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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 98-01-28
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
BRIEF GREEK NEWS BULLETIN BY THE MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY
Thessaloniki, January 28, 1998
NEWS IN DETAIL
 GERMAN F.M. TO TURKEY: TAKE CONTINENTAL SHELF ISSUE TO THE HAGUE
Bonn, January 28 (MPA)German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel has adopted his Greek counterpart’s (Theodoros Pangalos) proposal that Turkey should accept recourse to the International Court at The Hague for the overall Greek-Turkish differences.
Mr. Kinkel also stated that "the European Union is not responsible for the problems which Turkey has created, such as the occupation of northern Cyprus in violation of international law, and the problem with the Kurds". He added that the EU decision to open membership negotiations with Cyprus was “a given.”
Meanwhile, the Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Netzani Utkan responded to Mr. Pangalos’s proposal, by stating that there is no reason for Turkey to appeal to The Hague to ratify that the 10-mile limit of the Greek air space is contrary to International Law. He also once again set forth claims of supposed violations of the rights of the Moslem minority living in Thrace.
 GREECE’S DEFENSE MINISTER IN SLOVAKIA
Bratislava, January 28 (MPA)Greece’s National Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos met with his Slovakian counterpart G. Sitek, in Bratislava yesterday, his three-day official visit to Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
The two officials discussed issues related to the safeguarding peace and security in Europe, while Mr.Sitek thanked the Greek government for its stance during the crisis in Albania.
Following the talks, Mr. Tsochatzopoulos and Mr.Sitek signed a defense cooperation accord, the first between the two countries.
 GEN. TZOGANIS ADDRESSES OSCE’S CONFERENCE ON DEFENSE POLICY
Vienna, January 28 (MPA)Greece’s National Defense General Staff Chief Athanasios Tzoganis, presented the country’s positions on security-related issues in southeastern Europe, as a keynote speaker at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) conference on defense policy and military doctrines.
The Vienna-held conference features the participation of 34 general staff chiefs and senior officers from OPSCE”s 54 member- states.
Gen. Tzoganis’ address focused on "Security in southeastern Europe, challenges and prospects” wherein he stressed the need to encourage economic interdependence in southeastern Europe, but to also provide substantial financial and material aid that will permit economic reforms.
Mr. Tzoganis stressed that Greece has established close cooperation with all Balkan countries and provides all possible assistance for the consolidation of political stability and promotion of economic development.
Moreover, in a thinly veiled reference to Turkey, Gen. Tzoganis stated that “in the Aegean, the disregard of International Law and Bodies, and the resort to military tension, is the least effective tactic for the resolution of disputes.”
The Vienna Conference is the third summit meeting between military officers from OSCE member-states.
 AGRICULTURAL TRADE FAIR AGROTICA ’98 OPENS TODAY IN THESSALONIKI
Thessaloniki, January 28 (MPA)Agriculture Minister Stephanos Tzoumakas will inaugurate the 14th Agrotica international trade fair, the largest annual agricultural trade fair in the Balkans, in Thessaloniki today.
This year’s event, which started 14 years ago, organized by Helexpo, International Trade Fair of Thessaloniki, will feature an increased number of exhibitors and will occupy the largest area in the fair’s history.
According to Helexpo, 1,517 Greek and foreign exhibitors will display their goods, on a site of more than 38,500 square meters.
A total of 776 foreign exhibitors from 35 countries and 741 Greek companies will participate, while seven countries - Albania, Bulgaria, France, Spain, Italy, Poland and Tunisia - will participate with national pavilions.
 GREECE-FYROM TALKS ON NAME ISSUE TO BE HELD IN NEW YORK TOMORROW
New York, January 28 (MPA)The Ambassadors of Greece and FYROM, Christos Zacharakis and Ivan Tosevski respectively, are to hold a new round of talks concerning the FYROM name issue in New York tomorrow. .
Yesterday’s negotiations lasted two hours and featured the participation of United Nations mediator Cyrus Vance.
Following the talks, Mr.Tosevski was asked if any progress was noted, whereupon he responded “certainly.”
