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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-06-26

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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 26, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] STATE-WIDE EXAMINATIONS CONTINUE TODAY FOR HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENTS
  • [02] JEWISH LAWYERS, LEGAL EXPERTS HOLD IN/AL CONFERENCE IN THESSALONIKI
  • [03] JOURNALISTS CONFERENCE BEGINS IN SAMOTHRACE
  • [04] THE DEFENSE MINISTERS OF GREECE AND ALBANIA WILL MEET IN THESSALONIKI
  • [05] KARAMANLIS WILL TOUR NORTH-WESTERN GREECE
  • [06] THE GREEK PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT MET WITH HIS ARMENIAN COUNTERPART
  • [07] THE DRUG USE RELATED DEATHS INCREASED BY 185% IN GREECE IN THE PAST 5 YEARS
  • [08] PAPANDREOU: THE SAE SEAT WILL NOT BE MOVED TO ATHENS
  • [09] ATHENS: THE COUNCIL FOR HELLENES ABROAD SEAT TO REMAIN IN THESSALONIKI
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [10] PRESIDENT STEPHANOPOULOS IN CYPRUS, WARMLY SALUTED
  • [11] PRESIDENT OF GREECE ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO CYPRUS
  • [12] HOLBROOKE'S TALKS WITH MILOSEVIC BEAR NO RESULTS
  • [13] PAPOUTSIS: CYPRUS' COURSE TO THE EU IS A GIVEN
  • [14] GREEK FM ON GREEK-TURKISH RELATIONS
  • [15] PRESIDENT STEPHANOPOULOS VISITS ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF CYPRUS
  • [16] GREECE'S AMBASSADOR TO LONDON RESPONDS TO "TIMES" ARTICLE
  • [17] CYPRUS SHOULD BECOME A BRIDGE OF COOPERATION INSTEAD OF BEING A HOT BORDER
  • [18] PRESIDENT STEPHANOPOULOS WILL HAVE MEETINGS WITH CYPRIOT POLITICAL PARTY LEADERS
  • [19] NORMALIZATION OF GREEK-TURKISH RELATIONS PRESUPPOSES SETTLEMENT OF THE CYPRUS PROBLEM
  • [20] SERBIA:EVENTUALITY OF CIA BEING BEHIND THE KOSOVO LIBERATION ARMY

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] STATE-WIDE EXAMINATIONS CONTINUE TODAY FOR HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENTS

    The state-wide examinations for would-be college students are continuing today in the course of Chemistry, and Latin.

    Tomorrow, candidates for the university science and math departments are to be tested in Math.

    [02] JEWISH LAWYERS, LEGAL EXPERTS HOLD IN/AL CONFERENCE IN THESSALONIKI

    Prominent Jewish lawyers and legal experts from Europe and the US have gathered in Thessaloniki for a four-day international conference to commemorate the Jewish community of the city almost totally wiped out in the Holocaust and to mark the contribution of Jewish lawyers, jurists and intellectuals to Greek law.

    A total of 180 Jewish lawyers and jurists from the US, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Sweden, Australia and Argentina are attending.

    The conference, which began yesterday, is part of a series of congresses being held in various European cities in memory of thousands of Jewish lawyers, jurists and intellectuals who perished in the Holocaust during World War Two with Thessaloniki heading the list.

    Items on the agenda include "Portraits of Jewish lawyers and Jurists", "Family Law of Greek Jews: Transition from Jewish Law to the Greek Civil Code", "Jewish presence in Greek Law and Constitution" and "Laws concerning Jewish communities in Greece."

    The conference will end with a round-table discussion on "Anti-semitism and the denial of the Holocaust towards the 21st Century".

    During the conference, the delegates will visit the recently inaugurated Holocaust Memorial in Thessaloniki, the Simon Marks Jewish museum, the restored Jewish Quarter and synagogue in Veria, and the royal Tombs of Vergina and Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great.

