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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-06-17
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
BRIEF GREEK NEWS BULLETIN BY MACEDONIAN PRES AGENCY
Thessaloniki, June 17, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 EU LEADERS REACH EMPLOYMENT-RELATED COMPROMISE DURING SUMMIT
Amsterdam, June 17 (MPA)The European Union's leaders reached a compromise on the unemployment issue during the Summit Conference held in Amsterdam. Germany, the member-state that had been the most resistant in adopting an employment clause, finally agreed to accept a non- binding document on ways to face unemployment, proposed by France and supported by the other countries.
Greece's Premier Kostas Simitis stated that this compromise formula constitutes a significant step in facing the plight of joblessness in the Community. A.F.
 GREEK PREMIER AT AMSTERDAM-HELD EU SUMMIT
Amsterdam, June 17 (MPA)Greece's Prime Minister Kostas Simitis and National Economy Minister Yiannos Papantoniou are participating at the Amsterdam- held European Union summit.
Greece has noted that most of Greece's objectives have been attained "since the issues in question are included in the text that will serve as a guideline for discussion at the summit," Mr. Simitis stated.
Mr. Papantoniou stated that irrespective of the Summit's outcome Greece's economic policy will not change even if the EMU criteria should relax. A.F.
 MOUNT ATHOS TREASURES TRANSPORTED TO THESSALONIKI AMIDST GRANDEUR
Thessaloniki, June 17 (MPA)A series of formal events are being held today in the area of Karyes in Mount Athos, to celebrate the transportation of the invaluable treasures to Thessaloniki for the exhibit of Mount Athos Treasures that will open this Saturday at the Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki.
The President of the Greek Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos will inaugurate the event. Today's ceremonies are being attended by the Minister of Culture Evangelos Venizelos and Macedonia- Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos, as well as other officials.
The Exhibit, to be held until Deceber 31, 1997, is hailed as an unrivalled, monumental event and will feature the display of 1,500 objects of which 600 are relics that have never been taken out from Mount Athos in its over one-thousand-year history.
Also, the event will feature the participation of a number of monasteries from the holy community of Mount Athos, although four of these monasteries have withdrawn their participation as a sign of protest to the Schengen Accord. A.F.
 ALBANIA: RISING WAVE OF VIOLENCE JUST DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTIONS
Tirana, June 17 (MPA)Fourteen days before Albania's general elections the wave of violence is rising throughout the country.
Yesterday, unkown men opened fire upon the car of the Socialist Party's Secretary Meidani. No one was injured in this incident. A.F.
 GREEK ATHLETES WIN 25 MEDALS IN MEDITERRANEAN GAMES
Bari, June 17 (MPA)Greek athletes won twenty-five medals, 11 gold, nine silver and five bronze, at the ongoing Mediterranean games in Bari, Italy, this weekend, ranking fourth in the medals table. A.F.
 BLACK SEA PACT ASSEMBLY HELD IN ATHENS TODAY
Athens, June 17 (MPA)The Parlamentary Asembly of Black Sea Economic Cooperation Pact (PABSEC), whose six-month rotating presidency is held by Greece, is to begin in Athens today.
Participants will discuss a wide-range of economic, political and social issues.
The session will be oficially declared open tomorrow by the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos and the President of the Greek Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis.
PABSEC, which was founded in 1993, is the parliamentary arm of Black Sea Economic Cooperation. A.F.
 ALBANIAN SOCIALIST PARTY LEADER SPEAKS TO MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY
Thessaloniki, June 17 (MPA)The leader of Albania's Socialist Party Fatos Nano told the Macedonian Press Agency that by not participating in the recently- held southeastern Foreign Ministers Conference in Thessaloniki, Albania lost the opportunity to give the message that the future of all Balkan countries will be built.
Mr. Nano stated that Adrian Starova, Albania's undersecretary of Foreign Affairs who attended the conference, "will be for a short time period in the Ministry but he can try and do something good for the country, as Mr. Fino (the Albanian Premier) is doing."
Moreover, the Socialist leader expressed his optimism for the upcoming elections in his country and assured that the Greek minority living in Albania should feel secure.
Regarding the election process, Mr. Nano stated that the role of the multinational force assigned to his country is very signifiant since it will not only protect the voters but the international observers as well. He emphasized that the key aim of his party is the complete democratic revival of all his country's institutions.
"Mr. Berisha was elected during an emergency status situation and this is not demoratic," Mr. Nano stated, adding that the Albanian President has lost his powers and as such "should either cooperate with the new authorities or return to cardiology." A.F.
 RUSSIAN FM: WE'D REVIEW S-300 MISSILES SALE ONLY IN DEMILITARIZATION CASE
Moscow, June 17 (MPA)Russia's decision to sell the S-300 missiles to Cyprus will be reconsidered only in case of the island's demilitarization, stated the Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeni Primakov in a press interview given after his meeting with Cypriot Foreign Minister Yiannakis Kasoulides.
Mr. Primakov stated that Russia is determined to sell the missiles to Cyprus and added that it holds high expectations from the direct talks that will be held between the President of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides and the Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.
In turn, Mr. Kasoulides characterized his talks with the Russian FM a constructive and useful and invited Mr. Primakov to visit Cyprus. A.F.
 US STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON ON RUSSIAN MISSILES SALE TO CYPRUS
Washington, June 17 (MPA)United States State Department spokesperson Nicholas Burns has reiterated his country's opposition to the Russian sale of S- 300 missiles to Cyprus.
Mr. Burns rebuffed a journalist's claim that part of the missiles has already been transported to the island, by saying that "I will not acept your claim. It has been made known to us, in a very cogent manner by a highly esteemed person, the President of Cyprus, a man who has always kept his word to the United States, that none of these parts will enter the island before 16 months."
Referring to Turkey's threats against Cyprus regarding the missiles sale, Mr. Burns stated that while the US do not view the establishment of missiles in the Mediterranean as a prudent act, neither is any whatsoever Turkish threat of military invasion of Cyprus. A.F.
 THE US ARE NOT ACEPTING BULGARIA'S REQUEST TO ENTER NATO
Sofia, June 1 (MPA)United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has turned down an appeal issued by her Bulgarian counterpart Nadejda Michaelova that she support Bulgaria's entrance to NATO.
Ms. Albright, in a meeting held with Ms. Michaelova in Washington, emphasized that the U.S. are not planning to propose the entrance of other members, aside from Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, for the first phase of the Alliance's eastward expansion.
However, the State Department Secretary reiterated that "NATO's door will remain open after the first wave of incoming members." A.F.
 FYROM PRESIDENT IN THE UNITED STATES, TO MEET WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON
Skopje, June 17 (MPA)The President of FYROM Kiro Gligorov is currently conducting his first official visit to the United States, an event hailed as a historical moment for the relations of FYROM-US by the small country's media.
Mr. Gligorov will be received today by the US President Bill Clinton and the two are expected to discuss issues of bilateral interest.
According to FYROM's press reprts, President Gligorov is to request economic aid from the Clinton Administration, especially through the development of investments. A.F.
 TURKISH WARSHIPS SAIL INTO OCCUPIED PORTS OF FAMAGUSTA AND DERYNEIA
Nicosia, June 17 (MPA)Nine Turkish warships have sailed into Cyprus' occupied ports of Famagusta and Deryneia, as part of the military exercise "Sea Dog 97".
The three fregates, three cruisers and three submarines will remain in the ports until Friday. A.F.
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