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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-10-06

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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, October 6, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] THESSALONIKI HOSPITAL DOCTORS TO CONTINUE STRIKE FOR FIFTH WEEK
  • [02] DEFENDORY '98 ARMS FAIR BEGINS IN PIRAEUS TODAY
  • [03] NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL SOLANA TO ARRIVE IN ATHENS ON FRIDAY
  • [04] GREECE HAS SERIOUS RESERVATIONS ON MILITARY ACTION TAKEN IN KOSSOVO
  • [05] KOSTAKIS ART COLLECTION ARRIVES IN THESSALONIKI TODAY
  • [06] AIR BALLOONS TO FILL THESSALONIKI'S SKY WITH A MYRIAD OF COLORS [07] REPPAS: THE GOVERNMENT HAS SENT ITS MESSAGE TO MILOSEVIC
  • [08] SIMITIS: GREECE HANDLES THE CRISIS SUCCESSFULLY
  • [09] THE REGISTERED VOTERS FOR SUNDAY'S LOCAL ELECTIONS
  • [10] FILMS BY DISTINGUISHED DIRECTORS WILL CONTEST IN THE GREEK PANORAMA OF THESSALONIKI'S FILM FESTIVAL
  • [11] NEW ELECTRICITY PLANT WAS INAUGURATED IN LAVRION BY PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [12] GLOBAL MONEY MARKETS SHAKY, THREAT OF WORLD RECESSION LOOMS AHEAD
  • [13] US ENVOY HOLBROOKE TO MEET WITH KOSSOVO REBELS
  • [14] HOLBROOKE DELIVERS ELEVENTH-HOUR WARNING TO MILOSEVIC
  • [15] KOFI ANNAN NEITHER ENDORSES, NOR REJECTS NATO STRIKE IN KOSSOVO
  • [16] CYPRUS'S ACCESSION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION IS ON THE RIGHT COURSE
  • [17] PARTIAL MOBILIZATION IN YUGOSLAVIA IN LIGHT OF POSSIBLE NATO STRIKE
  • [18] SERB INFORMATION MINISTRY TO MEDIA: DON'T REBROADCAST FOREIGN NEWS
  • [19] THE YUGOSLAV ARMY RESERVES ARE IN PARTIAL MOBILIZATION
  • [20] THE NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE OPENS NEW BRANCHES IN ALBANIA
  • [21] GORBACHEV: TURKEY IS MISTAKEN IN ITS APPRECIATION OF THE S- 300 MISSILES PROBLEM
  • [22] AN ARMED ALBANIAN FORCED HIS WAY IN THE GREEK CONSULATE BUILDING IN KORITSA BY FIRING INTO THE AIR

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] THESSALONIKI HOSPITAL DOCTORS TO CONTINUE STRIKE FOR FIFTH WEEK

    Hospital doctors in Thessaloniki will continue their strike for a fifth consecutive week, defying their administrative council's advice to end the protest.

    As a result, the president of the Union of Hospital Doctors and four other council members submitted their resignations.

    Meanwhile, the city's municipal court has ordered the arrest of anyone who obstructs the smooth operation of the hospitals.

    [02] DEFENDORY '98 ARMS FAIR BEGINS IN PIRAEUS TODAY

    The "Defendory" international trade fair for conventional defense systems, held under the auspices of the Greek Defense Ministry, is to begin today at the port authority's seafront exhibition center

    Among the firms taking part in the trade fair, which ends on October 10, is the Hellenic Arms Industry, which is to present nine new products resulting from joint ventures.

    The products include Shorad mobile anti-aircraft missile systems and Milan anti-tank missile launchers.

    [03] NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL SOLANA TO ARRIVE IN ATHENS ON FRIDAY

    NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana is to arrive in Athens on Friday and will be received by the Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, according to government spokesman Dimitris Reppas.

    Mr. Reppas said he had no new information on the dialogue between Greece and Turkey at NATO under Mr. Solana's auspices . Moreover, he did not comment on press reports which claim there had been a recent meeting between Greek and Turkish officials on the issue, saying that it was Mr. Solana's as well as Athens' and Ankara's wish that these talks remain confidential.

    [04] GREECE HAS SERIOUS RESERVATIONS ON MILITARY ACTION TAKEN IN KOSSOVO

    The Greek government has "serious reservations" about the undertaking of any military action to resolve the conflict in the Yugoslav province of Kossovo.

    Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that "the solution to the crisis must be political and found through dialogue," expressing the hope that the consultations currently under way will yield positive results.

    "There must be no more bloodshed in the region," he said.

    [05] KOSTAKIS ART COLLECTION ARRIVES IN THESSALONIKI TODAY

    The "Kostakis collection" of Russian avant-garde works of art will begin arriving in Thessaloniki today from the city of Cologne and will be initially housed at the Lazariston Monastery until the completion of the city's modern art museum.

    Minister of Culture Evangelos Venizelos stated that an interim agreement has been signed for the purchase of about half of the Kostakis collection in January. A substantial part of the Kostakis Collection is also in the possession of the Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow.

    George Kostakis, a Moscow resident of Greek descent, amassed the collection between 1930 and 1960 by exchanging works by western artists for paintings dating from the period 1910-1930 by then unknown Russian avant-garde artists.

    The collection, which now belongs to the grand-daughter of the famous collector, Aliki Kostaki, includes works by Malevic, founder of the "Supremacist" school, Tatlin, the founder of "Constructivism", Popova, Rozanova and Mathiushin.

    [06] AIR BALLOONS TO FILL THESSALONIKI'S SKY WITH A MYRIAD OF COLORS

    Thessaloniki's sky is to be filled with brightly-colored air balloons for the next three days, as the First Air Balloon Cup races, organized by the Ministry of Health, gets underway today.

    Locals and visitors will have the chance to enjoy a spectacular event which features the participation of twenty air balloons with crews from Greece, Britain, Ukraine, Turkey and Slovakia.

    The race will begin this evening in front of the city's landmark White Tower and balloonists will fly to Mt. Olympus, reaching heights of 20,000 feet. Crew members are also expected to conduct parachute jumps.

    [07] REPPAS: THE GOVERNMENT HAS SENT ITS MESSAGE TO MILOSEVIC

    The Greek government has sent its message to Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic through the diplomatic route and will do everything possible for a political solution in Kosovo, stated Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas.

    According to Mr. Reppas, the situation in Kosovo will be discussed in the NATO foreign ministers meeting that will be held on Thursday and pointed out that it is not clear if Theodoros Pangalos will attend the meeting.

    [08] SIMITIS: GREECE HANDLES THE CRISIS SUCCESSFULLY

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis stated that Greece handles successfully the crisis in the world economy which emerged in the past few months.

    In the Athens Stock Exchange the general price index showed a marginal rise of 0.41%. Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Spain announced a basic loan interest rate cut of 3.75%, a move which is expected to be imitated by other countries as well like, Italy and Ireland.

    Upward trends prevailed in the European stock markets since this morning.

    [09] THE REGISTERED VOTERS FOR SUNDAY'S LOCAL ELECTIONS

    The registered voters, who have the right to cast their vote in Sunday's elections at a municipal and prefecture level, are 8.912.000 (4.353.000 men and 4.558.000 women). This time, among them are 1.468 citizens of European Union member states.

    The vote will start in the 22.061 polling stations at 7am on Sunday morning and will last until 7pm.

    In the prefecture of Thessaloniki the registered voters are 632.993 (300.992 men and 332071 women) and they will cast their votes in 1.401 polling stations. The candidates for the posts of prefect, mayor and community leader do not need a vote of preference.

    [10] FILMS BY DISTINGUISHED DIRECTORS WILL CONTEST IN THE GREEK PANORAMA OF THESSALONIKI'S FILM FESTIVAL

    Works by distinguished directors like Thodoros Angelopoulos, Nikos Koundouros, Pantelis Voulgaris and others are among the 24 films for which applications have been filed for their participation in the Greek Panorama of the 39th Film Festival of Thessaloniki.

    The selection of the films that will be screened within the framework of the Greek Panorama will be made by Festival director Michel Dimopoulos and a three-member committee made up of Nikos Vergitis, Lefteris Pavlopoulos and Babis Aktsoglou. Their decision will be announced on October 12.

    [11] NEW ELECTRICITY PLANT WAS INAUGURATED IN LAVRION BY PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis referred to the energy policy of his government in the speech he delivered in the formal opening of the new natural gas based electricity production plant in Lavrion.

    Mr. Simitis characterized the plant in Lavrion as the biggest project for the production of electricity from natural gas and stated that its construction and operation will offer a solution to the energy problem faced by the country and especially, by the wider region of Athens.

