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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2001-09-10

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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, September 10, 2001

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] BAKOYANNI: SIMITIS' ANSWERS INDICATIVE OF THE HIGH EFFECTIVENESS OF THE GOVERNMENT'S FOREIGN POLICY
  • [02] TSOVOLAS: THE PRIME MINISTER CARES ABOUT NUMBERS AND NOT PEOPLE
  • [03] ZOSPEN FRANCE IN ATHENS
  • [04] CHRISTODOULOS CONTACTS IN BELGRADE
  • [05] IMPORTANT DECISIONS ON THE PRIVATIZATION OF OLYMPIC AIRWAYS AND PUBLIC COMPANIES
  • [06] DRILLING IN IOANNINA BY ENTERPRISE OIL
  • [07] D. BAKOYANNI: CHRISTODOULOS CARRIED AWAY
  • [08] A.DIAMANTOPOULOS: THE SOCIETY OF INFORMATION, THE BET FOR EUROPE
  • [09] "GENOA INITIATIVE 2001" CONDEMNS THE ATTACK ON JOURNALISTS IN THESSALONIKI
  • [10] GREECE AND FRANCE SHARE THE SAME VIEWS
  • [11] VEDRINE'S STATEMENTS ON THE FYROM NAME ISSUE
  • [12] THE 1ST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ON THE ENVIRONMENT
  • [13] THE ASE PLUNGED TO -4.17%
  • [14] PRIME MINISTER JOSPIN'S CONTACTS IN ATHENS
  • [15] GREEK-TURKISH TALKS ON THE CONFIDENCE-BUILDING-MEASURES
  • [16] THE FYROM NAME WAS RAISED TO VEDRINE AND THE INFORMAL MEETING OF THE "15"
  • [17] MINORITY MINISTRY IN ALBANIA
  • [18] PAPANDREOU ON AN INTERNATIONAL PEACEKEEPING FORCE IN FYROM
  • [19] THE EU COOPERATION WITH THE BLACK SEA STATES
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [20] KOSTAS KARAMANLIS IN BOSTON

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] BAKOYANNI: SIMITIS' ANSWERS INDICATIVE OF THE HIGH EFFECTIVENESS OF THE GOVERNMENT'S FOREIGN POLICY

    "The two answers that Kostas Simitis gave during his interview today are indicative of the high effectiveness of Foreign Policy", stated the Coordinator of the Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs of New Democracy, Dora Bakoyanni.

    "To the question of whether he felt that Mr. G. Papandreou's and his own Foreign Policy against Turkey had any effect, his answer was yes, because Mr. Denktash refused to meet with the Secretary General of the UN before, and even though he continues to refuse, he at least tries to justfy himself.

    As far as the name of Skopia is concerned, Mr. Simitis admitted that the current situation makes it difficult to discuss the issue. He forgot to tell us however, what he has been doing all these years to stop developments from catching up with us, and, secondly, why his Foreign Secretary silently accepted the constant slipping of the EU, NATO and certain other countries from the name officially recognized by the UN, to the desirable by Skopje plain "Macedonia". Mr. Simitis' answer that ‘we are still pressuring' can only provoke anger", said Mrs. Bakoyanni.

    The fact is, that he as much as Mr. Papandreou have chosen the worst possible path. They are neither interested in resolving the issue, and they dare not admit that they cannot or do not wish to resolve it", she surmised.

    [02] TSOVOLAS: THE PRIME MINISTER CARES ABOUT NUMBERS AND NOT PEOPLE

    "By ending his tour in Thessaloniki with a press conference, the Prime Minister proved that he is just interested in number – something which is not going ver well for him – and is completely indifferent to people", stated the President of DIKKI, Dimitris Tsovolas.

    Mr. Tsovolas underlined that Mr. Simitis sees success in governmental economic policy and social cohesion, knowing that 2,5 million Greek citizens are living in poverty and that one out of three young Greeks is unemployed.

    "The beautification of the situation from Mr. Simitis' side, confirms that PASOK has irreversibly and finally taken its neoliberal course. It has disbanded its progressive direction, because only neoliberal policy is interested in numbers and profit of the few at the expense of the many", stressed Mr. Tsovolas.

