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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-06-29

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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 29, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] EU COMMISSIONER PAPOUTSIS: GREECE IN EMU BY 2001
  • [02] CULTURE MINSTER IN CANADA TODAY
  • [03] GREEK, GERMAN POST OFFICES TO SIGN DRAFT AGREEMENT ON COOPERATION
  • [04] REPPAS: GREECE WILL HELP TURKEY'S EARTHQUAKE STRIKEN POPULATION
  • [05] MOSKOV'S FUNERAL WILL TAKE PLACE IN PLATAMONAS THIS AFTERNOON
  • [06] ABNA ISSUED AN APPEAL TO THE MASS MEDIA OVER KOSOVO
  • [07] KARAMANLIS: NEW DEMOCRACY WILL WIN THE ELECTIONS
  • [08] GOVERNMENT MEETING ON MEASURES TO LOWER INFLATION
  • [09] MEMBER OF THE 70'S GREEK POP GROUP "NOSTRADAMOS" ARRESTED FOR DRUGS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [10] BALKAN NEWS AGENCIES APPEAL TO MASS MEDIA OVER KOSSOVO CRISIS
  • [11] TURKEY MOURNS QUAKE VICTIMS, 112 BODIES DISCOVERED SO FAR
  • [12] EU FOREIGN MINISTERS CONVENE OVER KOSSOVO TODAY
  • [13] GREEK PRESIDENT RETURNS HOME IMPRESSED BY CYPRIOTS' PATRIOTISM
  • [14] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER: "RICHARD HOLBROOKE IS ‘JUMPING THE GUN'"
  • [15] GERMAN FM: WE SUPPORT NANO'S POLICY IN KOSSOVO
  • [16] HOLBROOKE: KIJEVO IS THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE IN EUROPE
  • [17] AMERICAN COMMANDOS IN BOSNIA, ACCORDING TO THE US PRESS
  • [18] OVER 100 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DISEMBARKED AT THE COASTS OF CYPRUS
  • [19] TWO LARGE EXHIBITIONS IN ATHENS AND VIENNA
  • [20] THE FORMER MAYOR OF VUKOVAR WAS FOUND HANGED IN HIS CELL
  • [21] KOFI ANNAN WARNED AGAINST THE USE OF FORCE BY NATO IN KOSSOVO WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE UN
  • [22] CRITICISM AGAINST NANO OVER HIS COMMENTS FOR KOSOVO

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] EU COMMISSIONER PAPOUTSIS: GREECE IN EMU BY 2001

    Greece's target of entering the Economic and monetary Union by the year 2001 is a realistic one and wholly feasible, according to the European Union's Commissioner on Energy Christos Papoutsis.

    In an interview with a Thessaloniki daily, Mr. Papoutsis stated that the Commission views Greece's efforts in this direction as a positive one and sees that significant steps have already been taken. Moreover, the Commissioner stressed that this effort must enjoy the Greek people's approval. "There can't be development without structural changes," he stated.

    [02] CULTURE MINSTER IN CANADA TODAY

    Greek Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos is to arrive in Canada today where he will represent Greece at the two-day international conference on international cultural cooperation in Ottowa. He will also address the city's Press Club on Greece's role in Europe, the Mediterranean, the South East Europe and the Cultural Olympiad, before meeting with Canadian National Heritage Minister Sheila Copps.

    During his visit, Mr. Venizelos is expected to meet with the Canadian-Greek community and members of the Canadian government.

    [03] GREEK, GERMAN POST OFFICES TO SIGN DRAFT AGREEMENT ON COOPERATION

    A draft agreement on co-operation between the Greek and German post offices is to be signed during the following days, which will mean the formation of a joint company that twill undertake the mailing of packages.

    Officials from Greece's Greek Post Office and Germany's Deutsche Post, met last week in Athens.

    The Greek-German post company will also have a board of directors which will comprise three members from each country and one member mutually appointed.

    [04] REPPAS: GREECE WILL HELP TURKEY'S EARTHQUAKE STRIKEN POPULATION

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas expressed the government's sorrow for the catastrophic earthquake that hit the city of Adana in south-western Turkey, adding that Greece will offer its assistance.

