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Macedonian Press Agency: News In Brief (96-11-06)
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 6, 1996
NEWS IN DETAIL
 GOVERNMENT TO DRAW FINAL DECISIONS ON STATE'S 1997 BUDGET TODAY
Athens, November 6 (M.P.A.)The Government is expected to draw its final decisions today on the 1997 state budget, after it is reviewed and approved by the Governmental Committee and the Ministerial Council. The final draft must be submitted to Parliament by the end of this month.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Kostas Simitis met with his economic avisors who presented the final touches on the draft budget and the basic directions of the country's economic policies for the upcoming year.
Present at the meeting were the Minister of National Economy and Finance Yiannos Papantoniou, Vice Ministers Nikos Christodoulakis, George Drys, Christos Pachtas, and the Governor of the Bank of Greece Lukas Papademos.
 DEMOCRATIC INCUMBENT BILL CLINTON RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES
New York, November 6 (M.P.A.)United States Democratic incumbent Bill Clinton was re- elected President of the United States in yesterday's elections, garnering 50 per cent of the electoral votes against his opponent Bob Dole who earned 42 per cent.
President Clinton is the first democrat to be re-elected since Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940s. Clinton's running mate is vice-president Al Gore.
The voter turnout in these elections was 49 per cent of the electorate body, the lowest in the country's election history, according to television network CNN.
 MAIN OPPOSITION NEW DEMOCRACY TO HOLD POLITICAL COUNCIL TOMORROW
Athens, November 6 (M.P.A.)The main opposition party leader, New Democracy's Miltiades Evert has summoned the N.D. honorary president Konstantinos Mitsotakis and party deputy George Souflias to another Political Council to be held tomorrow.
During yesterday's Political Council, the members decided to expedite the procedures for the party's congress, opting to hold it in May as opposed to June, while ruling out the possibility of undergoing interparty changes.
 GREECE-FYROM TALKS ON NAME ISSUE TO BE HELD TODAY IN NEW YORK
New York, November 6 (M.P.A.)A new round of talks on the name issue between Greece and FYROM will be held in New York today.
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.
 EU COMMISSION NOT INFORMED ON "INCOMPLETE PEACE" REPORT
Brussels, November 6 (M.P.A.)Dutch EU Commissioner Hans Van Den Broek appeared to adopt a report on the Balkans titled "Incomplete Peace" wherein Greece is criticized for its performance on minority rights issues and the term "Macedonia" is widely used in reference to FYROM.
Mr. Van Den Broek presented the report during a conference with the International Committee for the Balkans, which has been sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Aspen Institute of Berlin, and stated that he himself adopts on general terms the analysis of the situation and the suggestions offered by the Committee.
Greek Commissioner Christos Papoutsis reacted strongly to the report and to Mr. Van Dern Broek's statements and issued a formal response wherein he stated that the European Commission has not been informed of the report and asked that acute attention and responsibility be given to these matters.
 TURKEY PREPARES TO VIOLATE CYPRUS' FIR, IN RETALIATION TO "NIKIFOROS" DRILL
Nicosia, November 6 (M.P.A.)Turkey is preparing to violate Cyprus' FIR, and is working on a seven-day military flights operation, in retaliation to the Cypriot National Guard's recently-held military exercise "Nikiforos '96."
Ankara has informed the Greek authorities of its intention to conduct military flights, but not the cypriot authorities, although, based on the flight plan that has been communicated to Greece, turkish fighter jets will fly into Nicosia's FIR between 7- 14 of November.
Meanwhile, according to reports, during the turkish military exercise "Tavros" which began yesterday in the eastern Mediterranean and extends into the occupied territory of Cyprus, turkish fighter jets are expected to conduct massive violations of Cyprus' FIR.
 RUSSIA: BORIS YELTSIN UNDERGOES FIVE-FOLD BYPASS, CONDITION IS GOOD
Moscow, Novembert 6 (M.P.A.)Russia's President Boris Yeltsin underwent a five-fold bypass in an open heart operation that lasted over seven hours.
United States heart surgeon Michael Dibekey stated that the Russian President's condition is good, there were no complications in the surgery, but the recovery period wil last from six weeks to two months.
The surgeon also stated that had the 65-year-old Yeltsin not undergone this operation, he would not have been able to continue with his presidential duties.
"His heart is now functioning at 100 per cent of its capability, whereas prior to the surgery it functioned at only 20 per cent," the treating physician said.
Following the operation, Mr. Yeltsin met with Russian Prime Minister Victor Cernomyrdin and reclaimed the presidential duties which he had assigned to the Premier while he was in surgery.
 BOSNIAN PRESIDENCY TO MEET IN SARAJEVO NEXT WEEK
Sarajevo, November 6 (M.P.A.)The three-member Presidency of the Union of Bosnia- Herzegovina will meet next Tuesday in a Serb suburb of Sarajevo, Tanjug reported.
This will be the fifth working Session, the second in Serb territory, focusing on the Constitution of joint institutions.
Presidency members Alija Izetbegovic, (Muslim President), Momcilo Krajisnik (Serb) and Kresimir Zubak (Croat) are expected to reach an agreement on the composition of the Council of Ministers, comprised by five ministers and a president. According to Tanjug's sources, the Prime Minister's portfolio is to be assigned to a Serb, while the Foreign Ministry portfolio to a Croat.
The agenda will include other issues such as the Presidency's activities in preparing international conferences on Bosnia, to be held in Paris during November and in London during December.
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