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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-01-27

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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, January 27, 1999

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] TEACHERS UNION DECIDES TO CONDUCT ANOTHER 48-HOUR STRIKE
  • [02] MOODY'S SEES PROGRESS IN GREEK ECONOMY
  • [03] PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS TO ATTEND ESP SUMMIT IN VIENNA ON FRIDAY
  • [04] SAE PRESIDENT TO VISIT GREECE AND EGYPT
  • [05] SVVE TO PROMOTE THESSALONIKI AS "INTERNATIONAL CITY"
  • [06] MISSING AMERICAN DISCOVERED MURDERED, BOYFRIEND CONFESSES
  • [07] MEETING ON LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, PYGMY CORMORANT
  • [08] 15TH AGROTICA FAIR IS INUAGURATED TONIGHT
  • [09] AGRICULTURE MINISTER TO INAUGURATE "AGROTICA"'S FIRST CONFERENCE
  • [10] PAPANTONIOU COMMENTED ON THE COURSE OF THE GREEK ECONOMY
  • [11] REPPAS: TURKEY WANTS TO DRAW GREECE INTO A DIALOGOE
  • [12] SIMITIS' STATEMENTS ON THE SITUATION IN THE SECTOR OF EDUCATION
  • [13] REPPAS: THE GOVERNMENT HAS CHOSEN THE ROUTE OF CONSULTATION FOR THE SOLUTION OF THE PROBLEMS IN EDUCATION
  • [14] OCALAN IS SAFE AND CONTINUES HIS STRUGGLE
  • [15] THE ROAD TO THE EMU IS NOT WITHOUT DIFFICULTIES
  • [16] NEW MEETING OF ARSENIS WITH THE TEACHERS' UNION
  • [17] DIGNITY LESSON BY TWO GREEK SAILORS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [18] NATO OFFICIALS MEET IN BRUSSELS TO DISCUSS KOSOVO
  • [19] VOLLEBAEK TO MPA: POLITICAL SOLUTION TO KOSOVO IS PRIORITY
  • [20] MS. PAPANDREOU'S INTERVIEW WITH CNN
  • [21] THE POLITICAL SOLUTION IS A PRIORITY FOR KOSOVO
  • [22] TWO GREEK TOURISTS ARE AMONG THE FIVE DEAD FROM A HELICOPTER CRASH IN MALDIVES

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] TEACHERS UNION DECIDES TO CONDUCT ANOTHER 48-HOUR STRIKE

    The Secondary Education Teachers Federation (OLME) has decided on another 48-hour strike tomorrow and Friday, while students, who continue to protest the educational reforms, are to conduct massive rallies tomorrow.

    The marathon talks held yesterday between Education Minister Gerasimos Arsenis an OLME representatives led to an impasse, in spite of the glimpse of hope for a breakthrough.

    Mr. Arsenis expressed his disappointment at OLME for not making the slightest concession and vowed to proceed with his reforms.

    The OLME chairman said that the Mister's proposal did not help alleviate the crisis.

    [02] MOODY'S SEES PROGRESS IN GREEK ECONOMY

    Moody's sees marked progress in the course of Greece's economy and notes that the real and nominative convergence that has already been achieved was largely due to the reduction of interest rates on state bonds.

    Furthermore, the Moody's report attributes the reduction of primary deficit to the Greek Premier's stringent tax measures.

    [03] PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS TO ATTEND ESP SUMMIT IN VIENNA ON FRIDAY

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis is to attend the European Socialist Party summit, to begin in Vienna on Friday, according to government spokesman Dimitris Reppas.

    This morning Mr. Simitis visited the offices of National Bank of Greece where he was briefed on the operation of the state's largest bank and spoke about the government's economic policy. He is the first Premier to visit the National Bank after 40 years.

    [04] SAE PRESIDENT TO VISIT GREECE AND EGYPT

    The President of the council of Greeks Abroad (SAE) is to embark on a series of contacts and meetings when he arrives in Greece on Friday.

    On Saturday, January 30, the University of Ioannina is to bestow an award upon Mr. Athens for his contribution to world Hellenism.

