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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-10-23

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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 23, 1998

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] PREMIER TO MEET WITH ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH IN MT. ATHOS
  • [02] ARCHBISHOP CHRISTODOULOS CONTINUES VISIT TO MT. ATHOS
  • [03] INNER CABINET CONVENES TODAY, MEETING CHAIRED BY PREMIER
  • [04] GREEK PUBLIC ORDER MINISTER RECEIVES ALBANIAN COUNTERPART
  • [05] ARCHBISHOP CHRISTODOULOS ON THE ROLE OF ORTHODOXY
  • [06] NEW LOSSES IN THE EUROPEAN STOCK MARKETS
  • [07] TURKISH FIGHTER JETS VIOLATED THE CYPRIOT AIR SPACE
  • [08] EURO-DEPUTY TRAKATELIS DEMANDS THE CLOSURE OF THE KOZLODUI NUCLEAR PLANT
  • [09] GREECE CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE MODERNIZATION OF THE ALGERIAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • [10] KAKLAMANIS' MESSAGE TO THE UN ON THE CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [11] A YOUNG SERB WAS KILLED BY POLICE BULLETS IN THESSALONIKI
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [12] EU INFORMAL SUMMIT THIS WEEKEND TO DISCUSS EUROPE'S FUTURE
  • [13] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS WITH RUSSIAN COUNTERPART
  • [14] US ENVOY HILL: SERB FORCES HAVE NOT WITHDRAWN FROM KOSSOVO
  • [15] WEU MILITARY CHIEFS TO MEET IN ROME THIS WEEKEND
  • [16] NICOSIA SUPPORTS ATHENS' OBJECTIONS TO EU FUNDING FOR ANKARA
  • [17] HELSINKI FEATURES MONTH-LONG GREEK CINEMA FESTIVAL
  • [18] THE MORNING PHASE OF THE "NIKIFOROS" MILITARY EXERCISE WAS COMPLETED
  • [19] THE OTE SHARES WERE PRESENTED TO 70 US INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
  • [20] THE MINISTER OF DEVELOPMENT WILL VISIT THE UNITED STATES
  • [21] INCREASED MILITARY SPENDING BY GREECE AND TURKEY
  • [22] GREECE AND RUSSIA CONFIRMED THE GOOD LEVEL OF BILATERAL RELATIONS
  • [23] POSSIBLE ESPIONAGE CASE IN CYPRUS INVOLVING BRITAIN'S MILITARY ATTACHE

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] PREMIER TO MEET WITH ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH IN MT. ATHOS

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will travel to Mount Athos, the monastic community in northern Greece, on Monday where he will meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos, the spiritual leader of the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians.

    His All Holiness is to embark on a two-day visit to the autonomous monastic community this weekend, in honor of the 1,000th anniversary of the founding of the Xenophon Monastery. He is also expected to meet with the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos.

    [02] ARCHBISHOP CHRISTODOULOS CONTINUES VISIT TO MT. ATHOS

    The Archbishop of Athens and All of Greece Christodoulos continues his visit to the monastic community of Mt. Athos.

    Today, he will visit the monasteries of Dionysius, St. Paul, Xeropotamos and Simonopetra while tomorrow he will attend the festivities held at the monastery of Xenophon in commemoration of its 1,000-year anniversary.

    The President of the Hellenic republic Kostis Stephanopoulos will be present at the festivities, along with the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos, the President of the Hellenic Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis and a delegation of government officials.

    Prime Minster Kostas Simitis will not attend tomorrow's events at Mt. Athos since he will in Austria for the EU informal summit.

    [03] INNER CABINET CONVENES TODAY, MEETING CHAIRED BY PREMIER

    The inner cabinet is convening today in a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, in order to finalize the forthcoming fiscal year's budget. The governor of the Bank of Greece Lukas Papademos is to also participate in the discussion.

    According to reports, the government will examine the reduction of the vehicle sales tax, as well as the value added tax imposed n the electricity and waters bills, as well as on medicines.

