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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2000-10-25

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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, October 25, 2000

SECTIONS

  • [A] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS TITLES
  • [01] GREEK PM ATTENDS S.E. EUROPE' SUMMIT IN FYROM
  • [02] GREEK PUBLIC ORDER MINISTER CONDUCTS VISIT TO UK
  • [03] GREEK PM OUTLINES BALKAN POLICY ON FYROM TV
  • [04] SAMINA EXPRESS CREW SUE SHIPOWNER FOR DAMAGES
  • [05] STATE TO GREEK CONSUMERS: NO SUSPECT MEAT HERE
  • [06] PRESIDENT IN THESSALONIKI FOR PATRON SAINT DAY
  • [07] GREEK-TURKISH TOURISM ACCORD RATIFIED & SHELVED
  • [08] PM-ARCHBISHOP ICE BROKEN AT PATRIARCHAL DINNER
  • [09] NATO VINDICATES GREECE REGARDING THE AEGEAN
  • [10] MARGINAL LOSSES OF 0.15% IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [11] MARIA GEORGATOY IS IN NO HEALTH RISK
  • [12] HITIRIS: A SIMITIS-ECEVIT MEETING IS NOT RULED OUT
  • [13] ACTING GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN: NATO'S LEGAL DEPARTMENT VINDICATES THE GREEK POSITIONS
  • [14] THE YOUNG GREEKS PREFER TO WATCH THE NEWS ON TELEVISION
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
  • [15] THIRD TIME'S A CHARM, ANOTHER SILVER FOR GREECE
  • [16] GOLD MEDALS FOR GREECE IN SYDNEY'S PARALYMPIC GAMES
  • [17] BRONZE MEDAL FOR GREECE IN THE WOMEN'S 50M BACKSTROKE
  • [18] GOLD MEDAL FOR GREECE IN THE LONG JUMP F11 CATEGORY
  • [19] SIMITIS-ECEVIT MEETING

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] GREEK PM ATTENDS S.E. EUROPE' SUMMIT IN FYROM

    Prime Minister Costas Simitis is to depart for FYROM today, where he will take part in the summit conference of of Southeastern Europe's state and government leaders.

    The summit will feature the participation of Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Albania and FYROM.

    According to reports, Mr. Simitis is expected to promote a climate of investment that will facilitate relevant initiatives, while he will also stress that Greece is interested in FYROM's stability and regional security and that the country is opposed to any whatsoever effort to change the region's existing borders.

    The conference is taking place three days prior to the local elections in Kosovo, which Yugoslavia's president-elect Voijslav Kostunica has already termed as "untimely and wrong" as, he said, LDK party leader Ibrahim Rugova is seeking national elections that will lead to Kosovo's independence.

    [02] GREEK PUBLIC ORDER MINISTER CONDUCTS VISIT TO UK

    Public Order Minister Mihalis Chrysochoides is presently conducting a two-day official visit to London, where he met yesterday with British Interior Minister Jack Straw.

    Their talks, which Secretary Straw characterized as constructive, focused on the Greek police department's ongoing investigation in the murder of Brig. Stephen Saunders, who was killed by the November 17 notorious terrorist group last June.

    In a press conference yesterday, Mr. Chrysochoides said that the Greek government, which has decided against hiring private companies as security advisers for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, will recruit foreign police officers, either in active service or retired, who are specialized in Olympic Games security to be used by Greece as official advisers.

    The Minister stated that he has forwarded relevant letters to various countries, including Britain, Spain and the US, and will also be sending a letter to Australia.

    Mr. Chrysochoides is accompanied by a delegation that includes Greek Police Chief Ioannis Georgakopoulos and senior ministry officials. Divided into two groups on the first day of the visit, the first group dealt with legislative issues, while the second called on Scotland Yard where it was briefed primarily on operational and human rights issues.

    The Greek delegation will also meet with the U.K.'s Alternate Foreign Minister for European Affairs Keith Vaz during a conference on terrorism.

