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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 98-01-30
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 30, 1998
NEWS IN DETAIL
 NEW TURKISH MANOEUVRES TO TAKE PLACE IN THE AEGEAN
Ankara, January 30 (MPA)Ankara continues its provocation against Greece as Turkish armed forces announced new military maneuvers to take place in the Aegean.
Greek government spokesperson Dimitris Reppas stressed that the government would remain calm and reminded that Turkey had announced similar maneuvers in January as well which finally did not take place.
Mr. Reppas noted that the Greek Civil Aviation Service will issue directives (NOTAM) concerning the case that the military exercises will be consistent with the status in the area and International Law. Otherwise, he added, NOTAM will not be issued and the areas will be declared dangerous for Civil Aviation flights.
 GREECE’S LABOR FORCE TO RALLY BEFORE PARLIAMENT ON MONDAY EVENING
Athens, January 30 (MPA)Greece’s largest union, the General confederation of Greek :Labor workers (GSEE) is to conduct a rally before the Hellenic Parliament in Athens on Monday evening.
Today, the GSEE officials are to meet with their counterparts from the public enterprises and utilities (DEKOs) where they will decide on the stance to be taken in light o the government’s amendment concerning state-subsidized yet loss-making and problematic DEKOs.
 CENTRAL GREECE’S FARMERS TO EMBARK ON MOBILIZATIONS ON MONDAY
Thessaloniki, January 30 (MPA)Central Greece’s farmers are to embark on a new round of mobilizations on Monday, demanding a private meeting with the Prime Minster Kostas Simitis.
Meanwhile today, farmers from the areas of Tripolis and Korinthos are to block off sections of the national highway.
 UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR NICHOLAS BURNS IN THESSALONIKI
Thessaloniki, January 30 (MPA)The United States Ambassador in Athens Nicholas Burns conducted his first visit to Thessaloniki yesterday, where he will remain for three days.
Mr. Burns was received by the Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos yesterday, followed by a meeting with the city’s Mayor Konstantinos Kosmopoulos.
"We must upgrade and strengthen our relationship, create a good relationship, a really great relationship," he stated, adding "we must make the economic part, expanding commerce and investments, the nucleus of this relationship."
"We must create the conditions which will safeguard a continuous peace between Greece and Turkey and unite Cyprus."
"We must reaffirm our commitment to security issues, the one towards the other, also including the struggle against the terrorists who murder Greeks and Americans." Finally, "we must transform our cooperation so that it becomes more mature and modern."
Today, the US Ambassador will meet with the Prefect of Thessaloniki Kostas Papadopoulos and tomorrow 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 in the morning.
The ship, with a 700-member crew, will remain at the port until February 4.
 UNITED STATES NAVY FLAGSHIP ARRIVES IN THESSALONIKI TOMORROW
Thessaloniki, January 30 (MPA)The USS "La Salle", flagship for the Commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet, Vice Admiral Charles Abbot, is to sail into Thessaloniki tomorrow for a five-day port of call, the first by the flagship to the northern Greek capital's port city.
During the flagship's visit, the Sixth Fleet Commander will pay courtesy calls on government officials and will host a reception on board the La Salle, while its crew will be taking part in civic, social and sports activities in town.
USS La Salle assumed the role of Sixth Fleet flagship in November 1994 with a primary mission of providing flagship support and facilities to the Commander, Sixth Fleet. Outfitted with state- of-the-art communication and command and control equipment, the La Salle can direct any operation or exercise involving sea, air, land and amphibious forces, increasing the Sixth Fleet's capability to respond to crises and contingency operations. Since its commissioning in 1964, USS La Salle has deployed continuously in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas, and has engaged in operations in the Middle East, including participation in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
The 170-metre-long ship carries a complement of 420 enlisted men and 25 officers. It is commanded by Capt. Bruce W. Clingan.
 PARLIAMENT TO VOTE MONDAY ON DEKO AMENDMENT
Athens, January 30 (MPA)The Greek government has submitted an amendment in its proposed draft bill for labor relations governing public enterprises and utilities (DEKOs) to the Parliament, which will be voted upon on Monday. The amendment will concern only those state- subsidized yet loss-making and problematic DEKOs, according to National Economy and Finance Minister Yiannos Papantoniou.
 GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO ALBANIA ON FEBRUARY 6
Tirana, January 30 (MPA)Germany’s Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel is to embark on an official visit to Albania on February 6, upon the invitation issued by his Albanian counterpart Paschal Milo.
According to Skopje’s new agency “Makpress”, Mr. Kinkel is to be received by the country’s political leadership and will also meet with officials from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
 MT. ATHOS PHOTOGRAPHS EXHIBITION HELD AT LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg, January 30 (MPA)Photographs of Mt. Athos and the monastic community, having significant historical value, are currently on display at the City Hall of Luxembourg, after an initiative taken by the city’s Greek Association under the auspices of the Greek embassy.
The local press has hailed the exhibition which was produced at Mt. Athos “phototheque”, among the oldest photograph laboratories in Europe, and makes extensive references to the Mt. Athos Treasures exhibit, currently held at Thessaloniki’s Byzantine Museum.
 HANS VAN DEN BROEK ON CYRPUS’ ACCESSION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION
Nicosia, January 30 (MPA)The European Union Commissioner for Foreign Affairs Hans Van Den Broek has reiterated the Community’s commitment and support over Cyprus’s accession to the EU, during an interview he gave in Strasbourg on the sidelines of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly concerning the Community’s expansion.
Regarding Turkey’s ties with the EU, Mr. Van den Broek stated that they are quite significant from a geo-political, trade and strategic point of view. While stating that he understands Turkey’s urgency from a political perspective, the Commissioner added that he cannot comprehend Ankara’s reactions to a dialogue with the EU since, as he stated, at the Summit conference of December 13, for the first time the EU’s “15” took a stance in favor of Turkey’s accession at some point in the future.
Moreover, Mr. Van den Broek said that the commission has specific proposals for Turkey in order to strengthen customs ties, however, he pointed out, “there are also problems, such as bilateral relations with Greece, the Cyprus issue, human rights, over which we are ready to talk, but we also need the other side’s cooperation.”
 GREECE’S PREMIER FORWARDS WISHES FOR MUSLIM RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY
Athens, January 30 (MPA)Prime Minister Kostas Simitis has forwarded his best wishes to the three Muslim muftis in northern Greece’s Thrace region, on the occasion of the religious holiday of Ramadan.
The letters were handed to the three clerics, Mehmet Emin Sinikoglu, Meco Jemali, and Mehmet Damatoglu, by the foreign ministry's director of political affairs in Thrace, Ambassador Efstathios Loxos.
Similar wishes were also forwarded by local and regional government officials.
Mr. Jemali expressed his thanks for the premier's best wishes, stressing that "this holiday is based on peace and brotherhood".
 NOBEL LAUREATE TO BE GRANTED HONORARY DEGREE AT ARISTOTELIAN U.
Thessaloniki, January 30 (MPA)Ilya Prigogine, the Belgian Professor who received the 1977 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, will be presented with an honorary doctorate by the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki on February 2.
Prof. Prigogine will be made an honorary Doctor of the General Polytechnic, Physics and Philosophy-Education departments at a ceremony during which he will deliver a lecture on "Time, complexity and the laws of nature".
Prof. Progogine, who has been declared an honorary citizen of Athens and Thessaloniki, has also received the medal of the Parliament of the Hellenes in the past.
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