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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-06-12

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


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY NEWS IN ENGLISH
Thessaloniki, June 12, 1998

SECTIONS

  • [A] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] EPISODES ERUPT BETWEEN POLICE, PROTESTING TEACHERS
  • [02] GOVERNMENT CONDEMNS VIOLENCE AT TEACHERS EXAM CENTERS
  • [03] ALL BANKS WILL BE CLOSED TODAY, IN SPITE OF COURT RULING
  • [04] MAIN OPPOSITION DEPUTY STRIPPED OF PARLIAMENTARY IMMUNITY
  • [05] GREEK FM SAYS S-300 WILL ARRIVE AT CYPRUS IN NOVEMBER
  • [06] GREEK FM: LUXEMBOURG DESICIONS ON TURKEY SHOULD BE ADHERED TO
  • [07] NATIONAL ECONOMY AND FINANCE MINISTER; AUSTERITY WILL EASE UP
  • [08] GERMAN PUBLIC TV STATION EXALTS NORTHERN GREECE
  • [09] PRIME MINISTER DEPARTS FOR LONDON THIS EVENING
  • [10] REPPAS COMMENTED ON GREECE'S STANCE IN THE CARDIFF SUMMIT
  • [11] NATO DEFENSE MINISTERS DECIDED TO SPEED-UP THE ALLIANCE'S MILITARY EXERCISES IN ALBANIA AND FYROM
  • [12] THE ARCHBISHOP OF GREECE WILL VISIT THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE
  • [13] THE NEW DEMOCRACY LEADER WILL BE ON A THREE-DAY VISIT TO STRASBOURG
  • [14] PAPANDREOU'S INTERVIEW ON GREECE'S STANCE IN THE CARDIFF SUMMIT
  • [15] BIG ABSTENTION IN THE TEACHERS' HIRING EXAMS
  • [16] SIMITIS-BLAIR MEETING IN LONDON TOMORROW
  • [17] VIOLENT RIOTS AND ARRESTS OF PROTESTING TEACHERS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [18] CONTACT GROUP TO EXAMINE DEVELOPMENTS IN KOSSOVO TODA Y
  • [19] NATO TO SIMULATE AIR RAIDS OVER FRY
  • [20] THE GREEK MINISTER OF DEFENSE MET WITH HIS RUSSIAN COUNTERPART IN BRUSSELS
  • [21] PANGALOS' BBC INTERVIEW ON THE GREEK-TURKISH RELATIONS
  • [22] AN AMERICAN COLUMNIST SUPPORTS THE RETURN OF THE PARTHENON MARBLES TO GREECE
  • [23] THE G-8 DISCUSS THE DEVELOPMENTS IN KOSOVO
  • [24] TRAKATELIS: THE DOORS ARE OPEN FOR ROMANIA'S ACCESSION INTO THE EU UNDER CERTAIN PRE-CONDITIONS
  • [25] FATOS NANO CALLS ON NATO OVER THE KOSOVO CRISIS

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] EPISODES ERUPT BETWEEN POLICE, PROTESTING TEACHERS

    Violent episodes are continuing at examinations centers throughout the country where SWAT teams are firing tear gas at protesting teachers who have taken over the schools in an attempt to prevent newly-instituted hiring exams to be held today and tomorrow. Three teachers have been arrested for vandalism and hurling stones at the police. The government wants temporary and part-time state school teachers to take exams before being hired permanently, reforming the previous system of giving jobs to those who have been on the wait- list (epetirida) the longest. Some teachers have worked on a temporary basis for more than 10 years, awaiting permanent appointments.

    [02] GOVERNMENT CONDEMNS VIOLENCE AT TEACHERS EXAM CENTERS

    Government spokesperson Dimitris Reppas, referring to the clashes between police and protesting teachers, stated that the violence is the work of a small group of educators who are a dishonor to their vocation.

