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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-06-22

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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 22, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] FYROM FOREIGN MINISTER ARRIVES TODAY ON OFFICIAL VISIT
  • [02] HOLBROOKE TO ARRIVE IN ATHENS TODAY
  • [03] UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE EXAMS CONTINUE IN PHYSICS, ANCIENT GREEK
  • [04] IONIAN BANK WORKERS RETURN TO WORK, CALL OFF STRIKE
  • [05] NATO EXERCISE "PROMETHEUS 98" UNDERWAY IN NORTHERN GREECE
  • [06] LABOR UNDERSECRETARY: WE MUST WIN LOST GROUND IN IONIAN BANK
  • [07] GREEK-ORIGIN POLITICIANS TO MEET IN GREECE IN JULY
  • [08] MEMORIAL SERVICE HELD FOR ANDREAS PAPANDREOU
  • [09] MOSCOW'S MAYOR IN ATHENS FOR LIGHTING OF OLYMPIC FLAME
  • [10] PLAYERS TRANSFERS PROCEED SMOOTHLY IN GREEK SOCCER
  • [11] THE TOPICS ON WHICH HIGH-SCHOOL GRADUATES WERE TESTED WERE EASY
  • [12] THE PRIVATIZATION OF THE IONIAN BANK WILL GO AHEAD
  • [13] OECD REPRESENTATIVES IN ATHENS
  • [14] GREECE MAKES NEW EFFORTS AIMED AT CLAIMING WAR REPARATIONS FROM GERMANY
  • [15] PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS MET WITH US PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY RICHARD HALBROOKE
  • [16] ALAVANOS IS ON A VISIT TO GEORGIA, AZERBAIDJAN AND ARMENIA
  • [17] GREEK DEFENCE MINISTER CONCERNED OVER KOSOVO PROBLEM
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [18] EU COMMISSIONER VAN DER BROEK: END VIOLENCE IN KOSSOVO
  • [19] RUSSIAN FM: GIVE MORE TIME TO MILOSEVIC FOR TALKS WITH ALBANIANS
  • [20] IRAQ-TURKEY INVOLVED IN ILLICIT FUEL TRADE, THE U.S. ACKNOWLEDGE
  • [21] FRANCE TO SET FORTH CYRPUS ISSUE AT EU POLITICAL COMMITTEE
  • [22] ARMED CONFLICT CONTINUES IN KOSSOVO
  • [23] GREECE EARNS SILVER MEDAL IN BICYCLE WORLD CUP RACES
  • [24] PRIMAKOV STATEMENTS ON KOSOVO
  • [25] THE GERMAN SUPREME COURT WILL DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF THE WORLD WAR II REPARATIONS
  • [26] THE US GOVERNMENT WARNED THE US CITIZENS NOT TO VISIT ALBANIA
  • [27] "TITAN" IS INTERESTED IN BUYING OUT FYROM'S CEMENT INDUSTRY
  • [28] THE CNA DIRECTOR DIED TODAY
  • [29] THE GENOCIDE OF THE ARMENIANS IS INCLUDED IN A TURKISH UNIVERSITY BOOK

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] FYROM FOREIGN MINISTER ARRIVES TODAY ON OFFICIAL VISIT

    FYROM's foreign minister Blagoje Hatzinski begins an official two-day visit to Greece today and is expected to raise the issue of the name of his country in his meetings with Greek government officials.

    In an interview published in the Greek newspaper "To Vima" yesterday, Mr. Hatzinski rules out any change to Skopje's name, saying his compatriots would refuse such a proposal "100 percent" if a referendum were held on the issue.

    Mr. Hatzinski said no resolution of the name issue would nevertheless require Greece and FYROM to "learn to live with the problem with dignity as their strategic interests coincide in 99 percent of cases."

    [02] HOLBROOKE TO ARRIVE IN ATHENS TODAY

    Newly appointed U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and special envoy for Cyprus Richard Holbrooke is to arrive in Athens today for talks with senior officials over rising tensions with neighboring Turkey.

    Mr. Holbrooke is the guest of an American college in Athens and will also hold talks with top foreign ministry officials on issues including Cyprus and Greek-Turkish relations,'' a Greek government official said yesterday.

    He will be accompanied on his visit by State Department special coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Miller.

