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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-05-13

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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 13, 1999

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] GREEK PREMIER URGES FOR AN END TO THE WAR IN YUGOSLAVIA
  • [02] HELLENIC PETROLEUM SHOWN TO INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS UNION
  • [03] BULGARIAN TRADE-TOURISM MINISTER TO VISIT GREECE TODAY
  • [04] REPPAS: GREECE'S POSITION ON THE YUGOSLAV CRISIS IS CLEAR
  • [05] KRANIDIOTIS: CYPRUS' EU ACCESSION NEGOTIATIONS ARE ON A GOOD COURSE
  • [06] REPPAS ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE US AMBASSADOR
  • [07] KRANIDIOTIS AND BURNS DISCUSSED THE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [08] TRIPARTITE MEETING OF GREECE, BULGARIA AND ROMANIA
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [09] GREEK PRESIDENT ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO ARMENIA, TO MEET WITH PM
  • [10] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELS TO BULGARIA TOMORROW
  • [11] PARLIAMENT'S CHINA-JAPAN-KOREA FRIENDSHIP GROUP IN SEOUL
  • [12] NATO RAIDS A NIGHTLY OCCURRENCE IN YUGOSLAVIA
  • [13] RUSSIA: LOWER DUMA CALLS FOR YELTSIN'S RESIGNATION
  • [14] HUNDREDS OF YELTSIN'S OPPONENTS RALLY OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT
  • [15] GREEK -CZECH INITIATIVE FOR KOSOVO IS IN THE WORKS
  • [16] THE HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH CALLS ON NATO TO STOP USING CLUSTER BOMBS IN YUGOSLAVIA
  • [17] THE LEADER OF A GREEK OPPOSITION PARTY IS IN BELGRADE
  • [18] CHIRAC - YELTSIN TALKS
  • [19] 250 SERB SOLDIERS LEFT KOSSOVO THIS MORNING

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] GREEK PREMIER URGES FOR AN END TO THE WAR IN YUGOSLAVIA

    Greece's Prime Minister Costas Simitis stressed Greece's wish to see the war in Yugoslavia stop, during his telephone conversation with his British counterpart Toni Blair.

    Moreover, in his address before a PASOK rally last night, Mr. Simitis slammed Europe's stance towards the Kosovo crisis, stating that while the continent has the capacity of being transformed into an economic giant, it, instead, displayed a lack of will in the Yugoslav matter by missing out on initiatives. Referring to the United States, he stressed that the concept of a permanent superpower is mistaken since it constitutes a factor of world instability.

    [02] HELLENIC PETROLEUM SHOWN TO INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS UNION

    Greece's "Hellenic Petroleum" was presented before the Institutional Investors Union in Athens yesterday by its chairman E. Tzellas who outlined the company's leading position in the Greek oil market, where it holds 57% share.

    Mr. Tzellas stressed that the Greek firm's Aspropyrgos refinery ranks sixth among 101 European facilities, while Thessaloniki's facility is the only one in northern Greece.

    The chairman stated that in 1998 the firm posted pre-tax profits of 40.2 billion drachmas, a sharp increase from 1997's15.7 billion drachmas, adding that profits after tax were 27.5 billion drachmas in 1998, up from 6.3 billion in the previous year, he said.

    Hellenic Petroleum, which is listed on the Athens bourse and the London market, recently signed contracts worth 180 million dollars with the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to acquire a majority stake in the country's OKTA refinery, and build a pipeline linking Thessaloniki and Skopje.

    [03] BULGARIAN TRADE-TOURISM MINISTER TO VISIT GREECE TODAY

    Bulgaria's Minister of Trade and Tourism Valentin Vasilev is to visit Greece today, at the invitation of Greece's Minister of National Economy and Finance Yiannos Papantoniou.

    Mr. Vasilev is scheduled to meet with the Minister of Development Evangelos Venizelos, Macedonia-Thrace Ioannis Magriotis and various Greek businessmen and investors.

    [04] REPPAS: GREECE'S POSITION ON THE YUGOSLAV CRISIS IS CLEAR

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that the government's position on the Yugoslav crisis is clear.

    Mr. Reppas explained that the war should stop immediately, while the ground forces operations can not be a solution and an emphasis should be given to the diplomatic initiatives aimed at reaching a political solution. He also said that the agreement of the G8 in Bonn is a basis for negotiations that will lead to a political solution in Kossovo.

    [05] KRANIDIOTIS: CYPRUS' EU ACCESSION NEGOTIATIONS ARE ON A GOOD COURSE

    Cyprus' EU accession negotiations are on a good course as the problems in the EU association efforts created by certain member- states have been overcome, according to Greek deputy foreign minister Yiannos Kranidiotis, who characterized the development as positive.

