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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 98-02-10
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
BRIEF GREEK NEWS BULLETIN BY THE MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY
Thessaloniki, February 10, 1998
NEWS IN DETAIL
 PRESIDENT STEPHANOPOULOS ON TOUR OF ARTA AND PREVEZA
Thessaloniki, February 10 (MPA)The President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos has embarked on a two-day tour of Arta and Preveza.
Referring to the national issues, President Stephanopoulos stated that the country need to protect its pride and integrity.
Addressing a message to the country’s farmers, Mr. Stephanopoulos stated that they are indeed in a difficult situation but the state cannot solve all the problems they are facing.
 PREMIER MEETS WITH LEADERS OF NATIONAL ECONOMY MINISTRY
Athens, February 10 (MPA)Government spokesperson Dimitris Reppas stated that the Prime Minister Kostas Simitis is to respond to timely questions on issues concerning the country’s farmers.
Moreover, the Premier met today with the leaders of the Finance and National Economy Ministry in order to discuss issues concerning the public utilities companies (DEKO).
According to reports, the Premier is said to have instructed the ministers to proceed with the necessary moves, even if these actions are faced by reaction. Nevertheless, he is also said to have stressed the need to conduct dialogue with the dissenters.
Finally, Mr. Reppas stated that the Premier will receive the vice-president of Vietnam Mr. Manh Kam on Thursday.
 AGRICULTURE MINISTER TO MEET WITH PROTESTING FARMERS ON THURSDAY
Athens, February 10 (MPA)Farmers in central Greece protesting the government's agricultural policy, blocked off a section of the national highway period today at the Biokarpet junction.
The Pan-Thessaly co-ordinating committee, which comprises the protesting farmers’ representatives, is to meet with a government delegation headed by the Minister of Agriculture Stephanos Tzoumakas in Athens on Thursday,
Meanwhile, until then, their tractors are to remain along the side of the national highway. In Crete, the fresh produce makers of the city of Chania seized the municipality building, with no sign of withdrawing in sight.
 LOCAL COURT HEARS CONFISCATION PETITION FILED AGAINST AEROSWEET
Thessaloniki, February 10 (MPA)Thessaloniki’s First Instance Court heard yesterday the petition for the confiscation of Ukraine’s Aerosweet airlines assets in Greece, filed by the relatives of the victims of the crashed Ukrainian airliner who claim that the company is responsible for the death of the passengers and crew. The court’s decision is expected to be issued in approximately twenty days from now.
Ever since the petition was filed 14 days ago, one of the airline’s Boeing 737 aircraft has remained grounded at Thessaloniki’s “Makedonia” Airport.
The confiscation petition was submitted by an attorney representing the family of a young teacher, Triada Karafiloudi, who was killed when the Russian-made Yakovlev-42 aeroplane crashed into the Pieria mountain range in northern Greece on December 17, killing all 74 passengers and crew on board.
Meanwhile, in an open letter forwarded to the Prime Minster Kostas Simitis, the relatives of the victims have requested the exemplary punishment of those responsible for the aeroplane’s crash.
 MINISTER OF MACEDONIA-THRACE, UNDERSECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE IN EVROS
Alexandroupolis, February 10 (MPA)The Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos and the Undersecretary of Agriculture Vasilis Geranides chaired a session with various agencies in Northern Greece’s flooded region of Evros, where they examined the situation at hand after the extensive damages caused by the natural disaster.
According tot he reports, following the estimate of damages, the state will proceed to pay compensation to those farmers whose cultivated land was flooded.
According to the latest estimates, 169,790 hectares of cultivated land have been destroyed, while extensive damages were also caused to warehouses, cattle, farmhouses, agricultural machinery and cattle feed.
 SEA TRAGEDY OFF THE COAST OF BRIDEZI, AT LEAST FIVE PERSONS DROWN
Bridezi, February 10 (MPA)A dinghy carrying illegal immigrants from the city of Vlore, Albania, who were trying to enter Italy, exploded from the excessive weight yesterday evening, ten miles off the coast of Bridezi.
The dinghy’s owner called the Italian port authorities from his mobile phone, but when the rescue teams arrived t the scene they managed to save 14 persons, while five others have drowned and three are still missing.
A delegation of Albania’s public prosecuting office is currently at Bridezi where they are holding talks with their Italian counterparts.
 PRESIDENT OF ALBANIA TO EMBARK ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO TURKEY TOMORROW
Tirana, February 10 (MPA)The President of Albania Reijep Meidani is to embark on a three-day official visit to Turkey tomorrow.
President Meidani will be accompanied by the Albanian government’s vice-president Bashkim Fino, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Economy-Privatization.
During his stay in Turkey, the Albanian President will meet with his Turkish counterpart Suleiman Demirel, the vice-president of the Turkish government Bulent Ecevit, the Speaker of the House, the Foreign Minister and the Chief of the General Army Staff.
 THREE PASSPORTS FOR EACH ALBANIAN, DUE TO LACK OF BUREAUCRACY
Tirana, February 10 (MPA)The lack of organization in Albania’s public agencies has resulted in an abyss of fake passports, according to local press reports that quote sources of the Interpol.
According to Albania’s “Republica”, each Albanian citizen owns not one, but three passports each of which he may use as he pleases.
According to the article, the Albanian authorities have issued approximately nine million passports, at a time when the country’s population numbers three million.
The “Republica” also writes that today’s passports are to soon be replaced by an updated type.
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