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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2000-02-11

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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, February 11, 2000

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] ISTAME, PASOK HOST THESSALONIKI CONFERENCE ON EUROPE
  • [02] EUROPEAN PEOPLE'S PARTY CONFERENCE IN THESSALONIKI
  • [03] AUSTRIAN AIRLINES: THESSALONIKI-VIENNA THREE TIMES A WEEK
  • [04] PARTIES QUARREL OVER CAMPAIGN FUNDS
  • [05] STUDENTS' PARENTS RALLY IN FRONT OF U.S. CONSULATE
  • [06] ELVO'S "CENTAURUS" TANK TO BE PRESENTED TODAY
  • [07] FOOD AND CIGARETTES TOP GREEKS' EXPENSES
  • [08] FARMER IN DEBT FOR LIFE, OWES 10 DRS IN TAXES
  • [09] ALBANIA EYES GREEK ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE
  • [10] TEN NEW CENTERS OF EUROPEAN INFORMATION FOUNDED
  • [11] ROKOFILLOS' STATEMENTS ON THE EU ENLARGEMENT
  • [12] A YOUNG ALBANIAN WOMAN GAVE BIRTH AT THE CUSTOMS OFFICE OF KRISTALLOPIGI
  • [13] GAINS OF 0.04% IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [14] KARAMANLIS' PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE PRE-ELECTION PERIOD
  • [15] THE NEW ARMORED BATTLE TANK WAS PRESENTED TODAY
  • [16] FYROM'S TRACK AND FIELD SECRETARY WAS KILLED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
  • [17] THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ON THE "FALCON" FINDINGS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [18] S.E. EUROPE'S PMs TO SIGN STABILITY PACT
  • [19] GREEK FIRMS EXPOSITION OPENS IN FYROM
  • [20] PROPOSAL TO NAME A BELGRADE AVENUE AFTER ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS
  • [21] THE GREEK AMBASSADOR TO YUGOSLAVIA VISITED MONTENEGRO
  • [22] PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS LEAVES FOR BUCHAREST
  • [23] KIPRIANOU LEAVES FOR LONDON TODAY TO UNDERGO A NEW SURGERY

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] ISTAME, PASOK HOST THESSALONIKI CONFERENCE ON EUROPE

    The Institute of Strategic and Developmental Studies (ISTAME), established in the name of the late Andreas Papandreou, and the ruling PASOK party's prefectural committee in Thessaloniki are to host a two-day international conference this weekend, titled "Europe and the World at the Dawning of the New Millennium".

    The Thessaloniki-held event will be attended by the Greece's Ministers of Defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos, Development Evangelos Venizelos, Macedonia-Thrace Yiannis Magriotis the chairman of ISTAME Yiannis Souladakis, and other leading officials.

    A score of foreign officials will also participate in the conference, among them representatives of Socialist parties from Balkan countries.

    Albania will be represented by the Socialist Party's director of international relations Alexandre Abdullah and the former minister and vice-president of the Social Democrats Apostol Gogol.

    Bulgaria's former president of Parliament Bugovest Sedov will also be present, along with Socialist Party deputy Nora Ananieva.

    Romania's former president Ion Iliescu, who is also the leader of the Social-democratic party, will be attending, along with Mircea Popescu, a member of the Socialist Party' s Institute.

    FYROM will be represented by Igor Ivanovski, deputy and president of the youth chapter of the Social-democrats, as well as deputy Radmila Sekeriska.

    The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia will be represented by two professors from the University of Belgrade, while Montenegro will be represented by the President's adviser Milo Juganovic.

    Croatia will be represented by the director of Zagreb's Economic Institute.

    [02] EUROPEAN PEOPLE'S PARTY CONFERENCE IN THESSALONIKI

    In cooperation with the European People's Party, Greece main opposition New Democracy is to hold a conference in Thessaloniki this month over matters pertaining to democracy, stability and cooperation in Southeastern Europe.

    The two-day event, to be held on February 25-26, will be addressed by N.D. leader Costas Karamanlis who will speak on "A New Strategy of Cooperation and Development in the Balkans".

    [03] AUSTRIAN AIRLINES: THESSALONIKI-VIENNA THREE TIMES A WEEK

    Austrian Airlines is to feature a direct morning flight from Thessaloniki to Vienna - with return- three times week, as of March 28.

