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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2002-02-27

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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 27, 2002

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] FOREIGN MINISTER MEETINGS
  • [02] POLICE PERJURY NEVER REACHES THE COURTROOM
  • [03] COMMISSION MEETS ABOUT OA ON MARCH 6
  • [04] OLYMPIC PREPARATION MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE MEETING
  • [05] TAX REFORM DISCUSSION IN MARCH
  • [06] ALBANIAN TRANSFERING 4 TONS OF HASHISH TAKEN TO D.A.
  • [07] MEETING ON INTER-BORDER COOPERATION
  • [08] KARAMANLIS MET WITH THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO ATHENS
  • [09] INTERNATIONAL CONSUL OF INVESTORS TO BE ESTABLISHED IN FYROM
  • [10] THE PRESIDENT AND THE PRIME MINISTER OF BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA MET WITH THE THESSALONIKI MAYOR
  • [11] SIMITIS: THE GOVERNMENT GUARANTEES THE COUNTRY'S DEMOCRATIC COURSE
  • [12] SIGNIFICANT LOSSES IN THE ASE
  • [13] PAPANDREOU-OMIROU: TURKEY MUST DISPLAY POLITICAL WILL FOR THE SETTLEMENT OF THE CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [14] NEW AMBASSADOR OF GREECE IN CROATIA NEWS IN DETAILS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] FOREIGN MINISTER MEETINGS Minister of Foreign Affairs Giorgos Papandreou is meeting with the President of KISSOS and President of the Parliamentary Defense Committee of the Cypriot Parliament, Giannakis Omirou, in Athens this morning.

    Later in the day, Mr. Papandreou will meet with special coordinator for the State Department on the Cyprus issue, Thomas Weston.

  • [02] POLICE PERJURY NEVER REACHES THE COURTROOM Just 8 perjury cases of police officers, of the 292 cases that have been recorded in the last 2 years, where criminal charges were pressed, ever reached the courtroom. The Head of the Internal Affairs Department of the Greek Police presented this informa tion in Parliament.

    This is due to the many months of delay until the cases get to court. According to arrest records, the officer arrests for perjury increased by 118% in 2001, and were mainly regarding offenses such as violation of duty, false certification and bribery.

    These phenomena are usually observed at immigration services and passport checkpoints.

  • [03] COMMISSION MEETS ABOUT OA ON MARCH 6 The coming week is crucial for the future of Olympic Airways, since on March 6, the European Commission will discuss the issue of state funding toward the national airliner.

    The discussion was to take place at tomorrow's standard weekly meeting of the Commission. However, the meeting will take place next week, as EU Commissioner of Transports, Loyola de Palacio, decided that the meeting should be postponed, so that her servi ces could be informed about the terms and circumstances under which a 17.6 million euro bank loan was issued to Olympic Airways, by the Commercial Bank of Greece.

    On February 22, the Commercial Bank issued the loan, taking the airliner's demands from the public sector as collateral (i.e. ministry debts for services rendered).

    The Commission will be called to decide if the loan in question can be considered state aid, and if Olympic Airways has received subsidies in the past years, in violation of communal legislature.

  • [04] OLYMPIC PREPARATION MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE MEETING The progress of the Olympic Preparations was discussed at yesterday's meeting of the Ministerial Committee, presided over by Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, who expressed his belief that Athens will be ready, according to schedule.

    As deputy Minister of the Press Tilemachos Xytiris stressed after the meeting, in his introduction Mr. Simitis pointed out that now that the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics are over, the only upcoming world sports event is the 2004 Olympiad, and that is w here everyone's eyes will fall.

    Mr. Simitis pointed out that with his visits to the Olympic Village and the construction site of Egnatia Odos, he had a chance to see the progress of specific works.

    "Athens, and all of Greece, is changing. By 2004 there will be a new image. Apart from sports areas, a new environment is being created, better and more functional. The Olympics will be held successfully. All bodies are responding with a sense of respons ibility. We will be ready before the deadline", he pointed out.

    In order to deal with the lack in rooms for the expected visitors, a supplementary agreement was made with the Attica area hotel owners, which increases their participation from 80% to 90%, with the renting of cruise ships and an agreement with hotel fra nchises in Anavysso and Lagonisi.

  • [05] TAX REFORM DISCUSSION IN MARCH The discussion of the tax reform to commence in late March was announced by Minister of Finances Nikos Christodoulakis, after his meeting with the Prime Minister.

    Specifically, on the participation plan for insurance companies in the handling of the reserve funds, Mr. Christodoulakis stated that the issue will be resolved in the under vote bill. He characterized the reform under discussion as completely compatible

    with European models. Meanwhile the President of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) disagrees with this reform, and he stressed that the Confederation will not accept such interventions, while he supported that the government is under pres sure because 35 insurance companies are on the brink of bankruptcy.

  • [06] ALBANIAN TRANSFERING 4 TONS OF HASHISH TAKEN TO D.A. The 40-year-old Albanian who was arrested late last night by customs officers in Kakavia, while trying to transport nearly 4 tons of cannabis in an empty tank-truck, is expected to be taken to the District Attorney today. The name of the driver was not a nnounced.

    Apart from the drugs, police found a loaded AK-47 Assault Rifle, two clips of bullets and a marble stele with various relief carvings on it, in the driver's booth.

  • [07] MEETING ON INTER-BORDER COOPERATION A two day-meeting on the "Promotion of Greek-Bulgarian-Turkish Inter-Border Cooperation", will take place on March 2-3, organized by the Tradesmen and Professional's Association of New Orestiada, with the participation of Chamber representatives of Thrac e, as well as the Chambers of Edirne, Haskovo and Plovdiv.

