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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-05-28

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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 28, 1999

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] A HOSTAGE SITUATION IS STILL IN PROGRESS IN THESSALONIKI
  • [02] THRILLER IN THESSALONIKI - AN ALBANIAN HAS SEIZED A BUS FULL OF PASSENGERS
  • [03] THE DISCUSSION IN PARLIAMENT ON THE YUGOSLAV CRISIS IS UNDERWAY
  • [04] KRANIDIOTIS ON THE INDICTMENT OF MILOSEVIC
  • [05] NEW DEMOCRACY ON THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE DECISION TO INDICT MILOSEVIC
  • [06] REPPAS ON THE MOBILIZATIONS IN THESSALONIKI AGAINST NATO
  • [07] REPPAS CONFIRMED THAT TURKEY MADE A DEMARCHE TO THE GREEK EMBASSY IN ANKARA
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [08] KISSINGER CRITICIZED THE DECISION FOR THE INDICTMENT OF MILOSEVIC
  • [09] DINI IS AGAINST A GROUND FORCES OPERATION BY NATO
  • [10] CHERNOMYRDIN-MILOSEVIC MEETING
  • [11] BORISLAV MILOSEVIC: THE INDICTMENT OF THE YUGOSLAV PRESIDENT IS A "POLITICAL SHOW"

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] A HOSTAGE SITUATION IS STILL IN PROGRESS IN THESSALONIKI

    The ordeal of the passengers of an intercity bus, that was seized by 21yearold Albanian Flamur Pisli this morning, continues as they are still held hostage and their abductor is threatening them with a gun and a hand grenade. According to information he gave himself to reporters, he was led to this action in revenge for his brother who was mistreated by locals because he had an affair with a Greek woman in the small village of Scholari, outside Thessaloniki. The man asks for 50 million drachmas in order to free the hostages.

    The young Albanian is in contact with police through a mobile phone and he is demanding the money and a free passage in order to reach the borders with Albania and return to his country.

    He boarded the bus at 10:30 this morning and forced the driver to bring it to Thessaloniki. After driving around Thessaloniki for several hours he demanded from the driver to take the bus to the city of Veria. They changed their direction again and around 2pm they returned to Thessaloniki. Based on the latest information the bus now moves toward the borders with Albania.

    The bus is followed by a strong police force and a police helicopter as well as, by tens of cars with reporters and television crews.

    [02] THRILLER IN THESSALONIKI - AN ALBANIAN HAS SEIZED A BUS FULL OF PASSENGERS

    A thriller is in progress in Thessaloniki. A man, possibly an Albanian, armed with a kalashnikov and a hand grenade has seized an intercity bus and is holding its driver and five passengers hostage. The ordeal of the passengers started at 9am this morning.

    According to information, an Albanian, who boarded the bus at the small community of Scholari had a gun and a hand grenade hidden in a travel bag and threatening the driver he forced him to take the bus to Thessaloniki. The bus arrived at the Republic Square and tens of policemen blocked the streets leading to the area. Earlier at noon, the bus was taken to the Veria junction but the Albanian ordered the driver to return to Thessaloniki. The Albanian has freed two women passengers.

    The motives of the hostage taking are not known yet.

    [03] THE DISCUSSION IN PARLIAMENT ON THE YUGOSLAV CRISIS IS UNDERWAY

    The discussion held in parliament at political party leaders level concerning the crisis in Yugoslavia is underway. Prime minister Kostas Simitis stated that Greece did not participate and will not participate in war operations in Yugoslavia, while referring to the opposition parties he said that they are not worried about the country but about the Euro-parliament election results.

    Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis accused the government of flattering the powerful even when they are mistaken. He also stated that it is inconceivable for Greece not to have a voice abroad. Mr. Karamanlis stated that mistakes should be pointed out for the sake of being consistent to oneself.

    [04] KRANIDIOTIS ON THE INDICTMENT OF MILOSEVIC

    Greek deputy foreign minister Yiannos Kranidiotis stated that the indictment of Milosevic decided by the International Court of Justice in The Hague does not help in the efforts to find a political solution to the Yugoslav problem. Speaking to the Athens radio station "Flash" he stated that strangely enough the indictment was decided in a period when the peace initiatives had intensified and there was optimism that they could have results.

