Erhan Arikli, 40, a Turkish settler from the former Soviet Union, living
in the occupied areas for the last 10-11 years.
On October 30, Cyprus police issued arrest warrants against five people in
connection with the premeditated murder of Solomos Solomou, shot and killed
on August 14 when climbing a flagpole to lower the Turkish flag during a
demonstration to protest agai nst the murder of his relative, Isaac.
Amongst the suspects are Kenan Akin, self-styled minister of agriculture of
the illegal occupation regime, Erdal Emanet, commander of the so-called
security forces in the occupied areas, Mehmet Karli, commander of the 29th
division of the Turkish army, Hasan Kontaci, former commander of the
Turkish occupation troops in Cyprus and Attila Sab, so-called chief of
police of the illegal regime.
Greek National Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos, who is currently
visiting Cyprus for talks with the island state's political leadership,
reiterated this afternoon that the Greek-Cypriot National Defence Pact
constituted what he termed "a non-negotiable national choice."
Mr. Tsohatzopoulos said that the materialisation and reinforcement of the
defence pact constituted Greece's right to defend approximately one tenth
of the Greek nation.
Stressing that "Cyprus represented the modern day Messolongi of Hellenism,"
he assured that Greek aircrafts would fly to the defence of Cyprus against
a possible Turkish attack in the "minimum time required."
"Both Greece and Cyprus's adequate defence ability against any external
threat or in order to overturn the occupation of a part of Cyprus, goes
through the formulation of the National Defence Pact which is at the same
time forming the conditions for a peaceful settlement to the occupation
problem," Mr. Tsohatzopoulos said.
He added that the "strengthening, adeguate defence ability, modernisation
and upgrating of the armed forces in both Greece and Cyprus constitute the
best possible condition for everyone to feel the need to support efforts
for a peaceful settlement of the Cyprus issue."
Speaking to reporters in Nicosia, earlier in the day, Mr. Tsohatzopoulos
said he was returning to Athens feeling certain that both Greece and Cyprus
were in the right path concerning the handling of provocations in the
national issues this current period.
He added that during his contacts in Nicosia he realised that it was the
"common political choice" of both Athens and Nicosia to pursue improvements
in the strategies of the National Defence Zone.
Yesterday, Mr. Tsohatzopoulos met with Foreign Minister Alecos Michaelidis,
former President and leader of the United Democrats party, George Vassiliou,
and Communist AKEL party Secretary General, Dimitris Christofias.
On Friday, Mr. Tsohatzopoulos discussed defence issues with President of
the House of Representatives Spyros Kyprianou, the parliamentary defence
committee and Defence Minister Costas Eliades.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting with Mr. Kyprianou, Mr. Tsohatzopoulos
stressed that the fundamental principles of international law should be
taken into account by those launching initiatives for a solution to the
He described the defence pact, agreed between the governments of Cyprus and
Greece, as a solid foundation between two independent states which will
constitute the answer to the threat of Turkish expansionism.
Mr. Tsohatzopoulos was also briefed on defence issues by National Guard
Commander, Lieutenant General Nikolaos Vorvolakos.
Later in the evening President Glafcos Clerides held a second meeting with
In a short statement Mr. Tsohatzopoulos described the meeting as "very
useful and interesting" and added that they continued their discussion on
issues of common interest.
A number of foreign leaders, including King Juan Carlos of Spain, will
visit Greece in the near future at dates yet to be fixed, sources in the
president of the republic's office said Friday.
The sources added that President Kostis Stephanopoulos had extended
official invitations to the presidents of Tunisia and Uzbekistan as well as
to the kings of Belgium and Spain.
The dates for the visits will be fixed through diplomatic channels, the
Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said the government is aware that Mr.
Stephanopoulos has invited Juan Carlos to visit Greece.
Mr. Reppas said the government does not object and added that President
Stephanopoulos, as head of state, can invite his counterparts.
Speaking at a conference in Athens on Friday evening, Alternate Foreign
Minister Georgios Papandreou warned Greece's European Union partners that
Athens will not accept accession of new member-states to the EU unless
Cyprus is one of them.
The conference was organised by the Athens Economic University and the
University of Cyprus on the subject of "Cyprus, the EU and the role of
"The accession course of Cyprus has taken its path and is not reversible,
regardless of whether or not the political problem is resolved," Mr.
