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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-10-21

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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 21, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] PASOK PARLIAMENTARY GROUP TO CONVENE TODAY
  • [02] DEPUTIES SUBJECT TO IMMUNITY LIFT GO BEFORE PLENARY SESSION
  • [03] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TO VISIT MOLDOVA AND RUSSIA TODAY
  • [04] PREMIER TO LAUNCH INT/L BUSINESS CONFERENCE IN NORTHERN GREECE
  • [05] PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION TRAVELS TO AZERBAIJAN
  • [06] PRESIDENT TO BE IN THESSALONIKI FOR PATRON SAINT HOLIDAY
  • [07] ECONOMICS NOBEL PRIZE WINNER AMARTYA SEN SPEAKS IN ATHENS
  • [08] THE LIFTING OF THE PARLIAMENTARY IMMUNITY OF TWO ND DEPUTIES WILL BE DECIDED BY THE MPs
  • [09] SIMITIS: THE GOVERNMENT POLICY WILL CONTINUE
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [10] GREEK-AMERICAN APPOINTED CHIEF OF STAFF AT THE WHITE HOUSE
  • [11] GREEK-CYPRIOT MILITARY EXERCISE "NIKIFOROS" GETS UNDERWAY
  • [12] CYPRIOT FOREIGN MINISTER IN EGYPT TO ASK FOR INTERVENTION
  • [13] EU THREATENS GREECE WITH FYROM'S NAME RECOGNITION
  • [14] BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY TO MEET WITH KOSOVO'S ALBANIANS
  • [15] THE BRITISH FOREIGN MINISTER WILL MEET WITH THE ETHNIC ALBANIAN LEADERSHIP
  • [16] KYPREOS: THE GREEK-RUSSIAN RELATIONS ARE EXCELLENT
  • [17] OTE'S PRESENTATION TO FOREIGN INVESTORS WAS SUCCESSFUL

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] PASOK PARLIAMENTARY GROUP TO CONVENE TODAY

    The ruling PASOK party's parliamentary group is to convene today in order to examine the causes of the party's defeat during last weekend's municipal and prefectural elections.

    During the meeting, Prime Minster Kostas Simitis is expected to outline the initiatives he will be undertaking in order to salvage the government and the party from a potential defeatist mode.

    Nevertheless, responding to leading officials' views that there is a need for structural reform within the party and improvement of the government's social impact, the Premier postponed any whatsoever changes that may take place until after the party's congress.

    [02] DEPUTIES SUBJECT TO IMMUNITY LIFT GO BEFORE PLENARY SESSION

    The Parliament's plenary session is to vote this evening on whether or not the parliamentary immunity of two main opposition (New Democracy) party deputies will be lifted.

    Given the recent information leaks, ND leader Kostas Karamanlis yesterday asked the party's parliamentary group secretary to remind the faction's deputies that the party's official position is to lift these two men's immunity.

    [03] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TO VISIT MOLDOVA AND RUSSIA TODAY

    Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos embarks on visits to Moldova (the first visit by a Greek minister to Moldova) since its independence and Russia today.

    During his visit to Moldova, Mr. Pangalos will be received by President Petru Lucinschi, Prime Minister Ion Ciubuc, Foreign Minister Nicolae Tabacaru and Parliament President Dumitru Diakov. He will also visit the Greek section at Chisinau University and meet with members of the Greek community and Greek business people.

    Tomorrow, Mr. Pangalos will travel to Russia where he will meet with Prime Minister Yevgeni Primakov, his counterpart Igor Ivanov and with other government and national assembly (Duma) senior officials.

    While in Russia, the Greek Foreign Minister will sign a cooperation protocol between the two countries' departments of historical archives and an agreement for the upgrading of the consular authorities in the Greek and Russian capitals.

    In honor of the 170th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Mr. Pangalos will inaugurate an exhibition at the Moscow Music Hall dedicated to the life and works of Greek composer Dimitris Mitropoulos.

