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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-06-02

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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, June 2, 1999

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] KOSTAS KARAMANLIS VISITS BONN
  • [02] K. SIMITIS: PASOK WILL WIN THE EUROELECTIONS
  • [03] FOREIGN MINISTRY OPTIMISTIC ON THE YUGOSLAV CRISIS
  • [04] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH IN ARNEA AND DRAMA
  • [05] PRE-ELECTORAL ACTIVITY OF THE GREEK PARTIES
  • [06] INFLATION RATE EXPECTED AT 2% DURING SUMMER
  • [07] THE GREEK CARAVAN OF SOLIDARITY WILL GO TO BOSNIA
  • [08] NIKOLAOU: TURKEY SHOULD RESPECT INTERNATIONAL LAW
  • [09] MR. SIMITIS DEPARTED FOR GERMANY TO ATTEND THE EU SUMMIT MEETING
  • [10] CONSUMERS ARE WARNED OVER THE DIOXIN CONTAMINATED BELGIAN POULTRY
  • [11] K.SIMITIS ON THE EU SUMMIT
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [12] CHERNOMIRDIN-AHTISAARI IN BELGRADE
  • [13] ANOTHER HEAVY WAVE OF NATO ATTACKS AGAINST YUGOSLAVIA
  • [14] NATO CREW AND EQUIPMENT IN ROMANIA
  • [15] NATO CONTINUED RAIDS AGAINST YUGOSLAVIA THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT
  • [16] YUGOSLAV ARMY LOSSES MINIMAL ACCORDING TO YUGOSLAV GENERAL
  • [17] NATO ADMITS UNINTENTIONAL BOMBING OF ALBANIAN TERRITORY
  • [18] CHERNOMIRDIN AHTISAARI CONTINUE TALKS IN BONN
  • [19] KOHEN: NATO WILL NOT GIVE WAY ON THE ISSUE OF THE COMMAND OF THE PEACE FORCE
  • [20] RUSSIA AND CHINA DEMAND AN END TO NATO BOMBINGS
  • [21] BULGARIAN PREMIER TO VISIT MOSCOW
  • [22] PLANES WILL DROP FOOD TO KOSOVO REFUGEES
  • [23] INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL DECIDES ON YUGOSLAVIA VS NATO CASE
  • [24] RUSSIA: NEW PROPOSALS MADE BY TALBOTT "UNACCEPTABLE"
  • [25] KURDS AGREE TO END HOSTILITIES AGAINST TURKEY
  • [26] CHERNOMIRDIN'S-AHTISAARI'S VISIT TO BELGRADE UNCERTAIN
  • [27] THE NEW PROPOSALS BY TALBOTT CONCERN THE END OF THE BOMBING AND THE RETURN OF THE REFUGEES
  • [28] THE INTERNATIONAL COURT REJECTED YUGOSLAVIA'S DEMAND FOR THE END OF THE BOMBING
  • [29] BELGRADE SEES POSITIVELY THE DEPLOYMENT OF A PEACEKEEPING FORCE UNDER SPECIFIC PRE-CONDITIONS
  • [30] THE TALKS OF CHERNOMYRDIN-AHTISAARI-TALBOTT CONTINUE
  • [31] THE EU HAS DECIDED TO DESTROY THE CONTAMINATED BELGIAN PRODUCTS
  • [32] URANIUM 238 IN THE NATO MISSILES THAT DROPPED ON BULGARIAN TERRITORY
  • [33] AHTISAARI AND CHERNOMYRDIN LEAVE FOR BELGRADE THIS AFTERNOON

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] KOSTAS KARAMANLIS VISITS BONN

    Leader of New Democracy party, Kostas Karamanlis leaves to Bonn today in order to take part in the conference held by the European People's Party on the situation in Yugoslavia.

    Mr Karamanlis will put forward his proposal to form a tripartite committee presided by a Greek official, who will receive wide support, with the participation of Serbs and Kosovars. This committee will bear the responsibility of securing a peace agreement when one is achieved.