    Meanwhile, according to a report issued by the Institute of Economic and Industrial Research, it is quite feasible Greece will gain accession to the Economic and Monetary Union.

    [04] GREEK PUBLIC ORDER MINISTER RECEIVES ALBANIAN COUNTERPART

    Greek Public Order Minister George Romeos received his Albanian counterpart Petro Koci in Athens yesterday, with whom he discussed various issues concerning crime in both countries and ways to curb criminal activity.

    Among the topics discussed by the two officials was the criminal activity some Albanian nationals engage in while in Greece.

    Talks also focused on the efforts that need to be undertaken by Albania in order to improve the guarding of border crossings, thereby averting criminals from entering the country.

    Mr. Koci, who was accompanied by a delegation from the Albanian public order ministry, was shown analytical figures that list criminal acts committed throughout the state of Greece by apprehended Albanians.

    Moreover, both sides agreed to further improve border police cooperation between the two countries and to post liaison officers in the respective ministries.

    [05] ARCHBISHOP CHRISTODOULOS ON THE ROLE OF ORTHODOXY

    The time has arrived for Orthodoxy to serve as the compass for the world's return to a Christian life, stressed the Archbishop of Athens and all of Greece Archsbishop during his reply speech at the Monastery of Dionesus at Mt. Athos where he was greeted by the Reverend Father Petros.

    Referring to Mt. Athos, his Eminence stated that this is the land where the Greek-Orthodox culture and tradition live and reign.

    Moreover, he added that "we are here to accomplish great achievements in strength and support in order to press on with an effort, a struggle which we have undertaken and this struggle is to embed these ideals into the souls of the Greeks. And I am pleased to ascertain that our people accept these principles and want to lean on this strength which has for always constituted God's omnipotence through which our peoples and our nation not only survived, but lived and excelled."

    [06] NEW LOSSES IN THE EUROPEAN STOCK MARKETS

    New losses were recorded today in the European stock markets. The main characteristic of the sessions was that the volume of the transactions was at low levels as the investors have adopted a wait-and-see stance.

    In the Athens Stock Exchange the general index dropped by 0.97%.

    [07] TURKISH FIGHTER JETS VIOLATED THE CYPRIOT AIR SPACE

    Greek fighter jets were harassed again today by Turkish aircraft in the Cypriot air space, where the "Nikiforos '98" exercise takes place, and in some instances the harassment took the form of engagement. The exercise of the Cypriot National Guard continues with Greece's participation.

    Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides expressed satisfaction over today's phase of the exercise and welcomed the decision taken by Athens and Nicosia to hold the exercise jointly.

    [08] EURO-DEPUTY TRAKATELIS DEMANDS THE CLOSURE OF THE KOZLODUI NUCLEAR PLANT

    Right-wing main opposition party New Democracy Euro-deputy Antonis Trakatelis speaking in the plenary session of the European Parliament demanded the immediate interruption of the operation of the Kozlodui nuclear plant in Bulgaria.

    Mr. Trakatelis underlined that the European Union must assist Bulgaria by undertaking an active role in the effort to limit its dependence on nuclear energy and added that nothing is more important than to avoid a new Chernobil disaster for the European citizens and all its horrible consequences.

    [09] GREECE CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE MODERNIZATION OF THE ALGERIAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS

    Greece can contribute to the modernization of the state-run Algerian telecommunications by offering know-how and experience, stated in an interview with MPA, Mahhidine Quhadi adviser to the Algerian telecommunications minister.

    The adviser of the Algerian minister expressed skepticism over the applications of modern telecommunications, on the sidelines of the 3rd international conference on "the prospects in the new economic space after the year 2000" that is being held in Alexandroupolis, north-eastern Greece.

    The Algerian government official stated that he has reservations regarding the development of the Global Mobile Personal Communication by Satellite system (GMPCS), which will be on the market next spring, as it can jam the national networks which are also served by satellites.

    [10] KAKLAMANIS' MESSAGE TO THE UN ON THE CYPRUS ISSUE

    The continuing tragedy in Cyprus poisons the international community and tests the confidence of the people in the potential of peaceful co-habitation and honest cooperation.

