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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 98-09-08
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 8, 1998
NEWS IN DETAIL
 GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELS TO TEHRAN FOR TWO-DAY VISIT
Athens, September 8 (MPA)Greece’s Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos embarked on a two-day visit to Tehran today.
Mr. Pangalos will meet with the country’s political leaders, while he will also participate at the second ministerial summit of the trilateral cooperation of Greece, Iran and Armenia.
This cooperation aims at the creation of a framework which will allow for the development of economic collaboration in sectors of mutual interest.
 GREEK COMMUNIST PARTY’S SECRETARY GENERAL IN THESSALONIKI TODAY
Thessaloniki, September 8 (MPA)The Secretary General of the Communist Party of Greece Aleka Paparega is to conduct a two-day visit to Thessaloniki as of today.
Ms. Paparega will visit the International Trade Fair of Thessaloniki this evening and will also ,meet with various local government leaders and union representatives.
 POLITICAL DEADLOCK DRIVES RUSSIAN ECONOMY TO RUIN
Moscow, September 8 (MPA)Following the Communist-led Duma’s second rejection of Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s choice for premier Victor Cernomyrdin, both sides of the House warned that the country is risking a wave of violence stemming from the ruined economy. A third rejection would trigger the dissolution of the Duma and an early parliamentary election.
 GREEK F.M.: THE EU SHOULD FOCUS ITS ATTENTION TO KOSSOVO AND RUSSIA
Salzburg, September 8 (MPA)In a press interview granted after the close of the European Union’s Foreign Ministers meeting in Salzburg, Greece’s Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos stressed that the Community needs to focus its immediate attention to Russia, whether or not there is a cabinet reshuffle in Moscow.
In a further reference to Russia, Mr. Pangalos stated that there needs to be a reduction in the social variations apparent in that country, as well as the need to combat crime.
Referring to the Kossovo crisis, Mr. Pangalos stressed that the Greek side has made clear the need for an overall discussion on the issue.
The EU’s approach needs to be balanced because here we have a position which entails obligations for both sides. We cannot impose sanctions on Belgrade and not make it clear to Kossovo’s Albanians that they have to abandon their (demand for ) independence, abandon the armed activity and terrorist actions, otherwise, we will not have a balanced solution,” Mr. Pangalos said.
 SWISS PRESIDENT FORWARDS HIS CONDOLENCES TO GREEK COUNTERPART
Athens, September 8 (MPA)The President of Switzerland Flavio Cotti has forwarded a message of condolences to the families of the victims of Swissair Flight 111 which crashed off the Canadian coast last week. In a telegram to his Greek counterpart, Kostis Stephanopoulos, the Swiss president expressed his grief over the loss of the 229 lives aboard the aircraft. Two Greek citizens - Chronoula Bonanou- Iconomopoulou, 42, from Patras, and Nikos Kefalidis, 55, from Alexandroupolis , were traveling on Greek passports. Another 12 passengers on the ill-fated airliner were Greek nationals, whose families reside in Greece.
 EU ENERGY COMMISSIONER SPEAKS AT THESSALONIKI’S TRADE FAIR
Thessaloniki. September 8 (MPA)The European Union’s Energy Commissioner Christos Papoutsis, gave an address in Thessaloniki yesterday where he stated that Greece needs to implement a combined policy of stabilization and development in order to best achieve its goal of acceding to the Economic and Monetary Union. Moreover, Mr. Papoutsis stated that the country needs to implement a variety of measures that will promote the restructuring of the economy, allow for real economic convergence and attain the achievement of social cohesion.
 PREMIER OF BOSNIA AND GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER SEE EYE TO EYE
Athens, September 8 (MPA)The Prime Minister of Bosnia-Herzegovina Milorad Dodik met with Greece’s Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos in Athens yesterday, where the two men held talks concerning the latest developments in the Balkans and the Kossovo crisis. Following the meeting, which reportedly enjoyed a “meeting of the minds”, Mr. Dodik stated that the forthcoming weekend’s general elections will provide the Bosnian Serb republic with the means to implement the 1995 Dayton peace accords which ended the Bosnian war. "With a new government, the Serb Republic of Bosnia is well on the way to implementing the Dayton accord," Mr. Dodik said. In turn, pointing out that the Serb republic was faithfully and conscientiously implementing the accord, Mr. Pangalos said he hoped the international community would recognize this effort. Mgrs. Dodik and Pangalos said they were very satisfied with the level of bilateral relations. Mr. Dodik said he had invited Mr. Pangalos to Banja Luka for a visit, which, he said, would have "exceptional significance" for the promotion of bilateral relations.
 THREE GREEK CHAMPIONS IN JOHANNESBURG FOR TRACK- FIELD WORLD CUP
Athens, September 8 (MPA)Three Greek track and field champions departed for Johannesburg today in order to participate in the European track and field champions’ team at the world cup race.
Olga Vasdeki, Haris Papadias and Kostas Kederis are to race September11-13. Vasdeki and Papadias, both medalists at the European track and field championships, will race on the world cup’s first day, while Kederis will take part in the third. This marks the first time Greece participates in the champions’ team with three runners. Kostas Koukodimos was the sole runner in Cuba’s 1994 race.
 BULGARIAN PRESIDENT: NATO’S INTERVENTION IN KOSSOVO UNNECESSARY
Sofia, September 8 (MPA)Bulgarian President Petar Stoyanov expressed his concern over the latest developments in Kossovo and also added that a NATO intervention in the region would be unnecessary . Speaking on the sidelines of Lisbon's EXPO '98, on the occasion of September 6 -a day dedicated to Bulgaria- , Mr. Stoyanov reiterated his country's strong will to become a member of the Alliance, as well as the European Union.
Responding to a question set forth by the Athens News Agency, on whether he felt safe with the current Kossovo crisis, Mr. Stoyanov said not only Bulgarian politicians but his country's entire society was especially concerned about what was currently taking place in the Albanian- speaking Serbian province. He said a possible deterioration of the situation in Kossovo could also have an impact on Bulgaria. Asked about his opinion on relations between Sofia and Athens, the Bulgarian president said he took great pleasure to say that relations between the two nations were excellent. He added that, there were some pending issues albeit not clarifying them.
 OSCE ASSIGNS 2,700 OBSERVERS TO OVERSEE BOSNIA’S GENERAL ELECTIONS
Pale, September 8 (MPA)The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has assigned a force of 2,700 observers who will oversee Bosnia’s general elections to be held on September 12-13. Also, a large delegation of officials from the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly will observe the voting process. The delegates will arrive at Serajevo on Thursday where they will meet with party representatives and presidential candidates.
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