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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-02-12

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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, February 12, 1999

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] ARCHBISHOP SPYRIDON APPEALS FOR RETURN OF PARTHENON MARBLES
  • [02] ARCHBISHOP OF AMERICA SPYRIDON MEETS WITH FM PANGALOS
  • [03] PREMIER TO EMBARK ON THREE-DAY TOUR OF NORTHERN GREECE
  • [04] PREMIER MEETS WITH DEFENSE MINISTER, DISCUSS ARMAMENTS PROGRAM
  • [05] MACEDONIA-THRACE MINISTER SEES FRENCH, BRITISH DIPLOMATS
  • [06] THESSALONIKI'S METRO WILL BE READY BY YEAR 2004, SAYS MINISTER
  • [07] PROBLEMS CONTINUE AT STATE HOSPITALS AS DOCTORS STRIKE
  • [08] INTERPRISE BRINGS TOGETHER 65 BUSINESSMEN FROM 4 COUNTRIES
  • [09] S.E. EUROPEAN YOUTH CENTER TO BE FOUNDED AT TODAY'S CONFERENCE
  • [10] ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ON BALKAN CRISIS TO BE HELD IN ATHENS
  • [11] SCHOOL BOARDS HAVE TO GIVE PROPOSALS ON MAKING UP LOST TIME
  • [12] DEADLINE FOR EXPRESSED INTEREST IN O.A. MANAGEMENT IS TODAY
  • [13] REPPAS: THE DECISION ON THE PURCHASE OF NEW FIGHTER JETS WILL BE MADE IN THE NEXT GOVERNMENTAL COUNCIL MEETING
  • [14] THE GOVERNMENTAL COUNCIL MEETING HAS ENDED
  • [15] PAPADIMAS-DOCTORS MEETING
  • [16] BALKAN AND BLACK SEA BANK ASSOCIATIONS MEETING
  • [17] 29 COUNTRIES WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE TOURIST INFRASTRUCTURE CONFERENCE IN THESSALONIKI
  • [18] 600 MILLION DRACHMAS INVESTMENT IN KASTORIA FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FEED PLANT FOR FUR-COATED ANIMALS INTERNATIONAL NEWS
  • [19] MINISTER OF DEVELOPMENT IN MOSCOW FOR NATURAL GAS TALKS
  • [20] BELGRADE IS READY TO COMPROMISE, SAYS DRASCOVIC
  • [21] SENATE VOTES ON PRESIDENT CLINTON TODAY, ACQUITTAL ASSURED
  • [22] US CONGRESSMEN TO VISIT GREECE NEXT WEEK
  • [23] GJIROKASTRA-THESSALONIKI COOPERATION ON CULTURAL HERITAGE
  • [24] THE TALKS ON KOSOVO CONTINUE
  • [25] THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY CHAMBERS OF NORTHERN GREECE WILL BE REPRESENTED IN SOFIA AND BLAGOEVGRAD

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] ARCHBISHOP SPYRIDON APPEALS FOR RETURN OF PARTHENON MARBLES

    Archbishop Spyridon of America, who is presently on a visit to Greece, has appealed for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens.

    "The legal heritage must be returned to the Parthenon," Mr. Spyridon said after a visit to the Acropolis yesterday, adding that the Greek community in the United States sees the Acropolis as "the symbol of all that is ours, an inalienable heritage and legacy for the future".

    [02] ARCHBISHOP OF AMERICA SPYRIDON MEETS WITH FM PANGALOS

    Archbishop Spyridon of America, who is on a visit to Greece, met yesterday with Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos with whom he discussed a variety of issues concerning Greeks living abroad, the country's foreign policy and the events to take place at the onset of the next millennium.

    Mr. Spyridon stated that "any problems we face, we should solve them as a Greek family."

    The Greek government has greeted His Eminence with honors normally accorded to a head of state.

    [03] PREMIER TO EMBARK ON THREE-DAY TOUR OF NORTHERN GREECE

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis is to embark on a three-day tour of Northern Greece tomorrow, escorted by the Ministers of National Defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos, Development Vaso Papandreou, Environment Kostas Laliotis, Health Labros Papademas, Agriculture George Anomeritis, Culture, Evangelos Venizelos, Macedonia-Thrace Yiannis Magriotis, and various undersecretaries.

    His tour will include a visit at Thessaloniki's "Papanikolaou" hospital. Main opposition leader, New Democracy's Kostas Karamanlis, is to also conduct a visit to the Halkidiki peninsula where he will meet with local government officials.

