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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 96-11-12

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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 12, 1996


TITLES

  • [01] GREECE HOLDS A SEAT ON THE U.N. INTERNATIONAL LAW COMMITTEE
  • [02] GREECE'S JUSTICE MINISTER ON VISIT TO CYPRUS
  • [03] U.S. OFFICIALS ON CYPRIOT ISSUE TO ARRIVE IN ATHENS TODAY
  • [04] FYROM SUBMITS FIVE PROPOSALS FOR COOPERATION WITH GREECE
  • [05] ARCHBISHOP OF AMERICA SPYRIDON IN ASTORIA
  • [06] YUGOSLAV TRADE FAIR IN ATHENS FOR FIRST TIME
  • [07] U.S. PRESIDENT CLINTON REPORTED AS BEING EVASIVE ON CYPRIOT ISSUE

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [01] GREECE HOLDS A SEAT ON THE U.N. INTERNATIONAL LAW COMMITTEE

    New York, November 12 (M.P.A.)

    Greece has been assigned one out of the 34 seats of the United Nations' International Law Committee, following yesterday's voting in the General Assembly held at the U.N. headquarters in New York, and will be represented by professor Konstantinos Economides.

    The Cypriot candidate, Andreas Iakovides, was not assigned one of the seven seats of the "Asian Group", while the candidacy of the Turkish Ambassador was withdrawn days prior to the voting.

    United Nations diplomatic circles emphasize the significance of the Committee which, according to the spokesperson of the General Assembly's President Ismael Rozali, features the participation of renowned figures in International Law.

    Among the countries participating in the "Western European Group", aside from Greece, are Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Austria, as well as the United States and Australia which fall under the same group.

    [02] GREECE'S JUSTICE MINISTER ON VISIT TO CYPRUS

    Nicosia, November 12 (M.P.A.)

    Greek Minister of Justice Evangelos Yiannopoulos has embarked on a three-day visit to Cyprus where he will attend tomorrow's anti-occupation events denouncing the illegal regime of Turkish- Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash on the island's northern territory.

    Mr. Yiannopoulos will be the featured speaker in the commemmorative event which this year is dedicated to the memories of Tasos Isaak and Solomos Solomou, the two Greek-Cypriot civilians who were murdered in cold blood this summer by turkish forces.

    During his stay, the Justice Minister will meet with the President of the Republic of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides, Archbishop Chrysostomos, the President of the Cypriot Parliament Spyros Kyprianou, the Cypriot Minister of Justice and Public Order Alekos Evaggelou and officials from other parties.

    [03] U.S. OFFICIALS ON CYPRIOT ISSUE TO ARRIVE IN ATHENS TODAY

    Athens, November 12 (M.P.A.)

    A delegation of American officials will arrive in Athens this evening in order to embark on a series of visits with the leaders of the Greek government's offices of greek-turkish and greek- american affairs.

    Among the State Department officials is Carey Cavanaugh, Director of the Office of Southeastern European Affairs at the United States and special envoy for the cypriot issue.

    The U.S. diplomats will meet with the Greek Ambassadors A. Savaides and N. Ladopoulos and the Greek Ministry's director of the greek-turkish relations department, Elias Klis, while they are expected to meet with the Greek Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Christos Rozakis.

    [04] FYROM SUBMITS FIVE PROPOSALS FOR COOPERATION WITH GREECE

    Belgrade, November 12 (M.P.A.)

    The Greek Government has received five proposals submitted by the government of FYROM on ways to develop cooperation between the two countries, within the framework of their interim agreement.

    The proposals concern the strengthening of economic and trade cooperation and the creation of fertile grounds for greek investments in FYROM. Also, FYROM has proposed the creation of a consulate-trade department in the Greek Liaison Office located in Skopje, as well as a consulate of FYROM in Thessaloniki.

    Moreover, the neighbouring country proposes the signing of an agreement to combat crime, illicit trade, drug trafficking and international terrorism, the drawing of environmental protection measures, the establishment of commercial airline flights and cooperation in the sectors of education, archaeology and history.

    The proposals submitted by FYROM also ask that Greece renew its agreement with the Former Republic of Yugoslavia.

    Greece's answer to these proposals is expected to be given next week, through the Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis' response to the formal invitation to visit FYROM, issued by the Foreign Minister of FYROM Ljubomir Frtchkovski.

    [05] ARCHBISHOP OF AMERICA SPYRIDON IN ASTORIA

    New York, November 12 (M.P.A.)

    The Archbishop of America Spyridon officiated the holy liturgy at Astoria's St. Demitrius Cathedral on Sunday, where he emphasized the relation between Orthodoxy and Hellenism.

    "For us, the orthodox of America, the Greek letters are not an end in themselves, they are closley related to Orthodoxy because Orthodoxy can not be imagined separately from Hellenism," the Archbishop stated.

    Moreover, his Eminence stated that whether Orthodoxy is Greek, Russian, Bulgarian or Romanian it always contains strong the Greek element, "and under this prism I see the significance of Greek letters."

    [06] YUGOSLAV TRADE FAIR IN ATHENS FOR FIRST TIME

    Belgrade, November 12 (M.P.A.)

    Yugoslav businesses from practically every sector of the economy will present their products in the first trade fair to be held in Athens between December 3-7.

    Given that Greece holds sixth place in the sectors of foreign trade, (during the first ten months of 1996 trade volume reached $170 million) the Yugoslav Economic Chamber decided that the such exhibit in Greece will contribute to their country's development.

    According to Yugoslav official reports, the optimal areas of trade are construction projects, production of building and agricultural machinery, transportation, glass manufacturing, modernization of railroads, metallurgy and information systems.

    The F.R.Y. Minister of Economics stated that the exhibit is a way to present the yugoslav businesses to foreign investors, and aims at a more active involvement with the foreign markets and the achievement of the economic policy targets.

    Also, the deputy minister of Public Works in Serbia stated that the yugoslav construction companies are intensely interested in participating in structure projects conducted in Greece which are funded by the European Union.

    [07] U.S. PRESIDENT CLINTON REPORTED AS BEING EVASIVE ON CYPRIOT ISSUE

    Nicosia, November 12 (M.P.A.)

    United States President-elect Bill Clinton appears to backtrack on his pre-election campaign promises in regards to the Cyprus problem, according to reports by the Cypriot News Agency (KYPE).

    According to KYPE, Mr. Clinton addressed a letter to the President of the Cypriot Federation of America Panikos Papanikolaou, wherein he skillfully avoids any mention of the cypriot issue and of Turkey's role and merely speaks generally of freedom and human rights.

    During his election campaign, President Clinton had issued another letter wherein he had condemned the murders of the two Greek-Cypriot civilians who were killed by turkish forces, and had promised that an american initiative on the issue will be unveiled immediately after the election, in order to reach a fair and viable solution to the Cyprus problem. According to Greek-American and Cypriot community leaders, Mr. Clinton is believed to be subjected to strong pressures by the Turkish lobby within the Senate and the Pentagon, which, even if the american initiative is expressed, will force the American President to adopt an "equal- distances" policy expediting the problem-solving process, while he is expected to exert pressures towards all directions in achieving an all-inclusive solution.


    Complete archives of the Macedonian Press Agency bulletins are available on the MPA Home Page at http://www.mpa.gr/ and on the U.S. mirror at http://www.hri.org/MPA/


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