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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-05-05

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From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY NEWS IN ENGLISH
Thessaloniki, May 5, 1999

SECTIONS

  • [A] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] MAIN OPPOSITION LEADER TOURS PREFECTURE OF THESSALONIKI
  • [02] YUGOSLAV DELEGATION TO MEET WITH N. GREECE BUSINESSMEN
  • [03] GREEK PREMIER TO MEET WITH PORTUGUESE, FYROM COUNTERPARTS
  • [04] PROTESTERS OBSTRUCT ENTRANCE OF NATO VEHICLES AT PORT
  • [05] LOCAL MUNICIPALITY SENDS 18 TONS OF RELIEF AID TO YUGOSLAVIA
  • [06] REPPAS COMMENTED ON THE RESERVATIONS OF FRANCE REGARDING CYPRUS' ACCESSION INTO THE EU
  • [07] REPPAS: PAPOULIAS WILL CONVEY GREECE'S THOUGHTS TO BELGRADE
  • [08] REPPAS: THE PRESS REPORTS ON THE POLLUTION CAUSED BY THE NATO BOMBING OF YUGOSLAVIA ARE EXAGGERATED
  • [09] THE BALKAN NEWS AGENCIES DISCUSS THE EFFECTS OF THE WAR
  • [10] A YUGOSLAV DELEGATION WILL MEET WITH BUSINESSMEN FROM NORTHERN GREECE
  • [11] INFLATION DROPPED TO 2.8% IN APRIL
  • [12] THE PRIME MINISTERS OF GREECE, ALBANIA AND FYROM WILL ATTEND THE 6TH THESSALONIKI FORUM
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [13] DARKNESS FALLS ON BELGRADE AFTER BOMBS CAUSE POWER OUTAGE
  • [14] US PRESIDENT TO MEET WITH NATO CHIEF IN BRUSSELS
  • [15] UN, RUSSIA COOPERATE ON KOSOVO, SAYS KOFI ANNAN
  • [16] U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS ENVOY: NATO DID MORAL DAMAGE TO ITSELF
  • [17] CROATIA REFUSES BELGRADE'S URGENT REQUEST FOR ELECTRICITY
  • [18] CHERNOMYRDIN: MY OPTIMISM HAS GROWN AFTER TALKS IN U.S.
  • [19] U.S. SERVICEMAN THANKS SERB GUARD FOR DIGNIFIED TREATMENT
  • [20] GREECE'S FORMER FOREIGN MINISTER TO MEET WITH MILOSEVIC
  • [21] DOWNED APACHE HELICOPTER'S PILOTS ARE DEAD, U.S. CONFIRMS
  • [22] GREEK TOBACCO FACTORY INAUGURATED TODAY IN BULGARIA
  • [23] A US NEWSPAPER SEES LINKS BETWEEN KLA AND BIN LADEN
  • [24] CLINTON-SOLANA MEETING
  • [25] PAPOULIAS WILL MEET WITH MILOSEVIC IN BELGRADE

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] MAIN OPPOSITION LEADER TOURS PREFECTURE OF THESSALONIKI

    The leader of Greece's main opposition party, New Democracy's Costas Karamanlis is presently on the second leg of his two-day tour of the Prefecture of Thessaloniki, where he is conducting a series of visits to hospitals, local authorities and municipalities.

    A recently-conducted nationwide poll finds Mr. Karamanlis' popularity on the rise as 46.1 percent of the respondents opted for the N.D. leader, thus giving him an edge over the Premier Costas Simitis, who amassed 33.9 percent in the popularity poll.

    [02] YUGOSLAV DELEGATION TO MEET WITH N. GREECE BUSINESSMEN

    A delegation from the Economic Chamber of Yugoslavia is to arrive in Thessaloniki today for a meeting with businessmen from northern Greece, in order to review the damages suffered by the sector from the conflict in Kosovo.

    Among the subjects to be discussed will be the difficulties faced by Greek manufacturers and businessmen who are active in Yugoslavia.

    The participants will brief one another on the consequences of the war, not only borne on the Greek businesses active in the neighboring country, but in Northern Greece's tourism industry and exporting - transporting ventures.

    [03] GREEK PREMIER TO MEET WITH PORTUGUESE, FYROM COUNTERPARTS

    Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis will receive his counterpart from Portugal in Thessaloniki on Saturday, with whom he will travel to the monastic community of Mt. Athos.

    Mr. Simitis will also meet with the Premier of FYROM, Ljubco Georgievski, both of whom will be guest speakers at a major Balkan economics conference to be held in Thessaloniki on May 10-11.

    The conference, an annual event held by the Federation of Northern Greek Industries (SBBE) will focus on the situation in the Balkans a decade after the deregulation of markets.

    Mr. Georgievski will be accompanied by FYROM's Ministers of Economy, Development, Defense and Foreign Affairs.

