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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-10-22

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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 22, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] PM TO LAUNCH INT/L BUSINESS CONFERENCE IN NORTHERN GREECE
  • [02] PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION TRAVELS TO AZERBAIJAN
  • [03] PARLIAMENT LIFTS IMMUNITY OF TWO DEPUTIES
  • [04] GREECE WILL REFER COMMISSION TO EUROPEAN COURT
  • [05] OLYMPIAKOS TOPS AJAX 1-0, PANATHINAIKOS LOSES TO LENS 1-0
  • [06] EU INFORMAL SUMMIT TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND IN AUSTRIA
  • [07] INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC CONFERENCE IN ALEXANDROUPOLIS
  • [08] KARAMANLIS: NEW DEMOCRACY WILL WIN THE ELECTIONS
  • [09] ARCHBISHOP CHRISTODOULOS IS ON A VISIT TO MOUNT ATHOS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [10] GREEK COMMISSIONER DISAGREES WITH EU'S FINANCING TO TURKEY
  • [11] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO RUSSIA
  • [12] GREECE ON THE COURSE TO EMU ACCESSION
  • [13] GREECE'S DEPUTY FM IN SOFIA TODAY FOR BSEC MEETING
  • [14] TURKISH FM: S-300 MISSILES ARE TROUBLE FOR GREEK-CYPRIOTS
  • [15] MPA'S GENERAL DIRECTOR IN AUSTRALIA, SPEAKS ON BALKAN ISSUES
  • [16] FORMAL SUMMIT THIS WEEKEND TO DISCUSS EUROPE'S FUTURE
  • [17] DE SILGUY: GREECE WILL ACCELERATE ITS GROWTH RATE

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] PM TO LAUNCH INT/L BUSINESS CONFERENCE IN NORTHERN GREECE

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will inaugurate the 3rd International Conference on Mediterranean Cooperation and Development which begins at the northern Greek city of Alexandroupolis today.

    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.

    [02] 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 begins today 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.

    [03] PARLIAMENT LIFTS IMMUNITY OF TWO DEPUTIES

    The Parliament's plenary session has voted in favor of lifting the parliamentary immunity of two main opposition (New Democracy) party deputies, Varsamis Yovanoudas and Kostas Karaminas, who are facing criminal charges.

    However, 20 deputies voted against the lift for Mr.Karaminas, and 36 against Mr.Yovanoudas's.

    The party's leader Kostas Karamanlis had 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.

    [04] GREECE WILL REFER COMMISSION TO EUROPEAN COURT

    Greece is determined to refer the European Commission to the European Court in the case its European Union allies proceed to approving Turkey's funding, in spite of Greece's relevant veto.

    In an overwhelming majority, the EU Council of Ministers adopted in Strasbourg the 135-million-ecu package of economic aid to Turkey.

    [05] OLYMPIAKOS TOPS AJAX 1-0, PANATHINAIKOS LOSES TO LENS 1-0

    Olympiakos Piraeus beat Ajax Amsterdam 1-0 in Athens yesterday in a European Champions League soccer match.

    The other Greek team in the Champions League, Panathinaikos Athens, lost 1- 0 to RC Lens in an away game for Group E. Olympiakos and Ajax are in Group A.

    [06] EU INFORMAL SUMMIT TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND IN AUSTRIA

    The leaders of the European Union's member-states are to meet this weekend (October24-25) at Portschach, Austria.

    The informal session will get underway on Saturday afternoon and Austrian Chancellor Victor Klima will grant a press conference on Sunday afternoon on the Meeting's results..

    [07] INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC CONFERENCE IN ALEXANDROUPOLIS

    Deputy foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou characterized the harmonic co-habitation of Christians and Muslims in Thrace, north- eastern Greece, as an example of inter-cultural cooperation in the Balkans, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

    Mr. Papandreou, who opened the 3rd International Conference on "the prospects in the new economic space after the year 2000", underlined the significant role that can be played by the society of citizens in the crucial zone of the Mediterranean, the Balkan region and the Black Sea.

