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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2000-05-18

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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 18, 2000

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] MILITARY AIRCRAFT CRASHES ON TOP OF A HOUSE
  • [02] TWO GIRLS BURN TO DEATH WHEN F4 CRASHES ON HOME
  • [03] PROSECUTOR FILES CHARGES AGAINST FALCON'S PILOTS
  • [04] GREECE, CYPRUS HOLD JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE
  • [05] COSMOTE, TELENOR BUY 85% STAKE OF ALBANIA'S AMC
  • [06] A7 CORSAIR PILOT SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES FROM CRASH
  • [07] INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY CELEBRATED TODAY
  • [08] THE BALKAN FOREIGN MINISTERS WILL MEET IN THESSALONIKI ON JUNE 10
  • [09] THE NEW PRIVATE CAR OF THE GREEK CAR INDUSTRY WILL BE READY NEXT YEAR
  • [10] PAPANDREOU WILL DELIVER A SPEECH IN LONDON ON THE PARTHENON MARBLES
  • [11] PAPANDREOU-BURNS MEETING
  • [12] THE "YES" IN THE EUROPARLIAMENT BROUGHT GAINS TO THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [13] GREECE CONDEMNS YESTERDAY'S EVENTS IN SERBIA
  • [14] THE GREEK GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ON THE AIR FORCE JET CRASH
  • [15] THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ON THE CONFIDENCE-BUILDING-MEASURES IN THE AEGEAN
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [16] ARAFAT MEETS WITH GREEK PRESIDENT IN BETHLEHEM
  • [17] EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT TO ENDORSE GREEK EMU ENTRY
  • [18] MELBOURNE, CRETE UNIVERSITIES TO COOPERATE
  • [19] SAE PRESIDENT AWARDED BY SERB ORTHODOX CHURCH

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] MILITARY AIRCRAFT CRASHES ON TOP OF A HOUSE

    An F-4 military aircraft crashed on top of a house in Antikira, Viotia, during training maneuvers this afternoon, killing both the pilot and co-pilot, while one young woman, out of three persons who were inside the home at the time, escaped unharmed.

    According to unverified reports, two more girls are believed to be trapped inside the burning, two-storey house. Fire brigades have rushed to the scene, and are presently searching for survivors. The aircraft had taken off at 10:45 this morning from the Andravida air force base and was conducting maneuvers with another F-4. Eyewitnesses have reported that the aircraft was flying at a very low altitude prior to crashing.

    Today's accident occurred a few kilometers away from the site where another F-4 crashed last January, killing both pilots.

    [02] TWO GIRLS BURN TO DEATH WHEN F4 CRASHES ON HOME

    Two girls burned to death when an F-4 military aircraft crashed on top of their house in Antikira, Viotia (southern Greece), this morning.

    The aircraft crashed during training maneuvers, killing both the pilot and co-pilot, while one of the three young women inside the home at the time, escaped unharmed.

    According to the information office of the General Air Force Staff, the names of the pilot and co-pilot are Constantinos Alexandrakis, 31, and Polykarpos Mouchtouris, 29. The two girls are Iro Papaharalampous, 16, and Irene Kollia, 21.

    Flying at a 500-feet altitude, the ill-fated aircraft crashed at a speed of 800-kilometers per hour.

    [03] PROSECUTOR FILES CHARGES AGAINST FALCON'S PILOTS

    An Athens prosecutor has filed unintentional manslaughter charges against the two pilots who commanded the Greek Premier's corporate jet on an ill-fated flight that witnessed the death of seven passengers last year, including the country's alternate foreign minister Yannos Kranidiotis.

    The charges follow the tabling of an experts report ordered by the Athens prosecutors office, in which "human error"

    is ruled as the cause of the accident and not mechanical failure. S Specifically, the two pilots are cited as flying at an excessive speed (336 knots instead of a manufacturers prescribed speed of 260 knots) and of disregarding directions issued by air traffic controllers from Bucharest airport.

    [04] GREECE, CYPRUS HOLD JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE

    Greece's armed forces and the National Guard of Cyprus are presently holding a joint military exercise code-named "Vergina- Toxotis", held within the framework of the Unified Defense Doctrine.

