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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-01-01

Macedonian Press Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.


Last Update: 14:43 GMT+2

SECTIONS

  • [A] GREECE
  • [B] BALKANS

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] GREECE

  • [01] GREECE'S STATE AND POLITICAL LEADERS GIVE NEW YEAR'S MESSAGES
  • [02] NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATED IN GREECE WITH FANFARE
  • [B] BALKANS

  • [03] TURKEY TO EMBARK ON MILITARY EXERCISE IN THE AEGEAN TOMORROW
  • [04] DEFENSE MINISTER STRESSES COUNTY'S ROLE IN BALKANS, WHILE AT BOSNIA

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] GREECE

    [01] GREECE'S STATE AND POLITICAL LEADERS GIVE NEW YEAR'S MESSAGES

    Web Posted: 14:43 GMT+2

    Athens, January 1 (MPA)

    The President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos offered his optimism for the New Year, in spite of the existing problems. The Premier Kostas Simitis stressed that during the past year Greece strengthened its role in the European Union and will follow its standard policy of peace.

    The Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis said in his New Year's address that "solidarity of society's members is a necessary precondition for the maintenance of national unity," since Hellenism is "experiencing difficult hours due to Turkish hostility."

    The President and the Premier attended the doxology performed at the Athens Metropolitan Church.

    A.F.

    [02] NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATED IN GREECE WITH FANFARE

    Web Posted: 14:43 GMT+2

    Athens, January 1 (MPA)

    New Year's even was celebrated throughout the country yesterday with all night events held in both Athens and Thessaloniki.

    In Athens, thousands of residents attended the outdoor party organized by the Municipality, while in Thessaloniki a concert given by Yugoslav composer Goran Bregovic marked the closure of the city's reign as Cultural Capital of Europe '97.

    A.F.

    [B] BALKANS

    [03] TURKEY TO EMBARK ON MILITARY EXERCISE IN THE AEGEAN TOMORROW

    Web Posted: 14:43 GMT+2

    Athens, January 1 (MPA)

    Turkey is to embark on a vast sea and air exercise in the Aegean Sea, to be held between January 2 - 25. The exercise is to also take place within the Athens FIR.

    Greece's Minister of National Defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos stated that Greece will exercise its right to exclude from this exercise regions that have already been bound by Athens.

    [04] DEFENSE MINISTER STRESSES COUNTY'S ROLE IN BALKANS, WHILE AT BOSNIA

    Web Posted: 14:43 GMT+2

    Sarajevo, January 1 (MPA)

    During his official visit to Bosnia, Greece's Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos stated that the neighboring countries have accepted Greece's active role in the efforts to resolve problems in Bosnia as well as Athens' role in bridging the gap between the region and the European Union.

    Following Sarajevo, Mr. Tsochatzopoulos travelled to Tirana where he met with Albanian President Reijep Mejdani, Prime Minister Fatos Nano and his counterpart Sabit Brokaj.

    Mr. Tsohatzopoulos also met with Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania Anastasios and Foreign Minister Paschal Milo, while on Monday evening he visited the 204 troops of the Greek military contingent stationed outside Tirana.

    He also inaugurated the Tirana military hospital, since its new wing was built and equipped by the Hellenic Air Force general staff.

    Mr. Tsohatzopoulos said that Greece, Albania, Bulgaria and FYROM should form a "collective body" as a force of security in the Balkans.

    "Greece, as well as Albania, Bulgaria and FYROM should take the initiative for the establishment of such a regional body for collective security".

    He added that on the basis of that initiative, Greece will go ahead with organising new meetings, similar to the summit of Balkan leaders, held last November on Crete.

    A.F.


    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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