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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 98-09-16
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 16, 1998
NEWS IN DETAIL
 BERISHA FOLLOWERS ORGANIZE NEW RALLY IN TIRANA
Tirana, September 16 (MPA)A rally organized by followers of the main opposition leader and former president Sali Berisha is currently underway a the capital city's center, while police forces are on a state of alertness.
A parliamentary committee is to review whether or not Mr. Berisha's and five Democratic Party deputies' parliamentary immunity will be lifted in order to criminally prosecute them. Meanwhile, the European Union, the Organization for Security and cooperation in Europe and the Western European Union has issued an appeal to all of Albania's political forces to support president Rejep Meidani
 DEFENSE MINISTER BRIEFS LEADER OF MAIN OPPOSITION ON ALBANIAN CRISIS
Athens, September 16 (MPA)The Minster of National Defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos briefed today the leader of the main opposition party, New Democracy's Kostas Karamanlis on the latest developments in Albania.
Mr. Tsochatzopoulos stated that the problem in the neighboring country is a political one and stated that the situation is being normalized.
In turn, Mr. Karamanlis stated that the situation is still too fluid and proposed that the Greek government request the convention of an emergency session with the European Union's foreign ministers.
Moreover, Mr. Karamanlis asked that the security of Greek residing in Albania and Greek troops assigned there be ensured.
 ROLLING STONES TO ROCK ATHENS TONIGHT, THOUSANDS TO GET SATISFACTION
Athens, September 16 (MPA)Greek politicians, among them Premier Kostas Simitis, leader of the main opposition party, New Democracy's Kostas Karamanlis and the leader of minor opposition party Synaspismos Nikos Konstantopoulos are to join thousands of Rolling Stones fans tonight at the Olympic Stadium, where Mick Jagger and his entourage will walk the Bridges to Babylon.
The concert is to start around 9.30 p.m. and the Stones are expected to play for two whole hours.
 SITUATION IN ALBANIA NORMALIZED, AT LEAST TEMPORARILY
Tirana, September 16 (MPA)The situation in Albania appears to have been normalized, although the police are in a state of readiness in light of this afternoon's rally organized by main opposition leader and former president Sali Berisha.
The Albanian parliament's appropriate committee is to examine the district attorney's request to lift Mr. Berisha's parliamentary immunity which he enjoys as the leader of the main opposition party. Mr. Berisha and four of his colleagues, face charges of organizing, aiding and abetting an armed uprising. Meanwhile, the European Union, the Organization for Security and cooperation in Europe and the Western European Union has issued an appeal to all of Albania's political forces to support president Rejep Meidani.
 TWO SLIGHT EARTHQUAKES BRING TREMORS TO THESSALONIKI
Thessaloniki, September 16 (MPA)Two slight earthquakes brought concern to Thessaloniki's residents last night, the first measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale and occurring at 23.27, with the second taking place two minutes later and measuring 2.7.
The quake's epicenter was located 10 kilometers northeast of the city. Seismologists at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Geophysics lab stated that the tremors are no cause for concern.
 GREEK FM TO GIVE ADDRESS AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY EVENT
New York, September 16 (MPA)Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos is to present an address at New York's Columbia University tomorrow evening, where he will speak on ``Greece and Europe's future''.
The event is organized by the Greek Studies program, the School of International and Public Relations and the Institute of Western Europe.
 GREECE AND CYPRUS SIGN CULTURAL COOPERATION AGREEMENT
Nicosia, September 16 (MPA)The Cultural Ministers of Greece and Cyprus Evangelos Venizelos and Lycourgos Kapas respectively, signed a Cultural Cooperation Program for the years 1998-2000 in Nicosia yesterday.
The agreement provides for upgraded Greek participation in the annual Cyprus festival "Ta Kypria", now underway, the furthering of cooperation in theater, music, cinema and archaeology, as well as exchanges and cooperation in the international art and music fields.
It also provides for Cyprus' participation in the Cultural Olympiad to take place in Greece from the year 2000 to 2004. Mr. Venizelos underlined the importance of cultural cooperation between the two countries and pointed out that never before had it been set out in such a formal way as in the agreement signed today. He said the agreement had a "practical basis".
In turn, the Cypriot Culture Minister stated that "as we believe closer cultural cooperation is our national duty, the two ministries have developed close ties aiming at safeguarding the historical identity of the Greek nation."
He added that meetings between delegations of the two ministries will be held every six months and there will be a constant exchange of information and views.
Replying to questions, Mr. Venizelos expressed disappointment with the European Union's stance towards the destruction of the cultural heritage in the areas of the Republic occupied by Turkey since 1974.
