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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 00-06-07
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 THE FUNERAL OF GIORGOS TZITZIKOSTAS WILL BE HELD ON MONDAYThessaloniki, 7 June 2000 (16:48 UTC+2)
The funeral of former government minister and parliament deputy of the main opposition party of New Democracy Giorgos Tzitzikostas, who died at dawn today after a long battle with cancer, will be held in Thessaloniki on Monday.
He was born in Athens in 1941 and studied Law in Thessaloniki's Aristotle University, while he got a master's degree in economics in France.
In 1975 he was the president of the UN's National Council of Food and Agriculture Organization in Greece. He became a member of the party of New Democracy after the end of the dictatorship and since 1974 he was elected parliament deputy in Thessaloniki.
He served as undersecretary of agriculture, education and coordination and as minister of Macedonia-Thrace. In 1993 he was elected secretary of New Democracy's local administration central committee. He was married and had three sons.
 CROATIAN FM MEETS WITH GREEK COUNTERPARTThessaloniki, 7 June 2000 (12:30 UTC+2)
Croatia's Foreign Minister Tonino Picula met with his Greek counterpart George Papandreou and undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Aggeliki Laiou in Thessaloniki this morning, on the sidelines of the Balkan Foreign Ministers informal meeting presently held in the city.
The three discussed issues pertaining to bilateral relations and the developments in Kosovo and Serbia, as well as the course of the Stability Pact.
One of the bilateral-interest matters discussed concerned the Ionian-Dalmatian motorway, a project slated for European Union funding, which will embark from Igoumenitsa and cross through Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia, thereby linking Greece with central Europe.
On other matters, Mr. Papandreou relayed Greece's support to Croatia's European prospect and saluted the democratic developments of the newly-elected Croatian government.
 ΚΑΘΙΣΤΙΚΗ ΔΙΑΜΑΡΤΥΡΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΚΟΥΡΔΙΚΗΣ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΚΗΣ ΛΑΪΚΗΣ ΕΝΩΣΗΣΑθήνα, 7 June 2000 (19:16 UTC+2)
Kαθιστική διαμαρτυρία στην Αθήνα οργανώνει την ερχόμενη Δευτέρα η Κουρδική Δημοκρατική Λαϊκή Ενωση (ΥDK πρώην ERNK), μπροστά στα γραφεία του ΟΗΕ στην Ελλάδα (οδός Αμαλίας 36).
Η διαμαρτυρία θα διαρκέσει από τις 12 π.μ. έως τις 9.30 μ.μ. και, όπως αναφέρει η οργάνωση σε ανακοίνωση της, εντάσσεται στο πλαίσιο του αγώνα για την διασφάλιση της υγείας και της ζωής του ηγέτη των Κούρδων Αμπντουλάχ Οτζαλάν και την επίλυση του κουρδικού ζητήματος.
 THE DEMAND FOR TRANSPORTATION SERVICES IN THE EU WILL BE DOUBLED BY 2010Thessaloniki, 7 June 2000 (18:22 UTC+2)
The demand for transportation services in the European Union is expected to be increased by 100% in 2010 compared to 1995, while at the same time, the movement of private cars across borders will show an increase of 30% and the number of trucks carrying goods from and to the united Europe will be increased by 20%, according to Greek Transportation Institute and Aristotle University Transportation Technique Laboratory director, professor Yiannopoulos in statements he made in the 15th international symposium of the European Conference of Transportation Ministers that is being held in Thessaloniki.
The road network continues to have the "lion share" of transportation in the EU in spite of the fact that the member-states have expressed their intention to give an emphasis to railway transportation.
Norwegian School of Management representative Mr. Dag Bjornland also referred to the railway transportation and according to his presentation, the railways will be used to carry just up to 11% of the goods by the year 2010.
 OLYMPIC AIRWAYS WILL FLY TO VENICEAthens, 7 June 2000 (18:07 UTC+2)
The Greek national airline Olympic Airways will now fly to Venice, after introducing flights to Rome, Milano and Napoli.
The Venice flight will be launched on Friday, June 9 in cooperation with ALPIEAGLES airline and it will be made every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with "FOKKER 100" airplanes that can carry up to 100 passengers.
 EU OPTIMISM AND CONCERN OVER THE PROBLEMS IN THE BALKANSThessaloniki, 7 June 2000 (17:37 UTC+2)
European Union common foreign and security policy representative Javier Solana appeared optimistic regarding the solution of the problems in the Balkans, while Stability Pact coordinator Bodo Hobach stated that the struggle against slowness and bureaucracy is underway and Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou underlined the willingness of all the countries in the region to undertake responsibilities for the materialization of the Stability Pact. The above were stressed by Mr. Solana, Mr. Hobach and Mr. Papandreou in a joint press conference after the end of the informal meeting of the Stability Pact foreign ministers that was held in Thessaloniki. According to their statements they dealt with the progress made by the Stability Pact for south-eastern Europe and the situation in Yugoslavia.
