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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2002-02-14

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From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, February 14, 2002

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] MILLER ON TERRORISM-SECURITY, OA AND CYPRUS
  • [02] MEDIA OWNERSHIP CONFLICT
  • [03] CHURCH WANTS 342 MILLION EURO
  • [04] SAE PRESIDENCY MEETING
  • [05] THE INFORMATION ON MILOSEVIC'S BANK ACCOUNTS IN GREECE WILL BE SENT TO THE HAGUE
  • [06] THE AEGEAN MINISTER WILL VISIT JOHANNESBURG
  • [07] GAINS IN THE ASE
  • [08] VENIZELOS AND CHRISTODOULAKIS ON THE SO-CALLED ROYAL PROPERTY
  • [09] DORA BAKOYIANNI IS THE MOST LIKELY ND CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR OF ATHENS
  • [10] INTERNATIONAL CARDIOLOGY CONFERENCE IN THESSALONIKI
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [11] KOSTUNICA SIGNS OLYMPIC TRUCE
  • [12] PAPANTONIOU VISIT TO BULGARIA OVER NEWS IN DETAILS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] MILLER ON TERRORISM-SECURITY, OA AND CYPRUS US Ambassador to Athens Thomas Miller, asked for terrorist suspect arrests, at a meal held in honor of the Association of Foreign Press Correspondents.

    Mr. Miller expressed the US government's appreciation for the help offered by Athens in the international struggle, stressing that to get results in the battle against terrorism "there must be arrests and prosecutions".

    Mr. Miller praised the good level of bilateral relations, while he referred to Greek-American relations of the recent past.

    Regarding the Olympics, he stressed that his county's role in them will only be supportive.

    Mr. Miller mentioned the Cyprus issue developments, he characterized the direct discussions between Mr. Cleridis and Mr. Denktash as useful and positive, but he avoided making any predictions as to what the ending will be.

    On Greek Turkish relations he stated that the atmosphere that has been created between the two countries is much healthier, and the creation of communication channels is very encouraging.

  • [02] MEDIA OWNERSHIP CONFLICT The law on mass media was discussed in today's Cabinet Meeting, presided over by the Prime Minister, Kostas Simitis. The government's proposal on the issue of the "major stockholder" in the media, foresees that any individual holding more than 5% of the stock in any form of media is considered a major stockholder.

    In presenting the government's policy on the media, the Prime Minister pointed out that it is based on the "transparency, legality and quality" triptych, and he added that all forms of media must regard their service with freedom and responsibility.

    On the other hand, New Democracy continues to support the full nomination of stocks of the participating mass media, public works and provisions companies, and the incompatibility between them. This would forbid mass media owners or major stockholders fr om holding positions, which they could then promote through that form of media.

    New Democracy spokesperson Th. Roussopoulos, commented on the accusations of the government spokesperson, that New Democracy refused to participate in the discussion on the media. Th. Roussopoulos admitted that Mr. Protopapas sent a relating letter - inv iting the President of New Democracy in the beginning of December, for a discussion on the Constitution Article regarding the "major stockholder" and the media. He stressed, however, that on the same day they had answered that "ND had disagreed with the C onstitution paragraph in question and the adopting of the unacceptable concept of the "major stockholder". We disagreed because we do not believe it secures transparency and it leaves institutional loop holes open. Thus, it is obvious that any discussions

    on the preparation of such an executive law cannot meet ND's basic position on the institutional armament of the state, and the upgrading of the substance and quality of Democracy in Greece".

  • [03] CHURCH WANTS 342 MILLION EURO The Church of Greece is contending 342,186,353 euro from the Communal Support Framework, for the materialization of 15 major works, of a mainly publicly beneficial character. The Ministry of Finance has already given the "OK" for the funding of studies f or another five infrastructure works of the Church of Greece, for which communal funds of 38.1 million euro have already been approved. The Holy Synod called all metropolises to submit specific proposals regarding the works they are interested in handling

    within the next ten days. These 15 works mainly concern:

    Constructing public welfare institutions

    The promotion of ecclesiastic monuments in 7 cities and 9 metropolises, as well as the restoration of 10 ecclesiastic monuments of the Byzantine Era. The development of modern information and telecommunication infrastructure in 3,000 central and peripheral administration units of the Greek Church.

  • [04] SAE PRESIDENCY MEETING The SAE Presidency will conduct meetings from February 16-19. The meetings will take place at the Thessaloniki Council's offices, on Komotini 2 St.

    Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Giannis Magriotis, Secretary General of Hellenism Abroad Dimitris Dollis and the SAE Presidency, will hold a press conference on February 18 at 12 noon, on the issues which they will have discussed, and the Council's sc hedule for 2002 and 2003.

  • [05] THE INFORMATION ON MILOSEVIC'S BANK ACCOUNTS IN GREECE WILL BE SENT TO THE HAGUE The Greek Foreign Ministry very soon will send to the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, via the diplomatic route, the information concerning the bank accounts of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

    Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Panos Beglitis clarified that the information gathered has not been evaluated as The Hague Tribunal has the specific authority.

    Meanwhile, the members of the committee made up of PASOK, Communist Party and Coalition of the Left parliament deputies will visit the UN delegation offices in Athens tomorrow in view of their imminent visit to the former Yugoslav President who is hel d in The Hague prisons.

  • [06] THE AEGEAN MINISTER WILL VISIT JOHANNESBURG Aegean Minister Nikos Sifounakis will visit Johannesburg, South Africa tomorrow accompanied by parliament deputy Franglinos Papadelis. Their visit will last until February 19.

    The trip is placed within the framework of the materialization of the Aegean Ministry action plan aimed at strengthening Greece's relations with the Greeks living in South Africa.

    During his stay in Johannesburg, Mr. Sifounakis will have formal meetings with local administration representatives, the Christian Orthodox Church and Greek community associations.

  • [07] GAINS IN THE ASE Marginal gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index rose to +0.01% at 2.494,01 points, while the volume of transactions was at 86 million Euro.

    Of the stocks trading today, 172 recorded gains and 107 had losses, while the value of 92 stocks remained unchanged.

  • [08] VENIZELOS AND CHRISTODOULAKIS ON THE SO-CALLED ROYAL PROPERTY The issue of the so-called royal property cannot be dealt with by using simple juridical criteria, stated Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos after the cabinet meeting held under the presidency of Prime Minister Kostas Simitis.

    During the meeting, Minister of Finance Nikos Christodoulakis briefed the cabinet on the legal procedure concerning the so-called "royal property". After the meeting, Mr. Christodoulakis said that the former King seeks to win a European Court ruling whic h in effect will be against the Greek tax payers.

  • [09] DORA BAKOYIANNI IS THE MOST LIKELY ND CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR OF ATHENS According to press information, parliament deputy Dora Bakoyianni is the most likely right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy candidate for mayor of Athens but party leader Kostas Karamanlis has not decided yet on the time he will make the forma l announcement.

    New Democracy press representative Theodoros Rousopoulos stated that no decision has been made yet and there is no reason to hurry. However, party officials maintain that the candidature of Ms. Bakoyianni should be regarded as certain.

  • [10] INTERNATIONAL CARDIOLOGY CONFERENCE IN THESSALONIKI The latest achievement in medicine and specifically in the area of cardiology will be presented in the New Trends in Cardiology International Conference that will be held in Thessaloniki on March 1 and 2.

    The conference will be held in cooperation with leading European cardiology centers and with the participation of 57 speakers from Greece, Britain, France, the United States, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and Yugoslavia.

  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [11] KOSTUNICA SIGNS OLYMPIC TRUCE The signature of Yugoslavian President Voislav Kostunica was obtained by MP of the Coalition of the Left, Maria Damanaki, during her visit to Belgrade.

    "It is important to show the world that the Balkans are not just a source of strife, that they can also be countries cooperating for peace, cooperating for a better future", stated Mrs. Damanaki, after her meeting with the Yugoslavian President.

    She also stressed that she found that Yugoslavian's displayed great interest in the Athens Olympics.

    The Greek delegation in Skopje and Pristina, cities visited yesterday by Mrs. Damanaki, got a positive answer. The "Distinguished Individuals' Declaration for the Olympic Truce" was signed by the President of FYROM, Boris Trajkofski and Ibraim Rugova.

  • [12] PAPANTONIOU VISIT TO BULGARIA OVER With National Defense Minister Giorgos Papantoniou's visit to the staff of the Multinational Peacekeeping Powers of Southeastern Europe in Plovdiv, his two-day official visit to the Bulgaria was completed.

    Mr. Papantoniou was informed of the Balkan brigade's mission by the heads of staff. Beginning in September, a Greek brigadier will take over command.

    The Minister expressed his satisfaction at the excellent training and the high readiness of the multinational Brigade, which is ready to take humanitarian action if the need arises.

    "I believe we have should support them and that is exactly what I told the commander and the officers here, that they will have my full support in both material and other goods, so that they may be able to complete their difficult, and quite delicate mis sion", he noted.


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