    [02] K. SIMITIS: PASOK WILL WIN THE EUROELECTIONS

    Prime Minister, Kostas Simitis was positive last night that there will be progress on the Kosovo crisis during the European Union Summit in Cologne, speaking at an interview broadcasted by state channel NET. Mr Simitis declared once again that Greece is totally opposed to plans of ground operations in Yugoslavia and stressed that there will be no ground operations in Kosovo.

    The Greek Premier said that PASOK will win the Euroelections as well as the national elections to be held in year 2000 and reassured that after June 13 his government will continue its policy towards Greece's integration in the EMU. Mr. Simitis accused main opposition leader, Kostas Karamanlis, of downgrading political dialogue when calling the voters to overthrow the government's policy which leads to the EMU and the decreasing of the inflation and the budget deficit.

    [03] FOREIGN MINISTRY OPTIMISTIC ON THE YUGOSLAV CRISIS

    Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou talked last night over the phone with US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright and the Serb President Milan Milutinovic and according to diplomatic sources there's a positive feeling in the Greek Foreign Ministry regarding the Yugoslav crisis.

    Mr Papandreou is to visit Belgrade over the next days, depending on the outcome of the negotiations towards a peace agreement for Kosovo, and today he is meeting with New Democracy's honorary president, Konstantinos Mitsotakis who met with Slobodan Milosevic last week.

    [04] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH IN ARNEA AND DRAMA

    Ecumenical Patriarch, Vartholomeos continues his tour of northern Greece, visiting Arnea and Drama today.

    Last night he was in Lagadas were the he was accepted with enthusiasm. Vartholomeos officiated a doxology held in the Metropolitan Church of Lagadas and afterwards he attended a dinner held in his honor in the bishop's residence.

    [05] PRE-ELECTORAL ACTIVITY OF THE GREEK PARTIES

    Leader of the Coalition of the Left and Progress, Nikos Konstantopoulos will give a speech in Larissa today, while General Secretary of the Communist Party, Aleka Papariga will visit the building of the Telecommunications Organization of Greece (OTE).

    President of DIKKI, Dimitris Tsovolas will visit the central market of Pireas and Livadia, president of Political Spring, Antonis Samaras will address a speech at Sporting and leader of the Liberal Party, Stefanos Manos will visit Nafplio and Argos.

    [06] INFLATION RATE EXPECTED AT 2% DURING SUMMER

    The government expects to limit inflation down to 2% during summer, a goal that is believed to be feasible, given that during May inflation rate declined to 2,5-2,6% from April's 2,8%.

    This decline of the inflation rate is expected to lead the Bank of Greece into setting lower interest rate which will drag along the interest rates of every other banking organization.

    [07] THE GREEK CARAVAN OF SOLIDARITY WILL GO TO BOSNIA

    The Greek Caravan of Solidarity will depart today for Bosnia to offer economic assistance to the Bosnian families that participate in the programme of the economic adoption of children who became orphans because of the war.

    The trip is being held on a regular basis and in the programme participate about 7.500 orphans and an equal number of Greek donors.

    [08] NIKOLAOU: TURKEY SHOULD RESPECT INTERNATIONAL LAW

    Greek acting government spokesman Yiannis Nikolaou stated that the government has already expressed its position that Kurdish PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan should have a fair trial.

    He said that Greece condemns the terrorist actions and recognizes the rights of the Kurdish people, adding that it is up to Turkey to show that it has made steps toward the respect of international law.

    He confirmed that Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou has received a letter by Turkish foreign minister Ismail Cem and reiterated the firm Greek position that Turkey should respect international law. He also said that the foreign ministry is studying the letter and will prepare a response.

