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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-07-14
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 14, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 PRESIDENT OF GREECE TO MEET WITH PRIME MINISTER
Athens, July 14 (MPA)The President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos is to meet today with the Prime Minister Kostas Simitis from whom he will be briefed on the recently-signed Simitis-Demirel communique at the Madrid-held NATO Summit.
In turn, President Stephanopoulos will meet with the minor opposition party leader Nikos Konstantopoulos of the Coalition of the Left and Progress.
Also, the Greek-Turkish relations will be the focus of talks during this evening's session of the ruling PASOK party's Executive Bureau. A.F.
 PREMIER TO EXAMINE COURSE OF STATE'S ECONOMY
Athens, July 14 (MPA)Prime Minister Kostas Simitis is to examine the course of the economy and the regulation of the state's budget for 1998, during a meeting he will head tomorrow with the Minister of National Economy Yiannos Papantoniou and the Bank of Greece's governor Lukas Papademas.
On Wednesday, Mr. Papantoniou is to chair a meeting of the government's finance committee. A.F.
 GREECE'S DEPUTY FM YIANNOS KRANIDIOTIS TO TOUR MIDDLE EAST THIS WEEK
Athens, July 14 (MPA)Greece's under-secretary of Foreign Affairs Yiannos Kranidiotis is to embark on a five-day tour of Middle East capitals tomorrow, according to a Ministry announcement.
Mr. Kranidiotis will visit Cairo, Alexandria, Beirut, Damascus and Amman, where he will hold talks with government officials.
According to the Greek Ministry, Mr. Kranidiotis' visit falls within the framework of Greece's desire to be engaged more actively in the Middle East process, both within the framework of European Union initiatives, as well as on a bilateral basis.
The deputy minister will also meet with church leaders and representatives of the Greek communities of those cities. A.F.
 EU REPORT SAYS TURKEY IS NOT READY FOR EU ACCESSION TALKS
Brussels, July 14 (MPA)The European Union's "Agenda 2000" report, to be published on Wednesday, states that Turkey's present political and economic state doesn't allow it for embarking on negotiations for accession to the EU.
According to the report, Turkey may satisfy the standards features of democracy, such as an elected government and a Parliament, but the Turkish administration cannot guarantee its adaptation to EU acquis, at least not yet.
In regards to Greek-Turkish relations, the report states that the tension in the Aegean can be overcome on the basis of international law and by seeking recourse to arbitration bodies, such as the International Court at The Hague. A.F.
 BRITISH PREMIER TO MEET WITH CYPRIOT PRESIDENT TOMORROW
Nicosia, July 14 (MPA)The President of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides and the British Prime Minster Toni Blair are to meet in London tomorrow in order to discuss the results of the direct talks held in New York between President Clerides and the leader of the Turkish-Cypriots Rauf Denktash.
According to the British High Commissioner to Nicosia David Madden, tomorrow's meeting will take place in order for the British government to be informed on the direct talks and assess the developments of the Cyprus issue."
This will be the first meeting between Mgrs. Clerides and Blair. A.F.
 CYPRIOT PRESIDENT GLAFKOS CLERIDES TO MEET WITH RICHARD HOLBROOKE
New York, July 14 (MPA)The United States presidential envoy for the Cyprus issue Richard Holbrooke is to meet with the President of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides and the Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash in New York today.
The special adviser to the UN Secretary-General N. Cordoves will brief the Security Council's five permanent members on the results of the first round of direct talks.
Last night, President Clerides met with the British envoy for the Cyprus issue Sir David Hannay. A.F.
 EU COMMISSION RULES OUT TURKEY'S ACCESSION TO EU
Brussels, July 14 (MPA)The European Commission has ruled out Turkey's accession to the European Union in the near future.
In Ankara, Mesut Yilmaz's new government received the vote of confidence from Parliament.
Yesterday, Mr. Yilmaz visited the grave of Kemal Ataturk, wanting to illustrate his intention to stay true to the path drawn by the creator of the modern Turkish state. A.F.
 TURKISH PRESS: SIMITIS-DEMIREL COMMUNIQUE CREATES DETENTE IN TURKEY-US TIES
Ankara, July 14 (MPA)The recently-signed communique between Greek Premier Kostas Simitis and Turkish President Suleiman Demirel has resulted in a detente in the relations between Ankara and Washington, according to the Turkish press.
Ankara's daily "Hurriyet" writes that the United States are to end the disguised embargo they applied towards Turkey, claiming the tension in the Aegean, while Turkey is lifting the embargo it had imposed on US arms companies, barring them from participating in bids. A.F.
 BOSNIA: DOUBTFUL THAT PLAVSIC-CRAISNIC TALKS WILL CONTINUE
Belgrade, July 14 (MPA)It is doubtful that talks will continue in Banja Luca today between the President of the Serb Republic of Bosnia Bljiana Plavsic and the member of the Bosnian-Serbs in Bosnia's collective Presidium Momcilo Craisnic, an effort to settle the crisis that has erupted in the leadership of the Bosnian-Serbs.
The talks began on Saturday but were interrupted yesterday when Ms. Plavsic became ill.
Mr. Craisnic expressed his doubt over Ms. Plavsic's illness and stated that he will wait until today and "if Ms. Plavsic does not attend the meeting, then she will bear full responsibility for not resolving the differences." A.F.
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