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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-07-04
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 4, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 THE GREEK POSITIONS THAT WILL BE PRESENTED IN THE NATO SUMMIT IN MADRID WERE DISCUSSED BY THE GOVERNMENT
Athens 4 July (MPA)The Greek positions that will be presented during the NATO summit in Madrid next Tuesday and Wednesday were discussed in a Governmental Committee meeting in Athens, presided over by Prime Minister Kostas Simitis.
In the meeting was concluded that Greece will back the accession of Balkan countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and Slovenia into NATO, while it will seek the adoption of a clause that will enable other Balkan countries to become NATO members in the future. Also, it was discussed the proposal for the establishment of four NATO headquarters in Greece, Turkey, Spain and Italy.
Meanwhile, the Governmental Council of Foreign Affairs and Defense met later in the afternoon and discussed the situation in Albania as well as, the situation at the Greek-Albanian borders and the straits of Corfu, Igumenitsa and Albania. It was decided that the Greek forces should remain in a state of preparedness as the situation in the region is still tense.
 NO BRITISH BEEF HAS BEEN IMPORTED ILLEGALLY TO THE GREEK MARKET
Thessaloniki 4 July (MPA)Greek Undersecretary of Agriculture Vasilis Geranides stated today that no british beef has been illegally imported to the Greek market, based on data provided by the veterinary agencies in the country.
Mr.Geranides spoke of implications on the relations of Britain with the rest EU member-states as a result of the revelations and also, of the likelihood of sanctions that will be imposed on Britain, if it is established that the 1.600 tons of british beef, allegedly exported from the country, in spite of the ban imposed due the "mad cow" disease, have ended up in European Union countries.
 INFLATION SHOWED A SLIGHT INCREASE IN JUNE
Athens 4 July (MPA)Inflation showed a slight increase in June and closed at 5,5% from 5,4% in the previous month.
The increase is attributed mainly to the rise in the prices of fresh fruit and vegetables.
 THE BULGARIAN PRESIDENT IS IN MOUNT ATHOS
Thessaloniki 4 July (MPA)The President of Bulgaria is visiting Mount Athos today. Mr.Petar Stoyanov visited the Bulgarian monastery and in the afternoon he will return to Sofia. The Bulgarian President pledged that the Book of Paisios will be returned to the church of Agios Georgios in the Monastery of Zografou from where it was stolen in the '80's. The historic manuscript is exhibited in the National Museum of Sofia since last year.
Yesterday, mr.Stoyanov attended a formal dinner given in his honour by Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos. The Bulgarian President and his wife also visited the exhibition of relics from Mount Athos held in Thessaloniki.
 THE GREEK POSITIONS ON THE MORATORIUM ARE FIRM
Athens 4 July (MPA)For as long as Turkey follows an aggressive policy toward Greece there can be no moratorium, stated the Greek government spokesman.
Mr.Reppas reminded the Greek proposal for a three-month moratorium in the Aegean during the summer months, which is in accordance with International Law and common sense.
 THE US SUPPORT THE CLERIDES-DENKTASH DIRECT TALKS ON CYPRUS
Washington 4 July (MPA)The US State Department with a statement confirms Washington's support to the Clerides-Denktash direct talks on Cyprus.
The US State Department calls on the two sides and all the interested parties to work hard to start a process that will bridge the differences separating them, while it is stressed that the basic goal of this process remains a comprehensive solution that will establish a two-zone, two-community federation in Cyprus.
The United States also express the hope that the New York meeting will serve as a basis for further negotiations during this year and the following one, while in the statement is also mentioned that US special envoy Richard Holbrooke will have private and separate meetings with the two leaders before the opening of the talks.
US State Department spokesman Nicolas Burns stressed that his country wants to offer every posible support to the UN for the promotion of a good basis for those talks.
 THE PRESIDENT OF THE SERB REPUBLIC OF BOSNIA DECIDED THE DISSOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT
Pale 4 July (MPA)President of the Serb Republic of Bosnia ms.Biljana Plavsic decided the dissolution of Parliament and the holding of early elections on September 1.
Meanwhile, the NATO peace-keeping forces got orders to arrest former Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and former Bosnian- Serb army commander general Ratko Mladic, who are accused of war crimes.
 A HEATWAVE IS EXPECTED TO HIT GREECE THIS WEEKEND
Thessaloniki 4 July (MPA)A new heatwave is expected to hit Greece this weekend and in many regions the temperatures will be over 40 degrees Celsius, while in Thessaloniki the thermometer is expected to reach the 38 degrees mark.
City Halls, hospitals and the air-conditioned public buildings in general, will be open for the people, while according to the weather forecast temperatures will start to go down on Monday.
 GREEK HUMANITARIAN AID TO THE BOSNIAN-SERB TOWN OF DOBOI
Belgrade 4 July (MPA)Humanitarian aid that includes clothing and foodstuffs arrived yesterday in the Bosnian-Serb town of Doboi accompanied by a delegation from the municipality of Peristeri in Athens.
Mayor of Peristeri Giorgos Panopoulos, who is heading a 10- member delegation, was welcomed by his counterpart in Doboi mr.Drago Ljubitsic.
Mr.Ljubitsic stated that the friendly ties between the Greeks and the Serbs will last for ever and no one will be able to interrupt them.
 AN AMERICAN SPACE CRAFT IS EXPECTED TO LAND ON PLANET MARS TONIGHT
Washington 4 July (MPA)An american unmanned space craft is expected to land on planet Mars at 8pm tonight, Greek time, within the framework of a NASA mission that could open the way for the planet's exploration by man.
A special space vehicle will take pictures and collect samples of rocks and dust from the surface of the "red planet", while the data gathered will be transmitted through the international computer network Internet to millions of users all over the world.
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