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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-08-08
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, August 8, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 ANKARA'S PARTIAL INTEGRATION PACT WITH DENKTASH UNDERMINES TALKS
Washington, August 8 (MPA)The US State Department spokesperson James Rubin has stated that the partial integration agreement signed between Turkey and the illegal Turkish-Cypriot regime in the occupied part of Cyprus is undermining the dialogue process currently undertaken by the island's two sides.
Mr. Rubin stated that the US do not wish to see actions that impede the United Nations-brokered talks or other moves that aim at the island's permanent division.
Greece's Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos stated that this agreement constitutes "sheer blackmail by Ankara against the European Union", a part of Turkey's effort to impede Cyprus's accession process to the EU.
Greece's alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou stated that "this behavior as well as the fact that Turkey is far from being a state governed by justice and a western-type democracy, creates, on the basis of the EU's July 15 common position and its 'Agenda 2000' report, serious obstacles in its European orientation and in normal cooperation with it." A.F.
 UNDERSECRETARY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ISSUES STERN WARNING TO TURKEY
Athens, August 8 (MPA)Greece's undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Yiannos Kranidiotis directed a stern warning towards Turkey today, concerning Ankara's integration pact with the illegal Turkish- Cypriot regime in the occupied part of Cyprus.
Mr. Kranidiotis threatened that Turkey's European orientation could go astray if, as he emphasized, it continues to undertake actions such as the integration pact , and if it continues to proceed to statements such as the ones made by its Premier Mesut Yilmaz in the US-daily "The Washington Post."
Moreover, Mr. Kranidiotis stressed that the Greek side has already submitted a demarche to all of the European Union's member- states, as well as to the Security Council and the United Nations.
He added that the matter will be tabled with the EU during the following days, as well as during the EU Ministerial Council that will convene in September.
"This type of blackmail must not pass," Mr. Kranidiotis stated, adding that "Greece will continue with its policy of resolving issues within the framework of International Law principles."
When asked if Greece intends to review the Greek-Turkish relations issues following the Madrid-signed communiqu , Mr. Kranidiotis responded that the communiqu does not resolve Greek- Turkish issues. it is, he said, a framework of principles that have to be upheld but, up to date, Turkey has proven that it does not respect its signature. A.F.
 GREECE'S PANAGIOTOPOULOS MAKES IT TO THE MEN'S 200M FINALS
Athens, August 8 (MPA)Greece's George Panagiotopoulos will take part in today's finals of 200 meters men's run, scoring a time of 20.43 during yesterday's races at the World Athletic Championships in Athens.
In the women's 200m run, Katerina Koffa did not make it the finals, while Stella Tsikouna earned the seventh place in the discus-throwing competition. A.F.
 US CONGRESSMEN TO VISIT GREECE AND CYPRUS THIS MONTH
Washington, August 8 (MPA)Leading members of the United States Congress, holding key positions in various congressional committees, are to visit Greece and Cyprus between the 20-28 of August.
The US officials are to be received by Greece's Premier Kostas Simitis and the President of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides with whom they will discuss relations with Turkey.
They are members of the US congressional committee on Foreign Affairs: Bob Menendez, Rob Andrews, Alcee Hastings, Michael Pappas and Maurice Hinchey. A.F.
 IMF: COURSE OF TURKEY'S ECONOMY IS MARKED WITH UNCERTAINTY
Washington, August 8 (MPA)Recent studies performed by officials from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Turkey's economy have illustrated an immediate need to adopt a program of economic stability that will halt the upward course of the country's inflation rate.
In its annual report, IMF notes that Turkey's annual inflation is galloping at an 85% rate and adds that the Turkish government needs to curb its public expenses and subsidies of state bank loans.
IMF emphasized the negative impact borne on income distribution by the high inflation rate, as well as the deficit presented by the social insurance system, which borders on the two percent mark of the Gross National Product. A.F.
 UNHCR ALARMED BY DEVELOPMENTS IN JAJCE, CENTRAL BOSNIA
Sarajevo, August 8 (MPA)The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is reportedly alarmed over the recent episodes between Croats and Muslims in the town of Jajce, in central Bosnia where, according to the Muslim Radio Sarajevo, Croats have expelled hundreds of Muslims over the last weekend.
According to the reports, about 500 Muslim refugees have fled their villages near Jajce, while the spokesperson of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) David Foley spoke of "ethnic cleansing operations."
OSCE and the UN are critical of Jajce's local authorities over their handling of the situation, especially considering the fact that, as per the Dayton Agreement, the populations that were persecuted during the course of the war now have the right to return to their former homes.
The head of the Mostar-based OSCE mission to Bosnia has met with local authorities in Jajce and voiced his anger that they have failed to preserve peace and order.
Meanwhile, according to the Yugoslav state-owned press agency Tanjug, seven Muslim houses were torched and blown up on Tuesday night in Jajce. A spokesperson for NATO's 30,000-strong force to Bosnia Stabilization Force (SFOR), stated that the troops cannot guarantee the safety of refugees who wish to return to their pre- war homes. A.F.
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