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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-05-22
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
 CHRISTIAN CHURCHES HAVE BEEN TURNED INTO STABLES IN THE TURKISH OCCUPIED NORTHERN CYPRUS
Web Posted: 15:27 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 22/05/1999 (MPA) The Greek state radio ERA5 reported that based on a press report published by the Turkish Cypriot newspaper "Avrupa" many Christian churches are being destroyed in the Turkish occupied northern Cyprus, while photographs show the interior of a church in a terrible condition and another church that had been turned into a stable.
The newspaper mentions characteristically that the church is one of the many that are being used as stables and wonders what would have been the reaction of the Turkish Cypriot side if something like this was done to Muslim mosques by the Greek Cypriots.
The newspaper also reports that a Greek Cypriot cemetery was destroyed in order to build a road, while recently another Greek Cypriot cemetery was also destroyed. It writes that the Greek Cypriots have protested against these practices to the Council of Europe and added that the Turkish Cypriots would have done the same.
 THE FUNERAL OF FREDDIE GERMANOS WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY
Web Posted: 15:27 GMT+2Athens, 22/05/1999 (MPA) The funeral of journalist and author Freddie Germanos, who died yesterday from cancer at the age of 66, will be held on Monday. Freddie Germanos began his career at the age of 18 and worked for the Athens newspapers "Vradini", "Mesimvrini", "Eleftheria" and "Eleftherotipia".
In 1964 he published the novel "Sorry, it was a mistake" which was the first of his 22 books. He made history in the Greek television with his shows "Front Page" and "Salt and Pepper".
 THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH VISITED THE ISLAND OF EGINA
Web Posted: 15:27 GMT+2Egina, 22/05/1999 (MPA) Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos was warmly welcomed by the residents of the island of Egina.
The head of the Orthodox Church will visit the Monastery of Holy Trinity and the Greek Center for the Care of Wild Birds and Animals.
The Ecumenical Patriarch will visit Thessaloniki on May 31 and after visiting a number of dioceses in northern Greece he will return to the Patriarchate in Istanbul on
 THE YUGOSLAV FOREIGN MINISTER SETS TWO PRECONDITIONS FOR PEACE
Web Posted: 15:27 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 22/05/1999 (MPA) The participation of Yugoslavia in the drawing up of a resolution that will be submitted to the UN Security Council as well as, the end of the bombing are the two pre-conditions set by Yugoslav foreign minister Zivadin Jovanovic for the continuation of effective consultations aimed at defusing the crisis in the Balkans.
"Yugoslavia is ready to participate in talks but we feel that the NATO attacks must end before the start of discussions as it is certain that peace talks can not take place in an environment of war and destruction", stated Mr. Jovanovic in an interview with the Athens newspaper "Exusia".
He described as vague the text drawn up recently by the G-8 in the effort to find a way out of the crisis in Kossovo, clarifying however, that the G- 8 decision is a basis for discussion.
Mr. Jovanovic stated that 59 days after the start of the NATO bombing campaign against Yugoslavia the Serb people and the country's political leadership still have a united front, while he stressed that the morale of the Yugoslav people is high.
 NATO CONTINUES ITS AIR STRIKES AGAINST YUGOSLAVIA
Web Posted: 15:27 GMT+2Belgrade, 22/05/1999 (MPA) NATO bombed Yugoslavia again last night, a few hours after the bloody attacks on Prizren and Kossovo. Five explosions rocked the wider region of Belgrade in the early morning hours today, while Novi Sad, Pancevo and other cities were left without electricity.
Ten people were injured when NATO missiles hit an electricity power plant near Belgrade.
Meanwhile, thousands of Kosovo refugees appeared at the borders with FYROM. NATO commander of the forces stationed in Albania, John Reath warned that the return of the refugees to their homes will be a long process that will last at least two years.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi embassy building and the residence of the Iraqi ambassador in Belgrade suffered damages last night during the NATO bombing.
The FYROM ministry of interior announced that a missile hit the village of Prest near Skopje without causing victims or damages. Local residents maintain, according to the FYROM private television station "A-1", that it was a NATO bomb as they heard the sound of a NATO plane just before the explosion.
 20.000 KOSOVO REFUGEES WILL BE TRANSPORTED TO DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD VIA THESSALONIKI
Web Posted: 15:27 GMT+2Skopje, 22/05/1999 (MPA) Twenty thousand Kossovo refugees will be sent to different countries around the world via Thessaloniki in an operation that will be completed in four phases, according to a statement issued by the representative of the UN High Commission for Refugees in Skopje.
The UN High Commission has stated that already 500 Kossovo refugees have been sent to different countries via Thessaloniki.
 GREEK PARLIAMENT DEPUTIES EXPRESSED THEIR OPPOSITION TO THE NATO BOMBING OF YUGOSLAVIA
Web Posted: 14:57 GMT+2Belgrade, 22/05/1999 (MPA) A delegation of Greek parliament deputies from all the political parties represented in the Greek parliament, who visited Belgrade expressed the solidarity of the Greek people to the people of Yugoslavia and their opposition to the NATO air strikes. The delegation headed by Lambros Kanellopoulos met with Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, foreign minister Zivadin Jovanovic and Yugoslav Federal Parliament foreign affairs committee chairman Ljubisa Ristic.
In a statement issued by the office of the Yugoslav presidency it is mentioned that the Greek deputies stressed that there is widespread opposition to NATO's behaviour throughout Europe and the efforts to ignore this fact constitute an attack on the foundations of the democratic principles and the principles of civilization.
From his side, Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic stated that the bombing must end and the problem should be resolved within the UN which must have back its basic role. Mr. Milosevic also stated that the movement of ethnic Albanians away from Kossovo is the result of the NATO bombing.
 K. BACON: NATO SHOULD CONSIDER OTHER OPTIONS IN KOSOVO
Web Posted: 15:27 GMT+2Washington, 22/05/1999 (MPA) NATO should consider other military options if the air campaign does not bring the expected results by fall, stated US department of defense spokesman Kenneth Bacon. No one can guarantee with certainty that the NATO campaign will be successful by fall, stated characteristically the US official.
The US Pentagon spokesman also underlined that his country wants the reinforcement of NATO presence in FYROM as soon as possible, as this force will participate in the peacekeeping operation in Kossovo.
 US ORGANIZATIONS AGAINST THE BOMBING OF YUGOSLAVIA
Web Posted: 14:57 GMT+2New York, 22/05/1999 (MPA) Eighteen peace organizations, among them many with which US president Bill Clinton was associated when he was at a younger age, announced yesterday that they will coordinate a campaign aimed at exerting pressures on the president in order to stop the bombing of Yugoslavia.
Among those organizations are the American Friends Service Committee and the Roman Catholic Pax Christi which have pledged to follow president Clinton across America staging anti-war demonstrations like those organized in the 1960's against the war in Vietnam.
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