    The above are stressed among others in a letter sent by Greek parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis to UN secretary-general Kofi Annan and the presidents of the EU state parliaments on the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of the United Nations Organization.

    Mr. Kaklamanis criticizes the stance adopted by Mr. Annan when he addressed both Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash as "excellencies". Mr. Kaklamanis stressed in his message that this behavior is an unacceptable concession by the UN secretary-general toward the Turkish demand to treat the Cypriot Republic and the Turkish Cypriot regime in the Turkish occupied northern Cyprus as equals.

    [11] A YOUNG SERB WAS KILLED BY POLICE BULLETS IN THESSALONIKI

    An 18yearold Serb was shot and killed by a police officer chasing a suspect of handbag thefts at the center of Thessaloniki.

    The circumstances under which the bloody incident took place are not clear yet as it is not known if the police officer opened fire or whether his gun went off accidentally killing young Marko Bulatovic from Belgrade.

    Based on unconfirmed information, the Serb was a member of a group of students from Belgrade visiting Thessaloniki. The city's police authorities have made no statement yet on the incident.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [12] EU INFORMAL SUMMIT THIS WEEKEND TO DISCUSS EUROPE'S FUTURE

    Greece's Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will depart for Austria today in order to attend this weekend's informal summit to be held in Portschach.

    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.

    Austria's chancellor Victor Klima, whose country presently holds the EU's rotating presidency expressed the hope that the Meeting will be successful and has stated 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."

    [13] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS WITH RUSSIAN COUNTERPART

    Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos, currently on an official visit to Russia, met with Prime Minister Yevgeni Primakov and his counterpart Igor Ivanov in Moscow yesterday

    The Russian Premier expressed his satisfaction over the bolstering of ties between the two countries, while he also stressed that economic relations are on a good path and "our policy is parallel and one could say that we share common points of view on a great number of issues."

    [14] US ENVOY HILL: SERB FORCES HAVE NOT WITHDRAWN FROM KOSSOVO

    United States envoy to Kossovo Christopher Hill has stated that the Yugoslav authorities have not yet withdrawn troops in a sufficient number that would satisfy the United Nations.

    According to political observers, Serb security force continue to be stationed in two regions of Kossovo where the state army was recently involved in conflict with the Albanian rebels.

    [15] WEU MILITARY CHIEFS TO MEET IN ROME THIS WEEKEND

    The heads of the Western European Union's (WEU) national defense general staffs will convene in Rome this weekend to examine the restructuring of the organization's military staff and the creation of a special planning group to facilitate participation of WEU observer nations in operations and exercises.

    Greece will be represented by National Defense General Staff chief Gen. Athanasios Tzoganis.

    It will be the first session at which the chiefs of the WEU's national defense general staffs will convene as a military committee after its creation was ratified during the ministerial session in Rhodes. The three NATO candidate countries Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic will attend the session for the first time as associate WEU members.

    [16] NICOSIA SUPPORTS ATHENS' OBJECTIONS TO EU FUNDING FOR ANKARA

    The Cypriot government believes Greece's objection to a proposal by the European Commission to offer community funds to Turkey is right and falls within the framework of European Union institutions.

    "Greece has already outlined its initial response to yesterday's move. This is within the framework of EU institutions and we shall have to wait for the outcome in this issue," Cypriot government spokesman Christos Stylianides stated.

    Acknowledging that Greece stood alone in its stance at the Commission meeting in Strasbourg, he said "it is clear that Greece is in the right in this effort."

    He also pointed out that the Commission's decision to circumvent the Greek veto was not related to Cyprus' course of accession to the European Union.

    [17] HELSINKI FEATURES MONTH-LONG GREEK CINEMA FESTIVAL

    Motion pictures of the Greek modern cinema will be featured in Finland for a month, during the Greek cinema festival to be held in Helsinki between October 27-November 28.

    The event is being jointly organized by the Center of Greek Cinema, the Film Club of Finland, the Greek-Finnish Associations Union and the Greek Embassy.

