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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2001-02-01

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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 1, 2001

SECTIONS

  • [A] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS TITLES
  • [01] ECONOMY MINISTER DEFENDS POLICY BEFORE HOUSE
  • [02] SAE OCEANIA TO DISCUSS 2004 GAMES AT CONFERENCE
  • [03] BULGARIAN FOREIGN MINISTER TO VISIT ATHENS
  • [04] PM: "CENSURE MOTION AIMS AT RUINING ECONOMY"
  • [05] CAB RIDES, LOCAL PHONE CALLS PRICIER AS OF TODAY
  • [06] GREEK-ALBANIAN ECONOMIC COOPERATION SIGNED
  • [07] YOUNG AMERICAN RUNAWAY FOUND IN THESSALONIKI
  • [08] ND HON. LEADER: WE COULD COMBAT TERRORISM
  • [09] US: "GREEK SPEAKER IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY"
  • [10] THE US STATE DEPARTMENT ON THE STATEMENTS MADE BY THE GREEK PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT
  • [11] THE AREA WITH THE RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL WAS BEING WATCHED FOR OVER THREE MONTHS
  • [12] LOSSES WERE RECORDED IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [13] THE CORONARY DISEASE IS ON THE RISE IN GREECE
  • [14] THE COOPERATION BETWEEN GREECE AND IRAN IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR IS SATISFACTORY
  • [15] ATHENS EXPRESSED CONCERN AND CONDEMNED STRONGLY THE INCIDENTS IN PRESEVO
  • [16] SIMITIS: TODAY'S VOTE WILL BE A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE FOR THE GOVERNMENT
  • [17] THE POLISH OLYMPIC COMMITTEE VISITED "ATHENS 2004" ORGANIZATION
  • [18] A WRESTLING ATHLETE SUFFERED A PARALYZING NECK INJURY DURING PRACTICE
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
  • [19] CALM IN MITROVICA AFTER THE INCIDENTS CAUSED BY ALBANIANS TARGETING THE GREEK FORCE
  • [20] PROTOCOL OF COOPERATION BETWEEN ERT-3 AND THE BULGARIAN STATE TELEVISION
  • [21] EBRD APPROVED A US$50 MILLION CREDIT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN OIL PIPELINE BY "HELLENIC PETROLEUM"

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] ECONOMY MINISTER DEFENDS POLICY BEFORE HOUSE

    Minister of National Economy and Finance Yiannos Papantoniou, who is facing a censure motion over the dismal recent performance of the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), stated that the bourse's transformation to a mature from a developing market is what caused the index to drop over the past year.

    The motion was initiated by the conservative main opposition party of New Democracy which has attributed ASE's recent downward trend (which was reversed just yesterday) mainly to the lack of a legislative framework, the non-independence of the Capital Market Committee, the government's failure to promote structural changes and its alleged intervention in the Stock Exchange.

    Addressing the Parliament in his defense, Mr. Papantoniou stated that the ASE was in limbo because high risk funds departed for developing markets and low risk funds did not yet come to invest in Greece due to the international crisis.

    Moreover, he accused ND of "attempting to destroy (investors') confidence, causing the exact opposite of the desired result."

    Mr. Papantoniou stated that the main opposition failed on all the aims it set during its reign in government between 1990-93, whereas, the governments of PASOK under (late premier) Andreas Papandreou and (current premier) Costas Simitis, achieved all the aims they set.

    ND deputy Prokopis Pavlopoulos accused Mr. Papantoniou of distorting reality, stating that "he is trying to make the entire government jointly responsible and to degrade the huge economic and political scandal of the stock exchange."

    According to parliamentary regulations, 50 signatures are required for such a motion, and the debate must be carried out within 48 hours at the latest. A roll-call vote on the motion will take place tonight, while a minimum of 151 votes are required to pass the motion.