    The prime minister stated that Greece's wish is to be linked with the energy networks of Italy and western Europe, while at the same time it wants the expansion of those networks to the East creating new sources of supply and achieving better economic terms without being dependent on monopolies.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [12] GLOBAL MONEY MARKETS SHAKY, THREAT OF WORLD RECESSION LOOMS AHEAD

    Global financial markets continue to feel the ground shake beneath them, as they await the outcome of the International Monetary Fund's general assembly.

    An indication that the threat of a global recession looms ahead, the New York Stock Exchange closed yesterday with a .80% drop, a direction followed by all of Europe's stock markets. In Athens, the general price index closed with a loss of .15%.

    [13] US ENVOY HOLBROOKE TO MEET WITH KOSSOVO REBELS

    United States envoy Richard Holbrooke is to meet with leaders of Kossovo's autonomists in Prishtina today.

    Following his meeting with Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic yesterday, Mr. Holbrooke stated that he did not reach any breakthrough and stated that the situation remains extremely grave.

    Mr. Milosevic stated that the threat of a NATO military intervention in his country is "a criminal act".

    [14] HOLBROOKE DELIVERS ELEVENTH-HOUR WARNING TO MILOSEVIC

    Even though United States envoy Richard Holbrooke has delivered an 11th-hour warning to Yugoslavia that it halt its attacks against Kossovo's Albanians, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has given no sign of backing down.

    Following his meeting with Mr. Holbrooke, Mr. Milosevic's office denounced the threats of a NATO strike as a "criminal act". Mr. Milosevic repeated that Belgrade is prepared to return to the negotiating table.

    United States President Bill Clinton expressed concern that Mr. Milosevic was "playing the classic game of making false promises" to avoid military strikes. In a phone call with Russian President Boris Yeltsin, he said Mr. Milosevic's compliance with UN demands "must be verifiable, tangible and irreversible.''

    While Russia has reiterated its opposition to military action taken against Yugoslavia, President Yeltsin has conveyed to Mr. Milosevic that unless immediate steps were taken to remedy the situation, the Alliance could go ahead with its plans to use force. The government in Belgrade has meanwhile approved a Russian proposal to allow monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) into Kossovo to make their own report.

    [15] KOFI ANNAN NEITHER ENDORSES, NOR REJECTS NATO STRIKE IN KOSSOVO

    United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who presented his report on the Kossovo crisis to the Security Council yesterday, has decried the "appalling atrocities in Kossovo," and said it was clear Yugoslav forces were responsible for the bulk of them.

    However, Mr. Annan said he did not have the means to verify whether President Milosevic had complied with UN resolutions demanding a cease-fire.

    According to the BBC, Mr. Annan's failure to endorse or reject military intervention has come as a sharp anti-climax, as NATO member-states had been awaiting the report to determine whether to use military force.

    [16] CYPRUS'S ACCESSION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION IS ON THE RIGHT COURSE

    The European Union's Foreign Ministers Council, which met in Luxembourg yesterday, issued a communique stating that substantive negotiations between the European Union and the six candidate- countries will start on November 10.

    According to the communique, the 15 foreign ministers have unanimously agreed that screening talks with Cyprus, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Slovenia proceeded so well that the enlargement talks can now move at an accelerated pace.

    In regards to Cyprus, the communique stated that the EU's target is the creation of "a bi-zonal and bi-communal state based on the overall political settlement of the Cyprus issue on the basis of relevant UN resolutions."

    It added that "progress achieved in the accession course of Cyprus, as well as those linked to a viable and just solution to the Cyprus issue will naturally support each other."

    The Council also expressed regret over the fact that a solution has not yet been found to the continuing division of Cyprus. Nevertheless, the reunification before accession demand expressed by France and Italy was ignored.

    Speaking to reporters yesterday afternoon, Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos expressed his satisfaction over references made to Cyprus.

    When asked whether the accession of a divided Cyprus into the EU would be feasible, Mr. Pangalos pointed to the example of Germany which, although divided, was among the countries which played a leading role in the course towards European unification, as he noted.

    Replying to another question, Mr. Pangalos referred to efforts by France, primarily, to link the accession of Cyprus to the EU with a solution to the Cyprus issue. He said that once again France raised a similar issue and that again it received the necessary reply.

    However, French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine warned "there cannot be automatic membership for a divided Cyprus".

    [17] PARTIAL MOBILIZATION IN YUGOSLAVIA IN LIGHT OF POSSIBLE NATO STRIKE

    Yugoslavia embarked on a partial mobilization of its forces later last night, according to reports, thereby responding to the preparation of NATO's forces for a possible air strike against military targets in Belgrade.

