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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-06-15

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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 15, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] THE HIRING EXAMS FOR TEACHERS END TODAY
  • [02] ARCHBISHOP CHRISTODOULOS IS AT THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE
  • [03] TWO SOLDIERS WERE KILLED BY A MINE EXPLOSION IN EVROS
  • [04] NO DEVELOPMENTS IN THE TRANSFER OF FOOTBALL PLAYERS IN GREECE
  • [05] KAKLAMANIS - PLAVSIC MEETING IN ATHENS
  • [06] ATHANASAKIS COMMENTED ON TURKEY'S RELATIONS WITH THE EU
  • [07] ATHANASAKIS: GREECE SUPPORTS THE DIALOGUE IN KOSSOVO
  • [08] THE EU SUMMIT IN CARDIFF IMPORTANT FOR GREEK ECONOMY
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [09] PANGALOS TO TURKEY: EITHER WE WILL HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE TOGETHER OR WE WILL BE LED TO CATASTROPHE
  • [10] THE EU SUMMIT HAS OPENED IN CARDIFF
  • [11] NATO MILITARY EXERCISE IN ALBANIA AND FYROM
  • [12] ROMANIA: THE FORMER KING IS ON VACATION AT HIS HOME COUNTRY
  • [13] THE PARTHENON MARBLES HAVE LOST THEIR SOUL, WRITES THE "DAILY TELEGRAPH"
  • [14] FRANCE WILL NOT ASK FOR SUSPENSION OF CYPRUS ACCESSION TALKS

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] THE HIRING EXAMS FOR TEACHERS END TODAY

    Part-time teachers held again protest demonstrations outside the examination centers where the newly instituted hiring exams for teachers are taking place.

    The teachers' unions are on a 24-hour strike today, while the unionists consider the likelihood of strike action to be held during the advancement exams for students that will start next Friday.

    Meanwhile, the protesting teachers question the validity of the hiring exams and in the following days they will bring their case to court requesting the annulment of the exams due to irregularities observed.

    [02] ARCHBISHOP CHRISTODOULOS IS AT THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE

    Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All of Greece is on a visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul where he met with Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos.

    They discussed the relations of the Greek Church with the Fanar and the opening of an Ecumenical Patriarchate office in Athens.

    [03] TWO SOLDIERS WERE KILLED BY A MINE EXPLOSION IN EVROS

    Two soldiers were killed and another one was injured by a land mine explosion in a minefield in the border region of Evros, in north-eastern Greece. The accident happened near the village of Gemisti when the victims stepped on a mine during a mine disposal operation.

    All the victims were serving in the special mine disposal unit and the causes of the accident are being investigated by Greek army specialists.

    [04] NO DEVELOPMENTS IN THE TRANSFER OF FOOTBALL PLAYERS IN GREECE

    The World Cup in France has brought the transfers of football players in Greece to a virtual standstill as most teams await for the conclusion of the leading football event before they decide which players they want as reinforcements in the new football season.

    An unexpected problem was created in the relations of Thessaloniki's PAOK with PANIONIOS' player Apostolos Mantzios because of a disagreement in the agreed upon time period of the new contract. The issue of Tasos Tasiopoulos, who most likely will leave the team of PAOK is expected to be resolved today. Meanwhile, PAOK finalized the contract with 17yearold attacker Elias Zemourtzidis who until now was a player of Adelaide, Australia "Ellas" football team.

    ARIS awaits for the response of British businessman Mike MacDonald on whether he will take over the team, while according to information, 22yearold Serb attacker Vesko Popovic is among the likely new players of the team.

    PANATHINAIKOS is still interested in Croat Davor Suker in spite of the fact that a lot of money will be needed for his acquisition. OLYMPIAKOS does not appear to be in a hurry to get a new player, while there is still interest in Brazilian player Leonardo.

    [05] KAKLAMANIS - PLAVSIC MEETING IN ATHENS

    President of Bosnian Serb Republic Ms. Biljana Plavsic met this morning in Athens with Greek Parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis.