    [02] SAE OCEANIA TO DISCUSS 2004 GAMES AT CONFERENCE

    The World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) regional conference for Oceania, to be held February 10-11 in Melbourne, will discuss the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and how overseas Greeks can contribute to their success.

    Attending delegates will also discuss the structure and representation of SAE, ongoing negotiations between Greece and Australia on a pension agreement, national issues, and education and culture matters.

    The first conference of the Forum of Greek Women of Oceania will also take place during the same weekend, while the SAE youth will organize an educational day-seminar in April in cooperation with the Association of Greek-Australian Students.

    [03] BULGARIAN FOREIGN MINISTER TO VISIT ATHENS

    Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nadezhda Mikhailova will conduct an official visit to Athens on February 8-9, following the invitation of her Greek counterpart George Papandreou.

    Ms. Mikhailova and Mr. Papandreou will review the means of expediting the materialization process of joint projects between the two countries, including the operation of three new border stations.

    The Bulgarian FM is scheduled to meet with the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos, President of the Hellenic Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis, Athens Mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos and the leader of the main opposition party of New Democracy Costas Karamanlis.

    Bilateral trade and economic cooperation between the two countries was very productive in 2000 at a time when Greece, according to initial assessments, is in either first or second place regarding investments in Bulgaria.

    [04] PM: "CENSURE MOTION AIMS AT RUINING ECONOMY"

    In a meeting with ruling PASOK party deputies yesterday, Prime Minister Costas Simitis accused the conservative main opposition New Democracy party of attempting to degrade the government's performance in the economy with its motion for a vote of censure against the Minister of National Economy and Finance Yiannos Papantoniou.

    Mr. Simitis stated that the censure motion is aiming at ruining the economy, while he added that the criterion for the state's economic policy cannot be the performances of the stock exchange, but, instead, the real progress of the economy.

    The Premier also said that the government's main concern at present is fighting unemployment, while he added that PASOK has opened a front against corruption.

    "We are all judged by our actions and by the work we offer in serving the public interest," he stated.

    [05] CAB RIDES, LOCAL PHONE CALLS PRICIER AS OF TODAY

    Taxi rates will rise as of today, February 1, along with slight increases in the rate of local phone calls.

    Specifically, the rate per kilometer will to 80 drachmas from the previous 76, while the surcharge for transport to and from airports will rise to 400 dr. from 300 dr.

    In addition, the surcharge for transport to and from ports, railroad stations and KTEL inter-city bus terminals will increase to 200 dr. from 150 dr. The surcharge for each piece of luggage will also rise from 50 dr. to 100 dr.

    As for telephone calls, local calling rates will increase from nine drachmas to 10.5 and the fixed charges from 2.400 drachmas to 2,800.

    Long distance calls will be cheaper by about 30 percent with charges down to 28 drachmas per minute around the clock. International calls will be reduced by an average of 10 percent. Call charges to Internet providers will remain unchanged.

    [06] GREEK-ALBANIAN ECONOMIC COOPERATION SIGNED

    Greek National Economy Deputy Minister Yiannis Zafiropoulos concluded his round of contacts in Tirana yesterday evening with the signing of a joint cooperation protocol on the economic and industrial sectors.

    In a joint press conference with Albania's Minister of Economy Anastas Angelli, Mr. Zafiropoulos characterized the protocol as a "significant, decisive, useful and critical step in the development of bilateral economic ties."

    In reference to Greece's economic aid for Albania, Mr. Zafiropoulos stated that the Greek plan for the reconstruction of the Balkans will be first implemented in Albania and the funds allocated to that country will total 50 million euro, to be spent over the next five years.

    "The implementation will begin with Albania as it is the only country of the region to have submitted complete plans," the deputy Minister stated, adding that "these plans are the result of frequent contacts and bilateral cooperation of the two governments."

    During his stay in Albania, Mr. Zafiropoulos participated in the Eighth conference of the joint ministerial committee on the economic, industrial and technical cooperation between the two countries.