    Mr. Reppas called on the civil servants umbrella association ADEDY, the teachers' union OLME and all political parties to condemn the incidents. "The government will not hand over society to be held hostage to small groups and it is determined and has the ability to implement its policies," he said.

    [03] ALL BANKS WILL BE CLOSED TODAY, IN SPITE OF COURT RULING

    The Federation of Greek Bank Employees (OTOE) has declared a massive strike for today , in spite of the Athens First Circuit court's ruling that found the month-long strike conducted by the disgruntled employees at the state-run Ionian Bank as illegal and ordered that it be immediately halted.

    In its ruling the Court also forbade the holding of a future strike held on the grounds and, if the ruling is violated, imposes a GRD500,000 per diem fine on each of the unions.

    The strike at Ionian, which is due to undergo a majority stake sale by its parent Commercial Bank this summer, has been supported by OTOE, General Confederation of Greek Workers and the Union of Bank Administrators.

    Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas has repeatedly stressed that the Ionian sale will proceed as planned, via a majority stake sale through the Athens stock exchange after approval from Commercial Bank's shareholders on June 19.

    [04] MAIN OPPOSITION DEPUTY STRIPPED OF PARLIAMENTARY IMMUNITY

    The ethics council of the main opposition New Democracy party will recommend to the Parliament that MP Kostas Karaminas, be stripped of his parliamentary immunity in order to allow for the investigation of a recent traffic accident which resulted in the death of a 26-year old teacher.

    On June 1, Mr. Karaminas was driving his Mercedes when the young woman, riding in the back seat of the car was killed when the vehicle collided with other parked cars. Another female passenger in the car fled the scene unharmed but later appeared to testify that she was also riding in the car.

    Mr. Karaminas originally claimed he did not know the woman, and had merely offered her a lift home. Later accounts and photos showed the contrary. He also refused to take a breathalyzer test after the crash, on the grounds of his immunity.

    The ethics council's decision was unanimous. The members also decided that in case the deputy does not resign, he will then be referred to ND's disciplinary council with the question of his dismissal from the party.

    The deputy will be barred from the party's committees until his Parliamentary immunity is lifted.

    [05] GREEK FM SAYS S-300 WILL ARRIVE AT CYPRUS IN NOVEMBER

    Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos said yesterday that the Russian- built S-300 anti-aircraft missiles purchased by Cyprus will not be ready until November.

    "The missiles are not there (in Cyprus) because they are not ready," Pangalos told Reuters in Athens. "They will be ready in autumn, some time in November."

    But a Russian news agency reported yesterday that their delivery will proceed as planned in the summer.

    Turkey has threatened to stop deployment of the missiles, which it sees as disrupting the balance of power on the island. Greece has said such any military intervention would be a cause for war.

    The head of Russia's state arms-trading company said yesterday that the missiles will be delivered this summer as scheduled.

    Yevgeny Ananyev, head of the Rosvooruzheniye arms-trading monopoly, said the missiles are scheduled to be shipped some time between mid- July and mid-August, the Interfax news agency reported in Moscow.

    Russian Air Force chief General Anatoly Kornukov said on Wednesday that the Cyprus National Guard is scheduled to test the missiles at a range near the city of Astrakhan in southern Russia.

    [06] GREEK FM: LUXEMBOURG DESICIONS ON TURKEY SHOULD BE ADHERED TO

    Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos dismissed efforts by the British-held presidency of the European Union to find a way to ease Turkey's disgruntlement at being left off a list of EU candidates at a summit held in Luxembourg last December.

    ``I don't see why a very successful summit like Luxembourg has to be revived or reformulated just because Turkey has a problem with our decision,'' Mr. Pangalos told Reuters in an interview.

    He added that Turkey had done nothing but engage in ``insults, blackmail and threats'' against the EU since being left off the new-members list.

    Greece would block any move to change the EU's official position even if it meant being isolated from the 14 other nations in the Community, Mr. Pangalos said.