    The Thessaloniki-Vienna flight will be held every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, while Vienna-Thessaloniki routes will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

    For those wishing to have a weekend stay-over in Vienna, Austrian Airlines features a package deal at GRD88,400 per person, not including tax. This offer is valid until March 26 and includes two overnight stays with breakfast at a "three star" hotel.

    [04] PARTIES QUARREL OVER CAMPAIGN FUNDS

    The country's political parties continued to quarrel over the size of funds to be allocated for the election campaign during an all-party committee meeting last night, agreeing only on reviewing the issue next Tuesday.

    Greece has a law providing for a ceiling on electoral expenditure, although attempts to enforce the said law often fail.

    Pre-election expenditures for each of the two major parties, PASOK and New Democracy, are expected to range from 10 to 20 billion drachmas.

    [05] STUDENTS' PARENTS RALLY IN FRONT OF U.S. CONSULATE

    A group of parents whose children are attending universities in Yugoslavia conducted a rally in front of the United States Consulate in Thessaloniki last night, demanding that the said students be transferred to Greek universities.

    The protesting parents, about 100 of them, chanted anti- American slogans and held banners stating that their issue is not an economic one, but, rather, humanitarian.

    The entry to the consulate was barricaded by a Greek police squad and the protesters dispersed peacefully without obstructing traffic.

    [06] ELVO'S "CENTAURUS" TANK TO BE PRESENTED TODAY

    A new tank produced by the state-run Hellenic Vehicle Industry SA, (ELVO), is to be presented in Litochoro today, in a ceremony to be attended by the Minister of National Defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos.

    The tank, named "Centaurus", is the newest model of ELVO whose strong point is tank production.

    The ceremony will be also attended by the country's military sector leadership, foreign officials and ELVO's chairman Lukourgos Sakellaris.

    [07] FOOD AND CIGARETTES TOP GREEKS' EXPENSES

    Food and cigarettes get the lion's share of the Greeks' purchasing power, according to a recent survey conducted by the Consumers Institute (INKA).

    Specifically, food and cigarettes top the list of products most affecting the cost of living, at a rate of 59 percent, followed by housing (41%) and education (31%). Apparel and footwear expenses also rank high on the list with 23%, relatively on the same level with monies spent for automobile expenses.

    Health ranks considerably lower on the scale with 11 percent, with public utility expenses representing 10% of the overall expenses.

    The study also revealed that one-third of the Greek shoppers base their selection on the product's price.

    [08] FARMER IN DEBT FOR LIFE, OWES 10 DRS IN TAXES

    A young Greek farmer could have his property confiscated if he doesn't pay three drachmas (about ten U.S. cents) owed in back taxes, an amount which doubled with interest through the course of six years, as the sum originally due was 1.5 drachmas.

    Thirty-year-old Prokopis Fotopoulos offered to pay the amount, proffering 5 drachmas, but was told that the tax office could not accept payment because it could not give him a receipt for such a small amount.

    Instead, the tax officers stated, he could pay once the interest comes to 10 drachmas. This could be in about eight years.

    [09] ALBANIA EYES GREEK ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE

    Since the country is undergoing administrative restructuring, Albania is reportedly looking to adopt Greece's system which they deem as most suitable for their needs.

    The Prefects of Albania and western Macedonia met recently in Korce, on the initiative of the Albanian Prefect Bardhi Alickolli, where the discussion focused on the further development of bilateral ties, while the Albanian prefects were given an outline of the Greek model of administration.

    The Secretary General of the Western Macedonia Prefecture Aris Papadopoulos pointed out that a given administrative system has to be adjusted to the specific country on the basis of its structure, mechanisms and public mentality.

    [10] TEN NEW CENTERS OF EUROPEAN INFORMATION FOUNDED

    Ten new centers of European Information are presently operating in Greece, aimed at providing the average citizen with access to reports, news and programs.

    Specifically, five new info points have been established in the cities of Lamia, Rhodes, Iraklion Patras and Larisa, with the cities of Athens, Thessaloniki and Komotene already having such centers.

    Moreover, four new centers of agricultural information and activity (Carrefours) were established in the cities of Livadia, Xanthi, Naxos and Kalamata, joining the existing ones in Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Karditsa, Egio and Chania.

