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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-10-24
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
 THE GREEK PRESIDENT AND THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH WILL BE IN MOUNT ATHOS
Web Posted: 14:57 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 24/10/1998 (MPA) President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos and Ecumenical Patriach Vartholomeos will be in Mount Athos today and tomorrow to attend the two-day festivities of the 1.000th anniversary of the Monastery of St. Xenophon.
The celebrations will also be attended by parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis, minister of culture Evangelos Venizelos, minister of environment, land planning and public works Kostas Laliotis, and leader of main opposition party New Democracy Kostas Karamanlis. Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All of Greece is in the monastic community of Mount Athos since Wednesday.
The festivities will be attended by over 1.000 distinguished guests. The Ecumenical Patriarch is scheduled to meet tomorrow with president Stephanopoulos and with prime minister Simitis on Monday.
 THE GREEK INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION HAS INCREASED
Web Posted: 14:57 GMT+2Athens, 24/10/1998 (MPA) The Greek industrial production has increased by 4.9% in the 8month period of January-August 1998 compared to the same period last year. According to the National Statistics Agency, industrial production in August increased by 3.35%.
The increase of the industrial output is confirmed by the statistical analysis made on behalf of the European Statistics Agency, Eurostat. According to the data provided by Eurostat, in the trimester of May-July 1998 there was an increase of 2.3% compared to the trimester of February- April 1998. The agency mentions that it is the biggest increase observed among all the EU member-states in this period.
 THE POLICE OFFICER WHO KILLED THE YOUNG SERB IN THESSALONIKI APPEARS BEFORE THE PROSECUTOR TODAY
Web Posted: 14:57 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 24/10/1998 (MPA) The police officer, who killed the 17yearold Serb student Marko Bulatovic yesterday in a busy Thessaloniki street, will be led before the prosecutor today.
Thessaloniki's police department in a formal statement mentions that the victim and his friends exerted pressure on 32yearold police officer Kiriakos Vandoulis and as a result his gun accidentally went off.
The police officer has been suspended based on a public order ministry decision and minister Giorgos Romeos called for the clearing up of the case as soon as possible.
Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas characterized the incident as regrettable.
The parents of the victim will be in Thessaloniki tomorrow and according to information, the Yugoslav consulate authorities have requested to be briefed in detail on the case.
Meanwhile, 18yearold Slobodan Matinovic, who was kept in police custody during the night and was brought before the prosecutor's office accused of stealing a wallet, has been released and is with his fellow students.
Many of the friends and fellow students of Matinovic, who were waiting for him outside Thessaloniki's Court House Building, fainted because of the tension and the stress and they were taken to hospitals where they received medical treatment and were later released.
 THE INDIRECT TAXES WILL BE CUT IN 1999
Web Posted: 14:57 GMT+2Athens, 24/10/1998 (MPA) The governmental committee that met to discuss next year's budget decided to cut the indirect taxes in 1999.
National Economy and Finance minister Yiannos Papantoniou reiterated that the main goal of the economic policy for 1999 is to meet the pre-conditions for Greece to join the EMU which will be achieved by curbing inflation. For this purpose, said Mr. Papantoniou, the indirect taxes that will be cut will amount to 180 billion drachmas.
 US LAW ON THE PROTECTION OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE
Web Posted: 14:57 GMT+2Nicosia, 24/10/1998 (MPA) A draft bill providing for the recognition and protection of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the reopening of the Theology School in Halki was recently adopted by the US Congress and was signed into law by US president Bill Clinton.
The US Congress in its text on the law in question points out that the United States must use their influence on the Turkish government to protect the Ecumenical Patriarchate based on International Law and the Turkish legislation.
Also, it is mentioned that the United States must call on Turkey to offer the right protection and security to the Patriarchate and its personnel and to reopen the Theology School of Halki.
 ALL SERB FORCES SHOULD BE WITHDRAWN FROM KOSOVO
Web Posted: 14:57 GMT+2Belgrade, 24/10/1998 (MPA) The UN Security Council is expected to approve a draft resolution providing for the possible use of force in Kosovo in case Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic does not respect the October 13 agreement for the withdrawal of the Serb forces from the province.
The withdrawal of the Serb forces is necessary in order for the OSCE observers to take over.
Russia continues to oppose the implementation of the activation order for the launch of air strikes against Yugoslavia and sets the lifting of the activation order for the alliance's air strikes as a pre-condition for its participation in NATO's air patrols over Kosovo.
 EU SUMMIT MEETING IN AUSTRIA
Web Posted: 14:57 GMT+2Vienna, 24/10/1998 (MPA) A seven-point memorandum on the present and future of the European Union will be submitted by Kostas Simitis in the extraordinary meeting of the 15 that is being held today and tomorrow in Austria.
The Greek prime minister will call for the drawing up of a new prospect for the European Union aimed at limiting unemployment and accelerating the political unification of Europe through the promotion of a common foreign and defense policy.
In the extraordinary summit meeting will also be discussed the global economic developments as well as the situation in Kosovo.
 VICTOR KLIMA: TURKEY DOES NOT MEET THE PRE-CONDITIONS FOR EU ACCESSION
Web Posted: 14:57 GMT+2Vienna, 24/10/1998 (MPA) Austrian chancellor Victor Klima, who presides over the European Council, stressed that the extraordinary EU Summit meeting will give a new boost to the European Union.
Referring to the relations of Turkey with the European Union, the Austrian chancellor stated that Ankara does not meet the Copenhagen criteria in spite of the fact that its European prospect has been repeatedly stressed publicly.
On the prospect of Cyprus's full accession into the EU, Mr. Klima said that the fact that the European Union decided to open negotiations with the candidate states for EU membership, including Cyprus, is a big success for the Austrian EU presidency.
 THE US TELEVISION CHANNEL ABC PROMOTED THE HEALTHY WAY OF LIFE IN CRETE
Web Posted: 14:57 GMT+2Washington, 24/10/1998 (MPA) The US television channel ABC aired a report on the southern Aegean island of Crete and the healthy way of life of its people in the popular Nightly News bulletin with newscaster Peter Jennings. The television channel correspondent Sheila McVicar presented scenes of everyday life from a village in Crete as well as the traditional cuisine of the region, stressing the celebrated longevity of the Cretans, who sometimes live over 112 years.
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