    [04] PREMIER MEETS WITH DEFENSE MINISTER, DISCUSS ARMAMENTS PROGRAM

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis met with Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos yesterday in order to discuss the country's armaments program and prepare for today's meeting of the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA).

    Mr. Tsochatzopoulos said that the main topic on today's agenda will be the procurement of new combat aircraft within the framework of long-term planning to boost the strength of the Hellenic Air Force.

    [05] MACEDONIA-THRACE MINISTER SEES FRENCH, BRITISH DIPLOMATS

    The Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Yiannis Magriotis met with the British Embassy's charges d'affaires Peter Miller and the French Ambassador to Greece Bernard Kessedjian in Thessaloniki yesterday.

    Messrs. Magriotis and Miller discussed matters related to bilateral cooperation between Greece and the United Kingdom, the targets set forth by Britain's economic presence in Greece and British ventures in Thessaloniki, especially in the sectors of tourism and energy.

    The Minister pointed out that Northern Greece's rate of development is quite accelerated and stressed that the role of Thessaloniki, and the overall region, is significant to the economic development and stability of southeastern Europe.

    He urged the further advancement of Britain's economic, cultural and intellectual presence in the region.

    In his talks with Mr. Kessedjian, the Minister discussed the Thessaloniki metro project, as well as other maters related to furthering France's economic presence in the region.

    Furthermore, Mr. Magriotis referred to France's stance towards Greek-Turkish relations and appealed to the French diplomat that France should be closer to the values of European culture, closer to the common European interests and, as a result, closer to Cyprus and Greece.

    In turn, Kessedjian stressed that while France exercises solidarity towards Greece, "there are differences in tactics.

    "Europe's door to Turkey should always be open since there is a wider problem in the region surrounding that country," the French Ambassador stated.

    Mr. Magriotis responded that while this tactic is wise, "it should not sacrifice the documented truth, human rights and the basic values of our culture."

    [06] THESSALONIKI'S METRO WILL BE READY BY YEAR 2004, SAYS MINISTER

    Construction on Thessaloniki's metro will begin immediately following the ratification of the relevant contract by the Hellenic Parliament, likely to occur in March, according to the Minister of Environment, City Planning and Public Works Kostas Laliotis, who also reiterated that the project will be ready by the year 2004.

    Mr. Laliotis presented the project in Thessaloniki yesterday evening and stated that "it is an honor to present a contract which consolidates healthy competition, is credible and reliable and also constitutes a guarantee for the project's viability and funding."

    He further stressed that the numerous other infrastructure projects planned for the city will not be obstructed by the metro's construction, nor will the new form of transportation impose any form of restructure on the city's public transit system, other than changes that are advantageous to the bus lines.

    The Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Yiannis Magriotis also attended the presentation and expressed his conviction that the project will begin within the year and will be completed on time, as it is bound to do by contract.

    The metro amounts to 220 billion drachmas and has been undertaken by the Thessaloniki Metro consortium, led by Bouygues of France.

    Bouygues, the major shareholder, will operate the subway for 20 years before ownership reverts to the state.

    The subway will have a length of nine kilometers and 789 meters, with 14 stations. It will have a capacity of 18, 500 passengers in each direction during rush hour.

    The Greek state will participate with approximately 67 billion drachmas and an annual ticket subsidy of GRD 50 billion.

    [07] PROBLEMS CONTINUE AT STATE HOSPITALS AS DOCTORS STRIKE

    Problems, as well as patients, continue to mount at state hospitals where physicians are presently on strike demanding due pay for their on-call duty. The Ministries of Health and Finance have announced that they will increase funds allocated for the payment of on-call duties by 11% although most of the disgruntled strikers have said that the increase does not cover the hospital needs.

    An emergency preliminary investigation has been ordered by the Athens's District Attorney's office which will look into whether or not the public's health care is jeopardized by these mobilizations and if the necessary number of physicians is actually working.

    [08] INTERPRISE BRINGS TOGETHER 65 BUSINESSMEN FROM 4 COUNTRIES

    An opportunity to embark on a series of contacts among 65 businessmen from Greece, France, Spain and Italy was provided by the INTERPRISE of Marble and Stone which begin yesterday Thessaloniki.

    According to the chairman of the Athens Chamber of Industry George Kyropoulos, Greece features vast supplies of marble and provides a number of advantages, especially in its exports to Asia and China since, following the war in the Gulf, many markets from Saudi Arabia were eradicated.

    The event was inaugurated by the representative of the European Commission's 23rd Directorate Nasos Christoyiannopoulos and co-organized by the Business Confederation of Saragosa (Spain), the Regional Chamber of Pyrenees Toulouse (France) and the Trade and Industry chamber of Udine (Italy).