    Mr. Kranidiotis pointed out that procedures are underway by the ministries of defense and foreign affairs to interrupt temporarily the use of the port of Thessaloniki by NATO forces in the period starting on June 3 until four days after the Euro- parliament elections.

    [05] NEW DEMOCRACY ON THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE DECISION TO INDICT MILOSEVIC

    Greek right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy spokesman Aris Spiliotopoulos stated that the indictment of Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic and four other high ranking government officials after a decision made by the International Court of Justice in The Hague takes us back to the start of the crisis in Yugoslavia.

    Mr. Spiliotopoulos stated that this move gives the impression that huge obstacles are being created blocking the peace efforts and this is very alarming.

    [06] REPPAS ON THE MOBILIZATIONS IN THESSALONIKI AGAINST NATO

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that the reactions of the people of Thessaloniki, who do not want the NATO forces to pass through their city on their way to FYROM, are mobilizations of small groups and not of the people of Thessaloniki as a whole.

    Mr. Reppas stated that they have the right to express their views and their opposition but they should take under consideration that national interests are at stake and that Greece has a specific policy based on national interest that is backed by the majority of the Greek people.

    He said that such problems should not be created without justification because they hurt the image of the country.

    [07] REPPAS CONFIRMED THAT TURKEY MADE A DEMARCHE TO THE GREEK EMBASSY IN ANKARA

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas confirmed that Turkey made a demarche to the Greek embassy in Ankara requesting that actions that could create tension in regions disputed by Turkey should be avoided.

    Specifically, Greek embassy employee Ms. Koumanakou received the demarche but there was no reference made to a specific island. However, it is believed that the demarche has to do with the island of Agathonisi where a yacht club hoisted the Greek flag.

    Mr. Reppas accused Turkey of extreme and provocative behavior and stated that the island in question is being inhabited for years by an organized community and no dispute is justified.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [08] KISSINGER CRITICIZED THE DECISION FOR THE INDICTMENT OF MILOSEVIC

    Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger criticized the decision of the International Court of Justice in The Hague to indict Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic for crimes against humanity maintaining that this move makes the diplomatic efforts for the solution of the Yugoslav crisis more complex.

    Mr. Kissinger stated in an interview with the BBC that it is not possible to negotiate with someone who is accused of war crimes as the indictment decision concerns not only Milosevic but the Serb president as well and therefore, there is no legitimate authority in Belgrade with which negotiations could be held.

    Also, Mr. Kissinger condemned the strategy of NATO in the Kossovo crisis and stated that the alliance will have a problem with a war in which moral values are in effect at an altitude of over 15.000 feet.

    [09] DINI IS AGAINST A GROUND FORCES OPERATION BY NATO

    Italian foreign minister Lamberto Dini, in an interview with the weekly newspaper "Panorama", expressed his strong reaction to NATO's intention to send ground forces to Kossovo in view of the effort for a peace agreement.

    It would be a real invasion, stated Mr. Dini, and added that if something like this happens Italy will distance itself from such actions. He said that such a decision will destroy the diplomatic and political work of 20 years. The Italian foreign minister expressed the view that the United States will not have the backing of Germany and many other countries, which are members of the alliance, except from Britain.

    [10] CHERNOMYRDIN-MILOSEVIC MEETING

    Russian mediator Victor Chernomyrdin and Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic are meeting at this hour in Belgrade in a last effort to find a political solution to the Yugoslav problem.

    Mr. Chernomyrdin before leaving Moscow expressed strong disappointment because essentially there were no concrete results from the talks with US assistant secretary of state Strobe Talbott and Finnish president Maarti Ahtisaari. However, he stressed that he will continue the efforts for the solution of the Yugoslav problem.

    [11] BORISLAV MILOSEVIC: THE INDICTMENT OF THE YUGOSLAV PRESIDENT IS A "POLITICAL SHOW"

    Yugoslav ambassador to Moscow Borislav Milosevic, brother of Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic stated today to the French newspaper "Le Parisien" that the indictment of the Yugoslav president decided by the International Court of Justice in The Hague is a "political show" that aims at destroying the diplomatic efforts.

    The Yugoslav ambassador stated that the Americans want to sabotage the negotiations and any hope for compromise, adding that the West should negotiate with Milosevic otherwise the NATO allies will have to fight until the end "because my brother can not be pushed aside and there is no other who can negotiate in Belgrade".


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