Athens News Agency: News in English (AM), 98-02-23
NEWS IN ENGLISH
Athens, Greece, 23/02/1998 (ANA)
- Pangalos willing to meet but not negotiate with Turkey's Cem
- Socialist women call for peaceful solution to Gulf crisis
- Kranidiotis voices optimism on course of Greek-Turkish relations
- 'Alexander the Great' university to be founded in Alexandria
- US gov't 'more pro-Greek than ever', SAE president tells Clerides
- Stephanopoulos attends Ioannina liberation festivities
- NATO exercises get underway in the Mediterranean
- 15th INFACOMA exhibition
- Prof. Tsatsos winds up visit in Albania
- PASOK youth congress ends, new Central Council formed
- Construction of Florina power plant to go ahead
- Greek First Division soccer results
- Foreign exchange
NEWS IN DETAIL
Pangalos willing to meet but not negotiate with Turkey's Cem
Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos said he was willing to meet with
Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem but that negotiations were out of the
"I say to Mr. Cem that I am ready to meet with him, not however, to
negotiate. I see our next opportunity (to meet) as being the forthcoming
meeting in Rhodes of foreign ministers of Western European Union member and
associated states. It will be an opp ortunity for us to sit down and talk,"
Mr. Pangalos said in an interview published in the Sunday newspaper "To
Vima", given last Thursday.
Mr. Pangalos defined the possible content of such talks as being an "open
discussion in which each minister, as is natural, can say whatever he wants
and will not be restricted by agendas, by colleagues or by the press,but
will be able to speak as he wishes".
He ruled out however, the idea of negotiations.
"The Turks want political negotiations on what they see as problems in the
Aegean, which in reality are Turkish claims against Greece," said Mr.
He reiterated Greece's position that the only bilateral issue requiring
resolution was that of the continental shelf, adding that Turkey was free
to refer any other claims it might have to the International Court of
Justice. Asked whether Greece's rejection of a five-point proposal by
Turkey on bilateral relations meant that these rel ations would be frozen
in the immediate future, Mr. Pangalos replied:
"First of all I wouldn't use the term 'rejection' so easily. In reality we
gave a response characterised by a different view of Greek-Turkish
relations, more in line with what we have often maintained and also in line
with international practice. I did not reject the idea of a meeting with
The foreign minister emphasised the terms of a declaration signed in Madrid
last July between Prime Minister Costas Simitis and Turkish President
Suleyman Demirel as being a "condemnation of the threats of war made on
various occasions by Turkey agains t Greece".
"Before the Madrid declaration, our position, at least, was that we could
not meet with the Turks while the threats and the threat of use of violence
still held," he said.
Socialist women call for peaceful solution to Gulf crisis
The regional conference of women from socialist parties of southeastern
Europe was concluded in Athens on Saturday with the ratification of a
proclamation focusing on the mobilisation of women and the strengthening of
their role in implementing a new policy in the Balkans and a message by the
Socialist International of Women to the women of Iraq and UN Secretary-
General Kofi Annan for a peaceful solution to the Gulf crisis.
The conference was organised by the Socialist International of Wo-men in
cooperation with the ruling PASOK party's Women's Department and was
presided over by Socialist International of Women President and Canadian
Deputy Audrey McLaughlin. The main speaker was Development Minister Vasso
Referring to multiple upheavals being experienced in countries of
southeastern Europe and the quest for new strategies and policies, Ms.
Papandreou said these developments affect the wider region either directly
or indirectly. She said that for this rea son dialogue is important and
cooperation is necessary for joint action.
Ms. Papandreou announced that a meeting will take place in Athens in autumn
at government level to promote favourable strategies more effectively for
an equal representation of women in decision-making centres.
Addressing the conference, Foreign Undersecretary Yiannos Kranidiotis
congratulated the organisers of the conference, saying it corresponded to
the initiative taken by Prime Minister Costas Simitis for the Crete summit
and referred to the country's geop olitical coordinates and sensitivity it
is showing on issues concerning social protection and peace.
Kranidiotis voices optimism on course of Greek-Turkish relations
Foreign Undersecretary Yiannos Kranidiotis expressed optimism that issues
concerning Greek-Turkish relations will enter a course which will normalise
relations between the two countries.