    Their talks focused on the situation in Kossovo and Mr. Kaklamanis underlined in his statements the need for the respect of the Dayton peace accord. Ms. Plavsic responded that the accord is being violated by those who had proposed it.

    Meanwhile, the largest NATO military exercise ever held in the Balkans took place this morning in a show of force by the north-western alliance directed both to Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic and the ethnic Albanians in Kossovo.

    In the exercise participated 84 military aircraft from the 13 member-states of the alliance that took off from 15 air bases in Italy, Greece, France, Germany and Britain and engaged in simulated bombardments of targets in Albania and FYROM.

    [06] ATHANASAKIS COMMENTED ON TURKEY'S RELATIONS WITH THE EU

    Acting Greek government spokesman Nikos Athanasakis commented on the statements made by US ambassador Nicholas Burns to the Athens newspaper "Exousia" according to which, the European Union must keep its doors open for Turkey's membership.

    Mr. Athanasakis said that the European Union has closed no door for Turkey and that the fact that it remains outside the union is a result of the policy followed by Ankara itself.

    [07] ATHANASAKIS: GREECE SUPPORTS THE DIALOGUE IN KOSSOVO

    Greece supports the dialogue as a means in the effort to reach a peaceful solution in Kossovo, stated acting Greek government spokesman Nikos Athanasakis .

    The statement was made by Mr. Athanasakis in response to a question by a reporter on Greece's participation in the NATO air exercise that takes place in Albania and FYROM. Greece participates with two F-16 fighter jets and one C-130 transport plane.

    [08] THE EU SUMMIT IN CARDIFF IMPORTANT FOR GREEK ECONOMY

    Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis, addressing the EU Summit which opened in Cardiff today, referred to the progress of the Greek economy over the last five years, to the Greek social policy, to the employment issue as well as to the agrarian policy implemented by his government.

    Mr Simitis stressed that Greece is determined to make every effort, especially concerning the issue of the EU resources absorption and added that this period is crucial for the Greek economic programme, since, during the next decade Greece should achieve substantial revenues.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [09] PANGALOS TO TURKEY: EITHER WE WILL HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE TOGETHER OR WE WILL BE LED TO CATASTROPHE

    Greek foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos in an interview to the Turkish newspaper "Cumhuriyet" outlined the Greek positions on the Greek-Turkish relations and the Cyprus issue.

    At the same time, he gave examples of his own efforts and the collective efforts made by the Greek government for the easing of the tension in the region, the peaceful solution of the problems and the development of economic and trade relations between the two countries.

    The Greek-Turkish relations are a very significant issue for both peoples and either the two countries will have a bright future together or together will be led to catastrophe, said the Greek foreign minister to newspaper reporter Leila Tavsanoglu.

    He stated that he supports the European orientation of Turkey and reiterated an earlier statement he had made that Turkey is a part of Europe, while he called on Ankara to be more careful on issues that concern the protection of human rights and economic development.

    Referring to the issue of the Imia islets, Mr. Pangalos stated that if the Greek government had adopted the same "behavior" with Ms. Ciller there would have been a bloodshed and the relations of the two countries would have deteriorated for many years.

    On the issue of the violation of the Greek air space and the regular simulated "dog-fights", Mr Pangalos stated that "this is not an everyday occurrence anymore as now efforts are being made for the implementation of the confidence-building-measures and this gives us room to live with our problems".

    He praised the stance of and the agreement reached by the leaders of the armed forces of the two countries, Greek wing commander Athanasios Tzoganis and Turkish general Ismail Karadayi, for the reduction of the number of military flights and simulated "dog-fights". He explained that the economic burden is unbearable for both countries and if the provocation was absent the huge sums of money spent for military purposes could have been used for the development of the economic relations of the two countries.