    Greek war ships, which are in the area between Rhodes and Cyprus, are also taking place in the exercise.

    [05] COSMOTE, TELENOR BUY 85% STAKE OF ALBANIA'S AMC

    An 85-percent stake of Albania's Mobile Communications (AMC) has been purchased by Greece's COSMOTE and Norway's TELENOR for 85 million US dollars following an international competition.

    COSMOTE, a subsidiary of Greece's Telecommunications Organization (OTE) and TELENOR posted a bid of $85.6 million, edging by far offers made by PANAFON and TURKCELL which amounted to $40 and $39 million respectively.

    According to a COSMOTE official, the Greek company hopes to expand its activities throughout the neighboring country, in a joint venture with TELENOR.

    AMC net profits marked a 123% increase last year, surpassing the seven-million-dollar mark.

    [06] A7 CORSAIR PILOT SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES FROM CRASH

    The pilot of the A7 Corsair aircraft which crashed on Tuesday at Crete's Souda military base, succumbed to his injuries today.

    The 26-year-old first lieutenant Dimitris Agiasofites suffered massive burns when his aircraft crashed immediately after taking off from the base.

    [07] INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY CELEBRATED TODAY

    All Greek museums and archaeological sites will be open free of charge today, which has been declared International Museum Day.

    This year's theme is "Museums for a harmonious and peaceful development of society".

    Thessaloniki's "Archeological Museum Friends Assocaition" organized a free tour today, while the Greek Archaeologists Association in Athens will hold a round table discussion this evening.

    Also, the Jewish Museum is holding organized tours, while the Museum of Greek Folklore Art is featuring an educational program for kids.

    [08] THE BALKAN FOREIGN MINISTERS WILL MEET IN THESSALONIKI ON JUNE 10

    A Balkan foreign ministers' meeting will be held in Thessaloniki on June 7-10 within the framework of the Stability Pact and on the sidelines of the Balkan Conference.

    Within the framework of the foreign ministers' summit there will be meetings of non governmental organizations from all the Balkan states, while an invitation will be issued to the Serb society of citizens.

    [09] THE NEW PRIVATE CAR OF THE GREEK CAR INDUSTRY WILL BE READY NEXT YEAR

    The first small polymorphic car designed by the Greek Car Industry, which seeks to expand its activities to the manufacturing of products used by the civilian population, will be ready next year, stated in a press conference company chairman Likourgos Sakellaris.

    It will be a three-door car and the company will be able to produce 400 such vehicles annually. It will be a convertible, with flexible interior and it will target the car rental market and the young consumers.

    [10] PAPANDREOU WILL DELIVER A SPEECH IN LONDON ON THE PARTHENON MARBLES

    Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou will be in London on June 5 invited by the British parliament special committee.

    Mr. Papandreou will deliver a speech on culture and the mass media and he will answer to questions regarding the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.

    [11] PAPANDREOU-BURNS MEETING

    Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou met in Athens today with US ambassador Nicholas Burns.

    According to diplomatic sources, the topic of discussion was the preparation of Mr. Papandreou's meeting with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright scheduled to be held on the sidelines of the NATO ministers' council meeting in Florence, Italy on May 23- 24.

    The two foreign ministers had agreed in New York to meet again to discuss the developments in the Balkans.

    Mr. Papandreou and Mr. Burns also discussed the course of bilateral relations while, according to the same sources, a special reference was made to the bilateral agreement that is still pending and concerns the police cooperation between the two countries.

    The Greek foreign minister reiterated to the US ambassador that the Greek government is firm to it position namely, that the signing of the agreement will be made at the appropriate level and by both sides.

    [12] THE "YES" IN THE EUROPARLIAMENT BROUGHT GAINS TO THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE

    Gains of 0.79% were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today with the general index at 4.740,79 points, while the volume of transactions reached 253 billion drachmas.

    Of the stocks trading today 308 recorded gains and 30 had losses.