He said "the enlargement to the east has a strategic significance for
European interests. However, the balanced enlargement of the EU to the
south as well, also has equal strategic significance for us."
Mr. Papandreou said the time remaining until the start to accession
negotiations must be utilised for a resolution of the political problem,
which "necessitates pressures being exerted on the Turkish side to dull its
With the submission of eight amendments at the 42nd NATO parliamentary
assembly in Paris on Friday, Turkey unsuccessfully attempted to institute P
along with procedures for enlargement of the alliance P the simultaneous
integration of its members into the Western European Union (WEU) and the
A similar, but milder version was submitted by Dutch Liberal deputy Vim van
The head of the Greek delegation, PASOK deputy Eleftherios Veryvakis,
immediately reacted to the proposals, stressing that "the procedures for
NATO, the WEU and the European Union are autonomous and independent, and
any such interconnection in dissimila r organisations is inconceivable".
Turkish Motherland party deputy Kamran Inan countered without being given
permission to address the assembly, claiming that "these are Greek views".
Discussion soon escalated into a personal heated exchange between the two
The assembly rejected the amemdments, as disagreement was also voiced by
other delegations, including the French and the Spanish.
Communist Party of Greece (KKE) deputy Orestis Kolozov said after the end
of the session that the "role designed for Greece and Turkey in NATO with
regard to the Balkans is now becoming apparent, and there must be strong
reactions from the Greek side f or these developments to be dealt with
A two-day conference of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and Central
European Initiative (KEP) member-state transport ministers came to a close
with the ratification of a final communique on developing regional road
networks a nd the signing of a memorandum establishing an inter-regional
coordinating centre in Sofia.
The meeting here was also attended by representatives from the United
States, Germany, France, Japan, Yugoslavia, Egypt and Israel. Special
observers at the conference were, among others, representatives from the
European Commission and the UN's Economic Committee for Europe.
Greece, a full BSEC member, was represented by the Greek ambassador to
Sofia, Panayiotis Karakasis.
According to the communique, views were exchanged on national and regional
policies, as well as on multipartite cooperation programmes in the
President of the Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos yesterday said Greece was
making efforts to peacefully settle existing differences caused in Greek-
Turkish relations by Turkey's "persistently offensive attitude."
Mr. Stephanopoulos made the statement at the border island of Samothrace
during his two-day tour of Thrace which was kicked off yesterday.
Elaborating on Greek-Turkish relations, Mr. Stephanopoulos said there was
only one issue in the Aegean, that of the delineation of the continental
Meanwhile, Athens reiterated on Friday that it would not treat the
delineation of the Aegean continental shelf and the issue of the Imia
islets as two aspects of a package deal, but would deal with the two issues
According to Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas, the Greek government is
prepared to deal with developments in Greek-Turkish relations but the issue
of referring the Imia islets and the continental shelf to the International
Court at The Hague in the form of a package is "out of the question."
He said however, that if Turkey was to seek recourse to the Hague over the
Imia issue, he could not rule out discussion for the drafting of an
agreement for the mutual referral of the continental shelf issue to the
According to Mr. Reppas, although the two issues should be dealt with
separately, the could be both considered at the same time.
After his visit to Samothrace, Mr. Stephanopoulos was expected to visit the
islands of Thassos and Chrysoupolis, near Nestos, Kavalla before returning
to Athens this evening.
Yesterday, Mr. Stephanopoulos visited the northeastern border town of
Alexandroupolis where he also attended a scheduled ceremony to honour the
"bard of Thracian songs," Chronis Aidonis.
Speaking from Alexandroupolis, the President made special mention to the
Thracian Moslem minority, stressing that Greece was abiding by the
provisions on minorities of the International Agreements and respected the
international rules regulating minority issues thus achieving equality
amongst its citizens.
If the minority is to become integrated into the Greek society, the
President said, then Turkey's accussations against Greece regarding an
alleged behaviour towards the minority ,"not only they should be averted by
even prevented from taking place."
