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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-06-17

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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 17, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] GREECE IS SATISFIED WITH THE RESULTS OF THE EU SUMMIT MEETING IN CARDIFF
  • [02] THE UNIVERSITY ADMISSION EXAMS START ON FRIDAY
  • [03] PAPANTONIOU MET WITH THE MANAGEMENT OF THE IONIAN AND COMMERCIAL BANK
  • [04] NEW RECORD FOR MPA'S SITE ON THE INTERNET
  • [05] REPPAS: THERE IS NO RISK OF A HOT INCIDENT IN THE REGION
  • [06] THE GREEK GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN CONDEMNED THE PERSECUTIONS OF JOURNALISTS IN TURKEY
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [07] WASHINGTON IS NOT SATISFIED WITH MILOSEVIC
  • [08] THE LEADERS OF THE ETHNIC ALBANIANS IN KOSSOVO ARE DISPLEASED
  • [09] ALBRIGHT: THE US CONSIDER A PLAN FOR THE SOLUTION OF THE CYPRUS PROBLEM
  • [10] THE US PENTAGON SPOKESMAN ON THE TSOCHATZOPOULOS - COHEN TALKS
  • [11] BLOODY INCIDENT AT THE CROAT - YUGOSLAV BORDERS
  • [12] KARAMANLIS: IMMEDIATE SOLUTION FOR CYPRUS NOT LINKED WITH ITS EU ACCESSION COURSE
  • [13] INTERNATIONAL COMMENTS ON THE YELTSIN-MILOSEVIC MEETING

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] GREECE IS SATISFIED WITH THE RESULTS OF THE EU SUMMIT MEETING IN CARDIFF

    The Greek side is satisfied with the results of the EU Summit meeting that was concluded in Cardiff yesterday.

    The relations between Turkey and the EU remain frozen after the objections raised by Greece, while the phrase promoted by the British EU presidency to be included in the text of conclusions calling Turkey the 12th in line candidate state for EU accession, was removed.

    In a surprise move, US president Bill Clinton intervened by telephone and requested from prime minister Kostas Simitis to change the stance of the Greek government toward Turkey.

    [02] THE UNIVERSITY ADMISSION EXAMS START ON FRIDAY

    The university admission exams start on Friday and students will be tested in composition.

    The exams will be completed on June 27 and all those seeking a place in higher education institutions will be tested in physics, ancient Greek, political economy, math, biology, history, chemistry and Latin.

    [03] PAPANTONIOU MET WITH THE MANAGEMENT OF THE IONIAN AND COMMERCIAL BANK

    An Athens court ruled in favor of the Ionian Bank employees, who are also Commercial Bank shareholders.

    The court rejected the restraining measures application filled by the Commercial Bank which called for the participation of a limited number of shareholders in the general assembly meeting that will decide on the sale of the Ionian Bank. The excuse used was that there is not enough space available for all the shareholders to be present in the meeting.

    Meanwhile, minister of national economy and finance Yiannos Papantoniou and the governors of the Ionian and the Commercial Bank are considering the text announcing the sale of the bank.

    [04] NEW RECORD FOR MPA'S SITE ON THE INTERNET

    Over 1 million requests are received each month by MPA's site on the Internet setting a new record, while by the end of the year the number of requests is expected to be 1 million a week.

    According to MPA's president professor Pavlos Petridis, the news agency continues its upward course with the many different activities it undertakes.

    MPA's general director Spyros Kouzinopoulos referred to the operation of the agency's new data base, the Balkan News Bank that was recently put in operation, the successful international conferences that were organized by the agency and the newly installed site on local administration. He also referred to the agency's contribution to the development of the relations with mass media in the rest of the Balkans and the Black Sea.

    [05] REPPAS: THERE IS NO RISK OF A HOT INCIDENT IN THE REGION

    There is no risk of a hot incident in the region, stated Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas adding that the telephone conversation between US president Bill Clinton and Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis does not constitute pressure or intervention. The Greek government spokesman stated that it was a friendly consultation that displays Washington's interest in the developments taking place in the region as well as, the good level of relations between the two leaders.

    Commenting on the telephone conversation, Mr. Reppas stated that it was a natural move and mentioned that other leaders too had undertaken such initiatives in the past.

    Responding to a question made by a reporter, Mr. Reppas stated that Greece's veto on Turkey's funding by the EU still stands, adding that the Greek-Turkish relations are not the kind of relations Greece would have preferred and stressed that responsible for this is Ankara because it maintains a climate of tension in the relations of the two countries.