    [09] S.E. EUROPEAN YOUTH CENTER TO BE FOUNDED AT TODAY'S CONFERENCE

    The founding of a Southeastern European Youth Center is expected to be ratified during the course of the Third Conference of S.E. Europe's College Students, which will begin in Athens today.

    Minster of National Education Gerasimos Arsenis, alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou and the secretary-general of the New Generation Petros Sfikakis are to salute the conference which will feature the participation of college student unions from Greece, Romania, Turkey, Albania, FYROM, Bulgaria, F.R. Yugoslavia and Cyprus.

    The organization will aim to promote policies of stability and cooperation in the region, with Greece as its headquarters.

    [10] ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ON BALKAN CRISIS TO BE HELD IN ATHENS

    A round table discussion on "conflict avoidance and management" is to be held tomorrow, February 13, in Athens, featuring the participation of representatives from socialist and social-democratic parties from Central and Eastern Europe.

    The discussion is organized by the Institute of Strategic and Developmental Studies (ISTAME) of Andreas Papandreou (ISTAME) and will be held at the St. George Lycabettus Hotel.

    [11] SCHOOL BOARDS HAVE TO GIVE PROPOSALS ON MAKING UP LOST TIME

    The Education Ministry has asked school boards throughout the country to provide proposals on ways to make up teaching hours lost as a result of the three-month-long student protests.

    As the deadline to submit the proposals has been extended to next week, the Mister of Education Gerasimos Arsenis will announce thereafter the measures he will adopt.

    [12] DEADLINE FOR EXPRESSED INTEREST IN O.A. MANAGEMENT IS TODAY

    The deadline for the expression of interest in taking over the Olympic Airways management ends today and, according to reports, British Airways, Lufthansa and a US operator have already expressed interest in taking over the management.

    Meanwhile, the state has accepted the resignation of the managing director of Theodoros Tsakiridis, who said that he is vacating the post in order to facilitate the Transportation Ministry's efforts to find a new manager for the airline.

    [13] REPPAS: THE DECISION ON THE PURCHASE OF NEW FIGHTER JETS WILL BE MADE IN THE NEXT GOVERNMENTAL COUNCIL MEETING

    The final decision of the government on the purchase of the new type fighter jets will be made in the next governmental council of foreign affairs and defense meeting stated, Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas, adding that it will be a big defense investment, stressing that Greece needs armed forces with the best possible defense system that will not be a burden for the Greek economy.

    Finally, the governmental council of foreign affairs and defense finalized Greece's participation in the consortium for the construction of the "EuroFighter" fighter plane and the ministry of defense was authorized to start negotiations with the rest of the participants in order for Greece to participate in the venture on an equal basis.

    [14] THE GOVERNMENTAL COUNCIL MEETING HAS ENDED

    The meeting of the governmental council of foreign affairs and defense has been completed. In the meeting prevailed the issue of the purchase of new fighter planes and systems of anti-aircraft defense.

    Minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos stated that the governmental council decided that Greece should participate in the consortium for the co-production of the new fighter jet "Eurofighter".

    A joint meeting of the government committee and the political secretariat of the governing socialist party of PASOK, chaired by prime minister Kostas Simitis, is already underway.

    [15] PAPADIMAS-DOCTORS MEETING

    Minister of health Lambros Papadimas will meet this afternoon with the board of directors of the union of the hospital doctors of Athens and Pireaus.

    Meanwhile, the joint decision of the ministers of national economy and finance and health for an increase of 11% in 1999 in the sum of money allocated for the payments of the doctors' overtime work is expected to defuse the crisis in the public health sector. The problems as a result of the mobilizations of the doctors continue today in hospitals. On Monday, the doctors of the Social Security Organization, IKA, will start a five-day strike across Greece.

    [16] BALKAN AND BLACK SEA BANK ASSOCIATIONS MEETING

    The heart of the banking system of the Balkan and Black Sea countries will beat in Athens for three days starting on Sunday.

    At the initiative of the Greek Banks Association, the representatives of 13 similar institutions from an equal number of Balkan, Mediterranean and Black Sea countries will gather at the Greek capital.

    Specifically, in the meeting will participate representatives of bank associations from Albania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, FYROM, Romania, Cyprus, Turkey, Armenia, Ukraine, Slovenia, Palestine, Israel and Lebanon.

    The meeting will give a special emphasis to the expansion of the prospects opened for the development of cooperation among the banks in the region of the Balkans, Mediterranean and the Black Sea. It should be noted that such a meeting is being held for the first time in Europe.

