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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-06-18

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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 18, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] STEPHANOPOULOS - SIMITIS MEETING
  • [02] UNIVERSITY ADMISSION EXAMS START TOMORROW
  • [03] NEW DEMOCRACY HAS A LEAD OVER PASOK, ACCORDING TO AN OPINION POLL
  • [04] A RUSSIAN WANTED FOR ILLEGAL JEWELRY TRADE WAS EXTRADITED BY THE GREEK AUTHORITIES
  • [05] GREECE-CYPRUS CONDEMN TURKISH PROVOCATIONS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [06] A GREEK CYPRIOT WAS ARRESTED IN THE TURKISH OCCUPIED NORTHERN CYPRUS
  • [07] ETHNIC ALBANIANS REJECT THE DIALOGUE WITH BELGRADE
  • [08] REPORT ON CYPRUS BY THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL
  • [09] THE ACTS OF VANDALISM TARGETING THE GREEK ORTHODOX CEMETERY IN ISTANBUL WERE DISCUSSED IN EURO-PARLIAMENT
  • [10] HOBROOKE APPOINTED US AMBASSADOR TO THE UN
  • [11] BLOODY CLASHES IN KOSOVO

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] STEPHANOPOULOS - SIMITIS MEETING

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis met with president Kostis Stephanopoulos today and briefed him on the outcome of the EU Summit meeting in Cardiff as well as, on domestic and foreign policy issues.

    The prime minister stated that the developments in the Cardiff Summit were expected but there were certain surprise events. He characterized the outcome of the Summit as positive and the climate during its proceedings as friendly. He also added that positive is the outcome of the government's economic policy as well.

    Mr. Simitis stated to reporters after the meeting that the government will continue its efforts aimed at promoting the program of structural reforms.

    Prime minister Simitis is also scheduled to meet with Serb Republic of Bosnia president Ms. Biljana Plavsic, who is on a visit to Athens and with the leadership of the Greek ministry of the interior, while he will also have a meeting with the 13 regional governors.

    [02] UNIVERSITY ADMISSION EXAMS START TOMORROW

    The university admission exams will start tomorrow and students will be tested in the subject of composition.

    According to ministry of education figures, the students taking part in the exams are 141.803 namely, 3.000 less than last year. The examination will be completed on June 27 and the ministry of education has announced that it is fully prepared.

    [03] NEW DEMOCRACY HAS A LEAD OVER PASOK, ACCORDING TO AN OPINION POLL

    Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy has a lead over governing Socialist party of PASOK in the preferences of the voters. According to an opinion poll conducted by the polling company MRB, New Democracy has 29.1% compared to PASOK's 23.7%.

    Most popular public figure is Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All of Greece with 73.5%, followed by mayor of Athens Dimitris Avramopoulos with 71.1%. A popularity decline is observed for prime minister Kostas Simitis (28.4%), while a similar trend is observed and in the case of ND leader Kostas Karamanlis (35.8%).

    Based on the opinion poll, the Communist Party got 5.7%, Coalition of the Left 4.8%, the Democratic Social Movement 6% and Political Spring 1.5%. The undecided were 4.1%.

    Responding to the question, who will be the right option for prime minister after the year 2000, 19.8% chose Dimitris Avramopoulos, 11.8% Kostas Karamanlis and 11.6% Kostas Simitis.

    [04] A RUSSIAN WANTED FOR ILLEGAL JEWELRY TRADE WAS EXTRADITED BY THE GREEK AUTHORITIES

    The Greek authorities decided to extradite Russian Andrei Kozlonok wanted for illegal jewelry trade of millions of dollars. The announcement was made by the Greek ministry of justice.

    The Russian had been arrested by the Greek authorities in January and Moscow requested for his immediate extradition based on the accusations that he was involved in illegal jewelry trade which was made through the company "Golden Ada" and is estimated at 180 million dollars. Minister of justice Evangelos Yiannopoulos signed the extradition two days ago and all the procedures were completed yesterday.

