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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-07-08
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 8, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 FIRE AT THESSALONIKI'S SEIH SOU FOREST IS NOW UNDER CONTROL
Thessaloniki, July 8 (MPA)The fire that turned to ashes one of Thessaloniki's largest sources of oxygen, the Seih Sou forest, has been contained after having raged for two continuous days. Over 10,000 stremmata (about 40,000 acres) of forest area have burned, according to official estimates.
The blaze broke out on Sunday afternoon and, although it had subsided, rekindled on Monday, aided by strong winds that measured seven on the Beaufort scale. According to the Minister of Agriculture Stephanos Tzoumakas, the fire was the work of arsonists.
A delegation of Ministers is to arrive in Thessaloniki today in order to assess the extent of the damage.
The Minister Of Macedonia-Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos has stressed that the existing laws will be strictly enforced so that the burned area will not be bulldozed and at the same time the State is to embark on flood prevention measures.
 NATO SUMMIT BEGINS IN MADRID TODAY
Madird, July 8 (MPA)Greece's Premier Kostas Simitis is currently in Madrid, in order to participate at the NATO Summit which started at the Spanish capital today.
In their opening speeches, Spanish Premier Jose Maria Asnar and NATO's Secretary-General Javier Solana stressed the need for the Alliance to create conditions of security and stability in Europe. Mr. Simitis referred to NATO's expansion and supported that Romania, Bulgaria and Slovania should gain accession to the Alliance through a form of defense cooperation and their inclusion in the European structure.
Currently, there is a proposal for the establishment of four NATO headquarters in Greece, Turkey, Spain and Italy.
The main items on the agenda will be the Alliance's enlargement and new structure, although it does not appear likely that decisions will be taken on the new structure.
Turkey is to be represented at the Summit by Turkish President Suleiman Demirel and new Foreign Minister Ismail Jem. The latter met this morning wth Greece's Foreign Minster Thedoros Pangalos.
 CYPRIOT PRESIDENT CLERIDES IN NEW YORK, TO MEET WITH HOLBROOKE
New York, July 8 (MPA)The President of the Republic of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides is currently in New York, in order to participate at tomorrow's direct talks with Turkish-Cypriot President Rauf Denktash.
Mr. Clerides is to meet this evening with the United States Presidential envoy for the Cyprus issue Richard Holbrooke.
 ALBANIA: FATOS NANO TO FORM GOVERNMENT BY JULY 25
Tirana, July 8 (MPA)The leader of Albania's Socialist Party Fatos Nano, who won last Sunday's Parliamentary elections, has expressed the hope that he will be able to form a new government by July 25.
The President of Albania's Democratic Party Tritan Sehu announced yesterday his resignation from the post.
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