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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-07-03
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
BRIEF GREEK NEWS BULLETIN BY MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY
Thessaloniki, July 3, 1997
 STOYANOV-KAKLAMANIS MEETING IN ATHENS
Athens 3 July (MPA)Bulgarian President Petar Stoyanov met with Greek Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis in a cordial and friendly atmosphere and was established that Greece and Bulgaria have achieved significant results in the sector of bilateral cooperation, while it was confirmed that their friendly relations are developing in a satisfactory pace to the benefit of both countries.
The Greek Parliament President pledged that Greece will offer every possible assistance for the materialization of Bulgaria's request to become part of the European structures.
Mr.Stoyanov stated that his country will need the help of its friends in its effort to become a member of the EU and NATO. Both parties agreed to promote bilateral agreements for the regulation of the waters of Nestos River and the opening of three new crossings at the Greek-Bulgarian borders.
Mr.Kaklamanis also pledged that the Greek Parliament will ratify without a delay all the agreements that will be signed between the two countries in the economic and political sector.
Regarding the Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipe line, mr.Stoyanov and mr.Kaklamanis both agreed that the work of the group of experts should be accelerated.
Also, it was stressed the need for the establishment of a Pan- European Security System with the participation of all the European countries, while mr.Kaklamanis stated that the close relations between Greece and Bulgaria are a factor of stability and security in the Balkans.
 THE BULGARIAN PRESIDENT IS IN THESSALONIKI
Thessaloniki 3 July (MPA)Bulgarian President Petar Stoyanov is expected in Thessaloniki today and he is scheduled to meet with Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos, who will give a formal dinner in his honour. Tomorrow, the Bulgarian President will visit Mount Athos.
Yesterday, mr.Stoyanov met with President Kostis Stephanopoulos. The two presidents declared their wish for the materialization of the agreements regarding the regulation of the waters of Nestos River and expressed the belief that the construction of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipe line should be promoted.
 US INTEREST IN THE CLERIDES-DENKTASH DIRECT TALKS
Nicosia 3 July (MPA)The United States are expecting with great interest the Clerides-Denktash direct talks that will begin in New York on July 9.
Mr.Clerides stated that the issue of Cyprus' accession into the European Union will not be discussed in the direct talks. The United Nations document that will be presented to mr.Clerides and mr.Denktash will mention different views and will include points of reference that are related with the direct negotiations.
 THE SOCIALIST PARTY GOT 52% OF THE VOTES IN THE ALBANIAN ELECTIONS
Tirana 3 July (MPA)In Albania, the election results in 81 of the 115 constituencies were announced. The Socialist Party got 52% of the votes, while President Berisha's Democratic Party 26,32%, the pro- monarchist 3,66% and the Union of Human Rights 2,59%.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Baskim Fino reacted strongly to the fleeing of former Minister of Public Order mr.Tselio, who is regarded as one of Berisha's men.
The Albanian President stated in an interview yesterday that he will resign when he decides that the right time has come.
 FAVOURABLE COMMENTS ON THE NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE IN THE NEWSPAPER "FINANCIAL TIMES"
London 3 July (MPA)The newspaper "Financial Times" welcomed with favourable comments the modernization efforts made by the National Bank of Greece giving a special emphasis to its Balkan profile.
The newspaper writes that the National Bank of Greece attempts to change its image, as the museum of the Greek banking system and is trying to reorganize within the framework of the government efforts for the modernization of the "wasteful" public sector.
In the article is also mentioned that the National Bank of Greece intends to focus its activities in the Balkans and already it has opened branches in Bulgaria, Romania and Albania aimed at strengthening the Greek trade and investments, while it plans to open branches in Istanbul and Skopje.
 THE EXHIBITION OF MOUNT ATHOS RELICS IS A PRICELESS CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORLD OF ART, WRITES A BELGIAN NEWSPAPER
Brussels 3 July (MPA)Belgian newspaper "De Financieel Economische Tidj" characterizes the exhibition of Mount Athos relics in Thessaloniki, which is organized within the framework of the Cultural Capital of Europe events, as a priceless contribution to the world of art.
The article's writer ms.Els Hanappe, stresses that the priceless collection of Mount Athos relics is being exhibited for the first time since the founding of the first monastery in Mount Athos, 10 centuries ago.
 THE JULIUS CAESAR TRILOGY IS THE OFFICIAL PARTICIPATION OF JAPAN IN THE CULTURAL CAPITAL OF EUROPE EVENTS
Thessaloniki 3 July (MPA)An avant-garde theater performance will visit Thessaloniki within the framework of Japan's official participation in the Cultural Capital of Europe events.
The "Julius Caesar Trilogy" is a co-production of the theaters Dy Sygne and Halyu-za Company and directors are Tensuo Anzai and J.A.Seaser.
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