    [04] PROTESTERS OBSTRUCT ENTRANCE OF NATO VEHICLES AT PORT

    Episodes erupted early this morning at Thessaloniki's port, when a group of protesters obstructed the entrance of a NATO military vehicles convoy.

    The military trailers had arrived from Skopje in order to load and transport vehicles and supplies back to FYROM.

    Over 100 individuals gathered at the port at 1 a..m. and cordoned off the port's Gate 11, the military trucks' destination. After breaking the railings of Gate 14, some of the protesters managed to enter the port's facilities and attempted to approach the warehouses where NATO military supplies are stored.

    Police intervened at that point, preventing the crowd from entering the warehouses and episodes erupted although no one was arrested.

    As a result of the melee, the trailers departed for the Sindos military camp of Thessaloniki.

    [05] LOCAL MUNICIPALITY SENDS 18 TONS OF RELIEF AID TO YUGOSLAVIA

    Eighteen tons of humanitarian aid are to depart tomorrow for Yugoslavia's war victims, gathered by the Solidarity Committee of Neapolis, a municipality in western Thessaloniki.

    The aid consists of pharmaceutical supplies and foodstuffs which will be distributed to Belgrade and Pancevo, within the framework of the mission organized by the Thessaloniki Prefecture Authorities' Committee.

    A delegation of the Solidarity Committee will accompany the aid.

    [06] REPPAS COMMENTED ON THE RESERVATIONS OF FRANCE REGARDING CYPRUS' ACCESSION INTO THE EU

    France indeed has expressed reservations over the accession of Cyprus into the European Union just as Greece has expressed reservations over the EU membership bid of other countries, stated Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas.

    He also pointed out that the stance of Greece will be the same with that of France, adding that Greece will not allow an injustice to be done to Cyprus.

    [07] REPPAS: PAPOULIAS WILL CONVEY GREECE'S THOUGHTS TO BELGRADE

    Greek former foreign minister Karolos Papoulias will convey to Belgrade, Greece's thoughts for a political solution in Kossovo, stated Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas.

    On the presence of Greek foreign minister associate Mr. Rondos, who is accompanying Mr. Papoulias, the government spokesman pointed out that he will have contacts for the promotion of the humanitarian aid programme in Serbia after the successful promotion of the humanitarian aid in Kossovo.

    [08] REPPAS: THE PRESS REPORTS ON THE POLLUTION CAUSED BY THE NATO BOMBING OF YUGOSLAVIA ARE EXAGGERATED

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas characterized as exaggerations the comments and press reports on the pollution of Greece as a result of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia and added that excessive concern is not justified. The Greek people are always informed on the issue and the government is in cooperation with the scientists who do the research.

    On the issue of the Greek asparagus, he pointed out that there was no embargo imposed but there was an announcement by a professional organization in France which belongs to the same sector adding that it was withdrawn after protests made by the Greek side.

    Meanwhile, the Greek scientists, who were called to present their views before the parliament and the Technology Assessment Committee, appeared reassuring regarding the effects the war in Yugoslavia could have on the environment in Greece. However, they stressed that Serbia itself has suffered an unprecedented and non reversible ecological disaster. Also, they did not rule out the possibility that a few years later there could be indications of increased toxic substances in the neighbouring countries of Yugoslavia especially in river waters.

    [09] THE BALKAN NEWS AGENCIES DISCUSS THE EFFECTS OF THE WAR

    The general directors of Balkan News Agencies as well as the news agencies of neighbouring countries will meet in Thessaloniki on Friday, May 7 at the invitation of Macedonian Press Agency to discuss the problems in the operation of the news agencies and the mass media in general as a result of the dramatic events taking place in south-eastern Europe namely, the NATO air attacks, the waves of refugees and the destabilisation risk for the whole region.

    In the meeting that will take place in the Journalists' Association of Macedonia-Thrace offices will be discussed ways in which the mass media could contribute to the efforts for the return of calm and peaceful co-existence in the Balkans and the end of phenomena such as nationalism, violence, hate and chauvinism which are on the rise again after the crisis in Kosovo.

    In the meeting will take part the news agencies of Albania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, FYROM, Romania and Turkey as well as the Italian news agency ANSA, the Hungarian MTI and the Greek ANA and MPA.

    It should be noted that from the first day of the NATO bombings of Yugoslavia, the Association of Balkan News Agencies (ABNA) had issued an appeal to its members, the rest mass media and all the journalists calling them to show self-restraint in those difficult hours for the Balkans and contribute to the efforts for the return of peace, stability and security to south- eastern Europe by operating strictly on the principles of ethics and truth by avoiding excesses.