    Also, a new Center of European Documentation (CDE) was established at the University of Crete, making it the fourth such center after Athens, Piraeus, Thessaloniki and Komotene.

    Fourteen Euro Info Centers are already in operation throughout Greece.

    [11] ROKOFILLOS' STATEMENTS ON THE EU ENLARGEMENT

    The hope that the Turkish Cypriot side will take part in the negotiations for Cyprus' accession into the European Union was expressed by deputy foreign minister Christos Rokofillos speaking in a meeting organized in Athens by the diplomatic academy and the European forum. The meeting was held to focus on the enlargement of the European Union after the Helsinki EU summit meeting.

    Referring to Turkey's accession into the EU, Mr. Rokofillos pointed out that it is up to Ankara to respond to the European challenge and contribute to the improvement of the Greek-Turkish relations.

    [12] A YOUNG ALBANIAN WOMAN GAVE BIRTH AT THE CUSTOMS OFFICE OF KRISTALLOPIGI

    A 25yearold Albanian woman gave birth to a healthy baby-girl at the Customs Office of Kristallopigi with the help of the Greek Customs officers.

    The young woman left Thessaloniki for Koritsa with her husband to give birth. At 4:30am the Greek Railways bus to Koritsa arrived at Kristallopigi and the birth pains came during the customs checks.

    The two Greek customs officers who helped the woman in the delivery expressed the wish to baptize the child at the Kristallopigi chapel.

    [13] GAINS OF 0.04% IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE

    The Athens Stock Exchange general index recorded gains of 0.04% today and closed at 5.502,32 points, while the volume of transactions was at 212 billion drachmas.

    Most of the secondary indexes recorded losses except from the bank shares and investment companies that managed to record gains in the last 10 minutes of the session.

    [14] KARAMANLIS' PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE PRE-ELECTION PERIOD

    Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis expressed the certainty that his party will win the April 9 parliamentary elections in a press conference he gave in Athens today to present his party's stance in the pre-election period.

    Mr. Karamanlis stated that New Democracy will exercise criticism on the government without exaggerations and extremes while at the same time it will promote its own positions.

    The New Democracy leader sent a letter to EU Commissioner Romado Prodi asking him to ban the promotion of projects built with community funds during the pre-election period. He also suggested that there should be no open-air pre-election rallies and backed the election spending checks, while he proposed that the radio and television air time that will be divided among the political parties should be bought.

    On the television debate with prime minister Kostas Simitis he said that he would accept a face-to-face television appearance under the pre-condition that there will be a dialogue and not a monologue.

    Responding to a question on the decision of Athens mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos not to run for parliament, he stated that he will be useful to the party from the position he has chosen.

    [15] THE NEW ARMORED BATTLE TANK WAS PRESENTED TODAY

    The new armored battle tank (TOMA), under the name "Centaur", was presented today at the Litochoro, Pieria shooting ground.

    Army general staff chief Konstantinos Panagiotakis characterized as successful the presentation that was attended by representatives of German defense industries. The armored tank was operated by two crews, a Greek and German and overcame successfully all obstacles.

    Greek Vehicle Industry president Likourgos Sakellaris spoke about the capabilities of the armored tank and said that the number of the tanks that will be built will depend on the needs of the armed forces within the framework of the armaments program.

    Minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos was unable to attend the presentation due to prior engagements that kept him in Athens.

    [16] FYROM'S TRACK AND FIELD SECRETARY WAS KILLED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

    FYROM's track and field secretary was killed, while two female athletes were seriously injured when their private car crashed on a tree due to slippery road.

    Venofski Menoti, 42 was killed while 19yearolds Maja Kujoska and Daniella Kulieska were injured. The young women were going to Athens to take part in track and field sports events. The traffic accident happened at the Thessaloniki-Athens national motor-way in Stilida.

    [17] THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ON THE "FALCON" FINDINGS

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas, responding to a question by reporters on whether prime minister Kostas Simitis will raise the "Falcon" issue to his Romanian counterpart during his visit to Bucharest, stated that the committee of experts set up in Romania to examine the conditions under which the "Falcon" freak accident occurred resulting to the deaths of a number of its passengers among them deputy foreign minister Yiannos Kranidiotis must continue its work undistracted.

