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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-12-20

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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, December 20, 1999

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] EXPLOSION AT BANK RATTLES DOWNTOWN THESSALONIKI
  • [02] MILITARY SERVICE LENGTH TO BE REDUCED, ARMED FORCES TO GROW
  • [03] GREECE'S "MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERS" ON CHECHNYA MISSION
  • [04] GREEK HOSPITAL DOCTORS EMBARK ON TWO-DAY STRIKE TODAY
  • [05] BIG LOSSES IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [06] REPPAS: THE STOCK MARKET CAN HAVE A UPWARD COURSE
  • [07] THE TURKEY-HEN IS MORE EXPENSIVE THIS YEAR
  • [08] PASOK DEPUTY DIMITRIS TSETINES DIED FROM HEART FAILURE
  • [09] REPPAS: THE SOUFLIAS STATEMENT DOES NOT CONCERN THE GOVERNMENT
  • [10] MEETING OF THE FOREIGN MINISTERS OF GREECE AND CYPRUS IN ATHENS
  • [11] GREECE GOT A TWO-YEAR EXTENSION FOR THE USE OF LEADED GASOLINE BY OLD TECHNOLOGY CARS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [12] CYPRIOT FOREIGN MINISTER ARRIVES IN ATHENS TODAY
  • [13] RUSSIA: COMMUNISTS TAKE THE LEAD IN DUMA ELECTIONS
  • [14] GREEK AID TO ALBANIAN HEALTH SECTOR IS OVER GRD 3 BILLION
  • [15] TURKISH DEPUTY: HANG OCALAN, THEN ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY
  • [16] US CONGRESSMAN: RETURN PARTHENON MARBLES TO ATHENS
  • [17] GREEK-TURKISH INFORMATION FIRMS SHARE INTERNET WEB PAGE
  • [18] OTE-KPN BUYOUT OF BTC SAID TO BE ON THE VERGE OF SINKING
  • [19] THE COMMUNISTS LEAD THE ELECTION RACE IN RUSSIA - - - - - - - - - - - - -

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] EXPLOSION AT BANK RATTLES DOWNTOWN THESSALONIKI

    A strong explosion rattled the center of Thessaloniki this morning when a blast took place at the Labor Bank branch, causing material damages to the premises and cars parked near by.

    Thessaloniki's police chief stated that the explosive devise used by the culprits was of a massive quantity, although the police are concerned over not having located any signs of explosive mechanisms. As the blast occurred at the automatic teller machine, police are not sure whether they are dealing with a terrorist attack or an attempted bank heist.

    [02] MILITARY SERVICE LENGTH TO BE REDUCED, ARMED FORCES TO GROW

    Minister of National Defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos has announced that the government plans to reduce the length of compulsory military service, coupled by an expansion of the professional armed forces.

    Following the inauguration of a ministry exhibition in Thessaloniki yesterday, Mr. Tsochatzopoulos stated that a decision on the possible changes will be taken before the end of next year, a landmark year, as he said, for the reconstruction of the country's armed forces.

    [03] GREECE'S "MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERS" ON CHECHNYA MISSION

    The Greek branch of the "Doctors Without Borders" medical relief organization are to embark on a humanitarian aid mission to Chechnya tomorrow.

    Three members of the organization, aka "Medecins Sans Frontiers", who are working at Tbilisi will travel to northwest Georgia in order to document the needs of the Chechen refugees in the region.

    [04] GREEK HOSPITAL DOCTORS EMBARK ON TWO-DAY STRIKE TODAY

    Doctors employed by the country's state hospitals are embarking on a two-day strike today, demanding health fund increases and granting permanent status to their counterparts who hold lecturer positions.

    Public hospital staff are to also embark on a two-day strike tomorrow.

    [05] BIG LOSSES IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE

    Big losses of 3.63% were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index closed at 5.034,85 and the volume of transactions reached 234,3 billion drachmas.

    The investors' intentions were obvious from the start of the session when the majority of stocks were strongly pressured. Only 26 stocks closed with gains, 278 recorded losses, while 25 remained stable.

    In the secondary indexes all stocks recorded losses namely, the bank shares 2.50%, leasing 6.43%, investment 3.23%, industries 4.65%, constructions 6.86%, holdings 4.71% and parallel market 7.18%.

    [06] REPPAS: THE STOCK MARKET CAN HAVE A UPWARD COURSE

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas, responding to questions by reporters on the losses recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange, stated that the stock market can have an upward course in the immediate future.

