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

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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, December 2, 1999

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] SAE WORLD YOUTH CONFERENCE ENDS IN THESSALONIKI TODAY
  • [02] GREEK PREMIER TO MEET WITH FINNISH COUNTERPART IN ATHENS
  • [03] ROBBERY OCCURS ON KORITSA-BOUND GREEK BUS, SUSPECT ESCAPES
  • [04] DEVELOPMENT MINISTER SALUTES INTERNATIONAL TOURISM EVENT
  • [05] SAE TO HOLD THIRD CONFERENCE IN THESSALONIKI THIS WEEK
  • [06] THESSALONIKI HOSTS EXPATRIATE ENTREPRENEURS 1ST CONGRESS
  • [07] MPA TO HOST INTER-BALKAN CONFERENCE ON REGIONAL PEACE
  • [08] COMMITTEE REVIEWS THESSALONIKI - ISTANBUL ROAD, RAIL LINKS
  • [09] THESSALONIKI HOSTS UNESCO HUMAN RIGHTS, PEACE CONFERENCE
  • [10] THESSALONIKI MAYOR: EXPATRIATES ARE HELLENISM'S PUREST PART
  • [11] PREPARATION MEETING ON THE POSITIONS GREECE WILL ADOPT IN HELSINKI
  • [12] THE 1ST WORLD CONFERENCE OF THE YOUNG GREEKS ABROAD CONTINUES IN THESSALONIKI
  • [13] NATIONAL SEA PARK IN ZAKYNTHOS FOR THE PROTECTION OF CARETTA-CARETTA
  • [14] REPPAS: ENLARGEMENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE EU PRINCIPLES AND RULES
  • [15] NEW LOSSES OF 1.35% IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [16] STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED IN SEATTLE OVER WTO PROTESTS
  • [17] PRESIDENT OF HELLENIC REPUBLIC ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO PORTUGAL
  • [18] CYPRIOT DEFENSE MINISTER TRAVELS TO RUSSIA TODAY
  • [19] CYPRUS PROXIMITY TALKS BEGIN TOMORROW IN NEW YORK
  • [20] EUROPEAN COMMISSION PROPOSES A "SINGLE EUROPEAN SKY"
  • [21] OCALAN: MY EXECUTION IS A BARGAINING CHIP FOR EU INCLUSION
  • [22] GREEK AND ROMANIAN STATE RADIOS TO ESTABLISH COOPERATION
  • [23] THE INTER-BALKAN CONFERENCE OF MINISTERS IN BUCHAREST
  • [24] GREEK-BULGARIAN COOPERATION AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
  • [25] STEPHANOPOULOS: SAMPAIO UNDERSTANDS THE GREEK POSITIONS ON THE EU ENLARGEMENT - - - - - - - - - - - - -

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] SAE WORLD YOUTH CONFERENCE ENDS IN THESSALONIKI TODAY

    The first world youth conference of the Council of Greeks Abroad (SAE), presently held in Thessaloniki, will wrap up its second and final session today.

    The event features the participation of approximately 200 delegates who were appointed during the five regional conferences, one for each continent. The forum of overseas Greek entrepreneurs, scientists, artists and overseas Greek women will be held in Thessaloniki tomorrow and Saturday, while over one thousand Greeks from all five continents will attend the World Council of Hellenes (SAE) Third International Assembly, also to be held in the northern capital between December 5-8.

    The event will be opened by Prime Minister Costas Simitis and will be attended, among others, by President Costis Stephanopoulos, Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and several party leaders.

    [02] GREEK PREMIER TO MEET WITH FINNISH COUNTERPART IN ATHENS

    Prime Minister Costas Simitis is to receive his Finnish counterpart Paavo Lipponen in Athens today, with whom he will discuss the forthcoming European Union Summit to be held in Helsinki.

    The Premier will also meet with Foreign Minister George Papandreou with whom he will also review the EU summit and Turkey's bid for candidacy in the bloc. The leader of the main opposition party of New Democracy Costas Karamanlis maintained that the government should not open the EU's door to Turkey with having secured commitments from the latter.