    [04] PREMIER TO LAUNCH INT/L BUSINESS CONFERENCE IN NORTHERN GREECE

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will inaugurate an international business conference to begin at the northern Greek city of Alexandroupolis tomorrow.

    Expected to attend the four-day conference are officials from seventy six countries including ministers, ambassadors, trade attaches and bank governors.

    Among the items on the agenda are energy networks, transport, telecommunications, small and medium-sized enterprises, and peace and security in the region.

    Moreover, the event will review the prospects for a new economic area after the year 2000 spanning the Mediterranean, Balkans and Black Sea.

    Greece's Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou, who is also the head of the conference's organizing committee, has personally called on the delegates to forge contacts in order to help expand cooperation in the region.

    Organizing the event is the Foundation for Mediterranean Cooperation, backed by the European Parliament, the European Investment Bank, the Foundation for Mediterranean Studies and local authorities in the north.

    [05] PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION TRAVELS TO AZERBAIJAN

    Greek deputies Christos Rokofyllos and Spylios Spyliotopoulos are to represent the Hellenic Parliament during the conference of the Alliance Committee which will begin tomorrow in Azerbaijan and will address NATO's expansion.

    During their stay in Baku, the two parliamentarians will meet with Azerbaijan's President of the Republic, the Speaker of the House, and the ministers of defense and foreign affairs.

    [06] PRESIDENT TO BE IN THESSALONIKI FOR PATRON SAINT HOLIDAY

    The President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos and the Archbishop of Athens and All of Greece will attend next week's festivities in Thessaloniki held in honor of the city's patron Saint Demetrius (October 26) and the anniversary since the city's liberation (October 28).

    According to the events program, the holy icon of St. Demetrius will be carried in procession on Sunday morning, while in the evening the President will be formally greeted by the local authorities. A doxology will be performed on Monday, St. Demetrius day.

    On the 28th of October, the President will lay a wreath at the 3rd Army Corps and will attend the military parade.

    [07] ECONOMICS NOBEL PRIZE WINNER AMARTYA SEN SPEAKS IN ATHENS

    This year's winner of the Nobel prize for Economics, Dr. Amartya Sen, saluted Greece's late leader Andreas Papandreou during his address given in Athens last night which was attended by a score of officials, among them the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos and the Prime Minister Kostas Simitis.

    The Nobel laureate, an economist from India, spoke on "The political element of economic development: a tribute to Andreas Papandreou" at an event organized by the Andreas Papandreou Institute and held at the Old Parliament Building.

    Dr. Sen spoke highly of Andreas Papandreou, whom he met for the first time in 1963, describing him as an individual with "extraordinary talents and gifts that made him both a remarkable academic and an outstanding political leader."

    Admitting the difficulty of summarizing the task of Andreas Papandreou as an economist in a mere 45 minutes, Dr. Sen stressed that Mr. Papandreou's achievements, both as a statesman and as an economist, are of outstanding value both for Greece as well as in the world at large.

    Dr. Sen, who has illustrated how the institution of democracy safeguards the peoples from famine, also characterized Mr. Papandreou as one of Europe's pioneering politicians who fought for the establishment of a welfare state, understanding developments as a process with extensive social and cultural consequences.

    "I know of no one else who has had so many interesting things to say on basic issues in economic theory and who has also achieved such astonishing success as a political leader and statesman. As one goes through Andreas's public statements and examines the nature of political reasoning he presents, one is forcefully struck by the critical quality of his arguments," he noted.

    Among the key topics in his address was the correlation between the market, the state and the role of structural change, the tensions concerning democracy, as well as poverty and how it affects third world voters.

    Dr. Sen's Nobel prize winning work incorporated factors such as income distribution and health in measuring poverty.

    Before making his home in Britain, the 64-year-old master at Britain's Trinity College in Cambridge was a professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard, where he still has an office and remains professor emeritus.

