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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English,99-03-15

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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, March 15, 1999

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] THREE MISSING CLIMBERS DISCOVERED DEAD IN MT. OLYMPUS
  • [02] TIPPER GORE, US VICE-PRESIDENT'S WIFE, IN THESSALONIKI TONIGHT
  • [03] RALLY HELD IN LITOCHORO, PROTESTING NATO FORCES
  • [04] CONSUMER DAY CELEBRATED TODAY, COMPLAINTS ON THE RISE
  • [05] LATVIA'S PRESIDENT AND HIS WIFE WILL VISIT THESSALONIKI
  • [06] REPPAS: PARTY MEMBERS ARE FREE TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS
  • [07] SIMITIS-SCHRODER MEETING
  • [08] THE OCALAN CASE LEGAL BRIEF IS AT THE MAGISTRATE'S DESK
  • [09] FEWER THAN HALF OF THE CONSUMERS KNOW ALL THEIR RIGHTS
  • [10] FORTY SEVEN NEW AIDS CARRIERS WERE REPORTED IN GREECE
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [11] GREEK FM ADDRESSES INFORMAL MEETING OF EU FOREIGN MINISTERS
  • [12] EU FOREIGN MINISTERS INFORMAL COUNCIL SUPPORTS GREECE
  • [13] SECOND ROUND OF KOSSOVO TALKS BEGINS TODAY IN PARIS
  • [14] GERMAN FM SALUTES GREECE'S STANCE ON OCALAN CASE
  • [15] MAIN OPPOSITION LEADER TO MEET WITH US SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
  • [16] "REVENGE FALCONS OF APO" CLAIM ISTANBUL BOMB ATTACKS
  • [17] CLARK: MILOSEVIC RESPECTS NATO'S FORCE
  • [18] KARAMANLIS-COHEN MEETING
  • [19] THE TALKS ON KOSOVO HAVE RESUMED
  • [20] NEW BOMB ATTACK IN ANKARA

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] THREE MISSING CLIMBERS DISCOVERED DEAD IN MT. OLYMPUS

    The bodies of the three climbers of Mt. Olympus who had been missing since yesterday afternoon were discovered shortly after midnight, in an 800-meter deep ditch. The rescue team had great difficulty accessing the steep site which is located at an altitude of 2,500 meters.

    According to assessments so far, the three male climbers slipped and fell into the snowed ditch and unavoidably dragged one another downwards as they were tied together with rope.

    A helicopter pilot has spotted the bodies of the alpinists and efforts to pull up their bodies are presently under way.

    [02] TIPPER GORE, US VICE-PRESIDENT'S WIFE, IN THESSALONIKI TONIGHT

    Tipper Gore, the wife of United States Vice President and presidential candidate Al Gore, is to arrive in Thessaloniki this evening where she will address a forum organized by the city's American College Anatolia tomorrow.

    Ms. Gore will speak on The Role of Volunteerism in Covering Social Needs."

    The event will held in honor of the 60th anniversary since the founding of Anatolia's Alumni Association, which also coincides with the school's administrative board resolution to promote volunteerism through its social activities.

    Ms. Gore, a known advocate of volunteerism, is the Clinton Administration's mental health adviser.

    A dinner will be held in her honor tomorrow evening and will be attended by several ministers, including Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, local and prefecture officials, as well as the US ambassador in Greece.

    Ms Gore will tour the city and travel to the nearby ancient Macedonian archaeological site in Vergina before briefs visits to Athens and Crete.

    [03] RALLY HELD IN LITOCHORO, PROTESTING NATO FORCES

    Thousands of individuals gathered in Litochoro yesterday, protesting the presence of NATO troops who are bound for Kosovo.

    The pacifist rally, comprising members of the communist party of Greece, was organized by the Greek Committee for International Detente and Peace.

    [04] CONSUMER DAY CELEBRATED TODAY, COMPLAINTS ON THE RISE

    The international day of the consumer is celebrated today, albeit Greeks have flooded the country's consumer advocate group INKA with a record number of complaints, mostly concerning altered or expired foods, followed with cost-of-living woes.

    In 1998, according to the General Federation of Greek Consumers, complaints marked a whooping 69.44% increase.

