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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2000-01-11

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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, January 11, 2000

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] GREECE AND ITALY SIGN POLICE COOPERATION ACCORD
  • [02] BALKAN RECONSTRUCTION ORGANIZATION BOARD TO MEET IN THESSALONIKI ON MONDAY
  • [03] SLIGHT TREMOR SHAKES EUBOIA, MEASURES 4.2 RICHTER 04] PARLIAMENTARY DISCUSSION ON REPATRIATION TO BE HELD TODAY
  • [05] DRAMATIC INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF VICTIMS OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS
  • [06] THE CASES OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE ARE ON THE RISE WORLDWIDE
  • [07] STABILITY PACT CONFERENCE
  • [08] BIG LOSSES OF 3.04% IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [09] STATEMENTS BY MR. REPPAS ON THE REPORTS ON FAMAGUSTA
  • [10] SIMITIS-D' ALEMA STATEMENTS AFTER THEIR MEETING IN ATHENS
  • [11] DISTINGUISHED TURKISH AND GREEK JOURNALISTS IN THE GREEK- TURKISH CONTACT GROUP CONFERENCE
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [12] ITALIAN PREMIER IN ATHENS, TO MEET WITH GREEK COUNTERPART
  • [13] OTE, KPN TO HOLD TALKS IN SOFIA THIS WEEK OVER BTC SALE
  • [14] GREEK FM EMBARKS ON VISIT TO CYPRUS TODAY
  • [15] GREEK COMMISSIONER MEETS WITH PORTUGUESE MINISTERS
  • [16] PAPANDREOU: THE SITUATION WILL BE ASSESSED IN CYPRUS

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] GREECE AND ITALY SIGN POLICE COOPERATION ACCORD

    A police cooperation agreement signed between Greece and Italy yesterday has laid the foundation for a shared policy on matters related to security, order and crime combat, according to Greece's Minister of Public Order Michalis Chrysochoides.

    The police cooperation accord has established the institutional framework necessary for dealing with mutual interest issues, such as illegal immigration, smuggling and drug trafficking.

    The said agreement is expected to be followed by a trilateral one between Greece, Italy and Albania, as Athens has proposed a meeting to be held between officials from the three countries in Corfu on February 18.

    [02] BALKAN RECONSTRUCTION ORGANIZATION BOARD TO MEET IN THESSALONIKI ON MONDAY

    The Board of Directors of the Balkan Reconstruction Organization will hold its first session in Thessaloniki on Monday.

    The board will convene at the CEDEFOP premises, where the European Union and Greece will be represented by Foreign Affairs Commissioner Chris Patten and the Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Yiannis Magriotis, respectively.

    [03] SLIGHT TREMOR SHAKES EUBOIA, MEASURES 4.2 RICHTER

    A slight tremor measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale occurred this morning in Euboia. The earthquake took place at 9.45 a.m. with its epicenter located at Edipsos. There were no damages reported.

    [04] PARLIAMENTARY DISCUSSION ON REPATRIATION TO BE HELD TODAY

    A draft bill concerning the issue of repatriation is to be discussed in the plenary session of Parliament this evening, and is expected to be voted upon tomorrow.

    Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Grigoris Niotis stated that recent reports concerning unauthorized naturalizations are "unacceptable".

    Speaking to the Macedonian Press Agency, the secretary- general of the Repatriated Greeks Christos Kamenides refuted the reports of numerous unauthorized naturalizations taking place.

    [05] DRAMATIC INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF VICTIMS OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS

    The number of traffic accidents has increased dramatically in Greece as one out of 3 people has been or will be a victim of a traffic accident, according to a research conducted by the Association for the Support of Victims of Traffic Accidents.

    The aim of the association is to keep the people informed as the number of traffic accidents' victims in Greece has an annual increase of 18% when in the rest European countries there is a tendency for an annual decline of 4%.

    The association is a non profit non governmental organization member of the European Federation (FEVR) and has an advisory role in the UN.

    [06] THE CASES OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE ARE ON THE RISE WORLDWIDE

    The cases of Alzheimer's disease are on the rise worldwide and the scientific research is directed toward the preparation of a vaccine for its prevention. However, for the time being there is no full treatment for the disease that hits the brain having as a main symptom the gradual decline of mental acuity leading to the total collapse of the life and personality of the patient.

