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MPA NEWS IN BRIEF (25/07/1996)
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BRIEF GREEK NEWS BULLETIN BY MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY
Thessaloniki, July 25, 1996
 GREEK PRESIDENT AND PREMIER SPEAK ON GREEK-TURKISH RELATIONS
 PRIME MINISTER ADDRESSES PASOK CENTRAL COMMITTEE
 FALLEN PLANE'S BLACK BOXES DISCOVERED, LIGHT TO BE SHED SOON
 CONSUL-GENERAL IN MELBOURNE COUNTERS DEFAMING PRESS REPORTS
 GREEK PARTICIPATION IN ATLANTA'S OLYMPIC GAMES
 ERRATA-CORRECTED VERSION CYPRIOT NATIONAL GUARD INVITED TO HOLD DIALOGUE WITH HEAD OF OCCUPATION FORCES
NEWS IN DETAIL
 GREEK PRESIDENT AND PREMIER SPEAK ON GREEK-TURKISH RELATIONSAthens, July 25 (M.P.A.)
Greek President Kostis Stephanopoulos stated that Greece will not make any concessions in its sovereign rights, in a direct reference made to Greek-Turkish relations, during a speech he gave last night commemmorating the 22nd anniversary of the restoration of democracy in Greece.
"The only way is through Turkey ambandoning its threats of war and infringements of our national air space, and behaving as a civilized state which respects international law, existing international treaties and also international procedures through which it must seek recourse if it insists on its claims," he stated.
The President also referred to Cyprus, stating that the Cypriot issue is currently at an impasse due to Turkey's intransigence, the inability of international organizations to implement their resolutions and the lack of adequate interest by major powers.
Prime Minister Kostas Simitis also spoke at the official reception and stated that Greece is facing a new era, as in 1974.
"Then we had to consolidate democracy. Today we have to proceed to the modernization of the country in order to create a strong Greece. As then, this task will be achieved jointly by all, through systematic work, consistency and effort."
 PRIME MINISTER ADDRESSES PASOK CENTRAL COMMITTEEAthens, July 25 (M.P.A.)
"The Central Committee must function as a body of strategic and political planning," stated Prime Minister and PASOK President Kostas Simitis during his address at PASOK's Central Committee meeting held today.
The Premier also emphasized the need for the Parliamentary Group to acquire an organized presence in the party's functions and repeated that the Executive Bureau, along with the President, must plan the party's political input by employing the relevant decisions issued by the Central Committee.
Regarding national issues, Mr. Simitis stated that when it comes to greco-turkish relations, "the government must avert any doubt of Greece's sovereign rights and secure behaviors that will lead to the eradication of threats and the establishment of peace in the region."
Speaking on the country's economy, the Premier stated that the goverment must [promote a fiscal recovery ehich will constitute a starting point for any substantive interception to society.
 FALLEN PLANE'S BLACK BOXES DISCOVERED, LIGHT TO BE SHED SOONNew York, July 25 (M.P.A.)
A step closer to solving the mystery of last Wednesday's Boeing 747 crash, United States Coast Guard have discovered the plane's two black boxes in the frozen waters of the Atlantic Ocean near Long Island.
According to US authorities, the boxes appear to be in good condition and contain he last conversation held between the pilots and the airport's control tower.
Also, according to US television network CBS, fragments of metal have been found on the discovered bodies, both on the passengers who sat in the jet's front area and on those who sat on the rear section, which could mean that the fall was caused by an explosion that took place inside the plane.
The American authorities, however, are focusing their investigations on the possibility of the plane havng been hit by a rocket and are currently gathering eyewitness reports from Long Island's locals.
Today US President Bill Clinton is scheduled to meet with relatives of the crash's victims.
 CONSUL-GENERAL IN MELBOURNE COUNTERS DEFAMING PRESS REPORTSMelbourne, July 25 (M.P.A.)
An article published in Melbourne's "Herald Sun" which claims that Athens' Hellenikon airport is a haven for terrorists, has prompted a response by Greece's Consul-General George Veis which was also published in the same Australian paper.
Mr. Veis refutes the article author's arguments and writes that the security forces at New York's Kennedy International Airport had the responsibility for the airplane's security since that was where the jet departed from.
Moreover, the Consul-General refers to the Greek Minister of Transportation Haris Kastanides, according to whom Hellenikon airport is among the safest in Europe and the specific TWA jet had undergone extensive security checks while in Athens.
 GREEK PARTICIPATION IN ATLANTA'S OLYMPIC GAMESAtlanta, July 25 (M.P.A.)
The Greek men's team in lightweight double sculls crew qualified for the semifinals after it finished in second place behind the Italian crew in yesterday's race.
The women's lightweight double sculls crew of Aggeliki Gremou and Chrissa Biskitzi finished fifth in their race, six seconds behind Japan.
In swimming, Katerina Sarakatsani came in fourth in the women's 200m individual medley race, with the time of 2 min, 19.74, not making it to the final, and the women's 4X100 medley relay team reached the eighth positon in yesterday's race.
In water polo, the Greek national team lost 10-8 to Italy.
 ERRATA-CORRECTED VERSION CYPRIOT NATIONAL GUARD INVITED TO HOLD DIALOGUE WITH HEAD OF OCCUPATION FORCESNicosia, July 24 (M.P.A.)
The administration of the international peacekeeping forces in Cyprus is expected to issue invitations for dialogue today to the leader of the Cypriot National Guard and his counterpart of the occupation forces.
This invitation to dialogue was agreed upon following the visit to Cyprus by the United States Ambassador to the UN Madleine Albright.
Turk-cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has reacted to this invitation since he is demanding that his side participate politically in the negotiations. EDITOR'S NOTE
The Macedonian Press Agency apologizes for the error found in yesterday's bulletin, article #11 dated July 24, 1996. MPA is open to all suggestions and corrections submitted by its readers.
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