Turning to other issues, Mr. Stephanopoulos refered to what he termed as
"optimistic prospects" for Eastern Macedonia and Thrace in the sector of
trade with the markets of the Balkan Peninsular and the Black Sea
According to the President trade will be further strengthened between
Greece and these countries after completion of the necessary infrastructural
In an unrelated development on Saturday, Turkish Foreign Minister Tansu
Ciller has again accused Greece of impending the solution of problems
between the two countries.
"We have learned that Greece has rejected the efforts made in the last few
days by certain members of the EU for the commencement of dialogue between
Turkey and Greece.
The most appropriate way of settling problems are talks, and Greece is
hampering the solution of problems, avoiding talks, and attempting to
involve EU," a written statement in Ankara yesterday said.
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will hold
a two-day summit in Lisbon from Dec. 2-3, with summit results expected to
significantly affect the future of European security and Greek national
issues in particular.
Three-week preparations for the summit, to be attended by Prime Minister
Costas Simitis, were concluded at the OSCE's headquarters in Vienna
Mr. Simitis, whose entourage will include Press and Media Minister Dimitris
Reppas and Alternate Foreign Minister Georgios Papandreou, is expected to
set out Greek positions at the 55-nation OSCE summit on the so-called
"security model for the 21st century."
The Greek permanent delegation in Vienna, headed by ambassador Christos
Botzios, made effective interventions on issues concerning human and
minority rights as well as Greek national matters.
The European Union is expected to present an initiative in Lisbon on common
action by various security institutions in Europe, such as the OSCE, NATO
and the West European Union (WEU).
Moreover, the importance of the OSCE's Lisbon summit is also attached to
the role of the organisation's institutional bodies, the consolidation of
its legal standing and decisions expected to be taken in 1997 on enlargement
eastwards, both for NATO and the EU.
Federation of Greek groups in NYC celebrates its 59th anniversary
NEW YORK (ANA - M. Georgiadou) P The Federation of Greek Associations of
Greater New York is celebrating the 59th anniversary of its founding this
year with a two-day conference to which all expatriate Greek groups have
The conference will focus on the best methods of joint action and the most
effective coordination of initiatives on national and other issues which
concern the Greek-American community.
The conference is also expected to broach the subject of dealing with
Turkish provocations and of "the permanent solutions which are apparently
being decided" on the Cyprus problem and on the Aegean, as well as issues
concerning Macedonia and Thrace, co operation of the federation's various
local Greek community organisations with the World Council of Hellenes
Abroad (SAE) and methods of better informing US public opinion.
Macedonia-Thrace Minister Philippos Petsalnikos will participate in the
conference, while the Pan-Macedonian Union has organised a programme in
order to welcome the minister to New York.
In addition, the Union has organised a photographic exhibition, due to open
on Tuesday, entitled "From Pella to Alexandria: Point of Reference of a
Civilisation", in cooperation with the Alexander the Great Foundation,
Fordham University's "Odysseus" As sociation and the Greek Culture
International symposium examines effect of last year's earthquake
A two-day international scientific symposium on the repercussions for
Aigialia and Fokida of last year's catastrophic earthquake measuring 6.1 on
the Richter scale opened yesterday in Aigio, the town most badly hit by the
The symposium is being held on the initiative of the Organisation for Anti-
Seismic Planning (OASP) and the prefectural Local Government Authority of
Addressing delegates, OASP president Professor Dimitris Papanikolaou
explained the importance of the symposium, noting that not only purely
scientific data concerning earthquakes but also the political and social
dimensions of seismic phenomena would be presented.
"A phenomenonon which will always exist for Greece, which is why a special
organisation is needed to incorporate all the political responsibilities,
because above all, the social web of a particular region must not be
allowed to slacken when such natural disasters occur," Mr. Papanikoloaou
He added that one of the main aims of the symposium was to illustrate that
social and political repercussions were directly connected with the
Twenty-one people died, among them 10 French tourists, in the June 1995
earthquake which mainly hit Aigio on the northern Peloponnese coast.
Union of European Theatres festival slated for Thessaloniki
The sixth Festival of the Union of European Theatres is to be held in
Thessaloniki next year within the framework of events for the Cultural
Capital of Europe 1997.
Thessaloniki won over the festival from Strasburg after submitting its
candidacy to host the event on the initiative of the State Theatre of
Northern Greece, which became part of the Union in May, and with the
support of the Cultural Capital of Europe 1 997 Organisation.