    Mr. Reppas clarified that Greece wants to help Turkey deal with the tragic situation it is faced with.

    [05] MOSKOV'S FUNERAL WILL TAKE PLACE IN PLATAMONAS THIS AFTERNOON

    The funeral of intellectual, historian, poet and journalist Kostis Moskov, who died on Saturday at the age of 59, will take place at his parent's summer house in Platamonas, Pieria this afternoon where he will be buried.

    The funeral service was held at the church of Agia Sofia in Thessaloniki at noon today. Among those, who said the last goodbye to Kostis Moskov were foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos, undersecretary to the prime minister's office Mr. Paschalidis representing the government, Coalition of the Left leader Nikos Konstantopoulos, representatives of all the political parties, local authorities and hundreds of people.

    Kostis Moskov was born in Thessaloniki in 1939 and his parents were Iraklis Mokov and Amina, daughter of the well-known architect Piero Arigoni. He was a Paris university professor, and was elected city-councilor three times, while he served as Thessaloniki's mayor for a period of time.

    He was a ministry of culture adviser since 1989, was appointed education attache at the Greek embassy in Egypt and was a representative of the Greek Civilization Institute in the Middle East.

    [06] ABNA ISSUED AN APPEAL TO THE MASS MEDIA OVER KOSOVO

    The Association of Balkan News Agencies (ABNA) in a statement it has issued underlines the need for the national Balkan news agencies, all the mass media and the journalists to fully develop their activities based on the principles of ethics in order to contribute to the climate of peace, cooperation and good neighborly relations badly needed in the region after the latest alarming developments in Kosovo.

    The conference held in Ohrid dealt mainly with the pioneer "DIAVLOS" program for the satellite link of the Balkan news agencies.

    [07] KARAMANLIS: NEW DEMOCRACY WILL WIN THE ELECTIONS

    Kostas Karamanlis, in his speech in a party meeting in Kastoria, north-western Greece, appeared confident that his right- wing opposition party of New Democracy will be the winner in the next parliamentary elections.

    He said that this is a period of decadence for Greece and that New Democracy will not accept this reality, while he also criticized the government for the taxes it imposes.

    [08] GOVERNMENT MEETING ON MEASURES TO LOWER INFLATION

    The measures discussed at noon today in a government meeting with the participation of undersecretaries of finance and development and prime minister's economic adviser Tasos Yiannitsis are aimed at drastically lowering inflation.

    Specifically, were discussed interventions in the food and automobile sectors, while they also examined the lowering of the automobile spare parts prices and the liquid fuel consumption tax. The final decisions of the government will be announced in the near future.

    [09] MEMBER OF THE 70'S GREEK POP GROUP "NOSTRADAMOS" ARRESTED FOR DRUGS

    Eleven kilos of heroin as well as, guns and ammunition were found in the possession of 45yearold Ippokratis Exarchopoulos and his wife, according to police.

    Exarchopoulos was a member of the 70's popular Greek music group "Nostradamos" and had been accused of illegal drug trade again in the past.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [10] BALKAN NEWS AGENCIES APPEAL TO MASS MEDIA OVER KOSSOVO CRISIS

    The Association of Balkan News Agencies (ABNA) has issued an appeal to all the mass media and journalists throughout the Balkan region to develop their activities to the fullest always guided by the principles of journalism, pluralism, objectivity and commitment to truth, in order to contribute to the development of a climate of peace, security , cooperation and good neighbourliness, so needed in the region, especially following the recent worrisome developments in Kossovo.

    This was the final communique issued at the closing of the 6tth regular general assembly of ABNA. Whose session closed n Sunday evening in Ohrid. The assembly, which features the participation of the national news agencies of all the Balkan countries, dealt in-depth with the innovative program "DIAVLOS:", which allows for the satellite link among the news agencies and whose approval is awaited soon by the European Union. Also, the assembly addressed the "Balkan News Bank" program which has embarked on its pilot operation at its headquarters in Thessaloniki.

    Lastly, the ABNA members unanimously elected MPA's general director Spyros Kouzinopoulos as ABNA's secretary general and warmly congratulated the Bulgarian news agency BTA for completing its centennial anniversary since its founding.

