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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-06-26
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, June 26, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 PRESIDENT OF NORWEGIAN PARLIAMENT ARRIVES IN ATHENS TODAY
Athens, June 26 (MPA)The President of the Norwegian Parliament Christi Grondahl was received by the President of Greece's Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis today.
The two leaders discussed the Greek-Turkish relations and Ms. Grondahl stressed the importance Norway gives to Turkey's democratization process and to improving its human rights record.
Also, Ms. Grondahl asked Mr. Kaklamanis as to how he views the appointment of Richard Holbrooke as the US presidential envoy to Cyprus.
Mr. Kaklamanis responded that the Greek government welcomes any initiative regarding the resolution of the Cyprus problem.
"We hope that the US envoy will approach the issue carefully and with a disposition for a fair solution and will not be carried away by his success in the Bosnian issue, because the Cyprus issue is not a simple problem and is not suited to a Dayton-type solution," Mr. Kaklamanis said, assessing that Mr. Holbrooke is not about to take any action over the Cyprus issue, aside from conducting visits to the region, prior to the island's elections in February of 1998.
Lastly, the two parliament chiefs discussed issues concerning bilateral cooperation in the cultural and economic sectors as well as developing the ties between the two countries on all levels. Mr. Kaklamanis accepted Ms. Grondahl's invitation to formally visit Oslo.
Ms. Grondahl also met with the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Yiannos Kranidiotis and the members of the parliamentary group Greek-Scandinavian Friendship.
Moreover, Ms. Grodahl will meet with the leader of the main oppposition party, New Democracy's Kostas Karamanlis and the Mayor of Athens Dimitris Avramopoulos. A.F.
 CONFERENCE ON "SEA TECHNOLOGY" HELD IN THESSALONIKI
Thessaloniki, June 26 (MPA)Thessaloniki is hosting the Tenth Conference of the international Committee for the Protection of the Industrial Heritage, held in Greece for the first time, within the framework of events hosted by the "Thessaloniki, Cultural Capital of Europe 197" events.
The delegates are to discuss the country's nautical heritage and the effects born by the industrial revolution, as well as issues of marine technology
The Minister of the Aegean Elisabeth Papazoi declared the opening of the conference which is to be held until Sunday.
Ms. Papazoi stated that the relation between Greeks, especially islanders, and the sea and marine technology needs to be recongized.
"These relations were developed in the Aegean, a crossroad of civilizations with a plethora of historical traces of exchanges through the seas," Ms. Papazoi said. A.F.
 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNION FOR DEMOCRACY IN THE BALKANS
Thessaloniki, June 26 (MPA)The international conference on "Culture and Reconciliation in South-Eastern Europe" started today at a sea resort near Thessaloniki.
The three-day conference will examine all the parameters that form the cultural atmosphere of South-Eastern Europe. Among the issues that will be discussed are education, the Ottoman heritage, the significance of the economy, the motives of the big powers and their effect on South-Eastern Europe, religion, as well as, cultural and ethnic minorities.
The Union for Democracy in the Balkans was founded in 1995. It is a non profit society that aims at helping in the development of democratic institutions and the society of citizens in the Balkan and the Black Sea countries. A.F.
 THE UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS CONTINUE FOR THE SECONDARY EDUCATION GRADUATES
Thessaloniki, June 26 (MPA)The University entrance examinations continue in Greece for a second day. The students examined today are those who want a place in the economic universities.
They were examined in composition and its topic was the use of man as a mechanical element in the production process, the possibilities for man to become free through the development of his personality and the role of human creativity in a free society.
 GREEK PREMIER SIMITIS AND YUGOSLAV COUNTERPART KODIC MET YESTERDAY
Athens,June 26 (MPA)Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis and his Yugoslav counterpart mr.Kontic appeared satisfied with the course of relations between Greece and FRY during their meeting in Athens yesterday.
They examined issues of bilateral cooperation, the promotion of cooperation among the Balkan states, Yugoslavia's incorporation into the international community as well as the course of the peace process taking place in this country.
Mr.Simitis underlined that cooperation moves forward, stressing that a proof to that is the great investment of the Greek State Tele-communications Organization, OTE, in the tele- communications network of FRY.
 THE SITUATION IN ALBANIA IS STILL UNSETTLED THREE DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTIONS
Tirana, June 26 (MPA)The situation in Albania remains unsettled three days before the parliamentary elections. Bloody incidents are taking place daily among armed groups and since February 1.600 people have been killed while 3.000 were injured.
OSCE mediator Frants Vranitski will meet today with Albanian President Sali Berisha. Tens of international observers are already placed all over Albania to oversee the election process.
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