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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-05-15
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
Last Update: 23:27 GMT+2
NEWS IN DETAIL
 TURKEY RAISES AGAIN THE "GRAY ZONES" ISSUE
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Athens, 15/05/1999 (MPA) Turkey launched a new provocation by raising again the issue of the so-called "gray zones" on the occasion of the decision by a young Greek couple to live on a rocky Aegean islet. Turkish prime minister Bulent Ecevit spoke of an unacceptable settlement attempt.
Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that a marriage can not become the ground for political discussions and further more for the creation of problems. Mr. Reppas stressed that Greece's positions on the Aegean are known and firm.
 THE BATTLE FOR THE EURO-PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS IS ON
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Athens, 15/05/1999 (MPA) The pre-election campaign for the June Euro- parliament elections begins today. Prime minister Kostas Simitis will speak in Komotini, north-eastern Greece this evening in an open rally, while right-wing main opposition party leader of New Democracy Kostas Karamanlis will tour the prefecture of Ilia in southern Greece and this evening he will speak in the city of Patras.
Coalition of the Left leader Nikos Konstantopoulos will attend an event in Frankfurt organized by Greeks living in Germany, while Social Democratic Movement leader Dimitris Tsovolas will tour Thessaloniki and Political Spring party leader Antonis Samaras will visit villages in the region of Xanthi in north-eastern Greece.
 JOINT STATEMENT WAS ISSUED BY THE FOREIGN MINISTERS OF GREECE, BULGARIA AND ROMANIA
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Sofia, 15/05/1999 (MPA) Foreign ministers of Greece, Giorgos Papandreou, Bulgaria's Nadzeda Michailova and Romania's Andrei Plesu issued a joint statement after their tripartite meeting in Sofia today.
The three ministers expressed the will of their governments to seek the end of the crisis in Kossovo and to back the creation of the necessary pre- conditions for a permanent stability in the wider Balkan region. They also stressed their firm support to the recent initiative by the G8, underlining the need for the continuation of the humanitarian aid programs for the Kossovo refugees.
The three ministers also agreed that a temporary political framework should include the self-administration of Kossovo taking under consideration the principles concerning the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Yugoslavia and the rest Balkan states.
 NATO CONTINUES TO BOMB YUGOSLAVIA
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Belgrade, 15/05/1999 (MPA) The NATO air strikes against Yugoslavia continued 24 hours after the latest massacre that was committed by the alliance and resulted to the deaths of over 100 unarmed civilians in the region of Korisa in Kossovo.
NATO has admitted that his forces attacked the village but it maintained that no civilians should have been in the region characterizing it as a military base.
Meanwhile, the United States announced that they accept with reservations the information on the tragedy that comes from the Serb side. The US State Department spokesman has stated that when the NATO attack took place the Serb forces were bombing the region.
Next week, Russian mediator Victor Chernomyrdin will visit Belgrade again for talks with Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic.
 RUSSIA REJECTED THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL DRAFT RESOLUTION ON YUGOSLAVIA
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2New York, 15/05/1999 (MPA) Russia refused to accept a UN Security Council draft resolution on Yugoslavia which was discussed today in the UN Security Council open meeting.
According to Russia's deputy ambassador to the United Nations Andrei Granovski, his country does not accept the draft resolution because it does not include the provision for the immediate end of NATO's illegal military action without which the achievement of true progress is impossible both in reaching a political solution and in dealing with the humanitarian disaster.
Mr. Granovski underlined that the NATO bombings resulted to the dramatic escalation of the catastrophy in the wider Balkan region and are taking place in violation of every form of international law. He stated characteristically that the humanitarian catastrophy in Kossovo is the result and not the cause of the crisis, adding that the UN Security Council has the main responsibility to preserve peace and security and it should have reacted from the beginning of the crisis.
The Russian ambassador attributed to strictly national interests the weakness of the UN Security Council members to give an essential response to the threat the Yugoslav people are facing.
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