    [10] A YUGOSLAV DELEGATION WILL MEET WITH BUSINESSMEN FROM NORTHERN GREECE

    Greek businessmen, who have suffered damages as result of the war in Kossovo, will have a meeting in Thessaloniki this afternoon with a Yugoslav Economic Chamber delegation.

    In the meeting that will be held at the initiative of the Arts and Crafts Chamber of Thessaloniki will be examined the problems and the difficulties faced by the Greek businessmen in Yugoslavia as well as ways to limit the damages on the Greek investments in Yugoslavia in case the war continues.

    [11] INFLATION DROPPED TO 2.8% IN APRIL

    Inflation dropped to 2.8% in April compared to 3.4% in the month of March. It is the first time in 28 years that inflation in Greece has dropped below 3%.

    National Statistics Agency general secretary Mr. Karavitis commented that the drop would have been greater if the international oil prices had not increased.

    [12] THE PRIME MINISTERS OF GREECE, ALBANIA AND FYROM WILL ATTEND THE 6TH THESSALONIKI FORUM

    The 6th annual Thessaloniki Forum that will be held on May 10 and 11 will deal with the "day after the war" in Yugoslavia.

    The prime ministers of Greece, Albania and FYROM, government ministers and officials as well as businessmen from the wider region of south-eastern Europe and representatives of banking institutions from western Europe and the United States will also be present. The meeting is expected to be attended by new EU Commission president Romano Prodi, who will call for a special meeting on the reconstruction of the Balkans.

    The goal of the co-organizers of the event namely, the Association of Industries in Northern Greece, the Bank of Macedonia-Thrace and the Hellenic - American Chamber of Commerce is to achieve a realistic recording of the situation in the Balkans, mainly from an economic point of view, and draw up plans for the reconstruction of the Balkan region.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [13] DARKNESS FALLS ON BELGRADE AFTER BOMBS CAUSE POWER OUTAGE

    Belgrade has once again been left devoid of electricity and water as of early this morning, when NATO aircraft bombarded a power plant near this city of two million residents.

    Meanwhile, Yugoslav forces are claiming that they've downed an allied aircraft in the city of Bina-Basta, near the Bosnia border. The Alliance's spokesperson said that he has no knowledge of such incident having taken place.

    Moreover, according to a western military spokesperson, a U.S. Apache helicopter crashed during the course of a training flight, northwest of Tirana.

    [14] US PRESIDENT TO MEET WITH NATO CHIEF IN BRUSSELS

    United States President Bill Clinton is presently in Brussels, accompanied by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, in order to conduct talks with the NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana. The discussion is expected to center around the military operations against Yugoslavia.

    Following his meeting with Mr. Solana, President Clinton will travel to Germany where he will meet with U.S. troops, the three U.S. soldiers who were recently released from the Serb forces, Kosovo refugees and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

    The U.S. President has stated that he is willing to examine every diplomatic venue for resolving the Kosovo crisis.

    [15] UN, RUSSIA COOPERATE ON KOSOVO, SAYS KOFI ANNAN

    U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has stated that Russia and the United Nations continue to cooperate in discovering a political settlement to the Kosovo situation, the Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported.

    Mr. Annan told reporters that during his talks with Russian President Boris Yeltsin and during his with Viktor Chernomyrdin, President Yeltsin's special envoy for the settlement of the Yugoslav crisis, it was agreed that his as-of-yet appointed representatives would directly cooperate with the Russian government on this issue.

    According to Mr. Annan, now, after numerous consultations with the parties involved in the settlement process, an agreement had been reached on some issues.

    Specifically, mutual understanding was reached on the need for the withdrawal of the Yugoslav troops and police units from Kosovo, on the return of refugees there, on respect for and protection of their rights and on the deployment of an international military contingent on the territory of the region.

    This is only "general understanding," however, and now it is necessary to decide in what way and on what terms those provisions will be put into effect, on which intensive consultations are going on, Mr. Annan clarified.

    Speaking about the withdrawal of Yugoslav troops from Kosovo, the U.N. Secretary-General said that many aspects of this problem are being presently discussed, including the problem of whether the Serb security forces should be withdrawn from Kosovo totally or partially.

    [16] U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS ENVOY: NATO DID MORAL DAMAGE TO ITSELF

    By bombing Yugoslavia, NATO did considerable moral damage to itself. The airstrikes caused a mass exodus of the indigenous population from Kosovo, which "was a fatal mistake," U.N. special human rights envoy Jiri Dienstbier said in an interview with Czech radio, as has been reported by the Russian news agency Itar-Tass.

    "Concerning ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, it started after the airstrikes began," Jiri Dienstbier said, adding that the NATO airstrikes caused great damage to the Kosovo settlement process.

    [17] CROATIA REFUSES BELGRADE'S URGENT REQUEST FOR ELECTRICITY

    Croatia has refused Yugoslavia's urgent request for electricity, the French news agency AFP reported, quoting state television reports.

