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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 98-03-06
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, March 6, 1998
NEWS IN DETAIL
 SITUATION IN KOSSOVO INTENSIFIES, 20 ALBANIANS, TWO SERBS KILLED
Belgrade March 6 (MPA)The already-alarming situation in Kossovo is intensifying following yesterday’s clashes when Serb forces opened fire in the region of Drenica, killing 20 Albanian-speaking persons and two Serb soldiers, according to the official reports.
Albanian Foreign Minister has appealed for the intervention of the international community. However, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic is turning down offers for the international community’s mediation, thus rendering yesterday’s visit of British Foreign Minister Robin cook to Belgrade as an unsuccessful one.
Greece’s Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos is to travel to Belgrade today.
 PRESIDENT OF ALBANIA TO VISIT GREECE ON MONDAY
Athens, March 6 (MPA)The President of Albania Rejep Meidani is to embark on a three-day visit to Athens on Monday, on the invitation of his Greek counterpart Kostis Stephanopoulos, where his talks are expected to focus on the situation in Kossovo and the reduction of tension existing today in the relations between Tirana and Belgrade.
President Meidani will arrive on Monday morning and will be formally welcomed by the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos. The two leaders will have a private meeting which will be followed by a meeting between the Greek and Albanian delegations which will proceed to the signing of agreements concerning the developments of Greek-Albanian co-operation.
Thereafter, Mr. Meidani will meet with the Prime Minister Kostas Simitis and will also see the leaders of the country’s political parties.
In an exclusive interview granted recently to the Director of the Macedonian Press Agency Spyros Kouzinopoulos, and before the violent incidents erupted in Kossovo, President Meidani had expressed his concern over the situation in the region, which he had characterised as “dangerous”. He noted that any delay in the situation’s stabilisation, harbours dangers for the wider region, while he stressed the need for continuous international pressures and the assignment of United Nations observers in Prishtina in order to avoid conflict.
Referring the co-operation between Greece and Albania, President Meidani stated that it is on a positive course.
“Following the visits of various delegations, including that of the Greek Premier, my visit will constitute the culmination of this cooperation that has moved into the right direction and is developing positively for the benefit of both peoples and countries.
“Aside from this multifaceted and productive cooperation, I also note a convergence in regards to foreign policy in the Balkans, whose substance has been expressed through simple words full of meaning: Europeanization of the Balkans, not Balkanization of Europe,” President Meidani stated.
 GREEK PREMIER TO RECEIVE PRESIDENT OF CYPRUS NEXT WEEK
Nicosia, March 6 (MPA)The President of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides is to be received by the Prime Minister of Greece Kostas Simitis and other political leaders during his official visit to Athens between the 9-11 of March.
President Clerides is to discuss the latest developments on the Cyprus issue with the Greek political leaders.
On March 12, the Cypriot President will travel to London in order to participate at the European conference which will feature the participation of the European Union’s 15 member-states and the countries which are candidates for accession to the Community.
 N.D.’S HONORARY PRESIDENT WILL TAKE PART IN SESSION, BUT UNDER TERMS
Athens, March 6 (MPA)The honorary president of the country’s main opposition party, New Democracy’s Konstantinos Mitsotakis has set forth terms for his participation in the party’s parliamentary group session on Monday, and those are the discussion of the recently-expelled deputies and the party’s course into the future. However, the session’s agenda only lists the party’s line for the municipal elections.
 GREEK, BULGARIAN, ROMANIAN PUBLIC ORDER MINISTERS TO MEET SATURDAY
Thessaloniki, March 6 (MPA)A meeting of the Public Order ministers of Greece, Romania and Bulgaria is due to take place in Thessaloniki on Saturday during which issues concerning drug, arms and nuclear material smuggling, car thefts and any other illegal activity of international criminal gangs in Greece will be discussed.
Head of the Greek delegation in the trilateral meeting will be the minister of Public Order Giorgos Romeos while the ministers of Internal Affairs Bogogmil Bonev of Bulgaria and Gavril Dejeu of Romania will represent their countries.
 ALBANIA’S FORMER PRESIDENT IS WELL, TO RETURN HOME TOMORROW
Thessaloniki, March 6 (MPA)Former Albanian president Ramiz Alia is to return home at the end of this week after his recovery from quadruple by-pass surgery performed last month at Thessaloniki's Papanikolaou Hospital.
Mr. Alia, who was recently discharged from a three-week stay in the hospital, told the Macedonian Press Agency that he is leaving thessaloniki, “the Greek soil, Macedonia, with feelings of gratitude, especially towards the medical staff for the suyccessful operation and their friendly stance, as well as towrs the Greek authorities who werre exspecially freidnlty toward me.
“I am departing with the wish that i return again,. So that I may see Greece more often, and enjoy iuts people’s progress and, of course, the freindship betweent he two cuotmnries.”
Mr. Alia suffered his first heart attack six years ago while serving an eight-year prison sentence for abuse of power and violation of the people's rights after assuming power following the death of dictator Enver Hoxha in 1985.
He was later freed after an appeals court ruling only to be rearrested and charged with killing or ordering the deportation of dissidents who tried to flee the country illegally. He escaped from jail along with hundreds of others during an armed uprising in March last year and was finally cleared of all charges in October.
 NATO’S LARGEST EXERCISE THIS YEAR TO START MONDAY IN NORTH ATLANTIC
Athens, March 6 (MPA)NATO's largest exercise of the year, "Strong Resolve '98", is to take place in the North Atlantic and the Iberian Peninsula between March 9-21. The exercise is aimed at testing NATO's ability to concurrently tackle two crises developing in two different geographic regions.
Greece will participate in the exercise in the Iberian Peninsula with the frigate "Spetsai", four F-16 aircraft, as well as with a number of officers for the staff of the joint combined force.
All NATO member-states will participate in this massive military exercise, while seven countries observing NATO's Partnership for Peace (PfP) initiative will also take part for the first time, including Austria, Bulgaria, FYROM, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden.
 SAE EMBARKS ON INITIATIVE TO RE-OPEN CHALKI THEOLOGY SCHOOL
Washington, March 6 (MPA)The Council of Greeks Abroad (SAE) is to embark on a world- wide campaign aimed at having the Chalki School of Theology reopened, to be officially inaugurated on March 12 in Washington during a ceremony that will be attended by a score of US officials and international dignitaries.
The President of SAE Andrew Athens, who visited Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos in February, told the Patriarch that all SAE bodies will participate in the international campaign, while he also pledged that SAE will do everything in its power to assist the Patriarchate in achieving economic independence. The historic school was shut down in 1973 after a Turkish government decision.
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