    [09] MR. SIMITIS DEPARTED FOR GERMANY TO ATTEND THE EU SUMMIT MEETING

    Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis, speaking to reporters upon his departure for Germany to attend the EU summit meeting, appeared optimistic that there will be positive developments in the Yugoslav crisis.

    Mr. Simitis stressed that there is a need for the procedures to move ahead for a solution to be found and the implementation of a peace agreement to begin as soon as possible. Referring to Greece's position, he said that it will back this effort in the EU Council, while a solution should be found as soon as possible putting aside the obstacles and difficulties. Mr. Simitis expressed the hope that the messages will be positive and the Balkan region will enter a course leading to peace.

    In the summit meeting will also be discussed issues concerning the European Employment Pact and the joint foreign policy and policy of defense. According to the prime minister, a framework is needed that will regulate the national employment pacts, adding that if an agreement is reached toward this direction it will be a step closer to countering unemployment.

    Regarding the European Union joint foreign policy and policy of defense, the prime minister pointed out that the idea to form a European force that will be able to intervene in cases of humanitarian and peace initiatives is being promoted.

    [10] CONSUMERS ARE WARNED OVER THE DIOXIN CONTAMINATED BELGIAN POULTRY

    The ministry of development in Greece issued a warning to consumers after the confirmation by the ministry of agriculture that chickens contaminated with dioxin had been imported from Belgium. The warning to consumers concerns the egg by-products as well, that have been distributed to the market in small quantities and are used in mayonnaise, pasta, pastry etc.

    The ministry of agriculture began intensive control in places of poultry storage and sale, while the ministry of development has warned consumers not to buy chickens and eggs coming from Belgium and avoid consuming any supplies they may have in store. Also, it has called on the super-markets to withdraw all suspect products from their shelves.

    Meanwhile, the responsible agency in the prefecture of Thessaloniki has stated to MPA that for the moment no poultry products from Belgium have been found in Thessaloniki and in case they are found they will be confiscated and destroyed.

    [11] K.SIMITIS ON THE EU SUMMIT

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis said that he is optimistic that there will be positive developments on the Yugoslav crisis, before his departure to Germany where he is to take part in the European Union Summit.

    Mr Simitis called for progress in the efforts to resolve the crisis as soon as possible in order to begin the implementation of a peace agreement stressing that Greece will support this effort inside the Summit Council and will insist in finding a solution to the problem. "We hope that the messages will be positive so that the Balkan region gets in the course of peace", he said.

    The premier touched upon the subject of a common foreign and defense policy of the European Union member-states noting that the idea of forming a common European force is being promoted, a force which will be able to intervene in cases of humanitarian and peace initiatives.

    "The European Union must become a distinct pole, different from the rest of the forces, and have its own policy and direction" said Mr Simitis adding that Greece has been pointing to that direction for a while now while recently Great Britain accepted the same positions.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [12] CHERNOMIRDIN-AHTISAARI IN BELGRADE

    Viktor Chernomirdin's and Marti Ahtisaari's meeting in Belgrade with Yugoslav President, Slobodan Milosevic, raises hopes that the process for a political solution to the Kosovo crisis will eventually begin.

    The Russian mediator and the Finnish President rounded off last night consultations with the US Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott and the German Chancellor.

    Mr Schroeder said that there has been significant progress towards finding a political solution. After the meeting in Belgrade, Ahtisaari will return to Germany in order to brief the leaders of the European Union.

    [13] ANOTHER HEAVY WAVE OF NATO ATTACKS AGAINST YUGOSLAVIA

    NATO bombers launched another heavy wave of attacks last night against Belgrade suburbs and cities in Serbia and Kosovo. Planes of the Alliance bombed the electricity network, fuel repositories, telecommunications facilities and military targets.

    NATO representatives confirmed that fighters attacked Albanian troops in the borders of Albania and Kosovo.