    [17] 29 COUNTRIES WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE TOURIST INFRASTRUCTURE CONFERENCE IN THESSALONIKI

    An international conference on tourist infrastructure and development will be held in Thessaloniki on April 29-30 organized by the US embassy. The purpose of the conference is to determine the investment opportunities for tourist infrastructure projects in the 29 participating countries of Europe, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea and the Mediterranean.

    Furthermore, it is expected that there will be separate meetings of businessmen from the wider region with representatives of US companies.

    The conference proceedings will be attended by over 350 delegates, among them many high ranking government officials from the 29 participating countries.

    [18] 600 MILLION DRACHMAS INVESTMENT IN KASTORIA FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FEED PLANT FOR FUR-COATED ANIMALS

    A plant that will produce feed for animals bred for their fur will soon be constructed in north-western Greece and its budget is estimated at the sum of 600 million drachmas.

    The plant will be able to produce about 20.000 tons of animal feed annually a quantity enough to feed 400.000 - 800.000 fur- coated animals a year. The investment has a great significance given the fact that the fur production is an activity that brings foreign currency to north-western Greece despite of the crisis observed recently in the sector.

    In the financing of the project participate the prefectures of Kozani and Kastoria, businessmen Papageorgiou and Vlachakis as well as furry animal breeders from the north-western Greek cities of Siatista and Kastoria.

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [19] MINISTER OF DEVELOPMENT IN MOSCOW FOR NATURAL GAS TALKS

    Greece's Minister of Development Vaso Papandreou is presently in Moscow, where she will have a series of meetings with Russian government officials concerning the glitches in natural gas deliveries from Russia via Bulgaria to Greece.

    Ms. Papandreou will attempt to secure the terms of the agreement signed by Gaz Prom and DEPA.

    [20] BELGRADE IS READY TO COMPROMISE, SAYS DRASCOVIC

    "Belgrade is ready to proceed to any whatsoever compromise, even the most difficult one, in order to resolve the crisis in Kosovo," stated the vice-president of Yugoslavia Vuk Drascovic.

    During a press interview given in Paris, Mr. Drascovic stated that the Serb delegation is ready to endorse the ten points for resolving the Kosovo crisis, as set forth by the Contact Group.

    [21] SENATE VOTES ON PRESIDENT CLINTON TODAY, ACQUITTAL ASSURED

    The United States Senate is to vote today on President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, after closed-door deliberations ended yesterday.

    Four republican senators have so far declared their intention to vote for acquittal on the charges of perjury and obstruction of justice brought before the U.S. Head of State. A two-thirds vote is required to convict the president and remove him from office, and the chance of that happening appears dim.

    [22] US CONGRESSMEN TO VISIT GREECE NEXT WEEK

    A 12-member delegation of U.S. Congressmen will visit Greece next week, February 18, in order to meet with Greek government officials on political and economic affairs and defense and security issues.

    The delegation, led by Nebraska Republican Douglas Bereuter, is on a six-day tour of the region and, in addition to Greece, will also visit Belgium, France, Cyprus and Turkey.

    The Athens talks are expected to focus on the security situation in the eastern Mediterranean, relations between Greece and Turkey and prospects for a resolution of the Cyprus issue.

    [23] GJIROKASTRA-THESSALONIKI COOPERATION ON CULTURAL HERITAGE

    The municipality of Gjirokatra will have a cooperation with the municipality of Thessaloniki aimed at the financing of a project for the protection of Gjirokastra's cultural heritage.

    The project will be completed in three phases and will be financed by Greek businessmen and the European Union, according to the Albanian newspaper "Gazeta Skiptare".

    [24] THE TALKS ON KOSOVO CONTINUE

    The talks between the Serbs and the ethnic Albanians for the solution of the problem of Kosovo continue in Rambouillet, France.

    The Serb delegation has accepted the 10 basic points included in the Contact Group proposal but at the same time it wants the signing of a document that will recognize the existing borders. However, the ethnic Albanian delegation refuses to sign this document.

    [25] THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY CHAMBERS OF NORTHERN GREECE WILL BE REPRESENTED IN SOFIA AND BLAGOEVGRAD

    The Commerce and Industry Chambers of northern Greece will open offices in Sofia and Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Commerce and Industry Chamber will contribute in the initiative.

    The above was announced in the meeting of a delegation of the northern Greek city of Serres Commerce and Industry Chamber in Sofia with representatives of the Bulgarian Commerce and Industry Chamber, that pledged to inform the Greek businessmen on the changes made to the economic legislation of Bulgaria and their capability to participate in the privatization process taking place in the country.


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