    On Monday Mr. Athens will meet with the country's political and state leaders while on Friday, February 30 he will depart for Alexandria, Egypt, where he will attend the three-day conference of the youth committee of the SAE Africa-Asia SAE chapter.

    Upon his return to Greece, Mr. Athens will join the delegation of the Archbishop of America Spyridon who is to conduct an official visit to Greece between February 9-14.

    [05] SVVE TO PROMOTE THESSALONIKI AS "INTERNATIONAL CITY"

    The Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (SVVE) aims to contribute to the industrial and regional development of northern Greece, promote economic cooperation with countries in southeastern Europe and establish Thessaloniki as an "international city."

    In a press conference held yesterday in Thessaloniki, the chairman of SVVE Vassilis Takas presented the federation's targets and planning and referred to the introduction of the euro and the utilization of business opportunities created by the unified European currency.

    On a regular basis, SVVE organizes relevant seminars and provides printed material on the euro .

    [06] MISSING AMERICAN DISCOVERED MURDERED, BOYFRIEND CONFESSES

    The Greek boyfriend of a missing American woman has confessed to her murder, after leading investigators to her dismembered body in a ravine, on the hills of northern Greece.

    Following a lengthy interrogation, twenty-four-year-old George Skiadopoulos confessed last night that he murdered July Marie Scully, a 30-year-old former model from New Jersey, 20 days ago, hacked her to pieces and dumped her remains outside the city of Kavala, about 165 kilometers (100 miles) northeast of Thessaloniki.

    Ms. Scully met Skiadopoulos in 1997 on a Caribbean cruise ship, where he served as petty officer. She had moved to Kavala last month and they planned to marry. According to reports, she apparently had changed her mind and planned to return to the United States where she has a three-year-old daughter from her previous marriage. She had recently been awarded about $600,000 in a divorce settlement and had given up custody of the child.

    On January 11 Skiadopoulos returned to Athens and reported his girlfriend missing. He claimed that she left him after a quarrel.

    [07] MEETING ON LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, PYGMY CORMORANT

    The results of the LIFE program for the protection of the Lesser White-fronted Goose and the Pygmy Cormorant are to be presented during a meeting organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in association with the Hellenic Ornithological Society and the Society for the Protection of Lake Prespes, on February 5.

    The meeting will examine the course of the Life program, as well as the state's action plans, for the protection of these two bird species.

    Greece is the only European Union member-state where the Lesser White-fronted Goose and the Pygmy Cormorant nest during the winter.

    The Greek Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Environment have co-signed a relevant proposal tabled with the European Union, in order to participate in the said program's observation committee.

    The program's aim is to protect these two bird species and enable them to proliferate through the waterlands protection act.

    [08] 15TH AGROTICA FAIR IS INUAGURATED TONIGHT

    The 15th exhibition of agricultural products and machinery, SAgrotica", is to be inaugurated in Thessaloniki this evening, featuring the participation of 1,218 exhibitors from Greece and abroad.

    The event is expected to attract over 100,000 visitors, a certain increase from last year's exhibition, from 56 countries.

    [09] AGRICULTURE MINISTER TO INAUGURATE "AGROTICA"'S FIRST CONFERENCE

    Agriculture Minster George Anomeritis is to declare the opening of the first conference at the Thessaloniki-held "Agrotica" on Saturday, while the Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Yiannis Magriotis is to also present a salutation.

    The event, titled "Globalization and the Greek market", will focus on the challenge presented to Greece's agricultural economy by the Economic and Monetary Union. Moreover, emphasis will be granted to the changes expected to occur in the sector due to GATT.

    [10] PAPANTONIOU COMMENTED ON THE COURSE OF THE GREEK ECONOMY

    Minister of national economy and finance Yiannos Papantoniou referred to the course of the Greek economy speaking in a foreign press correspondents event.

    Mr. Papantoniou stressed that the fight to limit inflation has not been won yet and stressed that extra care is needed in the following period. He reiterated that elections will be held in the year 2000 and observed that the confusion that has been created in the country's political scene can put at risk the stability of the political system.

