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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-08-21
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 21, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 THE GREEK ECONOMIC STAFF MEETS TODAY TO DISCUSS THE INFLATION COURSE
Athens 21 August (MPA)The pace of inflation is the main topic of discussion in today’s meeting of the government’s economic staff in which are being examined ways for the handling of the situation created as a result of the deviation that is observed in the state budget targets.
The meeting which is held with the participation of the two Undersecretaries of Finance is presided over by National Economy Minister Yiannos Papantoniou.
Mr.Papantoniou will brief the Prime Minister tomorrow, while new measures are expected to be implemented for the speeding-up of the collection of public revenues, the cutting down of public expenses and the acceleration of privatizations.
 THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL STANCE IS POSITIVE FOR THE GREEK CYPRIOT SIDE
New York 21 August (MPA)The Greek-Cypriot and the Greek side are satisfied with the briefing of the UN Security Council members on the Clerides-Denktash talks in Montreaux, Switzerland that was made by UN special envoy Diego Cordovez.
The British UN Security Council President praised mr.Clerides’ stance and underlined mr.Denktash’s persistence on issues that were not included in the agenda of the talks.
 A US HOUSE DELEGATION WILL MEET WITH THE GREEK PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT
Athens 21 August (MPA)A US delegation made up of House Representatives Robert Menedez, Alcee Hastings, Robert Andrews and Maurice Hinchey will meet tomorrow with Greek Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis.
In the meeting will be present US Ambassador to Athens Thomas Niles, the World Council of Hellenes Abroad, SAE, President Andrew Athens and Cypriot Struggle World Coordinating Committee President Philip Christopher.
The US House Representatives are also scheduled to visit Nicosia to attend the proceedings of the World Conference of Cypriots Living Abroad and to meet with the political leadership of Cyprus.
 THE ALBANIAN PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT WILL VISIT GREECE IN SEPTEMBER
Tirana 21 August (MPA)Albanian Parliament President Skender Ginusi will visit Greece on September 8-9.
In statements he made in Gjirokastra, mr.Ginusi said that he will meet with his Greek counterpart and with the Greek political leadership.
Meanwhile, a NATO delegation is visiting Tirana to assess the needs of the Albanian armed forces before granting assistance.
 THE RELATIONS WITH GREECE, ITALY AND THE US ARE THE PRIORITY OF THE ALBANIAN FOREIGN POLICY
Tirana 21 August (MPA)The position that the relations with the United States, Greece and Italy are the priority of the Albanian government’s foreign policy was reiterated by Foreign Minister Paskal Milo in his speech during the parliamentary External Affairs Committee meeting.
The Albanian Foreign Minister underlined that relations with Greece and Italy have a great importance as they will open the doors for Albania’s accession into the European Union.
 OTE’S FIRST MOBILE PHONE WILL BE PRESENTED IN THESSALONIKI’S INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR
Athens 21 August (MPA)The presentation of the Greek State Tele- Communications Organization, OTE, first mobile phone will be made in Thessaloniki’s International Trade Fair on September 6 and it will be symbolically offered to Prime Minister Kostas Simitis.
The operation of the OTE mobile phone network will start from Thessaloniki, initially covering the regions of Athens, Patras and Thessaloniki and gradually will expand across the country.
 THE SITUATION IN THE BOSNIAN SERB REPUBLIC CONTINUES TO BE TENSE
Banja Luka 21 August (MPA)The situation in the Bosnian Serb Republic, where its president ms.Biljana Plavsic accuses her rivals of plans for her destruction, continues to be tense.
Meanwhile, NATO and international police forces searched the state security building in Banja Luka and in it they found weapons that were not registered.
 GENERAL MLADIC DOES NOT RECOGNIZE THE WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL IN THE HAGUE
Thessaloniki 21 August (MPA)General Mladic never regarded himself as being an accused and never took under consideration the Special Tribunal in The Hague for the war crimes committed in former Yugoslavia, stated to MPA lawyer Alexandros Lykourezos, a personal friend of Mladic and former Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadjic, when he was asked to comment on the appeal made by former international community envoy to Bosnia Karl Bilt, who called the attorneys of those accused with war crimes to contact the International Court.
Mr.Lykourezos stated that he has not met with general Mladic for the past year and clarified that his professional relationship with him concerned the organizing of certain contacts with the West and that they have never discussed issues concerning his defense in court.
 SEISMIC ACTIVITY INTENSIFIES IN GREECE - 27 MAJOR EARTHQUAKES ARE EXPECTED BY THE YEAR 2010
Thessaloniki 21 August (MPA)Twenty seven major earthquakes, measuring higher than 6 on the Richter scale, will hit 26 regions in Greece by the year 2010, according to seismologist Giorgos Karakaisis of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Geophysics Laboratory who presented his findings in the International Seismology Conference that is being held in Thessaloniki.
Mr.Karakaisis stressed that this is a period of increased earthquake activity and presented maps of regions saying that there is a 9-80% likelihood for them to be hit by a devastating earthquake.
 THE GREEK CULTURE MINISTER WILL VISIT JAPAN ON AUGUST 26
Athens 21 August (MPA)Greek Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos will visit Japan on August 26 - September 1, to meet with Japanese Education and Culture Minister Takasi Kofugi.
The visit, which will take place at the invitation of the Japanese government, will be held while preparations are underway for the 100th anniversary of the Greek-Japanese diplomatic relations that will be celebrated next year.
Mr.Venizelos is also scheduled to visit Sizuoka for the formal opening of the Olympic Village facilities where the 1999 Olympiad of Culture will be held.
 BULGARIAN ARMY OFFICERS CALL FOR THE OPENING OF THE EXOHI CUSTOMS OFFICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Dramas 21 August (MPA)Four Bulgarian army officers, who are visiting the northern Greek city of Dramas at the invitation of colonel Ioannis Kalaigidis, commander of the 65th Infantry Regiment, expressed the wish that the customs office of Exohi should open as soon as possible.
In its meeting with Prefect of Dramas Sokratis Dimitriadis the Bulgarian delegation referred to the important role the customs office will play in the economic development of the neighbouring regions and in the cooperation between Greece and Bulgaria.
 15 SLOVAK PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL PRESENT THEIR WORK IN THESSALONIKI
Thessaloniki 21 August (MPA)The exhibition with the works of 15 Slovak photographers under the title: “The absurd, the Misleading and the Concrete” will open in Thessaloniki on August 27 within the framework of the cultural events of the Organization Cultural Capital of Europe -Thessaloniki ’97.
In the exhibition will be presented photographs that display the direct relation of the language with the everyday chores and artistic expression of the Slovak people.
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