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Macedonian Press Agency: News In Brief (96-11-04)
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
BRIEF GREEK NEWS BULLETIN BY MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY
Thessaloniki, November 4, 1996
NEWS IN DETAIL
 MINISTER OF MACEDONIA-THRACE IN ADELAIDE, BACKS GREEK- AUSTRALIAN TRADE
Adelaide, November 3 (M.P.A.)A greek business delegation will visit Australia's Adelaide in March of 1997, in an effort to develop economic and trade cooperation between South Australia with Northern Greece, and subsequently with the Balkans, eastern Europe and the Black Sea countries.
The visit is the result of an initiative undertaken by the Hellenic-Australian Chamber and the Commerce and Industry Chamber of Thessaloniki.
Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos, currently on a formal visit to Australia, stated that he noted intense interest on behalf of Australian businessmen to establish contacts with northern Greece.
The Presidents of the Hellenic-Australian Chamber Vasilis Taliantzis and the Chamber of Commerce in Adelaide Lindsey Thompson met with Mr. Petsalnikos and conveyed to him their satisfaction stemming from South Australia's participation at Thessaloniki's 61st international Trade Fair held in September.
In turn, Mr. Petsalnikos referred to the issue of establishing an Australian consulate in Thessaloniki, a matter which, both Mr. Tzaliantzis and Mr.Thompson believe, should materialize within six months.
The Minister of Macedonia-Thrace will depart Adelaide for Perth this evening, the last stop of his visit to Australia.
 ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE VARTHOLOMEOS TO VISIT AUSTRALIA
Melbourne, November 4 (M.P.A.)The Ecumenical Patriarchate Vartholomeos will arrive in Australia on Thursday and will embark on a series of contacts beginning with the Governor of West Australia Michael Jeffrey in Perth.
On Friday, November 6, Mr. Vartholomeos will also meet with West Australia's Prime Minister Richard Cord and will visit the Greek Orthodox churches in the region.
On Saturday evening the Ecumenical Patriarchate will depart for Adelaide, the second stop of his tour, where he will be bestowed with an honorary doctorate title from the University of Adelaide.
 GREEK UNDERSECRETARY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS IN CYPRUS, TO MEET WITH CLERIDES
Nicosia, November 4 (M.P.A.)Greek Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Christos Rozakis has arrived in Cyprus, embarking on a week of successive contacts with Cypriot leaders.
Heading a Foreign Ministry delegation, Mr. Rozakis will aim to coordinate the strategy of the Cyprus problem under the prism of the relevant initiatives being developed, as well as the process of Cyprus' accession to the European Union.
Mr. Rozakis will meet with the Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides and Cypriot Foreign Minister Alekos Michaelides, as well as Archbishop Chrysostomos.
Following his arrival in Nicosia last evening, Mr. Rozakis strated that both the cypriot and the greek government view this visit as significant in the effort to form common positions and coordinate the activity in all the views surrounding the developments of the cypriot issue.
 PRESIDENT OF CYPRIOT PARLIAMENT SPYROS KYPRIANOU IN ATHENS TODAY
Athens, November 4 (M.P.A.)The Speaker of the Cypriot House of Representatives Spyros Kyprianou has arrived in Athens, following an invitation issued by the President of the Greek Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis.
Mr. Kyprianou will be received by the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos and Prime Minister Kostas Simitis.
Mr. Kyprianou and Mr. Kaklamanis wil discuss matters of establishing coordination between the two parliaments.
The Cypriot official will also meet with Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos, Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos and leaders from various political parties.
Mr. Kyprianou, who is accompanied by the director of Cyprus's International Relations Services Yiannakis Georgiadis, will remain in Athens until November 6.
 GREECE-FYROM TALKS ON NAME ISSUE TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY IN NEW YORK
New York, November 4 (M.P.A.)A new round of talks on the name issue between Greece and FYROM will be held in New York on Wednesday, November 6.
Greece's Ambassador Christos Zacharakis and FYROM's representative Ivan Tosevski will meet under the auspices of United Nations Secretary General's mediator Cyrus Vance.
 ROMANIA: ILIESCU LEADS IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, OPPOSITION IN PARLIAMENT
Bucharest, November 4 (M.P.A.)Romanians were called to the polling stations yesterday to elect the members of their parliament's two chambers and the country's new president.
