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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 98-09-22
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 22, 1998
NEWS IN DETAIL
 PM TO MEET WITH MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY HONORARY PRESIDENT
Athens September 22 (MPA)The Prime Minister Kostas Simitis is to have a meeting with the honorary president of the main opposition party of New Democracy Constantine Mitsotakis where the latter will inform Mr. Simitis on his meeting with Turkish prime minister Mesut Yilmaz, held in Istanbul on Sunday.
Specifically, Mr. Mitsotakis will brief the Premier on the views expressed by Mr. Yilmaz on the course of the Greek-Turkish relations and the Cyprus issue.
 US FAVOR BI-ZONAL, BI-COMMUNAL FEDERATION IN CYPRUS
New York, September 22 (MPA)Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos met with the US emissary for the Cyprus issue Richard Holbrooke in New York yesterday.
The US official stated that Washington fully supports the creation of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation on the island. Moreover, Mr. Holbrooke told the Greek Foreign Minster that he will remain at his Cyprus post.
When asked if the Turks will be convinced to restart the negotiations based on the US proposal, Mr. Holbrooke responded that he did not know.
 FRANCE AND GERMANY EXPRESS SYMPATHY FOR CLINTON'S LEWINSKY PLIGHT
Bonn, September 22 (MPA)French Prime Minster, Germany chancellor and the vice- president of the Italian government have all expressed their support for the United States President Bill Clinton concerning the Monica Lewinsky scandal that has taken the world by storm. Helmut Kohl expressed his concern for the debilitation of the world's most significant post and stated that the fact that this matter was publicly discussed is unbearable.
Bill Clinton admitted to having had an inappropriate relationship with Ms. Lewinsky.
 MEDITERRANEAN CULTURE MINISTERS HOLD CONFERENCE IN RHODES SEPT. 25-27
Athens, September 22 (MPA)The first Mediterranean wide conference of culture ministers will be held on the island of Rhodes from September 25-27. Greece's Culture Minster Evangelos Venizelos has stated that all of the region's countries except Libya will be participating and will discuss all the large cultural programs planned for the celebration of the new millennium as well as the 2004 Olympic Games.
The minister said that the celebrations for the year 2000 include exhibitions, publications, Greek participation in musical and theatrical international events, as well as the new monuments such as the new Acropolis museum and Goulandris Museum of Modern Art.
He said that the events for the year 2000 include a religious element represented by the Orthodox Christian Church and organized by the Patriarchate of Jerusalem and will include Byzantine art exhibitions.
 PM TO SPEAK AT PASOK RALLY MARKING 2ND ANNIVERSARY OF PARTY VICTORY
Athens, September 22 (MPA)Prime Minister Kostas Simitis is scheduled to speak at a rally of ruling PASOK supporters this evening in the Athens district of Kallithea to mark the second anniversary of his party's 1996 general election victory.
Mr. Simitis is expected to outline the government's progress to date and stress its commitment to achieving inclusion in Economic and Monetary Union.
 "ARTISTS WITHOUT BORDERS" TO EMBARK ON 3-MONTH TRAIN TOUR OF BALKANS
Thessaloniki, September 22 (MPA)"Artists Without Borders", a Greek non-profit group, is to embark on a three-month train tour of 11 Balkan and European cities tomorrow, outlining the origins of culture and the development of Western civilization.
The train consists of six white wagons representing various stages of Western culture:
democracy, theater, commerce and industry, technology, the Olympic idea and human rights. The train will spend at least two days in each city and hold theatrical shows with local groups. It is funded by the Greek culture ministry and parliament. The train will first visit Sofia, Bulgaria and then travel to Bucharest, Romania; Leipzig, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; Strasbourg, France; Milan, Italy; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Zagreb, Croatia; Banja Luka and Sarajevo, Bosnia; Belgrade, Yugoslavia and end in Skopje, capital of FYROM.
 ALTERNATE FM TO BRIEF COUNCIL OF EUROPE ON ALBANIA MISSION
Strasbourg, September 22 (MPA)Greece's Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou, currently the president of the Council of Europe's (CoE) ministerial committee, will brief the C of E today on the outcome of his recent mission to Albania last weekend.
According to reports, the president of the C of E's Parliamentary Assembly, Leni Fischer, said Mr. Papandreou would give the assembly more details on his trip to Tirana, where he represented the CoE.
The European delegation, sponsored by the CoE, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Western European Union (WEU) and the European Union, urged Albania's political leaders to find a peaceful solution to the country's turmoil and issued a stern warning to opposition leader and former Albanian president Sali Berisha not to undermine stability in the country.