    [11] REPPAS: TURKEY WANTS TO DRAW GREECE INTO A DIALOGOE

    Turkey wants to draw Greece into a dialogue stressed Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas and explained that a dialogue can not be held through announcements and statements or in the case of issues on which no discussion can be made.

    Mr. Reppas said that Turkey makes announcements and statements, it talks too much and Greece has no reason to follow its example.

    [12] SIMITIS' STATEMENTS ON THE SITUATION IN THE SECTOR OF EDUCATION

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis commenting on the developments in the sector of education said that the government and minister of education Gerasimos Arsenis have showed flexibility but unfortunately small politics prevailed.

    However, he said that there is always room for dialogue in order to find solutions. Responding to the question on when a solution will be found to the deadlock in education, the prime minister responded characteristically "tomorrow or the day after".

    [13] REPPAS: THE GOVERNMENT HAS CHOSEN THE ROUTE OF CONSULTATION FOR THE SOLUTION OF THE PROBLEMS IN EDUCATION

    The government has chosen the route of consultation in order to find a solution to the problems in education, stated Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas and accused the teachers' union of not keeping a responsible stance in the talks with education minister Gerasimos Arsenis.

    Responding to the question on whether the students are at risk of losing their school year he said that the time limit is crucial and a solution to the problem must be found now.

    On the street blockades shown daily on television, he said that they are reprehensible and punishable acts adding that the government stays away from all this but this does not mean that it is a neutral observer.

    [14] OCALAN IS SAFE AND CONTINUES HIS STRUGGLE

    Abdullah Ocalan is safe and he will continue his policy, stated in a press conference Kurdistan's National Liberation Front (ERNK) representative Rodi Avras avoiding to reveal where is the leader of PKK while at the same time, he pointed out that the Kurdish rebels will continue their struggle. Mr. Avras blamed the EU, the United States, Israel and NATO because they formed the basis of the Turkish propaganda aimed at weakening the armed Kurdish movement.

    "If no solution is found to the Kurdish issue every Kurd will become a bomb. The Turks have turned our lives into hell and we are ready to turn their lives into hell too", he added. He accused Europe of not only being unprepared for a solution but of going along with the Turkish propaganda when Ocalan was in Italy and was looking for a political solution. Europe is big but in the case of Ocalan appeared to be very small, said Rodi Avras.

    Greek parliament deputy elected in Evros, north-eastern Greece Christos Kipouros speaking on behalf of the Greek-Kurdish Friendship and Solidarity Committee stressed that Greece can follow a policy that could put big issues like the Kurdish issue in the European and the UN agenda, while at the same time he criticised the Greek government for refusing to host Ocalan.

    Greek-Kurdish Friendship and Solidarity Committee representatives Ilias Theodoridis and Giorgos Akritas stressed that in Thessaloniki alone the signatures collected in favor of Ocalan since last December are 15.000 and called on the Greek government, the political parties, the parliament and the city mayors to assume an active role for the solution of the Kurdish issue and the reorganization of the Asia Minor region.

    [15] THE ROAD TO THE EMU IS NOT WITHOUT DIFFICULTIES

    Greece's road to the Economic and Monetary Union is not without difficulties reiterated prime minister Kostas Simitis during his visit to the National Bank of Greece pointing out that the efforts of the country toward this direction will continue.

    Mr. Simitis praised the modernization and the achievements of the National Bank in the last three years stating that it played a leading part in the modernization of the banking system.

    [16] NEW MEETING OF ARSENIS WITH THE TEACHERS' UNION

    The leadership of the ministry of education responded positively to the proposal of the teachers' union president for the resumption of dialogue. Teachers' union president Nikos Tsoulias stated that he is willing to meet with minister of education Gerasimos Arsenis as soon as today. The students will hold protest rallies in all the big cities tomorrow.

    Meanwhile, the students continued the street blockades causing minor incidents and traffic chaos. Six students, who were arrested yesterday for using and dealing hashish in a school building under student occupation, are in police custody in the central city of Volos.