    Furhtermore, he pointed out that the Prime Minister promised the new and substantial motivations to the very large enterprises, while he stated that the small and middle size enterprise has no position in globalization. "The structure of Greek economy and society are such, that for Greece to become a productively powerful Greece the small and medium size enterprises, mainly agricultural and urban will have to be supported, which have the advantage of flexibility against the rigidity of large economic units. This is the only way that there can be any development and improvement in productivity. This is the only way that Greece can become powerful and fight for the share it deserves in the European and international allocation of work", he added.

    "DIKKI calls the Greek people to

    [03] ZOSPEN FRANCE IN ATHENS

    The Prime Minister of France, Lionel Zospen, has been in Athens since yesterday, a guest of his Greek counterpart, Kostas Simitis. The two Prime Ministers will meet at 12 noon, and will make statements to the press right after. The subjects up for discussion are bilateral relationships, the course of the European Union and its broadening , as well as developments in the Balkans and especially in FYROM. Earlier (at 10), Mr. Zospen will meet with the President of the Parliament, Apostolos Kaklamanis.

    [04] CHRISTODOULOS CONTACTS IN BELGRADE

    Meetings with the President of the Yugoslavian Federation, Voislav Kostounica and the Prime Minister of Serbia, Zoran Jijic, have been scheduled for this morning by Archbishop Christodoulos. The discussions between the Churches of Serbia-Greece also begin today.

    Yesterday Mr. Christodoulos, during a meal which was held in his honor in Belgrade by Patriarch of Serbia, Paul, announced the donation 150 million drs to the Serbian Church and 100 million for the erection of the new Church of St. Savvas.

    Even Mr. Christodoulos spoke of the national cleansing of the Serbs at the borders of Kossovo, under the eyes of the so called peace makers, supporting that a broader plan against stability and peace in the broader region is at work, while he supports Serbian positions even on the matter of the secession of Montenegro from the Federation.

    [05] IMPORTANT DECISIONS ON THE PRIVATIZATION OF OLYMPIC AIRWAYS AND PUBLIC COMPANIES

    Its final proposal on the privatization of Olympic Airways is expected to be sent to the Ministry of National Economy and Transportation, late tonight (or at the latest tomorrow morning) by the privatization consultant, CSFB.

    The privatization consultant of OA, is expected to propose to the government to move to negotiations with the AXON Group, on the signing of an agreement, while at the same time they are assessing the offer, as well as comparison with another two offers, that of the Australian association IAS and Cypriot Airlines. According to publications of the "Imerisia" newspaper today, it is expected that the improvement in relation to the price of the Liakounakos bid as well as the number of employees that will remain in the company, has been significantly improved.

    Always according to "Imerisia", "AXON's offer is distinguishable both quantitatively and qualitatively". This term has been deemed necessary, especially after the Vardinogiannis and Aggelopoulos groups have joined the Australian association.

    Important decisions are also being made on the publication of shares of four public companies, and are expected to be completed in the following days by the economic staff of the government.

    As far as the Athens Stock Market is concerned, the intentions of the government is that the Greek public sector retains a minimal percentage in the holding company of the stock market, as is with other such companies held by large international stock markets.

    It is reminded that the consultants are Alpha and ETEBA and they are expected to turn in their proposal to the government soon. Today, 60% of the company's stocks are dispersed, while the public sector holds 40%

    In the case of the Company for Water Supply and Drainage of the Capital (EYDAP), the consultant for share publication, Rothchild, is exploring the possibility of making more than 30% of the stocks that are negotiated on the stock market available.

    For the Organization for the Prognostics on Football Games (OPAP), Alpha Finance is in the stage of exploring the possibility of making more than the 10% available, which is all that is available via stock market. The relative proposal, according to an article published in today's "Kathimerini" newspaper, is expected to be ready within the month.

    The Public Electricity Company (DEH), is in the phase of completing its appraisal and according to government estimations, the most lucrative time for its introduction to the ASE will be after November and only if the conditions in international stock markets have improved.

