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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-07-09
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 9, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 GREECE AND TURKEY PROCEED TO NON-AGGRESSION PACT
Madrid, July 9 (MPA)Greece's Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, currently in Madrid participating at the NATO Summit which started at the Spanish capital yesterday, met with the President of Turkey Suleiman Demirel last evening and agreed on a statement that guides both countries to undertake efforts to promote bilateral relations which will be based on a mutual commitment to peace, security and continuous development of good neighbourly relations, respect for each country's sovereignty, respect for the principles of International Law and International Accords, respect for the lawful and viable interests of each country in the Aegean, which bear great significance for their security and national sovereignty.
Also, the statement reads that the relations will aim at avoiding unilateral acts so that conflicts due to misunderstanding will be avoided and aim to resolve their differences through peaceful means, based on mutual agreements and without the use of force or the threat thereof.
 GREEK PREMIER COMMENTS ON NON-AGGRESSION PACT
Madrid, July 9 (MPA)Commenting n the non-aggression pact signed between Greece and Turkey during yesterday's session of the NATO Summit in Madrid, Greece's Prime Mister Kostas Simitis stated that the common statement is a document of general principles that does not actually resolve specific issues, such as the Imia islets on which Athens insists for a step-by-step approach.
The Minister of Press and Media Dimitris Reppas characterised the common statement as a significant success for Greece, pointing out that Turkey has taken a vow before third parties to respect the international community.
Both Mr. Reppas and the alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou assessed that this development will have an overall affect on Greek-Turkish relations.
 STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SALUTES GREECE-TURKEY COMMON STATEMENT
Washington, July 9 (MPA)The US State Department spokesperson Nicholas Burns has characterised the common statement signed by the Prime Minister of Greece Kostas Simitis and the Turkish President Suleiman Demirel, concerning non-aggression acts between and from these countries, as a great step ahead.
Mr. Burns stated that the agreement is part of the American efforts being undertaken since the Imia crisis to create a climate of mutual trust a and respect between the two neighbouring countries, without the use of force or the threat thereof.
 CYPRUS SALUTES GREECE-TURKEY NON-AGGRESSION PACT
Nicosia, July 9 (MPA)The Cypriot government has saluted the non-aggression pact signed between Greece and Turkey, during the yesterday's session of the NATO Summit held in Madrid.
Cypriot government spokesperson Manolis Christofides also conveyed his government's hope that this development will bear a positive effedt on the direct talkto be held in New York today between the President of the Republic of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides and the Turkish-Cypriot President Rauf Denktash.
 CLERIDES-DENKTASH TALKS TO BEGIN IN NEW YORK TODAY
New York, July 9 (MPA)Direct talks between the President of the Republic of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides and the Turkish-Cypriot President Rauf Denktash are to be held in New York today. Yesterday, both men attended a dinner hosted in their honour by the Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan. United States Presidential envoy for the Cyprus issue Richard Holbrooke held separate meetings with Msrs. Clerides and Denktash yesterday evening.
The talks are to be continued during August in Switzerland, while the determining factor for a US initiative on the Cyprus issue will be Cyprus's presidential elections to be held the following spring.
 US STATE DEPARTMENT SUPPORTS DIRECT TALKS BETWEEN CLERIDES- DENKTASH
Washington, July 9 (MPA)US State Department has confirmed Washington's support to the Clerides-Denktash direct talks on Cyprus.
Through a recently-released statement, 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 the statement also mentions 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 Nicholas Burns stressed that his country wants to offer every possible support to the UN for the promotion of a good basis for those talks.
 FATOS NANO TO BE ALBANIA'S PREMIER, ACCORDING TO PRESS REPORTS
Tirana, July 9 (MPA)While the official results of Albania's parliamentary elections have not been published yet, the Albanian press has printed the names of the participants in the new cabinet.
According to the reports, the Socialist Party leader Fatos Nano is most likely to take over the Premiership, while the current Premier Bashkim Fino is deemed as the most likely candidate for President of Parliament.
 PAN-MACEDONIAN WORLD CONFERENCE IN THESSALONIKI ON JULY 20-27
Thessaloniki, July 9 (MPA)The 7th World Conference of the Pan-Macedonian Associations Abroad will be held in Thessaloniki on July 20-27, concurrent with celebrations that will honour the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Pan-Macedonian Association of America and Canada.
The formal opening of the World Conference, held every 4 years, and the 50th Conference of the Pan-Macedonian Association of America and Canada, will take place on July 20, while on July 27 the World Conference proceedings will be completed with the swearing-in ceremony of the newly-elected Council of the Pan- Macedonian Association of America and Canada.
 MEETING ON GREEK BUSINESS VENTURES IN BALKANS TO BE HELD TOMORROW
Thessaloniki, July 9 (MPA)Opportunities for the State to strengthen and encourage Greek businessmen to invest in countries of South-eastern Europe are to be examined in a meeting held by representatives of Greek Industries (SEV), approximately 40 bankers and other businessmen and the Greek Ministers of Development and Foreign Affairs, tomorrow Thursday in Thessaloniki.
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