Incumbent President Ion Iliescu, leader of the Party of Democratic Socialist of Romania (PDSR), is expected to be re- elected since, according to informal polls, up-to-date results show that he has earned 33 per cent of the votes, as opposed to the other major contenders who are opposition party Democratic Coalition of Romania (CDR) Emil Constantinescu with 30 per cent and the former Premier Petre Roman, President of the United Social- Democrats (USD) with 20 per cent.
While Iliescu appears ahead in the presidential race, Constantinescu's party CDR has the lead in the parliamentary elections where he gathered approximately 32% of the votes. During his pre-election campaign, Constantinescu alluded that in case he wins the parliamentary round, he will side with USD.
The elections took place at a difficult time for Romania, a country traversing a process of transition to the market economy, a telling factor of the people's living standrard.
This is the third poll after the overthrow of the communist regime in December 1989. The previous one, in 1992, was won by the Party of Social Democracy of Romania, set up of the National Salvation Front and by Iliescu.
Over 15,000 electorate centers were stationed throughout Romania, while the voting process was supervised by 13,490 monitors.
 GREEK MAN ELECTED DEPUTY IN ROMANIAN PARLIAMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER
Bucharest, November 4 (M.P.A.)For the first time in the history of the Romanian Parliament, a Greek man has been elected deputy, as has emerged for the up-to- date polls from last night's parliamentary elections.
The 65-year-old Sotiris Fotopoulos, whose origin is from Kastoria, has been living in Bucharest since he was 18.
"We aim to bring to the Romanian Parliament an air of friendship and cooperation between the two people and to form a bridge for the full-scale development of the Greek-Romanian relations which today are very good," Mr. Fotopoulos told the Macedonian Press Agency.
Mr. Fotopoulos is the President of the Association of Greeks in Romania, which has about 20,000 members, and a member of the Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) where he had participated in its founding conference held in Thessaloniki in November 1995.
The parliamentarian stated that he will seek to gain the parliament's support in finding a fair solution to the Cyprus problem, in denouncing turkish aggression and in combating the efforts to usurpe Macedonia's name.
 M.P.A. DIRECTOR-GENERAL VISITS WITH ROMPRESS COUNTERPART IN BUCHAREST
Bucharest, November 4 (M.P.A.)The director-general of the Macedonian Press Agency Spiros Kouzinopoulos was received yesterday by Romania's National News Agency Rompress in Bucharest.
The M.P.A. journalists met with the Rompress General Director Neagu Udroiu and discussed collaboration opportunities between the two news agencies, at both a bilateral level and within the Association of the Balkan News Agencies.
 BULGARIA: PETER STOYANOV WINS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
Sofia, November 4 (M.P.A.)Bulgaria's new president is Peter Stoyanov, Deputy Chairman of the centrist United Democratic Forces (UDF), following the vote count of last night's run-offs where he is estimated at having garnered 60 per cent of the cast ballots.
"From now on I have one party and that is called 'Bulgaria'," said the 44-year-old Stoyanov, the country's second president since Bulgaria's democratic change of 1989.
The other main contender for the presidential seat, Ivan Marazov of the Democratic Left gathered 40% of the votes.
 YUGOSLAVIA: SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC AND HIS COALITION WIN ELECTIONS
Belgrade, November 4 (M.P.A.)Serb President Slobodan Milosevic emerged as the winner in yesterday's elections in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, where the leftist coalition -Milosevic's ruling Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) in alliance wih the Yugoslav Left (JUL) led by Milosevic's wife Mira Markovic and the New Democracy party (ND)- has earned aproximately 50 per cent of the votes.
According to the Serb-owned televIsion station, out of 1,115,371 cast ballots, the leftist alliance gathered 560,570 votes, a rate over 50 per cent.
These are the country's first elections following the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the lift of the embargo imposed on Belgrade from the international community, with a voter turn-out reaching 61 per cent of the electorate body. It should be noted that voting is not mandatory in FRY.
Official election results are expected to be announced by Thursday night, at the latest.
 FYROM CITIZENS IN AUSTRALIA SUE STATE OVER "SLAV-MACEDONIAN" NAME
Melbourne, November 4 (M.P.A.)The Australian state of Victoria's government desicion to address the language spoken by FYROM's residents as "slav- macedonian" has been met with the displeasure of Australia's so called "Macedonians" who filed a suit against the state, in a case expected to be tried at the end of the month in Camberra's federal court.
The decision to admit the language spoken in FYROM as "slav- macedonian" and not "macedonian" was made known to Greece's Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos by Victoria's Education Minister Phil Honeywood, during the former's visit to Australia.
The court's decision on the matter is expected to be final.
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