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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 03-06-28

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From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.


CONTENTS

  • [01] RADIO SILENCE
  • [02] GREEK PRESIDENCY REVIEW ON MONDAY
  • [03] TRUCKLOAD OF BULLETS FROM ALBANIA SEIZED
  • [04] CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS ATHENS
  • [05] TSOCHATZOPOULOS: ELECTIONS IN SPRING 2004
  • [06] THE DEFENDANTS IN THE OCALAN CASE WERE ACQUITTED

  • [01] RADIO SILENCE

    Athens, 28 June 2003 (20:32 UTC+2)

    Radio silence is being held as far as developments within PASOK are concerned as well as regarding the changes in government members to which the Prime Minister will move, and which are expected to be announced after the Cabinet meeting on Monday where the review of the Greek Presidency will take place and after the important meeting the Prime Minister and PASOK's Secretary General, C. Laliotis.

    [02] GREEK PRESIDENCY REVIEW ON MONDAY

    Athens, 28 June 2003 (18:35 UTC+2)

    The review of the Greek Presidency's 6 months will be reviewed during the Cabinet meeting called by Prime Minister and President of the European Union Costas Simitis to be held on Monday.

    Mr. Simitis characterized the Presidency as successful at the EU Summit in Porto Carras. He noted that there has not been a more difficult Presidency due to the war in Iraq and added that the Greek Presidency gave a battle for cohesion in the EU and won.

    [03] TRUCKLOAD OF BULLETS FROM ALBANIA SEIZED

    Giannena, 28 June 2003 (18:34 UTC+2)

    A truck driver was arrested on the Kakkavia border station on the Greek-Albanian border and is being questioned by the authorities after being charged with attempting to transfer a whole truckload of bullets from Albania.

    According to the police, the Greek truck driver is accused of having hidden the bullets in 23 tons of charcoal, but during an inspection the police found the ammunition and arrested him.

    So far the police has not announced the driver's identity, as investigations to locate the recipients of the cargo in Greece are underway. Information mentioned that the number of bullets confiscated surpasses 50,000 and that they come from the stores of the Albanian army which were looted during the turmoil of 1997.

    [04] CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS ATHENS

    Athens, 28 June 2003 (18:34 UTC+2)

    Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing will be visiting Athens from June 29 to July 1.

    The Chinese Foreign Minister will arrive in Athens on Sunday night, June 29, and on Monday morning he will visit Ydra. In the afternoon he will return to Athens where he will meet with Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou and will sign the declaration for the Olympic Truce.

    He will then participate in the EU-China ministerial meeting and in the evening he will attend a dinner held in his honor by Mr. Papandreou.

    On Tuesday, July 1, Mr. Zhaoxing will visit the archeological site and museum of the Acropolis and will be accepted by the President of the Republic Costis Stefanopoulos at the Presidential residence.

    [05] TSOCHATZOPOULOS: ELECTIONS IN SPRING 2004

    Athens, 28 June 2003 (18:34 UTC+2)

    His reassurance that elections will be held in Spring 2004, was expressed by Minister of Development Akis Tsochatzopoulos, adding that the request for early elections submitted by Mr. Karamanlis looks as if it is coming from another world.

    At the same time, Mr. Tsochatzopoulos stated that after the completion of the Greek Presidency's work, emphasis is now placed on interior restructuring and the acceleration of our developmental course. We will now deal with our political commitments and the country's needs.

    [06] THE DEFENDANTS IN THE OCALAN CASE WERE ACQUITTED

    Athens, 27 June 2003 (21:48 UTC+2)

    The thirteen defendants in the Ocalan case, tried in an Athens court, were acquitted. The trial concerned the illegal arrival of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan to Greece in January 1999.

    Among the thirteen acquitted defendants was Ocalan himself. Ocalan is currently in a Turkish jail serving a life sentence.


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