    Mr. Reppas stated that the Romanian mass media have reported that the committee together with foreign specialists, such as Greeks, met today and he expressed the hope that the findings of the committee will be out soon.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [18] S.E. EUROPE'S PMs TO SIGN STABILITY PACT

    The prime ministers of Southeastern European countries are to meet in Bucharest tomorrow in order to sign the Pact of Stability, Security and Good Neighborliness in S.E. Europe and renew regional cooperation.

    The six leaders of the Southeast European countries, namely the Premiers of Greece, Bulgaria, Albania, Romania, Turkey and FYROM, are to meet tomorrow in order to sign the Chart of Friendship, Stability, Security and Cooperation in Southeast Europe. Yugoslavia will not be attending since, according to Romania's Foreign Ministry, the said country's participation is not feasible until its domestic situation has been resolved.

    Romanian Premier Emil Constantinescu will chair the meeting, since his country presently holds the presidium of the said cooperation initiative.

    The Coordinator of the Stability Pact for the Balkans Bodo Hombach is to also attend the signing ceremony.

    Greece's Prime Minister Costas Simitis and Foreign Minister George Papandreou are to meet with their Turkish counterparts, Bulent Ecevit and Ismael Cem, respectively, on the sidelines of the Bucharest-held summit. In addition to his Turkish counterpart, Mr. Simitis will also meet privately with Bulgaria's Premier Ivan Kostov, and his counterpart from FYROM Liupcko Georgievski.

    According to diplomatic circles n Athens, the Simitis-Ecevit meeting in Bucharest will aim at maintaining the present state of G/T relations, while matters of substance are not expected to be touched upon.

    [19] GREEK FIRMS EXPOSITION OPENS IN FYROM

    A Greek firms exposition is presently underway in Skopje, FYROM, featuring the participation of 110 companies from the food, chemical, information and health sectors.

    Inaugurated yesterday by the vice-president of FYROM Vasil Topurkovski, the exposition will provide the opportunity for joint ventures between the countries. It will be held until February 20.

    [20] PROPOSAL TO NAME A BELGRADE AVENUE AFTER ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS

    An initiative to name a main avenue in Belgrade after Eleftherios Venizelos has been undertaken by Association of Greeks in Serbia former president and current president of the "Aristotle" cultural center Diogenis Valavanidis.

    In statements he made to the television station "Studio B" explained the reasons that led him to undertake this initiative and referred extensively to the personality of Eleftherios Venizelos reminding the statements made by the distinguished Greek politician and statesman on Serbia and the Serb army during WWI, while he also stressed that the exhausted Serb army reached the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea with the permission of Eleftherios Venizelos.

    Mr. Valavanidis stated that his initiative had the positive response of Belgrade's municipal authorities and that he was informed that the issue has been placed among the priorities of the municipality.

    [21] THE GREEK AMBASSADOR TO YUGOSLAVIA VISITED MONTENEGRO

    Greek ambassador to Yugoslavia Panagiotis Vlassopoulos conveyed to Montenegro president Milo Juganovic the support of the Greek government to the policy followed by Montenegro for the strengthening of democratic procedures and the preservation and strengthening of political stability in Yugoslavia and the region.

    In the meeting were discussed issues concerning Montenegro and relations with Serbia as well as the mutual interest in the strengthening of bilateral relations.

    The Greek ambassador also met in Podgorica with parliament president Svetozar Marovic and expressed satisfaction over the state of relations between Montenegro and Greece.

    [22] PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS LEAVES FOR BUCHAREST

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis will be in Bucharest today to attend the inter-Balkan conference. On the sidelines of the conference, Mr. Simitis is expected to meet with his counterparts from Turkey, Bulgaria and FYROM, while Greece will raise the issue of the partial lifting of the sanctions imposed on Yugoslavia.

    The issue will be raised and in the European Union foreign ministers' meeting that will be held in Brussels on Monday.

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas pointed out that a declaration of friendship and cooperation for security and stability in south-eastern Europe will be signed in the Bucharest conference.

    [23] KIPRIANOU LEAVES FOR LONDON TODAY TO UNDERGO A NEW SURGERY

    Cypriot parliament president Spiros Kiprianou leaves for London today to undergo a new operation after the complications that appeared one month after the open heart surgery he underwent in the United States.

    According to an official statement, Mr. Kiprianou will undergo a surgery tomorrow afternoon.


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