    According to the same reports, the mobilization is conducted through special invitations forwarded to reservists who have been trained in anti-aircraft artillery.

    Yugoslavia's federal parliament also held a session last night where Prime Minister Momir Bulatovic said the country was facing an immediate threat of war and asked parliament to adopt proposed legislation for special funding "to defend the country".

    [18] SERB INFORMATION MINISTRY TO MEDIA: DON'T REBROADCAST FOREIGN NEWS

    Serbia's information ministry warned yesterday against independent broadcasters re-transmitting foreign programs, the private B-92 radio station reported, citing a ministry communique.

    Such programs were "made by the propaganda services of western powers which are conducting a hostile policy" towards Yugoslavia, the ministry said.

    It warned that reproducing them was a "direct offense against constitutional order" which amounted to espionage against one's own people, adding that it would tolerate "no form of subversive activity prejudicial to the country's defense capability."

    The government statement followed threats in the Yugoslav parliament by extreme nationalist Vojislav Seseli against Yugoslavs working for foreign media and local radio stations which made use of foreign programs.

    "We are certainly not going to allow the retransmission of statements which are part of the war being waged by the West against Yugoslavia," Seseli said, singling out the Voice of America, the BBC, Deutsche Welle, Radio Free Europe and Radio France Internationale.

    The Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM) responded by telling its members to carry on as normal. The French-based press freedom organization Reporters sans Frontieres expressed its concern yesterday in a letter forwarded Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic at the increase in threats to the press.

    [19] THE YUGOSLAV ARMY RESERVES ARE IN PARTIAL MOBILIZATION

    According to information, Yugoslavia has put its army in a state of partial mobilization, giving an indirect response to the NATO forces' preparations for a possible air strike against Belgrade's military targets.

    The mobilization of reserves is being made through invitations to specially trained personnel in anti-aircraft weapons and in other weapons used by the Air Force.

    [20] THE NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE OPENS NEW BRANCHES IN ALBANIA

    The National Bank of Greece aims at expanding its activities across Albania.

    According to a publication by newspaper "Zeri i Populit", the branch of the National Bank of Greece in Durres will be inaugurated in November and later the branch in Koritsa will also be in operation. The management of the National Bank of Greece also aims at the quick opening of the branches in Skoder and Gjirokastra.

    [21] GORBACHEV: TURKEY IS MISTAKEN IN ITS APPRECIATION OF THE S- 300 MISSILES PROBLEM

    Turkey makes a mistake in its appreciation of the issue of the S-300 anti-aircraft missiles, mentions in an interview with the Turkish newspaper "Yeni Yuzyil" the last leader of the former Soviet Union Michail Gorbachev.

    The issue of the S-300 missiles is blown out of proportion as new scenarios of a Greek-Turkish war are being presented constantly, said Mr. Gorbachev, adding that according to his opinion, neither of the two sides will be so thoughtless to enter a war, stressing that both Turkey and Greece know that such a war will be a disaster for each one of them. He also said that Turkey makes a mistake in its appreciation of the problem of the S-300 missiles, adding that there are certain people who want to create a conflict stressing "you know better to whom I am referring to".

    Referring to Russia's internal problems, Mr. Gorbachev stressed that the scenarios on Russia will be pessimistic in case Yeltsin does not resign voluntarily. The last leader of the former Soviet Union underlined that he will not run for the presidency of Russia and that he regards as best candidate for the post Moscow's mayor Yuri Luzkov.

    He said that in case things worsen and people take to the streets former army general Alexander Lebent is possible to come to power, pointing out that in such a case the government may be tough but Lebent will never turn into a dictator. Mr. Gorbachev added that even if the crisis in Russia becomes deeper the army will remain neutral.

    [22] AN ARMED ALBANIAN FORCED HIS WAY IN THE GREEK CONSULATE BUILDING IN KORITSA BY FIRING INTO THE AIR

    An armed incident was recorded yesterday morning at the Greek consulate in the Albanian city of Koritsa when an armed Albanian entered the building firing indiscriminately at anyone present. The Albanian police officers guarding the consulate returned the shots and wounded Mirket Demtse, who was taken to an Athens hospital.

    The Greek embassy in Tirana press adviser Nikos Vlachakis in statements he made to MPA stressed that this incident did not affect the operation of the Greek consulate in Koritsa and added that the armed Albanian was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the attack.


    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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