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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2002-02-04

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From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, February 4, 2002

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] SIMITIS IN ROMANIA TOMORROW
  • [02] KARAMANLIS IN LONDON
  • [03] PASOK E.O. MEETS TONIGHT
  • [04] NATIONAL AIR SPACE INTRUSIONS DOUBLED
  • [05] NO DANGER TO GREECE FROM QUAKE
  • [06] MR. SIMITIS WILL MEET WITH THE ROMANIAN LEADERSHIP
  • [07] THE FRAMEWORK OF THE GREEK-TURKISH DIALOGUE ON FEBRUARY 12
  • [08] PAPANDREOU-CEM DISCUSSED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE GREEK-TURKISH DIALOGUE
  • [09] THE GREEK INITIATIVE ON THE OLYMPIC TRUCE IS IN PROGRESS
  • [10] LOSSES IN THE ASE
  • [11] STEPHANOPOULOS RETURNS TO ATHENS
  • [12] THE GREEK GOVERNMENT STANDS BY THE EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS IN TURKEY
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [13] STEFANOPOULOS COMPLETES TRIP TO SYRIA
  • [14] NEW PAPANDREOU-CEM MEETING NEWS IN DETAILS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] SIMITIS IN ROMANIA TOMORROW Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will visit Romania tomorrow and will have discussions for the promotion of bilateral relations, developments in the Balkans and their restructuring. It is the second stop of Mr. Simitis' Balkan tour - after Sofia - and short ly before noon the Prime Minister will call a governmental meeting to prepare for the visit.
  • [02] KARAMANLIS IN LONDON President of New Democracy Kostas Karamanlis, who has been in the UK since Saturday, is in London today. At noon he will meet with the chair of the Greek shipowners, and later he will meet with the leader of the Conservative Party, Ian Duncan Smith, and he will visit the room in which the British museums houses the Parthenon marbles. Tomorrow morning he will meet with New Democracy staff members in London and will then go to Edinburgh, where he will meet with the Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party , Malcolm Rifkin, and in the evening he will speak at a University event, on political developments in the Balkans.
  • [03] PASOK E.O. MEETS TONIGHT Developments after the attack on the President of the Republic, Kostis Stefanopoulos, dealing with the farmers' rallies, and the course towards municipal and prefectural elections in October, are the topics expected to be discussed at tonight's meeting o f PASOK's Executive Office, at 7pm. The Prime Minister is also expected to express his concerns about signs of introversion within the governing party.

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will meet with the Secretary of PASOK's Central Committee, Kostas Laliotis, in preparation to the EO's meeting.

  • [04] NATIONAL AIR SPACE INTRUSIONS DOUBLED Intrusions on national air space and the Athens FIR by Turkish aircraft have doubled in 2001, according to the official data of the General Airforce Staff, which was announced by "Flash" radio station.

    Since mid-October last year, an important increase in the frequency and number of Turkish formation of fighter aircraft entering Athens FIR. In total, compared to 2000, the violations of air traffic rules by Turkish fighter aircraft have doubled.

  • [05] NO DANGER TO GREECE FROM QUAKE While stations throughout Turkey are recording dozens of aftershocks after yesterday's devastating 6 R earthquake in Afion, Turkey, seismologists in Greece are reassuring the public that it will in no way effect Greece.

    According to the scientists, the epicenter of the quake that cost dozens of people their lives, is ver far from the Anatolia fault.

    Vasilisis Papazahos, Seismology Professor at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, supported that "this earthquake is relatively small, and small earthquakes affect neighboring earthquakes. We are very far from the epicenter of that quake, and thus there

    is no evidence to suggest that it might affect Greece".

    Also, seismologist at the Athens Geodynamic Institute Gerasimos Papadopoulos, pointed out that the possibility of this earthquake affecting Greece, is very small.

  • [06] MR. SIMITIS WILL MEET WITH THE ROMANIAN LEADERSHIP The promotion of bilateral political and economic relations will be discussed in the working visit of Prime Minister Kostas Simitis to Romania tomorrow.

    The Prime Minister will have talks with President Ion Ilescu, Prime Minister Adrian Anastase and other Romanian officials on the developments in the Balkans and the wider region.

    Also, they will discuss the EU-Romanian relations and the prospects for Romania's accession into the Euro-Atlantic institutions. Mr. Simitis will convey Greece's political will toward this direction. The Prime Minister will be accompanied by deputy Forei gn Minister Tasos Yiannitsis and Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Andreas Loverdos, who will have consultations with their counterparts.

