    Underlining the potential of information-related industries, the report said the EU audiovisual market would grow by 70 percent by 2005, creating up to 300,000 new jobs. Another 150,000 jobs would be created if other EU countries matched Finland's mobile phone density.

    A report published in September by Microsoft said that the number of unfilled IT jobs in Europe will have grown to 1.6 million by 2002, seriously undermining the capacity of Europe's businesses to embrace new technologies like the Internet.

    [20] THE CYPRIOT FOREIGN MINISTER COMMENTED ON THE SIMITIS- CLERIDES MEETING

    All aspects of the Cyprus issue will be discussed in tomorrow's meeting of Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis with Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides in Athens. The above were stated by Cypriot foreign minister Yiannakis Kasoulides just before his departure for the Greek capital. Mr. Kasoulides stated characteristically that there will be a regular exchange of views between the prime minister of Greece and the president of Cyprus.

    Referring to the political instability in Turkey after the fall of the Yilmaz government, Mr. Kasoulides stated that it makes things more difficult as far as the efforts and initiatives for the solution of the Cyprus problem are concerned. Mr. Kasoulides also speculated that there will be no stable and strong Turkish governments after the new elections.

    [21] A TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTRY BOOK PRESENTS THE ISLANDS OF RHODES, SAMOS AND KOS AS TURKISH TERRITORY

    The Greek islands of Rhodes, Samos and Kos in south-eastern Aegean belong to Turkey and Cyprus is united and undivided. This is not a tale of imagination but Turkey's fervent wish that "materialized" through an official publication of the Turkish foreign ministry.

    The Turkish newspapers characterize the contents of the book "Golden Turkey" as a huge blunder of the Turkish foreign ministry officials. The book was printed and distributed to foreign 0000000000diplomatic missions on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Turkish Republic. The book creates a new situation in the Aegean as it presents the islands of Rhodes, Samos and Kos and other smaller ones as Turkish territory, while Cyprus appears united and not divided as nothing marks the Turkish occupied northern part of the island.

    The issue came to light by the English-speaking newspaper "Turkish Daily News" and later by the whole of the Turkish press. The Turkish newspapers accused the Turkish foreign ministry wise men of lacking seriousness and of absent-mindedness.

    [22] CONSULTATIONS FOR A NEW GOVERNMENT IN TURKEY

    In Turkey, president Suleiman Demirel had contacts with political party leaders within the framework of the efforts to form a new government after the resignation of prime minister Mesut Yilmaz's government which was unable to get a vote of confidence in the Turkish parliament yesterday.

    Mr. Yilmaz will remain as caretaker prime minister until the Turkish president reaches final decisions.


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