    Moreover, he pointed out that the EU faced numerous internal problems - from farm funding to constitutional issues- and should move on.

    ``We are not in the Union to talk all the time about...Turkey,'' he said. "The EU makes respect for democracy and human rights a starting point in its relations with other countries.

    "The Turks do not accept that. By making further offers we would accept that situation,'' he added. ``We have the Luxembourg decisions. We should stick to them.'

    [07] NATIONAL ECONOMY AND FINANCE MINISTER; AUSTERITY WILL EASE UP

    National Economy and Finance Minister Yiannos Papantoniou stated yesterday that if the tight 1998 budget is met, the government will be able to lighten up on the belt-tightening in the coming years.

    However, Mr. Papantoniou did add that there will be small pay raises this year and in an effort to meet the GDP 3.5% growth target, the government is also placing a public utility charges. With lower inflation, the government expects to see lower interest rates. "Four years have not gone to waste, and we have gained much ground and time. Developments in 1998 are setting the scene for positive policies in 1999," Mr. Papantoniou said. Mr. Papantoniou was speaking after a meeting of the country's economic leadership chaired by Prime Minister Kostas Simitis.

    [08] GERMAN PUBLIC TV STATION EXALTS NORTHERN GREECE

    A documentary recently filmed by Germany's state-owned television station ZDF is certain to catch the attention of would- be visitors to northern Greece once it's broadcast.

    The station's three-member filming crew that visited northern Greece and Central Macedonian in May stated that they were amazed by the scenery, tradition and culture in the region.

    The station plans to embark on the filming of another documentary on the life of Alexander the Great.

    The documentaries are expected to be sold by the German TV to other European television stations as well.

    [09] PRIME MINISTER DEPARTS FOR LONDON THIS EVENING

    Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis is to meet his British counterpart Tony Blair in London tomorrow, in light of Monday's summit in Cardiff, Wales.

    The leaders of the EU's 15 member-states are to discuss "agenda 2000", the course of the Economic and Monetary Union following the accession of 11 member-states in its first phase, the economic and social reforms needed for the support of the unified currency "Euro", Turkey-EU relations, and a series of other matters.

    European leaders are proposing that Turkey be accepted into the EU as a "special candidate member" in exchange for a timetable given to Ankara to improve its human rights record and its democratic institutions.

    Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos has informed his British counterpart Robin Cook not to attempt to center the Cardiff Summit around Turkey and points out that there is a score of more pressing matters which the EU must tackle, such unemployment, agricultural policy, and drug combat.

    Greece is to present specific and thoroughly reviewed positions of issued to be discussed at the Summit, specifically the EU's expansion and the cost thereof.

    Greece supports that the expenses to be allocated between the years 2000-2006 (1.37% of the EU GNP) are not sufficient to cover the Euyropean community's cohesion and expansion.

    In regards to the Common Agricultural Policy, Greece will request that the Mediterranean products be granted the same treatment as the northern European ones.

    On Monday evening, the "15" are to be guests at a formal dinner hosted by Queen Elizabeth.

    On Tuesday, the second day of the Summit, the participants will review the results of the "Agenda 2000" council, the EU's expansion, the EU-Turkey relations and other pressing matters.

    [10] REPPAS COMMENTED ON GREECE'S STANCE IN THE CARDIFF SUMMIT

    Athens is satisfied with the Luxembourg Summit meeting decision regarding the EU-Turkish relations, stated Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas referring to the stance that will be adopted by Greece in the Cardiff EU Summit meeting.

    Mr. Reppas stated that the Luxembourg decisions outline the framework of Turkey's relations with the European Union and called on Turkey to accept and implement them. The same view was expressed by Greek deputy foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou.

    [11] NATO DEFENSE MINISTERS DECIDED TO SPEED-UP THE ALLIANCE'S MILITARY EXERCISES IN ALBANIA AND FYROM

    NATO defense ministers decided in their meeting in Brussels to speed-up the alliance's air exercises in Albania and FYROM.