    Mr. Pangalos referred to Turkey's appeal to the International Court of Justice in The Hague on the issue of the continental shelf and any other dispute it may have with Greece and stressed that Turkey needs to build a creative relation with Greece which in turn can create a great development potential for the two countries.

    On the Cyprus issue, he reiterated that Cyprus will become a full member of the European Union and that it is to the benefit of Turkey too to accept the two-zone, two community democratic structure on the island where the two communities will maintain their identity intact and become an example of harmonious co- existence of a Christian and a Muslim community.

    Mr. Pangalos accused Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash of intransigence and stated that even though the geo-political situation in the planet has changed he continues to live back in the period of 1974.

    [10] THE EU SUMMIT HAS OPENED IN CARDIFF

    The EU Summit meeting opened in Cardiff, Wales today. In the meeting will be presented the proposals on the agenda 2000 that are regarded as greatly important by Greece because on them will depend the EU funds the country will receive in the period from the year 2000 to 2006.

    The EU leaders will approve decisions concerning long-lasting national problems such as unemployment.

    Also, the EU leaders will focus on the reforms that will give a new form to the structure of the 21st century European Union, while the issue of the rapprochement in the relations of the EU with Turkey will also be raised. Greece went to Cardiff with concrete and clear positions on the issue, proclaimed repeatedly by the Greek prime minister and the foreign minister.

    [11] NATO MILITARY EXERCISE IN ALBANIA AND FYROM

    A NATO military exercise has started in Albania and FYROM this morning with the participation of Greek forces.

    The exercise, code-named "Determined Falcon", includes simulated target bombardment. Greece participates with two F-16 fighter jets and a C-130 transport plane.

    NATO secretary-general Javier Solana pointed out that the alliance will not remain apathetic to all that goes on in Kossovo and that it will not allow the repetition of the 1991 situation in Bosnia.

    It is the last chance for Slobodan Milosevic to change his position on Kossovo, stated this morning NATO secretary-general Javier Solana. Mr. Solana underlined that the alliance's air exercises show that the international community is ready to intervene if necessary.

    [12] ROMANIA: THE FORMER KING IS ON VACATION AT HIS HOME COUNTRY

    About 100 pro-monarchists welcomed former King of Romania Michael and his wife Anna, who arrived in Romania yesterday for a three-week vacation.

    The 70yearold monarch, who was forced to leave his throne by the Communists in December 1947, regained the Romanian nationality last year and since then has traveled to the country 6 times.

    Michael, who lives in Switzerland, made his first visit to Romania in 1992, three years after the fall of Communism in 1989.

    Romanian president Emil Constantinescu has ruled out any likelihood of a referendum for the return to monarchy, at least for as long as he will be in power.

    [13] THE PARTHENON MARBLES HAVE LOST THEIR SOUL, WRITES THE "DAILY TELEGRAPH"

    The Parthenon Marbles lost their soul after they were cleaned, stated to British newspaper "Daily Telegraph" art historian Robert Bayron, commenting on the irreversible damage caused to the Marbles and called on the British Museum to give a detailed report on how it takes care of them.

    In an extensive article published in the "Daily Telegraph", on the occasion of the damage caused to the Parthenon Marbles, it is stressed that the destruction of antiquities continues today and mentions as an example an incident in a museum in Malibu, California.

    Columnist Martin Gayford characterized as shameful the cleaning of the marbles by the British Museum, adding that the only positive fact is that the destruction was stopped as soon as the damage was realized.

    [14] FRANCE WILL NOT ASK FOR SUSPENSION OF CYPRUS ACCESSION TALKS

    France will not raise the question of suspension of the talks on Cyprus

    EU membership at the Summit in Cardiff, although the French president Jacques Chirac intends to point out that the accession negotiations are heading towards a deadlock because the membership procedure does not include information concerning the occupied part of the island.

    Sources from the French delegation reiterated that the Cyprus accession talks should be for the benefit of all Cypriots and added that mr Chirac would not raise the issue for discussion because it is not included in the agenda of the Summit.


    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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