    [14] NATO CREW AND EQUIPMENT IN ROMANIA

    Two c-130 planes arrived Craiova airport, Romania, carrying crew and equipment to coordinate the operations of NATO borders through Romanian airspace. Meanwhile, Romanian Defense Minister, Andrei Plesu and his visiting Slovak counterpart, Boris Frlec, discussed the conflict in Yugoslavia.

    Romania's integration to NATO is the main goal of the Bucharest's foreign policy, which supports the Alliances operation plans facilitating their deployment.

    [15] NATO CONTINUED RAIDS AGAINST YUGOSLAVIA THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT

    NATO continued for the 71st consecutive night intense raids against targets in Serbia and Kosovo.

    According to the Yugoslav press agency "Tanjug", 10 missiles hit areas in Belgrade last night causing only material damages. There were explosions in the areas of Velica, Bostanica, and Iriski Venac, as well as in Lipovacka Suma and Ostruzancka Suma, south of Yugoslav capital.

    In Kosovo, only Pizren was hit during the night.

    Pristina information center said that throughout the night NATO planes lit up the sky of Pristina with devices which like self-luminous orange balls were slowly falling to the ground.

    [16] YUGOSLAV ARMY LOSSES MINIMAL ACCORDING TO YUGOSLAV GENERAL

    Yugoslav forces have suffered "minimal losses" from NATO air raids according to General Nebojsa Pavkovic, commander of the Third Army of Yugoslavia.

    Mr. Pavcovic did not give details on how many Yugoslav troops have been killed. He said that less than 1% of the Third Army's soldiers have been wounded, which accounts to 1800 people.

    He stressed that NATO has only managed to destroy military facilities, warehouses and barracks while the Yugoslav forces are very well prepared and have not suffered any losses.

    [17] NATO ADMITS UNINTENTIONAL BOMBING OF ALBANIAN TERRITORY

    NATO admitted that its fighters fired against Albanian territory close to the border with Kosovo, yesterday, while 50 people where in the area, including journalists.

    A NATO spokesman in Brussels said that some projectiles fell inside the Albanian territory when planes were attacking Yugoslav forces on mount Pastrik, in Kosovo, adding that it was not immediately known whether the area was hit and an Albanian bunker was blown. He stressed that the attack was "unintentional" and nobody has been hurt.

    Journalists, accompanied by Albanian troops and customs officials where inspecting the area around Morina which had been hit by NATO bombs on Monday night. According to the Yugoslav press agency, Tanjug, NATO planes had also hit the area around the town Gora, close to the Albanian-Yugoslav border.

    [18] CHERNOMIRDIN AHTISAARI CONTINUE TALKS IN BONN

    Viktor Chernomirdin and Marti Ahtisaari delayed their departure to Belgrade and continued talks in Bonn, on the Kosovo crisis.

    German Deputy Foreign Minister, Wolfgang Ischinger said that the two envoys decided to continue discussions in order to form a common position to be presented to the Yugoslav President, Slobodan Milosevic.

    German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder stressed that there has been "substantial progress in all areas, after a meeting with Chernomi`rdin and Ahtisaari with the participation of US Deputy Secretary Strobe Talbott.

    The two envoys are expected to hold negotiations with Slobodan Milosevic, which are believed to be crucial on the progress of the Kosovo problem.

    [19] KOHEN: NATO WILL NOT GIVE WAY ON THE ISSUE OF THE COMMAND OF THE PEACE FORCE

    NATO will not give in on the issue of the command of the peace force to be deployed in Kosovo, US Defense Secretary, William Kohen said today, stressing that the core of this force will be formed by NATO troops.

    Commenting on the letter addressed to his German counterpart by the Yugoslav Foreign Minister, Zivadin Jovanovic, asking for an immediate end of the air raids, Kohen noted that the strikes will continue until Belgrade fully complies to every term set by the G- 8 meeting.