    [06] THE GREEK GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN CONDEMNED THE PERSECUTIONS OF JOURNALISTS IN TURKEY

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas condemned the persecutions of journalists in Turkey and stressed that this practice proves that there is a lack of democracy in the country.

    The comment on the persecution phenomena targeting journalists in Turkey was made by Mr. Reppas in response to a question by a reporter.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [07] WASHINGTON IS NOT SATISFIED WITH MILOSEVIC

    US president Bill Clinton is not satisfied with the agreement reached yesterday by Russian president Boris Yeltsin and his Yugoslav counterpart Slobodan Milosevic on the issue of Kossovo.

    US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stated that there was some progress but she criticized Milosevic because he did not do what was demanded by the contact group.

    [08] THE LEADERS OF THE ETHNIC ALBANIANS IN KOSSOVO ARE DISPLEASED

    The leaders of the ethnic Albanians in Kossovo are displeased with the results of the talks held between Russian president Boris Yeltsin and his Yugoslav counterpart Slobodan Milosevic in Moscow.

    According to the Serb opposition B-92 radio station, Fehmi Agani, a member of the Albanian negotiating team, has characterized as meaningless the results of the talks held by Yeltsin and Milosevic.

    [09] ALBRIGHT: THE US CONSIDER A PLAN FOR THE SOLUTION OF THE CYPRUS PROBLEM

    US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stated before a US Senate sub-committee that the United States consider a plan for the solution of the Cyprus problem that will respect the rights and the needs of the two communities on the island.

    According to the Turkish news agency "Anadolu", Ms. Albright did not give more details on the specific plan but added that Washington backs the expansion of the EU toward the central and eastern Europe and especially, Turkey's wish to become a member of the European Union.

    [10] THE US PENTAGON SPOKESMAN ON THE TSOCHATZOPOULOS - COHEN TALKS

    US Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon referred to the content of the talks that will be held between Greek minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos and US Secretary of Defense William Cohen.

    Mr. Tsochatzopoulos will be in Washington on July 7 and 8 and according to Mr. Bacon, he will discuss with his US counterpart issues concerning the Greek-US relations, the Cyprus problem, the Greek-Turkish relations, the changes in the NATO structure and the proposals on the confidence-building-measures in the Aegean.

    [11] BLOODY INCIDENT AT THE CROAT - YUGOSLAV BORDERS

    Two Croat police officers and four Yugoslav nationals were killed in a bloody incident that occurred on Monday night at the Croat-Yugoslav borders when a Croat border police patrol located a group of Yugoslavs trying to cross over to Croat territory.

    According to the Croat state radio station, the incident occurred at the north-western region of the Serb province of Voivodina near the town of Apatin. The Yugoslav nationals finally returned to Serb territory.

    [12] KARAMANLIS: IMMEDIATE SOLUTION FOR CYPRUS NOT LINKED WITH ITS EU ACCESSION COURSE

    Greek right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis responding to questions by Euro-deputies of the European Popular Party stated that Cyprus is an independent and democratic state, with a quality government and strong economy that deserves to have the help of the international community. He also stressed that a solution must be found immediately for Cyprus that will not be linked with its accession into the EU.

    Mr.Karamanlis, who is on a visit to Strasbourg, underlined the continuous efforts made by Greece for a political solution acceptable by all sides and praised the proposal made by Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides for the participation of the Turkish Cypriots in the committee that has undertaken to make the accession negotiations.

    Referring to Cyprus's defense and the installation of the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles on the island, Mr. Karamanlis stated that the Cypriot government has accepted the postponement or the cancellation of the arrival of the missiles provided that Ankara will accept at least a gradual demilitarization.

    [13] INTERNATIONAL COMMENTS ON THE YELTSIN-MILOSEVIC MEETING

    The recent meeting between the president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic and the Russian president Boris Yeltsin received a diversity of reactions by foreign leaders.

    The Albanian government, through a statement it issued, expressed its discontent over the results of the two leaders' meeting and described the concessions made by mr Milosevic as a Sjoke and demagogy".

    However, the Bulgarian Foreign ministry spokesman Radko Vlaikov expressed Sofia's satisfaction about the talks.

    The French president Jacques Chirac called on mr Milosevic to stop all operations of the Yugoslav Federal Army in Kosovo, while Great Britain hailed the decision by the Yugoslav president to accept the majority of the international demands.


    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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