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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2001-01-25

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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 25, 2001

SECTIONS

  • [A] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS TITLES
  • [01] BUSY WEEK AHEAD FOR GREECE'S FOREIGN MINISTER
  • [02] GREECE'S ALTERNATE FM HOLDS TALKS IN MOSCOW
  • [03] PRESIDENT: THE POPE IS WELCOME TO VISIT GREECE
  • [04] GREEK COMMUNIST PARTY SG MEETS WITH MILOSEVIC
  • [05] SIX US CONGRESSMEN ARRIVE IN ATHENS TODAY
  • [06] GREEK PRESIDENT MEETS WITH ITALIAN PREMIER
  • [07] ND DEPUTY RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL TODAY
  • [08] ROBBERS TIE UP JEWELER AT HOME, TAKE SHOP'S KEY
  • [09] CHRISOCHOIDIS-GIONI MEETING IN IOANNINA
  • [10] PAPANDREOU-GILMAZ MEETING IN DAVOS
  • [11] GAINS IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [12] HUMANITARIAN AID TO KAZAKSTAN FROM THE SAE OFFICE IN THESSALONIKI
  • [13] THE 17TH AGROTICA EXHIBITION OPENS IN THESSALONIKI ON JANUARY 31
  • [14] THE GREEK PORK MEAT IS SAFE ACCORDING TO A VETERINARY PROFESSOR
  • [15] OVER 200.000 GREEKS SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION
  • [16] STATEMENTS BY BEGLITIS ON THE POPE'S VISIT TO GREECE
  • [17] THE NEGOTIATIONS ON THE EUROFIGHTER JETS WILL CONTINUE
  • [18] PAPANDREOU-DE SOTO MEETING
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
  • [19] TSOCHATZOPOULOS WILL ATTEND THE 37TH SECURITY POLICY CONFERENCE IN MUNICH
  • [20] FORCES OUTSIDE THE BALKANS WANT THE BREAK UP OF YUGOSLAVIA
  • [21] KAKLIKIS: GREECE WILL HELP FYROM IN ITS EFFORT FOR NATO AND EU ASSOCIATION

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] BUSY WEEK AHEAD FOR GREECE'S FOREIGN MINISTER

    The United Nations secretary general's special envoy for the Cyprus issue is to arrive in Athens today, where he will hold talks with Greece's Foreign Minister George Papandreou.

    The special envoy, Alvaro De Soto, will outline the UN's next moves within the proximity talks process between the two sides on the divided island of Cyprus, a process that began one year ago.

    Tomorrow, Mr. Papandreou will inaugurate sessions of the first Greek-Turkish commerce and industrial chamber in Athens tomorrow.

    On January 28, Mr. Papandreou will travel to Davos, Switzerland, for the annual International Economic Forum, where a meeting focusing on Balkan reconstruction is set on the sidelines of the forum.

    On January 29 the Foreign Minister will arrive in Stockholm to participate in an international forum against racism.

    From February 12-14, Mr. Papandreou will visit Syria, Lebanon and Jordan as part of his Mideast tour.

    [02] GREECE'S ALTERNATE FM HOLDS TALKS IN MOSCOW

    Greece's Alternate Foreign Minister Elizabeth Papazoi met with her Russian counterpart Alexander Avdeyiev in Moscow yesterday, with whom she held talks on bilateral relations, the situation in the Balkans, the Cyprus issue and on international affairs.

    Ms. Papazoi and Mr. Avdeyiev also discussed pending cooperation agreements in air and sea transport.

    The Greek alternate FM will be received today by Russia's culture minister, as well as by the foreign deputy minister.

    [03] PRESIDENT: THE POPE IS WELCOME TO VISIT GREECE

    The President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos, presently on an official, four-day visit to Italy, was received by Pope John Paul II at the Vatican yesterday, the first visit ever to be made to the Vatican by a Greek president.

    During their talks, Pope John Paul II reiterated his desire to visit Athens as a pilgrim in the framework of his tour of the Holy Lands.

    According to a statement issued by the Holy See after the talks, "a cordial exchange of views took place on various current events with references to Europe's cultural and historical traditions. The President extended to the Pope an official invitation to visit Greece. The Holy Father thanked the President, expressing the wish that the visit will take place one day on the route followed by the Apostle Paul."

    While bidding the Pope farewell, President Stephanopoulos told him in French "I am expecting you in Athens soon."

    Speaking to reporters earlier in the day, the President stated that if the Pope wishes to visit Greece, "I will reassure him that he will be received with the best of feelings and with all due honors."