    [03] ROBBERY OCCURS ON KORITSA-BOUND GREEK BUS, SUSPECT ESCAPES

    A robbery took place early this morning aboard a Greek bus bound for Koritsa, Albania, when the culprit demanded that his fellow passengers hand over their wallets, all together containing abut six million drachmas in cash, jewelry and mobile phones.

    The gun-brandishing robber stopped the bus and, after taking the loot, walked off and has yet to be apprehended.

    The bus transported 49 passengers, all of whom, with the exception of one woman, are Albanian nationals. According to the police report, the male suspect is also Albanian.

    [04] DEVELOPMENT MINISTER SALUTES INTERNATIONAL TOURISM EVENT

    Development Minister Evangelos Venizelos saluted an international tourism conference which opened in Athens yesterday, by stating that the event, organized by the United States embassy, in indicative of US interest in the Greek tourism industry, while it also shows the interest expressed by other countries in selecting Greece as a destination for tourism investments and holidays.

    US Ambassador in Athens Nicholas Burns, said that the country was fertile ground for tourism investments ahead of its planned entry into the euro zone on January 1, 2001.

    The three-day conference, which features the participation of delegates from 1 countries, aims at bringing closer US companies and firms from Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Estonia, FYROM, Spain, Israel, Italy, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Palestine, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Turkey and Finland.

    The US delegation includes representatives from the Commerce and State Departments, Export- Import Bank, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and US ambassadors from around the world.

    [05] SAE TO HOLD THIRD CONFERENCE IN THESSALONIKI THIS WEEK

    The two-day forum of overseas Greek entrepreneurs, scientists, artists and overseas Greek women will open in Thessaloniki tomorrow, while over one thousand Greeks from all five continents will attend the World Council of Hellenes (SAE) Third International Assembly, also to be held in the northern capital between December 5-8.

    The event will be opened by Prime Minister Costas Simitis and will be attended, among others, by President Costis Stephanopoulos, Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and several party leaders.

    The SAE's third council will elect an 11- member presidium, while, according to reports, SAE President Andrew Athens will seek his re- election for the third time.

    [06] THESSALONIKI HOSTS EXPATRIATE ENTREPRENEURS 1ST CONGRESS

    The First World Congress of Expatriated Entrepreneurs is expected to illustrate the city's role as a Balkan reconstruction center.

    The congress, which is taking place within the framework of the World Council of Hellenes (SAE) Third International Assembly, to be held in Thessaloniki between December 5-8, will review Greece's role as a starting point for the development of economic cooperation with Balkan and Black Sea countries.

    Participants will have the opportunity to discuss potential ventures in the sectors of industry, exporting, trade, banking, construction, energy, telecommunications, transportation, high technology and tourism. The event will be inaugurated by the Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Yiannis Magriotis.

    [07] MPA TO HOST INTER-BALKAN CONFERENCE ON REGIONAL PEACE

    The Macedonian Press Agency is to host a journalism conference, titled "the Prospect of Inter-Balkan cooperation after Kosovo: the Role of the Media", which will be attended by senior journalists from 60 of the Balkan region's largest media organizations.

    The event, to be held in Thessaloniki on December 10-11, will feature the participation of leading journalists from Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, FYROM, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey and Yugoslavia, as well as directors and chief editors from Greece's largest media.

    The strife-torn region of Kosovo will also be represented at the conference; the publisher of the "Koha Ditore" daily Beton Suroi will attend, as well as the director of the "Rilidia" daily Plerim Reka, the journalist-historian Skelcem Ratsa, and others.

    Moreover, the event will feature the participation of officials from the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as well as FYROM's alternate Minister of Press and Information Dragi Arsov and Albania's Minister of Press Musa Oulkini.

