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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2000-05-26

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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 26, 2000

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] GENETICALLY-MODIFIED COTTON SEED FOUND IN GREECE
  • [02] CHURCH UPSET OVER ID RULING, HOLY SYNOD CONVENES
  • [03] GREEK PRESIDENT DEPARTS FOR CANADA TOMORROW
  • [04] POST-GRADUATE STUDIES IN GREECE FOR FYROM STUDENTS
  • [05] EARTHQUAKE ROCKS LEFKADA, CAUSES NO INJURIES
  • [06] REFORMS ARE CRUCIAL FOR S.E. EUROPEAN ECONOMIES
  • [07] STATE SPOKESPERSON ON "MACEDONIAN LANGUAGE"
  • [08] THESSALONIKI AND NOVOROSISK WILL BE LINKED BY BOAT
  • [09] KAKLAMANIS-ZEMAN MEETING
  • [10] GAINS OF 0.79% WERE RECORDED IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [11] ASIA FORUM: FOUNDATIONS FOR EURO-ASIAN BUSINESS COOPERATION
  • [12] THE CHURCH DECLARED AN UNRELENTING STRUGGLE ON THE ISSUE OF THE ID CARDS
  • [13] STATEMENTS BY SIMITIS ON THE IDENTITY CARDS
  • [14] NEW INVESTMENT OPENINGS BY HELLENIC PETROLEUM
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [15] GREEK FM MEETS WITH US SECRETARY OF STATE
  • [16] GREEK, TURKISH, BULGARIAN FMs MEET IN FLORENCE
  • [17] THE GREEK ANTIQUITIES MUSEUM IN MELBOURNE IS AT RISK OF CLOSING DOWN
  • [18] ALBANIAN AGRICULTURISTS WILL ATTEND TRAINING SEMINARS IN GREECE

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] GENETICALLY-MODIFIED COTTON SEED FOUND IN GREECE

    Unbeknown to the Greek authorities, a shipment of genetically- modified cotton seeds was sent to the country from the United States, according to a senior Greenpeace spokesman who spoke at an international biotechnology conference in Genoa.

    The seeds have already been sown in Greece (since February) and, according to European Union sources, the Greek authorities have informed the European Commission on the matter.

    The European Union has not approved the marketing of genetically-modified cotton seeds due to concerns over possible environmental and health risks. The EU is to review the matter on May 30 and could issue a ruling to dig out the seeds, a process whose cost is indeterminable.

    [02] CHURCH UPSET OVER ID RULING, HOLY SYNOD CONVENES

    The Holy Synod - the Greek Orthodox Church's executive organ - will hold an emergency meeting today in order to forge an organized response to the state's announcement that it will stand by a 1997 law that proscribes listing the bearer's religious affiliation of identification cards.

    While the Archbishop of Athens and All of Greece Christodoulos advocates the voluntary declaration of one's religion on the identification card, the state has responded that the declaration of religion (on the ID) is not allowed to be either optional or mandatory.

    The decision can be challenged in the Council of State and, potentially, overturned, which some Church officials are poised to do.

    [03] GREEK PRESIDENT DEPARTS FOR CANADA TOMORROW

    President of the Hellenic Republic Costis Stephanopoulos, accompanied by Foreign Minister George Papandreou, will visit Canada at the invitation of the country's General Governor Adrien Clarkson, from May 27 to June 2.

    President Stephanopoulos is scheduled to meet with the country's Greek expatriate community leaders, at the sidelines of his official meetings with Canada's state leadership.

    Expected to arrive in Ottawa tomorrow, May 27, the President will participate in a Greek Orthodox Liturgy in the city's cathedral on May 28, while on May 29 he is to meet with Mr. Clarkson.

    The Greek president, accompanied by a 30-member delegation of Greek businessmen, will also visit Toronto and Montreal.

    [04] POST-GRADUATE STUDIES IN GREECE FOR FYROM STUDENTS

    The University of Athens is offering five positions for post- graduate studies and three positions for visiting professors from FYROM within the framework of an agreement between the universities of the south-eastern European countries.

    The candidates from Skopje's Cyrill and Methodius University will be tested in history, sociology and culture on May 29.

    [05] EARTHQUAKE ROCKS LEFKADA, CAUSES NO INJURIES

    An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale jolted the region of Lefkada in northwestern Greece early today, causing damage to houses but no injuries.

    Earthquake experts at Thessaloniki's Aristotle University have stated that seismic activity is a common occurrence for the region, which is the country's most earthquake-prone area.