The Union of European Theatres organises an annual festival with the
participation of its members, which are 17 of the most important theatrical
organisations in Europe.
As well as performances, the festival will include exhibitions of leading
European stage designers, dedications to great directors with video
screenings of their most important productions, as well as conferences.
Venizelos opens European writers conference
Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos yesterday opened the 15th European
Authors Federation Conference meeting in Athens.
Urging the authors to put to use the type of strategies that aim at
organising the literature market, the culture minister stressed the need
"to persist in a new type of political liberalism which is also necessary
for inspiring authors and artists."
The meeting, ending today, is taking place with the participation of 100
writers from 30 countries and is focusing among other things on copyright
as well as freedom of speech and expression.
The meeting is hosted by the Greek Authors Society.
Athens to organise conference on composer Mitropoulos
The Athens municipality will organise the first international conference on
the subject of "The Art and Contribution of Dimitris Mitropoulos", within
the framework of events to honour the noted Greek composer.
The series of events includes composers, musicians and researchers of his
work as a maestro and composer, as well as individuals who knew and
cooperated with him.
The conference will be held on Nov. 26 in the Antonis Tritsis Hall of the
Athens municipality's cultural centre. The third and last concert of the
dedication, entitled "Greek Sonata" will be performed at the end of the
Entrance is free.
Greek trade fair gets under way in Belgrade
BELGRADE (ANA - M. Mouratidis) - Greece' ambassador in Belgrade Panayiotis
Vlassopoulos on Friday inaugurated the first Greek trade fair at Belgrade's
Mr. Vlassopoulos said that the first such trade fair in Yugoslavia after
the lifting of sanctions was an indication of the new economic relations
between the two countries and of their future development.
The inauguration was attended by the President of the Yugoslav Chambers
The exhibition has been organised by the TEGOS-PLAN firm from Thessaloniki
and includes the participation of some 50 Greek businessmen, primarily from
Greek and Yugoslav entrepreneurs will meet in Belgrade today to discuss
issues such as imports and exports, the banking system, the creation of
joint enterprises, the investment programme and prospects for cooperation
in the agricultural sector.
Mr. Vlassopoulos, meanwhile, met on Thursday with the Yugoslav Deputy Prime
Minister Nikos Sainovic and defined the activities which would immediately
strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries.
The first exhibition of Yugoslav products in Athens will be held December 3-
80 Greek firms to participate in Europartenariat
Eighty Greek companies will participate in the Europartenariat to be held
in Genoa, Italy on November 27-29.
The next Europartenariat is due to be held in Piraeus, in June next
National Economic Undersecretary Alekos Baltas will be in Genoa for a
handing-over ceremony on November 28.
AGET comes under direct Italian control
After protracted negotiations, the National Bank of Greece has agreed to
sell 50 per cent of its shares in the Greek-Italian consortium KALNAT which
controls 50.5 per cent of the AGET Iraklis cememt company since 1991 to the
Italian Concretum concern f or 32.2 billion drachmas in cash.
The package of shares sold represents 12 per cent of AGET's equity capital,
and thus National Bank's participation in the company is now restricted to
33 per cent.
The agreement includes a clause stating that if Concretum decides to sell
its shares or if AGET is sold or goes bankrupt, National Bank will have a
preference in repurchasing the company.
It was also agreed that new investments would be undertaken to improve the
company's competitiveness and promote environmental protection schemes.
Deteriorating, with rainstorms spreading in from the west.
Winds southwesterly, becoming very strong in the open sea.
Temperatures reaching 17 C in the north, 21 C in other mainland areas, and
22 C on the islands.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE (Buying)
Close of trading on November 22.
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395.848, Irish punt 396.006, Cyprus pd 514.610, French franc 46.162, Swiss
franc 185.221 Belgian franc 7.595, German mark 156.557, Finnish mark 51.812,
Dutch guilder 139.569, Danish Kr. 40.751, Swedish Kr. 35.496, Norwegian Kr.
37.138, Austrian Sh. 22.231, Italian lira (100) 15.702, Yen (100) 211.236,
Spanish Peseta 1.862, Portuguese Escudo 1.549.