    The conference is taking place under the auspices of the Ministries of Press and Mass Media, Development, and Macedonia-Thrace, as well as with the assistance of the Thessaloniki Trade and Industry Chamber and the Northern Greece's Journalists Association.

    [08] COMMITTEE REVIEWS THESSALONIKI - ISTANBUL ROAD, RAIL LINKS

    A joint transportation committee of Turkish and Greek officials met in Athens yesterday in order to discuss the planned road and railway routes that will link Thessaloniki with Istanbul.

    The discussions also spanned issues concerning the easing of border traffic through the simplification of customs, health and police controls.

    Following the meeting, Greece's Minister of Transportation and Communications Tasos Mantelis stated that the Turkish side is corresponding to the proposals set forth by Greece.

    "The two countries will be linked via motor ways and rail routes, a fact that will boost their transport, illustrating Greece's role as the overall region's junction," Mr. Mantelis stated, adding that "if this first step is successful, then cooperation can be expanded into other sectors."

    [09] THESSALONIKI HOSTS UNESCO HUMAN RIGHTS, PEACE CONFERENCE

    An international conference titled "Towards a culture of human rights and peace. The role of universities" is presently being hosted by UNESCO in Thessaloniki and aims at the establishment of a network that will develop these ideas.

    The said network, which is already in informal operation, features the participation of university schools, UNESCO chairs, research institutes and non-governmental organizations which are working on programs of education, teaching, research related to the culture of peace.

    Psychology professor Dimitra Papadopoulou, who is also the chairwoman of the conference's organizing committee at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki stated that the UNESCO chairs in universities aim at leading the way to the construction of a culture of peace and non- violence and are proceeding towards the development of this network.

    UNESCO's director of the Unit for the International Year for the Culture of Peace David Adams stated that "it is significant that the universities be linked by a network of information, mutual support and cooperation, which would not only be at a departmental and administrative levels, but also at the level of students who should also have contact among them."

    The three-day conference features the participation of UNESCO officials, university deans and professors, as well as UNESCO chairholders in Balkan and Mediterranean universities.

    [10] THESSALONIKI MAYOR: EXPATRIATES ARE HELLENISM'S PUREST PART

    Expatriated Greeks are the very best ambassadors of the country's interests, culture and history, stated the Mayor of Thessaloniki Vasilis Papageorgopoulos during his address at the First World Youth Congress of the Council of Greeks Abroad, presently being held in Thessaloniki.

    The Mayor stressed that Thessaloniki, as the capital of SAE, and its people are particularly happy and proud to host Greeks from abroad, while he urged the delegates not to become discouraged by the government's occasional bureaucracy and omissions.

    Mr. Papageorgopoulos stated that the government has to actively show its interest and focus in the sectors of education and culture of Greeks living abroad if it wishes to ensure the expatriated Hellenism's continuance and perseverance.

    He particularly stressed the need to maintain the Greek language and history alive abroad, through the establishment of schools and provision of teachers in remote areas which have small Greek communities.

    [11] PREPARATION MEETING ON THE POSITIONS GREECE WILL ADOPT IN HELSINKI

    The stance of the Greek government in the European Union Summit meeting in Helsinki was the main topic discussed in the meeting of prime minister Kostas Simitis with the foreign ministry leadership. The talks focused on the issue of Turkey's EU candidature, Cyprus' EU accession course and the development of the Greek-Turkish relations.

    After the meeting, foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou stated to reporters that it was held for the preparation of the Greek positions in view of the EU Summit that will be held in Helsinki on December 10. On the stance of Greece regarding the issue of Turkey's EU candidature it has been underlined that it will be determined and decided based on how things will develop.

    [12] THE 1ST WORLD CONFERENCE OF THE YOUNG GREEKS ABROAD CONTINUES IN THESSALONIKI

    Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Yiannis Magriotis in his address in the 1st World Conference of the Young Greeks abroad, referred to the development efforts underway in order to promote Thessaloniki as the metropolitan center of the wider region. Mr. Magriotis stated that the city has become a meeting place for scientific organizations, economic figures and diplomatic representatives.