    Meanwhile, INKA's Macedonia chapter is opposed to generic branding, supporting that name-brand goods boost the consumer's freedom of choice.

    [05] LATVIA'S PRESIDENT AND HIS WIFE WILL VISIT THESSALONIKI

    Latvia's president Guntis Ulmanis, accompanied by his wife, will visit Thessaloniki next Friday coming from Athens.

    Immediately after his arrival in Thessaloniki, Mr. Ulmanis will leave for the monastic community of Mount Athos in Chalkidiki and he will return to Thessaloniki later in the day.

    In the afternoon, he will visit the mayor of Thessaloniki and afterwards Latvia's presidential couple will attend a formal dinner given in their honor by the minister of Macedonia-Thrace.

    On Saturday, they will visit the St. Dimitrios church and then the Museum of Byzantine Civilization, while they are scheduled to depart for their country early in the afternoon.

    [06] REPPAS: PARTY MEMBERS ARE FREE TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas refused to comment on the statements made by minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos over the likelihood of a leadership issue to be raised in the governing socialist party of PASOK in case of a big defeat in the European Parliament elections.

    Mr. Reppas stated that every member of the party has the right to express his or her views freely.

    [07] SIMITIS-SCHRODER MEETING

    Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis will meet with German chancellor Gerhard Schroder in Athens on Wednesday.

    The visit of the German chancellor to Athens is placed within the contacts he will have in European Union capitals to prepare the EU summit meeting in Berlin.

    [08] THE OCALAN CASE LEGAL BRIEF IS AT THE MAGISTRATE'S DESK

    The Ocalan case legal brief has been delivered to magistrate Andreas Papadimitriou and he will call the accused to testify as soon as possible.

    The Parliament's fact-finding committee will be formed by Wednesday and will complete its work by the end of April.

    Prosecutors' Association president Vasilis Makris stated that the prosecutor's office has nothing to do with the fact that the findings on the case have leaked to the press, while he added that it is not accidental that the first ones who got the report were the political reporters.

    [09] FEWER THAN HALF OF THE CONSUMERS KNOW ALL THEIR RIGHTS

    World Consumer Day today and while more and more people believe that there is a need for the activation of consumers, fewer than half know well their rights. However, there is a positive sign as more people appeal to the responsible associations to complain for the low standards in the offered services and products.

    Based on an opinion poll conducted in the region of Thessaloniki, 48.8% of those asked responded that they know well or very well their rights as consumers, while 71.9% trust the consumers' associations for their better information. In addition, 16% trust the printed and the electronic press and 4% the government.

    [10] FORTY SEVEN NEW AIDS CARRIERS WERE REPORTED IN GREECE

    Forty seven new AIDS carriers have been reported in Greece in the October-December trimester and four of the cases are small children.

    The Greek ministry of health issued an appeal to all those with intense and free sex life to visit the special AIDS detection centers for free tests in order to find out if they have the virus.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [11] GREEK FM ADDRESSES INFORMAL MEETING OF EU FOREIGN MINISTERS

    Greece's Foreign Minister George Papandreou addressed his European Union counterparts during an informal summit held in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he briefed them on the Turkish claims, Greece' stance on the Ocalan affair and the results of his recent tour of Balkan capitals to promote a peace deal for Kosovo.

    "We hope that the opportunity will now be seized to promote a comprehensive and viable solution to the Kurdish problem, in the interests of Turkey itself...We expect that self-restraint and prudence will prevail, and that the potential for peace can be secured, based on respect for human rights, Turkey's territorial integrity and a fair trial for Mr. Ocalan," Mr. Papandreou stated.

    "Turkey is at a crossroads. Either its distance from Europe will grow and it will be led to isolation, or it will revise its policy on the Kurdish problem and the issue of democratic liberties, proceeding to the necessary reforms based on the criteria of respect for legality both at home and in its international relations," he said.

    Mr. Papandreou also lauded the EU foreign ministers' show of solidarity towards Greece and the recognition for the need for a coordinated and comprehensive European policy in the Balkans.

    Regarding Kosovo, the Greek FM told reporters that the initiative for the convening of an inter-Balkan conference on Kosovo remained on the table.

