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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-02-01

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


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY NEWS IN ENGLISH
Thessaloniki, February 1, 1999

SECTIONS

  • [A] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] SEVERE WEATHER ISOLATES HUNDREDS OF VILLAGES IN N. GREECE
  • [02] SNOW BLANKETS NORTHERN GREECE, FROSTED, SLIPPERY ROADS
  • [03] CENTRAL GREECE'S FARMERS TAKE TO THE STREETS TODAY
  • [04] THESSALONIKI'S SOCCER FANS ECSTATIC OVER PAOK'S VICTORY
  • [05] CONTEST ANNOUNCED FOR 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES LOGO
  • [06] MINISTER OF PUBLIC ORDER: MORE POLICEMEN PATROLING ON FOOT
  • [07] REPPAS: THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT REGARD AS USEFUL OCALAN'S ARRIVAL AND STAY IN GREECE
  • [08] AN SPD DELEGATION WILL MEET WITH THE GREEK PRIME MINISTER
  • [09] SIMITIS-SOLANA MEETING ON THURSDAY
  • [10] HUNDREDS OF VILLAGES ARE CUT OFF BY THE SNOW ACROSS THE COUNTRY
  • [11] TEACHERS' UNION PRESIDING BOARD MEETING
  • [12] REPPAS: THE DROP IN THE NUMBER OF SCHOOLS UNDER OCCUPATION IS A PROMISING DEVELOPMENT
  • [13] THE PRESIDENT OF SAE MET WITH THE PRIME MINISTER
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [14] CYPRIOT DEFENSE MINISTER TO VISIT ATHENS NEXT WEEK
  • [15] HOPES REMAIN FOR KOSOVO, NEGOTIATIONS TO START FEBRUARY 6
  • [16] US MEDIATOR CHRISTOPHER HILL EXPECTED IN KOSOVO TODAY
  • [17] AMERICAN HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR, FROM THESSALONIKI, WINS COMPENSATION
  • [18] THE ETHNIC ALBANIANS ARE PRESSURED TO SIT AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE
  • [19] CYPRUS: TWO ISRAELI SPIES WERE SENTENCED TO 3.5 YEARS IN PRISON

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] SEVERE WEATHER ISOLATES HUNDREDS OF VILLAGES IN N. GREECE

    Over one hundred villages remain inaccessible and isolated in northern Greece where heavy snowfall has made driving hazardous in most of the provincial roads, while anti-skid chains are required for vehicles driven on the national highway.

    All schools in western Macedonia were closed today, while frozen pipes have made water supplies scarce in many areas.

    The "Macedonia" airport remained closed this morning as slippery runways impeded aircraft departures.

    [02] SNOW BLANKETS NORTHERN GREECE, FROSTED, SLIPPERY ROADS

    Heavy snow continues to fall for the third consecutive day in northern Greece, while the city of Thessaloniki has been blanketed by dense snowflakes.

    Temperatures have plummeted to below zero in many cities and frosty roads make driving hazardous. The schools of Thessaloniki will remain closed today, following an order issued by the city's Prefect.

    Anti-skid chains are required for vehicles traveling on the national highways and in most of the provincial roads.

    According to the National Weather Service, the severe weather is to continue into the week, and will expand to most of the country.

    [03] CENTRAL GREECE'S FARMERS TAKE TO THE STREETS TODAY

    Undaunted by the freezing temperatures and fueled by their demands, the farmers of central Greece are to take their tractors to the provincial roads today as a form of protest the state's economic policy.

    The Minister of Agriculture George Anomeritis is to bring forth the farmers' protests to the cabinet on Friday and will relay the state's response to them on Saturday.

    [04] THESSALONIKI'S SOCCER FANS ECSTATIC OVER PAOK'S VICTORY

    Defying the bitter cold, thousands of fans celebrated into the wee hours of the morning in Thessaloniki, after the local team, PAOK, won the cup 71-54 in a match with AEK.

    This is the second consecutive time a city team earns the coveted victory as Aris won the state cup last year. The team's players are expected to arrive in Thessaloniki this afternoon.

    [05] CONTEST ANNOUNCED FOR 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES LOGO

    The Organizing Committee of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens have announced a contest for the logo that will become a trademark symbol for the summer games.

