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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-06-19

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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 19, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] ATHENS REACTS WITH CALM TO THE TENSION CREATED BY TURKEY
  • [02] THE GOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE MEETS TODAY
  • [03] ORIGINAL BUT DIFFICULT THE SUBJECT OF THE ESSAY ON WHICH THE STUDENTS WERE TESTED TODAY
  • [04] INCIDENTS IN THE COMMERCIAL BANK GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING
  • [05] "BOUTARIS" DENIED FYROM PRESS REPORTS THAT IT HAS BOUGHT OUT THE BITOLA BREWERY
  • [06] PUBLIC PROSECUTOR PRESSES CHARGES FOR INCIDENTS AT THE COMMERCIAL BANK
  • [07] CHRISOHOIDIS: "EMU IS A DIFFICULT BUT NECESSARY PATH"
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [08] CLERIDES' LETTER TO THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL
  • [09] MILOSEVIC IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SITUATION IN KOSSOVO
  • [10] THE UNITED STATES CONDEMNED THE MILITARY FLIGHTS OVER CYPRUS
  • [11] JAMES RUBIN: THE LANDING OF GREEK AND TURKISH JETS IN CYPRUS DOES NOT HELP IN THE PEACE EFFORTS
  • [12] RUGOVA PROPOSED THE CREATION OF AN INDEPENDENT AND NEUTRAL STATE
  • [13] SIX TONS OF WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION WERE FOUND IN THE PORT OF DURRES
  • [14] KASOULIDIS: "EISENHOWER" IS DIRECTED TO THE ADRIATIC SEA

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] ATHENS REACTS WITH CALM TO THE TENSION CREATED BY TURKEY

    Athens and Nicosia react with calm and determination to the new fabricated tension created by Turkey in Cyprus and the Aegean.

    Greek foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos stated that it is absolutely illegal for Turkey's prime minister Mesut Yilmaz to send war planes to the occupied northern Cyprus.

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas accused Ankara that it does not want to contribute to the easing of the tension in the Greek-Turkish relations and to the efforts aimed at reaching a solution for Cyprus.

    Cypriot minister of defense Yiannakis Omirou stated that the reinforcement of the occupation forces shows that Turkey has expansionist aspirations and reiterated that the arrival of Greek fighter jets in Cyprus is totally legal.

    [02] THE GOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE MEETS TODAY

    The economic developments and the outcome of the EU Summit meeting in Cardiff, Wales were discussed today in the joint meeting of the governmental committee and PASOK's political secretariat which was presided over by prime minister Kostas Simitis.

    Meanwhile, measures for the speedier decline of inflation are being examined today by a committee presided over by undersecretary of development Michalis Chrisochoidis in which participate undersecretaries of finance Nikos Christodoulakis and Giorgos Dris.

    [03] ORIGINAL BUT DIFFICULT THE SUBJECT OF THE ESSAY ON WHICH THE STUDENTS WERE TESTED TODAY

    The subject of the essay on the role of laughter in people's lives on which students were tested today was characterized by literature teachers as original but difficult.

    In the university admission exams that started today participate about 142.000 students and the abstention noted was very limited. Minister of education Gerasimos Arsenis suggested calm to both parents and students.

    [04] INCIDENTS IN THE COMMERCIAL BANK GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING

    The crucial general assembly meeting of the Commercial Bank shareholders on the future of the Ionian Bank was not held today due to the incidents that erupted in the Athens central hotel hall where the meeting was scheduled to take place.

    The incidents erupted when the president and the general director of the Ionian Bank were booed by the Ionian Bank employees and shortly afterwards Commercial Bank president Mr. Georgoutsakos was attacked by a group of employees. The general assembly meeting of the Commercial Bank shareholders was considered to be of decisive importance for the sale of the Ionian Bank.

    All banks in the country remained closed today after a decision by the Bank Employees' Union. PASOK's unionists are opposed to the imminent work reforms and the privatization program. PASOK's Central Committee secretary Kostas Skandalidis called on the bank employees' union leaders to abandon the misery of everyday conflict.

    [05] "BOUTARIS" DENIED FYROM PRESS REPORTS THAT IT HAS BOUGHT OUT THE BITOLA BREWERY

    The northern Greek brewery "Boutaris" denied a "Nova Makedonija" newspaper report according to which, it has bought out the Bitola brewery.

    Speaking to MPA, "Brewery of Northern Greece" general director Nikolaos Georgopoulos stated that "Boutaris" has expressed interest but the negotiations have not been completed yet and no decision has been reached.

    "Boutaris" negotiates the purchase of part of the Bitola brewery, possibly 51%, and its rivals are Australian "Fosters" and the Swiss group "MTI".

    [06] PUBLIC PROSECUTOR PRESSES CHARGES FOR INCIDENTS AT THE COMMERCIAL BANK

    Following a court order, the General Assembly of the Commercial Bank shareholders is held, since 9pm, at the central offices of the bank. According to the same resolution, the General Assembly will be attended by 25 instead of 138 representatives.