    [07] YOUNG AMERICAN RUNAWAY FOUND IN THESSALONIKI

    Police in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, have discovered the 15-year-old American girl who was missing for several months from her Florida home, believed to have been lured here by a German male felon (resident of Thessaloniki) whom she met on the Internet.

    According to the police report, Lindsey Shamrock, was discovered in an apartment in Thessaloniki last night and will be returned to her family.

    The man, 35-year-old Frantz Konstantin Baehring, has not been located yet, although a warrant for his arrest has been issued in Florida, on charges of interfering with parental custody. The Greek authorities are expected to enforce the warrant. Baehring reportedly served time in Thessaloniki's prison for fraud and afterwards took up permanent residence in Greece.

    Also, two people have been arrested in the US on charges of helping the girl travel to Greece.

    According to the Associated Press, a 24-year-old woman from Florida is accused of bringing the girl an airline ticket to Ohio and driving her to Tampa for her flight.

    US authorities have also arrested a 41-year-old man, identified as Robert Arnder of Dennison, Ohio, who pleaded innocent to a 308-count indictment that includes rape and other charges against other minors. As AP reported, the girl stayed with Arnder for about two weeks, and he helped her obtain a passport and fly to Greece.

    [08] ND HON. LEADER: WE COULD COMBAT TERRORISM

    Blasting the ruling PASOK party for its anti-terrorism policies, or lack thereof, the honorary president of the conservative main opposition New Democracy Constantine Mitsotakis asserted yesterday that his party could have resolved the problem had it stayed in power just a little longer.

    In an interview with the television channel "Antenna", Mr. Mitsotakis, stated that "had my government stayed for another six months the problem of terrorism would have been resolved."

    Mr. Mitsotakis, who served as premier between 1990-93, stated that "the terrorists were in prison at the time," adding that "many had been arrested", although he stopped short of naming whom he was referring to.

    He also criticized the ruling party for abolishing New Democracy's legislative framework on terrorism and stressed that a new legislative framework is necessary to tackle the problem.

    The ND honorary president also said that he doesn't think the government will be able to exhaust its term, while he expressed doubt as to whether Greece will actually host the 2004 Olympic Games.

    [09] US: "GREEK SPEAKER IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY"

    The US State Department has officially expressed its "surprise" and "disappointment" over the criticism regarding US- Greek anti-terrorism cooperation asserted by the President of the Hellenic Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis to a visiting delegation of US congressmen.

    State Department spokesman Richard Boucher stated that "we were surprised and disappointed by the fact that Mr. Kaklamanis defined in this erroneous manner the anti-terrorist cooperation between the two countries."

    He further added that "I would like to underline that we are closely cooperating with the Simitis government in order to support its efforts against terrorism. We absolutely respect Greek sovereignty and state authority. We have been helping Greece in this sector for many years now. We have also expressed strong public support to Greece's anti-terrorist efforts, especially after last year's assassination of a British official. We have made clear that we absolutely support the safe holding of the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004".

    Stressing that Greece and the US are very close partners, Mr. Boucher also stated that "we believe that Mr. Kaklamanis is out of touch with what is happening regarding the excellent relations between the two states.

    "The accusation that we are in a certain way using terrorism to undermine the Olympics is simply erroneous and I will dismiss it" he concluded.

    [10] THE US STATE DEPARTMENT ON THE STATEMENTS MADE BY THE GREEK PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT

    The US State Department spokesman strongly criticized the statements made by Greek parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis after the meeting he had last Friday with a US House of Representatives delegation in Athens.

    According to the BBC radio, the US State Department spokesman stated that the United States are surprised and disappointed by the fact that Mr. Kaklamanis presented the Greek-US cooperation in an incorrect way, while he characterized as unacceptable and out of touch with reality the statements made by the Greek parliament president.

    The US State Department spokesman stressed that Washington backs the efforts to tackle terrorism and cooperation with the Greek government is very good, a fact recognized by the Greek government itself.

