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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 98-10-07

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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, October 7, 1998


TITLES

  • [01] OPTIMISM ABOUNDS IN FINANCIAL MARKETS, NIKKEI RISES TO +600 POINTS
  • [02] PARLIAMENT TO REVIEW IMMUNITY LIFT OF TWO OPPOSITION DEPUTIES
  • [03] HOLBROOKE-MILOSEVIC TALKS BRING NO RESULTS
  • [04] NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL SOLANA TO ARRIVE IN ATHENS ON FRIDAY
  • [05] DEFENDORY '98 EXHIBITION OF WEAPONS UNDERWAY IN PIRAEUS
  • [06] GREECE'S DEPUTY FM: VIOLENCE IS NOT THE BEST SOLUTION TO KOSSOVO
  • [07] CIA DOCUMENTS NOW ADOPT CORRECT NAME FOR FYROM
  • [08] PRIME MINSTER SIMITIS TO RECEIVE MINISTER OF DEFENSE TOMORROW
  • [09] MILOSEVIC REPORTED TO HAVE RUSSIAN GROUND-TO-AIR MISSILES
  • [10] OSCE CONCERNED OVER BELGRADE'S ORDER FOR CENSORSHIP OF FOREIGN NEWS

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [01] OPTIMISM ABOUNDS IN FINANCIAL MARKETS, NIKKEI RISES TO +600 POINTS

    Tokyo, October 7 (MPA)

    The global economy does not look as dire anymore, following yesterday's impressive rise in European financial markets and the slight recovery at Wall Street. The Nikkei index rose to +600 points.

    According to financial analysts, this slight recovery could lead the a further increase in the indices of European markets. In the Athens Stock Exchange, the general price index rose by .81% yesterday.

    [02] PARLIAMENT TO REVIEW IMMUNITY LIFT OF TWO OPPOSITION DEPUTIES

    Athens, October 7 (MPA)

    The proposals to lift the parliamentary immunity of two deputies from the main opposition -party New democracy are to be reviewed in Parliament today. The two parliamentarians are Kostas Karaminas and Varsamis Yovanoudas.

    Meanwhile, a warrant for the arrest of another ND deputy, George Voidonikolas has been issued. He is charged with issuing bounced checks. The matter was examined at the party's headquarters by ND leader Kostas Karamanlis.

    [03] HOLBROOKE-MILOSEVIC TALKS BRING NO RESULTS

    Belgrade, October 7 (MPA)

    United States envoy Richard Holbrooke met with Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic yesterday, but the talks bore no breakthrough in the Kossovo crisis, at a time when NATO is reiterating its threat to bring its troops in the region.

    Mr.Holbrooke also stated that, during his visit to Kossovo, he ascertained that the Yugoslav military forces have not withdrawn from the area.

    [04] NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL SOLANA TO ARRIVE IN ATHENS ON FRIDAY

    Athens, October 7 (MPA)

    NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana is to arrive in Athens on Friday and will be received by the Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, according to government spokesman Dimitris Reppas.

    Mr. Reppas said he had no new information on the dialogue between Greece and Turkey at NATO under Mr. Solana's auspices . Moreover, he did not comment on press reports which claim there had been a recent meeting between Greek and Turkish officials on the issue, saying that it was Mr. Solana's as well as Athens' and Ankara's wish that these talks remain confidential.

    [05] DEFENDORY '98 EXHIBITION OF WEAPONS UNDERWAY IN PIRAEUS

    Piraeus, October 7 (MPA)

    Greece's Minister of Defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos inaugurated the 10th Defendory international exhibition of conventional weapons at the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) exhibition center yesterday.

    Mr. Tsochatzopoulos accompanied his visiting Russian counterpart Igor Sergeyev around the Greek defense industry's pavilions and the two men in turn inspected Russian weapons systems on display.

    Afterwards, US ambassador Nicholas Burns guided Mr. Tsochatzopoulos around the pavilions of the US defense industries.

    Mr. Tsochatzopoulos also received visiting Senegalese Foreign Minister Cheikh Harnidou Kane and Italian Deputy Defense Minister Gianni Rivera.