    The meeting's schedule includes introductions to the presentation of the ITERREG III Program and the MEDA Program, both of which concern inter-border cooperation. Also to be analyzed are the utilization prospects of International Franchising by Greek Bul garian and Turkish entrepreneurs and the presentation of the web site of the Professionals-Tradesmen Association of New Orestiada and the District.

  • [08] KARAMANLIS MET WITH THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO ATHENS Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis met with Russian ambassador to Athens Michael Botsarnikov in the party central offices in the Greek capital.

    In the meeting were discussed issues concerning bilateral relations, the dialogue process in Cyprus and energy issues. Mr. Karamanlis reiterated the ND firm position on the further improvement of bilateral cooperation in all sectors. Mr. Karamanlis and M r. Botsarnikov also examined new proposals on Russia's cooperation with NATO and the issue of the common European policy of defense and security.

    Mr. Karamanlis underlined that New Democracy regards as very significant Russia's international role especially, in the region of southeastern Europe.

  • [09] INTERNATIONAL CONSUL OF INVESTORS TO BE ESTABLISHED IN FYROM The International Consul of Investors in FYROM is expected to be established gradually in the following month as at the end of March the 17 participating Greek companies will cosign its founding act, according to an announcement today by the Association of Industries in Northern Greece President Dimitris Simeonidis.

    The name of the soon-to-be-established institution reflects the intention of its founding members to gradually attract other foreign investors as well. According to the association President, the Skopje based consul could develop into a chamber.

    The consul's goal is to solve quickly the problems faced by the participating companies in their investment campaigns in the FYROM market.

  • [10] THE PRESIDENT AND THE PRIME MINISTER OF BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA MET WITH THE THESSALONIKI MAYOR Serb Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina President Mirko Sarovic, Prime Minister Mladev Ivanic, Metropolite Nikolaos of Sarajevo, Culture Minister Mitar Novakovic, Health Minister Milorad Balabac, and Religious Affairs Minister Disan Aydel met in the City Hal l today with Thessaloniki mayor Vasilis Papageorgopoulos.

    The mayor of Thessaloniki stressed that there is great potential of cooperation at the local administration level within the framework of the consolidation of peace in the Balkans. He also issued an appeal to the business world to become more active in t he area of cooperation.

    The president of the Serb Republic stated that the delegation visits Thessaloniki after its visit to the Monastic Community of Mount Athos. He also said that there is great room for cooperation between the two sides and referred to the key-location of t he Port of Thessaloniki. In addition he pointed out that a lot can be done on the occasion of Greece's EU presidency in the first half of 2003.

  • [11] SIMITIS: THE GOVERNMENT GUARANTEES THE COUNTRY'S DEMOCRATIC COURSE Prime Minister Kostas Simitis appeared determined that his government will serve its full four-year term in statements he made after the governing Socialist Party of PASOK Executive Bureau meeting. In the meeting were examined issues concerning the Greek -Turkish relations, the Cyprus problem, the Greek EU Presidency and other issues of foreign affairs.

    The Prime Minister when asked to comment on the political diversion references he has made, stated that he wanted to send the message to the Greek society that the government and the party of PASOK are vigilant and guarantee the country's democratic cour se.

    Presenting the government's four goals in the period before 2004, Mr. Simitis referred to the true economic and social convergence in the new reality created by the Euro. He also referred to the settlement of the Greek national issues concerning Cyprus, Cyprus' accession into the EU and the relations with Turkey, the successful 2004 Olympic Games and the promotion of Greece's position in Europe.

  • [12] SIGNIFICANT LOSSES IN THE ASE Losses were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index dropped to -1.12% at 2.379,95 points, while the volume of transactions was at 99.17 million Euro or 33.79 billion drachmas.

    Of the stocks trading today, 282 recorded losses and 52 had gains, while the value of 23 stocks remained unchanged.

  • [13] PAPANDREOU-OMIROU: TURKEY MUST DISPLAY POLITICAL WILL FOR THE SETTLEMENT OF THE CYPRUS ISSUE The need for Turkey to display the necessary political will for the settlement of the Cyprus issue, was underlined by Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou and Cypriot Parliament Defense Committee President Yiannakis Omirou in the meeting they had in

    Athens.

    Mr. Papandreou and Mr. Omirou examined the developments in Cyprus since the opening of the direct talks between Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash as well as Cyprus' EU accession course.

    Mr. Papandreou stated that there are no tangible results from the first round of the Clerides-Denktash talks and pointed out that there is a need to take advantage of the historic chance for the solution of the Cyprus problem.

    Mr. Omirou stated that the Greek Cypriot side will enter the new round of talks with the same political will for the solution of the Cyprus problem but in case no solution is found it will not be an obstacle for Cyprus' accession into the European Union.

    On the reinforcement on behalf of Ankara of the armaments of the Turkish occupation forces in Cyprus, Mr. Papandreou stressed that those moves are being watched by the European Union, while Mr. Omirou stated that such moves undermine the whole climate.

  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [14] NEW AMBASSADOR OF GREECE IN CROATIA Croatia's president Stipe Mesic referred to the good level of relations between Greece and Croatia during the ceremony for the presentation of the credentials of Greece's new ambassador to Zagreb Dimitris Vidouris. Mr. Mesic also pointed out that the pol icy followed by the two countries is a factor of stability and peace in the region.

    Mr. Mesic accepted an invitation issued by Greek President Kostis Stephanopoulos to visit Greece and stressed that his country wants Greece to participate in its privatization programs.

    Mr. Vidouris expressed Greece's interest in Croatia's privatization programs, adding that Greece watches Croatia's European prospect with a strong interest and wishes to help the country in its course toward the European Union.


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