    [08] THE LIFTING OF THE PARLIAMENTARY IMMUNITY OF TWO ND DEPUTIES WILL BE DECIDED BY THE MPs

    The lifting of the parliamentary immunity of New Democracy deputies Varsamis Yovanoudas and Kostas Karaminas will be decided in Parliament this evening with a secret vote.

    Given the fact that in the recent discussion of the issue in the responsible parliamentary committee it became obvious that a number of New Democracy deputies will vote against the lifting of the parliamentary immunity, ND leader Kostas Karamanlis requested from ND parliamentary group secretary Stavros Dimas to remind the party deputies that the party formally backs the lifting of the parliamentary immunity of the two deputies.

    [09] SIMITIS: THE GOVERNMENT POLICY WILL CONTINUE

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis appeared determined to continue the government policy aimed at Greece's participation in the EMU in his speech delivered in the governing socialist party of PASOK parliamentary group meeting, while he launched a verbal attack against the right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy and the rest political parties of the opposition.

    Mr. Simitis recognized that the people expressed discontent, saying that the people are right and attributed the ineffectiveness of the economic policy to mistakes and omissions in the operation of the party.

    He underlined that the message sent to PASOK is clear, stressing that there will be no compromise, no dealings and no compliance, adding that the government will not give in to the populism and opportunism displayed by the opposition.

    He appeared tough on the members of the in-party opposition pointing out that he will not allow again phenomena of personal strategies and party federalization. Mr. Simitis expressed the certainty that PASOK will be the winner in the year 2000 elections and referring to New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis, he said that he is hiding behind a screen of confusion and contradiction. He said that New Democracy is trying to play the role of the opposition in muddy waters and is not calling for early elections today because it knows it will lose.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [10] GREEK-AMERICAN APPOINTED CHIEF OF STAFF AT THE WHITE HOUSE

    A forty-nine-year-old Greek American John Pontesa will act as the right-hand man of United States President Bill Clinton, after having been appointed as the White House Chief of Staff.

    Mr. Pontesa's mother was born in Greece, in the town of Leonidio,Arcadia. He himself states that he is proud of his Greek origin. In his post, Mr. Pontesa will handle all matters concerning the White House and its relations with Congress.

    [11] GREEK-CYPRIOT MILITARY EXERCISE "NIKIFOROS" GETS UNDERWAY

    The joint Greek and Cypriot military exercise "Nikiforos" got underway yesterday, featuring the participation of Greek air and naval forces.

    The six-day exercise is being held in conjunction with the Greek armed forces' exercise "Toxotis", within the framework of the two countries' joint defense doctrine.

    All of the National Guard's modern weapon systems will be used in "Nikiforos", which will be conducted in three main stages. The scenario includes a search and rescue mission 50 nautical miles from Paphos as well as a National Guard parachute jump.

    Cypriot Defense Minister Yiannakis Omirou stated that the aim of the annual Nikiforos exercises was to test the readiness of the island's weaponry and the National Guard forces and reservists.

    He reiterated that the Cypriot government's upgrading of its defense systems would continue until progress has been made on UN- backed political talks to reunite the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation.

    "The message is that the armed forces are ready to defend our country against any threat," Omirou said.

    He further added that political negotiations are currently at a critical stage, and stressed that the Greek Cypriots only wanted peace and security on the island and in the region.

    [12] CYPRIOT FOREIGN MINISTER IN EGYPT TO ASK FOR INTERVENTION

    Cypriot Foreign Minister Yiannakis Kasoulides, currently on an official visit to Egypt, has stated that Nicosia will ask Cairo to intervene in the direction of Turkey in regards to the Cyprus issue.

    "We will certainly ask of our friendly neighbor, Egypt, to exert its influence on Turkey, just as we ask all those who have the capability to do that", Mr. Kasoulides stated on his way to Cairo.

    He said that he will discuss with his Egyptian counterpart Amr Moussa "issues of mutual interest, developments in the Middle East peace process, the problem between Turkey and Syria and of course the Cyprus question".