    [06] DRILLING IN IOANNINA BY ENTERPRISE OIL

    Works for the research drilling in Ioannina have begun by Enterprise Oil, as administrator of the association that includes Greek Petrol and MOL Hellas Ltd. The drilling will last for about 4 months.

    This particular drilling in Greece is the third consecutive, and bares the name "Dimitra-1", and is placed almost 7 klms southeast of the Municipality of Kalpaki.

    Enterprise Oil began its research procedures, with a drill of the German company ITAG-Group, which has great experience in the field of land drilling.

    It is reminded that Enterprise Oil is active in the area of research and hydrocarbonate production, and has a wide ranging portfolio of activities world wide, with its interests mainly concentrated in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, Italy, Brazil, and the Gulf of Mexico in the United States.

    [07] D. BAKOYANNI: CHRISTODOULOS CARRIED AWAY

    Mrs. Bakoyanni expressed her opinion that the Archbishop got carried away on the ID card issue, is against the referendum and takes some distance from the way the President of New Democracy handled the issue.

    "It was a strategic choice, a main political decision of Mr. Simitis, to raise new divisional lines and to cause polarization in the relationships of State and Church. From the very first moment I supported - and it is not a coincidence I have not spoken at all during this time - that the policy of divisional lines and tensions which was adopted by Mr. Simitis will cost the Greek people", she stressed in an interview with the "Ta Nea" newspaper.

    [08] A.DIAMANTOPOULOS: THE SOCIETY OF INFORMATION, THE BET FOR EUROPE

    The Greek Commissioner, Anna Diamantopoulou underlined in her interview with the Macedonian Press Agency which was transmitted live over the Internet, that the Society of Information, and coping with the significant problem of unemployment is the great bet that Europe and Greece must win.

    Mrs. Diamantopoulou mentioned the policies of the European Union which aim at the effective dealing with problems, emphasizing employment policy, education, and the society of information.

    Greece, she stressed, has already benefited greatly from its entry to the EU, mentioning Common Agricultural Policy and the Communal Support Frameworks as characteristic examples.

    Especially in the social sector, Europe is one of the regions of the planet with the most advanced legislature on the equality of sexes, mentioned Mrs. Diamantopoulou, adding that "our goal is to bring the same degree of equality to men and women".

    Finally, referring to the activities of the Macedonian Press Agency, she characterized the initiative of the MPA to be in the "heart" of the society of knowledge, of information, as impressive, and noted: "You materialize the potential to make the Greek world global in the best way".

    [09] "GENOA INITIATIVE 2001" CONDEMNS THE ATTACK ON JOURNALISTS IN THESSALONIKI

    The attack on journalists during the rally which took place last Saturday in the YMCA square during the Prime Minister's speech, was condemned by the "Genoa Initiative 2001" as thuggery.

    "The thuggish action of two isolated individuals, hostile towards ‘Genoa Initiative 2001', against working journalists, is foreign to the grand solidarity of journalists and activists in Genoa. It was journalists that organized the Independent Media Center which underwent the brutal attack of Berluskoni's carabinieri. The dispatch of journalists from media all over the world to Genoa Initiative 2001 brings us hope. There is resistance in the channel Directors, there is resistance in the television garbage, like Big Brother. We thank the dozens of reporters who stand at the side of the anti-capitalist activists of Genoa and inform people about our actions", mentions Genoa Initiative 2001 in an announcement.

    [10] GREECE AND FRANCE SHARE THE SAME VIEWS

    Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou met in Athens today with his visiting French counterpart Hubert Vedrine. In statements he made after the meeting, Mr. Papandreou pointed out that he discussed the issue of the FYROM name with Mr. Vedrine and presented to him the Greek position on the issue. They also discussed the Cyprus issue and its EU accession course.

    The Greek foreign minister characterized his meeting with Mr. Vedrine as useful, adding that Greece and France have a close cooperation on many issues. He said that they share the same views on the Balkan issues, while on the situation in FYROM there is agreement that there is a need for the NATO multi-national force to stay in the country after the disarmament of the Albanian rebels. He said that this will contribute positively to the protection of the observers, the return of the refugees to their homes, the population census and other procedures.