    Mr. Kranidiotis will visit Cyprus today heading a government delegation and stated that after efforts made by the Greek side the reservations that had been expressed by Holland, Italy and France have been lifted.

    Mr. Kranidiotis also expressed the hope that a strong government will soon be formed in Turkey and will assume its responsibilities toward the international community and international law through a reliable dialogue with the Greek Cypriot side.

    [06] REPPAS ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE US AMBASSADOR

    Mr. Burns is a US ambassador who is interested in the Greek armed forces armaments program, underlined Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas when he was asked to comment on the ambassador's visit to the minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos.

    On the meeting of Mr. Burns with deputy foreign minister Yiannos Kranidiotis, Mr. Reppas said that they discussed the crisis in Kosovo and the minister's trip to Cyprus.

    Responding to a question on whether the ambassador expressed discontent regarding last night's statement by prime minister Kostas Simitis on the role of the United States and president Clinton, he stated that the prime minister is not being censored and he has been elected by the Greek people.

    [07] KRANIDIOTIS AND BURNS DISCUSSED THE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CYPRUS ISSUE

    The developments in the Cyprus issue were discussed today by deputy foreign minister Yiannos Kraniditotis and US ambassador to Athens Nicholas Burns on the occasion of the G8 willingness to promote a draft agreement for the solution of the problem.

    Mr. Kranidiotis and Mr. Burns also discussed the developments in Kosovo in view of the EU foreign ministers council meeting early next week.

    [08] TRIPARTITE MEETING OF GREECE, BULGARIA AND ROMANIA

    The meeting of Greece's foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou, Bulgaria's Nadezda Michailova and Romania's Andrei Presu will be held in Sofia tomorrow.

    The political directors of the three Balkan states' foreign ministries will be held in the Bulgarian capital today. They will discuss details concerning the joint declaration that will be issued at the end of the tripartite meeting and will be used as a basis for the talks of the three foreign ministers.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [09] GREEK PRESIDENT ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO ARMENIA, TO MEET WITH PM

    The President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos is presently conducting an official, two-day visit to Armenia, at the invitation of the republic's leadership.

    He will meet with Armenian Premier Armen Darbinyan today, the last day of his visit to Armenia.

    Yesterday, the President, accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Grigoris Niotis and Deputy National Economy Minister Alekos Baltas, inaugurated a Greek hall at the Yerevan State University's library, which will contain books on history and sciences presented by Greece. Yerevan University's library is the oldest in Armenia and houses two million books, while it also features a selection of ancient Greek literature books.

    The University also bestowed upon the Greek President the honorary doctor degree.

    Mr. Stephanopoulos met with his Armenian counterpart Robert Kocharyan, with whom he signed three texts: an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation; an agreement for mutual assistance between customs administrations and a protocol for an exchange of documents on the ratification of a friendship and cooperation agreement between Greece and Armenia - signed in Athens in June 1997.

    The Greek President also visited the Museum and the Monument for the Armenian Genocide by the Turks in 1915, where he planted a fir tree "as an expression of honor to the Armenian nation".

    [10] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELS TO BULGARIA TOMORROW

    Greece's Foreign Minster George Papandreou is to travel to Sofia tomorrow, where he will hold talks with his Bulgarian and Romanian counterparts, Nadejda Michailova and Andrei Plesu, respectively.

    Speaking in a press conference held yesterday, Mr. Papandreou stated that Greece will continue to work towards a speedy political and diplomatic solution to the Kosovo crisis through a series of contacts in Europe, the United States and China.

    He reiterated Greece's initiatives for the "day after" the war, underlining the aim of restructuring the region since it is integrally connected with Greek national interests.

    The Foreign Minister is scheduled to travel to Paris on Tuesday, at the invitation of his French counterpart Hubert Vedrine.

    [11] PARLIAMENT'S CHINA-JAPAN-KOREA FRIENDSHIP GROUP IN SEOUL

    A delegation of deputies-members of the Hellenic Parliament's Greece-China-Japan-Korea friendship group, is departing for Seoul today, on the invitation of the south Korean Parliament.

    The Greek deputies, led by the group's chairman Ioannis Haralabopoulos, will have talks with the country's political leaders and will also lay a wreath at the memorial erected in honor of Greek troops who died in the Korean War.

    [12] NATO RAIDS A NIGHTLY OCCURRENCE IN YUGOSLAVIA

    NATO warplanes pounded Belgrade's outskirts early this morning, striking Batanica's airport.

    According to Yugoslavia's "Studio B" radio station, the Serb television headquarters in Novi Sad were also hit, along with a nearby transmitter. At the same time, the United States have declared their intention to intensify the raids while, according to the US Pentagon, 660 missions were executed yesterday.

    [13] RUSSIA: LOWER DUMA CALLS FOR YELTSIN'S RESIGNATION

    Russian deputies embarked on President Boris Yeltsin's impeachment session today, which could lead to the ouster of President Boris Yeltsin.