    [20] RUSSIA AND CHINA DEMAND AN END TO NATO BOMBINGS

    Russia and China condemn the barbaric attack against Yugoslavia and demand that NATO stop the raids imeediately, said Russian and Chinese Foreign Ministers Igor Ivanov and Tang Ziaxuan, who stressed that this is an "indispensable condition" for achieving a political settlement of the Kosovo crisis.

    Meanwhile Moscow and Beijing agree that the United Nations should play a more active role in the settlement process and that the opinion of Belgrade should be taken into account.

    [21] BULGARIAN PREMIER TO VISIT MOSCOW

    Bulgarian Premier, Ivan Kostov will pay an official visit to Moscow on June 6 and 7, where he is expected to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Stepashin.

    The two premiers will discuss Bulgaria's and Russia's bilateral relations as well as the Kosovo crisis.

    Kostov will be accompanied by Bulgaria's Deputy Premier, Evgeni Bakarziev, and Ministers of Agriculture, Vedislav Varbanoc and Justice, Vasil Gochev.

    [22] PLANES WILL DROP FOOD TO KOSOVO REFUGEES

    Four thousand packages containing food will be dropped down to the refugees in Kosovo by aircrafts of the international organization for assistance IRC.

    The operation, which has not been approved by the Yugoslav authorities, will last one month it is funded by the American government. Planes will take off from Italy twice a day in order to throw food to the refugees.

    IRC has announced that it will also throw flyers to inform people who have fled their homes seeking refuge in the mountains of Kosovo.

    [23] INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL DECIDES ON YUGOSLAVIA VS NATO CASE

    The International Tribunal of Justice in Hague is expected to issue an interlocutory decision today, concerning Yugoslavia's request that NATO bombings should stop.

    The Yugoslav government appealed to the International Tribunal on April 29th, accusing 10 NATO member-states of genocide, asking immediate measures to end the bombings. During the hearing process, Yugoslavia's advocate argued that NATO raids violate international laws as well as the UN Charter.

    According to BBC reports, legal experts in Hague note that this is going to be a very complicated case but they estimate that the Court is unlikely to satisfy Yugoslavia's demands.

    [24] RUSSIA: NEW PROPOSALS MADE BY TALBOTT "UNACCEPTABLE"

    New proposals made by the US Deputy Secretary of State, Strobe Talbott, are "partially unacceptable", aide to Russian envoy, Viktor Chernomirdin said today.

    Valentin Sergeyev did not reveal what the proposals were but he noted that "these were not previously agreed" and are "partially unacceptable".

    [25] KURDS AGREE TO END HOSTILITIES AGAINST TURKEY

    The Kurd Workers Party has announced its consent to its leader's Abdullah Ocalan call for an end to the hostilities against Turkey, in a statement issued by the party's leadership.

    The Kurd Workers Party has been fighting against the Turkish army since 1984, aiming to set up an independent Kurd state. More than 30.000 people were killed during the conflicts, including Turkish soldiers, Kurd fighters and civilians.

    [26] CHERNOMIRDIN'S-AHTISAARI'S VISIT TO BELGRADE UNCERTAIN

    It remains uncertain whether Viktor Chernomirdin and Marti Ahtisaari will eventually fly to Belgrade, Russian envoy's aide, Valentin Sergeyev said today.

    Their visit to the Yugoslav capital depends on the results of the negotiations held now in Bonn between the two envoys and the US Deputy Secretary of State, Strobe Talbott.

    [27] THE NEW PROPOSALS BY TALBOTT CONCERN THE END OF THE BOMBING AND THE RETURN OF THE REFUGEES

    The proposals by US assistant secretary of state Strobe Talbott concern the date when the NATO bombing will end and the return of the refugees to their homes, stated Valedin Sergeyev assistant of Russian mediator Victor Chernomyrdin.

    Mr. Sergeyev stated that the Americans have presented new demands during the talks with Chernomyrdin and Finnish president Maarti Ahtisaari adding that the new proposals are not valid from a military standpoint.