    The contest is open to advertising agencies, designers and other professionals and companies dealing with "the development of corporate identity, strategies for image creation, commercial logos or creative communications.

    The deadline for proposals is April 5.

    [06] MINISTER OF PUBLIC ORDER: MORE POLICEMEN PATROLING ON FOOT

    The Minister of Public Order Philippos Petsalnikos has announced that he intends to assign more men on foot patrols and will strengthen the active police units with another 3,000 men presently assigned to desk jobs.

    In an interview with an Athens daily, Mr. Petsalnikos stated that the citizen wants to feel and notice the police presence near him and stressed that the added measures will result in improved crime combat.

    Moreover, 1,000 guards will be stationed at the Greek- Albanian border stations by the end of April. The border guards will be equipped with jeeps, helicopters and updated technological facilities.

    [07] REPPAS: THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT REGARD AS USEFUL OCALAN'S ARRIVAL AND STAY IN GREECE

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that the Greek side has not received a request to accept the arrival of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan and characterized as unjustified rumors the information on his alleged arrival in Greece.

    Mr. Reppas reiterated the stance of the Greek government that it does not regard as useful the arrival and stay of Ocalan in Greece while he observed that Greece has raised the issue of the violation of the human rights of the Kurds by Ankara and has requested its discussion in the European Union institutions.

    [08] AN SPD DELEGATION WILL MEET WITH THE GREEK PRIME MINISTER

    A German Social-democratic Party, SPD, delegation will meet in Athens tomorrow with prime minister Kostas Simitis. In the meeting will be present undersecretaries of foreign affairs Yiannos Kranidiotis, national economy Alexandros Baltas, labor Christos Protopapas and the prime minister's office director Nikos Themelis.

    Another meeting will follow with the participation of minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos, undersecretary of foreign affairs Yiannos Kranidiotis, governing socialist party of PASOK central committee secretary Kostas Skandalidis and prime minister's office director Mr. Themelis. In the meeting will be discussed issues concerning the European Socialist Party, the course to June's Euro-parliament elections and the Greek-German relations.

    [09] SIMITIS-SOLANA MEETING ON THURSDAY

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis will meet with NATO secretary- general Javier Solana in Athens on Thursday.

    In the meeting will be present foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos and minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos.

    [10] HUNDREDS OF VILLAGES ARE CUT OFF BY THE SNOW ACROSS THE COUNTRY

    Hundreds of villages remain cut off by the snow, while serious problems have been created in transportation as cars move only with non-skid chains in the biggest part of the provincial and national road network.

    In northern Greece and Thessaloniki, the snowfall continues and over 100 villages have been cut off. In north-western Greece and Thessaloniki schools remain closed, while the problems in transportation are serious and cars move only with non-skid chains and temperature is very low as in all the northern Greek cities it has dropped several degrees below zero. Specifically, in Florina temperature has dropped to -11, in Kastoria -10, in Kozani -8, in Grevena -7 and in Thessaloniki -4.

    [11] TEACHERS' UNION PRESIDING BOARD MEETING

    The teachers' union presiding board meets today in an effort to adopt a stance on the examination system. Meanwhile, the ministry of education leadership meets with substitute teachers' representatives to discuss the issue of new teaching personnel appointments.

    The students decided on a new escalation of their mobilizations, while on February 5 new protest rallies will be held across the country. However, according to the ministry of education, the number of schools under occupation is dropping.

    [12] REPPAS: THE DROP IN THE NUMBER OF SCHOOLS UNDER OCCUPATION IS A PROMISING DEVELOPMENT

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas characterized the drop in the number of schools under student occupation as a promising development.

    He also expressed the belief that the end of this problem is close as well as the wish that the dialogue between minister of education Gerasimos Arsenis with the teachers' union presiding board will lead to the total normalization of the situation in the sector of education.

    [13] THE PRESIDENT OF SAE MET WITH THE PRIME MINISTER

    World Council of Hellenes Abroad, SAE, president Andrew Athens met in Athens today with prime minister Kostas Simitis.

    Mr. Athens briefed Mr. Simitis on the course of the programs on the Greeks living abroad with an emphasis on the medical aid program for the Greeks living in the countries of the former Soviet Union. He also referred to the initiatives of the Greek- American community aimed at promoting the issues of Greek national importance.

