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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 98-02-26
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 26, 1998
NEWS IN DETAIL
 TURKEY THREATENS WITH A WARM INCIDENT IN THE AEGEAN
Ankara, February 26 (MPA)The Turkish government is threatening Greece with a warm incident in the Aegean Sea, after the Greek government rejected the direct talks -spanning all matters- proposal submitted by Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ismael Cem.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced that Greece will be responsible for accidents that may take place, as it characteristically stated, while it also blames the Greek side that it opts for a tension strategy.
Greece has made proposals of peace and stability and Turkey is now before its political responsibilities, the spokesperson of Greece’s Foreign Ministry Konstantinos Bikas stated.
 EGNATIA ROUTE WILL HAVE BEEN COMPLETED BY THE YEAR 2002
Thessaloniki, February 26 (MPA)The President of the “Egnatia S.A.” company Dimitris Fatouros stated that the Egnatia route project will be completed by the year 2002.
Moreover, he stressed that by the year 2001, 620 out of the project’s 687 kilometres will have been completed or will be under construction.
He also stated that aside from the 122 kilometres that have already been constructed, another 427 will be completed by the end of this year.
 ARCHBISHOP SERAPHIM TO UNDERGO DIALYSIS TREATMENT AGAIN
Athens, February 26 (MPA)Archbishop Seraphim, who has been hospitalised since Tuesday at Athens’ Laiko Hospital, is to undergo dialysis treatment again today.
According to the medical reports, the Archbishop is being treated with a strong dosage of antibiotics and, in spite of the severe virus he is suffering from, his condition is under control.
 JUKANOVIC ASKS FOR DIALOGUE OVER KOSSOVO
Kossovo, February 26 (MPA)The President of Montenegro Mr. Jukanovic has criticised the authorities of Belgrade for the policy they have followed in Kossovo and asked that a “certain degree of autonomy” be granted.
“Yugoslavia cannot be included in the international community if it does not open dialogue over the matter of Kossovo,” he stated.
 CYPRIOT PRESIDENT CLERIDES TO MEET WITH SIR DAVID HANNAY TOMORROW
Nicosia, February 26 (MPA)Britain’s special envoy for the Cyprus issue Sir David Hannay is to arrive in Cyprus this evening for a two-day official visit.
Sir Hannay will be received by the President of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides tomorrow and he will also have meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Yiannakis Kasoulides and Greece’s Under-secretary of Foreign Affairs Yiannos Kranidiotis who is currently on a three-day official visit to the island.
The British diplomat will also visit the occupied territory where he will meet with leaders of the Turkish-Cypriot parties.
 ALBANIA’S EX-PRESIDENT COULD BE RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL TOMORROW
Thessaloniki, February 26 (MPA)Albania’s former president Ramiz Alia, who underwent open- heart surgery in Thessaloniki, is expected to be released from the George Papanikolaou hospital tomorrow.
Mr. Alia underwent a quadruple bypass, performed by the well -known heart surgeon, Professor Panayiotis Spyrou.
According to medical reports, Albania’s last communist leader is recuperating normally and has already communicated with his relatives.
 EC’S BAN ON CONSUMPTION OF COW, LAMB INTESTINES WILL BE LIFTED
Brussels, February 26 (MPA)A new decision, taken yesterday by the European Commission, on the directive banning cow and lamb intestines whose consumption was suspected of spreading “mad cow disease” will allow for the exclusion in certain member-states of the European Union where no outbreaks of the “mad cow” disease have been reported.
The directive was to be enforced on January 1, was later postponed to April 1 and its implementation date has now been moved to July 1.
The Commission is to decide on the countries to be excluded by the end of the year, during which time the directive will not apply in countries that have requested to be excluded from the ban.
Greece is on the list of such EU countries, along with Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Spain.
 THERMI MUNICIPALITY OFFERS GREEK LANGUAGE LESSONS TO REPATRIATES
Thessaloniki, February 26 (MPA)The Municipality of Thermi, in co-operation with the Secretariat-General for Repatriates of the Ministry of Macedonia- Thrace, is to organise a programme of Greek language classes for adults who have returned to Greece after having lived abroad for years.
The lessons are to start on March 3 and will be held until June 3. The classes will be held in the evening hours at Thermi’s First elementary school.
 GREECE’S TOURISM REVENUE REACHES SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY
Athens, February 26 (MPA)A ten percent increase in tourism is expected this year, increasing by 1.5% the country’s Gross National Product.
The British are at the top of the list of tourists expected to visit Greece this summer, thanks to the pound’s appreciation which will significantly propel the attraction of British tourists while at the same time not force the Greek hoteliers to drop their prices.
The institute of Economic Studies and Forecasts has just issued its fourth report wherein it mentions that tourism, either directly or indirectly, represents 14% of the country’s domestic product.
According to the Institute’s director, Professor Panayiotis Pavlopoulos, the official data significantly underestimate the number of overnight stays, which in reality are double. According to Mr.Pavlopoulos, over 90 million tourists stay overnight in Greece per year, pouring in revenue of over seven billion dollars.
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