    An earthquake measuring 6.0 degrees on the Richter scale also struck Kalamata in the Peloponnese on Wednesday, but without damages or injuries.

    [06] REFORMS ARE CRUCIAL FOR S.E. EUROPEAN ECONOMIES

    The reforms necessary for southeastern European countries whose economies are in transition, were discussed today by the delegates attending the First International Economic Conference, presently held in Thessaloniki's University of Macedonia.

    The participants also examined the global environment's role in the development of Central and Eastern Europe and discussed the structural characteristics of those economies under transition.

    In order to facilitate these transitions, the speakers stressed the significance of establishing the necessary legal framework, while they also agreed that the institutional safeguarding of both domestic and foreign investors constitutes the key for the development of these economies.

    Moreover, they underlined that the establishment of the said laws should take international standards into consideration in order to be aligned therewith.

    Furthermore, the speakers stated that the development of the road axes which link the region with other countries is a priority task for achieving the said transitions, as this would strengthen trade, provided that border cooperation issues are resolved.

    The four-day conference is organized by the Association of Economic Universities (ASECU) of the countries of Southeast Europe.

    [07] STATE SPOKESPERSON ON "MACEDONIAN LANGUAGE"

    Responding to the recent mobility noted among the self- appointed "National Macedonians of Greece", government spokesperson Dimitris Reppas reiterated today that there is no issue or even a subject for discussion over the self-called "Macedonian language".

    Meanwhile, Australia's high court ruled today that descendants of FYROM can refer to their language as "Macedonian".

    [08] THESSALONIKI AND NOVOROSISK WILL BE LINKED BY BOAT

    The ferry-boat "Posidon" will link the ports of Thessaloniki and Novorosisk in Russia starting on May 30.

    "Posidon" will make the trip from Novorosisk to Thessaloniki, Patmos, Haifa, Volos and will return to the Russian port. The ship will have the capacity to carry 37 large trucks loaded with goods from Novorosisk to Thessaloniki and Volos.

    [09] KAKLAMANIS-ZEMAN MEETING

    The warm and friendly relations between Greece and the Czech Republic were confirmed by Czech prime minister Milo Zeman and Greek parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis in the meeting they had today within the framework of Mr. Zeman's formal visit to Athens.

    Mr. Kaklamanis assured Mr. Zeman that the Greek parliament backs all the efforts made by the Czech Republic in its course toward the European Union, while he expressed the Greek parliament's appreciation for the stance adopted by the Czech Republic on the Cyprus issue regarding the implementation of international law and the UN Security Council resolutions on Cyprus.

    Mr. Zeman delivered to Mr. Kaklamanis an invitation by his Czech counterpart to make a formal visit to Prague and thanked Greece for its support in the efforts made by his country for its accession into the EU, while he reiterated his country's' firm position on the issue of Cyprus. He also asked to be informed on the Greek electoral system in view of the changes under discussion in the electoral system of his country.

    [10] GAINS OF 0.79% WERE RECORDED IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE

    Gains of 0.79% were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange and the general index was at 4.596,70 points, while the volume of transactions was 159.8 billion drachmas.

    Of the stocks trading today 150 recorded gains and 170 had losses.

    [11] ASIA FORUM: FOUNDATIONS FOR EURO-ASIAN BUSINESS COOPERATION

    Fruitful contacts aimed at forging business agreements in Asia, the Far East, south-eastern Europe and the Middle East were held within the framework of the ASIA FORUM 2000 that will be completed on May 28.

    The agreements, proposals and the first conclusions from this year's conference were presented by ASIA FORUM chairman professor Marios Nikolinakos in a press conference that was given in Thessaloniki today.

    The ASIA FORUM chairman, who is also the president of the Greek Economy Study Institute, underlined that the majority of the speakers in the conference representing 45 countries have expressed satisfaction for the enactment of a business cooperation institution based in Thessaloniki.

    Mr. Nikolinakos also expressed satisfaction regarding the fact that the ministries of Macedonia-Thrace and national economy pledged to offer their backing to ASIA FORUM while HELEXPO repeated its cooperation proposal in the 2001 conference.

    Meanwhile, the twinning of the municipalities of Thessaloniki and Seniag in China was made through the ASIA FORUM, while within its framework the cooperation of Greek tobacco company SEKAP with the Chinese delegation and representatives of the Indian embassy for the creation of a joint venture for the production of biological filters, was also promoted.

