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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-05-21

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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 21, 1999

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] REPPAS: TURKISH AIRCRAFT WILL NOT USE THE GREEK AIRSPACE
  • [02] THE INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF COMMUNIST AND LABOR PARTIES HAS OPENED IN ATHENS
  • [03] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH VARTHOLOMEOS WAS AWARDED THE GRAND CROSS OF THE ORDER OF APOSTLE PAVLOS
  • [04] FREDDIE GERMANOS DIED TODAY
  • [05] ABNA HAS CREATED A HOME PAGE ON THE INTERNET FOR THE KOSOVO REFUGEES
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [06] NATO HIT TARGETS IN KOSOVO AND SERBIA THIS MORNING
  • [07] THE IVANOV-PAPANDREOU-BILT TALKS ARE UNDERWAY IN MOSCOW
  • [08] CHERNOMYRDIN CANCELLED HIS MEETINGS WITH PAPANDREOU AND TALBOTT
  • [09] NATO HAS SUFFERED HUGE LOSSES IN YUGOSLAVIA, ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES ASSOCIATION
  • [10] GIORGOS PAPANDREOU IS IN MOSCOW

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] REPPAS: TURKISH AIRCRAFT WILL NOT USE THE GREEK AIRSPACE

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas confirmed that Turkey requested permission for its fighter jets to use the Greek airspace in order to go to Germany and participate in the NATO operations against Yugoslavia.

    Mr. Reppas stated that the stance of the Greek government is negative and the Greek air space will not be used by Turkish aircraft.

    [02] THE INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF COMMUNIST AND LABOR PARTIES HAS OPENED IN ATHENS

    The three-day international meeting of Communist and Labor parties opened in Athens today with the speech of Greek Communist Party general secretary Ms. Aleka Papariga.

    The meeting on the crisis in capitalism, the globalization and the response of the labor parties as well as, the crisis in Yugoslavia and NATO's new action doctrine is attended by 55 Communist and Labor Parties from 50 countries.

    Ms. Papariga in her opening speech referred to the war in Yugoslavia and called for the end of the bombings, while she also stated that there should be no NATO forces deployed in Kosovo and Yugoslavia. On the new NATO doctrine, Ms. Papariga stated that the international security system that was created after the two world wars has entered a period of deep crisis. Ms. Papariga stressed that a new chapter has opened not only for the Balkans but for the world as a whole, adding that everybody must be ready to face the NATO forces, the military and terrorist operations.

    [03] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH VARTHOLOMEOS WAS AWARDED THE GRAND CROSS OF THE ORDER OF APOSTLE PAVLOS

    Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All of Greece awarded to Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos the Grand Cross of the Order of Apostle Pavlos, the highest distinction made by the Church of Greece, during the extraordinary meeting of the Holy Synod.

    Later this afternoon, the Ecumenical Patriarch will visit the head of the Greek Church at the Archbishopric and then he will attend an Academy of Athens event that will be held in his honor. In the evening, Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos will visit the University of Athens that will declare him professor emeritus and then he will go to his sister's house.

    [04] FREDDIE GERMANOS DIED TODAY

    Journalist and author Freddie Germanos died in the Hygia Hospital in Athens today at the age of 66. In the past few years he was suffering from cancer. He started writing novels when he was 18 years old and began his career by receiving the second prize in a novel writing competition organized by Babis Klaras of the Athens newspaper "Vradini". Almost immediately after receiving the award he started working as a reporter for the newspaper "Eleftheria" and a few years later he worked as a columnist for the newspaper "Mesimvrini".

    He completed his career as a columnist in the newspaper "Eleftherotypia" when he resigned to be totally dedicated to writing novels. In 1964 he published his first book "I'm sorry, it was a mistake" which sold 150.000 copies. He published a total of 22 books and according to a research conducted by the literary magazine "Diavazo", he is among the most read contemporary Greek authors.

    He preferred the books he wrote after 1978, like "Hostile Planet", "A smiling afternoon", "My dearest Sophia", "The Execution", "Elli Lambeti" "Wet Nights" and "Tereza" which was a best seller in 1997.