    Mr. Sergeyev stressed that the two diplomats must go to Belgrade with realistic and acceptable proposals and solutions, pointing out that the talks will continue without ruling out the likelihood for the visit of the two diplomats to the Yugoslav capital to be canceled.

    [28] THE INTERNATIONAL COURT REJECTED YUGOSLAVIA'S DEMAND FOR THE END OF THE BOMBING

    The International Court of Justice in The Hague rejected Yugoslavia's demand for the temporary interruption of the NATO bombing with 12 votes to 4.

    Meanwhile, NATO bombarded the Yugoslav capital again at noon today. The allied aircraft hit the military airport of Batanica, while a big fire is burning in New Belgrade.

    According to the Yugoslav news agency "Tanjug", Serb Air Force deputy chief Ljubisa Velikovic was killed during a NATO attack, while he was inspecting defense positions in the war front.

    [29] BELGRADE SEES POSITIVELY THE DEPLOYMENT OF A PEACEKEEPING FORCE UNDER SPECIFIC PRE-CONDITIONS

    A representative of the Yugoslav government reiterated that Belgrade is ready to accept a peacekeeping force under the pre- condition that in it will not be included countries that participated in the operations against Yugoslavia.

    In an interview with the BBC, the Yugoslav foreign ministry spokesman stated that the Belgrade government is open regarding the composition of the peacekeeping force in Kossovo which however, should be discussed by the Yugoslav authorities and the United Nations.

    [30] THE TALKS OF CHERNOMYRDIN-AHTISAARI-TALBOTT CONTINUE

    The talks of Russian mediator Victor Chernomyrdin with Finnish president Maarti Ahtisaari and US assistant secretary of state Strobe Talbott continue in Bonn as Mr. Talbott has presented new proposals for the solution of the Yugoslav problem.

    The Russian mediator and the Finnish president are expected to go to Belgrade today to meet with Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic. It should be noted that the two envoys were planning to leave for the Yugoslav capital this morning.

    [31] THE EU HAS DECIDED TO DESTROY THE CONTAMINATED BELGIAN PRODUCTS

    The European Union special committee has decided the withdrawal from the market and the destruction of all the Belgian poultry, eggs and food products made of eggs.

    A representative of the EU agriculture committee stated that the decision provides for the destruction of all the food products made from January 1 to June 1 and their ingredients that come from farms where the chickens were fed with animal feed that included dioxin.

    [32] URANIUM 238 IN THE NATO MISSILES THAT DROPPED ON BULGARIAN TERRITORY

    Uranium 238 was detected in the "Harm" type NATO missiles that dropped near the Gorna Bagna suburb of Sofia and at a small distance from the village of Ljulin near the Bulgarian capital. The information is reported by the Bulgarian newspaper "24 Hours" citing the outcome of an investigation by the international organization "Greenpeace" that was published in the Russian newspaper "Moskovskje Novosti".

    It should be stressed that dangerous concentrations of a chemical substance have been detected in Bulgaria, FYROM, Romania, Hungary and Albania after the NATO bombing of the oil refineries in Serbia.

    This substance is in the form of dust particles and can cause the inflammation of the respiratory system in humans, while in big quantities it can be poisonous. Its poisonous capacity usually is lost within 7 days, while in cases of large concentrations it is lost in 30-45 days.

    [33] AHTISAARI AND CHERNOMYRDIN LEAVE FOR BELGRADE THIS AFTERNOON

    The envoys of the European Union and Russia to the Balkans will leave this afternoon for Belgrade where they will have talks on Kossovo, according to Finnish president Maarti Ahtisaari.

    After the talks he had with Russian special envoy to the Balkans Victor Chrnomyrdin and US assistant secretary of state Strobe Talbott, Mr. Ahtisaari pointed out that there was progress in the talks he characterized as extremely good.

    He also underlined that he will brief on the outcome of the Belgrade talks the EU leaders meeting in Cologne, Germany tomorrow and on Friday.


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