    [12] THE CHURCH DECLARED AN UNRELENTING STRUGGLE ON THE ISSUE OF THE ID CARDS

    The Greek Orthodox Church declared an unrelenting struggle using all means after the government decision not to list the bearer's religion on the new identity cards. Immediately after the meeting of the Lasting Holy Synod in Athens today, Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All of Greece read the unanimous decision reached for an unrelenting struggle which will not be characterized by extreme behavior, fanaticism or intolerance that could be planned as provocation by outside elements in order to defame the Church.

    Archbishop Christodoulos accused the government of deceiving the Church and taking it by surprise maintaining that a group of individuals, who are not members of the parliament, mislead the prime minister. He said that he is in favor of the optional listing of religion on the identity cards and called for a mutually acceptable solution even at this final hour, while he suggested again that a referendum should be held on the issue.

    In today's meeting of the Holy Synod it was also decided that the Holy Synod of the Church Hierarchy will hold a meeting on June 6.

    [13] STATEMENTS BY SIMITIS ON THE IDENTITY CARDS

    Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis referred to the issue of the identity cards during the cabinet meeting held today, pointing out that the law that has been passed in parliament concerning the citizens' relation with the state must be implemented.

    Mr. Simitis stated that the issue of the listing of the bearer's religion on the identity card has captured the interest of the people and called the members of his government to focus their attention on the solution of the real problems faced by the country.

    [14] NEW INVESTMENT OPENINGS BY HELLENIC PETROLEUM

    The Hellenic Petroleum proceeded to new investment openings in Albania, Romania and Greece expanding its activity to the sectors of research and exploitation of oil products and fuel trade while the company continues to record impressive gains.

    According to statements made during a press conference in Athens, Hellenic Petroleum recorded profits before taxes of 19.5 billion drachmas in the first four months of the year compared to 11.3 billion drachmas in the same period in 1999 showing an increase of 72%.

    Regarding the business openings made by the company it should be noted that after the deal reached with the Austrian OeMV for the joint exploitation of oil deposits in Iran, the two companies reached a new deal for the exploitation of possibly oil-rich regions in Albania.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [15] GREEK FM MEETS WITH US SECRETARY OF STATE

    Foreign Minister George Papandreou met with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright yesterday, on the sidelines of the NATO Foreign Ministers Summit in Florence.

    Following the meeting, Mr. Papandreou noted that "our allies in NATO in general, and the United States in particular," recognized that Greece is an important country in promoting peace and stability in the Balkans.

    He further added that they also recognized that Greece has put forward realistic proposals and ideas in confronting the problems of the region.

    [16] GREEK, TURKISH, BULGARIAN FMs MEET IN FLORENCE

    Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nadejda Mihailova met with her Greek and Turkish counterparts, George Papandreou and Ismael Cem, in Florence yesterday, with whom she discussed the trilateral initiative concerning environmental protection of the Evros region.

    The Bulgarian FM had successive meetings with Messrs. Papandreou and Cem on the sidelines of the NATO Foreign Ministers Summit. She also stated that the aforementioned initiative will be discussed in the upcoming Balkan foreign ministers meeting which will be held in Athens.

    [17] THE GREEK ANTIQUITIES MUSEUM IN MELBOURNE IS AT RISK OF CLOSING DOWN

    The Greek Antiquities Museum in Melbourne housed at the city's Immigration Museum is at risk of closing down in case no agreement is reached between the government of Athens and the state government of Victoria in Australia, according to the Melbourne newspaper "Neos Kosmos".

    The biggest part of responsibility for this development is attributed to the previous Liberal government of the state of Victoria for not signing an agreement with the Greek ministry of culture.

    The Greek Antiquities Museum was inaugurated on November 9, 1998 by the then prime minister Jeff Kennet and Greek former minister of culture Evangelos Venizelos. According to the newspaper report, the fact that until today there have been only two exhibitions held in the museum makes it unprofitable.

    [18] ALBANIAN AGRICULTURISTS WILL ATTEND TRAINING SEMINARS IN GREECE

    Twenty agriculturists of the Albanian ministry of agriculture will leave for Greece today to attend training seminars in the Peloponese in southern Greece that will last until June 16.

    Albanian minister of agriculture Luftar Jiveli met with Greek ambassador to Tirana Alexandros Mallias and expressed the appreciation of the Albanian government for Greece's contribution to the training of officials from his ministry, stressing that Greece, as a member of the European Union, has offered a significant assistance to the development of the Albanian economy and especially to the development of the sector of agriculture.

    Mr. Mallias pointed out the importance of the farming sector for the Albanian government as it can help in the overall development of the country's economy.

    The Greek diplomat stressed that already 35 Albanian agriculturists have attended training seminars within the framework of cooperation of the Greek and Albanian ministries of agriculture.


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