    Referring to that decision Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that Athens participated in the decision and will participate in its implementation also but awaits for the UN general assembly meeting.

    [12] THE ARCHBISHOP OF GREECE WILL VISIT THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE

    Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All of Greece will be at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul tomorrow and his visit will last until next Wednesday.

    The Head of the Greek Church will meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos.

    [13] THE NEW DEMOCRACY LEADER WILL BE ON A THREE-DAY VISIT TO STRASBOURG

    Leader of right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy Kostas Karamanlis will be on a three-day visit to Strasbourg starting on Tuesday.

    Mr. Karamanlis will meet with the presidents of the European Commission, the European Popular Party and the European Parliament as well as, with the general secretary of the Council of Europe.

    [14] PAPANDREOU'S INTERVIEW ON GREECE'S STANCE IN THE CARDIFF SUMMIT

    Greek deputy foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou, in a press conference on Greece's position in the Cardiff EU Summit meeting, underlined that there is no change in the positions adopted by Greece on Turkey's funding by the European Union.

    He added that it would be a mistake to give to Ankara the impression that it can gain something from the Cardiff Summit because it will not. The Greek deputy foreign minister stated that the decisions of the "15" for the strengthening of the ties with Turkey as they have been formed in the Luxembourg Summit will not be altered.

    [15] BIG ABSTENTION IN THE TEACHERS' HIRING EXAMS

    The violent incidents, the delay in the presentation of the test questions and the abstention that reached 50%, characterized the first phase of the newly instituted hiring exams for part-time teachers to become state employed full-time.

    The first phase of the exam ended at noon today and later in the afternoon the second phase will take place.

    Violent incidents erupted this morning in many examination centers. Small-scale incidents occurred in Thessaloniki and 5 demonstrators were arrested and later released.

    [16] SIMITIS-BLAIR MEETING IN LONDON TOMORROW

    Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis will meet in London tomorrow with his British counterpart Tony Blair to examine the issues that will be discussed in the EU Summit meeting that will be held in Cardiff, Wales on June 15 and 16.

    The Cardiff Summit will become a reference point for the Greek-Turkish relations, the European and the European-Turkish relations, while the European leaders are expected to suggest that Turkey be accepted in the EU as a special candidate member.

    [17] VIOLENT RIOTS AND ARRESTS OF PROTESTING TEACHERS

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas strongly critisized two deputies of the Greek Communist Party, Orestis Kolozof and Stratis Korakas, whom he accused of inciting the riots between teachers and the police, which took place today. However, the Communist Party described mr Reppas' accusations as libelous, inadmissible and distorting. Violent incidents erupted today in many examination centres of the country. In Thessaloniki, five demonstrators were arrested and later released following the prosecutor's order.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [18] CONTACT GROUP TO EXAMINE DEVELOPMENTS IN KOSSOVO TODA Y

    The latest developments in the Kossovo crisis are to be discussed during the Contact Group meeting to be held today in London.

    The participating countries, the world's seven wealthiest, are expected to propose that pressure be exerted on the Serbs to restart talks with the leaders of Kossovo. NATO's defense ministers have agreed to put the alliance's troops at a state of readiness in light of the possibility of military intervention.

    [19] NATO TO SIMULATE AIR RAIDS OVER FRY

    NATO will stage simulated air raids and bombing runs over Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic in order to intimidate the Serbs to end their operations in neighboring Kossovo, but Yugoslavia's response has been to warn the Alliance it will not tolerate any NATO actions on its territory.

    A spokesman from Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic's ruling Socialist Party stated that Yugoslavia is a sovereign state.

    As such, he explained, no actions can be carried out on Yugoslav territory - including in Kosovo - without Belgrade's consent.

