Athens News Agency: News in English (PM), 98-04-27
NEWS IN ENGLISH
Athens, Greece, 27/04/1998 (ANA)
- Tsohatzopoulos: Kosovo ready to blow
- Turkey danger to regional peace
- Greece not ready to approve EU monies for Ankara
- Two Syrian seamen missing
- Gov't denies new devaluation reports
- Seven implicated in murder of Nigerian
- Tsohatzopoulos comments on the Balkan peacekeeping force
- Foreign Ministry to publish history of the Greek jews
- Costas Karamanlis elected EDU Deputy President
- Bulgarian army chief begins visit to Athens today
- Athens hosts Int'l meeting of female journalists
- British stage director Peter Hall visits Athens
- British Euro-MP to address conference on 'Byron against Elgin'
- Roman era tomb examined
- Conference examines fate of domestic tour operators
- Greek soccer matches called off in pools revenue protest
- Foreign exchange
NEWS IN DETAIL
Tsohatzopoulos: Kosovo ready to blow
National Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos today likened the situation
in Kosovo to a hand-grenade ready to explode and stressed the need for
pressure to be exerted on both the Albanian minority and Serbia for the
immediate and unconditional commencement of dialogue in the troubled
province. "The situation (in Kosovo) is like a hand-grenade which, if you
pull the pin a little bit more, will explode," he said, replying to
reporters' questions in Thessaloniki. This should be of concern to all of
us, he said, adding that there must be some kind of intervention.
Turkey danger to regional peace
National Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos today criticised Turkey for
its destabilising role in the region while at the same time warning that
any attempt to exploit hotbeds of tension would lead to crises and
conflict. Tsohatzopoulos was speaking at a meeting in Thessaloniki on the
European defence and security structure at the Centre for International and
Greece not ready to approve EU monies for Ankara
Greece continues to have reservations on the adoption by the European
Council of a 375 million ECU financial protocol for Turkey, given that
Ankara has yet to make any move towards normalising relations with Greece,
Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos said today, according to an ANA
dispatch from Brussels. Sources said Pangalos laid out his positions this
morning at the meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg.
Pangalos is reported to have clearly set out that the Greek side was not
ready to lift its reservations and also tabled with the Council two
memorandums regarding the escalation of Turkish provocations.
Two Syrian seamen missing
Two Syrian seamen were reported missing early today as the Cambodian-
flagged freighter "NATALEMAR" was sailing near the Strofades islands in the
Ionian Sea, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. A ministry spokesman told
the ANA that the two Syrians -- sailor Rafiq Alabsi, 28 and engineroom
chief Mohammed Alatik, 48 -- were last seen on the deck of the ship shortly
after midnight before their disappearance.
Gov't denies new devaluation reports
The government today denied press reports claiming that it was considering
a further devaluation of the drachma following last month's 14 per cent
devaluation. "The pressure on the drachma prior to its entry to the
European Union's Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) does not exist now,"
government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said.
The drachma was devalued by 14 per cent on March 14 to enable the national
currency's entry to the ERM.
Seven implicated in murder of Nigerian
Police said today they were seeking a man suspected of killing a Nigerian
national on Saturday and had arrested another six people for aiding and
abetting. They said a warrant had been issued for the arrest of Efthymios
Kyriopoulos, 28. Use Ugbuefi, 31, was killed when he was repeatedly punched
in the chest with a spiked knuckle-duster allegedly during an altercation
with Kyriopoulos at the offices of the Panathinaikos Fan Club in Peristeri.
Tsohatzopoulos comments on the Balkan peacekeeping force
Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos said on Saturday that a Balkan
peacekeeping force whose creation is being discussed by regional leaders
should have the right to act in any country facing a crisis, including its
own members. Mr. Tsohatzopoulos was speaking at a news conference in Ohrid
in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) after talks with his
counterpart Lazar Kitanovski.
FYROM believes that the multi-national force should not intervene to keep
the peace in countries that take part in the group.
The final decision on the peacekeeping force's sphere of activity will be
taken in September at a meeting in Skopje, FYROM's capital, the report
Foreign Ministry to publish history of the Greek Jews
The Foreign Ministry will publish in late June a bilingual (Greek, English)
history of the Greek Jews compiled from the ministry archives, Fotini
Konstantopoulou, director of the Foreign Ministry's Historical Archives,
announced yesterday during an event in Thessaloniki honouring the 50,000
Jews of Thessaloniki who died in Nazi concentration camps during World War
She said the various files from the archives concerning the rich cultural,
economic and political activities of the Greek Jews and the holocaust were
being used for the publication.