    [04] GREEK COMMUNIST PARTY SG MEETS WITH MILOSEVIC

    The Secretary-General of the Greek Communist party (KKE) Aleka Paparega, presently on an official, four-day visit to F.R.Y., is to meet with the former president of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic today.

    Heading a KKE delegation, Ms. Paparega had successive meetings with officials from the Serb Socialist Party, the Yugoslav Left Party and the New Communist Party of Yugoslavia and discuss ways of developing the "action of the Balkan anti-NATO center" and events in March 2001 marking the second anniversary of the NATO campaign in Yugoslavia.

    The KKE officials will also participate in rallies held at Belgrade and Novi Sad, while they will also visit hospitals as well as refugees from Kosovo and the towns of Pancevo and Novi Sad in northern Serbia.

    According to a KKE announcement, the purpose of the visit is to "convey the undiminished solidarity" of Greek communists to the Yugoslav people and their struggle for "national independence, a Balkans of peace and cooperation, without NATO and nuclear arms."

    [05] SIX US CONGRESSMEN ARRIVE IN ATHENS TODAY

    A delegation of six U.S. congressmen, led by Benjamin A. Gilman of New York, is to embark on a three-day official visit to Athens today.

    According to a US embassy press release, the delegation will meet with government and opposition party leaders during their stay in Greece.

    [06] GREEK PRESIDENT MEETS WITH ITALIAN PREMIER

    The President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos, presently on an official, four-day visit to Italy, was received by Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato in Rome yesterday, with whom he discussed bilateral and international issues, as well as the situation in the Balkans.

    During a joint press conference that followed, Premier Amato stated that the talks reaffirmed the excellent level of ties existing between the two countries and added that talks focused on prospects in the Balkan region.

    "We stressed the need for democracy and stability, as well as for an improved prospect in the Republic of Serbia. Both countries, Italy and Greece, are convinced that a renewed Yugoslav Republic will be able to provide solutions, under the present form, in resolving specific issues. And, of course, there should be a balance and responsibility, both on the part of Yugoslavia and Europe, which has a great responsibility, for their future."

    Messrs. Amato and Stephanopoulos also discussed the Cyprus issue, Greek-Turkish relations and prospects opening up regarding Turkey's relations with the European Union.

    "There are, as we ascertained, great difficulties concerning relations between Greece and Turkey," the Italian Premier said, adding that "we also discussed difficulties existing for Turkey's rapprochement with the EU. I appreciated in particular the sincerity and frankness with which the President of the Hellenic Republic presented Greece's positions to me on the issue."

    In turn, President Stephanopoulos expressed his great satisfaction for his friendly welcome in Italy.

    "I do not wish to comment on the discussions I had with the prime minister with formal words, saying that it was a constructive discussion, as we usually say. They were very warm discussions in which there was an absolute identity of views. We did not discuss Greek-Italian issues because they do not exist."

    Moreover, the President said that "Italy, just like Greece, is being called on to play a stabilizing role in the Balkan region, where the interest of both countries is quite considerable. And this sense of stability in the Balkans certainly includes the meaning of stability in Serbia."

    [07] ND DEPUTY RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL TODAY

    Main opposition party New Democracy deputy Vassilis Mihaloliakos, who survived a terrorist attack on his life on Sunday, is to be released from the hospital today.

    He was targeted by terrorists who detonated a remote- controlled bomb as he was getting out of his car in front of his apartment building.

    Mr. Mihaloliakos was hospitalized at Tzaneion hospital where he underwent minor surgery remove glass shards from his chest and legs.

    Meanwhile, Greek and British law enforcement officials are cooperating closely in the investigation of the attack, for which no group has claimed responsibility yet. Nevertheless, police believe that the notorious terrorist group 17 November is behind the bombing, as the remote control is its typical modus operandi.

    Police have determined that the plastic explosives device was placed on a 100cc Honda motorcycle which had been stolen in August of 2000.

    [08] ROBBERS TIE UP JEWELER AT HOME, TAKE SHOP'S KEY

    The owners of a prominent jewelry store in central Thessaloniki were robbed in broad daylight yesterday when two men entered the married couple's home, which is adjacent to the store, tied them up, gagged them and demanded the key to the showroom.

    According to the police report, three men accosted shop owner Stamatis Papadopoulos at the entrance of his home, located one storey above the jewelry store, and handcuffed him in his living room.

    The shop owner's wife Ioanna, 48, was also tied up and gagged by the burglars when she entered the apartment a few minutes later.