    [03] GREEK PM OUTLINES BALKAN POLICY ON FYROM TV

    In a message broadcast on the state-owned television channel of FYROM, Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis outlined Greece's Balkan policy and emphasized the importance of the region's integration in Euro-Atlantic structures.

    "Greece believes that the European prospect of Balkan countries and their integration in the Euro-Atlantic structures of security and defense are a sine qua non in the current system of international relations," said the Greek Premier, who is presently in Skopje for the summit conference of Southeastern Europe's state and government leaders. The summit will feature the participation of Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Albania and FYROM.

    Mr. Simitis added that "this is the first ever visit by a Greek prime minister to FYROM, taking place during the Balkan Summit, and this fact has its own self evident importance.

    "The Balkan Summit is taking place, this year, in light of the recent positive developments in Yugoslavia and signals the beginning of a new era for the sensitive region of Southeastern Europe."

    At the sidelines of the summit, Mr. Simitis will meet with leaders of other Balkan countries, including the prime minister of FYROM, Yugoslavia's new president and the Albanian president.

    According to reports, the central issue to be discussed during the summit will be the situation in Yugoslavia, as the summit is taking place only three days before local elections in Kosovo.

    [04] SAMINA EXPRESS CREW SUE SHIPOWNER FOR DAMAGES

    Eighteen crewmembers of the Samina Express ferry that sank last month with the lost of 80 lives have filed a lawsuit seeking compensation from the ship's owning company Minoan Flying Dolphins (MFD), while an Athens court has banned MDF from selling or transferring its fixed assets, pending the hearing of all compensation actions filed by the shipwreck's survivors and the victims' bereaved relatives.

    The crewmembers are seeking a total of 2.9 billion drachmas from MFD, claiming that the sinking has rendered them nervous wrecks.

    So far, 19 MFD has been served with 19 claims related to the Samina Express sinking, cumulatively amounting to 11 billion drachmas.

    [05] STATE TO GREEK CONSUMERS: NO SUSPECT MEAT HERE

    Greece has not imported any amount of French beef suspected of having been contaminated with the "mad cow" disease, according to the country's Undersecretary of Agriculture Fotis Hatzimihalis.

    The announcement came one day after reports that over a ton of contaminated beef was pulled from the shelves of a supermarket in France and parts of the infected meat may have made it to the French seller's stores in Greece.

    Yesterday, the Agriculture Ministry ordered the temporary confiscation of dozens of tons imported from France for distribution by the Carrefour, DIA and Marinopoulos supermarkets. The meat was released for distribution today, after the state received assurances from the French government and the European Union that the said beef is not part of the lot withdrawn in France for further health reviews.

    [06] PRESIDENT IN THESSALONIKI FOR PATRON SAINT DAY

    The President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos will arrive in Thessaloniki this evening to attend this week's festivities in Thessaloniki held in honor of the city's patron Saint Demetrius (October 26) and the anniversary of the city's liberation (October 28).

    The holy icon of St. Demetrius will be carried in procession tomorrow, October 25, while a doxology will be performed on October 26, at the city's monumental St. Demetrius Church.

    On the 28th of October, the President will lay a wreath at the 3rd Army Corps and will attend the military parade. The events will also be attended by the Minister of Defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos, who will represent the Premier, while the government will be represented by the Minister of Macedonia-Thrace George Paschalides.

    [07] GREEK-TURKISH TOURISM ACCORD RATIFIED & SHELVED

    A Greek-Turkish cooperation accord pertaining to matters of tourism was ratified last night by the Hellenic Parliament's Cross- Party Committee on Production and Trade, but was subsequently shelved in light of the provocative behavior displayed recently by the neighboring country during NATO's military maneuver "Destined Glory".

    The committee's members have requested that the Speaker of the House Apostolos Kaklamanis refrain from posting the said accord on the parliamentary agenda, until Turkey's clarifies it aims.