    He also stated that within the framework of the responsible organizations there will be future meetings of local cultural- social institutions and non governmental organizations of the wider region aimed at forming the basis of a multi-faceted network of continuous dialogue.

    In the conference that is being held in the city of Alexandroupolis participate government ministers, diplomats and businessmen from 76 countries.

    [08] KARAMANLIS: NEW DEMOCRACY WILL WIN THE ELECTIONS

    Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy Kostas Karamanlis characterized the results of the recent local administration elections as a heavy defeat for the government and prime minister Simitis personally.

    Speaking in the New Democracy parliamentary group meeting, Mr. Karamanlis stated that the Simitis government is the most anti- social government Greece ever had and expressed optimism that New Democracy will win the next parliamentary elections.

    [09] ARCHBISHOP CHRISTODOULOS IS ON A VISIT TO MOUNT ATHOS

    Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All of Greece is on a four-day visit to Mount Athos.

    The Archbishop during his stay in the monastic community will visit the monasteries of Grigoriou, Dionisou, St. Pavlos and St. Panteleimon.

    The head of the Greek Orthodox Church is scheduled to attend the three-day festivities that will be held in Thessaloniki on the occasion of the city's patron saint feast on October 26.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [10] GREEK COMMISSIONER DISAGREES WITH EU'S FINANCING TO TURKEY

    Greek EU Commissioner Christos Papoutsis has expressed his disagreement with the Commission's decision to adopt Hans van den Broek's plan for EU financing of Turkey.

    "I believe that today's (yesterday's) proposal by the Commission in essence exceeds the Cardiff mandate..." Mr. Papoutsis said in a statement, referring to the Commission's claim that it is abiding by the decision's drawn at last June's summit held in Cardiff.

    "I disagreed with this proposal because it is based on a disputable piece of legal acrobatics," he said, adding that "I fear it sets a dangerous precedent for circumventing the possibility of member-states to exercise the right of veto when invoking vital national interests. It creates a serious and institutional complication which will give rise to many discussions in the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament."

    The Greek Commissioner further stressed that the Union's political decisions to date dictate that progress in relations with Turkey be conditional on that country's respect for human rights and the development of good neighborly relations with Greece, as well as on its positive contribution to a just solution of the Cyprus problem, according to UN resolutions.".

    [11] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO RUSSIA

    Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos is currently on an official visit 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 Moscow, 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.

    [12] GREECE ON THE COURSE TO EMU ACCESSION

    The Greek economy appears to be achieving the Maastricht Treaty criteria for participating in the European single currency, according to the European Commission's biannual economic forecasts.

    The Commission's report projected that inflation would fall to 4.5 percent this year, and 2.4 percent in 2000.

    Only Ireland and Luxembourg were forecast to record higher rates of growth than Greece in the 15-nation EU.

    [13] GREECE'S DEPUTY FM IN SOFIA TODAY FOR BSEC MEETING

    Greece's Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannos Kranidiotis is to depart for Sofia today in order to attend the 12th ministerial summit of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation pact (BSEC).

    The meeting will address issues concerning the BSEC's transformation into an international organization, the signing of a multilateral agreement for the combating of organized crime, and cooperation in the sectors of tourism, the environment, energy and transport.

    Mr. Kranidiotis will brief the participants on the establishment in Athens of the International Center of Black Sea Studies.

    The summit's sessions will conclude with the signing of a Greece-BSEC agreement for the establishment of the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank's headquarters in Thessaloniki.

    [14] TURKISH FM: S-300 MISSILES ARE TROUBLE FOR GREEK-CYPRIOTS

    Turkish Foreign Minister Ismael Cem stated that the Russian- made anti-aircraft S-300 missiles purchased by the Cypriot government are "trouble" for the Greek-Cypriots.

    According to the Turkish-Cypriot press, Mr. Cem stated that the Greek-Cypriot side supposedly does not know "what it will do with them."