    [05] ABNA HAS CREATED A HOME PAGE ON THE INTERNET FOR THE KOSOVO REFUGEES

    The Association of Balkan News Agencies (ABNA) has created a home page on its Internet site to contribute to the efforts for the location of missing Kosovo refugees.

    The home page began its operation on May 17 and already have been received messages from people who are looking for their missing relatives or friends. Every Internet user from any part of the world can send messages or look for messages already sent.

    The whole process is very simple and Macedonian Press Agency which has created the home page and the data base, will install personal computers in the two biggest refugee camps in Albania as soon as the necessary tele-communications infrastructure is in place by the Albanian authorities, while the same will be done in the refugee camps in FYROM.

    The address is http://www.abna.org/kosovo/refugees, while there is a link with the home page of MPA (http://www.mpa.gr) as well as with ABNA's home page (http://www.abna.org).

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [06] NATO HIT TARGETS IN KOSOVO AND SERBIA THIS MORNING

    NATO aircraft hit targets in Kosovo this morning, while explosions were heard in Serb towns at noon today.

    According to the Yugoslav news agency Tanjug, over 25 missiles exploded in Kosovo from 8:40am to 9:30am this morning.

    The information center in Pristina announced that NATO aircraft hit the prison complex in the city of Istok, the village of Dobrevo and the wider region of Urosevac.

    The fuel storage facilities of Jugopetrol in Smederevo were bombed for an 11th time this morning since the start of the NATO bomb campaign and a few minutes later, two missiles hit a railway bridge, about 60 kilometers south-east of Belgrade.

    [07] THE IVANOV-PAPANDREOU-BILT TALKS ARE UNDERWAY IN MOSCOW

    Russian foreign minister Igor Ivanov has talks in Moscow with his Greek counterpart Giorgos Papandreou.

    In the talks for the solution of the Yugoslav crisis participates and special UN envoy to the Balkans Carl Bilt.

    [08] CHERNOMYRDIN CANCELLED HIS MEETINGS WITH PAPANDREOU AND TALBOTT

    Russian Balkan envoy Victor Chernomyrdin cancelled his scheduled meetings with Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou and UN special envoy to the Balkans Carl Bilt because of "lack of time", according to statements made to the Russian news agency Itar-Tass by diplomatic sources.

    Also, diplomatic sources have stated that Mr. Chernomyrdin will meet with the Swedish former prime minister in a few days. Later this afternoon, Mr. Bilt will leave for Stockholm.

    [09] NATO HAS SUFFERED HUGE LOSSES IN YUGOSLAVIA, ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES ASSOCIATION

    The "Strategic policy" monthly issue of the International Strategic Studies Association, ISSA, defense and foreign affairs department mentions that by April 20 NATO had lost 38 fighter jets, 6 helicopters and 7 unmanned aircraft in its attacks on Yugoslavia. The same journal adds that 50 NATO soldiers were killed and many alliance missiles were downed by the Yugoslav air defense as well as three Stealth aircraft.

    The same journal had predicted in December of 1992 that the then newly elected US president Bill Clinton was determined to take drastic measures in the Balkans putting at risk peace in the region.

    The ISSA publication also mentions that after April 20 were downed more NATO aircraft. Citing different sources it mentions that three F-117A aircraft were downed by Serb pilots or missiles, a USAF F-15 Eagle was lost with its pilot, a German pilot was captured and a female pilot of the US Air Force was killed.

    In the first week of the war an aircraft was shot down near the city of Podgorica and the NATO helicopter that rescued its pilot was also shot down according to a number of independent reports, while in the same period Yugoslav soldiers killed 20 NATO soldiers near Pristina and based on the video tape on the incident, the victims were 12 US soldiers and 8 members of the British special forces.

    It was made known that at least 30 bodies of alliance soldiers have already been transported to Athens, while on board two NATO helicopters shot down by the Serbs were 50 US soldiers who most likely have been killed.

    [10] GIORGOS PAPANDREOU IS IN MOSCOW

    Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou is in Moscow for meetings with his Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov and Balkan mediator Victor Chernomyrdin.

    Meanwhile, US assistant secretary of state Strobe Talbott characterized as constructive and serious the talks he had with Chernomyrdin and the Finnish president. Mr. Ahtisaari stressed that more efforts must be made for peace in Yugoslavia. The talks will resume next Wednesday.


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