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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-08-29
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 29, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 THE RELATIONS OF PEOPLES MUST BE BASED ON INTERNATIONAL ACCORDS
Messinia 29 August (MPA)Greek President Kostis Stephanopoulos, who is touring Messinia and Lakonia in the Peloponnese, southern Greece pointed out the threat of Turkey stressing that the relations between peoples must be based on international accords.
If reason prevails and a sense of justice is backed by all other states and everyone realizes that relations between peoples can be regulated based on international principles and accords then this will be a region of stability and security, stated President Stephanopoulos.
He also added that Greece will then be able to deal with its domestic affairs and become economically equal with the rest European states.
 PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS MET WITH THE FOREIGN MINISTER OF LUXEMBOURG
Athens 29 August (MPA)Prime Minister Kostas Simitis met in Athens today with the Foreign Minister of Luxembourg, who is currently holding the presidency of the EU Foreign Ministers’ Council.
The talks of the two men focused on the Greek-Turkish relations, the Cyprus problem and Cyprus’ EU accession course.
 THE GREEK CABINET DISCUSSED THE BALKAN POLICY
Athens 29 August (MPA)The Greek cabinet met today under Prime Minister Kostas Simitis to discuss Greece’s Balkan policy in view of the Inter- Balkan Meeting that will he held in Crete in November.
Greece’s effort to play a leading role as a member of the European Union, NATO, the Western European Union, the Council of Europe and other international organizations is regarded as the key point of the Greek policy.
The Prime Minister underlined the leading role Greece seeks to play in south-eastern Europe and stressed that the basic Greek positions are the preservation of the status quo in the region and the development of equal relations with all the Balkan states. He also stressed the importance of the Balkan Prime Ministers Conference that will be held in Crete on November 2.
Meanwhile, Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that the Prime Minister announced that elections will be held at the end of the government’s 4-year term in the year 2000.
 THE “DINI ISSUE” HAS CLOSED FOR THE GREEK GOVERNMENT
Athens 29 August (MPA)The “Dini issue” has been closed for the Greek government after the clarifications made by the Italian side and especially by Prime Minister Romano Prodi.
Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos in a comment he made observed that the only thing he can assume is that mr.Dini tried to make Turkish Foreign Minister mr.Cem happy during his visit to Rome.
He also pointed out that Greece is determined to do everything possible to preserve the economic and political commitments made regarding Cyprus’ accession into the European Union.
 A COALITION OF THE LEFT DELEGATION COMPLETED ITS VISIT TO TIRANA
Tirana 29 August (MPA)The Coalition of the Left party delegation, led by party leader Nikos Konstantopoulos, completed its three-day visit to Tirana today.
Referring to the conclusions of the visit, mr.Konstantopoulos pointed out that Albania has many problems and added that the guarantee for the prosperity of the Greek minority is the country’s economic development.
He also said that it is a difficult time for Albania as a new Albanian reality is being formed and Greece can help in many different ways by becoming a partner, an ally and a friend.
 THE CYPRIOT PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT SENT PROTEST LETTERS TO THE PRESIDENTS OF THE ITALIAN LEGISLATIVE HOUSES
Nicosia 29 August (MPA)Cypriot Parliament President Spyros Kyprianou sent letters to the Presidents of the Italian Senate and Lower House stressing the fact that the recent statements made by Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini are in complete conflict with international law and the UN resolutions that call on the international community not to recognize the Turkish-Cypriot regime in the Turkish occupied northern Cyprus.
In the letter it is also underlined that the statements of the Italian Foreign Minister are in total conflict with the official positions of the European Union regarding the Cyprus issue and the opening of its accession negotiations with the EU.
Mr.Kyprianou expressed satisfaction for the clarifications made by Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi but mentioned that the concern caused by the Dini statements continues to exist.
 MILOSEVIC VISITS BANJA LUKA TODAY
Banja Luka 29 August (MPA)Federal Republic of Yugoslavia President Slobodan Milosevic is in Banja Luka today in an effort to mediate for the solution of the political crisis that has divided the Bosnian Serbs.
Mr.Milosevic’s decision to land in Banja Luka, the headquarters of Serb Republic President Biljana Plavsic, has sent a clear message to her hard-line rivals in Pale regarding his priorities.
