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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 98-10-20
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 20, 1998
NEWS IN DETAIL
 ECONOMICS NOBEL PRIZE WINNER TO SPEAK IN ATHENS TODAY
Athens, October 20 (MPA)The President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos and the Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will attend an address to be given in Athens this evening by this year's winner of the Nobel prize for Economics, Dr. Amartya Sen, at an event organized by the Andreas Papandreou Institute.
The Nobel laureate, an economist from India, will speak on "The political element of economic development: a tribute to Andreas Papandreou". The event will be held at the Old Parliament Building.
The 64-year-old master at Britain's Trinity College in Cambridge said his Nobel prize winning work incorporated factors such as income distribution and health in measuring poverty.
Working with the theory of 'social choice' he explores how different individuals' welfare is affected by collective decisions.
Mr. Sen said he analyzed the causes of catastrophes such as famines, and ways to include the very poor in evaluating a nation's overall economic situation.
When asked about his interests in the dynamics of famine, Sen told reporters it was spurred by his own experience during India's famine in 1943, when he was 9.
"Times were difficult when I was a child. I come from a country with a lot of problems, mainly poverty," Mr. Sen stated.
"It was rumored then that the food supply was not very low, nevertheless a famine occurred. That period in my life has left me with many unpleasant memories. I have made a conscious effort to analyze that part of my life in my work."
Mr. Sen also referred to the late PASOK founder Andreas Papandreou, whom he met during his last visit to Greece in 1963. He recalled, "we spent about two weeks together and had many discussions. I like his economic theory. I often refer to Andreas Papandreou in my lectures."
Before making his home in Britain, Sen was a professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard, where he still has an office and remains professor emeritus.
 PASOK CABINET AND SECRETARIAT TO CONVENE TODAY
Athens, October 20 (MPA)The ministerial committee and political secretariat of the ruling PASOK party are to convene today in order to review the results of the local elections and the potential reforms that will take place in the government's task.
Yesterday evening, the party's Central Committee secretary Kostas Skandalides met with the Prime Minister Kostas Simitis and stated afterwards that there will be no reshuffle in the executive bureau.
The elections outcome will also dominate talks during tomorrow's session of the party's parliamentary group.
 CAR INSURANCE SECTOR TO UNDERGO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES
Athens, October 20 (MPA)Over 300,000 Greek drivers are to soon be called to pay fines of up to 150,000 drachmas for failing to buy car insurance.
Meanwhile, significant changes are to take place in the car insurance sector which are to be enforced as of next year.
The new administrative board of the Insurance Agencies Association, which met with the Undersecretary of Development Michalis Chrysochoides, will develop the new system which will allow for damage payments to car accident victims.
 FYROM: PARTIES DIFFER ON ELECTION RESULTS
Skopje, October 20 (MPA)While the official election results have yet to be posted in FYROM, conflict has erupted among the ruling Social Democratic Union and the VMRO-DPMNE coalition with the Democratic Alternative, after the Social Democrats' refusal to accept the results of last Sunday's parliamentary election's first round as presented by the opposition .
 PREMIER TO LAUNCH INT/L BUSINESS CONFERENCE IN NORTHERN GREECE
Alexandroupolis, October 20 (MPA)Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will inaugurate an international business conference to be held in the northern Greek city of Alexandroupolis on October 22-25.
Expected to attend the conference are officials from seventy six countries including ministers, ambassadors, trade attaches and bank governors.
Among the items on the agenda are energy networks, transport, telecommunications, small and medium-sized enterprises, and peace and security in the region.
Moreover, the event will review the prospects for a new economic area after the year 2000 spanning the Mediterranean, Balkans and Black Sea.
Greece's Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou, who is also the head of the conference's organizing committee, has personally called on the delegates to forge contacts in order to help expand cooperation in the region.
Organizing the event is the Foundation for Mediterranean Cooperation, backed by the European Parliament, the European Investment Bank, the Foundation for Mediterranean Studies and local authorities in the north.
 GREEK FM MEETS WITH IRISH COUNTERPART IN ATHENS
Athens, October 20 (MPA)Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos received his Irish counterpart David Andrew in Athens this morning, with whom he discussed bilateral relations, the situation in the Balkans, Greek-Turkish relations and the Cyprus issue, as well as matters that concern the European Union and its expansion.