 US AMBASSADOR TO CONDUCT FIRST VISIT TO THESSALONIKI TOMORROW
Thessaloniki, January 28 (MPA)The United States Ambassador in Athens Nicholas Burns is to conduct his first visit to Thessaloniki tomorrow, where he will remain for three days.
According to his itinerary, Mr. Burns is to be received by the Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos tomorrow morning, followed by a meeting with the city’s Mayor Konstantinos Kosmopoulos. At 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, Mr. Burns will be the keynote speaker at a “Propeller Club” meeting.
On Friday, the US Ambassador will meet with the Prefect of Thessaloniki Kostas Papadopoulos and on Saturday evening he will be attend the formal reception given on board the United States Sixth Fleet’s flagship “LaSalle”, which will have sailed into the port of Thessaloniki on Saturday morning.
The ship, with a 700-member crew, will remain at the port until February 4.
 OLYMPIC GAMES COMMITTEE TO CONVENE TODAY
Athens, January 28 (MPA)The Olympic Games Organizing Committee is to hold its first session today, under the presidency of Prime Minister Kostas Simitis. Immediately thereafter, Mr. Simitis is to present the members of the committee to the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos.
On Monday, the Minister of Culture Evangelos Venizelos, who heads the relevant ministerial committee, met with the president of the Olympic Games Organizing Committee Stratis Stratigis and managing director Kostas Bakouris.
 EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT ARRIVES IN ATHENS TOMORROW
Strasbourg, January 28 (MPA)The President of the European Parliament Jose Maria Jil Robles is to conduct a three-day official visit to Athens, beginning tomorrow.
Invited by the President of the Hellenic Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis, Mr. Robles will meet with Greece’s political leadership.
In a press conference given in Strasbourg, Mr. Robles stated that his contacts with Greece’s political leaders will be of a general nature and he noted that he wants to form an opinion on how Greece sees the structural hurdles of the European fulfillment, the Euro, the Amsterdam Accord, and the Greek Parliament’s view on issues related to the unified European election process.
Referring to the dialogue which Athens pioneered with other Mediterranean countries and states from the Middle East, Mr. Robles stated that “Greece is the preferential observation post and I believe that the views of the Greek authorities will help us in developing our ties in that (geographical) direction. We have an interest in working toward the development of the Mediterranean’s southern end, since Europe’s’ viable interests are not limited only to the North.
While avoiding comment on Greek-Turkish issues, Mr. Robles did say that “the European Union is always on the side of its allies.”
 GREEK FOREIGN UNDERSECRETARY TO TOUR FOUR AFRICAN COUNTRIES
Athens, January 28 (MPA)Greece’s Foreign Undersecretary Yiannos Kranidiotis is to embark on a tour of four African countries, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa, today.
Mr. Kranidiotis' five-day tour is aiming at the promotion of Greece's candidacy for the post of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 1999-2000, and the strengthening of its bilateral relations with the aforementioned countries.
 GOVERNMENT OFFICALS OPTIMISTIC, INFLATION RATE TO SLIDE THIS MONTH
Athens, January 28 (MPA)Government officials are optimistic that inflation is expected to fall to between 4.5 and 4.4 per cent this month, compared to 4.7 per cent at the end of last year.
According to the reports, the decline will continue in February and the inflation rate will stand at 3.8 per cent in May.
The government's goal in 1998 is to lower inflation to 2.5 per cent.
 FINANCIAL TIMES: THREE GREEK COMPANIES LISTED IN EUROPE’S TOP 500
London, January 28 (MPA)The London-based “Financial Times” has included three Greek companies for the first time in a list of Europe's 500 top companies.
Namely, Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) is listed in the 108th position based on the company's capitalization - measured in earnings multiplied by the number of issued stocks, followed by Alpha Credit Bank at 361 and National Bank of Greece at 454.
OTE is the only Greek company to be included in the Global 500 list at the 359th position.
The “Financial Times” started publishing the Europe 500 list 16 years ago, while its Global 500 list is in its second year run.
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