    Turkish President Suleiman Demirel is to visit the occupied territory of Cyprus on June 28.

    [03] UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE EXAMS CONTINUE IN PHYSICS, ANCIENT GREEK

    Greek high school graduates who have their eyes set on college are being examined today on the courses of physics and ancient Greek.

    Tomorrow, students who are vying for a seat in law, public administration and social science-related departments, will be examined in the course of Civic Economy.

    [04] IONIAN BANK WORKERS RETURN TO WORK, CALL OFF STRIKE

    Employees at Ionian Bank are returning to work today, having completed 46 days of strike, since shareholders in Ionian's parent company Commercial Bank voted on Friday to sell a 51 percent stake in the bank.

    Employees at Ionian Bank had been on a rolling strike since May 11, protesting the privatization, despite court rulings that declared the strike illegal.

    The strike was marked by several violent clashes which culminated in workers disrupting the Bank's annual general meeting on Friday. The bank's employees have vowed to resort to the courts in order to declare the shareholders' general assembly illegal.

    The privatization is a key part of the Greek government's plan to restructure public sector companies in preparation for possible membership in the European Monetary Union.

    On hearing of the end of the strike, both Commercial Bank management and National Economy and Finance Minister Yiannos Papantoniou reiterated an earlier commitment to safeguarding jobs and pension rights of Ionian's employees.

    [05] NATO EXERCISE "PROMETHEUS 98" UNDERWAY IN NORTHERN GREECE

    NATO's military exercise "Prometheus 98", held within the framework of the Partnership for Peace program, got underway in the city of Kilkis, in Northern Greece yesterday.

    The exercise, which is set to last until June 30, features the participation of soldiers from three NATO member-states, namely Italian, Dutch and Greek, as well as three Balkan countries, Armenia, Bulgaria and FYROM.

    [06] LABOR UNDERSECRETARY: WE MUST WIN LOST GROUND IN IONIAN BANK

    The undersecretary of Labor Christos Protopappas has issued an appeal to all sides involved in the conflict surrounding the privatization of the Ionian Bank to work together in order to voice the lost ground.

    Mr. Protopappas stated that the bank's image has suffered a blow and has lost clients as a result of its employees lengthy strike but stressed that it must be supported at this critical time.

    Moreover, the Undersecretary stated that the declaration for the Bank's sale will contain specific clauses that will ensure the present labor conditions.

    [07] GREEK-ORIGIN POLITICIANS TO MEET IN GREECE IN JULY

    Thanks to an initiative taken by alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou, Greek-origin politicians who live abroad have been invited to meet in Greece on July 19-25.

    The participants will have the opportunity to meet with Greek political and state leaders, while on July 23 they will be able to attend a seminar organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and which will address issues of mutual interest.

    [08] MEMORIAL SERVICE HELD FOR ANDREAS PAPANDREOU

    Commemorative events marking the second anniversary of the death of prime minister and founder of the ruling socialist PASOK party Andreas Papandreou are being continued today.

    A photography exhibition is to be inaugurated at the Zappeion Mansion this evening, while the Hellenic Parliament will hold a memorial in the late political leader's honor tomorrow. A memorial service was held yesterday at the Athens First Cemetery, attended by Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, members of the government, PASOK deputies and officials, Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis, members of the Papandreou family, Andreas Papandreou's widow Dimitra Liani-Papandreou and a large crowd of people.

    [09] MOSCOW'S MAYOR IN ATHENS FOR LIGHTING OF OLYMPIC FLAME

    Moscow's Mayor Yuri Luzkov is to depart for Greece today where he will receive the Olympic flame that will be transported by a group of Russian athletes back to the Russian capital.

    The flame will be used to light the Olympic torch on July 13 at Moscow's Luzniki stadium which will host the world youth championships.

    Mr. Luzkov will stay in Greece for two days and will have talks with his Athens counterpart Dimitris Avramopoulos.

    [10] PLAYERS TRANSFERS PROCEED SMOOTHLY IN GREEK SOCCER

    The transfer process of players in Greek soccer's major league is proceeding smoothly.

    The transfer of "Doxa's " (Drama) Kostas Kyriakides to PAOK fell on dead water as the home team was asking for 70 million drachmas.