    [17] DIGNITY LESSON BY TWO GREEK SAILORS

    The two Greek sailors, who are accused of being responsible for an extensive oil slick in the Pacific Ocean, have returned to California, USA determined to prove their innocence. The two gave themselves up spite of the fact that they are facing a prison term of 13 years and a fine of 750.000 US dollars in case they are found guilty.

    They are captain of the oil-tanker "Command" Dimitrios Georgantas and 1st mechanic Lambros Kraganis who will appear in a Federal Court today.

    Their decision to return to the United States and face charges needed courage as they could have stayed in Greece with their families and avoid the trouble and the consequences of such a procedure, said Mr. Georgantas' attorney, adding that the two men know they are innocent and they want to prove it in an American court.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [18] NATO OFFICIALS MEET IN BRUSSELS TO DISCUSS KOSOVO

    The permanent representatives of NATO member-states are to meet in Brussels today in order to discuss the proposals of the Alliance's secretary-general Javier Solana.

    According to diplomatic sources, the said proposals are quite balanced and addressed both sides involved in the conflict. Meanwhile, NATO's warning of air raids has perturbed many EU member-states, among them Greece, which are undertaking efforts to modify or strike the proposal.

    [19] VOLLEBAEK TO MPA: POLITICAL SOLUTION TO KOSOVO IS PRIORITY

    OSCE Chairman and Norway's Foreign Minster Knut Vollebaek grants priority status to discovering a political solution to the Kosovo issue, by pointing out that the military lever needs to be maintained , while at the same time increasing the political pressure.

    Speaking to the Macedonian Press Agency, Mr. Vollebaek stated that the flow of arms to the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK) needs to be stringently regulated and that efforts needs to be undertaken in order to form negotiating teams that will held determine the future status of Kosovo.

    Furthermore, he recommended that intense diplomatic activity be set into motion, where Greece's contribution could be significant.

    Within that framework, the Norwegian Minister recently met with his Greek counterpart Theodoros Pangalos and Greece's alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou since "we need all the positive forces and their stance displays willingness for cooperation and was both constructive and substantial," as he stated.

    He further stated that while military action should be averted, the military pressure should be maintained.

    He is expected to convene the Contact Group members this week in order to prepare a new status for Kosovo.

    Following the meeting held between the US Secretary of State and Russia's Foreign Minister, where for the first time ever criticism was exerted towards both sides of the Kosovo conflict, Mr. Vollebaek said that the ethnic Albanians living in Kosovo need to accept their responsibilities.

    [20] MS. PAPANDREOU'S INTERVIEW WITH CNN

    Greek minister of development Vaso Papandreou characterized as successful her visit to the United States speaking in an interview with the television network CNN.

    The minister presented Greece's important role in the Balkans and the favourable conditions offered by the country to the American businessmen and investors for better access to the Balkan region. Ms. Papandreou underlined the achievements of the Greek economy and expressed the certainty that Greece will enter the Economic and Monetary Union.

    [21] THE POLITICAL SOLUTION IS A PRIORITY FOR KOSOVO

    Norwegian foreign minister Knut Volembek, who currently holds the OSCE presidency, stated that the political solution in Kosovo is a priority for 1999 in an effort to change the climate that was created after the reactions to the Racak massacre.

    Speaking to MPA, he pointed out that military pressure must be maintained whereas the political pressure must be increased.

    [22] TWO GREEK TOURISTS ARE AMONG THE FIVE DEAD FROM A HELICOPTER CRASH IN MALDIVES

    Five people, among them two Greek tourists, were killed when their Bulgarian MI-8 helicopter made an emergency touch down on the sea near the resort of Rangali in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.

    The above were announced in Sofia by owner company "Heli Air" commerce director Sotislav Bozkov, who stated that 12 passengers and the three-member crew have been rescued. The information has not been confirmed yet by a formal source in Sofia.

    The helicopter was carrying tourists and was conducting a scheduled flight between the capital of Male and other regions in the Maldives.


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