    Zagreb told Belgrade that it supported NATO's military operations against Yugoslavia and wanted to see a lasting solution to the crisis in Kosovo.

    Serbia was deprived of electricity for several hours earlier this week and this morning after NATO planes attacked power installations with special secret graphite bombs, causing massive short circuits.

    [18] CHERNOMYRDIN: MY OPTIMISM HAS GROWN AFTER TALKS IN U.S.

    Washington and Moscow have come to understand each other better in regards to Kosovo, the Russian President's special envoy for the settlement of the situation around Yugoslavia Viktor Chernomyrdin has stated.

    According to the Russian news agency Itar-Tass, Mr. Chernomyrdin commented on his talks with U.S. President Bill Clinton and Vice President Albert Gore and noted that "We really understand what is happening in Yugoslavia and what we need to do."

    The Russian envoy said that the positions and understandings which were discussed in Washington will also be discussed by the ministers of foreign affairs of the Group of Eight industrialized nations during their meeting tomorrow.

    "My optimism has grown after this trip to the United States," he stated.

    [19] U.S. SERVICEMAN THANKS SERB GUARD FOR DIGNIFIED TREATMENT

    One of the three U.S. servicemen, released on Sunday after being held captive by Serb forces, has left a note of thanks to his guards at the Yugoslav Army General Staff.

    According to the Russian news agency Itar-Tass, Sgt. Chris Stone requested that they read the note after his departure from Yugoslavia.

    The note thanks the prison guards for treating him with dignity and respect and for giving him cigarettes. The Sergeant also said he was full of sympathy with the Serb people and that he will pray to God for peace and the end of this war.

    The US serviceman wrote the note in English, but signed in Serbian "Sincerely, Chris Stone," adding "Slobodan" which means free.

    [20] GREECE'S FORMER FOREIGN MINISTER TO MEET WITH MILOSEVIC

    Greece's former foreign minister Karolos Papoulias is presently in Belgrade where he will be received by Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

    Mr. Papoulias will reportedly convey a message from the Greek government to the Yugoslav leader.

    [21] DOWNED APACHE HELICOPTER'S PILOTS ARE DEAD, U.S. CONFIRMS

    The U.S. military forces have confirmed the death of the two crew members of the Apache helicopter that crashed during the course of a training flight this morning near Tirana.

    This was the second Apache to have crashed on Albanian soil. The first incident occurred on April 26, although those pilots were rescued.

    [22] GREEK TOBACCO FACTORY INAUGURATED TODAY IN BULGARIA

    A tobacco processing factory, owned by Greece's "Leaf Tobacco", is to be inaugurated today in the Bulgarian city of Santaski, near the Greek border, by the vice-president of the Bulgarian government Alexander Bozkov, who is also the country's Minister of Industry.

    "Leaf Tobacco" purchased the plant in August 1998 from the shareholder "Struma", and has so far invested three million dollars, mostly in technical facilities.

    [23] A US NEWSPAPER SEES LINKS BETWEEN KLA AND BIN LADEN

    The US newspaper "Washington Times" revealed that the ethnic Albanian Kossovo Liberation Army, KLA, maintains an Islamist terrorist camp in Albania together with the wanted Saudi Arabian terrorist Osama Bin Laden, confirming this way that there are links between Bin Laden and KLA.

    In an article signed by Jerry Seper it is mentioned among others, that the KLA, which already has 30.000 fighters and enjoys an increased political and military power in Kossovo, was joined by 50member groups of Islamist terrorists, mudjahedin and Jihad fighters from Bosnia, Chechnya and Afghanistan, who have crossed the borders from Albania using passports of Albanians from FYROM.

    [24] CLINTON-SOLANA MEETING

    US president Bill Clinton met in Brussels today with NATO secretary-general Javier Solana and NATO general Wesley Clark. In the meeting was underlined the need for the intensification of the diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis.

    However, it was pointed out that the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia will become more intense as a means of pressure for Serbia to accept the terms of NATO for the cease fire. Mr. Clinton will visit Germany to meet with chancellor Gerhard Schroeder while he will also visit US military camps, the three US marines released by the Serbs and refugee camps.

    Meanwhile, the foreign ministers of the eight richest countries in the world will meet in Bonn tomorrow. US secretary of defense William Cohen announced at noon today that the two Yugoslav soldiers held by the NATO forces will be released.

    [25] PAPOULIAS WILL MEET WITH MILOSEVIC IN BELGRADE

    Former foreign minister Karolos Papoulias will meet with Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic in Belgrade. According to information, Mr. Papoulias will deliver to Mr. Milosevic a letter by prime minister Kostas Simitis.

    Meanwhile, UN secretary-general Kofi Annan stated that Russia and the United Nations will cooperate for the solution of the Yugoslav crisis through the diplomatic route.


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