    The 450-member State Duma lower house of parliament is to consider five charges against President Yeltsin during a debate scheduled to last three days.

    The session is following the President's move to dismiss Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov from his duties by a decree, appointing interior minister, Sergei Stepashin, to the post.

    [14] HUNDREDS OF YELTSIN'S OPPONENTS RALLY OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT

    Hundreds of anti-Boris Yeltsin protesters demonstrated outside the State Duma in Moscow today, as deputies began historic impeachment hearings against the Russian president.

    As the French news agency AFP reported, police said 700 people had gathered outside the lower house of parliament, chanting "Yeltsin is a killer" and brandished red Soviet flags at the entrance to the parliament building.

    "Yeltsin resign!" cried some, while others shouted, "no to a coup d'etat". "Yeltsin killed nine million people! Who wants more?" chanted some protesters, a reference to a genocide charge leveled against Yeltsin.

    "The president is completely mad," Eduard Limonov, head of the extremist National Bolshevik party told AFP.

    "Primakov was not the best prime minister, National Bolshevik party told AFP. "Primakov was not the best prime minister, but he guaranteed social stability.

    "His dismissal is a step towards civil war," he added.

    On the nearby Tverskaya Boulevard around 80 pro-Yeltsin supporters rallied behind the president following an appeal by the Democratic Choice party of ex-premier Yegor Gaidar.

    The group attacked the "Duma's madness" in launching the impeachment process.

    [15] GREEK -CZECH INITIATIVE FOR KOSOVO IS IN THE WORKS

    Greece and the Czech Republic are working on a joint initiative for reaching a political resolution to the Kosovo crisis, according to an announcement issued by the Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kavan.

    According to the Czech FM, this initiative will be supplementary to the G-8's decision, by supporting that the countries which were not directly involved in the air raids against Yugoslavia will be able to carry out a key role in organizing the peacekeeping force that would be assigned to the region.

    Meanwhile, Czech President Vaclav Havel believes that a solution is imminent to the Kosovo crisis, so close in fact that "it could be resolved in a matter of days, not weeks."

    [16] THE HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH CALLS ON NATO TO STOP USING CLUSTER BOMBS IN YUGOSLAVIA

    The human rights organization Human Rights Watch called on NATO to stop using cluster bombs in Yugoslavia.

    The organization's armaments department director stressed that the cluster bombs put in danger the lives of unarmed civilians who must be protected in every possible way.

    It should be noted that 15 people were killed in the bombing of the center of Nis last Friday when cluster bombs exploded near an open air market and the city hospital. A similar tragic incident occurred in southern Kossovo on April 24 when 5 children were killed while playing with a unexploded cluster bomb.

    [17] THE LEADER OF A GREEK OPPOSITION PARTY IS IN BELGRADE

    Leader of the opposition Democratic Social Movement Dimitris Tsovolas is in Belgrade for talks with the Yugoslav leadership on the continuing crisis as a result of the NATO bombings against Yugoslavia.

    Mr. Tsovolas is expected to meet today with Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, Serb president Milan Miludinovic and Yugoslav foreign minister Zivadin Jovanovic, while he will also meet with a delegation of the Serb Socialist Party.

    Meanwhile, a tripartite delegation of the Journalists Association of Athens Newspapers, headed by its chairman Nikos Kiaos, is in Belgrade. The delegation is scheduled to meet with representatives of the Serb Journalists Association and it will also visit the buildings that were destroyed by the NATO bombings in the Yugoslav capital.

    [18] CHIRAC - YELTSIN TALKS

    Today's talks between French president Jacques Chirac and his Russian counterpart in Moscow are characterized as difficult after the position expressed yesterday by Boris Yeltsin that he will withdraw from the talks on Kosovo if his proposals are ignored.

    Russian mediator Victor Chernomyrdin and US assistant secretary of state Strobe Talbot will have new talks today.

    Meanwhile, there is tension in the party congress of the Greens in Germany which is expected to decide for or against the continuation of the NATO air attacks against Yugoslavia. The rejection of the bombings is possible to bring the fall of the government of chancellor Gerhard Schroder.

    [19] 250 SERB SOLDIERS LEFT KOSSOVO THIS MORNING

    Two hundred and fifty Serb soldiers left Kossovo at 6:15 am (local time) this morning, according to the FYROM state news agency, citing a report by the Bulgarian news agency BTA.

    The withdrawal of the force was overseen by general Vladimir Lazarevic, commander of the Pristina based 3rd Army Corps and for the first time reporters were allowed to be present during the departure of the military convoy.

    According to BTA, general Lazarevic clarified to reporters that the pace of the transportation of the Serb soldiers and military equipment outside the administrative borders of Kossovo is slow because of the danger due to the continuing NATO bombings.


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