    [13] GREECE CONDEMNS YESTERDAY'S EVENTS IN SERBIA

    The Greek foreign ministry condemned yesterday's events in Serbia and the obstruction of the operation of the pro-opposition television station "Studio B" in Belgrade.

    Greek foreign ministry spokesman Panos Beglitis stated that such anti-democratic actions by the Belgrade regime underline the serious lack of democracy in Serbia.

    He said that Greece is in favor of the democratic developments in Serbia, the freedom of expression and the dissemination of ideas.

    [14] THE GREEK GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ON THE AIR FORCE JET CRASH

    The government's grief for the air tragedy involving a Greek Air Force jet that resulted to the deaths of four people, two pilots and two young girls on the ground, was expressed by government spokesman Dimitris Reppas.

    When asked by reporters on the causes of the crash Mr. Reppas stated that it would be immature, thoughtless and a blasphemy to speak about it at this point.

    Regarding the maintenance of the aircraft, Mr. Reppas stated that the Air Force fleet is reliable, adding that the aircraft undergo maintenance regularly and are at a high level of operation. He also praised the efforts of the pilots who take the aircraft to their limits and sometimes put their own lives at risk.

    [15] THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ON THE CONFIDENCE-BUILDING-MEASURES IN THE AEGEAN

    The issue of the confidence-building-measures in the Aegean is discussed by Greece and Turkey within the framework of NATO, stated Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas when asked to comment on whether a political-military committee has been set up in Athens to deal with the issue.

    The Greek government spokesman also stressed that he is not aware if a similar committee has been set up in Ankara and that the issue is being discussed within the framework of NATO.

    Mr. Reppas stated that the Greek side has decided the cooperation of the ministries of foreign affairs and defense which have already formed a joint committee that will deal with issues that are not included in the list of issues under discussion within the framework of NATO.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [16] ARAFAT MEETS WITH GREEK PRESIDENT IN BETHLEHEM

    The President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos met with the leader of Palestine Yasser Arafat in Bethlehem yesterday, prior to ending his official visit to Israel.

    Following a formal dinner held in honor of his guest, Mr. Arafat thanked the Greek President for "his significant visit on behalf of the friendly Greek people, with whom the Palestinians are linked both historically and politically."

    Moreover, Mr. Arafat referred to the Greek President January 2000 visit to Bethlehem, and added that the Palestinians do not forget the assistance granted by Greece in all sectors, either directly, or through the European Union."

    [17] EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT TO ENDORSE GREEK EMU ENTRY

    The European Parliament is expected today to overwhelmingly endorse Greece's application to join the euro zone, thereby rendering the country the 12th member of the Economic and Monetary Union.

    The Parliament's vote, expected around noon today, is non- binding on European Union leaders, who will rule on Greece's application along with EU finance ministers at next month's EU summit in Feira, near Oporto, Portugal.

    Addressing the European Parliament, EU monetary affairs commissioner Pedro Solbes stressed that Greek inflation in April at 2.1 percent was lower than that of Ireland, Spain, Luxembourg, Italy, Belgium and Finland.

    [18] MELBOURNE, CRETE UNIVERSITIES TO COOPERATE

    A cooperation agreement has been reached between the University of Melbourne (RMIT) and the University of Crete, according to which the two campuses will be able to exchange staff, students and research programs.

    Degrees awarded by either University will be recognized by one another, according to the agreement.

    The agreement's announcement preceded the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the Battle of Crete, where many Australians lost their lives.

    The University of Melbourne also announced that the cooperation will be boosted morally and materially by the Pan- Cretan Union of Melbourne and Victoria.

    RMIT signed a similar agreement with the University of Ioannina in 1992.

    [19] SAE PRESIDENT AWARDED BY SERB ORTHODOX CHURCH

    The Serb Orthodox Church of the United States and Canada bestowed an award upon the President of the Council of Greeks Abroad (SAE) Andrew Athens, during the First Annual Conference of the Serb-American Leadership, held recently in Washington.

    Serb Orthodox Metropolite Christoforos conveyed the "profound recognition of Mr. Athens' pioneering leadership during his diplomatic efforts to promote and defend Hellenism and Orthodoxy during his contacts with officials in the nation's capital and the world over."


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