    [11] TURKEY MOURNS QUAKE VICTIMS, 112 BODIES DISCOVERED SO FAR

    The devastating 6.3 Richter earthquake that occurred in southern Turkey on Saturday, killed at least 112 people and has injured another 1,000. The quake struck late in the afternoon and had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3, Istanbul's Kandilli observatory said.

    Tremors were felt in the neighboring provinces of Mersin, Nigde and Kayseri. Authorities cut power in Adana and Mersin to prevent fires and advised people to spend the night outside their homes, anticipating aftershocks. Much of Turkey sits atop the Anatolian fault and quakes are relatively frequent in the country.

    Many European countries have offered assistance, among them Greece.

    [12] EU FOREIGN MINISTERS CONVENE OVER KOSSOVO TODAY

    The European Union's Foreign Ministers are to meet in Luxembourg today in order to discuss the fermenting crisis in Kossovo.

    Meanwhile the United Nations secretary-general Koffi Annan warned that if NATO takes military action in Kossovo without the Security Council's relevant decision, it would constitute a dangerous precedent.

    [13] GREEK PRESIDENT RETURNS HOME IMPRESSED BY CYPRIOTS' PATRIOTISM

    Greek President, Kostis Stephanopoulos, who just completed a four-day, official visit to Cyprus, stated that his visit was "most successful" and reiterated that his message to Turkey and the Turkish-Cypriots was one for friendship and peace.

    The Greek head of state told the Macedonian Press Agency that he was most impressed by the patriotism expressed by the Greek Cypriots. When asked to comment on the degree to which the joint defense doctrine has aided Cyprus, Mr. Stephanopoulos said that it unquestionably helped since it boosted the morale.

    Nevertheless, the Greek President was not optimistic of resolving the issue as long as Turkey does not shift its policy and as long as the international organisations and the great powers fail to exert pressure on the Turkish leaders.

    Mr. Stephanopoulos ruled out any possibility of Greece making a concession. He pointed out that the positions of the Greek Cypriots and Greece in respect to a solution to the Cyprus problem stand firm.

    "There are no new ideas. We are talking about a bi-zonal, bi- communal federation. The Greek president's visit to the island was the first ever conducted by a Greek head of state since the founding of the Republic in1960. He was escorted by Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos, Foreign Undersecretary Yiannos Kranidiotis, National Economy Undersecretary Alekos Baltas and other officials.

    Mr. Stephanopoulos stressed that "the Cyprus problem is Greece's top priority", and added that "Greece will never stop supporting and standing by the people of Cyprus in their effort to regain their freedom, independence and integrity."

    The Greek president also stressed that during his visit he tried to send "a message of friendship and reconciliation to Turkey" and expressed the hope Ankara will listen to it.

    "Turkey cannot continue acting this way if it wishes to act with prudence and respect fundamental human rights", he added.

    [14] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER: "RICHARD HOLBROOKE IS ‘JUMPING THE GUN'"

    Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos, commenting on the recent statements made by US newly-appointed ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke , who forecast a full-scale war in Kossovo involving all of the Balkan countries, stated that the US diplomat is ‘jumping the gun'.

    "Maybe he thinks that he's exerting pressure in order to find a solution (to Kossovo)," Mr. Pangalos said.

    Speaking to the Macedonian Press Agency, Mr. Pangalos said that there could be a problem for Greece if 200,000 Albanians move from Kossovo towards Albania and 50,000 of them end up in Greece.

    Moreover, Mr. Pangalos expressed the hope that if military intervention does take place in Kossovo it be held carefully. He stated that Greece maintains excellent ties with Serbia, albeit adding that "Belgrade does not listen in time."

    [15] GERMAN FM: WE SUPPORT NANO'S POLICY IN KOSSOVO

    Bonn has saluted Albania's "prudent" stance in regards to Kossovo and encourages the Albanian government to continue with its constructive policies,.

    In a letter addressed to the Albanian Prime Minster Fatos Nabo, German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel stated that "a viable solution can be achieved only through dialogue. I am aware that the radical elements., both in Kossovo and in your country are being strengthened as long as the crisis remains open. I ask that you do not allow this situation to disorientate you. Continue with your constructive policy."

