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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 98-02-25
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 25, 1998
NEWS IN DETAIL
 PENSIONS TO RISE SLIGHTLY ABOVE INFLATION
Athens, February 25 (MPA)Prime Minister Kostas Simitis is to announce this afternoon pension increases that will amount to a figure slightly higher than the inflation rate, that is they will not surpass the four- percent-mark.
Meanwhile, the country’s teachers and professors are embarking on a 24-hour strike today, with rallies being held in Thessaloniki, Athens, and other big cities throughout the country.
 MAIN OPPOSITION’S HONORARY PRESIDENT NOT PART OF EXECUTIVE COM’TEE
Athens, February 25 (MPA)The honorary president of Greece’s main opposition party, New Democracy’s Konstantinos Mitsotakis, was excluded the party’s executive committee session held yesterday.
His exclusion was announced by the party’s president Kostas Karamanlis, during a press conference, wherein he also lashed against the government’s policy in both national issues and the economy.
 UN CHIEF OPTIMISTIC OVER PEACE AGREMENT IN PERSIAN GULF
New York, February 25 (MPA)United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan briefed the UN Security Council on the agreement he signed with the Iraqi vice- president, concerning the weapons inspections in Iraq.
Mr. Annan expressed his optimism that the will secure the support of the SC’s 15 members, However, both the United States and Great Britain has warned Ira’s leader Saddam Hussein that if he does not uphold the agreement the consequences will be formidable.
 MILITARY AND HUMANITARIAN AID TO GEORGIA
Thessaloniki, February 25 (MPA)Two Greek naval vessels will depart from Thessaloniki tomorrow for Georgia bearing military aid under the terms of a bilateral agreement signed last year in Tbilisi by Greek Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos.
The 30-meter patrol boat "Lindos", a gift from the Greek Defense Ministry to the Georgian navy, was built at the Skaramanga shipyards in the early 1980s. To be renamed "Iberia", it will be used to patrol Georgia's coasts.
Accompanying it is the tank landing craft "Samos" which is to deliver humanitarian aid to Georgia's ethnic Greeks as well as equipment for Georgia's armed forces.
Greek navy divers travelling on the "Samos" are to assist the Georgians in trying to salvage ships sunk during the 1993 civil war between Georgians and Abkhazians.
 GREEK TEACHERS, PROFESSORS ON 24-HOUR STRIKE TODAY
Thessaloniki, February 25 (MPA)Greece’s teachers and professors have embarked on a 24-hour strike today, conducting rallies in Thessaloniki, Athens and other large cities throughout the country.
The participation rate has reached the astounding 90% mark for teachers, while about half of the country’s professors took part in the strike.
They ask that their economic demands be met, while they are also opposed to the state’s system of valuation and they ask that the post-placement list be gradually abolished.
 GREECE’S FOREIGN UNDERSECRETARY IN CYPRUS, MEETS WITH CLERIDES
Nicosia, February 25 (MPA)Greece’s Foreign Under-secretary Yiannos Kranidiotis, met with Cyrpuot Preisdnet Glafkops Clerides in Nicosia today, within the framework of the preparatins taking place forthe island’s negotiaiotns for accesison tot he European Uni on.
Presidnet Clerides anfd Mr. Kranidiotis also discussed the former’s visit to Athens next month, scheduled for March 10.
The Greek Foreign Under-secretary is also scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and House President Spyros Kyprianou, political party leaders, Archbishop Chrysostomos and the commander of the National Guard.
He will have talks with Britain's representative for Cyprus Sir David Hannay, who will be visiting the island, US ambassador Kenneth Brill as well as EU special envoy to the Middle East.
 EXHIBITION ON BYZANTIUM OPENS IN LONDON ON FRIDAY
London, February 25 (MPA)An exhibition on the Byzantium showcasing coins and photographic materials will open Friday in London as part of the "Greece in Britain" series of cultural events.
The exhibition focuses on the travels to the east and west by Emmanuel II Paleologos, the father of last Byzantine Emperor Constantinos XI Paleologos. It will be housed at London's Greek Cultural Center.
In addition, a concert at St. Paul's Anglican Church, under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, is scheduled for March 4.
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