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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 98-09-30

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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 30, 1998


TITLES

  • [01] STATE TRIES TO REDUCE INFLATION, PRICES TO DROP ON 250 CONSUMER GOODS
  • [02] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT SATISFIED BY WORLD'S REACTION TO DENKTASH PROPOSALS
  • [03] CENTRAL SERBIA ROCKED BY QUAKE MEASURING 5.7 RICHTER
  • [04] ALTERNATE FM: CYPRUS'S EU ACCESSION IS OPPORTUNITY TO RESOLVE ISSUE
  • [05] GREECE'S UNDERSECRETARY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS CONTINUES CONTACTS IN N.Y.
  • [06] GREEK DEFENSE MINSTER IN CYPRUS TODAY FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY
  • [07] PM TO OPEN CONFERENCE ON "THE EU AFTER THE AMSTERDAM TREATY"
  • [08] ALBANIAN PRESIDENT SAYS "YES" TO PADELI MAJKO'S APPOINTMENT AS PREMIER
  • [09] ONE DEAD, 17 INJURED IN EARTHQUAKE THAT ROCKED CENTRAL SERBIA
  • [10] TANKER TRUCK DRIVERS CALL OFF STRIKE, CARS IN LINE TO FILL UP WITH GAS
  • [11] GREEK GOVERNMENT ISSUES CONVERTIBLE BONDS AS OF TODAY
  • [12] EUROPEAN COMMISSION: GREEK ECONOMY IS ON A GOOD COURSE
  • [13] CONFERENCE ON THE EURO BEGINS IN THRACE TOMORROW

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [01] STATE TRIES TO REDUCE INFLATION, PRICES TO DROP ON 250 CONSUMER GOODS

    Athens, September 30 (MPA)

    The prices of over 250 items of wide consumption are to be reduced by 3-33%, part of the government's effort to reduce inflation. The agreement was reached yesterday between the Ministry of development and the country's industry sector.

    The new prices are to be enforced as of October 15 and this measure is to be applied for three to six months.

    [02] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT SATISFIED BY WORLD'S REACTION TO DENKTASH PROPOSALS

    New York. September 30 (MPA)

    Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides has expressed his satisfaction over the stance adopted by the international community on the confederation proposal submitted by Turkish- Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.

    Nevertheless, President Clerides did add that he is not satisfied with the issue concerning the enforcement of the United Nations resolution for the island-republic.

    [03] CENTRAL SERBIA ROCKED BY QUAKE MEASURING 5.7 RICHTER

    Belgrade, September 30 (MPA)

    An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale rocked central Serbia early this morning, shortly after midnight. The quake's epicenter is located 100 kilometers southwest of Belgrade in Valjevo.

    Electrical power was cut off in the region, while a number of buildings underwent damages even in Belgrade.

    According to reports so far, there have been injuries.

    [04] ALTERNATE FM: CYPRUS'S EU ACCESSION IS OPPORTUNITY TO RESOLVE ISSUE

    Athens, September 30 (MPA)

    Greece's alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou stated that Cyprus's accession course to the European Union constitutes an excellent opportunity to resolve the problem of the island's Turkish occupation.

    Mr. Papandreou also reiterated that the Turkish occupation forces are still stationed in the island's northern part and he blamed Ankara for setting obstacles to the island-republic's accession to the EU.

    [05] GREECE'S UNDERSECRETARY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS CONTINUES CONTACTS IN N.Y.

    New York, September 30 (MPA)

    Greece's Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Yiannos Kranidiotis has embarked on a series of contacts in New York, in light of Greece's candidacy as a non-permanent Security council member for 1999-2000.

    Mr. Kranidiotis has met with his counterparts and higher- ranking officials of United Nations member-states who are presently in New York for the 53rd General Assembly.

    [06] GREEK DEFENSE MINSTER IN CYPRUS TODAY FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY

    Nicosia, September 30 (MPA)

    National Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos will depart for Cyprus today for talks with Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides, the speaker of the Cypriot Parliament Spyros Kyprianou, Archbishop Chrysostomos and other political and military officials.

    Mr. Tsohatzopoulos is also expected to attend a military parade tomorrow, celebrating the Cyprus Republic's independence day.

