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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 99-02-05
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, February 5, 1999
NEWS IN DETAIL
 PRESIDENT OF HELLENIC REPUBLIC TO VISIT AUSTRIA THIS MONTH
Athens, February 5 (MPA)The President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos will conduct an official visit to Austria between February 15 and 17, this being the first visit by a Greek head of state to the Austrian capital.
President Stephanopoulos will be accompanied by Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou and National Economy Deputy Minister Alekos Baltas.
Mr. Stephanopoulos will hold talks with his Austrian counterpart Thomas Klestil, and Chancellor Viktor Klima, while he will also meet Austrian parliament president Heinz Fischer. A.F.
 STUDENTS TO CONDUCT PROTEST RALLIES TODAY
Thessaloniki, February 5 (MPA)A new round of rallies, expected to be the last one, is to be held today at noon throughout the country by students who are opposed to the academic reforms introduced by the state.
Members of the student co-ordinating committees have announced that the future course of their mobilizations will be determined by the today's turnout.
Meanwhile, the Teachers Federation (OLME) has accused the Education Minister Gerasimos Arsenis of intransigence and will embark on two three-hour work stoppages today in order to enable teachers who wish to take part in the students' protests. A.F.
 CABINET CONVENES TODAY ON METRO, AGRICULTURAL POLICY
Athens, February 5 (MPA)A cabinet meeting will be held today where the participating ministers will discuss the signing of the Thessaloniki metro agreement and the state's agricultural policy.
The country's farmers have threatened to take to the streets with their tractors if their demands are not met.
Following today's session. Agriculture Minster George Anomeritis will forward a letter to the farmers which will respond to their demands. A.F.
 KOSOVO PEACE TALKS BEGIN IN FRANCE TOMORROW
Paris, February 5 (MPA)The international community has saluted the Serb parliament's decision to send a delegation of officials to the Kosovo peace talks tomorrow.
The Serb delegation is willing to accept Kosovo's autonomy but not its independence, while the province's Albanians want the state of autonomy to be a three-year transitional phase until their independence. A.F.
 THESSALONIKI METRO AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED TODAY
Thessaloniki, February 5 (MPA)The agreement for the construction of Thessaloniki's metro subway is to be signed today.
The project, which will start operating in the fall of 2004, amounts to 220 billion drachmas and has been undertaken by the Thessaloniki Metro consortium, led by Bouygues of France.
Bouygues, the major shareholder, will operate the subway for 20 years before ownership reverts to the state.
The subway will have a length of nine kilometres and 789 meters, with 14 stations. It will have a capacity of 18,500 passengers in each direction during rush hours.
The Greek state will participate with approximately 67 billion drachmas and an annual ticket subsidy of GRD 50 billion. A.F.
 CYPRIOT DEFENSE MINISTER TO VISIT ATHENS NEXT WEEK
Athens, February 5 (MPA)Cyprus's Defense Minister Yiannakis Chryssostomos will embark on a four-day visit to Athens on February 8 where he will be received by his Greek counterpart Akis Tsochatzopoulos.
Their talks are expected to focus on the transport and installation of the Russian S-300 missiles on the island of Crete. A.F.
 HOSPITAL DOCTORS TO EMBARK ON FIVE-DAY STRIKE ON MONDAY
Thessaloniki, February 5 (MPA)Hospital doctors throughout the country are escalating their mobilizations, demanding back pay for 24- hour emergency shifts.
In Thessaloniki, they have announced they will embark on a five-day strike as of Monday and will perform their emergency duties.
They have also stated that they are determined to claim their due wages through the courts. A.F.
 GREECE-BULGARIA AGREE ON AVOIDANCE OF DOUBLE TAXATION
Sofia, February 5 (MPA)Greece and Bulgaria are to sign an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation, as well as an accord for cooperation in the tourism sector, on February 11-12 when the interstate committee for economic, scientific and trade cooperation will meet in Athens.
According to the Bulgarian press agency BTA, the committee will iron out the details for the enforcement of the seasonal employment agreement. A.F.