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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 98-09-04

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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, September 4, 1998


TITLES

  • [01] EIGHT GREEKS WERE AMONG THE PASSENGERS OF SWISSAIRíS FLIGHT SR111
  • [02] THESSALONIKIíS 63RD TRADE FAIR TO BE INAUGURATED TONIGHT BY PREMIER
  • [03] SCORE OF OFFICIALS TO ATTEND INAUGURATION OF 63RD TIF
  • [04] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH VARTHOLOMEOS SENDS WISHES TO TIF
  • [05] PRESIDENT OF HELLENIC REPUBLIC TO VISIT FLORINA PREFECTURE THIS WEEKEND
  • [06] GREECE AND TUNISIA SIGN DEFENSE AGREEMENT
  • [07] GREECE OPENS CONSULATE IN YUGOSLAV CITY OF NIS, FIRST COUNTRY TO DO SO
  • [08] UN SECRETARY-GENERAL INSISTS ON BI-COMMUNAL TALKS IN CYPRUS
  • [09] RUSSIAíS DUMA TO CONVENE TODAY OVER CERNOMYRDINíS APPOINTMENT

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [01] EIGHT GREEKS WERE AMONG THE PASSENGERS OF SWISSAIRíS FLIGHT SR111

    Athens, September 4 (MPA)

    Eight Greeks, six of whom were traveling on foreign passports, were among the 229 passengers of the Swissair flight SR111 that crashed off the coast of Canada yesterday, killing all abroad. The victimsí relatives left for Halifax yesterday in order to identify the remains of their loved ones. Swissair launched an emergency plan yesterday and offered to the families of the victims a round-trip flight to Canada and $20,000 in immediate aid for each passenger killed. A Swissair spokesperson in Athens said that nineteen of the 215 passengers on the flight were booked on connecting flights to the Greek capital. The MD-11 airliner was en route from New York to Geneva when the pilot saw smoke in the cockpit. He warned the passengers and the 14 crew members that they would be making an emergency landing in Halifax. Instead, it crashed off the coast of Nova Scotia. The plane, a three-engine McDonnell Douglas aircraft, went down in the Atlantic at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday (0130 GMT Thursday), an hour and 40 minutes after takeoff from New York's Kennedy Airport. Yesterday's crash was the first suffered by Swissair since 1979, when a DC-8 overshot the runway in Athens. Fourteen people died when that plane burst into flames.

    [02] THESSALONIKIíS 63RD TRADE FAIR TO BE INAUGURATED TONIGHT BY PREMIER

    Thessaloniki, September 4 (MPA)

    Thessaloniki is to be the city at the heart of Europe for a course of ten days, thanks to the 63rd International Trade Fair that is to be inaugurated this evening by the Prime Minister Kostas Simitis. The Premier will be accompanied by a large delegation of government officials. Government spokesperson Dimitris Reppas stated that, in his speech, Mr. Simitis will insist on the adherence to the present fiscal policy and will grant emphasis on the promotion of reforms that are expected to propel the country into the Economic and Monetary Union.

    [03] SCORE OF OFFICIALS TO ATTEND INAUGURATION OF 63RD TIF

    Thessaloniki, September 4 (MPA)

    A score of officials are to attend this eveningís inauguration ceremony of Thessalonikiís 63rd International Trade Fair. The inauguration will take place at 8 p.m. with an address given by the Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, who is expected to arrive in the city at 6:15 p.m. The ceremony, held at the Fairís "Ioannis Vellidis" convention center, will be attended by US Assistant Secretary of Commerce Mary Fran Kirchner, the Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister of Cyprus, the Ukrainian Public Order Minister, the Ukrainian International Economic Relations and Agriculture Undersecretaries and the Polish Finance Undersecretary.

    The Premier will unveil the governmentís economic policy for the next 12 months during tomorrow eveningís speech, to be given at 9 p. m.

    At noon on Sunday, Mr. Simitis will give a press conference spanning all issues. This year's TIF is to the participation of the People's Republic of China, whose pavilion is one of the biggest and covers 500 square meters.

