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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2000-01-12

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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 12, 2000

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] GOVERNMENT MEETING ON THE NEW ARMAMENTS PROGRAM
  • [02] LIMITED NUMBER OF FLU CASES IN GREECE
  • [03] A 6.000 KILOMETER MARCH FOR THE PARTHENON MARBLES
  • [04] LOSSES OF 0.05% IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [05] DEAL FOR THE SUPPLY OF TURKEY WITH GREEK ELECTRICITY
  • [06] THE FINAL DECISION ON GREECE'S EMU MEMBERSHIP ON JUNE 19-20
  • [07] ANCIENT GREEK TREASURES IN AN AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [08] PAPANDREOU'S CONTACTS IN CYPRUS
  • [09] DECISION ON THE RATIFICATION OF THE DEATH PENALTY IMPOSED ON OCALAN

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] GOVERNMENT MEETING ON THE NEW ARMAMENTS PROGRAM

    The new armaments program of the Greek armed forces for the five-year period of 2001-2005 was the subject of discussion in the meeting that was held in Athens under prime minister Kostas Simitis.

    The meeting took place with the participation of minister of national economy and finance Yiannos Papantoniou, minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos and undersecretary of defense Dimitris Apostolakis.

    Mr. Tsochatzopoulos stated that the issue under discussion was the purchase of 60-90 Eurofighter fighter jets, as well as the agreements for the negotiations concerning the purchase of F-16s, Mirages and transport planes. A special reference was made to the issue of the sums of money allocated for the new armaments program and the program for the new professional army.

    The government council of foreign affairs and defense will meet next week to take the final decisions on the programs for the reinforcement of the armed forces.

    [02] LIMITED NUMBER OF FLU CASES IN GREECE

    The cases of type B flu traced in Greece are only a few, while there is no case of type A flu. According to the specialists, the best protection against the flu virus is for the people to avoid crowded places, while patients must stay at home and antibiotics must be prescribed only by doctors.

    The flu virus infects mainly children and over 300 people with flu-like symptoms have been examined by hospital doctors in Thessaloniki however, most of them left the hospitals without receiving special treatment.

    [03] A 6.000 KILOMETER MARCH FOR THE PARTHENON MARBLES

    Determined to walk a distance of 6.000 kilometers calling for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece is Andreas Andreopoulos who left from Ormenio, Evros last Wednesday and in two days is expected to be in Thessaloniki.

    Andreas Andreopoulos, who collects signatures for the same purpose, chose this way to promote his demand which is the demand of all Greeks. The first part of his march began last month when he covered on foot the distance from Athens to Thessaloniki.

    [04] LOSSES OF 0.05% IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE

    The general index in the Athens Stock Exchange closed with losses of 0.05% managing to limit the big losses recorded in the beginning of the session today.

    The index closed at 5.187,33 points while the volume of transactions was at 261 billion drachmas.

    [05] DEAL FOR THE SUPPLY OF TURKEY WITH GREEK ELECTRICITY

    Kopelouzos Group representatives and representatives of four large energy companies from Russia, Italy, the United States and Turkey signed a deal for the supply of Turkey with electricity produced in Greece. The deal provides for the construction of an electricity supply plant at the Greek-Turkish borders and specifically in the region of Evros, in north-eastern Greece. The electricity production plant will be in operation in 3 to 4 years and it will export electricity mainly to Turkey.

    The business initiative was welcomed by the Greek government and minister of development Evangelos Venizelos stressed that such initiatives show that the new conditions formed in the region can be used in a constructive way.

    Mr. Kopelouzos stated that the people can cooperate in long- term activities and develop strong ties that will not be affected by the different political developments.

    [06] THE FINAL DECISION ON GREECE'S EMU MEMBERSHIP ON JUNE 19-20

    The final decision on Greece's EMU membership will be made in the EU Summit meeting in Portugal on June 19-20, stated Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stressing that it is not feasible neither the government's political will to raise the issue earlier in the informal summit meeting in Lisbon.

    Mr. Reppas stated that the wish of the Greek government is to complete its work successfully and meet all the necessary criteria based on which the country's bid for EMU membership will be judged without needing to hold political discussions on the issue.

    [07] ANCIENT GREEK TREASURES IN AN AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM

    Ancient Greek findings with an estimated value of over US$ 730 million will be exhibited in Sidney's Powerhouse Museum on July 15 - November 15 within the framework of the agreement signed between the Museum's director and the responsible department of the Greek culture ministry.

    The exhibition "A Thousand years of Olympic Games - The treasures of Ancient Greece" is made up of 54 artifacts which are related with the ancient Olympic Games and the track and field sports events.

    The Greek culture ministry general secretary, who visited Sidney recently, stated that a major role in holding the exhibition was played by the Greek-Australian community and added that the Greek culture ministry leadership will be present in the formal opening of the exhibition.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [08] PAPANDREOU'S CONTACTS IN CYPRUS

    The developments formed after the publicizing of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's objective for the Turkish occupied northern part of Cyprus to have separate talks with the European Union were discussed in Cyprus by Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou and Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides.

    Mr. Papandreou pointed out that the European Union has already decided how it will deal with the Turkish Cypriot community in its Luxembourg Summit. He pointed out that the Cypriot Republic has suggested the participation of the Turkish Cypriots in its delegation taking part in the consultations with the European Union and has expressed the hope that the Turkish Cypriot side will respond to this invitation.

    Foreign minister Papandreou also met with the political party leaders in Cyprus, the UN representative in Nicosia and Archbishop Chrisostomos of Cyprus, while he also visited the Greek forces army camp.

    [09] DECISION ON THE RATIFICATION OF THE DEATH PENALTY IMPOSED ON OCALAN

    The political party leaders forming the coalition government in Turkey meet today to decide whether they will proceed with the ratification of the execution of the death penalty imposed on PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.

    Such a likelihood could put at risk Turkey's European Union membership given the fact that the European Court of Human Rights has asked Turkey to suspend the death penalty.

    According to information, the Turkish political parties will respond positively to the request made by the European Court of Human Rights.


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