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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-06-27
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 27, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 GREEK DEFENSE MINISTER COMPLETES UNITED STATES VISIT
Athens, June 27 (MPA)Greek Minister of Defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos completed his six-day visit to the United States, conducted within the framework of Greece's presidential term in the cross-Atlantic activities of the Western European Union.
Mr. Tsochatzopoulos stated that Greece claims and demands that she be given understanding by her allies so that she will not be subject to behaviors that lead to destabilization in the area.
"We ask that pressures be exerted on the Turkish expansionist behavior, which, in the final analysis, undermines stability and security which is needed not only by Greece, but by the whole region as well," he stated. A.F.
 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNION FOR DEMOCRACY IN THE BALKANS
Thessaloniki, June 27 (MPA)The international conference on "Culture and Reconciliation in South-Eastern Europe" is currently being held near Thessaloniki.
The session was inaugurated yesterday by the President of the Union for Democracy in the Balkans, Nikos Evthimiades.
Mr. Evthimiades outined the Union's activities since the last meeting held in March 1996.
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.
 THREE DAY CONFERENCE HELD BY "MELINA - EDUCATION AND CULTURE"
Thessaloniki, June 27 (MPA)A three-day conference is to begin in Thessaloniki today, an event held uner the auspices of the program "Melina - Education and Culture".
The event will be addressed by the Minister of Education Gerasimos Arsenis who will speak on "the cultural upbringing in Europe. Opportunities for development in mandatory education."
Participating in the conference will be the Ministries of Education and Culture, cooperators in the planning and application of the "Melina" program. A.F.
 PRESIDENT OF CYPRUS GLAFKOS CLERIDES IS IN AMSTERDAM
Nicosia, June 27 (MPA)The President of the Republic of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides is currently Amsterdam in order to be briefed on the results of the recently-held EU Summit concerning the revision of the Maastricht Treaty.
Mr. Clerides has been invited by the Dutch-held EU Presidium, which has albeit clarified that this invitation does not signify the embarkation of any sort of negotiations regarding Cyprus' accession to the Community.
The thee-hour briefing session will be headed by the European Council's President and Dutch Premier Wik Kok and Dutch Foreign Minister Hans Van Mierlo. A.F.
 UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS CONTINUE FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
Thessaloniki, June 27 (MPA)The University entrance examinations continue in Greece today for those students who want to enter the science and literature departments of universities.
They were examined in ancient Greek, mathematics and physics. Yesterday's composition exams are being graded today. A.F.
 PRE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN PERIOD WRAPS UP IN ALBANIA, BUT VIOLENCE MOUNTS
Tirana, June 27 (MPA)Violence is mounting throughout Albania, while the pre- election campain period for the country's political parties is officially coming to an end today.
The Socialist and Democratic parties are to hold separate rallies today at Tirana's central square.
In spite of its evident shortcomings in regards to preparing the way for Sunday's elections, the international community and especially the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe deems that the elections will salvage Albania from its deep crisis and will serve as a base for the country's restoration.
Meanwhile, OSCE's special envoy Franz Vranitski has travelled to Tirana where he met with Albanian President Sali Berisha, Premier Bashkim Fino, Socialist Party leader Fatos Nano and the President of the Democratic Party Tritan Sehu.
According to Mr. Vranitski, the key problem right now is securing the acceptance of the elections' outcome.
In an interview to BBC, Mr. Vranitski characterized certain regions of Albania as being dangerous, but he did insist that the elections are the only opportunity to salvage the country from its crisis.
Today, Mr. Vranitski is to travel to Italy where he will meet with the leaders of the multi-national force assigned to Albania.
Last night, nine persons were injured during one of Sali Berisha's pre-election campaign rallies. A.F.
 GREEK PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION TRAVELS TO TIRANA AS ELECTION OBSERVERS
Athens, June 27 (MPA)A seven-member parliamentary delegation is to depart for Tirana today in order to serve as observers during Albania's parliamentary elections on Sunday.
Also, four Greek euro-deputies will travel to Tirana as observers and they are Yiannis Roubatis, K. Hatzidakis, I. Theonas and Katerina Daskalaki.
Taking part in the Council of Europe's delegation is also a Greek deputy, El. Veryvakis. A.F.
 "OMONIA" FORMER LEADER ABDUCTED IN ALBANIA, HIS BROTHER IN LAW TOO
Tirana, June 27 (MPA)The former leader of Albania's Greek minority group "Omonia" Theodoros Bezianis was abducted yesterday afternoon by four men near Gjirocaster who forced him into a yellow car without licence plates.
A few hours later, his brother-in-law Sotiris Kyriazatis, he is the president of the Examilia community, was also abducted.
Bezianis' family owns a soda-pop factory near Gjirocaster and also publishes a Greek newspaper in Albania. His daughter is a candidate during Sunday's parliamentary elections, running with the party of the Human Rights Union, in the region of Aghii Saranta.
Mr. Bezianis was one among "Omonia"'s accused during the famous trial of the "five" that was held three years ago. A.F.
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