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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 98-02-13
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 13, 1998
NEWS IN DETAIL
 GREEK FARMERS WILL DECIDE ON FURTHER MOBILIZATIONS TODAY
Athens, February 13 (MPA)The country’s protesting farmers, having had a fruitless meeting with the Agriculture Minister Stephanos Tzoumakas yesterday, are to decide today on the course of their mobilizations and if they will close off the national highway.
The President of the Confederation of Democratic Farmers Association Mr. Papademetriou stated that “the government, not the farmers , chose to close the roads.” Meanwhile, the farmers of Thrace threaten to close off the airport of Alexandroupolis, demanding satisfactory compensation for the damages caused to their lands by the recent floods.
 GREEK FOREIGN UNDERSECRETARY COMMENTS ON IMIA CRISIS
Athens, February 13 (MPA)Foreign Undersecretary Yiannos Kranidiotis, addressing the Hellenic Parliament yesterday evening, stated that Turkey wanted war with Greece during the crisis in late January 1996 when Ankara openly disputed Greek sovereignty of the Imia islets in the Aegean.
Mr. Kranidiotis referred to the recent revelations about the role of the Turkish political leadership during the crisis and developments in the meantime, made by Turkey’s then-Navy Chief.
He stated that the Greek government’s choices in handling the crisis were justified, since the country defended its sovereign rights and its territorial integrity, without being pulled into a warm incident, as Turkey would have wanted it to.
The Foreign Undersecretary reiterated Greece's call on Turkey to accept the jurisdiction of the International Court at The Hague on the basis of reciprocity in order for the two countries to examine their relations.
"The Greek proposal for a step-by-step approach is realistic, since it provides for recourse to the Hague on the issues of the continental shelf in the Aegean and Imia," he stated.
 THE US PRESSURE TURKEY INTO PROMOTING A SOLUTION FOR CYPRUS ISSUE
Washington, February 13 (MPA)The United States are pressuring Turkey into taking an active part in the process to find a solution to the Cyprus issue and intend to intensify their efforts after the island’s second round of presidential elections, stated the U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Ms. Albright was responding to a question submitted during the US congress’s International Relations Committee session.
 VIETNAM’S DEPUTY PREMIER IN ATHENS TODAY
Athens, February 13 (MPA)The deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Manh Cam arrived in Athens yesterday, where he met with Greece’s alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou.
Mr. Cam, who also serves as his country’s Foreign Minister, is to be received by Premier Kostas Simitis today. Athens and Hanoi will proceed to the signing of three cooperation protocols on double taxation, shipping and investment protection.
 ALBANIA’S EX-PRESIDENT ARRIVES IN THESSALONIKI TONIGHT FOR SURGERY
Thessaloniki, February 13 (MPA)Albania’s former president Ramiz Alia, the last communist leader of his country, is to fly into Thessaloniki this evening where he will undergo open-heart surgery.
Mr. Alia, 73 years old, will be operated on at the George Papanikolaou hospital probably on Monday the well-known Greek heart surgeon Panayotis Spyrou, who has performed similar operations on several Greek politicians.
The Albanian politician was granted a medical visa by the Greek Consulate in Tirana.
Dr. Spyrou, who saw Mr. Alia a few days ago in Tirana, said that "because of the seriousness of his condition, he should be operated on in Thessaloniki".
 GREECE TO GRANT $140 MILLION TO BLACK SEA COUNTRIES, YUGOSLAVIA
Athens, February 13 (MPA)The Greek government plans to grant an additional 140 million dollars in export credits to the countries of the Black Sea region and Yugoslavia, in order to facilitate their purchase of Greek products, according to the National Economy Undersecretary Alekos Baltas.
Mr. Baltas stated that a total of 125 million dollars in export credits has already been allocated from the credit facility program.
Addressing a press conference on the targets and priorities of the country’s international economic relations, Mr. Baltas announced that the forum of ministers of foreign economic relations of the countries of central and southeastern Europe was being scheduled for May in Greece.
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