    PAOK is still awaiting Panionio's response on whether or not Tasos Katsiabis will be transferred, while the transfer of Pantelis Konstantinides from Athens' "Apollo" is underway.

    Hercules' two new players from FYROM, Kiro Doicinovski and Blanco Georgiev are to be part of the Thessaloniki team tomorrow.

    As for Olympiakos, foreign names are coming and going, among them Nigeria's J.J. Okoca and Paraguay's Akuna.

    [11] THE TOPICS ON WHICH HIGH-SCHOOL GRADUATES WERE TESTED WERE EASY

    The questions on which the high-school graduates, taking part in the university admission exams, were tested today were easy for those who were adequately prepared, according to professors.

    The ancient Greek text they were tested on came from Thucydides and Xenophon. An essay question was included for the first time in the physics exam and the exercises came from the chapter on electricity. Tomorrow, the students will be examined in the course of political economy.

    [12] THE PRIVATIZATION OF THE IONIAN BANK WILL GO AHEAD

    The Ionian Bank branches reopened today and the bank's employees decided to look for other forms of legal and political intervention.

    Minister of national economy and finance Yiannos Papantoniou stated that there will be no divergence from the privatization program and added that the privatization of the Ionian Bank will proceed as planned.

    [13] OECD REPRESENTATIVES IN ATHENS

    Representatives of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD, have arrived in Athens to examine the privatization process in Greece and to gather the necessary facts before they draw up the organization's annual report on the state of the Greek economy.

    The procedures for the privatization of the Bank of Crete and the bidding competition for its sale will take place on Monday after the Ionian Bank privatization process gets underway. The next in line for privatization will be the Bank of Central Greece.

    [14] GREECE MAKES NEW EFFORTS AIMED AT CLAIMING WAR REPARATIONS FROM GERMANY

    Greece began new efforts aimed at claiming the sum of 62 billion dollars from Germany as war reparations for the crimes committed by the Nazis in the country during World War II.

    Greek Parliament vice-president Mr. Loukas Apostolidis, speaking in the Delphi Conference organized by prefect of Viotia, central Greece Yiannis Stamoulis, stated that prime minister Kostas Simitis will raise again the issue of war reparations immediately after the October voting in Germany for the election of the new Chancellor.

    Greece together with Albania are the only European states which did not receive reparations from Germany for the atrocities committed by the Nazis during the German occupation. Apart from the reparations that will be claimed, Greece demands other 8 billion dollars as a compensation for the occupation loan the Germans got illegally from Greece during World War II.

    [15] PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS MET WITH US PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY RICHARD HALBROOKE

    US presidential envoy Richard Halbrooke met with prime minister Kostas Simitis in the presence of the Greek foreign ministry leadership and US ambassador to Athens Nicholas Burns. Mr. Halbrooke is visiting Greece at the invitation of the American College in Athens.

    Their talks focused on the Cyprus problem, as Mr. Halbrooke still is the US presidential envoy to Cyprus, while they also discussed the developments in Kosovo and the Balkans as he was recently appointed to the position of the US ambassador to the United Nations.

    According to information, Mr. Halbrooke suggested the "freezing" of the procedure for the installation of the Russian S- 300 anti-aircraft missiles in Cyprus and called for certain moves aimed at easing the tension in the relations of Athens with Ankara.

    The US envoy will be in Belgrade in the following days to call on Slobodan Milosevic to withdraw the Serb forces from Kosovo. It is also possible to visit Skopje and Tirana.

    The relations of Greece with FYROM as well as, the issue of the name of FYROM were also discussed on the occasion of the visit to Greece tomorrow by FYROM's foreign minister Blagoe Hatjinski.

    Referring to the visit, Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that the meeting with Mr. Simitis took place at the request of Mr. Halbrooke, while he informed reporters that US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has postponed her visit to Greece until next fall.

    [16] ALAVANOS IS ON A VISIT TO GEORGIA, AZERBAIDJAN AND ARMENIA

    Coalition of the Left party Euro-deputy Alekos Alavanos is on a visit to Georgia, Azerbaidjan and Armenia that will last until June 30. Mr. Alavanos is visiting the region as the president of the European Parliament Committee responsible for the cooperation with the Parliaments of the Caucasus states.