    The Alzheimer's patients around the world are estimated to be 18-22 million while according to the Alzheimer's International Society, that number is estimated to reach 34 million in the year 2025. In Greece, the patients are estimated at 60.000-100.000. The disease appears mostly after the age of 65 and affects 4% of the people, while it is estimated that in the year 2030 that age group will make up 20% of the population in the developed countries.

    The Alzheimer's disease usually is not hereditary, there are no indications that it affects specific groups of people and there are no tests that can predict if a person will be hit by it.

    [07] STABILITY PACT CONFERENCE

    A conference on democratization and the implementation of the Stability Pact in south-eastern Europe will take place in Thessaloniki on January 21 organized by the European Economic Social Committee at the initiative of the Royaumont countries.

    The goal of the meeting is the exchange of views among representatives of different social and economic groups from the countries participating in the Royaumont procedure.

    The main issues for discussion will be the society of people and social dialogue as the basis of the economic and social development, the modernization procedure of the regional economic and social structures and the means and procedures for the strengthening of the economic and social organizations in the countries of south-eastern Europe.

    [08] BIG LOSSES OF 3.04% IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE

    The general index closed at 3.04% today and the Athens Stock Exchange was at 5.190,17 points. The volume of transactions remained at low levels at 210 billion drachmas.

    The rise of the index is being blocked by the massive liquidation for quick gains while the atmosphere at the Athens Stock Exchange remains negative because of the bad psychological state of the investors.

    [09] STATEMENTS BY MR. REPPAS ON THE REPORTS ON FAMAGUSTA

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas called to comment on the report published on the newspaper "Exusia", according to which there is a joint United States, Britain and United Nations plan for the reopening of the hotels in Famagusta in the Turkish occupied northern part of Cyprus, stated that such ideas must not be seen separately.

    Mr. Reppas also stated that there is no formal proposal and that such ideas are being placed within the framework of the overall course for a fair and viable solution to the Cyprus problem.

    [10] SIMITIS-D' ALEMA STATEMENTS AFTER THEIR MEETING IN ATHENS

    Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis met with his Italian counterpart Massimo D' Alema in Athens and afterwards both leaders responded to questions by reporters.

    Mr. Simitis stressed that Greece's application for EMU membership could be submitted in the second week of March and expressed the belief that the outcome of the EU Summit meeting in June will be positive, while the Italian prime minister underlined that Italy favors Greece's participation in the EMU.

    Responding to a question on the stance of the Greek government regarding the recognition of Turkey as an EU candidate state, Mr. D' Alema stated that it was a brave and an absolutely correct choice. He said that peace was given a chance and now it is up to Turkey to follow the road that has been opened.

    Both leaders agreed that the materialization of the Stability Pact in the Balkans does not proceed with a satisfactory pace, while Mr. Simitis spoke of necessary moves that need to be made based on the triptych democratization-stability-development.

    They both stated that they support the proposal of the Serb opposition for early elections and an end to the embargo and issued an appeal to the international community and the United States to pay attention to this proposal, also calling for a humanitarian aid for the Serb people.

    Finally, they announced the decision for a conference in Ankona on the security in the region of the Adriatic Sea with the participation of Italy, Greece, the European Union and the coastal countries.

    [11] DISTINGUISHED TURKISH AND GREEK JOURNALISTS IN THE GREEK- TURKISH CONTACT GROUP CONFERENCE

    Over 30 distinguished Turkish journalists and mass media executives and over 50 of their Greek colleagues will take part in the two-day Greek-Turkish Conference of the Greek and Turkish journalists' work and contact group that will open in Athens on February 5 during the talks between the foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey Giorgos Papandreou and Ismail Cem. The conference will be opened on behalf of the Turkish side by press council president and "Hurriyet" commentator Oktai Eksi and on behalf of the Greek side by Greek state radio, ERA, general director Yiannis Tzanetakos.