    [03] JOURNALISTS CONFERENCE BEGINS IN SAMOTHRACE

    The seventh national journalists conference has gotten underway at the island of Samothrace. The annual event is jointly organized by the prefectural local government of Evros, and the country's journalists associations.

    The 300 participating Greek and Cypriot journalists are to discuss issues such as the phenomena of xenophobia, the role of the mass media in the new European reality and the changes in the sector of journalism, and the role of unions.

    [04] THE DEFENSE MINISTERS OF GREECE AND ALBANIA WILL MEET IN THESSALONIKI

    The latest developments in Kossovo as well as, the relations between Athens and Tirana will be discussed by the defense ministers of Greece and Albania Akis Tsochatzopoulos and Luan Haidaranga, who will meet in Thessaloniki tomorrow morning.

    The Albanian minister is expected to arrive in Athens today for contacts with government officials.

    [05] KARAMANLIS WILL TOUR NORTH-WESTERN GREECE

    Right-wing main opposition party New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis will be on a four-day tour of north-western Greece starting tomorrow.

    Mr. Karamanlis will meet tomorrow with the Metropolite and the mayor of Grevena and will exchange views with the representatives of the prefecture's production sectors. Mr. Karamanlis will also visit Florina, Kastoria, and Kozani.

    [06] THE GREEK PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT MET WITH HIS ARMENIAN COUNTERPART

    Greek Parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis met with his Armenian counterpart Kosrov Arutiunian in Athens yesterday.

    The Armenian Parliament president briefed Mr. Kaklamanis on the situation in Nagorno Karabach saying that his country is ready for dialogue if the necessary international guarantees are safeguarded, while he speculated that the development of closer relations between Greece and Armenia will contribute to peace and stability in the region.

    Mr. Kaklamanis referred to the high level of cooperation between Greece and Armenia which both countries intend to extend to every sector.

    [07] THE DRUG USE RELATED DEATHS INCREASED BY 185% IN GREECE IN THE PAST 5 YEARS

    One hundred and ninety million people around the world use illegal substances, while the drug related deaths in Greece presented an increase of 185% in the past 5 years. Especially alarming is the fact that one out of 10 people, who die from drug overdose is under the age of 21, while 40% of the people held in the Greek prisons serve a sentence for drug related crimes.

    The data mentioned above were given to publicity today on the occasion of the World Day Against Drugs.

    [08] PAPANDREOU: THE SAE SEAT WILL NOT BE MOVED TO ATHENS

    Deputy foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou characterized as strange the rumors that came to light based on which, efforts are being made to move World Council of Hellenes Abroad, SAE, seat from Thessaloniki to Athens.

    Mr. Papandreou stated that he personally will not allow for something like that to happen and that he guarantees the continuation of the visions Andreas Papandreou had for Thessaloniki.

    Mr. Giorgos Papandreou inaugurated an exhibition in Thessaloniki's Villa Bianca yesterday with documents on the life and work of PASOK's founder Andreas Papandreou.

    [09] ATHENS: THE COUNCIL FOR HELLENES ABROAD SEAT TO REMAIN IN THESSALONIKI

    The president of the Council for the Hellenes Abroad (SAE) Andrew Athens, responding to reports, which referred to the eventuality of the Council seat being moved to Athens, stressed that SAE seat is in Thessaloniki adding that nobody could doubt that

    Mr Athens underlined that during the 2,5 years of his term of office as president of the Council for the Hellenes Abroad, he travelled to every place on earth where Greek people lived and told all Hellenes abroad that his "home", the SAE seat was in Thessaloniki.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [10] PRESIDENT STEPHANOPOULOS IN CYPRUS, WARMLY SALUTED

    The arrival of the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos to the island of Cyprus, the first official visit conducted by a Greek president since the founding of the republic of Cyprus in 1960, has been characterized by the locals as a "historic, rare, magnificent and singular event".

    President Stephanopoulos arrived at the airport of Larnaca yesterday morning at 11 and received a jubilant and warm welcome by church, government and state officials as well as simple folk.

