|Monday, 20 January 2020|
Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-10-10
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
Last Update: 23:27 GMT+2
NEWS IN DETAIL
 DELEGATES FROM 76 COUNTRIES WILL ATTEND THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC CONFERENCE IN ALEXANDROUPOLIS
Web Posted: 18:27 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 10/10/1998 (MPA) The 3rd International Conference, on the viable prospects of the new economic space that will be created after the year 2000, will be held in Alexandroupolis, north-eastern Greece on October 22-25. The conference, that will focus on the wider region of the Balkans, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, will be officially open by prime minister Kostas Simitis.
Invited to attend the conference are government ministers, diplomatic corps representatives and economic and credit institutions executives from 76 countries.
In the conference will be examined issues concerning peace, security, cooperation and development, energy networks, transportation, telecommunications and small-medium sized businesses.
 THERE IS STILL ROOM FOR A POLITICAL SOLUTION IN KOSOVO
Web Posted: 18:27 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 10/10/1998 (MPA) Historian and Greek foreign ministry former specialist on Balkan issues Evangelos Kofos expressed optimism that there is still room for a political solution in Kossovo, while at the same time he stressed that a US-NATO military intervention in the region will lead unavoidably, but not directly, to independence.
The solution suggested by Mr. Kofos is an initial autonomy of Kossovo within Serbia and later within the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia which in a generation time could lead to the independence of part of the region.
Mr. Kofos stated that at the moment the developments are speedy and it is very hard for someone to predict what will happen, adding that it will be interesting to see how the different parties view the likelihood of an armed intervention by the international community.
The Kossovo Albanians want this intervention in order to impose on the Serbs a solution that will give them something more than an autonomy, a solution that will open the way to independence, said Mr. Kofos, stressing that the cost will be great for the prestige of the United States, NATO and US president Clinton himself if they attempt such a dynamic move before they are certain that they can impose a final solution.
 MR. PILARINOS PROTESTED STRONGLY AGAINST THE APPROPRIATION OF THE MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY TITLE
Web Posted: 18:27 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 10/10/1998 (MPA) Former general secretary of press and information, parliament deputy and founder of Macedonian Press Agency Konstantinos Pilarinos protested strongly against the decision of the FYROM authorities to establish a so-called "Macedonian Agency" in Skopje misappropriating the title of Macedonian Press Agency.
According to a statement issued by Mr. Pilarinos, the establishment of a news agency by Skopje, through the misuse of the title of Macedonian Press Agency which was founded 8 years ago in Thessaloniki, has the international recognition and its title has been legally safeguarded in tens of countries, constitutes an act of provocation and deceit. He also expresses the hope that the government and the political parties represented in the Greek parliament will sense the severity of this special issue and will take the appropriate action.
 GREECE'S DEFENSE CAPABILITY IS BEING STRENTHENED
Web Posted: 18:27 GMT+2Athens, 10/10/1998 (MPA) The governmental council on foreign affairs and defense decided yesterday to reinforce Greece's defense capability with the purchase of anti-aircraft missiles systems.
The decision provides for the purchase of 6 US long range "Patriot" missiles and 32 small range Russian and French made missiles. The governmental council also decided to purchase 45 US training aircraft and 10 fire-fighting aircraft.
 EVERYTHING IS READY FOR SUNDAY'S LOCAL ELECTIONS
Web Posted: 18:27 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 10/10/1998 (MPA) Local administration elections will be held in Greece tomorrow. Across the country there will be 22.061 polling stations where the 8.912.000 registered voters will be able to cast their vote and elect the new local administration authorities. The polling stations in the prefecture of Thessaloniki are 1.401 and the registered voters are 632.993.
The polls will be open at 7am and they will close at 7pm. The voters must have with them their voting booklet, their identity card or their passport or any other public document that can prove their identity.
 SIMITIS: GREECE IS OPPOSED TO THE USE OF FORCE AGAINST BELGRADE
Web Posted: 18:27 GMT+2Athens, 10/10/1998 (MPA) Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis stated yesterday that Greece is opposed to the use of force against Belgrade. Mr. Simitis expressed concern over the developments, pointing out that the NATO decisions will be made during the weekend and will be implemented after Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the US State Department warned all US nationals to leave the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, stressing characteristically that in spite of Belgrade's assurances that there will be no countermeasures against US nationals there is a likelihood of uncontrollable instinctive reaction targeting them.
 MILOSEVIC-HALBROOKE MEETING
Web Posted: 18:27 GMT+2Belgrade, 10/10/1998 (MPA) US mediator Richard Halbrooke is on a last minute mediation effort to ease the tension in Kossovo and avert the NATO military intervention.
The US official will have meetings today with the ethnic Albanian leaders in Pristina. Later this evening, he is expected to return to Belgrade for a new round of talks with Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic.
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/