    [12] EU FOREIGN MINISTERS INFORMAL COUNCIL SUPPORTS GREECE

    The European Union allies have expressed their solidarity towards Greece, in light of the continuous provocations and threats hurled by Turkey, during the informal EU Foreign Ministers held in Germany.

    Concurrently, the Foreign Ministers called on Kosovo's two conflicting sides to sign the agreement that will stem from the second round of talks in Paris, France.

    [13] SECOND ROUND OF KOSSOVO TALKS BEGINS TODAY IN PARIS

    The second round of talks between the two sides of the strife- torn Kosovo region (Serbs and ethnic Albanians) is to begin today in Paris, France.

    NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana has warned that if the agreement is not signed by both sides, then the Alliance will seek -and gain- approval to attack Serb targets.

    [14] GERMAN FM SALUTES GREECE'S STANCE ON OCALAN CASE

    German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer saluted Greece's stance on the Ocalan affair, during an informal two-day session held in Wiesbaden for the Union's FMs.

    "We expressed solidarity with Greece, as a member-state facing attacks which we reject as fully unjustified," Mr. Fischer stated.

    [15] MAIN OPPOSITION LEADER TO MEET WITH US SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

    The leader of Greece's main opposition party, New Democracy's Kostas Karamanlis, is to meet with the United States Secretary of Defense William Cohen in Washington this evening.

    In an interview with an Athens Sunday paper published yesterday, Mr. Karamanlis stated that he expects the US to undertake an initiative for the promotion of a fair and viable solution to the Cyprus issue, following the elections in Turkey.

    [16] "REVENGE FALCONS OF APO" CLAIM ISTANBUL BOMB ATTACKS

    An unknown Kurdish organization which calls itself "Revenge Falcons of Apo" has claimed responsibility for the bomb attack that occurred in an Istanbul mall yesterday and killed 13 persons, while injuring six others, according to Turkish daily "Hurriyet".

    The daily said that an unidentified individual called at a television station and said that the aforementioned organization is behind the attack.

    Turkish authorities are continuing their efforts to locate the perpetrators although their suspicion has fallen on the PKK which had conducted similar attacks in 1991 and 1995.

    Istanbul governor Erol Cakir said that the attacks may continue and stressed that added security measures have been taken, although this is a vast city with areas which police may not be able to reach.

    [17] CLARK: MILOSEVIC RESPECTS NATO'S FORCE

    Gen. Wesley Clark, the supreme NATO commander in Europe, has stated that the Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic is fully aware of NATO's power and the damage his country could potentially suffer in case of an air raid.

    "Milosevic is cunning but today we are at an advantage, since he respects the power of NATO's air forces", Gen. Clark stated while addressing a Paris institute of defense studies, and added that he expects Serbia to succumb to pressures and grant the go- ahead for the deployment of foreign troops in Kosovo.

    Furthermore, the NATO General stressed that the present situation in Serbia is dangerous, an 14 brigades are presently in a state of alert near the administrative borders of Kosovo, while the number of Serb forces in Kosovo supersedes that which was agreed upon during the Milosevic-Holbrooke talks.

    [18] KARAMANLIS-COHEN MEETING

    Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis will meet today with US secretary of defense William Cohen. This meeting completes the visit of the New Democracy leader to the United States.

    The leader of the main opposition party stated in an interview with an Athens newspaper that after the elections in Turkey the United States are willing to undertake an initiative for the promotion of a fair and viable solution to the Cyprus issue.

    [19] THE TALKS ON KOSOVO HAVE RESUMED

    The second round of peace talks on Kosovo between the Yugoslavs and the ethnic Albanians has resumed in Paris.

    The western governments want the talks to be completed as soon as possible, while there is still a threat of a military action by NATO against Belgrade. Meanwhile, the armed clashes in western Kosovo continue.

    [20] NEW BOMB ATTACK IN ANKARA

    A woman was injured and two cars were destroyed completely from a bomb blast outside the European Commission offices in Ankara, according to the French news agency AFP.

    Earlier, this morning the Kurdish Workers' Party, PKK, with a statement it has issued warned that Turkey is a war-zone after the arrest of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan and tourists, especially Europeans, are not safe while in Turkey.


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