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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 04-11-08
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 KARAMANLIS-MOLIVIATIS COOPERATION ON THE FYROM ISSUEAthens, 8 November 2004 (14:33 UTC+2)
Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and Foreign Minister Petros Moliviatis met today to examine the moves the Greek government will make to deal with the issue of the FYROM name after the unilateral recognition of FYROM by the United States under the name Republic of Macedonia.
The Prime Minister in the press conference he gave in Brussels had assured the Greek people that he will do all he can to deal with the issue and asked for the support of all political parties.
Meanwhile, the process aimed at finding a mutually acceptable name for FYROM through the Greek-FYROM negotiations under the UN auspices remains in effect.
On Wednesday, Mr. Moliviatis will brief on the issue the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense.
 AUTUMN PROBLEMSAthens, 8 November 2004 (13:03 UTC+2)
Last night's heavy rainfall caused serious problems in populated regions in Athens, while traffic was interrupted in the Athens-Corinth national motorway where only one lane for each direction was given to traffic.
The Fire Department received hundreds of telephone calls for help.
The National Weather Bureau predicts that the weather phenomena will intensify with low temperatures and snowfall in the mountains of Macedonia, northern Greece.
 SAE CALLS ON THE GREEK-AMERICAN COMMUNITY TO SEND PROTEST LETTERS TO THE US PRESIDENT AND CONGRESSNew York, 8 November 2004 (13:58 UTC+2)
Council for Greeks Abroad in North and South America, SAE, calls on its federation members and the Greek-American community in the United States to send letters to US President George Bush and the US Congress in protest for the unilateral recognition of FYROM by the United States under the name Republic of Macedonia.
The text of the suggested message has as follows:
As a citizen of the US, I am deeply disturbed at my government's decision to begin using the term Republic of Macedonia in reference to FYROM. This unilateral decision by the Administration ignores the ongoing UN-sanctioned talks between Greece and FYROM and unnecessarily complicates the already highly charged situation in the Balkans.
On behalf of my entire family and many friends who believe that their Government should allow the two sovereign states involved to resolve the issue without US pressure, I urge you to take whatever measures available to rescind this decision.
The message to the US Senators in Washington can be sent through the website: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm, while the message to the US House Representatives can be sent through the website: http://www.house.gov/.
The messages to the US President can be sent to the mailing address:
The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500.
Also, to the e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: (202) 456-2461, tel: (202) 456-1111 TTY/TDD: (202) 456-6213.
 CONSENSUS AND INTENSIFIED TALKS ON THE FYROM NAMEAthens, 8 November 2004 (18:51 UTC+2)
The axes of the policy to be followed by Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis in the following days will be based on the consensus of the political forces in Greece and the opening of an intensified dialogue between Greece and FYROM.
Government spokesman Thodoris Rousopoulos stated that the negotiations for a mutually acceptable solution to the issue of the FYROM name will take place within the framework of the UN.
Foreign Minister Petros Moliviatis met with the Prime Minister at noon today, while on Wednesday the Foreign Minister will brief the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs on the developments. Mr. Moliviatis will have separate meetings with the political party leaders on Thursday on the issue of FYROM.
Opposition Socialist Party of PASOK President Giorgos Papandreou pointed out the need for close cooperation with the government and the political parties.
The Greek government and PASOK are against protest mobilizations. Governing party of New Democracy central committee secretary Vangelis Meimarakis stressed that foreign policy is not exercised with emotion but with planning and program.
Last Saturday, an estimated 5,000 people celebrated the US decision in Skopje's main square and the FYROM President sent a message to Greece underlining that his government wants to continue the cooperation and good neighborly relations with Greece.
The largest party of the FYROM government coalition announced that the referendum supported by the Slav opposition has failed.
The EU expressed satisfaction from Brussels for the failure of the referendum in FYROM because of voter abstention.
The spokesperson of European Commissioner Chris Patten, responsible for EU relations, stated that this development will allow the FYROM government to promote its plans on the decentralization law and the other reforms provided by the country's relations with the EU.
The spokesperson reminded the statement made by the Dutch EU Presidency on November 7 according to which, any delay in the implementation of the FYROM decentralization system would constitute a serious obstacle to FYROM's European prospect.
Also, the spokesperson stated that the Greek side had briefed the EU member states on its position on the issue of the FYROM name during the EU Summit and added that the EU intends to continue to use the name Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
 ROUSOPOULOS: THE POLITICAL PARTY LEADERS COUNCIL IS LIKELY TO MEET ON THE ISSUE OF FYROMAthens, 8 November 2004 (17:53 UTC+2)
Greek government spokesman Thodoris Rousopoulos characterized as very likely a meeting of the Political Party Leaders Council on the issue of the FYROM name, pointing out that it will depend on the outcome of the negotiations under UN special mediator Mr. Nimitz.
