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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-02-07

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


Last Update: 16:08 GMT+2

SECTIONS

  • [A] GREECE
  • [B] BALKANS
  • [C] EUROPE

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] GREECE

  • [01] THE WORLD COUNCIL OF HELLENES ABROAD MEETS IN THESSALONIKI
  • [02] AUTHORITIES IN EVROS ARE IN A STATE OF ALERT
  • [03] THE GREEK MINISTER OF DEFENSE ATTENDS THE POLITICAL SECURITY CONFERENCE IN MUNICH
  • [04] PLAYWRIGHT MANOLIS KORRES DIED YESTERDAY
  • [B] BALKANS

  • [05] PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD IN CYPRUS TOMORROW
  • [C] EUROPE

  • [06] THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE CALLS ON TURKEY TO GIVE PRIORITY TO THE HEALTH AND LIFE OF MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] GREECE

    [01] THE WORLD COUNCIL OF HELLENES ABROAD MEETS IN THESSALONIKI

    Web Posted: 16:08 GMT+2

    Thessaloniki 7 February (MPA)

    The presiding board of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad, SAE, meets in Thessaloniki today and tomorrow with the participation of Greeks abroad general secretary Mr. Lambrinidis and president of the parliamentary committee of Greeks abroad Mr. Niotis.

    They will discuss the program of action that will be followed in the next two years, the further establishment of the four regional SAE, the developments and prospects concerning the issues of Greek national importance, the budget and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

    The presiding board is scheduled to meet with minister of culture Evangelos Venizelos to discuss the organizing of the Young Greeks Abroad Olympiad and the cooperation with SAE in the organizing of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

    [02] AUTHORITIES IN EVROS ARE IN A STATE OF ALERT

    Web Posted: 16:08 GMT+2

    Thessaloniki 7 February (MPA)

    Local authorities in Evros, in north-eastern Greece, are in a state of alert in case the Evros river breaks its banks as its water level is dangerously high due to heavy rainfall. The emergency plan "Xenokratis", used in case of natural disasters, is in effect while the damages caused in the region by the bad weather are extensive.

    The railway line of Alexandroupolis-Ormenio is closed, while the drivers using the national road network face serious problems. Thousands of hectares of cultivated land have been destroyed while parts of the dykes, constructed to protect the villages in the region, have been swept away.

    [03] THE GREEK MINISTER OF DEFENSE ATTENDS THE POLITICAL SECURITY CONFERENCE IN MUNICH

    Web Posted: 16:08 GMT+2

    Athens 7 February (MPA)

    Greek minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos represents Greece in the political security conference that is being held in Munich today.

    Mr. Tsochatzopoulos will underline the need to create regional security institutions in the Balkans, the Black Sea, the Caucuses and the Baltic region. The meeting is attended by 200 politicians, diplomats and armed forces officials.

    [04] PLAYWRIGHT MANOLIS KORRES DIED YESTERDAY

    Web Posted: 16:08 GMT+2

    Athens 7 February (MPA)

    Greek playwright Manolis Korres died in Athens yesterday afternoon at the age of 76.

    He was born in the Aegean island of Sifnos and studied economics. He started writing literature in 1950. His work dealt with social problems and won international recognition. His books have been translated into many languages. He wrote over 300 novels and he was honored with the Rontiris prize.

    [B] BALKANS

    [05] PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD IN CYPRUS TOMORROW

    Web Posted: 16:08 GMT+2

    Nicosia 7 February (MPA)

    The first round of the presidential elections in Cyprus will be held tomorrow. The candidates for the presidency are incumbent president Mr. Glafkos Clerides, Mr. Giorgos Iakovou, Mr. Vasos Lyssarides, Mr. Giorgos Vasiliou, Mr. Alexis Galanos, Mr. Nikos Rolandis, and Mr. Nikos Koutsou.

    Based on the latest opinion polls, the candidates running for the presidency in the second round of the presidential elections on February 15, will be Mr. Clerides and Mr. Iakovou. The registered voters are 446.731, while for the first time the 18yearolds will have the right to vote.

    [C] EUROPE

    [06] THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE CALLS ON TURKEY TO GIVE PRIORITY TO THE HEALTH AND LIFE OF MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN

    Web Posted: 16:08 GMT+2

    Strasbourg 7 February (MPA)

    The Council of Europe calls on Turkey to give priority to the health and life of mothers and their children and not to military spending, based on a decision adopted by representatives of 40 European states in Strasbourg after a joint appeal made by the foreign ministers of Germany and France.

    According to the responsible Council of Europe committee, mortality among mothers and children in Turkey is 10 times higher compared to a number of other countries.

    Specifically, according to facts provided by the OECD, 100 mothers out of 100.000 and 60 infants out of 1.000 died in Turkey in 1993, while the average in most countries at the same period was 10 mothers out of 100.000 and 6 infants out of 1.000. Based on the data provided by the OECD, there are huge problems of illiteracy as well as, problems in the distribution of health services and in the access to the right health centers, while the number of families receiving health benefits is limited.


    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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