    Meanwhile, the Public Prosecutor's Office in Athens pressed charges for illegal violence and grand damages, after today's riots, which occurred during the General Assembly of the Bank, while an investigation was ordered for the arrest of the responsible for the incidents. The incidents were condemned by the Greek government as well as by the opposition.

    [07] CHRISOHOIDIS: "EMU IS A DIFFICULT BUT NECESSARY PATH"

    Greek deputy minister of Development Mihalis Chrisohoidis, addressing the Trade Association of Thessaloniki, today, described the participation of the national currency in the Exchange Rate Mechanism as an event of great importance.

    Mr Chrisohoidis stressed that this shows important steps of progress in the Greek economy as well as the determination of the Greek government to achieve convergence with EU economies.

    He, also, underlined that the government pays particular attention to the introduction of structural changes within the economy and added that the European Monetary Union is a difficult path but the only one that could strengthen the European economic and social model against other social models, which exist around the world.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [08] CLERIDES' LETTER TO THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL

    Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides sent a letter to UN secretary-general Kofi Annan with concrete proposals aimed at setting a timetable for the demilitarization of Cyprus, according to Cypriot government spokesman Christos Stilianides.

    Meanwhile, US ambassador to Nicosia Kenneth Brill met with Cypriot ministers of foreign affairs and agriculture Yiannakis Kasoulides and Kostas Themistokleous.

    Mr. Brill stressed, when was called to comment on the landing of Turkish and Greek fighter jets in Cyprus, that the militarizing of the Cypriot problem will not help anyone and added that this week's events were not helpful and undermine the efforts of all those who try to promote a political solution. He said that tension in the region has risen without a reason and stressed that this has to stop.

    [09] MILOSEVIC IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SITUATION IN KOSSOVO

    The British undersecretary of foreign affairs, who presides over the European Council, accused Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic of being personally responsible for the actions of the Serb security forces in Kossovo.

    The accusations were made during his speech in the European Parliament where the crisis in Kossovo was discussed in detail.

    [10] THE UNITED STATES CONDEMNED THE MILITARY FLIGHTS OVER CYPRUS

    The flights of Greek and Turkish fighter jets over Cyprus were condemned by the US Department of Defense and a US Pentagon spokesman announced the scheduled arrival of a US aircraft carrier to eastern Mediterranean in the following days.

    US Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon referred to the flights of fighter jets stressing that they have a destabilizing effect in the region, while at the same time he underlined that the US want a solution to be found for the Cyprus problem.

    [11] JAMES RUBIN: THE LANDING OF GREEK AND TURKISH JETS IN CYPRUS DOES NOT HELP IN THE PEACE EFFORTS

    Actions such as, the landing of Greek and Turkish fighter jets in Cyprus do not help in the efforts for the promotion of peace in Cyprus, stated US State Department spokesman James Rubin.

    Mr. Rubin stated that the US view is that the recent activity undertaken by the Turkish and Greek jets does not help in the promotion of peace and called on Greece and Turkey to stop those actions.

    On Richard Halbrooke's appointment to the position of the US ambassador to the UN, Mr. Rubin commented that it is too early to say if someone else will replace him as US presidential envoy to Cyprus.

    Meanwhile, Mr. Halbrooke in a speech he delivered recently, blamed Ankara for the deadlock in Cyprus and stated that it will be very difficult to have a two-zone, two-community federation in Cyprus in the near future.

    [12] RUGOVA PROPOSED THE CREATION OF AN INDEPENDENT AND NEUTRAL STATE

    Leader of ethnic Albanians in Kossovo Ibrahim Rugova suggested the creation of an independent and neutral state in which the Serbs will enjoy all their rights during his meeting in Pristina with Russian embassy adviser in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mr. Yakov Gerasimov.

    Meanwhile, Yugoslav foreign minister Mr. Yovanovic wished that the dialogue between the Serb leadership and the ethnic Albanians in Kossovo will bring results, stressing that there is no other way to solve the crisis.

    [13] SIX TONS OF WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION WERE FOUND IN THE PORT OF DURRES

    Customs authorities in the Albanian port of Durres discovered and seized 6 tons of weapons and ammunition hidden in a truck with Italian number plates.

    No details were given to publicity by the Albanian authorities but the Albanian newspapers mention citing police sources that according to well-founded suspicions, the cargo was destined for Kossovo's Liberation Army.

    [14] KASOULIDIS: "EISENHOWER" IS DIRECTED TO THE ADRIATIC SEA

    Cypriot Foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulidis stated that the US Embassy assured him that the American aircraft carrier "Eisenhower" flies towards the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, but its direction is the Adriatic Sea, due to the Kosovo crisis.

    Mr Kasoulidis, in statements he made after a closed-doors conference of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, stressed that there is a bid for the creation of an artificial crisis and thus "we are obliged to be aware of intentions and respond in the same way".


    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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