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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-07-24
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 24, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 SIMITIS: GREECE IS READY TO MEET THE CHALLENGES
Athens 24 July (MPA)Greece is at a starting-point of a new national and social course, states Prime Minister Kostas Simitis in his message issued on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the restoration of democracy. Mr.Simitis also stressed that Greece is ready to meet the great challenges of its future.
Similar are the messages issued by the Greek political leaders, who point out that democracy is consolidated in the country but continuous vigilance is necessary.
 THE WORLD CONFERENCE OF THE PAN-MACEDONIAN ASSOCIATIONS OPENED TODAY
Thessaloniki 24 July (MPA)The World Conference of the Pan-Macedonian Associations opened in Thessaloniki today, while the separate proceedings held by each of the Pan-Macedonian Associations were concluded yesterday with the issuing of resolutions.
The common characteristic of those resolutions is the opposition to the recognition of FYROM under the name "Macedonia" or any of its derivatives.
 THE FIRST GREEK SOLDIERS HAVE RETURNED FROM ALBANIA
Thessaloniki 24 July (MPA)The Greek Navy's tank landing ship "Chios" sailed into the port of Thessaloniki today carrying the first 117 Greek soldiers who participated in the multi-national force deployed in Albania. The withdrawal of the Greek force will be completed gradually by August 12.
Meanwhile, south Albania welcomed the resignation of President Sali Berisha with relief, while the first session of the new Albanian Parliament was held yesterday.
The new Albanian President is expected to be elected today by the country's Parliament, while according to the state radio, the new Parliament President will also be elected today and is expected to be Skender Ginusi. The position of the Parliament's A' vice-President is expected to be occupied by Socialist Namik Dolke, while the B' vice-President will come from the Democratic Party.
As it was made known, President of the Republic will be elected the Socialist Party General Secretary Redzep Meidani, after a proposal made by the party which was accepted by the members of center-left coalition.
 THE GOVERNMENTAL COUNCIL OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND DEFENSE WILL MEET ON WEDNESDAY
Athens 24 July (MPA)The Greek defense policy, the future structure of the armed forces and the planning for the handling of the Turkish provocativeness in the Aegean will be discussed in the meeting of the Governmental Council of Foreign Affairs and Defense that will be held next Wednesday.
Minister of Defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos presented yesterday his proposals for the modernization of the armed forces to the Prime Minister. Among others he proposed the creation of an immediate action force, the abolition of the large army units and their replacement by other smaller and more flexible ones that will act quickly and effectivelly.
 THE ITALIAN UNDERSECRETARY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS IS ON A VISIT TO ATHENS
Athens 24 July (MPA)Greek alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Giorgos Papandreou will meet today with Italian Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs mr.Fasino, who is on a visit to Athens.
Their talks will focus on bilateral issues as well as, on the issue of the European Union enlargement.
 REACTIONS TO THE ISSUE OF THE PROPOSED BANNING IN THE CONSUMPTION OF SHEEP AND CATTLE BRAINS AND SPINAL MARROW
Athens 24 July (MPA)Greek Minister of Agriculture Stephanos Tzoumakas spoke of a "war of interests" responding to a question on the issue of the banning in the consumption of brains and spinal marrow that comes from sheep and cattle which are over 12 months old. According to the proposal, the consumption of spleen will be banned regardless of the age of the sheep or the cattle it comes from.
The issue will be brought before the European Commission as a result of the disagreement observed in the meeting of the EU Ministers of Agriculture when many countries reacted to the above proposal, including Greece.
Mr.Tzoumakas stated that a good alliance has been formed with Germany, Spain and Italy which will not allow the issue to pass without specific criteria and procedures, adding that the EU Commission has realized that. He also speculated that the banning will not be imposed on Greece because there was no problem whatsoever in the country due to the "mad cow" disease.
 CLERIDES AND DENKTASH WILL MEET ON MONDAY
Nicosia 24 July (MPA)The meeting of Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides and Turkish- Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash that will be held on Monday in the residence of UN Secretary General alternate special envoy to Cyprus Gustav Feisel will have an open agenda.
As it was made known, mr.Clerides and mr.Denktash will have the opportunity to discuss other issues as well and not just humanitarian matters.
 45 CHILDREN FROM SERBIA WILL BE HOSTED BY FAMILIES IN KALAMARIA
Thessaloniki 24 July (MPA)Forty five children from Serbia will be in the municipality of Kalamaria tomorrow and for the next month they will stay with the same families with which they had stayed for 7 months in the period of December 1995 to June 1996.
The decision to materialize this new programme was taken after requests made by those families to the City Council of Kalamaria.
 THE PRESIDENT OF SAE MET WITH MR.SIMITIS AND MR.KAKLAMANIS IN ATHENS
Athens 24 July (MPA)World Council of Hellenes Abroad President Andrew Athens met today with Prime Minister Simitis and Parliament President Kaklamanis in Athens.
In the meetings they discussed the problems faced by the Greek communities abroad, the government policy concerning the Greeks living abroad and their contribution to the promotion of the Greek national issues.
 FIVE AUSTRIAN TOURISTS WERE KILLED YESTERDAY IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN RHODES
Rhodes 24 July (MPA)Five tourists from Austria were killed yesterday in a traffic accident in the region of Haraki in the south-eastern Aegean island of Rhodes, while four others were seriously injured.
According to police, the collision of a truck with the small van of the Austrian tourists was the result of speeding.
Last night, a C-130 military transport plane brought the injured to Athens, among them a 7yearold girl.
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