Addressing a PASOK Prefectural Committee meeting in Tripolis, in the
Pelopopnnese, Mr. Kranidiotis reiterated that Greece has made proposals
with which issues must be tackled on the basis of international law and
international agreements. Greece has accepted the compulsory jurisdiction
of the International Court at The Hague and calls on Turkey to do
Referring to the crisis in the Persian Gulf, he said a possible showdown in
Iraq would have a negative development for the entire region, adding that
Greece's position was that all diplomatic possibilities must be exhausted
for peace to prevail in the region.
'Alexander the Great' university to be founded in Alexandria
A protocol on utilising the schools of the Greek community in Alexandria
for the establishment of the "Alexander the Great" university was signed in
Alexandria yesterday between the Greek Foreign Ministry and the city's
The signing ceremony was held in the "Ioulia Salvagou" hall located in the
Satby region of Alexandria. On the part of the Foreign Ministry, the
protocol was signed by Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos and on the part
of the Greek community by its Presi dent and Regional President of the
Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) of Asia and Africa Stephanos Tamvakis.
The Greek community schools in Alexandria will be used to house the
"Alexander the Great" university which the Greek government is planning to
establish in this Egyptian city.
Mr. Pangalos inaugurated a photography exhibition and cultural events
organised on the occasion of his official visit to Egypt. He also visited
the Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa Petros.
US gov't 'more pro-Greek than ever', SAE president tells Clerides
Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) President Andrew Athens addressed a letter
to Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides congratulating him on his re-election
to the Presidency.
"The situation on the Cyprus issue is not ideal but the American government
is more pro-Greek than ever today," Mr. Athens said in his letter, further
adding that "Greece and Cyprus must be in a position to fully exploit such
Mr. Athens referred at length to what had taken place over the past 23
years following the invasion and occupation by Turkey of 40 per cent of the
island. He said that in most of these years the attitude of the U.S.
government was flagrantly anti-Greek in the worst of cases and in the best
it was as if it was prepared to be as pro-Greek as it was pro-Turkish and
not to criticise Turkish threats against Greece and Cyprus.
According to Mr. Athens, a change had been observed following the
involvement of Richard Holbrooke. He said the change has been sporadically
positive in past years and more stable in past months.
Stephanopoulos attends Ioannina liberation festivities
Festivities marking the 85th anniversary of Ioannina's liberation from
Turkish rule culminated in the city on Saturday with an impressive parade
of pupils, students, boy scouts, war invalids and units of the armed forces
and security services in the presence of President Kostis Stephanopoulos.
The government was represented by National Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos.
Also present were Democratic Social Movement party (DHKKI) leader Dimitris
Tsovolas, Environment, Town Planning and Public Works Undersecretary
Theodoros Koliopanos, deputies, senior officers of the armed forces and
security services and foreign diplomats.
In a brief address, President Stephanopoulos congratulated officers for the
armed forces' performance in the parade, stressing that the higher the
spirit of the armed forces the more safe the Greek people feel both in
wartime and peacetime.
Mr. Tsohatzopoulos said there is nothing to negotiate in the Aegean and
neither are there any "grey' nor any zones of a different kind.
"These are illusions and fantasies of the Turkish side," he said.
Former foreign minister Karolos Papoulias said that "Turkish provocations
will continue and will intensify because they also reflect Turkey's
Mr. Tsovolas attributed Turkish provocations to the government's submissiveness
which, as he said, must stop this policy and must primarily revise its
position on resorting to the International Court at The Hague.
NATO exercises get underway in the Mediterranean
Joint military NATO exercises got underway in the Mediterranean on Friday
and will last for two weeks. A representative of the NATO alliance said
they were routine exercises.
The exercises, codenamed "Dog Fish 98", include units from Canada, France,
Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Britain and the
United States equipped with submarines, warships, helicopters and
The purpose of the exercises is to improve cooperation and coordination
between the military in the above countries.
15th INFACOMA exhibition
The German Koemmerling company intends to set up a synthetic door and
window frame plant in Greece.
This was revealed in Thessaloniki on Saturday by the company's general
manager Zeigfried Prais (phonetic spelling), who visited the 15th INFACOMA
exhibition, and expressed his satisfaction with Koemmerling's collaboration
with its Greek representatives going back 10 years.