    [06] GREECE'S DEPUTY FM: VIOLENCE IS NOT THE BEST SOLUTION TO KOSSOVO

    New York, October 7 (MPA)

    "Greece has forwarded its own message to Belgrade," stated that undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Yiannos Kranidiotis in New York, responding to reporters' questions regarding the Greek government's stance in regards to the possibility of a NATO military intervention in Yugoslavia.

    Mr. Kranidiotis stressed that "our view is that the use of violence is not always the best solution to a crisis," adding that "all other means must be exhausted before we resort to violence." He referred to a strict message addressed to Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic by the tripartite Greek-Bulgarian-Romanian summit meeting in Delphi during last weekend and expressed the view that diplomatic means for de-escalating the crisis have not yet been exhausted.

    Mr. Kranidiotis expressed the hope a war between Turkey and Syria would be averted and that the dispute would be overcome through negotiations.

    [07] CIA DOCUMENTS NOW ADOPT CORRECT NAME FOR FYROM

    New York, October 7 (MPA)

    The efforts exerted by the Pan-Macedonian Association of United States and Canada have paid off, as they have resulted in a shift within the Central Intelligence Agency's policy, that is, to begin referring to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as "FYROM".

    The head of the CIA's public relations department Grace Sullivan, as well as the director of information of Kessing's Worldwide, Richard Thomas, have met the requests that these changes be made, requests which were submitted by the chairman of the PanMacedonian Committee of National Affairs., Mr. Ikonomou.

    Ms. Sullivan, in a letter addressed to Mr. Ikonomou, thanked the Association for addressing the matter regarding the publication "Former Yugoslavia: Collection of Maps", which was published by the CIA in 1993.

    In her letter, Ms. Sullivan points out that the United States recognized FYROM's independence in February of 1994 and stresses that all maps that were published thereafter bear the name FYROM.

    In turn, Mr. Thomas of "Keesing's Worldwide", the organization that compiles and publishes data concerning the world's countries and their leaders, points out that as soon as he noted the mistake in the reference books on FYROM, which mistakenly referred to the country as the "Republic of Macedonia" he corrected it to FYROM. He further added that there was no political motive involved in the slight.

    The chairman of the Pan-Macedonian Association Evangelos Michalopoulos stated that the CIA"s assurance and recognition that the name of FYROM remains as it has been established through the UN's interim agreement constitutes significant success. .

    [08] PRIME MINSTER SIMITIS TO RECEIVE MINISTER OF DEFENSE TOMORROW

    Athens, October 7 (MPA)

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis is to meet with the Minster of National Defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos tomorrow with whom he will discuss the armed forces outfitting program.

    The meeting will determine whether or not the National Defense and Foreign Affairs Council will meet on Friday.

    [09] MILOSEVIC REPORTED TO HAVE RUSSIAN GROUND-TO-AIR MISSILES

    London, October 7 (MPA)

    According to the London Times, Serb President Slobodan Milosevic' security forces have acquired state-of-the-art, ground- to-air missiles from Russia, capable of facing NATO's aircraft.

    While the Times' report that it has not been ascertained whether the missiles were acquired through legitimate and official Russian channels, the new defense system needs to be taken into serious consideration.

    The paper detailed the weaponry as new warheads, fuses and sensors for mobile Sam 6 missiles.

    An upgrade of an old Russian surface-to-air missile had also converted the existing system to one with faster reactions and an extended range.

    In addition, the system was mobile and could provide early warnings of NATO air strikes.

    The Times reported that the threat posed by the system was discussed by British Ministry of Defense staff yesterday.

    [10] OSCE CONCERNED OVER BELGRADE'S ORDER FOR CENSORSHIP OF FOREIGN NEWS

    Vienna, October 7 (MPA)

    The Organization for Security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has expressed its profound concern over the Yugoslav government's orders to the country's privately-owned radio and television stations that they not re-broadcast foreign news.

    The OSCE's representative responsible for freedom of the press, warned that these threats constitute a violation of Belgrade's commitments as outlined in 1975's accords.

    Meanwhile Yugoslavia's Ministry of Information has stressed that the re-broadcasting of such programs constitutes an immediate threat to the state as it equals espionage and adds that any form of subversive activity that is harmful to the country's defense capability is unacceptable.


    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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