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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 03-06-15

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From: The Macedonian Press Agency at and




    Thessaloniki, 14 June 2003 (22:51 UTC+2)

    The schedule of the European Council to be held in Thessaloniki on June19-21 and the issues of the Summit, were made public by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Panos Beglitis.

    Thursday June 19

    19:00 Opening of European Council meeting on immigration

    20:15 Greek Presidency Press Conference

    Dinner (coin de feu), during which the Middle East, the situation in Iraq, non-proliferation of WMDs and the struggle against international terrorism will be discussed.

    Friday June 20

    9:00 Presentation of the European Convention by President Valerie Giscard D'Estaing, round table with the positions of the 25. Exchange of views on all open institutional issues. Conclusions of the Greek Presidency and the President of the European Council Costas Simitis.

    12:30 Joint press conference of European Council President Costas Simitis with President of the European Commission Romano Prodi and the President of the Convention Valerie Giscard D'Estaing.

    13:30 Luncheon during which:

    - EU-US relations and the agenda of the EU-US Summit to be held on the 25th in Washington will be discussed.

    - Presentation of the European Security Strategy by High EU Representative on foreign and security policy issues, Javier Solana, based on the directions he received in Castelorizo.

    17:00 Family photograph

    17:30 Look into conclusion draft

    19:30 Presidency Press Conference

    20:00 Greek Presidency meeting with three candidate countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey).

    21:30 Dinner for the delegations held by President of the Republic Costis Stefanopoulos.

    Saturday June 21

    8:30-9:00 Summit Meeting (Prime Ministerial, Presidential and Foreign Minister level) EU-Western Balkans, with the participation of Bosnia-Herzegovina spokesperson Lord P. Asdoun, special envoy of the UN in Kossovo M. Steiner and special coordinator of the Stability Pact, E. Busek.

    9:00-10:30 Adoption of Thessaloniki Statement for the strengthening of the European prospects of Western Balkan countries by the European Council. The message that these countries may be incorporated in 2006 is expected to be announced.

    10:30 Presidency Press Conference

    12:00 Delegation departure for a small visit to Mt. Athos via boat. Return scheduled for 15:30-16:00.


    Athens, 14 June 2003 (22:51 UTC+2)

    Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou had a telephone communication with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul on Friday afternoon.

    According to Turkish press publications, the Turkish Foreign Minister proposed joint works regarding the Aegean airspace. The publication mentioned that Mr. Papandreou responded to the proposal and underlined the importance of both sides keeping a cool head.

    The newspapers also underlined that Mr. Gul referring to the upcoming parliamentary elections in Greece pointed out that Greek-Turkish relations, which are very sensitive, should not be taken advantage of for interior consumption.

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