Both Mr. Papandreou and Mr. Solana characterized Serbia as the "black hole" of the Balkans because without it the reconstruction can not proceed and stressed that the Serb people will be backed as well as the society of citizens and the opposition in order to bring about the change of the political system with the removal of Slobodan Milosevic.
During the press conference was expressed strong concern over the latest incidents at the FYROM-Kosovo borders and Mr. Papandreou underlined that the existing borders must be respected. Mr. Solana will depart for Pristina this afternoon and stated that his goal is to make every possible effort for the Serbs in Kosovo to remain under the temporary multi-national UN administration in the region.
All three expressed their backing to the Montenegro government and stated that the municipal elections scheduled to take place in the next few weeks must be held in a democratic way.
Mr. Hobach also expressed deep concern over the assassination of the associate of Montenegro president Juganovic and the persecution of the independent mass media in Belgrade.
Regarding the Stability Pact, Mr. Papandreou presented the informal conclusions of the foreign ministers according to which, the countries in the region are willing to play an even bigger role in the materialization of the Stability Pact. Also, they will give a special attention to the operation of the democratic institutions, the market economy and the participation of non governmental organizations in this effort. According to Mr. Papandreou there are bureaucracy problems that must be faced immediately.
On the sidelines of the summit, Mr. Papandreou had a short meeting with his FYROM counterpart Alexander Dimitrov with whom they discussed issues concerning bilateral relations and the alarming developments after the incidents at the borders of FYROM with Kosovo.
 THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF EUROPEAN SUGAR INDUSTRIESThessaloniki, 7 June 2000 (16:48 UTC+2)
The negotiations between the Greek Sugar Industry Ltd and companies in FYROM, Bulgaria and Serbia concerning investments are positive, according to statements made to MPA by Greek Sugar Industry president Vasilis Papayiannis, who added that in order for the talks to be fruitful there must be a clear economic environment regarding legal regulations.
Mr. Papayiannis stated that the regulations that will be in effect in the countries mentioned above must be harmonized with the EU legislation as tariffs are among the most crucial factors for sugar. It should be noted that Greece exports sugar and certain of its by-products to Albania, FYROM and Bulgaria.
The issues that were discussed today in the annual meeting of the European Union Sugar Industries concerned the development of the international sugar market compared to the European sugar market, the protection of the product, the issue of the ratios, the EU enlargement and its effects on the European sugar market.
According to the conclusions reached, said Mr. Papayiannis, sugar is part of a healthy diet and it can not affect the health and safety of consumers in a negative way if they are careful with their diet.
From his side, European Organization of Sugar Industries president Jules Beauduin stated to MPA that the fact that Thessaloniki was chosen to host the conference means that the EU member-states recognize that the Greek sugar industry is very important.
 LOSSES OF 2.62% IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGEAthens, 7 June 2000 (16:47 UTC+2)
Significant losses of 2.62% were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today and the general index was at 4.348,78 points, while the volume of transactions was small, at 127 billion drachmas.
According to market circles, the big plunge is attributed to the strong concern among investors regarding the course of privatizations and the tendencies for inflation rise. Indicative of the concern among the investors is the fact that sale orders were 7 times more than the purchase orders.
 AZNAR HAD CONTACTS WITH STEPHANOPOULOS AND SIMITISAthens, 7 June 2000 (16:47 UTC+2)
Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar was received by Greek president Kostis Stephanopoulos at the presidential building in Athens today.
Later, Mr. Aznar met with prime minister Kostas Simitis and they discussed issues concerning Greece's accession into the EMU in view of the EU summit meeting in Portugal in which Greece's entry to the Euro-zone will be confirmed.
In statements he made, the Spanish prime minister praised the achievements of the Greek economy and expressed Spain's satisfaction for Greece's accession into the EMU.
 EUROPEAN CONFERENCE OF TRANSPORTATION MINISTERS: GREECE PLAYS A DECISIVE ROLE IN TRANSPORTATIONThessaloniki, 7 June 2000 (16:47 UTC+2)
The assurance that the Greek effort for the reconstruction of transportation in south-eastern Europe has the support of all the participants in the European Conference of Transportation Ministers, ECTM, was given by the conference's current and former presidents J. Schling and P. Antonin.