    Directors whose films will be featured at the festival are Theodoros Aggelopoulos, whose film "Eternity and a Day" earned the Palme d' Or award at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Andreas Thomopoulos, Pericles Hoursoglou, Panos Karkanevatos, Christos Voupouras and George Korras.

    [18] THE MORNING PHASE OF THE "NIKIFOROS" MILITARY EXERCISE WAS COMPLETED

    The morning phase of the National Guard exercise, code-named "Nikiforos '98", was completed with absolute success in Larnaca in the presence of Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides and minister of defense Yiannakis Omirou.

    The exercise was based on a scenario involving Greek Air Force planes and Greek Navy ships such as, frigate "Spetses" and destroyer "Kimon".

    [19] THE OTE SHARES WERE PRESENTED TO 70 US INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS

    The presentation of the Greek Telecommunications Company (OTE) shares to 70 institutional investors in the United States yesterday, in view of the third phase of the company's privatization, was very successful. The package, that corresponds to 10% of the total number of shares, persuaded the 70 brokerage companies that manage over 6 trillion US dollars to attend the presentation.

    It should be reminded that starting on November 2 the OTE shares will be in the New York Stock Exchange, while they are already in the Stock Exchange of Athens and London.

    The share price will be announced on Sunday and the investors' registration will take place in Greece on October 26-30 based on the maximum share price.

    [20] THE MINISTER OF DEVELOPMENT WILL VISIT THE UNITED STATES

    A discussion on the "Greek-US relations: future prospects" will be held at the main offices of the Philip Morris International company in New York on October 26 with the participation of Greek minister of development Vaso Papandreou, US ambassador to Athens Nicholas Burns and Greek ambassador to Washington Alexandros Filonas.

    The event will be held with the support of Philip Morris, the World Business Relations Conference and the Greek-US Business Council.

    [21] INCREASED MILITARY SPENDING BY GREECE AND TURKEY

    The armaments spending in Greece and Turkey shows an increase at a time when a downward trend prevails both at a world and at a European level, according to the London based International Institute for Strategic Studies report on "Military Balance in 1998-99".

    Based on the report, military spending in the European NATO member-states dropped by 9% last year. At the same time, military spending in Turkey increased from 7.5 billion US dollars to 8.1 billion and in Greece showed a smaller increase, from 3.6 to 3.8 billion US dollars.

    In the report it is mentioned that last year there was an increased likelihood of an armed conflict between Greece and Turkey due to the Cyprus problem and the problems in the Aegean. The Cyprus issue is regarded as a problem that needs immediate solution but it is acknowledged that a long time will pass before a solution is found.

    According to the report, in the past 5 years the United States had a 40-45% share in the arms market, followed by Israel with 35-45%, while a smaller share have countries such England, Russia, China, France and Germany.

    [22] GREECE AND RUSSIA CONFIRMED THE GOOD LEVEL OF BILATERAL RELATIONS

    The very positive level of the Greek-Russian relations was confirmed in the contacts Greek foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos had in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov and prime minister Gevgeni Primakov.

    The two foreign ministers signed two agreements for the establishment and the operation of general consulates in Russia and Greece and the joint publication in both languages of the bilateral relations archives since the founding of the modern Greek state.

    On the issue of Kossovo, they concluded that they share the same views while it was underlined that in order to have a solution the initiatives must be balanced and not unilateral. At the same time, the two foreign ministers stressed that the decisions on Kossovo concern the two sides directly involved in the crisis.

    [23] POSSIBLE ESPIONAGE CASE IN CYPRUS INVOLVING BRITAIN'S MILITARY ATTACHE

    The likelihood of espionage is being examined by the Cypriot authorities, according to which, Britain's military attache and two other British nationals were found yesterday wandering in a forbidden zone without the necessary permit.

    The British nationals, who were found in the off-limits region during the military exercise "Nikiforos", maintained that they were visiting the area as tourists. In their possession where found maps of the island.

    Britain's High Commissioner David Maten confirmed that the three Britons have been arrested by the Cypriot authorities as suspects of spying.


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