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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-07-17
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 17, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 THE VIOLATIONS OF THE GREEK AIR SPACE IN THE AEGEAN BY TURKISH AIRCRAFT IS IN CONFLICT WITH THE MADRID TEXT
Athens 17 July (MPA)Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas expressed the position that the recent violations of the Greek air space over the Aegean by Turkish fighter jets are in conflict with the spirit of the text that was signed in Madrid by Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis and Turkish President Suleiman Demirel.
Mr.Reppas stated that the phenomenon of Turkish military action in the region and that specific behaviour virtually exposes Ankara. He also called on Turkey to act in accordance with the spirit of the Madrid joint communique in order to be no obstacles in the course toward the improvement of the relations between Greece and Turkey.
 THE GRADUAL WITHDRAWAL OF THE GREEK MISSION FROM ALBANIA WILL START ON MONDAY
Athens 17 July (MPA)The gradual withdrawal of the Greek army units that participate in the multi-national force deployed in Albania will start on Monday.
As it was announced by the General Staff of National Defense, the withdrawal will be completed on August 8 and will take place with the assistance of the Greek Navy and Air Force, while certain units will return to Greece with military vehicles.
 THE TIGHT ECONOMIC POLICY WILL CONTINUE IN 1998
Athens 17 July (MPA)The tight economic policy, the curbing of inflation and the cuts in public spending are the main axes of the 1998 budget that was discussed yesterday for the first time by the Greek government's economic staff.
Minister of National Economy and Finance mr.Yiannos Papantoniou reiterated yesterday that there will be no new taxes in 1997.
 THE CONFERENCE OF THE PAN-MACEDONIAN ASSOCIATIONS IN THESSALONIKI
Thessaloniki 17 July (MPA)The first of the 400 delegates that will participate in the 7th World Conference of the Pan-Macedonian Associations, scheduled to take place on July 20-27, will arrive in Thessaloniki tomorrow.
The formal opening of the offices will be held on Sunday morning in the Aristotle University conference hall and the inauguration will be made by alternate Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou and World Council of Hellenes Abroad President Andrew Athens.
 CYPRUS CAN NOT BE THE HOSTAGE OF THE TURKISH POLICY
Athens 17 July (MPA)The formal announcement of the European Commission that Cyprus is included in the countries that will participate in the accession negotiations six months after the Inter-Governmental Conference, brought satisfaction to Greece and Cyprus.
Cyprus can not be the hostage of the Turkish policy, stated European Commissioner Hans Van Den Broek. According to the Dutch Commissioner, the decision for the opening of negotiations with Cyprus is not something new but it dates back to March of 1995.
 THE CYPRIOT PRESIDENT SENT A LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF FRANCE
Nicosia 17 July (MPA)The leader of the Socialist party of EDEK in Cyprus mr.Vassos Lyssarides will deliver a letter of Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides to French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin concerning the issue of Cyprus' accession into the European Union.
Mr.Lyssarides, who has already left for Paris, characterized the letter as "complete and with a special content", stressing that in it are presented all arguments supporting the reasons that make imperative Cyprus' accession into the European Union. He also added that those arguments are based on the unanimous decisions of the Cypriot National Council.
 A GROUP OF GREEK EURO-DEPUTIES MET WITH TURKISH PARLIAMENT DEPUTIES IN STRASBOURG
Strasbourg 17 July (MPA)A group of Greek Euro-Deputies met yesterday evening in Strasbourg with Turkish Parliament deputies, who participate in the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee. In the meeting were discussed the developments in the relations of the two countries and the prospects for a closer cooperation at least at the level of Parliament members.
Greek Euro-deputy Alekos Alavanos from the party Coalition of the Left stated that the Turkish politicians expressed discontent over the exclusion of their country from the future enlargement of the EU but they pointed out that Turkey can survive and without the European Union.
 THE US REGARDS AS USEFUL START THE FIRST ROUND OF THE CLERIDES-DENKTASH DIRECT TALKS
Nicosia 17 July (MPA)US Ambassador Kenneth Brill stated that the United States regard as useful start the first round of the Clerides-Denktash direct talks, that will encourage the two sides to continue the efforts for progress.
Mr.Brill met today with Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides and they discussed the outcome of the New York talks. The US Ambassador stated that the US Presidential envoy to Cyprus Richard Halbrooke is not expected to arrive in Cyprus before the second round of talks that will be held in Switzerland on August 11-16.
 THE CZECH PRIME MINISTER IS VISITING ATHENS
Athens 17 July (MPA)Prime Minister of the Czech Republic mr.Klaus, who is on a formal visit to Greece, met today with Prime Minister Kostas Simitis.
The visit is taking place after the Madrid Summit meeting decision, based on which the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary will be the three new members of NATO.
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