Greece is the most stable country in the region of south-eastern Europe and is absolutely capable to play an important role in the reconstruction of the transportation networks. Therefore, said Czech transportation minister and current president of the conference, Mr. Schling, all the conference participants want to back the Greek effort as this will be to the benefit of trade and transportation in the wider region.
Addressing the 15th International Symposium of ECTM that opened in Thessaloniki today and will last until June 9, minister of Macedonia-Thrace, Giorgos Paschalidis, stressed that the coordinated and harmonic development of infrastructures and the transportation operation in south-eastern Europe will contribute to the development of a wider economic zone with all the countries in the region active participation in the world economy.
In the 15th international symposium on transportation participate 350 delegates from 33 countries, while the Greek delegation is made up of 120 government ministry officials, state and private company executives and representatives of the scientific community.
 ARCHBISHOP OF AUSTRALIA: THE ROW OVER THE ID ISSUE IS UNNECESSARYChania, 7 June 2000 (16:32 UTC+2)
Archbishop Stilianos of Australia in a statement he made from Chania in Crete characterized the row created on the occasion of the identity cards issue as unnecessary.
The Archbishop of Australia stated characteristically that we do not write outside our doors that we are Orthodox Christians and therefore, we should not write it on our police identity card as well.
 ΔΥΟ ΕΠΙΧΕΙΡΗΜΑΤΙΚΕΣ ΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΕΣ ΤΗΣ ΤΑΪΒΑΝ ΣΤΗΝ ΠΓΔΜΣκόπια, 6 June 2000 (22:56 UTC+2)
Δύο επιχειρηματικές αποστολές από την Ταϊβάν θα βρίσκονται αύριο στην ΠΓΔΜ προκειμένου να εξετάσουν τη δυνατότητα επενδύσεων στη χώρα αυτή.
Η πρώτη αποστολή, που αποτελείται από εκπροσώπους 9 επιχειρήσεων της Ταϊβάν, θα συναντηθεί στις 9 Ιουνίου με εργολάβους της ΠΓΔΜ, ενώ προβλέπεται και συνάντηση με το Οικονομικό Επιμελητήριο της χώρας, την Οργάνωση για την Ανασυγκρότηση και Ανάπτυξη, καθώς και επίσκεψη σε εργοστάσια.
Η δεύτερη αποστολή, στην οποία συμμετέχουν 18 οικονομικοί παράγοντες, ενδιαφέρεται περισσότεροι για τις δυνατότητες που προσφέρει η ελεύθερη οικονομική ζώνη των Σκοπίων.
 THE NATIONAL PARTY OF SCOTLAND IS IN FAVOR OF THE RETURN OF THE PARTHENON MARBLESLondon, 7 June 2000 (16:28 UTC+2)
Scotland's National Party is in favor of the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece. According to the BBC radio service, the "shadow" culture minister of the National Party of Scotland, Michael Russell called on the British government to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece and urged it to start serious negotiations with the Greek government after the recent statements in London by Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou.
Mr. Russell pointed out that recently was returned to Scotland one of its most important archaeological treasures and underlined that generosity must be displayed in satisfying Greece's demand for the return of the Parthenon Marbles which clearly belong to Athens and not to London.
 VERHEUGEN MINCES WORDS ON CYPRUS ACCESSIONΒrussels, 7 June 2000 (13:34 UTC+2)
The European Union's Enlargement Commissioner Guenter Verheugen reportedly believes that linking European Union-Turkey relations with the resolution of the Cyprus issue is inevitable, according to BBC's radio service, thereby contradicting the EU's top-ranking official's earlier statements.
In statements he made in Brussels yesterday, where the EU-Turkey joint parliamentary committee convened, Mr. Verheugen stated that (as per the EU's Helsinki Summit) a political resolution to the Cyprus problem is not a prerequisite for the island's accession to the EU, albeit adding that this does not mean that Cyprus will enter the European Union in its present state.
"Simply, there is a possibility that this could happen as an alternative solution, which, however, is neither the favorable one, nor does it represent some form of guarantee. When the time comes, the ministerial council will take all the factors under advisement and will decide accordingly," he stated.
 GREEK RECEIVES QUEENSLAND MILLENNIUM AWARDSydney, 7 June 2000 (12:43 UTC+2)
The Millennium Award of the Australian state of Queensland has been awarded to the Greek chairman of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) Nikos Xynias for his 20 years of valuable service to the immigrant communities of the wider region.
Mr. Xynias, who was born in Egypt of Greek parents, has served on several advisory immigrant services in Australia.
The award was presented to Xynias by Queensland state premier Peter Beattie.