Following the talks, Mr. Pangalos stated that both Greece and Ireland are two small countries that are interested in transparency and balance in the Community.
In turn, Mr. Andrew stated that he briefed Greek Premier Kostas Simitis and Mr. Pangalos on the Irish problem and the course of the peace agreement.
 NAVAL EXERCISE "ASTRAPI '98" BEGINS TODAY IN AEGEAN
Thessaloniki, October 20 (MPA)The Greek Navy is to embark on the exercise "Astrapi '98" (lightning) today, in the central and eastern regions of the Aegean Sea.
The two-day exercise will feature the participation of surface ships, submarines, helicopters and naval support aircraft.
 GREEK-CYPRIOT MILITARY EXERCISE "NIKIFOROS" BEGINS TODAY
Nicosia, October 20 (MPA)Greek air and naval forces will participate in the Cypriot National Guard exercise, "Nikiforos", which begins today.
The six-day exercise, according to the chief of Cyprus' National Guard, Brig.-Gen. Panayiotis Tatsiopoulos, will be held in conjunction with the Greek armed forces' exercise "Toxotis", within the framework of the two countries' joint defense doctrine.
All of the National Guard's modern weapon systems will be used in "Nikiforos", which will be conducted in three main stages. The scenario includes a search and rescue mission 50 nautical miles from Paphos as well as a National Guard parachute jump.
Under an imaginary scenario, National Guard positions will come under fire from enemy lines. Brig.-Gen. Tatsiopoulos said the main exercise will take place in the southeastern district of Larnaca with the use of live ammunition.
 PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION TRAVELS TO AZERBAIJAN
Athens, October 20 (MPA)Greek deputies Christos Rokofyllos and Spylios Spyliotopoulos are to represent the Hellenic Parliament during the conference of the Alliance Committee to be held in Azerbaijan between October 22-24 and which will address NATO's expansion.
During their stay in Baku, the two parliamentarians will meet with Azerbaijan's President of the Republic, the Speaker of the House, and the ministers of defense and foreign affairs.
 BRITAIN: DENKTASH COULD HAVE SAME FATE AS PINOCHET
London, October 20 (MPA)The Turkish-Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, could find himself under arrest by British authorities if the government of the Republic of Cyprus requests his extradition and submits the appropriate documents, according to the British Home Office.
The Cyprus New Agency reported that the Home Office spokesperson responded to a question on whether or not Mr. Denktash may find himself in a similar position to that of the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet for crimes against Greek-Cypriots, if Mr. Denktash visits Britain, with whom Cyprus has an extradition treaty.
"Naturally, whether he will be actually extradited or not will depend upon the contents of the official documents that will be supplied by the Cyprus government in such an event," the spokeswoman said.
She stressed that "I should explain that this would apply to any other country with which the Cyprus government has an extradition treaty".
The spokeswoman was commenting on a report in the British daily "The Times" yesterday that if Britain granted a similar extradition request in future, Mr. Denktash and other leaders would be advised to stay away.
Greek Cypriots who hold Mr. Denktash responsible for the death of Greek Cypriots during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus could apply for the extradition of the Turkish- Cypriot leader, the report added.
 SLIGHT QUAKE OF 2.7 RICHTER IN THESSALONIKI
Thessaloniki, October 20 (MPA)A slight tremor measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale was recorded this morning in Thessaloniki, with the epicenter located at the Panorama suburb, 10 kilometers east of downtown.
According to the Geophysics Lab at the Aristotle University, the quake was recorded at 4.45 am.
A second tremor, measuring 2 on the Richter scale, was registered at 5.05 am. Seismologists have characterized both tremors as local and not worrisome.
 CYPRIOT FOREIGN MINISTER ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO EGYPT
Nicosia, October 20 (MPA)Cypriot Foreign Minister Yiannakis Kasoulides is currently on a two-day official visit to Egypt, where he is to relay a personal message from Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Mr. Kasoulides will meet with his Egyptian counterpart Amr Musa with whom he will discuss bilateral relations and the region's current problems. The two officials will also sign an agreement calling for the promotion and safeguarding of investments between the two countries.