    In the meeting, the two foreign ministers also discussed the developments in the Middle East. For the record, Mr. Papandreou will be in Jerusalem at the end of the week to attend the enthroning of Patriarch Erineos and he will convey the European message for the promotion of the peace efforts in the Middle East.

    [11] VEDRINE'S STATEMENTS ON THE FYROM NAME ISSUE

    The settlement of the FYROM name issue would contribute to the success of the political procedure that is in progress in this country, stated French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine in an interview with the Skopje newspaper Dnevnik.

    The newspaper, which referred to the informal EU General Affairs council that was completed yesterday in Brussels, pointed out that the EU wishes for a solution to the issue of the FYROM name, underlining that Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou requested the assistance of Javier Solana, head of the EU Joint Foreign Policy and Defense Policy, for the settlement of this pending issue.

    The EU member-states called on Greece and FYROM to move ahead with the settlement of the issue as soon as possible, points out the newspaper, underlining that the Belgian foreign minister, who is presiding over the Council of ministers, stated in a press conference that the settlement of the name issue will contribute to the easing of the situation in FYROM.

    [12] THE 1ST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ON THE ENVIRONMENT

    The 1st International Film Festival on "Cinema and the Environment" that opened on September 7 was completed in the Ionian island of Zakynthos yesterday.

    In the festival, which is the first theme film festival in Greece and the only one of its kind in the Balkans, were presented 20 documentaries on the environment from different countries, all 2001-2002 productions.

    [13] THE ASE PLUNGED TO -4.17%

    Big losses were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index dropped to -4.17% at 2.536,97 points, while the volume of transactions was very small at 130.5 million Euro or 44.4 billion drachmas.

    Of the stocks trading today, only 9 recorded gains, while the overwhelming majority, 346, had losses, while the value of 21 stocks remained unchanged.

    [14] PRIME MINISTER JOSPIN'S CONTACTS IN ATHENS

    Coincidence of views on the course of the European Union economy and the need to extend NATO's presence in FYROM, was established in the meeting of prime minister Kostas Simitis with his French counterpart Lionel Jospin that was held in Athens today in a very good atmosphere.

    On the issue of the NATO force in FYROM, both sides agreed that there is a need for the extension of its presence under the precondition that a relevant mandate will be given by the UN.

    Mr. Jospin stated that his country supports FYROM's integrity and the need to avoid the repetition of violence and hostilities and wondered if the international force should remain in FYROM after the end of its mandate on October 28.

    On the European economy, Mr. Simitis and Mr. Jospin pointed out that it faces problems but they appeared optimistic that they will be overcome. The Greek prime minister presented Greece's positions on the issue of the FYROM name, the latest developments in Cyprus and Cyprus' EU accession course, while Mr. Jospin from his side raised the issue of the sale of French armored tanks to Greece.

    Earlier, the French prime minister had a meeting with president Kostis Stephanopoulos, who told him that he agrees with the positions on social solidarity, economic stability and the preservation of the cultural diversity he expressed in an Athens newspaper article yesterday.

    Mr. Jospin also met with parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis and in statements they made they pointed out that they share the same democratic values and the same visions for the future of Europe. Mr. Kaklamanis thanked Mr. Jospin for his position concerning the continuing partition of Cyprus by the Turkish occupation forces and his view that Cyprus' EU course should not be affected by outside factors. From his side, Mr. Jospin pointed out that the UN principles must be respected. Mr. Kaklamanis honored Mr. Jospin with the gold medal of the Greek parliament.

    At noon, the French prime minister had lunch with Mr. Simitis in the presence of foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou, national economy minister Yiannos Papantoniou, culture minister Evangelos Venizelos and French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine. Later this afternoon, Mr. Jospin will attend a reception in the French embassy before he returns to France.

    [15] GREEK-TURKISH TALKS ON THE CONFIDENCE-BUILDING-MEASURES

    The Greek-Turkish talks between the Greek and Turkish foreign ministries political directors Mr. Skopelitis and Mr. Abokan respectively, opened today and are expected to be completed tomorrow.