    Within the framework of his visit, Mr. Alavanos will meet with the presidents of the former soviet republics, their foreign ministers as well as, with representatives of their Parliaments.

    [17] GREEK DEFENCE MINISTER CONCERNED OVER KOSOVO PROBLEM

    Greek Defence minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos, addressing the NATO working meeting, which takes place in Vienna and investigates the potential of making decisions in the political and military field, underlined that a foreign intervention in Kosovo would be equivalent to the violation of the province's sovereignty.

    Mr Tsohatzopoulos expressed his concern over the situation in Kosovo and added that Europe and NATO should make every effort in order to avert new bloodshed.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [18] EU COMMISSIONER VAN DER BROEK: END VIOLENCE IN KOSSOVO

    The European Union's Commissioner on Foreign Affairs Hans Van Der Broek has issued an appeal to all involved parties that the violence in Kossovo be stopped.

    Having reiterated the EU's firm stance on immediately halting all acts of violence, Mr. Van Der Broek stressed the need to established channels of dialogue between the two sides.

    [19] RUSSIAN FM: GIVE MORE TIME TO MILOSEVIC FOR TALKS WITH ALBANIANS

    Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeni Primakov has stated that the President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic should be given greater leeway -in terms of time- to hold talks with Kossovo's ethnic Albanians.

    Moreover, the Russian diplomat indirectly supported Mr. Milosevic's refusal to withdraw the Serb troops from Kossovo by pointing out the consequences of such move.

    "It would be extremely dangerous to remove the Serb security troops from Kossovo," Mr. Primakov is quoted as having said, since, as he further explained, this would mean that the 150,000 Serbs who reside in the area would have to abandon their homes.

    Mr. Primakov also criticized the United States for the "unilateral" stance they have adopted in the Kossovo crisis issue. According to Mr. Primakov, additional pressures to hold talks must be exerted on the region's Albanians as well.

    Moscow's differentiated stance from that adopted by the international community is a somewhat sore subject for the western leaders who are pressuring the Serb president to uphold his commitments.

    Mr. Milosevic has refused to withdraw the Serb troops from the conflict-stricken region before all terrorist activity ceases in Kossovo.

    Russia, a member of the "Contact Group", is opposed to enforcing military measures against Serbia.

    [20] IRAQ-TURKEY INVOLVED IN ILLICIT FUEL TRADE, THE U.S. ACKNOWLEDGE

    The United States have acknowledged that Iraq smuggles vast quantities in fuel on an annual basis through Turkey and State Department officials have said it was inevitable some oil would get through.

    The illicit trade is a violation of United Nations sanctions imposed on Iraq but is apparently tolerated by Turkey's Western allies.

    According to the US daily " The New York Times ", which quotes high-ranking American and Turkish government officials, the Clinton Administration is aware of what is going on at the Iraq- Turkey border but is turning a "blind eye" since the illicit trade greatly benefits Turkey, a country which is considered to be a strong ally for The US's policy against Iraq, whi8le it also benefits the Kurds who live in northern Iraq and are challenging Saddam Husein's authority in the region.

    ``There inevitably is going to be some cross-border traffic in Turkey,'' White House spokesman Mike McCurry said, albeit adding that this illicit trade is only marginally affecting the sanctions against Iraq.

    According to UN estimates, Mr. McCurry said, the sanctions cost Iraq 15 billion dollars per year while the sale of oil through Turkey is bringing in only 100 million dollars a year.

    Moreover, Mr. McCurry added that the Turkish government, which -as he stated- supports the sanctions against Iraq, has expressed its understanding of the State Department's concerns over the smuggling and has stated that it will attempt to address the issue.

    [21] FRANCE TO SET FORTH CYRPUS ISSUE AT EU POLITICAL COMMITTEE

    France intends to set forth the matter of the tension that recently arose between Greece and Turkey over Cyprus, as well as the Cyprus issue itself, during the European Union's Political Committee that is to convene in Brussels today.

    In light of this initiative, western diplomats are now under the impression that both French President Chiraq and Premier Lionel Jospen are scrambling to restore their country's ties with Turkey, following the resolution adopted by France's National Assembly which recognized the Armenians genocide by the Turks.