    One hour later, Mr. Stephanopoulos was bestowed with the golden key of the capital city, Nicosia by its mayor Lelos Demitriades. The Cypriot government spokesperson characterized the visit as an "exceptional event" and stressed that it contains multiple symbolisms."

    At President Stephanopoulos welcoming ceremony held at the airport, the president of the Republic of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides stated in his address:

    "Your presence in Cyprus, our friend, Mr. President, I believe forwards a very significant message to various directions. The message is that Greece, a guarantor power of the Republic of Cyprus, is here, with us in the same entrenchment. This is the first time the Cypriot Hellenism has the honor to welcome Greece's head of state. And your visit is taking place during the most critical, perhaps, period for the Cyprus issue, after the Turkish invasion."

    In his reply address, the President of the Hellenic Republic stated:

    "Cyprus is for Greece a matter of foremost significance, Greece identifies with Cyprus in its effort to support the Cypriot people's struggle for the restoration of freedom, for the attainment of independence and the national integrity of the Cypriot Republic.

    "All of the country's political forces, the Greek people throughout, have the unisom, the unshakable, the unyielding fervency to support this struggle. I am not a messenger of aggressive or hostile messages. I shall leave this task to others, who, devoid of support from international law, who by continuously violating the lawful world order from 1974 to date, want to mask these shortcomings of theirs by expressing, at every opportunity, by expressing this kind of threats, this kind of slogans.

    "I've come here as a messenger of peaceful, friendly sentiments of cooperation and brotherhood. Cyprus must become a place of prosperity for all, Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots, and this can be achieved in one way only: When the decisions and resolutions of the United Nations Security Council are accepted. When lawfulness operates again in Cyprus When a unified state will be able to exist, a bi-communal, bi-zonal federated state, which will accede - and this is completely certain- the European Union."

    [11] PRESIDENT OF GREECE ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO CYPRUS

    The President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos is currently on an unprecedented visit to Cyprus, and the island's authorities prepared a magnificent welcome reception for the Greek head of state.

    President Stephanopoulos arrived at 11 am yesterday, embarking for a four day official visit, the first of a Greek head of state since the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus, in 1960.

    He was received at the Larnaca airport by Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides. An hour later, President Stephanopoulos received the "golden key" of Nicosia, given to him by the city's mayor. The Greek President is escorted by Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos, Foreign Under-Secretary Yiannos Kranidiotis, Finance Under- Secretary Alexandros Baltas and other officials.

    The Greek president will visit the United Nations-patrolled ``Green Line'' separating the two communities and the tomb of the late Archbishop Makarios.

    [12] HOLBROOKE'S TALKS WITH MILOSEVIC BEAR NO RESULTS

    Newly appointed U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke met with Serb president Slobodan Milosevic in Belgrade yesterday and, according to reports, the discussion bore no results in terms of ending the conflict in Kossovo.

    The US diplomat stressed that the situation in Kossovo is developing into a tragedy and once again appealed for international mediation.

    [13] PAPOUTSIS: CYPRUS' COURSE TO THE EU IS A GIVEN

    The European Commissioner Christos Papoutsis stated that Cyprus will be among the first countries to gain accession to the European Union during its next expansion.

    Following his meeting with Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides, held in Nicosia, Mr. Papoutsis stressed that the road to Cyprus's course to the EU is open and the Commission stands by the side of the Cypriot government in order to expedite this course.

    [14] GREEK FM ON GREEK-TURKISH RELATIONS

    Turkey wants to hold a discussion with the European Union on economic matters, but will not accept criticism on its political system, or a discussion on human rights issues, international law, its actions against its neighboring countries and its actions in its very own people, stated the Greek Minster of Foreign Affairs Theodoros Pangalos, who is accompanying Greek president Kostis Stephanopoulos on his visit to Cyprus.