    There are also reports that an additional eight G/T accords signed by the Greek and Turkish Foreign Ministers, George Papandreou and Ismael Cem, respectively, and pertaining to "low policy" affairs, are not to be ratified in the near future.

    [08] PM-ARCHBISHOP ICE BROKEN AT PATRIARCHAL DINNER

    The Archbishop of Athens and All of Greece Christodoulos and Prime Minister Costas Simitis met again last night at a formal dinner the latter hosted for the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos in Athens, after a long period of silence created over the identification card issue, where the Church objects to the state's decision to omit the listing of religion from the cards.

    Addressing his guests, Mr. Simitis stated that "at a time when real vision is often confused with false visions, an era that easily slides into demagoguery and the clamor of the mob concealing the spiritual essence of matters, the word of the Phanar inspires and spiritually elevates Orthodoxy."

    [09] NATO VINDICATES GREECE REGARDING THE AEGEAN

    A NATO document that was published today by the Athens newspaper "TA NEA" vindicates Greece's positions regarding the Turkish claims in the Aegean. Specifically, the NATO document has as follows:

    "Concerning the flights over the Aegean islands during Exercise Destined Glory, the opinion of the Office of the Legal Adviser is the following.

    The Treaty of Lausanne (1923) ordered the demilitarization of the certain islands in the Aegean. The treaty was followed by the Treaty of Montreaux (1936), which makes no mention of the demilitarization. Since the Montreaux Treaty expressly states in the Preamble that it replaces the Lausanne Treaty ( and not only some parts of it), our opinion is that the Lausanne Treaty is not in effect now, therefore the demilitarization clauses no longer apply.

    Should the Lausanne Treaty apply, even in that case it is questionable whether it forbids overflights by military (State) aircraft. When defining the meaning of demilitarization, the treaty specifically does not mention such a ban even though it may only be so because the level of technical development did not make it necessary in 1923. The status of the island of Ikaria is covered by the Lausanne Treaty of Peace (1923), which is still in effect. This treaty does not order a complete demilitarization, just stipulates that, "No naval base and no fortification will be established in the said islands." (Art.13.1) This definitely does not mean that no military aircraft can fly over Ikaria. Greek and Turkish military aircraft are forbidden to fly over the territory of one another only.

    In conclusion, our opinion is that there is no legal obstacle to the overflights in the concerned area during the exercise. This statement has been ratified by SHAPE Legal dept."

    [10] MARGINAL LOSSES OF 0.15% IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE

    The Athens Stock Exchange had marginal losses of 0.15% today and the general index was at 3.749,08 points.

    The volume of transactions was very small at 68.8 billion drachmas. The intense fluctuations, nervousness and the fact that the investors' purchasing interest focused on the blue chips were the characteristics of today's session. Of the stocks trading today 95 had gains, 255 recorded losses and 29 remained unchanged.

    [11] MARIA GEORGATOY IS IN NO HEALTH RISK

    There is no health risk for Maria Georgatou. The 17yearold bronze Olympic medallist in the gymnastics team fell and hit her head during training. This morning she underwent surgery in Athens' General State Hospital where the doctors removed a haematoma from her head.

    She is in the intensive care unit for precautionary reasons and according to the doctors, her post-surgery course is developing without problems.

    [12] HITIRIS: A SIMITIS-ECEVIT MEETING IS NOT RULED OUT

    Undersecretary of press Tilemachos Hitiris, who is acting government spokesman, did not rule out the likelihood of a meeting between Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis and his Turkish counterpart Bulent Ecevit on the sidelines of the Balkan Summit meeting in Skopje.

    Mr. Hitiris stated that there is no scheduled meeting between the two leaders but this likelihood is not ruled out. The undersecretary of press stated that Mr. Simitis will not request a meeting but if a meeting is requested by the Turkish prime minister then Mr. Simitis will decide what he will do.