Mr. Rousopoulos stated that such a development is very likely if the negotiations under Mr. Nimitz produce an approach different than the one reached by the Political Party Leaders Council.
On the timetable of the negotiations in New York held under Mr. Nimitz, Mr. Rousopoulos stressed that the government has already sped up the procedures to find a solution soon and reminded that Mr. Nimitz had stated on November 5 that the US decision to recognize FYROM does not affect the process in progress within the UN framework.
He also stated that already two meetings have taken place between Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis and Mr. Nimitz and a meeting between Greek Foreign Minister Petros Moliviatis and his FYROM counterpart Mrs. Mitreva, as well as working visit by Mr. Moliviatis in Skopje.
 THE GOV'T SPOKESMAN ON THE BURGAS-ALEXANDROUPOLIS PIPELINEAthens, 8 November 2004 (17:13 UTC+2)
Greek government spokesman Thodoris Rousopoulos stated that the cooperation agreement signed by Greece, Russia and Bulgaria is of historic importance referring to the construction of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline.
Mr. Rousopoulos pointed out that a process launched 10 years ago was completed with the Memorandum of Cooperation signed in Athens on November 5 on the construction of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline, adding that its proceedings had been formally interrupted in the past three years. Since June 2004, the procedure was reactivated and the meeting in Athens and the initialing of the memorandum took place with the close cooperation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Development, Moliviatis and Sioufas, respectively.
He said that this agreement is important for Greece because the pipeline will carry oil from Russia and Central Asia to Europe and the US markets. Also, the cooperation of Greece, Russia and Bulgaria will have great effects in the sector of the wider economic and trade cooperation benefiting the common target of regional development and geo-strategic cooperation.
Mr. Rousopoulos stated that projects worth 354 million euros (2001 prices) will be constructed in Greece and 125 million euros will be used for the construction of projects in Alexandroupolis. Also, Greece will have a steady annual revenue of 30-35 million euros that will be used to upgrade environment and the living conditions for the people in Thrace and eastern Macedonia, while new job positions will be created both for the construction of the project and its operation.
 LOSSES IN THE ASEAthens, 8 November 2004 (16:57 UTC+2)
Losses were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index dropped to -1.28% at 2602.02 points, while the volume of transactions was at 154,9 million euros.
Of the stocks trading today, 146 had gains and 140 had losses, while the value of 120 stocks remained unchanged.
 THE DEFENSE MINISTER SUGGESTS SELF-CONTROL ON THE ISSUE OF FYROMAthens, 8 November 2004 (15:54 UTC+2)
Minister of Defense Spilios Spiliotopoulos suggested self-control, a sense of responsibility and national consultation on the issue of FYROM on the occasion of the developments after the recognition of FYROM by the United States under the name Republic of Macedonia.
In statements he made at Tatoi Air Base, Mr. Spiliotopoulos stated that self-control, a sense of responsibility and national consultation are necessary because every time the Greeks were united they succeeded.
 LAST OCTOBER WAS ONE OF THE 7TH HOTTEST IN GREECEThessaloniki, 8 November 2004 (14:57 UTC+2)
Last October was the 7th hottest October in Greece since 1932. According to the Athens National Observatory, the average temperature was 3 degrees higher than the average temperature recorded in the specific month.
Based on the available figures, the month of October this year was also the second most humid since 1901.
 MESSAGE OF UNITYAthens, 8 November 2004 (13:18 UTC+2)
Hellenic Republic President Kostis Stephanopoulos stated that in difficult times the unity of the Greek people is important citing examples from history, which show that division has catastrophic results.
According to an opinion poll, 52% of the Greeks believe that politicians are responsible for the negative turn of events recorded in the past few days, while 43.4% characterize it as inevitable and 57.3% support the way in which Foreign Minister Petros Moliviatis handles the issue.
The Pan-Macedonian Association of America with a letter to US President George Bush characterizes the recognition of FYROM under the name "Republic of Macedonia" as a stab in the back for Greece and calls on the US government to rescind this decision.
 THE PAN-MACEDONIAN ASSOCIATION OF MELBOURNE AND VICTORIA ON THE UNILATERAL US DECISION ON FYROMMelbourne, 8 November 2004 (14:22 UTC+2)
The Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria condemns with indignation the recognition of FYROM by the United States under the name Republic of Macedonia.
In a statement it has issued it is stressed that the US decision is unacceptable and illegal and in total conflict with the UN resolutions-decisions given the fact that the United Nations accept only the name FYROM until a mutually acceptable solution is found by Greece and FYROM.