    [20] THE GREEK MINISTER OF DEFENSE MET WITH HIS RUSSIAN COUNTERPART IN BRUSSELS

    Greek minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos had a meting with his Russian counterpart Igor Sergeyev in Brussels. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the spring NATO summit. The main issue of the meeting was the installation of the Russian S- 300 anti-aircraft missiles in Cyprus. Meanwhile, Cypriot foreign minister Yiannakis Kasoulides stated that a possible hot incident as a result of the installation of the missiles will be uncontrollable.

    A public opinion poll in Nicosia showed that every Cypriot supports the installation of the S-300 missiles on their island.

    [21] PANGALOS' BBC INTERVIEW ON THE GREEK-TURKISH RELATIONS

    Greek foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos in an interview to the BBC radio will be referred to the Greek-Turkish relations, Cyprus's EU accession course and the Greek foreign policy in the European Union.

    The interview will be broadcast tomorrow by the Greek service of the BBC radio, together with the interviews of NATO secretary- general Javier Solana and former British foreign secretary Douglas Hurd.

    Part of the taped interview was broadcast today and Mr. Pangalos, responding to the question if Greece feels protected toward Turkey as a member of the European Union, he stressed that there is no protection in a form of a military alliance, adding that the European Union is not NATO and even NATO has a disputed approach to problems that exist among its members.

    Mr. Pangalos added that the European Union protects Greece in the sense that Europe imposes and makes necessary the form of the dialogue selected by Greece namely, the approach that leaves no room for a show of military force.

    [22] AN AMERICAN COLUMNIST SUPPORTS THE RETURN OF THE PARTHENON MARBLES TO GREECE

    A former columnist for the US newspaper "Baltimore Sun", Guinn Owens is in favor of the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.

    Commenting on the book by Christopher Hichens "The Elgin Marbles must be returned to Greece", stresses that this is not a legal issue but it is a matter of respect among nations.

    He also characterizes as scandalous vandalism the decision of Lord Elgin to take the Parthenon Marbles.

    [23] THE G-8 DISCUSS THE DEVELOPMENTS IN KOSOVO

    The developments in Kosovo are to be discussed in the meeting of the delegations of the seven richest countries, including Russia, which take place in London today.

    Those countries will suggest that pressures should be exerted on Serbia for the resumption of the talks on Kosovo. NATO ministers of defense decided to put the alliance's military forces in a state alert in case of a military intervention.

    [24] TRAKATELIS: THE DOORS ARE OPEN FOR ROMANIA'S ACCESSION INTO THE EU UNDER CERTAIN PRE-CONDITIONS

    Greek Euro-deputy from the party of New Democracy Antonis Trakatelis called on the Romanian government to give back to its rightful owners the property seized in 1945 by the dictatorial regime. Under the authority of the EU - Romania parliamentary committee president Mr. Trakatelis pointed out that the situation formed hurts Romania's image abroad.

    In the meeting the expanded presiding board of the European Popular Party parliamentary group had with the Romanian government, Mr. Trakatelis stated that Romania must implement radical reforms regardless of the political cost involved if it wants to become an EU member.

    According to Mr. Trakatelis, the visa requirement imposed on Romania by the EU should be abolished and stated that it is a discriminatory treatment adopted toward the country.

    [25] FATOS NANO CALLS ON NATO OVER THE KOSOVO CRISIS

    Albanian prime minister Fatos Nano expressed his concern, today, over the deterioration of the situation in Kosovo, through a letter he sent to NATO's secretary-general Javier Solana. According to his letter, mr Nano stressed that the deployment of NATO military forces to Albania, near the borders with Kosovo, will defend the stability and security in his country and halt the violence policy implemented by the Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic. Mr Nano underlined that the clashes in Kosovo and the increase in the number of ethnic Albanians fleeing the area to seek refuge in Albania will probably lead to crime, violent acts and stealing of ammunition, which would comprise a serious threat for his country.

    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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