He said the EU should show more sensitivity as it believes in the common European cultural heritage and noted that UNESCO and the Council of Europe show more interest in the situation.
 FBI DIRECTOR ARRIVES IN GREECE TOMORROW FOR TWO-DAY VISIT
Athens, September 16 (MPA)The director of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Louis Freeh will begin a two-day visit to Greece as of tomorrow.
According to the U.S. embassy in Athens, Mr. Freeh, who is currently on a European trip, will have talks on issues of mutual interest with Greek government officials involved in law enforcement.
 FERRARI, SUPERFAST FERRIES & CAMPARI TO STAGE SIX-DAY EVENT TOMORROW
Athens, September 16 (MPA)Ferrari, the famous sports car, SuperFast Ferries and Campari are to embark on a six-day event in Athens tomorrow with the participation of over 70 Ferrari cars from all over Europe.
The cars will depart from the Italian port of Ancona tomorrow and will arrive in Patras 19 hours later aboard a SuperFast ferry, owned by Greek blue-chip Attica Enterprises, which is listed on the Athens bourse.
Among events planned starting on Friday are skill races in Alepohori near Megara and then a drive to Athens.
The Ferraris will be lined up in front of the Kallimarmaro Stadium in central Athens and the Acropolis.
 DEPUTY FM: CYPRUS WILL NOT BE ECONOMIC BURDEN TO THE EU
Athens, September 16 (MPA)Addressing the Development Bank's general assembly meeting held in Athens yesterday, Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Yiannos Kranidiotis stated that Cyprus will not create very high expenditures for the European Union's budget after accession.
Speaking on the issue of "The Prospects of Europe: Greece and Cyprus, a Dynamic and Supplementary Relation", Mr. Kranidiotis said that whatever expenditures will be channeled in their largest part in the northern part of Cyprus, being the less developed. He said that for Cyprus to obtain economic benefits, it will go ahead quickly and systematically with the adjustment of the economy to the facts and claims of the big united market of Economic Monetary Union.
Moreover, Mr. Kranidiotis stated that Europe, Greece and Cyprus are faced with new prospects, opportunities and challenges on the threshold of the 21st century since the global system, as he said, appears to lack institutional bases of stability, the European Union with the establishment of EMU and enlargement is emerging as the exclusive factor of stability.
 HEAD OF HELLENIC PARLIAMENT RECEIVES PRESIDENT OF FINLAND
Athens, September 16 (MPA)The President of the Hellenic Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis yesterday received the Finnish President Matti Ahtisaari who is currently on an official visit to Greece.
Following their talks, Mr. Kaklamanis stated that there is an excellent level of relations between the parliaments of the two countries.
In turn, Mr. Ahtisaari expressed his satisfaction over the close cooperation between the parliaments of Greece and Finland and noted that he discussed with Mr. Kaklamanis ways "to make the people, and especially the youth, interested in day-to-day issues and politics."
He also stressed the need for the strengthening national parliaments' role and European integration. The Finnish president also noted that the international community must support the effort for a just solution to the Cyprus problem.
Mr. Kaklamanis expressed the hope that Cyprus' accession talks will be concluded by the time Finland assumes the rotating presidency of the European Union in 1999.
Finally, Mr. Kaklamanis underlined that it is necessary for the international community to follow a mutual course so as to restore the territorial integrity of Cyprus.
 TIRANA MOVES TO REMOVE BERISHA'S PARLIAMENTARY IMMUNITY
Tirana, September 16 (MPA)The Albanian government has moved to prosecute the leader of the main opposition Democratic Party -and former president- Sali Berisha for inciting the uprising of September 14, which it characterized as an attempted coup d'etat.
The prosecutor's office has already requested that Mr. Berisha's parliamentary immunity be lifted, along with other five deputies from the Democratic Party, on the grounds of organizing and participating in an armed uprising, which resulted in the destruction of government buildings and stores.
A parliamentary committee is to review whether or not Mr. Berisha's and the five deputies' parliamentary immunity will be lifted in order to criminally prosecute them.
Mr. Berisha has stated he is not concern over possibly being stripped of parliamentary immunity.
``I am not at all concerned,'' he stated. ``I am determined to face any attack will all my strength.''
The Albanian parliament yesterday ratified the Public Order Ministry's request to have the military police and a SWAT team to its avail given the critical stage of the situation.
Moreover, the government announced that it will adopt harsher measures in dealing with Mr. Berisha's armed followers.
Approximately 150 armed individuals are reportedly still stationed at the Democratic Party's headquarters.
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