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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-08-26
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, August 26, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 THE DENKTASH THREATS UNDERLINE THE LACK OF WILL FOR THE SOLUTION OF THE CYPRUS PROBLEM
Athens 26 August (MPA)The war threats made by Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash in case Cyprus becomes a member of the European Union display the lack of will on behalf of the Turkish side for the solution of the Cyprus problem, stated Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas.
Mr.Reppas stressed that the Greek government condemns those statements which, as he said, reveal the strategy crisis in Turkey and the difference in the positions followed by the two sides regarding the solution of the Cyprus problem.
The word “war”, said the Greek government spokesman, should not be included in the vocabulary of a politician.
 KARAMANLIS CONTINUES HIS VISIT TO CYPRUS
Nicosia 26 August (MPA)Main opposition party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis continues his visit to Cyprus where he had meetings with political party leaders and Archbishop Chrysostomos.
Mr.Karamanlis met with the leadership of the Democratic Alarm party and they discussed the developments on the issue of Cyprus and the cooperation between the two political parties.
In his statements, mr.Karamanlis expressed his total support to the struggle for a fair solution to the Cyprus and to Cyprus’ accession into the European Union.
 SIMITIS-PAPANTONIOU MEETING ON THE ECONOMY
Athens 26 August (MPA)Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will discuss the course of the economy today in a meeting with National Economy Minister Yiannos Papantoniou.
According to information, final decisions will be made on the drafting of next year’s budget on which the contents of the Prime Minister’s speech in the formal opening of Thessaloniki’s 62 nd International Trade Fair will be based.
 CRUCIAL DECISIONS ON REFORMS IN THE SECTOR OF EDUCATION
Athens 26 August (MPA)The teachers’ main union meets today to discuss the draft law on education promoted by Minister Gerasimos Arsenis.
Both the employed teachers and those who are out of work have expressed their opposition in principle to the draft law which brings significant changes to the sectors of secondary and higher education, while it abolishes the system based on which the teachers were appointed to state schools. A protest rally is scheduled to take place in Athens tomorrow.
 THE GREEK NATIONAL DEFENSE GENERAL STAFF CHIEF IS ON A 5-DAY VISIT TO MOSCOW
Moscow 26 August (MPA)Greek National Defense Chief of General Staff, wing-commander Athanasios Tzoganis is on a 5-day formal visit to Moscow at the invitation of his Russian counterpart general Anatoly Kbashnin.
Mr.Tzoganis is accompanied by officers representing the three fighting services.
 THE GREEK EXPORTS TO RUSSIA HAVE DOUBLED
Thessaloniki 26 August (MPA)The exports of Greek products to Russia had a marked increase of 43,6% in 1996, while the EU countries as a whole achieved an increase of just 18,1%. Nevertheless, the share of the Greek products in the European Union exports to Russia remains small at just 1,48%.
According to data provided to MPA by the Export Research and Studies Institute of the Exporters Association of Northern Greece, the Greek exports almost doubled and reached 282,3 million ECU in 1996 compared to 196,5 million ECU in 1995.
 THE NEW US COORDINATOR FOR CYPRUS IS EXPECTED TO VISIT THE ISLAND SOON
Washington 26 August (MPA)The new US State Department special coordinator for Cyprus, Thomas Miller is expected to visit the island soon.
According to US State Department spokesman James Rubin, mr.Miller will visit the region before US presidential envoy Richard Halbrooke, who will try to contribute to the solution of the Cyprus problem.
The US State Department spokesman did not announce the exact date of either visit.
Regarding Cyprus’ accession into the EU, mr.Rubin said that the final decision will be made by the European Union.
 A GREEK-CYPRIOT HOTEL IN FAMAGUSTA IS RENTED TO AN INSTANBUL AIRLINE
Nicosia 26 August (MPA)The “Salamis Bay Hotel”, which is a Greek-Cypriot property and is located in the Turkish occupied Famagusta in Cyprus, will be rented to the Turkish airlines in Istanbul for the next 49 years.
According to the Turkish-Cypriot press, the annual rent will be 613 thousand dollars and based on the newspaper “Halkin Sesi”, the decision was made in the recent meeting of the so-called cabinet of the Turkish-Cypriot regime.
 ALBRIGHT BACKS PLAVSIC
Washington 26 August (MPA)US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has openly backed Serb Republic President Biljana Plavsic.
In a telephone communication ms.Albright called on Federal Republic of Yugoslavia President Slobodan Milosevic to offer every possible assistance to ms.Plavsic and isolate former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadjic’s supporters. The developments in the Serb Republic in Bosnia have caused the great concern of the United States and the western European countries.
 SIX OPPOSITION PARTIES IN MONTENEGRO WILL BOYCOTT THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
Montenegro 26 August (MPA)Six opposition parties in Montenegro announced that they will boycott the presidential elections which will be held on October 5 and will be overseen by the OSCE.
In a joint communique issued by the “Popular Party”, the “Alliance of the Liberals”, the “Democratic Action Party”, the “Democratic Alliance”, the “Democratic Union of Albanians” and the “Social-democratic Party” is maintained that the rigid electoral law and the existing climate do not create the necessary conditions for free and democratic elections and therefore, the opposition has no other choice than to withdraw and leave the field open to the rival blocks of the governing Democrat Socialist party.
 PROTEST RALLY BY THE “MUSA ANTER TRAIN OF PEACE” ORGANIZERS
Brussels 26 August (MPA)A protest rally will be held in Brussels by the organizers of the “Musa Anter Train of Peace” that was scheduled to leave the Belgian capital with destination Diyarbakir in south-eastern Turkey having as a goal to promote the Kurdish problem and sensitize the international public opinion on the way the problem is handled by the Turkish government.
Both the organizers of the “Train of Peace” and the international organizations for the protection of human rights, which have reacted strongly to Bonn’s decision to block the train from entering the German territory, stated that they are determined to proceed with the trip in spite of the obstacles raised by Ankara, while they maintain that Bonn’s decision was dictated by Turkey.
 AUSTRIAN ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION IN THESSALONIKI
Thessaloniki 26 August (MPA)The talent of Austrians in architecture is displayed through 100 works that will be presented in the Exhibition “Architecture as a passion” organized by the Cultural Capital of Europe Organization - Thessaloniki ’97 in cooperation with the Greek- Austrian Sociaty of Gratz. The exhibition in the Municipality of Thessaloniki Architecture Center, will open tomorrow, August 27 and will last until September 14.
About 40 architects, who have graduated from the Gratz School of Architecture at different times, will participate in the exhibition with samples of their work.
 THESSALONIKI WILL BE THE CENTER OF CULTURAL COOPERATION FOR WOMEN FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN AND THE BLACK SEA
Thessaloniki 26 August (MPA)The elevation of Thessaloniki to a cultural center and an axis of cultural activities in the Mediterranean, the Balkans and the Black Sea as well as, the decision for a meeting of women, who come from those regions to be held in the city every three years, are the targets of the International Meeting of Women.
The meeting will take place on August 28 to September 4 and is co-organized by the Cultural Capital Organization - Thessaloniki ’97, UNESCO’s Center for Women and Peace in the Balkans, and the Women’s Inter-Balkan Cooperation Society.
About 450 women involved in different forms of art will participate in the three-day meeting, while many cultural events are scheduled to take place. In the programme of the international meeting are included round table discussions to examine the role of women in the secondary sectors of social activities and the multi-cultural world that is being formed.
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