    The same diplomats opine that the French leaders are "fearing" Turkey will actually carry out its threat to bar French companies from the bidding process for purchasing armament systems worth billions of dollars.

    According to the BBC, during today's meeting of the political directors of the EU's Foreign Ministries, the Greek representative plans to remind all of the EU allies that France - in a peculiar way- appears to be actively interested in Greek- Turkish relations, and especially for the Cyprus issue, a matter in which it had not taken any initiative to date.

    Political observers in Brussels assess that this French initiative is actually serving the country's interests in its efforts to appear likable to Turkey.

    [22] ARMED CONFLICT CONTINUES IN KOSSOVO

    Armed conflict continues between the Serb forces and the Albanian rebels at Decani and Jacovica in Kossovo, according to the Croat news agency HINA.

    The Democratic Alliance of Kossovo reported that the armed conflict in Decani continues while Serb forces have bombarded a number of villages in the region and looted Albanian homes which in turn they burned down.

    The government press center in Prishtina reported that a group of armed Albanians raided the Ducevic village, killing an 18- year-old Serb .

    [23] GREECE EARNS SILVER MEDAL IN BICYCLE WORLD CUP RACES

    Greece's national bicycling team earned the silver medal in yesterday's world cup races geld in France.

    The three-men team, Dimitris Georgalis, George Cheimonetos and Labros Vasilopoulos came second after the French.

    Last week, the Greek team have finished fifth in Berlin's world cup races.

    [24] PRIMAKOV STATEMENTS ON KOSOVO

    Russian foreign minister Gevgeni Primakov stated that Federal Republic of Yugoslavia president Slobodan Milosevic needs more time before the resumption of talks with the ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.

    Mr. Primakov warned that if the Serb forces leave Kosovo the Serbs living in the region will have to be relocated.

    [25] THE GERMAN SUPREME COURT WILL DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF THE WORLD WAR II REPARATIONS

    The German Federal Supreme Court will decide if the Greeks, who were victims of the Nazi atrocities, are entitled to World War II reparations.

    The court of appeals in the city of Kolon last Thursday rejected the reparations suit filed by four brothers from Distomo, in the prefecture of Viotia in central Greece, whose parents were savagely killed by the Nazi forces in the June 10, 1944 massacre of Distomo.

    The court's president, judge Prior gave to the survivors of the Nazi atrocities the right to appeal maintaining that the Federal Court might be able to reach a solution in favor of the victims.

    [26] THE US GOVERNMENT WARNED THE US CITIZENS NOT TO VISIT ALBANIA

    The Albanian press characterized as unexpected the suggestion made by the US government to its citizens calling them to avoid traveling to Albania due to the lack of security in the country as a result of the arrival of a great number of refugees from Kosovo.

    The newspaper "Gazetta Skiptare" writes of a "shock- announcement" by the US government.

    [27] "TITAN" IS INTERESTED IN BUYING OUT FYROM'S CEMENT INDUSTRY

    The Greek cement industry "TITAN" expressed interest in participating in the privatization of FYROM's "USJE" cement industry.

    According to the Skopje pro-government newspaper "Nova Makedonja", which cites unofficial information, representatives of the Greek cement industry met in Skopje last week with "USJE" representatives to be briefed on the privatization process as well as, on the potential to purchase 51% of its shares.

    [28] THE CNA DIRECTOR DIED TODAY

    Cypriot News Agency, CNA, director Andreas Christofides died in the early morning hours today at the age of 61 from multiple sclirosis and according to his doctors, his condition had deteriorated in recent weeks.

    He had served as minister of education and as government spokesman.

    [29] THE GENOCIDE OF THE ARMENIANS IS INCLUDED IN A TURKISH UNIVERSITY BOOK

    At a time when the Turkish leadership refuses to recognize the genocide of the Armenians, a course taught in Hacettepe University, one of the largest in Turkey, includes the genocide mentioning that the Turks had proceeded with the mass annihilation of the Armenians during World War I.

    The English-speaking book "The Twentieth Century" is being taught in the freshmen year of the Management and Economic Sciences Department. The book is the collective work of four authors published by Eastern Michigan University.

    In the book the policy of Turkey is being compared with that followed by Hitler during World War II toward the Jews and the Gypsies.


    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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