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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-07-02
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
BRIEF GREEK NEWS BULLETIN BY MCEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY
Thessaloniki, July 2, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 TURKEY ANNOUNCES IT WILL TEMPORARILY HALT MILITARY EXERCISES IN AEGEAN
Athens, July 2 (MPA)The Turkish government has announced that it will temporarily halt its air and sea military exercises in the Aegean between July 1 and August 15, but the Greek government sceptically views this move as simply being a tactic to create impressions and not as a good-will decision.
The Turkish General Army Staff stated that it will continue its routine training exercises in the Aegean Sea. According to its announcement, these measures are in accordance with the initiatives taken by the United Nations Chief, aiming to reduce tension in the region.
The Greek government emphasized that it will fully observe the obligation to abstain from military exercises for a two-month period, as per the Papoulias-Yilmaz agreement. A.F.
 ABNA'S NEW PRESIDENT, MPA, READY FOR SERIES OF HIGH-PROFILE CONTACTS
Thessaloniki, July 2 (MPA)The Association of the Balkan News Agencies (ABNA), whose rotating presidency is now held by the MPA as of July 1, is to "catch the ball running" during its term, through conducting a series of contacts with Balkan Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Press, as well as with officials from various international organizations, in order to secure the grounded support of the initiatives it plans to undertake aiming for the development of inter-Balkan coopertation in the sectors of news and information exchange.
According to MPA's general director Spyros Kouzinopoulos, who was proclaimed term President of ABNA yesterday during the Conference of General Directors of ABNA, the primary contacts have already been scheduled with the Foreign Ministers of Bulgaria, Romania and FYROM, as well as with Serbia's Minister of Information.
Moreover, Mr. Kouzinopoulos stated that meetings are planned with the ministers of Foreign Affairs and Press of the remaining Balkan countries, as well as with the representatives of international organizations, such as the United Nations, UNESCO and the European Union.
Concurrenrtly, the president of ABNA announced that on September 7 and 8 the Balkan news agencies' technical directors are to meet in Thessaloniki, in order to be briefed on the operation of the Balkan News Bank which will be set up at the MPA's facilities, funded by the EU's Interreg-II program and which will be ready for operation in the end of August.
Also, the technical directors are to be informed on the DIAVLOS program, created by the MPA, which foresees the satellite link of all of the Balkan state-owned news agencies with the Balkan News Bank and Thessaloniki, the city which is to become the center of information for all of southeastern Europe's region.
Concern was voiced during the meeting as to whether or not the Balkan region's privately-owned news agencies should become part of ABNA. In order to form a framework that will determine the criteria based on which new members will enter ABNA, following a proposal submitted by the Athens News Agency, the request of the Turkish privately-owned news agency IHA to enter ABNA was shelved for discussion in the following November.
Also, ABNA appointed an auditing committee, which comprises the general director of Romania's ROMPRES Konstantin Badea and the Albanian news agency ATA gemeral director Ilir Zila, while the term of Stefan Velev, the organizing secretary of ABNA, was extended to one more year. A.F.
 BALKAN JOURNALISTS AGREE TO MEET ON AN ANNUAL BASIS
Thessaloniki, July 2 (MPA)The Macedonian Press Agency's two-day conference of Balkan journalists "Peace and Development in southeastern Europe: The role of the mass media" concluded yesterday in Thessaloniki where the participants agreed that the meeting should become an insitution and be held on an annual basis.
The chief editor of the FYROM daily ""Puls" Mirtce Tomofski proposed that a declaration be adopted on opening the borders to the region's journalists. A.F.
 PRESIDENT OF BULGARIA IN GREECE, TO VISIT THESSALONIKI TOMORROW
Thessaloniki, July 2 (MPA)The President of Bulgaria Petar Stoyanov arrived in Greece today, embarking on a three-day official visit on the invitation of Greek President Kostis Stephanopoulos.
President Stoyanov is scheduled to meet with his Greek counterpart and the Greek Premier Kostas Simitis, while he will also have talks with the leaders of the political opposition parties.
Tomorrow, President Stoyanov will be in Thessaloniki, while on Friday he will visit the monastic community of Mount Athos. A.F.
 CYPRIOT PRESIDENT GLAFKOS CLERIDES SATISFIED BY HIS CONTACTS IN ATHENSAthens, July 2 (MPA
The President of the Republic of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides has stated that he is quite pleased by the round of contacts he had in Athens with Greece's political leaders.
President Clerides confirmed that he is to meet with the US Presidential envoy for the Cyprus issue Richard Holbrooke on July 8 in New York.
The Cypriot President is to depart for the United States on July 6, where, between July 9 and 13, he will participate in the direct talks with the leader of the Turkish-Cypriots Rauf Denktash. A.F.
 ALBANIA: ELECTIONS OFFICIAL RESULTS TO BE OUT TODAY
Tirana, July 2 (MPA)The official results of Albania's parliamentary elections are to be announced today.
The first readings confirm the sweeping victory of the country's Socialist Party and that the Union of Human Rights Party has secured a voice in Parliament.
According to results read in 50 out of 115 electoral precincts, the Socialist Party has earned 47.6% of the votes, the Democratic Party 30%, the pro-monarchy faction three percent and the Greek minority's Union of Human Rights 2.21%.
The leader of the Socialist Party Fatos Nano has asked that President Sali Berisha, the leader of the Democratic Party, resign, emphasizing that this resignation will pave the way for democracy and peace in the country. A.F.
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