    Mr. Reppas characterized as natural the fluctuations recorded and stated that the stock market must operate autonomously.

    [07] THE TURKEY-HEN IS MORE EXPENSIVE THIS YEAR

    The Christmas market is expecting the thirteenth wage received by employees as a Christmas present in order to boost its turnover, while the efforts of the ministry of development to keep the prices under control appear to have no results.

    The turkey-hen price is higher by 5-20% this year compared to last year, while all meat prices are high. Meanwhile, police patrol the market continuously to avert profiteering. The stores will be open today until 8:30 in the evening.

    [08] PASOK DEPUTY DIMITRIS TSETINES DIED FROM HEART FAILURE

    Governing socialist party of PASOK parliament deputy Dimitris Tsetines suffered a heart failure and died in Alexandra Hospital intensive care unit at 3:15pm today. According to hospital president Giorgos Velmachos all efforts made to revive him were unsuccessful.

    Dimitris Tsetines fell unconscious in parliament while delivering a speech on the new state budget and the parliament doctor made every effort to revive him. An ambulance was called immediately and rush him to a nearby hospital. As it was made known Dimitris Tsetines was feeling ill and was taking antibiotics.

    Dimitris Tsetines was elected in the north- eastern region of Rodopi and was born in 1937 in Mandra, Xanthi. He studied civil engineering in Gratz, Austria and was one of the founding members of PASOK's initiative group in the prefecture of Rodopi. He served as PASOK's prefecture committee secretary for a number of years and was a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece board of directors in the department of eastern Macedonia-Thrace in the period 1979- 1981.

    He was elected parliament deputy for the first time in 1989 and was re-elected in 1990, 1993 and 1996.

    He was married and had three daughters.

    [09] REPPAS: THE SOUFLIAS STATEMENT DOES NOT CONCERN THE GOVERNMENT

    The statement made by independent parliament deputy Giorgos Souflias that he will not run in the next parliamentary elections if they are held in March and also that he will not return to the right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy from where he was expelled, does not concern the government commented Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas.

    Mr. Reppas said that Mr. Souflias' views and decisions are respected, stressing that Mr. Souflias is an autonomous political personality and his moves are always interesting.

    [10] MEETING OF THE FOREIGN MINISTERS OF GREECE AND CYPRUS IN ATHENS

    The developments in the issue of Cyprus' EU accession course and the talks between the two communities in the island, dominated in the meeting of the foreign ministers of Greece and Cyprus Giorgos Papandreou and Yiannakis Kasoulides held in Athens today.

    In statements he made, Mr. Kasoulides characterized as positive the Helsinki EU Summit decision and added that a solution in the Cyprus problem can be reached only based on the UN Security Council resolutions. As it was made known, Mr. Papandreou is expected to go to Nicosia in January.

    Later, Mr. Papandreou met with president of Greek minority organization OMONIA in Albania Vagelis Dules and Human Rights Party president Vasilis Melos.

    [11] GREECE GOT A TWO-YEAR EXTENSION FOR THE USE OF LEADED GASOLINE BY OLD TECHNOLOGY CARS

    The European Commission granted a two-year extension to Greece, Italy and Spain for the use of leaded gasoline by old technology cars.

    According to the directive approved by the European Commission, leaded gasoline will stop being sold in the European Union member-states as of January 1, 2000. However, the measure does not concern Greece, Spain and Italy where it will be in effect starting on January 1, 2002. A similar regulation is in effect for Portugal and the overseas regions of France.

    As it was made known, there was panic in those countries as a result of misinformation while local businesses were not adequately prepared for the change. It should be noted that Greece had requested an extension for the use of leaded gasoline until 2005.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [12] CYPRIOT FOREIGN MINISTER ARRIVES IN ATHENS TODAY

    Cypriot Foreign Minister Yiannis Kasoulides will visit Athens today for talks with his Greek counterpart George Papandreou, according to press reports.

    Mr. Kasoulides is expected to brief Mr. Papandreou on the first round of proximity talks on the Cyprus issue, held in New York earlier this week. The Greek Foreign Minister will brief his Cypriot counterpart in turn on the decisions affecting Cyprus taken at last week's EU summit in Helsinki.

    [13] RUSSIA: COMMUNISTS TAKE THE LEAD IN DUMA ELECTIONS

    The Communist Party of the Russian Federation is now slightly ahead of the "Unity" bloc in the Duma elections, according to the latest wire report by the Itar-Tass news agency.