    Also, Mr. Athens presented to the prime minister the situation within the Greek-American Christian Orthodox Church in view of the formal visit of Archbishop Spiridon of America to Athens on February 9.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [14] CYPRIOT DEFENSE MINISTER TO VISIT ATHENS NEXT WEEK

    Cyprus's Defense Minister Yiannakis Chryssostomos will embark on a four-day visit to Athens on February 8 where he will be received by his Greek counterpart Akis Tsochatzopoulos.

    Their talks are expected to focus on the transport and installation of the Russian S-300 missiles on the island of Crete.

    [15] HOPES REMAIN FOR KOSOVO, NEGOTIATIONS TO START FEBRUARY 6

    The international community continues its mediation efforts in finding a peaceful solution to the fermenting Kosovo crisis. There are hopes that the two conflicting sides will make some progress during their negotiations set to start on February 6 in France.

    The talks will be mediated by France's and Great Britain's Foreign Minister and will also have the direct involvement of the Contact Group.

    [16] US MEDIATOR CHRISTOPHER HILL EXPECTED IN KOSOVO TODAY

    United States mediator Christopher Hill is expected to arrive in Kosovo today in order to make an attempt at convincing the two conflicting sides to sit at the negotiations table at the end of this week.

    NATO has threatened that it will take military action if the negotiations don't get off the ground.

    Sandi Berger, national security advisor to US President Bill Clinton said that "this is the last opportunity offered to the Serbs for reaching a solution through negotiations."

    [17] AMERICAN HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR, FROM THESSALONIKI, WINS COMPENSATION

    Two Holocaust survivors, both United States citizens at the time they were incarcerated in WWII Nazi camps, are now entitled to a multimillion dollar settlement share after a recent court battle overruled the German compensation laws which purposely excluded American-born Jews from making claims.

    According to South Florida's daily Sun Sentinel, Solomon Roza of Delray Beach, and Jessie Homonnai, of Hollywood, both living in Florida, are to split $2.1 million in compensation which follows a court victory in 1995, when a very determined Jewish-American in New Jersey, Hugo Princz, won settlement of his 40-year legal fight for compensation.

    He and 10 other Americans split $2.1 million, which opened the floodgates of compensation.

    Mr. Roza and Mrs. Homonnai, are among a second group of almost 250 Jewish-Americans who will share a settlement that could reach $25 million, depending on the final terms of the deal reached between the U.S. State Department and the German government.

    Mrs. Homonnai was born in 1911 in Pennsylvania. She was three years old when her mother returned to the family homeland of Hungary after her father died. By 1944, when Germany invaded Hungary, she had been deported to the Bergen-Belson concentration camp.

    Mr. Roza was 2 years old in 1919 when his family left New York for Thessaloniki, where his paternal grandfather needed help with the family metal business.

    By the age of 22, Mr. Roza was taken from his home in Thessaloniki, a large prosperous Jewish community, and eventually forced by cattle car to the concentration camp in Auschwitz, Poland. He was there for two years, working, starving, taking beatings.

    Mr. Roza said he returned to his homeland only once, in 1969.

    "I was disappointed ... The old memories. The house we lived in, gentile people were living there. The business is gone, the streets, the neighborhoods," he said. "Everyday, I used to cry. "I missed what we had there. Now it's gone."

    [18] THE ETHNIC ALBANIANS ARE PRESSURED TO SIT AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE

    The ethnic Albanian leadership in Kosovo is strongly pressured to put all differences aside and sit at the negotiating table with the Serbs at the end of the week.

    US envoy Christopher Hill is expected in Pristina today in an effort to persuade the leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army to participate in the negotiations on Ibrahim Rugova's side. It should be noted that the Serb side has not responded yet on whether it will enter the negotiations that will be held in France.

    [19] CYPRUS: TWO ISRAELI SPIES WERE SENTENCED TO 3.5 YEARS IN PRISON

    A court in Larnaca, Cyprus sentenced two Israeli spies to 3 years in prison for entering an off limits territory during a military operation, according to the French news agency, AFP.

    Also the two Israelis, who had been arrested on November 9, 1998, were sentenced to 6 months in jail for illegal possession of high-tech wire tapping equipment, while the spy charges were dropped by the prosecutor's office after the two admitted their guilt.


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