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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-08-20
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 20, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 GOVERNMENT MEETINGS ON THE ECONOMY
Athens 20 August (MPA)The deviation from the budget targets that has been observed in the past few months worries the Greek government in view of the drafting of the 1998 budget. Tomorrow, a meeting will be held presided over by the Minister of National Economy and with the participation of the two Undersecretaries of Finance, while the Prime Minister will call a broad government meeting to be held on Friday. According to information, the government sets new targets aimed at the control of inflation. Based on National Economy Ministry estimates, inflation will be between 5%-5,4% at the end of the year. Meanwhile, the forced resignation of the General Accounts Office special adviser mr.Dimitris Dritsas, who was responsible for the drafting of the state budget in the past 15 years and had warned the government that the budget will close with a deficit of hundreds of billions of drachmas, caused the reaction of the opposition parties. Undersecretary of Finance mr.Giorgos Dris clarified that the resignation of mr.Dritsas is the result of the abolition of the position of the special adviser on budget issues.
 TEACHERSí MOBILIZATIONS IN SEPTEMBER
Athens 20 August (MPA)Teachers react with mobilizations to the changes announced by the Education Ministry and mainly to the abolition of the old system used in their appointments to state schools. On September 3, they plan to hold mass protest rallies, while the unemployed teachers will hold a rally outside the Education Ministry in Athens today and on September 5 they will protest during the formal opening of the 62nd International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki.
 NEW SEISMIC FAULT DISCOVERED IN THE REGION OF PILIO
Thessaloniki 20 August (MPA)A seismic fault, 8-12 kilometers deep and tens of kilometers long, has been discovered near the region of Pilio in central Greece, according to a scientific announcement that was made today in the 29th General Assembly of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earthís Interior that is being held in Thessaloniki.
The scientists maintain that this fault is responsible for the earthquake that hit the region in 1930, while they announced that the Amorgos fault in the Aegean, responsible for the 1956 devastating earthquake, was also discovered.
According to the scientists, the presence of those faults is a considerable factor in the prediction of future strong earthquakes.
 THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL WILL BE BRIEFED TODAY ON THE MONTREAUX TALKS
New York 20 August (MPA)The UN Secretary General special envoy to Cyprus mr.Diego Cordovez will brief the UN Security Council today on the Clerides-Denktash talks in Montreaux, Switzerland, while he will also have a meeting with US Presidential envoy to Cyprus mr.Richard Halbrooke.
Meanwhile, the permanent representatives of Greece and Cyprus to the UN, Ambassadors Christos Zacharakis and Nikos Agathokleous, already had a series of contacts with the UN Secretariat and the UN Security Council members aimed at getting a public statement from the Security Council on who is responsible for the failure of the talks.
Athens and Nicosia have launched an international information campaign to make it clear to the foreign governments and mass media that the responsibility for the failure of the talks, which were aimed at the solution of the Cyprus problem, belongs to Ankara and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, who has adopted an intransigent position.
 FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTRY ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE MONTREAUX TALKS
Paris 20 August (MPA)The French Foreign Ministry in a statement it has issued refers to the direct talks held between Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash in Switzerland.
In the statement is mentioned that Cyprusí EU accession negotiations should start as scheduled, 6 months after the Inter-Governmental Conference, and that its accession should benefit the total of the islandís population and contribute to social peace and reconciliation.
In conclusion, the statement maintains that only the EU has the right to determine the pace and the procedures for its enlargement assessing each candidate-state separately.
 TENSION MOUNTS IN THE BOSNIAN SERB REPUBLIC
Banja Luka 20 August (MPA)Tension continues in the Bosnian Serb Republic. President ms.Biljana Plavsic suspended those in charge of the state security and the Banja Luka police after the revelations concerning the telephone tapping scandal against her. Also, according to unconfirmed information, supporters of former Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadjic have abducted the chief of police causing the Westís concern.
 MPA OFFERS AN ELECTRONIC GUIDE FOR THESSALONIKI
Thessaloniki 20 August (MPA)A unique electronic guide for Thessaloniki, in Greek and English, is offered by MPA in the Internet for the users of the network and especially for those who want to visit the city, in order to have all the necessary information that will allow them to know more about it, have fun, shop and relax.
The guide can be found in the address http://www.mpa.gr and includes colored pictures on the history of Thessaloniki, its monuments and museums, while it also offers detailed information on tourism, transportation, the market, night-life and the foreign consulates in the city.
 AN IMF DELEGATION IS VISITING TIRANA
Tirana 20 August (MPA)Transparency and the abolition of the illegal banking schemes are the main preconditions for progress in the International Monetary Fundís negotiations with the Albanian government which are aimed at granting a low interest loan to Albania for its economic reconstruction. The above was concluded in the first round of talks an IMF delegation had in Tirana yesterday.
According to the state radio, the talks will be completed in September adding that the IMF must be absolutely certain that the government has the complete control of the country before it approves the loan.
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