    According to the BBC, the United States will not dictate to the Greek government what it should do on the issue that has been created with Mr. Kaklamanis, adding that Washington did not have any other choice than to react to the unacceptable accusations.

    Responding to comments according to which, there is pressure in view of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, the US official stated that the United States want safe games.

    [11] THE AREA WITH THE RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL WAS BEING WATCHED FOR OVER THREE MONTHS

    The state agencies were watching discreetly for over three months the region of the forest of Kouri in Asvestochori near Thessaloniki, where the radioactive material were found buried, according to the newspaper "Angelioforos".

    The 520 plutonium and americium tables were located by the economic crime police which acted after information it had received concerning a radioactive and chemical materials illegal trade ring.

    According to the police authorities, the radioactive material was possibly stolen from Ukrainian storage areas after the break up of the former Soviet Union, while it is still a mystery how it arrived in the area where it was buried.

    [12] LOSSES WERE RECORDED IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE

    Losses were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index dropped by 0.52% at 3.247,87 points, while the volume of transactions was impressive at 271.20 million Euro or 92.41 billion drachmas.

    Of the stocks trading today, 73 had gains and 266 recorded losses, while the value of 37 stocks remained unchanged.

    [13] THE CORONARY DISEASE IS ON THE RISE IN GREECE

    The coronary disease and the cerebral strokes showed an increase of 30-40% in Greece in the past decade, while in western Europe and the United States they are on the decline.

    The above were announced by Thessaloniki's Aristotle University pathology professor and director of the preparatory pathology clinic Giorgos Ziakas in a Greek medical conference that is being held in Thessaloniki

    According to Mr. Ziakas, the increase observed in Greece is attributed to the increased cholesterol in the blood, the arterial hypertension and cigarette smoking, while the decline in western Europe is attributed to the implementation of preventive medicine and the improved information that reaches the public.

    [14] THE COOPERATION BETWEEN GREECE AND IRAN IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR IS SATISFACTORY

    This year the cooperation between Greece and Iran in the agricultural sector focuses on the use of new technologies in the modernization of the irrigation networks and the more effective management of water resources.

    The above were stressed to MPA by Iranian undersecretaries of agriculture Gholamreza Hosseinifar and Mohammad Ali Tahmasebi, who are in Thessaloniki on the occasion of the 17th Agrotica Agricultural Exhibition.

    They stated that the Greek-Iranian cooperation got a different dimension after the signing of a cooperation protocol in 1999 and expressed satisfaction over the results achieved so far. They also stated that Iran is interested in the cultivation of olive trees and the issue has been discussed repeatedly.

    [15] ATHENS EXPRESSED CONCERN AND CONDEMNED STRONGLY THE INCIDENTS IN PRESEVO

    Athens expressed its strong concern regarding the incidents in Presevo and speculated that there is a risk for a new tension hotbed to be created in the region.

    The Greek foreign ministry condemned the incidents and foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou is in constant communication with Skopje, Belgrade and Tirana as well as NATO secretary- general, the UN secretary-general and the Swedish foreign minister.

    Mr. Papandreou suggested that there must be a kind of supervision in the area by the OSCE and stressed that a message must be sent to extremists that they will not succeed in their effort to destabilize the wider region.

    In a statement issued by the Greek foreign ministry it is mentioned that the Kosovars and the KFOR are called to take decisive measures for the protection of the international military force and all the Christian Orthodox monuments in the region.

    In the same statement it is stressed that the continuing attacks by Albanian extremists targeting Serbs cause concern and instability in the region of south Serbia and especially in FYROM.

    It is also pointed out that Greece has a strong interest in restoring calm and avert any destabilizing action, while it also calls for the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1244.

    [16] SIMITIS: TODAY'S VOTE WILL BE A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE FOR THE GOVERNMENT

    The vote of the parliament deputies tonight will be a vote of confidence for the government, stated prime minister Kostas Simitis in today's cabinet meeting.