    A message by Greek parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis was conveyed to the delegates by B' vice-president of the Greek parliament Panagiotis Sgouridis. The Greek parliament vice-president stated that the Greek civilization is the foundation of western civilization while he stressed that democracy is part of the heritage the Greeks bring with them to every part of the world they choose to live in.

    Thessaloniki Prefecture Council president and Black Sea Culture Study and Development Center president Chrisa Arapoglou called on the young Greeks living abroad to develop joint activities and underlined that the people of Thessaloniki regard as very important the fact that the seat of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad, SAE, is in their city. She also referred to the activities of the Black Sea center and specifically to the 14 programs that are in progress.

    Former general secretary of Greeks abroad Stavros Lambrinidis speaking to the delegates said that they should not stop communicating with each other and that they should continue to create opportunities for better contact and understanding. He also said that it is the first time that a special power is given to the young Greeks abroad adding that this also means that they will also have responsibilities.

    [13] NATIONAL SEA PARK IN ZAKYNTHOS FOR THE PROTECTION OF CARETTA-CARETTA

    The Ionian Sea island of Zakynthos will have a National Sea Park based on a presidential decree that was signed after lengthy efforts by environmental organizations. The establishment of the National Sea Park aims at the protection of one of the most important eco-systems in the Mediterranean for the sea turtle Caretta- Caretta. The WWF Hellas has also worked toward this direction in the past few years through its permanent presence in Zakynthos in cooperation with other environmental organizations.

    Within the framework of those efforts and after realizing the need for the immediate protection of the sea turtle, the WWF bought a piece of land in 1994 that surrounds the region of Sekania the most important egg-laying beach for the Caretta-Caretta in the Mediterranean. The purchase was made possible thanks to the financial contribution of the European Union and many Greek and foreign supporters of the organization.

    [14] REPPAS: ENLARGEMENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE EU PRINCIPLES AND RULES

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas responding to a question on the stance of the Greek side in the EU Summit meeting in Helsinki stated that the government works toward enlargement in order for it to take place in accordance with the European Union principles and rules.

    The issue of Turkey's EU candidature is being seen positively in principle by the Greek government and expresses the hope that the decisions reached will be in harmony with the principles and the rules of the European Union. Turkey, said Mr. Reppas, has adopted a stance which does not correspond to this framework and added that Greece does not expect anything in return from Turkey but it demands from its partners to implement the principles and rules of the European Union. Mr. Reppas stated that the government is aware of that framework and will make its moves in an absolutely open way.

    Responding to the question if the discussion on Turkey's EU candidature is possible to be postponed, Mr. Reppas stated that the Greek government has not considered such a likelihood.

    [15] NEW LOSSES OF 1.35% IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE

    New losses of 1.35% were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange general index that closed at 5.575,46 today.

    Meanwhile, the stocks of small and medium capitalization were the favorites among the investors who withdrew their interest from the bank shares and the blue chips which had dominated in the Athens Stock Exchange in the past few days.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [16] STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED IN SEATTLE OVER WTO PROTESTS

    Authorities have imposed a curfew in Seattle, Washington, in an effort to contain the violence that erupted in protest to the World Trade Organization delegates meetings. Police clashed with the protesters and threw tear gas canisters at those who tried to block access to the premises.

    According to press reports, Seattle officials have given the massive police force broad powers to detain anyone who does not have an acceptable reason to be in a restricted zone extending for blocks around the convention center where the WTO meetings are being held. At least 400 protesters have been arrested so far.

    [17] PRESIDENT OF HELLENIC REPUBLIC ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO PORTUGAL

    The President of the Republic Costis Stephanopoulos is presently conducting a four- day, state visit to Portugal, which takes over the EU's rotating presidency on January 1, at the invitation of his Portuguese counterpart Jorge Sampaio with whom he will hold talks today.