    [13] ACTING GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN: NATO'S LEGAL DEPARTMENT VINDICATES THE GREEK POSITIONS

    NATO's legal department vindicated the Greek positions and Greece's stance and after the latest developments Turkey is exposed both by the statements it has made and its actions, underlined acting government spokesman and undersecretary of press Tilemachos Hitiris.

    He also added that the Turkish allegations on the demilitarization of the airspace are invalid and reiterated that the withdrawal of the Greek forces from the NATO exercise "Destined Glory" was the right thing to do for Greece.

    Mr. Hitiris said that Greece will raise the issue in NATO's international fora and stated that the Greek National Defense General Staff Chief will deliver the complete file on the exercise and the Greek positions to his counterparts, who will participate in the NATO states Armed Forces Chiefs Council meeting on November 9.

    [14] THE YOUNG GREEKS PREFER TO WATCH THE NEWS ON TELEVISION

    The young Greeks, 15-18 years old, prefer to watch the news on television but this does not mean that they do not read newspapers, according to a research by Dr. Sophia Aslanidou included in her book under the title "The myth of the passive viewer".

    According to the research, 59.2% of the young Greeks read newspapers and 72.5% of them prefer the political newspapers.

    However, 79.4% prefer to watch the news on television, 13.1% prefer the printed news and 7.5% the radio.

    Most of them, 57.3% prefer television because it combines image and sound, 24% because they think it is more reliable and 7.6% because they believe that communication is more direct through the television.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [15] THIRD TIME'S A CHARM, ANOTHER SILVER FOR GREECE

    Bringing home a third silver medal in Sydney's Paralympics Games, Greece's Eleni Samaritaki finished second in the women's 200 m finals yesterday, with 34.55.

    Britain's Caroline Innes finished first with 32.90, while Hong Kong's Chun Lai Yu became the bronze medalist with 34.88.

    Samaritaki has also snatched the silver medal in Monday's 400- meter race, while Vangelis Bakolas earned the silver medal Tuesday in the Men's shotput category.

    [16] GOLD MEDALS FOR GREECE IN SYDNEY'S PARALYMPIC GAMES

    Greece won its second gold medal in Sydney's Paralympic Games. Stephanos Anargirou won the gold medal in the men's shotput F55 category with a throw of 10m. The first gold was won by Kostas Fikas in the men's 100m freestyle swimming S8 category when he broke the world record with 1:02.50.

    The second place and the silver medal in the men's shotput F55 category was won by Czech Martin Nemec with a throw of 9.86m and the bronze went to Germany's Ulrich Iser with 9.64m.

    [17] BRONZE MEDAL FOR GREECE IN THE WOMEN'S 50M BACKSTROKE

    Swimming offered one more Paralympic medal to Greece in Sydney. Maria Kalpakidou won the bronze medal in the women's 50m backstroke S2 category with 1:33.79.

    The gold medal was won by Spain's Sara Carracelas with 1:21.20, which is a new Paralympic record, while the silver went to Ireland's Mairead Berry with 1:22.85.

    [18] GOLD MEDAL FOR GREECE IN THE LONG JUMP F11 CATEGORY

    The Greek successes continue in Sydney's Paralympic Games. It appears that today was a good day for the Greek champions who managed to win many medals. A third gold medal was won by Greece in today's events, this time in the men's long jump F11 category.

    Greece's Thanasis Barakas with a 6.11m jump won the first place after a difficult competition. The silver went to Spain's Manuel Rodriguez with 6.09m and the bronze was won by China's Duan Li with 5.99m.

    [19] SIMITIS-ECEVIT MEETING

    Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis had a 10-minute meeting with his Turkish counterpart Bulent Ecevit during the luncheon that was given within the framework of the SE European leaders summit that is taking place in Skopje. The meeting was held in a friendly atmosphere.

    Prime minister Simitis stated to his Turkish counterpart that Turkey's stance in the NATO exercise was negative. Mr. Ecevit responded that a new circle of a dialogue will be opened and the Greek prime minister responded that the Greek side has a clear stance, its positions are known and it remains firm on that.


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