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BRIEF GREEK NEWS BULLETIN (09/11/1995)

From: Macedonian Press Agency <mpa@uranus.eng.auth.gr>

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BRIEF GREEK NEWS BULLETIN BY MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY

Thessaloniki, November 9, 1995

NEWS IN ENGLISH

  • [01] WAR REPARATIONS AND OCCUPATION LOAN IMPORTANT TO GREECE

  • [02] ATHENS REFUSES CONCERN OVER NEGOTIATIONS ON FYROM NAME

  • [03] BOSNIAN SERB DELIGATION IN ATHENS

  • [04] HIJACKER OF AN OLYMPIC AIRWAYS PLANE HAS BEEN ARRESTED

  • [05] BUSINESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD IN ATHENS ON NOVEMBER 17-18

  • [06] GREEK EURO-DEPUTY HEADS EUR.UNION MONITORS IN GEORGIA


    NEWS IN ENGLISH

    [01] WAR REPARATIONS AND OCCUPATION LOAN IMPORTANT TO GREECE

    Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman ambassador Konstantinos Bikas stated that the issues of the german war reparations and the occupation loan are very important to Greece.

    The statement was made after the german Finance Ministry response to a question by german Parliament deputy Ula Yelpke according to which the whole issue is inopportune 50 years after the end of World War II and after decades of peaceful cooperation between Germany and the international community.

    Mr. Bikas added that Germany and Greece are friends and allies with solid ties but at the same time he gave the assurance that the greek government is dealing with the issue with seriousness, firmness and decisiveness based on its declared position over the legitimacy of its demands.

    [02] ATHENS REFUSES CONCERN OVER NEGOTIATIONS ON FYROM NAME

    Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman ambassador Konstantinos Bikas refused today that in Athens there is concern over the negotiations on the issue of the name FYROM will be recognised under and stated that all sides continue to show interest while he added that there is hope for mobility on the issue in the near future.

    [03] BOSNIAN SERB DELIGATION IN ATHENS

    Greece has always had and will have contacts with all parties involved in the Bosnian crisis in its effort to contribute to a peaceful solution of the crisis, said today Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman ambassador Konstantinos Bikas, when asked about the visit of a deligation from the self proclaimed Serb Republic which is in Athens under vice president ms Bigliana Plavsic.

    The deligation which started its official visit today, was received by the Foreign Minister mr Carolos Papoulias and then in a press interview the deligation gave today, they asked for more humanitarian help which is considered as important for their people.

    [04] HIJACKER OF AN OLYMPIC AIRWAYS PLANE HAS BEEN ARRESTED

    A 34-year-old Ethiopian who hijacked an Olympic Airways plane while flying over the Aegean Sea island of Chios at the early morning hours today has been arrested and all the 118 passengers together with the 21 member crew on board the Melbourne-Athens flight are safe.

    Ethiopian Melaku Mekebebe who would be deported from Greece, armed with a knife which he took from the plane, when the plane landed in Athens Airport, threatened to kill an air hostesses while he did allow the passengers to leave the plane demanding to meet with a United Nations representative and journalists.

    The hijacker was arrested by members of the special forces who appeared as journalists and managed to disarm him.

    The ethiopian claims that he is a journalist and that he was accused in his country of writing anti- government articles and that he had escaped to Australia using false travel documents and passport in order to avoid prosecution.

    The australian authorities had deported him and forced him to return to his country via Athens on an Olympic Airways plane.

    He said that he had planned the hijacking in order to be arrested by the greek authorities and to avoid prosecution in his country.

    [05] BUSINESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD IN ATHENS ON NOVEMBER 17-18

    Business Conference under the title "Research and Development, the greek reality and prospects" will be held in Athens on November 17-18.

    The Conference is organized by the Industrial Review in the framework of the annual monetary-economic exhibition "Money Show '95" held under the auspices of the Hellenic-German Chamber.

    The modernization of the state as a pre-condition for economic and banking development, the single currency and its effects on the greek economy, the financing of businesses and investments and the contribution of the scientific and technological research centers to development are some of the topics that will be discussed in the conference.

    [06] GREEK EURO-DEPUTY HEADS EUR.UNION MONITORS IN GEORGIA

    Greek member of the European Parliament mr. Antonis Trakatelis was received in Tiblisi today in with the newly re-elected President of the ex-Soviet Republic of Georgia mr Edward Shevardnadje with whom he discussed all the issues concerning Georgia's relations with the European Union and ways for the promotion of the country's relations with Greece.

    Prof. Trakatelis, heading a delegation of European Parliament monitors of the presidential elections of the country was also received by the country's Prime Minister and with the Ministers of Foreign and Interior Affairs.

    The European Parliament delegation also examined all the European Union programmes which are currently in progress in Georgia.

    After the contacts he had in the georgian capital, Mr.Trakatelis stated that the delegation was especially impressed by the strong presence of the greek community and its activities in the country.

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