    In addition to Mr. Sampaio, President Stephanopoulos will also meet with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres. Mr. Stephanopoulos will inaugurate the new Greek embassy building in Lisbon and an exhibition of Byzantine icons at the Dos Jeronimos Monastery.

    Later in the afternoon, the President will visit Portugal's parliament and meet with the country's party parliamentary leadership.

    The Greek president is accompanied by deputy foreign minister Christos Rokofyllos and a delegation of Greek businessmen.

    [18] CYPRIOT DEFENSE MINISTER TRAVELS TO RUSSIA TODAY

    Cyprus' Defense Minister Socrates Chasikos is embarking today on a five-day visit to Moscow, at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Igor Sergeyev, where he will sign a protocol on Russian-Cypriot cooperation on the defense field.

    Mr. Chasikos will also hold talks with Russian Trade Minister Mikhail Fradkov.

    According to an official statement published in Moscow, the Cypriot Defense Minister's visit to Russia "will doubtless make a contribution to the further development of friendly relations between the two countries."

    Moreover, the statement added that the visit will allow Cyprus to demonstrate once again that its key objective is to settle the island's political problem with peaceful means, and all efforts undertaken in the defense field serve this task.

    In this connection, the proposal of demilitarization, which was put forward by Cypriot President Glafcos Clerides, remain in force, the statement said.

    [19] CYPRUS PROXIMITY TALKS BEGIN TOMORROW IN NEW YORK

    The President of the Republic of Cyprus Glafcos Clerides and the leader of the Turkish - Cypriots Rauf Denktash are to start proximity talks at the United Nations headquarters in New York tomorrow.

    Upon his arrival in New York yesterday, President Clerides, stated that he and his delegation arrived at the UN headquarters with a sense of good will and with the aim to take advantage of the international community's interest in resolving the Cyprus issue.

    UN officials have said there will be a news blackout during the talks, which are scheduled to last for between 10 and 12 days.

    UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will chair the initial rounds of the proximity talks and which follow months of shuttle diplomacy in the first half of the year to bring the two sides together. The UN Security Council has called on both sides "give their full support" to comprehensive negotiations on the future of the island.

    [20] EUROPEAN COMMISSION PROPOSES A "SINGLE EUROPEAN SKY"

    The European Commission proposed yesterday the creation of a "single European sky" that would cut growing and vexing delays in civil air travel in Europe, according to the French news agency AFP.

    "With more than one flight in three being delayed by over 15 minutes in 1999, the situation gives cause for serious concern," said a statement summarizing the official proposal.

    "And even if some of the delays are due to airports operating at the limits of their capacity or to the airlines themselves, more than half (of the delays) are a direct result of Europe's airspace reaching the saturation point," it said.

    Some flights, said Transport Commissioner Loyola de Palacio, who presented the proposal, "can be delayed several hours at peak times.

    "Based on realistic (air) traffic projections, we can expect continuing deterioration of this situation over the next five years," she said, adding, "the situation is very serious, even catastrophic in certain cases."

    Referring to what it termed "shared responsibility," her report said the problem was "aggravated by the fact that Europe's airspace is divided between 15 sovereign states who, for various reasons--above all military--reject any closer cooperation."

    The commission figures the organization of air space "suffers from the fragmentation created by national frontiers," as well as difficulties in optimizing the use of this airspace by civil and military users."

    "Airspace," said the report, "is a common asset which shall be managed collectively as a continuum, regardless of borders, with the view to satisfy all its users, civil and military, and to optimize air traffic management.

    "To achieve that objective, a central organization shall be empowered to decide on the strategic and tactical phases of airspace management," it said.

    The war in Kosovo, noted the report, made clear that the current European air traffic control system--Eurocontrol--was incapable of dealing with such crisis situations.

    [21] OCALAN: MY EXECUTION IS A BARGAINING CHIP FOR EU INCLUSION

    Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, who has been sentenced to death by Turkish Supreme Court, has complained that his execution is being used as a bargaining chip for Turkey's bid to become a member of the European Union, one of his lawyers stated today.