    Moreover, the Turkish Foreign Minister expressed his certainty that Turkey will achieve accession to the European Union and that it is a mistake to say that Turkey will become European once it achieves such accession since "it has been a European country for 700 years now."

    [15] MPA'S GENERAL DIRECTOR IN AUSTRALIA, SPEAKS ON BALKAN ISSUES

    The Macedonian Press Agency's General Director Spyros Kouzinopoulos, currently on a visit to Australia, forecast that FYROM will undergo a serious crisis immediately after the parliamentary elections that will wrap up on November 1.

    Addressing two conferences organized by the Panmacedonian Associations of Melbourne and Perth, held within the framework of "Dimitria 98", Mr. Kouzinopoulos spoke at length on the current situation in FYROM.

    Referring to FYROM, the Greek journalist stated that his forecast is also supported by the views expressed by political analysts in FYROM who have stated that the Albanian parties in that country are expected to adopt a tough stance in regards to negotiating their position in the new government, given the fact that neither of the two large parties, VMRO-DPMNE and the Social Democrats, have secured a majority vote for forming an autonomous cabinet.

    In regards to Greece's relations with FYROM and the name dispute, the MPA's general director noted that Skopje is not expected to shift or lessen its intransigence towards Greece after the parliamentary elections, since the country is entering the phase of presidential elections ( to be held in 1999) which are expected to be an even tougher race since the up-to-date president Kiro Gligorov is retiring from politics.

    Mr. Kouzinopoulos emphasized that resolving the existing differences between Greece and FYROM will bolster national independence, domestic security, and economic development in FYROM, since Greek private sector ventures constitute that country's first investor, while Greece also holds third place among FYROM's trade allies with a trade volume that amounted to over $186 million dollars in 1997.

    In closing, the MPA's General Director outlined the Agency's mechanisms which promote the activities of Greeks living abroad and provide a credible venue for them both in Greece and throughout the world.

    He referred to the Agency's monthly periodical "Elliniki Diaspora", which is being published by the MPA since December 1994 as well as the continuous flow of information pertinent to Greeks living abroad on its Internet website, the electronic edition "Greeks Abroad" and the daily news bulletin which is complete with news related to the world's Greek community, its interests and concerns.

    "Through its activities in this sector, the Macedonian Press Agency's ambition is to constitute a bridge linking the Greeks living abroad with the motherland, with Thessaloniki, the headquarters of the Council of Hellenes Abroad," Mr. Kouzinopoulos concluded.

    Lastly, he relayed the messages forwarded to the Panmacedonian Associations of Australia by the Minister of Press and Media Dimitris Reppas and the Minster of Macedonia-Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos and also referred to the activities of the Macedonia-Thrace Bank, which sponsored the journalists delegation.

    [16] FORMAL SUMMIT THIS WEEKEND TO DISCUSS EUROPE'S FUTURE

    The leaders of the European Union's member states are to discuss the future of Europe, the EU's enlargement, the Economic and Monetary Union, the desired political fulfillment and the social continent, during this weekend's informal summit to be held in Portschach, Austria.

    Austria's chancellor Victor Klima, whose country presently holds the EU's rotating presidency expressed the hope that the Meeting will be successful and stated yesterday before the European Parliament that "Europe has an obligation to undertake its global financial responsibilities and to contribute to the ongoing world crisis as well as to the restoration of the global economy to a point of stability."

    Greece's Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will depart for Austria tomorrow .

    [17] DE SILGUY: GREECE WILL ACCELERATE ITS GROWTH RATE

    EU Commissioner Yves-Thibault de Silguy in an exclusive interview to MPA, after the presentation of the European Commission predictions for the period 1998-2000, expressed the view that Greece will not be affected by the international economic crisis and will accelerate its growth rate in the next three years.

    The EU Commissioner stated that Greece accelerates the procedure aimed at winning back the lost time and gains lost ground through public and private investments.

    According to the European Commission predictions, the public deficit will remain under 2.4% in 1998 and under 2.1% in 1999, while the goal to limit inflation to 2.9% in 1999 is regarded as feasible.


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