    When he appeared before the court in February, Kozlonok maintained that he is wanted by Moscow for political reasons and expressed fears that his life is in danger.

    [05] GREECE-CYPRUS CONDEMN TURKISH PROVOCATIONS

    Greek Foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos described the dispatch of Turkish F-16 fighter jets to northern Cyprus as "completely illegal".

    Mr Pangalos stressed that Turkey already has a plethora of illegal arms on the Cypriot territory and that the deployment of these planes on the island does not change the current situation.

    The Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas underlined that Turkey's attitude did not help at all in reaching a solution for the Cyprus problem.

    The Cypriot government, also, condemned the violation of the Cypriot airspace, by the turkish fighter jets, as "illegal" while the Cypriot government spokesman Christos Stilianidis claimed that a protest would be filed with the appropriate international institutions.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [06] A GREEK CYPRIOT WAS ARRESTED IN THE TURKISH OCCUPIED NORTHERN CYPRUS

    The occupation forces in northern Cyprus arrested a Greek Cypriot today, who lost his way at the old road linking Nicosia with Larnaca near Geri and entered the occupied territories.

    As it was made known, the arrested individual was identified to be 50yearold Andreas Kiriakou.

    The information on the arrest of the Greek Cypriot was forwarded by the UN peace-keeping forces to the Cypriot police and efforts are being made for his release.

    [07] ETHNIC ALBANIANS REJECT THE DIALOGUE WITH BELGRADE

    Russia has announced that it will continue the diplomatic efforts for the solution of the crisis in Kossovo by sending two deputy foreign ministers to the Serb province, Albania and FYROM.

    Meanwhile, Kossovo's leaders have rejected Belgrade's proposals for talks if the Serb armed forces are not withdrawn from the region.

    [08] REPORT ON CYPRUS BY THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL

    UN secretary-general Kofi Annan characterized as sad the fact that his efforts were not proven adequate to lead to the resumption of the talks for the solution of the Cyprus problem.

    In his report to the UN Security Council on his good services in Cyprus, which was given to publicity today, the UN secretary- general calls on all the interested parties to refrain from any action that will raise the tension in the region.

    [09] THE ACTS OF VANDALISM TARGETING THE GREEK ORTHODOX CEMETERY IN ISTANBUL WERE DISCUSSED IN EURO-PARLIAMENT

    European Council president Mr. Henderson, responding to a question made by PASOK's Euro-deputy Nikos Papakiriazis, issued an appeal to the Turkish authorities to make the necessary moves for the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the acts of vandalism that targeted the Greek Orthodox cemetery of Agios Eleftherios in Istanbul last April.

    Mr. Papakiriazis requested to be briefed on the measures and the guarantees the EU Council of Ministers will ask from Ankara in order to secure the protection of the Greek Orthodox population and the respect of its rights.

    [10] HOBROOKE APPOINTED US AMBASSADOR TO THE UN

    US president Bill Klinton appointed Richard Holbrooke as permanent ambassador of his state to the United Nations, without releasing him of the duties of the presidential envoy for Cyprus.

    Mr Holbrooke, accompanied by the US State Department's special coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Miller, is expected to pay an unofficial visit to Athens, on Monday, where he will hold talks with senior officials of the Foreign ministry.

    According to the Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas, the American diplomat will not have a meeting with prime minister Kostas Simitis.

    [11] BLOODY CLASHES IN KOSOVO

    The clashes between Serbian security forces and ethnic Albanians continue in Kosovo. During the last 24 hours, 12 people were killed, while the Yugoslav Foreign minister Zivadin Jovanovic, stated, today, that serbian military forces would not be withdrawn from Kosovo.

    The statement by mr Jovanovic came during a meeting he had with his Belgian counterpart Eric Derike. However, after the meeting between the Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic and the Russian president Boris Yeltsin, which aimed at the settlement of the crisis, the international community continues to exert pressure on Belgrade for the withdrawal of his security forces from the Serbian province.


    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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