    "Ocalan says that this does not conform to political ethics," attorney Irfan Dundar told the French news agency AFP.

    Turkey's appeals court upheld last week the death sentence imposed on the leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in June for treason and separatism charges.

    The verdict sparked calls by EU-member countries for Ankara to spare Mr.Ocalan's life saying its long-standing bid to become a member of the bloc could be harmed by the execution.

    The European Court of Human Rights has asked Turkey to suspend Mr. Ocalan's execution until it rules on the main case regarding the rebel leader's complaints against Ankara.

    "(Ocalan) says his execution will also determine whether the Kurdish question will be resolved in a democratic way or by means of oppression in the 21st century," Mr. Dundar added.

    [22] GREEK AND ROMANIAN STATE RADIOS TO ESTABLISH COOPERATION

    Greece's and Romania's state-owned radio stations are to sign a cooperation protocol in Bucharest tomorrow, which will call for the establishment of an Emergency Action Radio Network.

    The said network, which Romania is to support at a Balkan level, is aiming towards the activation of the region's radio stations during times of crisis or natural disaster.

    Greece's National Radio had taken the aforementioned initiative during the Second Congress of National Radio-Television Organizations of Southeast Europe.

    [23] THE INTER-BALKAN CONFERENCE OF MINISTERS IN BUCHAREST

    The intention of the Greek government to back the allocation of 600 million dollars to be used in Balkan countries within the framework of the Stability Pact for the promotion of joint investment programs was reiterated by Greek undersecretary of foreign affairs Grigoris Niotis in the annual ministers' meeting on Inter- Balkan Cooperation that was held in Bucharest today.

    Mr. Niotis also announced that a Stability Pact coordinators' meeting will be held in Athens in the second half of December to examine ways in which the Stability Pact will materialize in south-eastern Europe.

    In the meeting held with the participation of the foreign ministers of Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, FYROM and Albania were discussed among others the implementation of the Stability Pact in the Balkans and the developments in Kossovo. The participants also adopted the Charter on Good Neighborly Relations, Security and Stability in south-eastern Europe.

    Mr. Niotis emphasized the fact that the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia did not participate in the conference in spite of the efforts made by the Romanian presidency, stressing that Greece wants FRY to participate in the meetings in order for normality to be restored within the framework of the Inter- Balkan Conference and cooperation to be underway in south-eastern Europe as it has been decided in the Crete and Antalya summit meetings.

    [24] GREEK-BULGARIAN COOPERATION AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

    The programme signed in Sofia by representatives of the Greek general army staff and Bulgaria's national border police agency provides for the cooperation between the two countries aimed at tackling illegal immigration.

    Within the framework of this programme that will last until 2001 the two sides will jointly undertake the implementation of measures aimed at stopping illegal immigration.

    [25] STEPHANOPOULOS: SAMPAIO UNDERSTANDS THE GREEK POSITIONS ON THE EU ENLARGEMENT

    Greek president Kostis Stephanopoulos, who is on a formal visit to Portugal, stated in a joint press conference with his Portuguese counterpart that Mr. Sampaio understands fully the Greek positions.

    Both presidents characterized the visit as very significant for the two countries and specifically, the Portuguese president stressed that Greece and Portugal share a common history and cooperate in all the international and European fora. Mr. Sampaio stated that it is a great honor for him to welcome president Stephanopoulos to his country, stating that he is an exceptional personality at a European level and a great democrat. Also, the Portuguese president stressed that his country recognizes the role of Greece in the events that took place in the region of the Balkans in the past few months.

    Greek president Stephanopoulos spoke about the close relations between Greece and Portugal and praised the country's obvious achievements. Mr. Stephanopoulos expressed the hope that there will be a good outcome from the EU Summit meeting in Helsinki on December 10-11.

    Later this evening, Mr. Stephanopoulos will visit the parliament building to meet with the Portuguese parliament speaker and then he will have talks with prime minister Antonio Guterres.

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