    [07] PM TO OPEN CONFERENCE ON "THE EU AFTER THE AMSTERDAM TREATY"

    Athens, September 30 (MPA)

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis is to open the conference of "The European Union after the Amsterdam Treaty", to be held in Athens tomorrow.

    The main topics to be discussed at the two-day conference will be "Europe as a political vision" and necessary institutional changes, as well as "EMU and employment after the Amsterdam Treaty" and "joint European Union policy and the European citizen."

    The conference is organized by the Tsatsos Foundation in collaboration with PASOK's Eurodeputies group.

    [08] ALBANIAN PRESIDENT SAYS "YES" TO PADELI MAJKO'S APPOINTMENT AS PREMIER

    Tirana, September 30 (MPA)

    Albanian president Rejhep Meidani ratified late last night the Socialist Party's election of Padeli Majko as the country's new premier, replacing Fatos Nano who resigned on Monday evening. Mr. Majko, who had served as the ruling party's secretary-general, is expected to form the new cabinet in the next few days, in what is deemed to be a highly critical period for the country.

    The recent crisis led to Mr. Nano's resignation, although he remains at the party's leadership.

    [09] ONE DEAD, 17 INJURED IN EARTHQUAKE THAT ROCKED CENTRAL SERBIA

    Belgrade, September 30 (MPA)

    One person died after suffering a heart attack and seventeen others were injured during the earthquake that rocked central and northern Serbia early this morning, shortly after midnight. The quake measured 5.7 on the Richter scale and its epicenter is located 100 kilometers southwest of Belgrade in Valjevo.

    Electrical power was cut off in the region, while a number of buildings underwent damages even in Belgrade.

    According to reports so far, there have been no injuries in Belgrade.

    [10] TANKER TRUCK DRIVERS CALL OFF STRIKE, CARS IN LINE TO FILL UP WITH GAS

    Thessaloniki, September 30 (MPA)

    Drivers of fuel-carrying tanker trucks have called their strike off until January 31, 1999, calling on the government to meet their demands by then.

    The decision to cancel the protest was taken after a meeting held yesterday between the sector's representatives and officials from the ministries of transportation and development.

    The four-day strike had affected local drivers as more and more gas stations in and around the city wee posting "empty" signs

    [11] GREEK GOVERNMENT ISSUES CONVERTIBLE BONDS AS OF TODAY

    Athens, September 30 (MPA)

    The Greek government issued today its state convertible bonds, to be available until Friday through the banks.

    The bond's sale price has been set at GRD76,370 for a three- year term and will have a return value of GRD,000 upon its expiration. The annual return rate will be 9.4%.

    [12] EUROPEAN COMMISSION: GREEK ECONOMY IS ON A GOOD COURSE

    Brussels, September 30 (MPA)

    The substantial progress noted in the Greek economy, aiming at the convergence program, along with the proposals to the Greek government, that it should press on with its effort in order to improve the state's basic macro-economic sizes in light of Greece's accession to the Economic and Monetary Union, are some of the issues to be discussed in Brussels today at the European Commission's weekly session.

    In its report concerning the Greek economy's convergence, the EC refers to the latest development of the main economic sizes, granting particular attention to the need to curb inflation, public deficit and debt, while stressing that the basic prerequisite is a future discussion of investments in the private sector, but mainly the public one, and to go through the programmed privatizations.

    The EC's report is to be discussed at the following ECOFIN meeting of October 12.

    [13] CONFERENCE ON THE EURO BEGINS IN THRACE TOMORROW

    Thessaloniki, September 30 (MPA)

    The Economists Association of Thessaloniki is organizing a three-day event concerning the European Union common currency, the Euro, to be held October 1-3 at the Democritus University of Thrace, in the city of Komotene.

    Taking part in the event will be the European Center of Information - Rodopi, Evros. Among the issues to be discussed by Greek and foreign speakers during the event will be :

    Globalization and Development, the European Monetary Union, Industrial and Trade Policy in the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Deregulation and Globalization, Economic and Financial Markets, Regional Economies and Economic Enlargement, Job Markets and Global Economy, and others.


    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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