    Acting government spokesman Tilemachos Hitiris stated that Mr. Simitis stressed that the censure motion tabled by the right- wing main opposition party of New Democracy is a censure motion targeting the country's economic course and not minister of national economy Yiannos Papantoniou.

    The prime minister accused New Democracy of using these methods trying to hurt the economy and take advantage of the problem faced by investors, underlining that it has failed.

    Mr. Hitiris stated that the main opposition party does not have the support of the people and the market.

    [17] THE POLISH OLYMPIC COMMITTEE VISITED "ATHENS 2004" ORGANIZATION

    The Polish Olympic Committee completed its visit to Athens aimed at the briefing of its representatives on the progress of the preparations works for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

    It should be noted that a Belgian Olympic Committee delegation will visit Athens on February 6-9 followed by the Japanese and the French Olympic Committees on February 12-14 and February 22-24 respectively.

    It is estimated that based on the experience in Sydney, Athens will be visited by about 60-70 Olympic Committee delegations before the end of the year.

    [18] A WRESTLING ATHLETE SUFFERED A PARALYZING NECK INJURY DURING PRACTICE

    Eighteen-year-old wrestler Yiannis Simeonidis suffered a severe neck injury during practice on January 18 and is still in the intensive care unit of Thessaloniki's Ippokration Hospital in a critical condition. According to the doctors, the athlete will be a quadriplegic.

    The members of the Association of Wrestling Referees expressed their sensitivity by depositing a considerable sum of money to the bank account that has been opened in the National Bank of Greece (account number: 51009541) in the name of the athlete's father Eleftherios Simeonidis and Association of Wrestling Clubs in central-western Macedonia president Giorgos Pozidis.

    The parents of the young athlete want a large sum of money in order to be able to take their son abroad for treatment.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [19] CALM IN MITROVICA AFTER THE INCIDENTS CAUSED BY ALBANIANS TARGETING THE GREEK FORCE

    Kosovska Mitrovica is calm after last night's incidents caused by Albanian protesters targeting the Greek force deployed in the region.

    The men of the 507th Mechanized battalion were caught in the middle of the clashes that erupted between the KFOR peacekeeping force and Albanian protesters. About 150 Albanians armed with stones and molotov cocktail bombs attempted to forcible enter the Christian Orthodox church of St. Savvas which was guarded by Greek soldiers, who managed to turn them back by shooting warning shots in the air.

    The incidents were the most serious of the past few months and have caused strong concern in the international community as there are fears for an escalation of the tension. According to Flash.gr, Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou had telephone contacts with NATO officials while Greece's ambassador to Belgrade Michalis Spinellis visited regions in southern Serbia on Tuesday night and met with local officials who presented to him the situation in detail.

    According to the KFOR press center, 23 soldiers of the peacekeeping force and members of the UN international police were injured in yesterday's incidents. As it was made known, there were no Greek soldiers among the injured.

    [20] PROTOCOL OF COOPERATION BETWEEN ERT-3 AND THE BULGARIAN STATE TELEVISION

    A protocol of cooperation was signed by Greek state television channel ERT-3 and the Bulgarian state television presidents Dimitris Katsantonis and Radomir Tsolakov. The protocol was signed in Sofia yesterday in the presence of Greek ambassador Michalis Christidis.

    It provides for the exchange of television programs, news of political, economic, cultural and sports interest as well as co- productions.

    [21] EBRD APPROVED A US$50 MILLION CREDIT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN OIL PIPELINE BY "HELLENIC PETROLEUM"

    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved a US$50 million credit for the construction of a 221 kilometers long oil pipeline by the "Hellenic Petroleum" company that will link Thessaloniki with Skopje, according to the Skopjan news agency MIA.

    The overall construction cost of the project is estimated at US$105 million and "Hellenic Petroleum" will contribute with the sum of US$55 million.

    The oil pipeline will be able to carry 2.5 million tons of oil a year.


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