    [04] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH VARTHOLOMEOS SENDS WISHES TO TIF

    Fanar, September 4 (MPA)

    The Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos has forwarded a message to the International Trade Fair of Thessaloniki, wishing for its success. In his message, to be read during this evening inaugural ceremony, the Patriarch also expresses his regret that he will be unable to attend the event, to which he is invited every year, due to previously undertaken commitments.

    [05] PRESIDENT OF HELLENIC REPUBLIC TO VISIT FLORINA PREFECTURE THIS WEEKEND

    Athens, September 4 (MPA)

    The President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos is to conduct a two-day visit to the prefecture of Florina this weekend. According to the announcement issued by the Presidentís office, Mr. Stephanopoulos will visit the cities of Amynteo, Florina, the guardhouses of Niki, Koula and Agia Paraskevi, as well as the Prespes lake.

    [06] GREECE AND TUNISIA SIGN DEFENSE AGREEMENT

    Tunis, September 4 (MPA)

    Greeceís Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, winding up an official visit to Tunisia yesterday, signed a defense agreement with his Tunisian counterpart Ben Yahia providing for cooperation in the defense and military sectors. Mr. Tsochatzopoulos said that the countries of the Mediterranean region could contribute decisively to the maintenance of stability and security in the region, overcoming the problems arising at a localized level. Mr. Yahia said that the agreement aims at "not only defense but at peace in the region of the Mediterranean." While in Tunis, Mr. Tsochatzopoulos held talks with a number of Tunisian government officials on bilateral, regional and international issues, including the Cypriot problem and the need to respect United Nations Security Council resolutions. In his meeting with Tunisian President Ben Ali, he asked for Tunis's support for Greece's bid to sit on the Security Council as a non-permanent member.

    [07] GREECE OPENS CONSULATE IN YUGOSLAV CITY OF NIS, FIRST COUNTRY TO DO SO

    Belgrade, September 4 (MPA)

    Greece is to inaugurate its consulate in the city of Nis today, being the first country covering the region of southern Serbia as well as Kossovo. Aiming at the facilitation of Yugoslav tourists and businessmen wishing to obtain visas for Greece, the consulate will also serve the cityís big Greek community, comprising primarily students and businessmen, and will contribute towards the development of economic and cultural relations between Serbia and Greece. The inauguration will be conducted by the Foreign Ministry's Administration and Organization Secretary General Konstantinos Zoras in the presence of the Mayor of Nis Zoran Zivkovic and other Serb officials.

    [08] UN SECRETARY-GENERAL INSISTS ON BI-COMMUNAL TALKS IN CYPRUS

    Durban, September 4 (MPA)

    Following a brief meeting with Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides in Durban yesterday, United Nations Secretary-general Kofi Annan reiterated that the UNís Security Council would not waiver from its insistence that Cyprus peace talks be held on a bi-communal basis. Commenting on the Turkish Cypriot confederation plan, which aims to initiate peace talks between "two equal states", Mr. Annan said that "I think this issue has been already raised and brought to the attention of the UN Security Council, which has already given its response.Ē Mgrs. Clerides and Annan met on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit held in South Africa in order to discuss the situation in Cyprus and UN efforts to reduce tension. Mr. Clerides said he was satisfied with the brief meeting and suggested there were prospects for a new UN initiative to start the peace process. The Cypriot President repeated his condemnation of the confederation proposal and stressed that demilitarization is the only way to secure a peaceful solution. He described Turk-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's confederation proposal as "totally unacceptable", saying it aimed at "destroying Cyprus as a sovereign and independent state and becoming a Turkish protectorate."

    [09] RUSSIAíS DUMA TO CONVENE TODAY OVER CERNOMYRDINíS APPOINTMENT

    Moscow, September 4 (MPA)

    Russia's lower house of parliament (Duma) is to vote today on prime minister-designate Victor Cernomyrdin in the second of three possible votes, although it has made clear its overwhelming rejection of President Yeltsin's choice of premier. If Mr. Cernomyrdin is rejected by the Duma three times, President Yeltsin will have to dissolve the House and call an early parliamentary election. Mr. Chernomyrdin won the support of only 94 of the Duma's 450 members last Monday. In order to be elected, he needs at least 226 votes.

    Complete archives of the Macedonian Press Agency bulletins are available on the MPA Home Page at http://www.mpa.gr/ and on the U.S. mirror at http://www.hri.org/MPA/


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