    As the victims testified to police, the burglars forced them to hand over the keys to the shop, as well as the combination of its safe-deposit box. One of the men stayed behind in the apartment watching over the two hostages, while the other two unlocked the jewelry shop and took an unspecified amount of gold and jewelry whose worth has not been estimated yet.

    When finished with the burglary, the two men called their accomplice on his cell phone and all three disappeared.

    The couple reported the incident to police after managing to free themselves. An investigation is presently underway.

    [09] CHRISOCHOIDIS-GIONI MEETING IN IOANNINA

    Greek public order minister Michalis Chrisochoidis will meet with his Albanian counterpart Ilir Gioni in Ioannina, northwestern Greece tomorrow. Mr. Gioni will be accompanied by the Albanian police chief and other public order ministry officials.

    In the meeting will be examined issues of mutual interest.

    [10] PAPANDREOU-GILMAZ MEETING IN DAVOS

    Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou will meet with Turkish government vice-president Mesut Yilmaz in Davos Switzerland on Saturday afternoon.

    The meeting will take place on the sidelines of the forum on the reconstruction of the Balkans that will be attended by the presidents of FYROM, Slovenia, Croatia and Bulgaria.

    [11] GAINS IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE

    Gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index increased by 1.16% at 3.068,16 points, while the volume of transactions was relatively small at 146.08 million Euro or 49.77 billion drachmas.

    Of the stocks trading today, 240 recorded gains and 76 had losses, while the value of 41 stocks remained unchanged.

    [12] HUMANITARIAN AID TO KAZAKSTAN FROM THE SAE OFFICE IN THESSALONIKI

    Humanitarian aid worth 35 million drachmas or US$94.000 will be sent to the former soviet republic of Kazakstan by the World Council of Hellenes Abroad, SAE, office in Thessaloniki.

    The humanitarian aid includes 1.000 blankets donated by the Greek ministry of health as well as, furniture (tables) donated by the international organization HORINET (International Network for the Redistribution of Bio-medical Hospital Equipment). The recipients of this aid will be the Greek community of the village of Panfilov.

    [13] THE 17TH AGROTICA EXHIBITION OPENS IN THESSALONIKI ON JANUARY 31

    The 17th AGROTICA International Exhibition opens in Thessaloniki on January 31 with the participation of 1.135 direct and indirect exhibitors from the agricultural sector in Greece and abroad.

    In the exhibition, under the theme "The 3rd community support framework and the agricultural sector", five countries namely, Albania, Bulgaria, Italy, Poland and Spain participate formally, while the foreign exhibitors come from 33 countries.

    The 17th AGROTICA will last until February 4 and covers a space of about 29.000 square meters.

    [14] THE GREEK PORK MEAT IS SAFE ACCORDING TO A VETERINARY PROFESSOR

    There is no problem with the Greek pork meat, points out Aristotle University of Thessaloniki veterinary professor Spiros Kiriakis in his interview with the Athens radio station "Planet", while referring to the use of antibiotics and hormones on farm animals he underlined that a problem for public health can be created only if they are not used in the right way.

    He also said that the issue created in Germany and Austria where antibiotics and hormones were found to be used on pigs was the result of the fact that there is no veterinary control in the German and Austrian farms because it is regarded as very costly.

    [15] OVER 200.000 GREEKS SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION

    More than 200.000 Greeks suffer from depression as 15% of the elderly present such symptoms, according to scientific announcements made today on the first day of the 5th Conference of the Geriatrics and Gerontology Society in northern Greece that is being held in Thessaloniki.

    It was stressed that the problem of depression is more intense in those who have to live in homes for the elderly, where one in four suffers from serious depression.

    According to Aristotle University of Thessaloniki sports medicine professor Asterios Deligiannis the elderly can benefit from the systematic physical exercise as it has favorable effects on the heart and the muscles, adding that the systematic exercise also slows down the aging process and improves the psychological state of the people, while it also offers an improved quality of life.

    [16] STATEMENTS BY BEGLITIS ON THE POPE'S VISIT TO GREECE

    Greek foreign ministry spokesman Panos Beglitis denied today's press reports, according to which there is a distance of views between undersecretary of foreign affairs Grigoris Niotis and president Kostis Stephanopoulos concerning the invitation extended to the Pope to visit Greece.

    Mr. Beglitis clarified that Mr. Stephanopoulos as a head of state issued a formal invitation to the Pope to visit Greece as a head of state and stressed that the details concerning the visit will be settled via the diplomatic route. Mr. Beglitis added that the Greek government is in favor of the promotion of the relations with the state entity of the Vatican.