Koemmerling currently holds a 60 per cent share in the Greek market,
representing a turnover of 7.5 million DM annually.
Prof. Tsatsos winds up visit to Albania
"Europe is closer to Albania, but Albania, too, is one step closer to
Europe," Europarliamentarian and Greek constitutional expert Dimitris
Tsatsos told a press conference in Tirana yesterday.
Mr. Tsatsos, a constitutional law professor and member of the European
Parliament's committee on institutional reforms, also praised the members
of the Albanian parliamentary commission drafting the country's new
constitution after the overthrow of the communist regime.
He said the commission's work so far had been "exemplary", and its members'
manner of operation "praiseworthy", adding that "the democratic nature of
the constitution is a condition for the country's accession to the European
Mr. Tsatsos yesterday concluded his Tirana visit, in an advisory capacity,
that also included talks with President Rexhep Meidani, Mr. Nano, the
Albanian parliament's foreign affairs committee president, the reforms
minister, the minister of State, the parliament president, and representatives
of the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation
in Europe (OSCE).
Prof. Tsatsos is due to visit Tirana again in mid-April.
PASOK youth congress ends, new Central Council formed
The 3rd Congress of the ruling socialist PASOK party's youth wing was due
to come to a close late last night with the creation of its new Central
Addresses were concluded during yesterday's last day of the congress, a
series of changes to the charter were endorsed, as well as a series of
resolutions, and the political resolution of the congress was ratified.
In her last speech, outgoing PASOK Youth Organisation Secretary Tonia
Antoniou appealed to the group of "modernisers", who abstained from the
congress, to return to the PASOK youth's active service by the side of its
Lastly, the congress decided to establish an Institute of Studies and
Political Communication of Young Socialists in which the PASOK Youth
Organisation's Central Council will participate.
According to sources, Prime Minister Costas Simitis and his close
associates termed the situation as disagreeable and recognised that a
problem was created for the cohesion image of both the government and the
party, regardless of whether the policy of moderate tones was selected on
Nearly all leading PASOK personalities, including Secretary Costas
Skandalidis, declined to attend the congress.
Addressing the congress on Saturday, PASOK Deputy Anastasios Peponis
congratulated the party's Youth Organisation members "for their strength
and their position since they refused submission and false dilemmas."
"We are in the European Union and it is a mistake if we are outside of its
framework. However, the issue is how we realise it. We desire the union of
peoples and nations and we refuse the idea of a faceless and levelled
population. Greece must be in Eur ope but it must not constitute one of its
regions. Even those who through our lines speak of the demise of the state-
nation must tell us which is the other unit which will replace it," Mr.
Construction of Florina power plant to go ahead
Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas has dismissed claims of improprieties
in the procedures followed in approving the construction of a Public Power
Corporation (DEH) plant in Greece's northwestern town of Florina.
"The government ensured terms of transparency and objectivity by promoting
the selection, through international tender, of an independent assessor in
order to check whether the price agreed by DEH was reasonable and
competitive. The independent assessor concluded that the price was 5-6 per
cent lower than the internationally acceptable level, and therefore
competitive"," the spokesman said on Saturday.
The spokesman stressed the importance of the investment, part of a Russian-
Greek agreement, both to the development of a border area and the tapping
of domestic energy sources.
"Critics also ignore the political importance of respecting the agreement
with Russia," he added.
Greek First Division soccer results
Athinaikos-Panathinaikos 0-3 Kalamata-Proodeftiki 3-1
Panahaiki-Apollon 1-0 Olympiakos-PAOK 2-0
Veria-Panionios 4-0 Kavala-Xanthi 2-0
Ethnikos-Paniliakos 1-0 Iraklis-OFI 3-1
Monday: Ionikos-AEK 13.00 GMT STANDINGS-POINTS after 23 matches: Panathinaikos
58, Olympiakos 58, AEK (22 games) 52, PAOK 45, Ionikos (22) 44, Iraklis 44,
OFI 33, Xanthi 23.
Spring-like weather is forecast for most parts of Greece today. Partly
cloudy in the south of the country. Winds northerly, light to moderate in
the Aegean Sea. Athens sunny with few clouds and temperatures between 5-
18C. Fine weather in Thessaloniki with temperatures from 3-17C.
Friday's closing rates - buying US dlr. 285.021
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