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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-01-03

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


Last Update: 14:51 GMT+2

SECTIONS

  • [A] GREECE
  • [B] BALKANS

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] GREECE

  • [01] ATHENS IS ON THE ALERT DUE TO THE TURKISH EXERCISE
  • [02] WAGE INCREASES IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR WILL BE 2,5%
  • [03] GREECE AND ITALY REACT TO THE RETURN OF THE HOLY REMAINS OF ST.NICOLAOS TO TURKEY
  • [04] TWO DEAD AND 4 INJURED FROM AN EXPLOSION IN THE "DIANA" PAPER PLANT
  • [B] BALKANS

  • [05] 1998 WILL BE A TOUGH YEAR FOR THE CYPRUS PROBLEM
  • [06] THE NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE SEEKS THE PURCHASE OF A BULGARIAN BANK

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] GREECE

    [01] ATHENS IS ON THE ALERT DUE TO THE TURKISH EXERCISE

    Web Posted: 14:51 GMT+2

    Athens 3 January (MPA)

    The large scale Turkish air and sea exercise that will last until January 25 continues in the Aegean. The undersecretary of foreign affairs met today with the ministry of defense chiefs of staff.

    Meanwhile, US ambassador to Athens Nicolas Burns met yesterday with minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos and the undersecretary of foreign affairs. The US ambassador appealed to the Greek side not to give a reason for a hot incident.

    Regions of friction are regarded the Greek air space between the central Aegean islands of Mykonos and Ikaria as well as, the rocky islets off the island of Andros.

    The crucial days start on Monday when, according to the plans of the Turkish generals, the deployment of the air and sea forces will take place in regions of the Aegean.

    [02] WAGE INCREASES IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR WILL BE 2,5%

    Web Posted: 14:51 GMT+2

    Athens 3 January (MPA)

    The wage increases in the public sector are estimated to be 2,5% this year, while the minimum Social Security pensions will be increased by 4.000 drachmas.

    Tax payers will have to pay 1 trillion drachmas in additional taxes in 1998. The increases in cigarette prices and phone bills were put into effect two days ago.

    [03] GREECE AND ITALY REACT TO THE RETURN OF THE HOLY REMAINS OF ST.NICOLAOS TO TURKEY

    Web Posted: 14:51 GMT+2

    The Hague 3 January (MPA)

    Greece and Italy react to the return of the holy remains of Saint Nicolaos to Turkey. The Dutch newspaper "Haagsche Courant" in an article under the headline "The Turks demand the return of Saint Nicolaos" mentions that Turkish organizations are trying to take the holy remains of St.Nicolaos from Italy and bring them to Turkey.

    Greece, according to the article, regards as inconceivable the return of St.Nicolaos, protector of its merchant marine, to Turkish territory. Italy's response is even tougher as it accuses the Turks of "tourist exploitation attempt", while it adds that it does not intend to return the holy remains to people who do not know the difference between Christmas and the feast of Saint Nicolaos.

    [04] TWO DEAD AND 4 INJURED FROM AN EXPLOSION IN THE "DIANA" PAPER PLANT

    Web Posted: 14:51 GMT+2

    Xanthi 3 January (MPA)

    Two workers in the "Diana" paper plant near Xanthi, north-eastern Greece, were killed and 4 were injured in the early morning hours today in the fire that broke out after an explosion in a boiler that was installed 6 months ago in the area of production and storage of raw material.

    The damage caused is estimated at tens of millions of drachmas and an investigation is underway to determine the causes of the explosion.

    [B] BALKANS

    [05] 1998 WILL BE A TOUGH YEAR FOR THE CYPRUS PROBLEM

    Web Posted: 14:51 GMT+2

    Nicosia 3 January (MPA)

    The year 1998 will be a difficult one for the Cyprus problem, stated Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides and pointed out that careful moves are needed for the solution of the problem.

    Mr.Clerides stated that he will seek re-election to the Cypriot presidency, saying that he wants to secure the continuation of the same policy.

    [06] THE NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE SEEKS THE PURCHASE OF A BULGARIAN BANK

    Web Posted: 14:51 GMT+2

    Sofia 3 January (MPA)

    The National Bank of Greece has expressed interest in the purchase of the Bulgarian Postal Bank.

    The same bank is targeted by a Japanese and an American bank as well as the European Bank of Restructuring and Development.


    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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