 ROME’S SUPERIORITY TO ATHENS IN THE BID TO HOST THE 2004 OLYMPICS HAS WEAKENED
London 29 August (MPA)Rome’s initial superiority to Athens in the bid to host the 2004 Olympic Games has weakened mainly due to the success of the IAAF World Championships in Athens and also, as a result of the behavior of IAAF’s President Primo Nebiolo. The above is maintained in the two-page presentation of the British newspaper “The European” in which it is also pointed out that it is very hard to predict which of the two cities will be selected to host the Olympic Games.
The writer of the article mentions that Athens knew that the recent IAAF World Championships would have huge consequences on its effort to host the Olympics. If those crucial 10 days were proven to be chaotic, Greece knew that it would have to say “goodbye” to the possibility to host the Olympic Games. The article writer concludes that the Athenians should be proud because the IAAF World Championships were held in the best possible way.
 PREPARATIONS CONTINUE FOR THE FOUNDING OF MOSCOW CELEBRATIONS
Moscow 29 August (MPA)The preparations continue in the municipality of Moscow for the festivities marking the 850th Anniversary of the founding of the Russian capital.
In the festivities have been invited to participate world famous artists and directors. Greece participates with a classical music concert that will be held in the Grant Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.
The concert will be held on September 7 under the auspices of the Greek Embassy’s Greek and Russian Institute of Culture. The Russian Culture Ministry Orchestra will perform a work by Greek composer Dimitiris Arapis and the piano soloist will be Dimitris Sgouros.
 THE US AMBASSADOR TO NICOSIA MET WITH THE TURKISH-CYPRIOT LEADER
Nicosia 29 August (MPA)US Ambassador to Nicosia Kenneth Bril met yesterday in the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus with Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to discuss the latest developments in the Cyprus problem.
According to the Turkish-Cypriot press, the two men focused on the situation that was created after the two recent rounds of the direct talks that were held between Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides and Denktash in the United States and in Switzerland.
 EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHY BY RABBI JOSHUA PLAUT IN THESSALONIKI
Athens 29 August (MPA)The exhibition of photographs taken by rabbi Joshua Plaut will open in Thessaloniki on September 15 in cooperation with the Cultural Capital of Europe Organization - Thessaloniki ‘97 and next month the exhibition will open in Athens.
The photography exhibition with works of rabbi Plaut was brought from Boston, USA to Greece at the initiative of the Ministry of Press and Mass Media
The 75 photographs, that present the cultural traditions of Jews living in rural areas of Greece, have already been exhibited in US universities, museums, synagogues and Jewish community centers as well as, in the Museum of the Jewish Diaspora in Israel.
 THE PRESIDENT OF TURKEY WILL VISIT CAIRO
Cairo 29 August (MPA)Turkish President Suleiman Demirel will be on a one-day visit to Cairo on September 16.
Turkey’s Ambassador to Cairo stated to the Egyptian press that mr.Demirel will meet with his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak and their talks will focus on issues of common interest, the latest developments in the Middle East and the existing situation in the region.
 THE CIOFF WORLD CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD IN THESSALONIKI ON OCTOBER 10-19
Thessaloniki 29 August (MPA)The 28th World Conference of the International Council for the Organization of Folklore Festivals, CIOFF, will be held in Thessaloniki on October 10-19 with the participation of 48 delegations from all over the world.
Responsible for the organizing of the conference is the secretariat of the international CIOFF, the secretariat of the CIOFF’s Greek national department and the Cultural Capital Organization.
 SIX DISTINGUISHED PHILHELLENES WILL BE HONORED BY THE MINISTER OF MACEDONIA-THRACE
Thessaloniki 29 August (MPA)Six distinguished philhellenes will be honored on September 10 by Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos for their contribution to hellenism and the promotion of the Greek literature and thought.
The awards “Alexander the Great” and “Aristotle” were instituted by the Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace earlier this year.
 PROTOCOL OF COOPERATION BETWEEN THE MUNICIPALITIES OF BURGAS AND ALEXANDROUPOLIS
Burgas 29 August (MPA)The signing of a cooperation protocol that will strengthen the relations between the municipalities of Burgas in Bulgaria and Alexandroupolis in Greece at an economic, cultural and tourist level is the main subject of a formal Greek delegation visit that began in Burgas today.
The prospects opened at an economic level through the construction of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipe line will also be among the main topics that will be examined in the discussions.
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