    "We lay particular emphasis on our relations with all the countries of the region and specifically Egypt, with whom we maintain friendly ties even before the Cyprus Republic was established," , he added.

    Commenting on the role of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the conflict between Turkey and Syria, he noted "every political personality that can exert influence on Turkey is obviously a positive thing for us".

    [13] EU THREATENS GREECE WITH FYROM'S NAME RECOGNITION

    The European Union's member-states have expressed their intention to recognized FYROM with the "Republic of Macedonia" name if Greece insists on its veto against Turkey's EU funding, within the framework of its conventional obligations from the Customs Union, the BBC reported.

    The BBC was quoting sources in Strasbourg, where the relevant Commissioner's proposals are being discussed today concerning the granting of EU funds to Turkey. According to the report, the EU's representatives are insistent that such granting does not require a consensus and that , rather , a majority rule will do. In spite of the Greek delegation's objections, supported by legal and institutional arguments, the Allies appear steadfast in their views and refer to the EU leaders' decisions drawn at the Cardiff summit.

    The European Commissioner presented two regulations concerning Turkey's funding, amounting to ECU 195 million.

    Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos has forwarded a letter to the EU allies as well as to the European Commission, wherein he requests that the financial protocol not be unbound and also asks the EU allies not to proceed to decision that are contrary to what has been agreed upon during the General Affairs Council and the summit conferences.

    Should these objections not be heard by the allies, Greece is determined to seek recourse to the European Court of Justice.

    [14] BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY TO MEET WITH KOSOVO'S ALBANIANS

    British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook is to meet with Kosovo's Albanian leaders in Skopje today with whom he will discuss the agreement reached between US mediator Richard Holbrooke and Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic on Kosovo.

    According to the BBC, Mr. Cook is expected to press home the message that Kosovo's Albanians must play their part in making the agreement work and he is likely to remind them that the international community as a whole does not support their demand for full independence, for fear it would lead to more instability, not less, in the Balkans.

    The foreign secretary's message is likely to be that the Holbrooke agreement is the best that is available and that it does offer the prospect of meaningful self-government for Kosovo.

    [15] THE BRITISH FOREIGN MINISTER WILL MEET WITH THE ETHNIC ALBANIAN LEADERSHIP

    British foreign minister Robin Cook will meet today with the leadership of the ethnic Albanians in Kosovo to discuss the US backed peace plan.

    The meeting will take place in FYROM and its government has agreed to host the NATO mission that will coordinate the activities of the 2.000 OSCE observers in Kosovo.

    [16] KYPREOS: THE GREEK-RUSSIAN RELATIONS ARE EXCELLENT

    Greek ambassador to Moscow Dimitris Kypreos in an interview with the Russian news agency "Itar-Tass" expressed deep satisfaction for the promotion of the Greek-Russian relations.

    The relations between Russia and Greece are the best there can be between two countries, maintained Mr. Kypreos, stressing that the formal visit by Greek foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos which will start today will strengthen bilateral relations even more.

    Political analysts maintain that among the issues that will be discussed in the talks between Pangalos and his Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov will be the crisis in Kosovo, while they point out that the two countries share the same views on Kosovo.

    The issue of the armaments will also be discussed, while regarding the economic relations between Russia and Greece, Mr. Kypreos stressed that the trade and economic transactions between them amount to 1 billion US dollars.

    [17] OTE'S PRESENTATION TO FOREIGN INVESTORS WAS SUCCESSFUL

    The presentation of the Greek Telecommunications Company (OTE) to institutional foreign investors that was made in London yesterday was characterized as very successful.

    It appears that the favorable prospects predicted have attracted the interest of 50 brokerage houses managing a capital of 2.5 trillion US dollars.

    Independent observers did not hesitate to express the view that the presentation of OTE in the British capital was one of the most "vital" that has ever been made by a Greek firm in London, taking under consideration both the degree of participation and the interest expressed by investors.


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