  • [07] THE FRAMEWORK OF THE GREEK-TURKISH DIALOGUE ON FEBRUARY 12 Foreign Ministers of Greece and Turkey, Giorgos Papandreou and Ismail Cem, will meet in Istanbul on February 12 to finalize the framework of the Greek-Turkish dialogue on the sidelines of the Islamic Conference with the EU Foreign Ministers.

    Both Papandreou and Cem agreed in New York that the political directors of the two Foreign Ministries will meet to open the contacts on the Greek-Turkish dialogue convergence points. Also, the two Foreign Ministers agreed to hold a Greek, Turkish, Bulgar ian and Romanian meeting on the sidelines of the Islamic Conference to discuss the prospects for the accession of Bulgaria and Romania into the Euro-Atlantic institutions.

  • [08] PAPANDREOU-CEM DISCUSSED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE GREEK-TURKISH DIALOGUE The importance of the exploratory contacts between Greece and Turkey aimed at finding convergence points to help in the normalizing of the Greek-Turkish relations, was underlined by the Foreign Ministers of Greece and Turkey, Giorgos Papandreou and Ismai l Cem, who met in New York yesterday on the sidelines of the world economic forum.

    The exploratory contacts will be held at Foreign Ministry political directors level, while the next Papandreou-Cem meeting will take place on February 12 and 13.

    The two ministers also discussed the Cyprus issue and the effort of the two countries to jointly organize the 2008 European Football Cup. Mr. Papandreou and Mr. Cem also referred to the joint initiative undertaken by Greece and Turkey to back Bulgaria an d Romania in their effort to become NATO members.

  • [09] THE GREEK INITIATIVE ON THE OLYMPIC TRUCE IS IN PROGRESS A special mission is in progress with the participation of all political parties in Greece for the promotion of the Olympic Truce idea in view of the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and Athens.

    Parliament deputies and government officials will convey the messages of President Kostis Stephanopoulos and Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou to their counterparts for the promotion of the specific idea.

    Ambassador Zeppos will visit India and Pakistan, while within the week relevant letters will be brought to Israel and Palestine by Euro-deputy Anna Karamanou and general secretary for the Greeks Living Abroad Dimitris Dolis. Right-wing main opposition pa rty of New Democracy parliament deputy Sofia Kalantzakou will visit Armenia and Azerbajdjan.

    The goal is to brief authorities in those countries on Greece's initiative and to agree that the Olympic Truce idea will be respected during the Olympic Games.

  • [10] LOSSES IN THE ASE Losses were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index dropped to -0.26% at 2.588,98 points, while the volume of transactions was at 103 million Euro.

    Of the stocks trading today, 71 recorded gains and 128 had losses.

  • [11] STEPHANOPOULOS RETURNS TO ATHENS Greek President Kostis Stephanopoulos returns to Athens this afternoon after a three-day visit to Syria.

    Mr. Stephanopoulos visited Palmyra today and toured the archaeological sites in the region. The Greek President also visited the Palmyra Museum and stated that he was impressed with the tour.

    Yesterday, Mr. Stephanopoulos visited the Greek community in Damascus and he was warmly received by its members. In his address, he pointed out that the Greeks living outside Greece many times are much warmer Greeks than those living in Greece.

  • [12] THE GREEK GOVERNMENT STANDS BY THE EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS IN TURKEY Greek government spokesman Christos Protopapas expressed the Greek government's support and solidarity toward the Turkish people, who suffer again the catastrophic consequences of an earthquake.

    Mr. Protopapas stressed that the government is ready to offer humanitarian aid for the earthquake victims in Turkey.

  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [13] STEFANOPOULOS COMPLETES TRIP TO SYRIA President of the Republic Kostis Stefanopoulos, who is being accompanied by The Minister of Commercial Shipping, Giorgos Anomeritis, and the Deputy Foreign Minister, Andreas Loverdos, will complete his three day trip to Syria today.

    Mr. Stefanopoulos met with members of the Greek Community in Damascus, who held a warm reception for him. He also met with the first Vice-President of Syria, Mr. Hadam, and the President of the Parliament and Prime Minister Mr. Miro, with whom he had a d iscussion on bilateral issues and on the situation in the Middle East.

  • [14] NEW PAPANDREOU-CEM MEETING The latest meeting between the Foreign Ministers of Turkey and Greece, Ismail Cem and Giorgos Papandreou, took place last night in the margin of the World Financial Forum held in New York.

    The meeting's topic were the research meetings that will start taking place between high level diplomats, in order to determine whether continental shelf issue and other issues, irrelevant to territorial differences, can be resolved.

    Greek participation in these discussions will include the political director of the Ministry of the Interior, Mr. Skopelitis, who, along with his Turkish counterpart, will examine whether or not it is possible to draft of an agreement to refer the disput e to the Hague.


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