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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 00-07-07
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 INFLATION WAS AT 2.5% IN THE MONTH OF JUNEAthens, 7 July 2000 (17:28 UTC+2)
Inflation closed at 2.5% in the month of June with a drop of 0.4% compared to the previous month, as it was announced today by the Greek government's economic staff.
Meanwhile, the economic and social committee met in Athens this morning under minister of national economy Yiannos Papantoniou to discuss the freeing of the telecommunications and energy markets.
The telecommunications will be freed on January 1, 2001 and Greek Telecommunications Organization, OTE, will lose the monopoly in the telephone market.
The relevant draft bill was presented by minister of transportation Christos Verelis and it is expected to be tabled in parliament in August.
 US STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ON THE CYPRUS ISSUEAthens, 7 July 2000 (15:40 UTC+2)
US assistant secretary of state James Dobins commented on the Turkish move in the region of Strovilia, Cyprus near Famagusta after the meeting he had with Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou in Athens.
The US official stated that the United Nations are in contact with the two sides in an effort to solve the issue, adding that the United States encourage a satisfactory solution.
On the Cyprus problem, he expressed the wish of the United States to see the two sides move to concrete proposals for its solution.
 THE FIRE IN THE ISLAND OF SAMOS RAGES OUT OF CONTROLSamos, 7 July 2000 (18:30 UTC+2)
The big fire in the Aegean island of Samos rages out of control since Thursday night destroying thousands of hectars of forest land. Meanwhile, the fire in the region of Kalentzi in Peloponnesos, south Greece is in progress and another fire that broke out in the region of Tripes in the island of Chios is under partial control. Five other fires that broke out in different parts of the country have been put under control.
The fire front in Samos is 3 to 4 kilometers long and at one point the flames came as close as 100 meters from the houses of the village of Mavratzei.
According to statements made to the Athens radio station "Flash" by parliament deputy Pithagoras Vardikos, who is elected in the island of Samos, the fire is the work of arsonists as it broke out simultaneously in three different areas and at a time when the fire-fighting aircraft were unable to fly.
 MR. REPPAS COMMENTED ON THE DEVELOPMENTS IN CYPRUSAthens, 7 July 2000 (17:18 UTC+2)
Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas attributed to a misunderstanding the impressions created according to which, there is a divergence of views between Athens and Nicosia after the new provocative move by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash in the region of Strovilia in Cyprus.
When asked to comment on the statements made by Cypriot minister of defense Mr. Hasikos, who spoke of a change in the status quo and an action that constitutes a cause of war, the Greek government spokesman stressed that you can not speak about a cause of war when your government participates in the talks aimed at finding a solution to the Cyprus problem. Mr. Reppas stated that the priority is to back the Cypriot government and Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides, who is defending the national interests, adding that it would be best if all the rest were avoided.
Mr. Reppas reiterated that the issue concerns the UN and stressed that the specific move by the Turks exposes the international organization to the point of humiliation. He stressed that the Greek government has raised the issue and will continue to do so reminding that foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou will raise the issue at the EU general affairs council.
Mr. Reppas stated that all political and diplomatic means must be used in order to deal with the problem and strengthen the stance of the Cypriot government which handles a major national issue.
In conclusion, Mr. Reppas stressed that the reliability of the United Nations and the international community and their ability to impose solutions in accordance with the international law are being challenged by this Turkish move.
 FORMAL VISIT TO ATHENS BY AUSTRALIA'S VICTORIA STATE PRIME MINISTERAthens, 7 July 2000 (16:41 UTC+2)
General secretary of the Greeks living abroad, Dimitris Dollis will receive on behalf of the Greek government Australia's Victoria state prime minister Steve Bracks, who will be on a formal visit to Athens on July 9-11. The visit is regarded as important for the promotion of bilateral relations which are very strong due to the large Greek community in Melbourne which numbers over 350.000 people.
Mr. Bracks was a former colleague of Mr. Dollis and the two men share a close friendship since the start of Mr. Dollis' long political career in Australia as the deputy leader of the Labor Party and shadow minister before his repatriation to Greece last year.
The prime minister of Victoria belongs to the renewal movement within Australia's Labor Party, comes from Lebanon and is a known philhellene.
 LOSSES OF 1.38% IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGEAthens, 7 July 2000 (15:51 UTC+2)
The week ended today in the Athens Stock Exchange with significant losses of 1.38%. The general index dropped to 3.914,03 points, while the volume of transactions was low at 68.57 billion drachmas.
Of the stocks trading today 293 recorded losses and only 38 had gains.
 SKEPTICISM OVER THE CONFISCATION OF GERMAN PROPERTYAthens, 7 July 2000 (15:19 UTC+2)
Minister of justice Michalis Stathopoulos doubted yesterday the legality of the property confiscation move and whether a ministerial permit is needed in order to be implemented, commenting on the court action launched by the relatives of the Nazi atrocity victims in Distomo, central Greece during WWII, given the fact that a court decision on the confiscation of Goethe Institute property will be implemented today or on Monday at the latest.
Mr. Stathopoulos stated that the courts will judge whether the seizure was legal or not and whether a justice minister permit was necessary.
From his side, Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that the government is opposed to the confiscation and stressed that there should be an agreement on a common stance among all interested sides in the country taking under consideration the national interest without by-passing the rights of the people in favor of whom the court has ruled.
 TWO TURKISH SLAVE-TRADERS BROUGHT 25 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO THE ISLAND OF KOSKos, 7 July 2000 (14:41 UTC+2)
Two Turkish slave-traders were arrested in the region of Psalidi in the south-eastern Aegean island of Kos. Coast Guard officers arrested the two men when they spotted 25 illegal immigrants on their boat. Two of the illegal immigrants were women and the majority of them were Iranians and Palestinians.
