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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 98-02-02
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, February 2, 1998
NEWS IN DETAIL
 GREEK FARMERS EMBARK ON MOBILIZATIONS TODAY
Thessaloniki, February 2 (MPA)Central Greece’s farmers are to embark on a new round of mobilizations today, closing off the country’s national highway.
Among their basic demands is increased prices on their products, debt adjustment and the cancellation of criminal proceedings currently underway against their counterparts who were arrested and charged for obstruction of transportation during last year’s ,mobilizations.
Moreover, they demand that their representatives be receive by the Premier Kostas Simitis. Local farmers are to block off the building housing the Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace.
 GREECE’S ARIS IS NATIONAL CUP HOLDER IN BASKETBALL
Thessaloniki, February 2 (MPA)Following a cutting edge final game played last night against AEK, northern Greece’s Aris basketball team is the country’s cup holder with a score of 71 - 68.
After the end of the game, thousands of fans defied the drizzle and low temperatures and celebrated frenetically in front of the city’s landmark White Tower.
 PARLIAMENT TO VOTE TODAY ON DEKO AMENDMENT
Athens, February 2 (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 this evening
The amendment will concern only those state-subsidized yet loss-making and problematic DEKOs, according to National Economy and Finance Minister Yiannos Papantoniou.
During the voting Greece’s largest union, the General Confederation of Greek Labor Workers (GSEE) is to conduct a rally outside the Hellenic Parliament, while work stoppages will be held by the workers in the mass transportation sector.
The GSEE threatens with a new 24-hour strike in case the Parliament approves a provision which is included in the new tax bill and provides for the abolition of certain benefits enjoyed by the employees in the public sector agencies.
Problems are also expected in Olympic Airways, between 5.00 p.m. and 9.00 a.m. Tuesday, with delays in several domestic and international flights.
 EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT MARIA JIL ROBLES IN ATHENS
Athens, February 2 (MPA)The President of the European Parliament Jose Maria Jil Robles, completed a three-day visit to Greece this weekend, conducted on the invitation of the President of the Hellenic Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis.
Mr. Robles stressed the importance of adopting a common foreign and defence policy for protection of the European Union's external borders, and praised Greece's contribution in that direction.
Addressing a special meeting of Parliament's standing committee on European Affairs, Mr. Robles described the issue of EU-Turkey relations as "difficult", noting that Ankara must fulfill the terms laid down for EU accession which concerned clearing up its human rights record, respect for democratic principles and minorities, and ending its occupation of the northern part of the Republic of Cyprus.
Replying to a question on Greek-Turkish relations, he underlined that the Aegean islands constituted external borders of the European Union.
Mr. Robles also discussed EU enlargement, EU-Turkish relations and the Cyprus problem during a lunch hosted in his honor by Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou. The talks also covered the institutional role of the European Parliament in securing balance in the European structure. He was also received by Prime Minister Kostas Simitis who briefed his guest on Athens' efforts to meet Maastricht targets and on the course of Greek- Turkish relations.
 GREEK FOREIGN UNDERSECRETARY TOURS FOUR AFRICAN COUNTRIES
Athens, February 2 (MPA)Greece’s Foreign Undersecretary Yiannos Kranidiotis is currently on a six-day tour of four African countries, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa, 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.
In Johannesburg yesterday, Mr. Kranidiotis addressed the Greek Chamber of Commerce of S. Africa where he stressed Greece's interest in the overseas Greeks and their "invaluable role" as a bridge with other peoples and their contribution to strengthening Greece's positions internationally.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Kranidiotis visited Swaziland, and had talks with Swazi foreign minister Arthur Koza on prospects for development of relations between the two countries. He pledged Greece's assistance in financing several development programs in Swaziland in such sectors as animal breeding and tourism.
The foreign undersecretary began his African tour on Thursday with a meeting in Nairobi with newly re-elected Kenyan president Daniel Arap Moi, whom he briefed on Greek foreign policy issues including Greek-Turkish relations, the Cyprus issue, Greece's course in the context of the European Union and its bid for a seat on the UN Security Council. They also discussed prospects for developing bilateral relations, while Mr. Kranidiotis further held talks with the Kenyan foreign minister and undersecretary, the minister for industrial development and the health minister.
Mr. Kranidiotis is scheduled to visit Namibia, Mozambique and Ethiopia before departing tomorrow for his return to Greece.
 PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION ON VISIT TO BULGARIA
Athens, February 2 (MPA)A delegation of the Greek parliamentary Committee on Defense and Foreign Affairs has embarked on an official visit to Bulgaria.
During their three-day stay, the delegates are to be received by the Bulgarian president and prime minister, the government’s vice-president who is also the Minster of industry, as well as with the Ministers of Defense, Foreign Affairs and Interior.
 THE MINISTER OF FINANCE WILL VISIT LONDON ON FEBRUARY 4-8
Athens, February 2 (MPA)Greece’s minister of National Economy and Finance Yiannos Papantoniou will be on a formal visit to London on February 4-8, at the invitation of the British Industries’ Association.
The invitation was issued to Mr. Papantoniou on the occasion of a one-day meeting on “Greece in the new millennium” that will be held on February 5. During the event will be examined the business prospects and the investment opportunities available in Greece.
 GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO ALBANIA ON FEBRUARY 6
Tirana, February 2 (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).
 NOBEL LAUREATE TO BE GRANTED HONORARY DEGREE AT ARISTOTELIAN U.
Thessaloniki, February 2 (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 today.
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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