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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 96-11-15

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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 15, 1996


TITLES

  • [01] GREECE MAINTAINS ITS RIGHT TO EXTEND ITS TERRITORIAL WATERS TO 12 MILES
  • [02] PREMIER ANNOUNCES MEASURES FOR REFORM OF ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [03] PRIME MINISTER KOSTAS SIMITIS TO VISIT ROME ON NOVEMBER 20-21
  • [04] THREE-DAY COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS FOR ATHENS POLYTECHNIC BEGIN TODAY
  • [05] ANTI-OCCUPATION OF CYPRUS EVENTS HELD TODAY ON THE ISLAND AND GREECE
  • [06] TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION MINISTER ON VISIT TO CYPRUS
  • [07] U.S PRESIDENT CONDEMNS RECENT BOMBING OF ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [01] GREECE MAINTAINS ITS RIGHT TO EXTEND ITS TERRITORIAL WATERS TO 12 MILES

    Athens, November 15 (M.P.A.)

    Greece maintains to the utmost degree -in acordance with the International Law of the Sea- the right to extend its territorial waters to 12 miles, and will do so when it deems it advisable and necessary, stated the Prime Minister Kostas Simitis today, in response to a relevant question posed by main opposition leader New Democracy's Miltiades Evert.

    Mr. Simitis emphasized that Greece has not abandoned this right of hers and added that all of the country's governments, both of Konstantinos Karamanlis and Andreas Papandreou and Konstantinos Mitsotakis, all of whom served as Premiers in the past, could have acted on this right although they did not do so for certain specific and valid reasons, which continue to stand today.

    [02] PREMIER ANNOUNCES MEASURES FOR REFORM OF ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE

    Athens, November 15 (M.P.A.)

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis announced today that the government will proceed to measures for the immediate reform of the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE).

    Mr. Simitis, responding to a question posed by a PASOK deputy, stated that legislative adjustments are already in the works for the reform of the Joint Surety Fund and the Titles Depository, and for the security of trading and investors.

    "The Government faced the problem in the ASE immediately and responsibly and as such we were able to avoid its extended in operation," Mr. Simitis stated.

    "We took measures to cover the 2.6 billion drachmas opening that had been created by Delta Securities and at the same time conducted the nesessary checks towards all directions and created safety valves to make the ASE more credible," the Premier added.

    [03] PRIME MINISTER KOSTAS SIMITIS TO VISIT ROME ON NOVEMBER 20-21

    Athens, November 15 (M.P.A.)

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will travel to Rome on November 20-21 for a two-day visit where he will meet with Italian Premier Romano Prodi and the President of the Democratic Left Party Massimo Di Alema.

    On December 2-3 he will attend the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Summit Meeting in Lisbon and on December 12 he will be on a working visit to The Hague. On December 13-14 he will attend the European Union's Summit Meeting in Dublin.

    [04] THREE-DAY COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS FOR ATHENS POLYTECHNIC BEGIN TODAY

    Athens, November 15 (M.P.A.)

    Three-day activities commemorating the 23rd anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic's students uprising against the colonels' junta have began on campus.

    The School Senate did not accept the proposal of the University's Dean Nikos Markatos to seal the building and instead conduct the festivities at Patesion Avenue, since the student body representatives (EFEE) have vowed to guard the campus premises themselves.

    Yet, the Dean warned that if the guarding of the grounds proves to be insufficient, the School's Senate reserves the right to recall its decision at any time.

    Meanwhile, the Minister of Public Order George Romeos has emphasized that Athens police have proceeded to all the necessary security measures to guard the area and protect the planned marches.

    [05] ANTI-OCCUPATION OF CYPRUS EVENTS HELD TODAY ON THE ISLAND AND GREECE

    Nicosia, November 15 (M.P.A.)

    A series of protests will be held in Cyprus and Greece today to condemn the anniversary of the declaration of the Rauf Denktash regime's breakaway state in northern Cyprus, which is only recognized by Turkey.

    In Nicosia, the police have taken draconean security measures to avert any episodes during the anti-occupation rallies.

    The rally will be held at the center of the cypriot capital and not at the passage of Ledra Palace, following the threats issued by the Turk-Cypriots that they intend to open fire on anyone who crosses the demarcation line.

    Already, the Cypriot police have not allowed Cypriot students to conduct an all-night protest at the passage and has pulled them 500 meters away from the buffer zone.

    A rally will be held in Athens this evening, protesting to the cold-blood killing of Greek-Cypriots by turkish occupation forces. The event will be followed by a march towards the Turkish Embassy.

    [06] TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION MINISTER ON VISIT TO CYPRUS

    Nicosia, November 15 (M.P.A.)

    The Minister of Transportation and Communication Haris Kastanides, currently on a visit to Cyprus, stated that his aim is to "relay the message of the Greek Government and the Greek people that they will remain steadfast supporters of the Cypriot Hellenism's struggle for its rights."

    Following an invitation issued by the Cypriot party United Democratic Union of the Center (EDEK), Mr. Kastanides arrived in Cyprus yesterday to attend and address the activities that will denounce the illegal regime of Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash on the island's northern territory, as well as the festivities that will celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic School's student uprising that led to the fall of the military junta that was ruling Greece then.

    "In fateful times," Mr. Kastanides added, "we want to maintain the historic memories unquenched, memories which are a heritage for future developments. And that is why we must honor the sacrifices, older and newer ones, of the Cypriot citizens who gave their lives fighting for the rights of Cyprus' Hellenism."

    The Greek Minister went on to say that "it is a duty of honor for us, coming from Greece, to participate in the general festivities of resistance, after 13 years of a pseudostate's existence, one that the International Community must condemn, not only in words but in action."

    [07] U.S PRESIDENT CONDEMNS RECENT BOMBING OF ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE

    Washington, November 15 (M.P.A.)

    United States President Bill Clinton has forwarded a letter to Archbishop of America Spyridon wherein he wholly condemns the recent bomb attack against the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople by fanatic islamists.

    In his letter, President Clinton states that "the Patriarchate constitutes one of the grandest religious foundations in the world" and emphasizes his commitment to "continue to intensely support the right of His Holiness to freely perform duties as the Ecumenical Patriarch."

    Mr. Clinton's letter was sent on November 6, one day after his victory in the U.S. presidential elections.


    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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