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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-07-16
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 16, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 FINANCE & NATIONAL ECONOMY MINISTER: THERE WILL BE NO NEW MEASURES
Athens, July 16 (MPA)The year's first discussion for 1998's budget is to be held today in a session held by the government's economy and finance ministries, with the participation of the Bank of Greece's governor who said that all exchanges to and from Greece will be freed within the month of July.
The Minister of National Economy and Finance Yiannos Papantoniou has stated that the government's economic planning will not deviate from its course and no new measures will be enacted during 1997. A.F.
 THE PREMIER BRIEFED ON SEIKH-SOU FIRE BY MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE
Athens, July 16 (MPA)The Minister of Agriculture Stefanos Tzoumakas was received by the Prime Minister Kostas Simitis today whom he briefed on the recent fire that burned down two-thirds of Thesslaoniki's Seikh Sou forest.
Mr. Tzoumakas and the Premier also discussed the resignation submitted after the fire by the Forestry Secretary-General Elias Beriatos, which was not accepted.
When asked if the Premier supports the Ministry's policy, Mr. Tzoumakas responded "of course." A.F.
 EUROPEAN COMMISION CONFIRMS CYPRUS' ACCESSION COURSE TO THE EU
Brussels, July 16 (MPA)The European Commission has confirmed Cyprus' accession course to the European Union, thereby separating this process from the resolvement of the Cyprus issue and the result of the direct talks held between the President of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides and the leader of the Turkish-Cypriots Rauf Denktash.
In its "Agenda 2000" report to the European Parliament's plenary session today, the Commission states that resolving the issue of the divided island is not viewed as a condition to be overcome for Cyprus' accession negotiations. A.F.
 RICHARD HOLBROOKE TO EMBARK ON EUROPEAN TOUR FOR CYRPUS ISSUE
Washington, July 16 (MPA)The US State Department spokesperson Nicholas Burns has confirmed the European tour to be conducted by the US presidential envoy to Cyprus Richard Holbrooke during the last week of July.
The aim of this tour will be to promote the Cyprus issue, but Mr. Holbrooke is not to visit Athens, Nicosia and Ankara prior to the second round of the Clerides-Denktash talks, which will be held at Geneva in August. A.F.
 BRITISH DEPUTIES EXPRESS CONTAINED OPTIMISM OVER CYPRUS ISSUE
London, July 16 (MPA)British parliamentarians have expressed their contained optimism over the creation of the proper grounds for resolving the Cyprus issue, during an event organised at the House of Commons by the National Cypriot Federation of Great Britain, on the occassion of the 23rd anniversary since the Turkish invasion of the island.
Over half of the thirty deputies who attended the event also expressed their optimism that the United States will contribute in the efforts to find a solution to the Cyprus issue and that the island's negotiations for accession to the EU will constitute a motive for reaching a solution.
The Labour Party deputies has expressed their certainty that the British government will grant its help towards this direction, while they also stated that the efforts exerted by the US and the EU for influencing Ankara should be synchronised. A.F.
 BRITAIN IS IN FAVOR OF CYPRUS' ACCESSION TO THE EU
London, July 16 (MPA)The British government is supportive of Cyprus' accession to the European Union, stated the President of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides who was received yesterday evening by British Premier Toni Blair in London.
President Clerides analysed the facets of the Cyprus issue to the British premier and outlined the proposals that will help in overcoming the problem. A.F.
 GIANNI VERSACE MURDERED IN MIAMI, SHOT IN THE HEAD AT CLOSE RANGE
Miami, July 16 (MPA)Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered yesterday outside his villa in Miami, US.
According to police reports, the 50-year-old Versace was shot in the head at close range as he was exiting his house. Eyewitness reports say that it was a Caucasian male, about 25 years old, who shot the victim. A.F.
 EUROPEAN COMMISSION WITHDRAWS CLAIM AGAINST GREECE ON SHIPYARDS
Brussels, July 16 (MPA)The European Commission has withdrawn the claim it was to file with the European Court against Greece on the Skaramanga Shipyards.
The EC has accepted the cancellation of the shipyards' debt and has proceeded to approving GRD 7.8Bn in investment aid, within the framework of the Ministerial Council's decision to grant financial support to Greek, German and Spanish shipyards that are currently undergoing restructuring. A.F.
 ALBANIA: NEW FOREIGN POLICY TO FEATURE EUROPEAN ORIENTATION
Tirana, July 16 (MPA)Albania's newly-elected government of Fatos Nano is to proceed to a series of changes, among them endowing the country's foreign policy with a European orientation, according to the future Foreign Minister Paskal Milo.
In an interview he granted to the British daily "The Independent", Mr. Milo stated that the country's new policies will be shaped "in the Foreign Ministry's offices, not in other offices, such as, for example, the Presidential Mansion."
In regards to Albania's relations with neighboring countries, Mr. Milo stressed that the basic aim will be to overcome the climate of mistrust and to realistically examine the opportunities for collaboration, "based on the national interests and the interests of economic development and strengthening of the Albanian state." A.F.
 TURKISH AMBASSADOR TO LONDON SPEAKS ON DEMIREL-SIMITIS COMMUNIQUE
London, July 16 (MPA)The Turkish Ambassador to London Ozdem Saberg has expressed his conviction that the communique signed in Madrid between the Greek Premier Kostas Simitis and the Turkish President Suleiman Demirel will mark the beginning of improvement in the Greek- Turkish relations.
Speaking to the BBC's radio broadcast, the Turkish diplomat stated that "we believe that the views for the relations between the two countries have changed."
Mr. Saberg stated that the Madrid Communique constitutes a significant development since there will be no unilateral acts in the Aegean.
"There is a clear framework which determines the Aegean's status quo, based on the Lausanne Accord of 1923, as well as based on other agrements, following 1923 which have been ratified by Turkey and Greece.
"I am certain that the relations between the two countries will improve. Turkey aims for pace and stability. Its aim is to achieve friendship with Greece and we have always tried to get this message across, a message of dialogue and friendship to the Greeks."
Commenting on the Greek Premier's proposal for a step-by-step approach in resolving Greek-Turkish differences, Mr. Saberg stated "of coure we support this effort and we do not rule out any whatsoever attempt to resolve the problems that would be to the benefit of both peoples."
The Turkish Ambassador added that all the issues concerning the Aegean Sea should be dealt with in whole, and added that "the best for both countries would be to follow the procedures outlined by the United Nations Charter in regards to resolving differences between countries. This means that Greece and Turkey should try and reach a settlement through dialogue, negotiations, making good use of the services of a third country or a mediator, and, indeed, seeking recourse at the International Court. All of these ways are acceptable and necessary. But we must only count on one specific process."
In regards to the Cyprus issue, the Turkish Ambassador expressed the hope that the direct talks between the President of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides and the leader of the Turkish-Cypriots Rauf Denktash.
While he expressed his concern over Cyprus' armament program, he also ruled out the possibility that the Turkish troops will be withdrawn from the island if the Turkish-Cypriot community does not first feel that it can live peacefully and with threats. A.F.
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