    As the news agency reports, 67.33 per cent of the ballots have been counted so far and 24.98 per cent of them were cast for the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, 24.94% for the Unity Bloc, 9.97% for the Fatherland--All Russia Movement, 8.7% for the Union of Right-Wing Forces, 6.42% for the Zhirinovsky Bloc, and 5.93% for Yabloko.

    [14] GREEK AID TO ALBANIAN HEALTH SECTOR IS OVER GRD 3 BILLION

    The Greek government has provided aid to Albania's health sector that amounts to more than three billion drachmas, for the time span between 1997-99.

    According to the Greek Embassy's press attaché in Tirana, N. Vlahakis, the aid amounted to 3.3 billion drachmas in the form of pharmaceutical supplies and medical care provided to Albanian nationals in Greek hospitals, as well as provisions of medical facilities to Albania.

    In an interview televised in Tirana, Mr. Vlahakis referred extensively to the assistance provided by the Greek Ministry of National Defense in the reformation of the Tirana Military Hospital as well as the Greek aid provided during the Kosovo crisis.

    [15] TURKISH DEPUTY: HANG OCALAN, THEN ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY

    Turkey should abolish the death penalty but only after the execution of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, the Turkish chairman of a joint EU-Turkey commission said in a newspaper interview today.

    As the French news agency AFP reported, Kursat Eser, a leading deputy of the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), a member of the coalition government told the "Hurriyet" daily "first execution. Then we can abolish the death penalty."

    Ocalan's fate has sparked a heated debate among politicians in Ankara, with the majority maintaining that hanging Ocalan will harm Turkey's interests, particularly its prospects for entry into the European Union.

    Turkey was declared a candidate for EU membership on December 11.

    [16] US CONGRESSMAN: RETURN PARTHENON MARBLES TO ATHENS

    US congressman Donald M. Payne, (10th District, New Jersey) is a proponent for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece, according to his letter to the editor published in the "Washington Post" wherein he points out that President Clinton recognizes the significance held by the Marbles, a symbol of democracy, for the cultural heritage of the United States and the international community.

    In the op-ed page, Congressman Payne writes that while opponents raise the false alarm that returning the Parthenon marbles to Athens would set the precedent for all the museums in the world to be emptied in rapid succession, the issue of the Parthenon marbles is unique.

    "The marbles--which were removed by Lord Elgin and taken to London in 1801-1816--are not merely statuary (movable decorative art) but integral, interdependent parts of the temple, which was built nearly 2,500 years ago by the original Periclean democracy. The British Museum acquired the marbles by an act of Parliament in 1816, but while Lord Elgin incurred enormous expense to remove them, the marbles were not legally purchased," he added.

    Furthermore, the congressman referred to the declarations issued by the The United Nations and the European Parliament urging the return of the marbles, while he also cited two recent polls which demonstrated that the British public favors reunification of the marbles.

    Congr. Payne stated that he plans to introduce legislation, the Parthenon Marbles Reunification Act, as soon as Congress reconvenes.

    [17] GREEK-TURKISH INFORMATION FIRMS SHARE INTERNET WEB PAGE

    Greek and Turkish information and high technology firms are expected to establish a mutual web page on the Internet, aiming at the exchange of information, while they will also embark on various projects aiming at the promotion of bilateral trade cooperation.

    The decisions were drawn during the "Turkish-Greek Forum of Information Society", which took place on the sidelines of the Istanbul-held "Bilisim" (Informatics) exhibition.

    Participants noted the need to improve cooperation between universities, as well as the linkage of academic and research networks for the application of research programs.

    [18] OTE-KPN BUYOUT OF BTC SAID TO BE ON THE VERGE OF SINKING

    The 51% buyout of Bulgaria's state-run telecommunications organization BTK by its Greek and Dutch counterparts, OTE and KPN respectively, is said to be on the verge of sinking, according to numerous press reports in Sofia, which quote government sources.

    According to the same sources, a new bidding period is to be assigned, this time accepting offers without the mediation of an consulting firm, while the Bulgarian government's economic staff are considering a reduction in BTC's shares package subject to privatization.

    [19] THE COMMUNISTS LEAD THE ELECTION RACE IN RUSSIA

    The Communist Party and the Unity Party give a close battle in the Russian parliamentary elections held yesterday.

    The Communists got 24.54% with 80% of the votes already counted, the Unity Party backed by president Boris Yeltsin and prime minister Vladimir Putin gets 23.92%, while third comes the Russia is our homeland party with 11.67% of the votes.

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