    [16] HOLBROOKE: KIJEVO IS THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE IN EUROPE

    US newly appointed ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke has characterised the small village Kijevo, located 50 kilometers west of Prishtina, as the most dangerous place in Europe today.

    Mr. Holbrooke also warned that the Serb province of Kossovo is mere steps away from war.

    For over a month, about sixty unarmed Serb families are encircled by guerrillas of the Kossovo Liberation Army in the village and are subject to daily raids.

    Yesterday a Serb army helicopter managed to land in the village in order to transport four pregnant women to the hospital of Prishtina.

    According to western diplomats, Serb President Slobodan Milosevic could order an attack against the KLA in the areas surrounding Kijevo, but this is not feasible since it could trigger an attack by the KLA against the villagers.

    [17] AMERICAN COMMANDOS IN BOSNIA, ACCORDING TO THE US PRESS

    A mission in Bosnia with the participation of US commandos was ordered by the US government within the framework of a 50 million dollar program for the arrest of war criminals.

    According to the Reuters news agency, an American magazine "US and World Report" article mentions that American commandos, members of the anti-terrorist unit of the US Navy, will stay in Bosnia for a year.

    A NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia (SFOR) press spokesperson avoided to give clarifications on the mission of the US commandos in Bosnia, pointing out that the SFOR men follow the orders for the arrest of war criminals.

    [18] OVER 100 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DISEMBARKED AT THE COASTS OF CYPRUS

    Over 100 illegal immigrants disembarked today at the south- western coasts of Cyprus, near Paphos when their Syrian flag boat broke down last night.

    Eight of the passengers, among them 4 children, are hospitalized suffering from dehydration, malnutrition and exhaustion, while two people died and were thrown to the sea two days ago, according to a police spokesman.

    Most of the boat's passengers, which was sailing possibly to Libya, came from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, Rwanta and other Arab and African countries. Based on unconfirmed information, the illegal immigrants left Tripoli in Lebanon on June 16 and their destination was Libya on their way to a European country.

    [19] TWO LARGE EXHIBITIONS IN ATHENS AND VIENNA

    A protocol of cooperation in holding two large exhibitions was signed by Greek minister of culture Evangelos Venizelos and Austrian minister of education and arts Elizabeth Guerer during their meeting in Vienna. The protocol aims at the promotion of cultural cooperation between the two countries and specifically, the cooperation between the Greek museums and Vienna's History and Arts Museum.

    The first exhibition will be held in the year 2000 within the framework of the celebrations welcoming the new millennium.

    Mr. Venizelos also met with Austrian government officials to discuss the organizing of the Euro-Mediterranean Meeting of culture ministers that will be held in the Aegean island of Rhodes on September 25 and 26.

    [20] THE FORMER MAYOR OF VUKOVAR WAS FOUND HANGED IN HIS CELL

    The former mayor of Vukovar was found hanged this morning in his cell in the prisons of the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.

    Vukovar's former mayor had been accused of the massacre of 200 patients in the town's hospital during the Bosnian war.

    [21] KOFI ANNAN WARNED AGAINST THE USE OF FORCE BY NATO IN KOSSOVO WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE UN

    UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, in an interview with the British television network "ITB", issued the warning that the NATO use of force in Kosovo without an earlier United Nations approval will create a dangerous precedent.

    The crisis in Kossovo is one of the main issues for discussion in the EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg today.

    [22] CRITICISM AGAINST NANO OVER HIS COMMENTS FOR KOSOVO

    The recent statements made by the Albanian prime minister Fatos Nano continue to raise serious reactions and criticism in Albania, since he stressed his opposition against the independence of Kosovo and called on the Kosovo Liberation Army to end the violence in the region.

    Commenting on these events, the Albanian Foreign minister Pascal Milo stressed the eventuality that mr Nano's statements were not conveyed correctly, while he defended the governmental policy over the Kosovo issue, pointing out that "it has not changed".

    However, the German Foreign minister Klaus Kinkel, through a letter he sent to mr Nano, expressed Bonn's full support to the prudent stance of the Albanian government in regards to Kosovo.


    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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