    When asked to comment on the pressures exerted upon Greece to lift its veto over Turkey's funding from the European Union, Mr. Pangalos stated that most of the countries throughout the world will not accept one country to be negotiating with the EU only on financial matters, without values, without principles, without systems that establish democratic order.

    [15] PRESIDENT STEPHANOPOULOS VISITS ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF CYPRUS

    The President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos visited this morning the archaeological museum of Cyprus.

    Following the tour, President Stephanopoulos expressed his awe for the museum. He was received by the Cypriot Minster of Transportation Leontios Ierodiakonou.

    [16] GREECE'S AMBASSADOR TO LONDON RESPONDS TO "TIMES" ARTICLE

    The Greek Ambassador in London Vasilis Zafiropoulos has responded to the article recently published by the "Times", which supports the stay of the Parthenon marbles at the British Museum, by pointing out that the same paper six years ago supported the return of the said marbles to Greece.

    In his letter, Ambassador Zafiropoulos quoted the "Times" article published on April 6, 1992 which read" The Marbles have for the Greeks singular significance.

    "The Parthenon is the symbol of their cultural unity and their heritage...The value of the marbles is immeasurable greater for Greece than for England."

    [17] CYPRUS SHOULD BECOME A BRIDGE OF COOPERATION INSTEAD OF BEING A HOT BORDER

    Cyprus from a hot border it is today should become a bridge of cooperation between Greece and Turkey, stressed Greek president Kostis Stephanopoulos, who is on a formal visit to Cyprus.

    Mr. Stephanopoulos in his speech in the formal dinner given in his honor last night stressed among others that Greece's solidarity toward Cyprus is given and added that this should be taken under consideration by certain parties.

    The Greek president laid a wreath at the burial site of Archbishop Makarios at noon today, while earlier he had visited the Museum of Cyprus which he characterized as "unique".

    [18] PRESIDENT STEPHANOPOULOS WILL HAVE MEETINGS WITH CYPRIOT POLITICAL PARTY LEADERS

    Greek president Kostis Stephanopoulos will have a number of meetings with Cypriot political party leaders this afternoon and later in the evening he will speak before the Cypriot Parliament. Later on, he will attend the formal reception that will be given in his honor in the residence of the Greek ambassador.

    In his speech in the Kikou Monastery, Mr. Stephanopoulos characterized his trip to Cyprus as a visit of national and religious pilgrimage and issued an appeal to the international public opinion and those who govern the world to stop turning a blind eye to the Cyprus problem.

    Referring to the Turkish Cypriots, he said that Cyprus's accession into the European Union will benefit all.

    [19] NORMALIZATION OF GREEK-TURKISH RELATIONS PRESUPPOSES SETTLEMENT OF THE CYPRUS PROBLEM

    The President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos, addressing the Cypriot Parliament, today, expressed his conviction that Greek-Turkish relations could not be normalized unless the Cyprus problem was solved.

    Mr Stephanopoulos stated that the peaceful settlement of the Cyprus issue and the implementation of international law is of great importance to Greece and called on the international community to pay attention to the situation on the island.

    Mr Stephanopoulos reiterated that Greece unequivocally condemns any thought concerning the partition of the island and added that Ankara should realize that "Europe could never humble itself by succumbing to Turkey's demands"

    [20] SERBIA:EVENTUALITY OF CIA BEING BEHIND THE KOSOVO LIBERATION ARMY

    Serbian Information minister Aleksandar Vucic described the meeting, the US special envoy for the Balkans, Richard Holbrooke, held with representatives of the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK), in Pristina, as a "diplomatic mistake". Mr Vucic stressed that the meeting was not accidental because "no American diplomat meets by accident with anyone" and claimed that the meeting was organized by the US embassy in Belgrade.

    According to mr Vucic, mr Holbrooke knew who he held talks with and who was behind the UCK. The Serbian Information minister, also, pointed out that "mr Holbrooke's meeting with the leaders of that terrorist gang in Kosovo proves that the US intelligence service and the US government are behind it".


    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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