Costas Karamanlis elected EDU Deputy President
The 18th Conference of European Democratic Union,EDU, Party Leaders opened
in Salzbourg on Friday at a time coinciding with the celebration of its
20th anniversary. Main opposition New Democracy party leader Costas
Karamanlis was elected EDU Deputy President on Friday, while the Deputy
Prime Minister of the Finnish government and National Economy Minister
Saouli Ninisto was elected President. He succeeds Alois Mock who was EDU
President for 19 years. Mesut Yilmaz was also elected Deputy President.
Bulgarian army chief begins visit to Athens today
The chief of Bulgaria's army general staff, Lieutenant General Ginio Tonev,
today begins a three-day visit to Athens and talks with Greek counterpart
Lt.-Gen. Manoussos Parayoudakis. Defence Ministry sources told the ANA the
two men would discuss issues of mutual interest focusing on bilateral
relations and developments in the region.
Athens hosts int'l meeting of female journalists
The two-day work meeting between the European Network of Greek Women
Journalists and colleagues of theirs from other countries came to a close
in Athens on Saturday. The meeting was aimed at a briefing on issues of
their concern and the acquaintance of wo men journalists from various
countries. The meeting was attended by women journalists from France,
Albania, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Italy, Yugoslavia, Portugal,
Romania and Turkey.
British stage director Peter Hall visits Athens
British stage director Peter Hall paid a flash visit to Greece yesterday
with a scheduled meeting with Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos and the
National Theatre's artistic director Nikos Kourkoulos. Hall proposed
cooperation between the Royal Shakespearean Theatre and the National
Theatre for the production and presentation of a spectacle of great
dimensions and a worldwide calibre in Sydney, Australia, during the
Cultural Olympiad in the year 2000.
British Euro-MP to address conference on 'Byron against Elgin'
British Euro-MP and President of the Bertrand Russell Foundation for Peace
Ken Coates laid a wreath at Lord Byron's monument at the Zappeion at noon
yesterday. The event was part of a visit he is paying to Greece at the
invitation of the Committee for the Protection of Lord Byron's Heritage and
as part of events organised in memory of the great poet and philhellene
over the April 25-27 period.
Roman era tomb examined
A tomb dating back to Roman times located to the north of the Spileou
Orestiadas community has been examined by the Antiquities Service of Thrace
in the framework of excavations being conducted in the northern Evros area.
The tomb has a diameter of 30 metres and a height of three metres.
Conference examines fate of domestic tour operators
Representatives of tourist agencies from Greece, Armenia, Malta, Turkey and
Cyprus on Saturday met to discuss how to deal with a growing trend in the
tourism industry that may leave domestic tour operators at the mercy of
larger northern European organisations. Speakersat the Hellenic Association
of Tourist and Travel Agencies (HATTA) conference on "Expansion: development
or threat?" said the travel industry - the third largest sector in Europe -
was being transformed by mergers and buyouts by strong travel organisations
primarily based in northern Europe, such as Neckermann, TUI, LTU and
Greek soccer matches called off in pools revenue protest
Greek first division soccer games were called off this weekend in protest
at the way pools revenue is distributed. Clubs are demanding a greater
share of soccer pools income from the Greek sports ministry which
distributes part of the money to the teams. The Greek soccer association
EPAE decided to call off this weekend's games -- the 31st round -- as a
protest and reschedule them for next weekend. The Greek first division has
four rounds left. Olympiakos Piraeus lead the table and look set to win the
Overcast weather is forecast throughout the country today with local
showers in the eastern regions and the islands. Winds moderate to strong in
the Aegean Sea later today. Athens will be mostly sunny with temperatures
from 10-22C. Thessaloniki will be overcast with temperatures between 10-
Friday's rates (buying) U.S. dollar 310.794
British pound 517.784 Japanese yen(100) 239.528
French franc 51.584 German mark 172.920
Italian lira (100) 17.502 Irish Punt 436.480
Belgian franc 8.388 Finnish mark 56.990
Dutch guilder 153.700 Danish kr. 45.378
Austrian sch. 24.587 Spanish peseta 2.037
Swedish kr. 40.319 Norwegian kr. 41.614
Swiss franc 208.464 Port. Escudo 1.686
Aus. dollar 202.829 Can. dollar 217.228
Cyprus pound 591.351