    The two sides will evaluate the course of bilateral relations on the basis of the establishment of a framework of relations that has been formed after the ratification of mutual interest agreements by the two countries.

    Mr. Skopelitis and Mr. Abokan will continue the talks on the political confidence-building-measures within the framework of their established biannual meetings.

    The Greek foreign ministry estimates that the talks are progressing in a positive manner and there is a mutual will to proceed with the adoption of specific measures.

    [16] THE FYROM NAME WAS RAISED TO VEDRINE AND THE INFORMAL MEETING OF THE "15"

    Greek foreign ministry spokesman Panos Beglitis confirmed that foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou raised the issue of the FYROM name both to his French counterpart Hubert Vedrine in Athens today and the informal meeting of the "15" in Belgium yesterday.

    Mr. Beglitis stated that the foreign minister called on the EU to confirm its positive position concerning the negotiation procedure underway under the UN auspices and intervene to the interested parties to proceed with a mutually acceptable solution to the issue of the name.

    Within this framework, he added that it was natural to call on EU foreign policy representative Javier Solana as well to watch the issue of the FYROM name closer, clarifying that Mr. Solana's involvement will not substitute the UN role.

    [17] MINORITY MINISTRY IN ALBANIA

    Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou congratulated the new foreign minister of Albania Ms. Arta Dante for her post, both on the phone and with a telegram.

    Greek foreign ministry spokesman Panos Beglitis said that the establishment of a minority ministry in Albania that was given to an ethnic Greek minority member is a very positive development. He said that prime minister Ilir Meta and the new Albanian government prove in practice that they have the political will to proceed with Albania's democratization. The foreign ministry spokesman stated that Albania will have Greece's support in this effort.

    [18] PAPANDREOU ON AN INTERNATIONAL PEACEKEEPING FORCE IN FYROM

    Greece backs the creation of an international peacekeeping force, made up of countries outside NATO, such as Scandinavian, and with the participation of Russia, which will remain in FYROM until peace and security are restored in the region.

    The proposal was brought for discussion by Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou in the meeting he had today with his French counterpart Hubert Vedrine, while this proposal was also raised in the informal meeting of the EU foreign ministers that was held in Belgium to discuss the developments in the Balkans.

    The EU foreign ministers decided that the International Conference of Donor Countries for FYROM will be held on October 15.

    However, both the Greek and French foreign ministers pointed out that there is a need for the NATO force to remain in FYROM after the 30 days initially agreed because this is necessary for the safety of the international observers, the return of the refugees to their homes and the restoration of stability in the region.

    [19] THE EU COOPERATION WITH THE BLACK SEA STATES

    The Black Sea is likely to become "Dead Sea" if the problem of the crude oil transportation is not dealt with in the right way, while the consequences of such a development in the Black Sea Zone could reach the Aegean Sea as well. Therefore, the right handling of the situation is a direct challenge for the countries in the region.

    The above were stated by Greek European Commissioner Ms. Anna Diamantopoulou in her opening speech in the one-day conference on "Black Sea Economic Cooperation - European Union" organized in Thessaloniki today by the Commerce and Development Black Sea Bank.

    Ms. Diamantopoulou admitted that the European Commission for the time being has no orders from the European Council for an economic cooperation with the Black Sea. However, she stressed that the relations the EU develops with the Black Sea countries become closer both at a political and an economic level, while the prospects for the future are positive.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [20] KOSTAS KARAMANLIS IN BOSTON

    The President of New Democracy, Kostas Karamanlis, is in Boston, where he will speak today at the inauguration ceremony of the functioning of the Greek Studies and Southeastern Europe Studies "Konstantinos Karamanlis" of TUFTS University. The courses of the department, which will be directed by the distinguished Professor Thanos Veremis, began in January 2004 with 24 students, a quite satisfactory number for US University standards. A reminder, that the deceased Konstantinos Karamanlis had given his consent to the founding of this department, while the committee of eminent Athenians concentrated more than $1,5 million from the donations of Greek foundations, banks, companies and individuals.
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