Ms Fischer also called for self- restraint in Tirana, saying the Albanian crisis threatened the "fragile balance" in the Balkans, especially given the tension in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo. "We cannot accept violence in Albania, the country needs peace," she told reporters, adding that Albanian President Rexhep Mejdani was expected in Strasbourg on Thursday to speak before the assembly.
 GREECE PROPOSES CREATION OF WORLD UNION FOR OLYMPIC MEDALISTS
Athens, September 22 (MPA)Olympic Games medalists from all over the world are participating in the international conference of Olympic medal winners currently held at the International Olympic Academy in Olympia.
Sports Undersecretary Andreas Fouras announced the Greek government's intention to support the effort for the creation of a world union for Olympic champions, with its permanent headquarters in ancient Olympia.
The conference, due to end tomorrow, was also addressed yesterday by the president of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games committee, Stratis Stratigis, and many Olympic medalists.
Organized by the Association of Greek Olympics medal winners, SEO, the conference has drawn the participation of 35 Greek and 120 foreign athletes who have won a total of 300 Olympic medals.
 ALBANIA: BOMB THROWN AT HOME OF MINOR OPPOSITION LEADER, NO VICTIMS
Tirana, September 22 (MPA)A bomb was thrown at the house of Albania's minor opposition party leader he Human Rights Union president Vasilis Melos, causing minor manages. There were no victims in the attack, which occurred last night, while the perpetrators remain unknown.
On Sunday evening a hand grenade was thrown at the house of one of the six prosecutors involved in the charges brought against main opposition leader Sali Berisha.
 FORMER DIRECTOR OF ALBANIAN PRESS AGENCY, ATA, ARRESTED
Tirana, September 22 (MPA)The former director of the Albanian press agency ATA Ilir Zhilla, has been arrested on charges of "participating in the armed uprising" that has tormented the neighboring country, according to the French news agency AFP, which quotes court sources.
Mr. Zhilla was arrested on Sunday evening, the same day the director of the Democratic Party's radio station Radio Contact Alfons Zeneli was arrested. Mr. Zeneli is charged with participating in last week's violent anti-government rallies where eight persons were killed and 80 others were injured.
The staff director of Radio Contact stated that the police did not produce a warrant for Mr. Zeneli's arrest outside a Tirana cafeteria, while Agron Bala, the radio station's owner, told the AFP that he was beaten by unknown culprits who he said were acting for the government.
The ATA has reported that the police has ordered the arrest of approximately twenty individuals.
 MELOS SPEAKS AFTER ATTACK: CULPRITS WANT TO HARM GREEK- ALBANIAN TIES
Tirana, September 22 (MPA)Albania's minor opposition party leader, the Human Rights Union president Vasilis Melos, has expressed his concern that last night's attack, when a makeshift bomb was thrown at his house causing only minor damages, may aim at straining relations between Albania and Greece.
There were no victims in the attack, which followed a similar one against the house of one of the six prosecutors assigned to bringing charges against the president of the main opposition party, the Democratic Party's Sali Berisha.
Mr. Melos, when asked if the attack could be associated with last weekend's C of E, OSCE and WEU meeting in Tirana, where Greece's alternate FM George Papandreou also participated in his capacity as C of E president, responded "maybe."
"What I can say is that Mr. Papandreou relayed the concern of the C of E as well as of a neighboring country over the situation in Albania," Mr. Melos said, adding that "maybe someone, through this action, wants to create another episode in Greek-Albanian relations since there can be reactions in Greece when this act is aimed against the leader of the Human Rights Union party."
Mr. Melos' party also represents the interests of the Greeks living in Albania.
 GREEK & ROMANIAN COMMERCE-INDUSTRY CHAMBERS SIGN COOPERATION PROTOCOL
Thessaloniki, September 22 (MPA)The commerce and industry chambers of Greece and Romania signed a cooperation protocol yesterday, thereby sealing with success the contacts made between Greek and Romanian businessmen.
The protocol was signed between the Greek and Romanian chambers' chairmen, namely Mgrs. Dimitris Bacatselos and George Cojocaru respectively.
The agreement foresees the undertaking of opportunities between the two sides aiming at the fortification of commercial ties between their members.
Moreover, the two chambers will exchange relevant information pertaining to economy and ventures, while they will also undertake the initiative for the organization of events that will support bilateral business missions.
 CYPRIOT PRESIDENT TO MEET WITH RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER IN NEW YORK
New York, September 22 (MPA)The President of the Republic of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides is to meet with Russia's newly appointed Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov in New York today, within the framework of the United Nations 53rd General Assembly.
Mgrs. Clerides and Ivanov are expected to discuss the latest developments in the Cyprus issue, while present at their talks will also be the Russia special envoy to Cyprus Vladimir Cisov.
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