    On the objections of the Church of Greece to the Pope's likely visit to Athens, the Greek foreign ministry spokesman commented that the Greek foreign ministry is not involved in relations between religions.

    [17] THE NEGOTIATIONS ON THE EUROFIGHTER JETS WILL CONTINUE

    The Greek government will continue the negotiations on the Eurofighter jets, announced acting Greek government spokesman Tilemachos Hitiris.

    The issue was discussed in the governmental committee meeting today and all its aspects, economic and military, were examined. In the meeting each committee member presented their own views on the Eurofighter choice and there were no disagreements concerning strategy.

    Mr. Hitiris stated that it was confirmed that the specific policy concerning the purchase of 60 Eurofighter jets is the correct one and added that the negotiations, aimed at resetting the contract's time and at achieving new economic terms, will continue.

    The delivery of the jets will start in 2006 and will be completed in 2010, while Mr. Hitiris also spoke of a bigger contract with the Greek state, adding that the final decision will be made by the governmental council of foreign affairs and defense and then the Greek parliament will be called to ratify the contract.

    [18] PAPANDREOU-DE SOTO MEETING

    Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou had a 40minute meeting in Athens today with visiting UN secretary-general special envoy to Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto. Mr. de Soto is scheduled to have consultations in Nicosia and Ankara within the framework of the efforts made by the UN secretary-general for the continuation of the proximity talks on Cyprus.

    The UN envoy characterized the comprehensive solution of the Cyprus problem based on the UN Security Council resolutions as ambitious but feasible. He clarified that this process is time consuming and presupposes perseverance and patience.

    Referring to the efforts made by Kofi Annan for the solution of the Cyprus problem, Mr. de Soto stressed that they are based on UN Security Council Resolution 1250 adopted in June 1999. Responding to a question by a reporter concerning procedures, he clarified that the UN secretary-general good services mandate is broad and could include numerous methods for the diplomatic solution of the Cyprus problem.

    Mr. de Soto stated that Mr. Annan will meet with the new US government which supports fully the UN secretary-general efforts as it was recently stressed by the new US secretary of state.

    From his side, Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou reiterated that the Greek government supports fully the efforts for the continuation of the proximity talks based on UN Resolution 1250 for a two-zone, two-community federation. He also added that Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides has expressed his intention to participate in the proximity talks.

    Finally, Mr. Papandreou stated that they discussed the Tziakourmas case and the need to restore the status quo in the regions of Strovilia and Pila in Cyprus, pointing out that the UN has a very important role in this effort.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [19] TSOCHATZOPOULOS WILL ATTEND THE 37TH SECURITY POLICY CONFERENCE IN MUNICH

    Greek minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos will attend the 37th security policy conference organized by the Herbert Quant Stiffung Institute that will be held in Munich, Germany on February 2-4.

    The conference, that will be presided over by institute president Dr. Horst Teltschik, is expected to be attended by government officials from all over the world.

    [20] FORCES OUTSIDE THE BALKANS WANT THE BREAK UP OF YUGOSLAVIA

    The concern that developments will be more intense in Yugoslavia and Kosovo as forces outside the Balkans want the further dismemberment of the Yugoslav Federation was expressed by Greek Communist Party general secretary Ms. Aleka Papariga in statements she made after the meetings she had in Belgrade today with Serb Socialist Party vice-president Zivadin Yovanovic and party secretary Zoran Angelkovic.

    Ms. Papariga stated that Yugoslavia is necessary for peace in the Balkans, stressing that the establishment of a joint Balkan front against NATO and any military intervention in the region is also necessary. It was agreed that the Serb Socialist Party and the Greek Communist Party can make their relations even closer and undertake joint initiatives with other political forces for a coordinated action in the Balkans. Also, the Serb Socialist Party expressed its support to the creation of an anti-NATO Center in Thessaloniki and the undertaking of international initiatives.

    Ms. Papariga also said that the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague must be dissolved, stressing that it is a NATO representative and mechanism.

    [21] KAKLIKIS: GREECE WILL HELP FYROM IN ITS EFFORT FOR NATO AND EU ASSOCIATION

    Head of the Greek-FYROM liaison office in Skopje Mr. Giorgos Kaklikis in an interview with the Skopje radio station denied the rumors reported by FYROM mass media according to which, Greece will block the country's NATO and EU association efforts. Mr. Kaklikis said that Athens will be the one to help FYROM in this effort.

    Meanwhile, in a Skopje radio station correspondence from Athens it was confirmed that Greece's friendly stance toward FYROM has not changed and the statements made by Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou before a parliamentary committee were misinterpreted.


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