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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 96-11-21
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 21, 1996
NEWS IN DETAIL
 GREEK PREMIER TO MEET WITH LEADER OF ITALY'S DEMOCRATIC LEFT PARTY
Rome, November 21 (M.P.A.)Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, currently on an official visit to Rome, will meet with Italy's Democratic Left Party leader Massimo d'Alema today.
Yesterday, the Greek Premier met with his italian counterpart Romano Prodi and discussed issues of bilateral interest, such as developments in the European Union in relation to the Intergovernmental Conference (ICG), the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), the Cyprus problem and Greek-Turkish issues.
Mr. Simitis reiterated Greece's positions and stated that he and Mr. Prodi are in agreement that the rules of international law and treaties must be applied.
 GREEK DEFENSE MINISTER IN NICOSIA, TO MEET WITH CYPRIOT PRESIDENT CLERIDES
Nicosia, November 21 (M.P.A.)Greek Defense Minister Akis Tsoxatzopoulos, currently on a four-day visit to Cyprus, will met this afternoon with the President of the Republic of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides and Cypriot Defense Minister Kostas Heliades and will be received by Archbishop Chrysostomos this evening.
Tomorrow, Mr. Tsohatzopoulos will meet with the President of the Cypriot Parliament Spyros Kyprianou and the Parliamentary Committee for Defense, followed by a visit to the Cypriot National Guard's General Staff. Also, he will meet once again with President Clerides in the evening.
On Saturday, the Greek Defense Minister will visit some of the National Guard's barracks and in the evening he will have successive meetings with the leaders of the parliamentary parties.
On Sunday, Mr. Tsohatzopouoos will attend the memorial service of Kyriakos Matsis, the hero of Cyprus' liberating struggle, and will visit the families of Tasos Isaak, Solomos Solomou and Petros Kakoulis, the three Greek-Cypriots who were killed by turkish occupation troops.
Mr. Heliades characterized his Greek counterpart's visit to Cyprus as very significant, stating that "a mutual briefing session will be conducted on all the pending issues and decisions will definitely be drawn regarding the steps to be taken next."
Moreover, the Cypriot Defense Minister referred to the two countries' armament programs and stated that, in regards to their assessment, "the needs related to the Joint Defense Doctrine are always taken into consideration, therefore there is a harmonization in certain arming systems, which both Cyprus and Greece need."
 NATO'S 42ND PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY CONCLUDES
Paris, November 21 (M.P.A.)The re-organization and expansion of NATO, as well as its relations with Russia and the Ukraine, the situation in Bosnia and issues of Greek interest, were tackled by the representatives of the Alliance's member-states during its 42nd Regular Meeting held in Paris.
The Greek delegation has reacted to Turkey's two-member representation in the work group for the Mediterranean, as was proposed by the Christian-Democrat Group without foreseeing an analogous greek representation. Following a request for an equal representation of all of NATO's Mediterranean allies, or to at least maintain this Group within the previously-established framework, Greece's representation was increased to two members, as were the representations of Germany and Turkey.
Yet, there was a prevalent tactic displayed by Turkey which presented all of the south Mediterranean's countries as supposedly being influenced by Ankara because they are Moslem, and that there is a supposed need to examine these issues through a strengthened turkish participation, albeit at the cost of other issues that burden Turkey, such as the Kurdish matter, the Cyprus problem and the human rights issue.
 EXHIBITION OF GREEK PRODUCTS BEGINS IN BELGRADE TODAY
Belgrade, November 21 (M.P.A.)A five-day exhibition of Greek products begins today in the Former Yugoslav Republic's capital Belgrade, featuring a variety of goods from the sectors of outerwear, footwear, chemicals, stationery, raw materials for furniture, heating equipment and others.
The approximately 100 participating Greek businessmen, most of whom are from Thessaloniki, will meet with Yugoslav businessmen on Saturday, while the Fair will last until Monday, November 25.
Meanwhile, within the framework of examining opportunities to further promote bilateral trade between the two countries, Greece's Ambassador to F.R.Y. Panayiotis Vlassopoulos met yesterday with the Serb Minister of Industry Oscar Fodor.
Mr. Vlassopoulos was briefed by Mr. Fodor on the privatization processes in F.R.Y. and, according to a statement issued by the Serb government, one of the strongest cooperation opportunities between the two countries is the investment of Greek capital in certain Yugoslav programs, given that Greece is that country's fifth largest foreign trade ally.
The trade volume between Greece and Yugoslavia, during the first nine months of 1996, rose to 170 million drachmas.
 GREEK-BULGARIAN JOINT COMMITTEE LOOKS AT CREATING THREE NEW BORDERS
Sofia, November 21 (M.P.A.)A joint committee of Greek-Bulgarian experts met in Komotene yesterday evening, looking into the details of creating three new border crossings in the Greek perfectures of Rodopi, Xanthi and Drama, in the effort to link eastern Macedonia and Thrace with southern Bulgaria.
Attending the meeting were the Greek Foreign Ministry's secretary-general Konstantinos Georgiou and Bulgarian Alternate Regional Development and Public Works Minister Nikolai Grigorov.
Both countries intend to build and operate the three new passages at the Drama-Goce Nelce, Xanthi-Rudozem and Komotini Makaza points, as was confirmed during the session.
 THESSALONIKI TO HOLD CONCERT DEDICATED TO CARPACIA'S GREEK- CYPRIOTS
Thessaloniki, November 21 (M.P.A.)A music concert dedicated to the Greek-Cypriots who live in Carpacia, an occupied city in Northern Cyprus, will be held in Thesaloniki on Sunday, jointly organized by the cultural and intellectual association "Koraes" and the Association of Cypriots in Northern Greece.
The concert, to be attended by Cyprus' Minister of Interior Dinos Michaelides, will feature Cypriot composer Marios Tokas whose works will be sung by a choir. Also, the "Ioannis Vellides" Conference Center, where the concert will be held, will feature an art exhibit by Electra Halatsi, whose works have been inspired by the Cypriot struggle.
All proceeds from the concert will be given to Carpacia's Greek-Cypriots.
 FYROM: VMRO-DMPNE ASKS FOR EARLY ELECTIONS, ACCUSES OSCE OBSERVERS OF SELLING OUT TO SOCIAL-DEMOCRATS
Skopje, November 21 (M.P.A.)The leader of FYROM's nationalist party VMRO-DPMNE demands that early parliamentary elections be held in his country, claiming that the results of November 17th's municipal elections proved that the government does not enjoy the people's trust.
At a press conference, Liupco Georgievski stated that the government coalition garnered only 10,000 more votes than the opposition during the second round of the elections, a fact that precipitates early elections in order to appoint a government with an absolute majority rule.
Georgievski also turned against the OSCE and Council of Europe observers stationed in FYROM whom he accused of having sold out to the governing Social-Democratic Union.
The VMRO-DPMNE leader claimed that "the Social-Democrats' victory, along with overlooking the irregularities noted in the voting process, had been agreed in exchange to a deal with Greece for changing the name of FYROM."
Moreover, Georgievski stated that the same had taken place during the 1994 elections, when the exchange was the signing of the interim agreement between Athens and Skopje.
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