All of them were taken to the Port Authority in Kos.
 TEMPORARY DROP IN TEMPERATURESThessaloniki, 7 July 2000 (14:18 UTC+2)
The north winds blowing in Greece since this morning dropped the temperatures by 4 to 6 degrees Celsius throughout the country. However, on Sunday temperature will rise again to 42 degrees and on Monday it will be lower but starting on Tuesday until Friday temperature will rise again to 42 and 43 degrees Celsius.
In Athens, temperature rose yesterday to 44.4 degrees Celsius and due to the excessive heat 16 people were taken to hospitals with heat exhaustion, 52 with heart problems, 37 with respiratory problems, while 50 people fainted because of the high temperatures.
The long heatwave and the continuous operation of the air conditioners resulted to 4-hour interruptions in electricity supply in spite of the efforts made by the state Electricity Company to avoid them.
The Greek Fire Department announced yesterday that a total of 141 fires were in progress across the country fanned by the strong winds and already they have destroyed thousands of hectars of forest land.
 ΣΗΜΕΡΑ Η ΠΡΩΤΗ ΣΥΝΑΝΤΗΣΗ Ε.Ε-ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ-ΤΟΥΡΚΙΑΣΘεσσαλονίκη, 7 July 2000 (10:02 UTC+2)
Οι προοπτικές συνεργασίας μεταξύ Ελλάδας και Τουρκίας στον ενεργειακό τομέα είναι το κύριο θέμα που θα απασχολήσει σήμερα στις Βρυξέλλες, την ειδική ομάδα εργασίας (Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή-Ελλάδα- Τουρκία).
Υπενθυμίζεται ότι η ειδική επιτροπή έχει συσταθεί με στόχο τη δημιουργία ενός δικτύου διασύνδεσης στον τομέα του φυσικού αερίου, μεταξύ της Ελλάδας και της Τουρκίας, ενώ επισημαίνεται ότι στην σημερινή συνάντηση θα συμμετάσχουν ο γενικός γραμματέας του υπουργείου Ανάπτυξης κ.Παπαθανασόπουλος και ο Τούρκος υφυπουργός Ενέργειας και Φυσικών Πόρων, Η.Γιγκιντγκούντεν.
Στο μεταξύ, κατά τη σημερινή συνάντηση, η οποία εντάσσεται στο πλαίσιο του κοινοτικού προγράμματος τεχνικής βοήθειας INOGATE, θα εκπονηθούν παράλληλα και σχέδια επενδύσεων, που θα τεθούν σε εφαρμογή από το 2002.
Επισημαίνεται ότι το πρόγραμμα INOGATE αφορά στη διακρατική συνεργασία των χωρών της κεντρικής και ανατολικής Ευρώπης, του Καυκάσου και της κεντρικής Ασίας, για τη μεταφορά φυσικού αερίου στην Ευρώπη.
 THE CAPITAL INCREASE IN THE BANK OF PIRAEUS IN ROMANIA HAS BEEN APPROVEDBucharest, 7 July 2000 (16:18 UTC+2)
The capital increase in the Bank of Piraeus branch in Romania from 100 billion to 400 billion lei was approved yesterday by its shareholders' general assembly.
According to a statement issued by the bank, the increase of its capital brings it at the top of the list of the Greek banks that are active in the country.
The transfer of the money will take place by the end of July with the approval of the National Bank of Romania, while it is worth to be noted that 99.99% of the bank's shares belongs to Piraeus Group.
 TSOCHATZOPOULOS-PUTIN MEETINGMoscow, 7 July 2000 (17:56 UTC+2)
Russian president Vladimir Putin had a 40minute meeting today with Greek minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos who is on a formal visit to Russia.
Mr. Putin stated that Greece is a unique example of cooperation with Russia in spite of the fact that it is a member of NATO, while Mr. Tsochatzopoulos referred to the condemnation of terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism by Russia, regarded as very important references at a period when the Russian leadership is faced with the problem of Chechnya.
The issue of the improvement of the relations between Russia and NATO was also stressed in the contacts Mr. Tsochatzopoulos had with Russian officials.
 THE GREEK MINISTER OF DEFENSE CONTINUES HIS VISIT TO RUSSIAMoscow, 7 July 2000 (16:02 UTC+2)
Russian minister of defense Igor Sergeyev responding to a question on the latest Turkish moves in Cyprus stated that Russia and Greece share the same views on the respect and implementation of international law.
Mr. Sergeyev met in Moscow with Greek minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos who is on a formal visit to Russia.
 GREECE HAS A SAD LEAD IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTSBrussels, 7 July 2000 (14:36 UTC+2)
Greece and Portugal have a sad lead as they hold the first place among the EU members-states regarding the number of traffic accidents.
The number of deaths in traffic accidents in Greece in the period of 1990-1998 showed an increase of 5% according to figures provided by the European Statistics Agency, Eurostat, while figures in the rest of the EU countries presented a notable decline.
Based on the Eurostat, the traffic accident deaths in Greece in 1998 were 212 per 1 million people compared to 202 in 1990.
At a European level, 42.600 people were killed in road accidents in 1998 compared to 56.400 eight years ago.
According to Eurostat, the biggest decline in the number of traffic accident deaths per 1 million people was recorded in Austria, Finland, Britain and Spain with a 35% drop.
Based on the data provided, Sweden and Britain have the safest road network, while in 1998 the most deaths in traffic accidents were recorded in Portugal (243) and Greece (212).