    On the first day of the conference there will be an assessment of the positive and negative effects of the mass media on the Greek-Turkish relations in the past decade. At the same time, the pre-conditions under which the Greek and the Turkish mass media can form a positive climate in bilateral relations will also be examined.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [12] ITALIAN PREMIER IN ATHENS, TO MEET WITH GREEK COUNTERPART

    Italian Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema, presently on a two- day visit to Athens, is to meet with his Greek counterpart, Costas Simitis and the President of the Hellenic Republic Costis Stephanopoulos today.

    Addressing a conference themed "Progressive governance at the start of the century" held at the University of Athens yesterday, Mr. D'Alema stated that democracy and progressive governance constitute the two basic aspects of the Left in the wake of globalization.

    "We are being called upon to square the circle, harmonizing the logic of production-and therefore competitiveness- with social justice, flexibility with guarantees regarding employment," he said.

    Mr. Simitis, also addressing the same conference, stressed the importance of building a safety net for all citizens and forming a a sound social security system. "We believe that there is considerable room in socialism for enlarging democracy," he stated, adding "democracy means participation and joint action by all."

    [13] OTE, KPN TO HOLD TALKS IN SOFIA THIS WEEK OVER BTC SALE

    Officials from Greece's Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) and the Dutch KPN are to continue negotiations for the privatization of Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (BTC) on January 13 in Sofia, as invited by Bulgaria's Transport and Communications Minister Antoni Slavinski. Both OTE and KPN are set to purchase a controlling stake in BTC.

    "One of the first decisions of the new Government of the Republic of Bulgaria was to establish a working group to carry out the negotiations for the privatization of BTC, thus confirming its commitment to bring the procedure to a successful end," Mr. Slavinki's invitation letter to OTE noted.

    [14] GREEK FM EMBARKS ON VISIT TO CYPRUS TODAY

    Foreign Minister George Papandreou is embarking on a two-day official visit to Cyprus today, where he will hold talks with Cypriot officials.

    Mr. Papandreou will also visit Turkey on January 20-21 where he is expected to sign a series of agreements prepared within the framework of Turkish-Greek dialogue. According to press reports, the agreements cover terrorism, economy, trade, tourism, science, technological cooperation, cooperation in the fields of culture, environment, preservation of investments, maritime, and energy.

    [15] GREEK COMMISSIONER MEETS WITH PORTUGUESE MINISTERS

    Greece's EU Commissioner on issues related to Employment and Social Affairs Anna Diamantopoulou met with three Portuguese ministers in Lisbon yesterday, within the framework of Portugal's resumption of the European Union Presidency.

    Ms. Diamantopoulou met the ministers of Labor and Solidarity Fero Rodrigez, Science and Technology Mariano Gango and Equality Maria de Belemo with whom she discussed issues related to the pension system in the European Union countries, employment through the use of information systems and the coordination for the creation of new jobs.

    [16] PAPANDREOU: THE SITUATION WILL BE ASSESSED IN CYPRUS

    Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou met with his Cypriot counterpart Yiannakis Kasoulides as soon as he arrived in Cyprus and clarified with statements he made at the Larnaka Airport that the policy line followed by the Greek and the Cypriot government is placed within the framework of a two-zone and two- community federation.

    The statement made by Mr. Papandreou clears up the situation created after the article by prime minister's press adviser Giorgos Pantagias on Cyprus which had been published by the Athens newspaper Sunday Eleftherotypia. Mr. Papandreou also stated that very important decisions had been made in the Helsinki EU Summit meeting which will be the keys for the permanent settlement of the Cyprus problem and Cyprus' accession into the European Union to the benefit of the people on the island.

    Mr. Papandreou will have consultations in Cyprus with Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides, foreign minister Yiannakis Kasoulides and all the political party leaders. During those contacts an assessment will be made on the outcome of the inter-communal talks in New York in view of the resumption of those talks in Geneva on January 31.

    Upon the arrival of Mr. Papandreou at the Larnaka Airport Cypriot foreign minister Yiannakis Kasoulides stated that the weight of the assessment of all the positive points of the Helsinki decision, both on the solution of the Cyprus problem and Cyprus' EU accession course, will fall on the shoulders of the two governments. He also added that the two governments already had a consultation on December 20.


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