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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-02-03

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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 3, 1999

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] EDUCATION MINISTER WARNS UNRELENTLESS PROTESTERS
  • [02] THESSALONIKI METRO AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED ON FRIDAY
  • [03] CYPRIOT FOREIGN MINISTER IN ATHENS TODAY
  • [04] GREECE IS ON RIGHT TRACK FOR EMU, ACCORDING TO EU OFFICIALS
  • [05] UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO ATHENS IN THESSALONIKI TODAY
  • [06] CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY TO RETURN NIKE OF SAMOTHRACE TO GREECE
  • [07] REPPAS: THE CRISIS OVER IMIA WAS HANDLED WITH RESPONSIBILITY AND PRUDENCE
  • [08] REPPAS: GREECE AND CYPRUS DECIDED ON THE S-300 MISSILES BASED ON NATIONAL INTEREST
  • [09] BURNS: THE GREEK GOVERNMENT DOES WHAT IT SHOULD DO IN THE OCALAN CASE
  • [10] THE CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THESSALONIKI'S METRO HAS BEEN APPROVED
  • [11] BITTER COLD IN NORTHERN GREECE
  • [12] KARAMANLIS WILL ATTEND THE EUROPEAN POPULAR PARTY CONFERENCE
  • [13] GREEK SCIENTIST BREAK-THROUGH: HUMAN SPERM PRODUCED BY MICE
  • [14] INTER-BALKAN COOPERATION IN THE MANAGEMENT OF AIRSPACE
  • [15] BRITISH EURO-DEPUTY A. LOMAS WILL VISIT ATHENS
  • [16] GREECE IS IMPRINTED ON THE "EURO" WITHOUT THE AEGEAN ISLANDS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [17] KOSOVO'S UCK TO PARTICIPATE IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH BELGRADE
  • [18] GREEKS EARN 30% LESS THAN OTHER EUROPEANS, ON AVERAGE
  • [19] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH ADDRESSES IN/TL FORUM AT DAVOS
  • [20] CYPRIOT DEFENSE MINISTER TO VISIT ATHENS NEXT WEEK

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] EDUCATION MINISTER WARNS UNRELENTLESS PROTESTERS

    Students insistent on protesting the education reforms by conducting school occupations, thus obstructing the schools' operation for three months now, should be aware that the year's curriculum will definitely be covered during the remaining academic year, according to the education Minister Gerasimos Arsenis, who added that those who fail to pass will have to give examinations in September, which means a book-filled summer.

    The Minister has called on school boards to submit their suggestions as to how the voluminous curriculum will be covered. He also announced that over 40 university departments will be founded for the enrolment of 7,000 college students in the Fall.

    At the same time, the Education Ministry stated that the crisis in the sector is abating as fewer and fewer schools are presently under an occupation status.

    [02] THESSALONIKI METRO AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED ON FRIDAY

    The agreement for the construction of Thessaloniki's metro subway, expected to be approved today by the appropriate state committee, is to be signed on Friday. The project amounts to 220 billion drachmas and has been undertaken by a joint venture headed by a French company.

    The subway's length is be nine and a half kilometers and will feature 14 stops. The Greek state will participate with approximately 67 billion drachmas and an annual ticket subsidy of GRD 50 billion.

    [03] CYPRIOT FOREIGN MINISTER IN ATHENS TODAY

    Cyprus' Foreign Minister Yiannakis Kasoulides is to arrive in Athens today from Brussels, where he will meet with his Greek counterpart Theodoros Pangalos.

    The two officials will discuss the Cyprus issue, the island's accession course to the European Union and the results of the talks Mr. Kasoulides had with EU Commissioner Hans van den Broek.

    [04] GREECE IS ON RIGHT TRACK FOR EMU, ACCORDING TO EU OFFICIALS

    The European Commission has lauded the Greek government for its draft-plan of the Third Community Support Framework, as well as for its rapid funds absorption rate.

    The director of the EU general directorate on regional policy, E. Slavkov met with National Economy Undersecretary Christos Pachtas and other officials, with whom she discussed proposals on a Third Community Support Framework.

    The Greek government hoped that EU funds, earmarked in the Santer package, will be as significant as in the past, Mr. Pachtas said.

    He stated that the new Community Support Framework's priorities were to fund programmes aimed at combating unemployment, job training and education with the target of reducing unemployment to 5.0 percent by the year 2006.

    [05] UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO ATHENS IN THESSALONIKI TODAY

    United States Ambassador to Athens Nicholas Burns arrived in Thessaloniki today, where he was received by the city's mayor Vasilis Papageorgopoulos this afternoon.

    Mr. Burns congratulated the newly-elected Mayor and told him that he is well known in the United States as an outstanding track athlete. Furthermore, he stated that the US intent to augment the existing trade between the two countries and plan to further encourage US ventures to invest in Thessaloniki and the wider region.

    The US embassy, in cooperation with the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce (HACC), is to hold a tourism conference in Thessaloniki on April 26-27.

    This evening, the Ambassador will address an event organized by the HACC at the Macedonia Palace Hotel.

    [06] CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY TO RETURN NIKE OF SAMOTHRACE TO GREECE

    Residents of the Aegean island of Samothrace, the birthplace of the renowned Greek sculpture Nike of Samothrace, aka the Winged Victory, have embarked on a letter-writing campaign to have this finest extant of Hellenistic sculpture returned to their homeland.

    In a letter signed by the island's mayor, the locals urge Greek politicians to intervene and request that the Louvre museum, where the statue is kept, acknowledge that the sculpture belongs in its natural environment.

    Nike of Samothrace was created by a Rhodes sculptor between 220 and 190 BC. It was discovered on Samothrace in 1863 by Champoiseau, the French consul.

    The sculpture portrays the goddess of victory alighting on a ship's prow, with her wings spread apart and her garments rippling in the wind.

    [07] REPPAS: THE CRISIS OVER IMIA WAS HANDLED WITH RESPONSIBILITY AND PRUDENCE

    The crisis over Imia was a national crisis and was handled with responsibility and prudence stated Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas when asked to comment on the statement made by Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All of Greece who recently spoke of a "national humiliation".

    Mr. Reppas stated that he will not be the judge of the statements made by the Archbishop and added that the Greek government is always present, does its duty and defends the national interest, adding that the Greek government has been vindicated by its policy and did the best it could.

    [08] REPPAS: GREECE AND CYPRUS DECIDED ON THE S-300 MISSILES BASED ON NATIONAL INTEREST

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that there are no differences in views and false impressions should not be created, adding that foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos and minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos are leading government members and are handling the issues with great responsibility.

    The statement was made to reporters in response to questions on whether there are differences in the views of the foreign minister and the minister of defense regarding the decision to purchase the S-300 anti-aircraft missiles.

    Mr. Reppas said that Cyprus and Greece share a common stance on issues of defense and the decisions are made taking under consideration the national interest. He said that the Greek government backs Cyprus completely for the strengthening and the safeguarding of its defense.

    [09] BURNS: THE GREEK GOVERNMENT DOES WHAT IT SHOULD DO IN THE OCALAN CASE

    The Greek government does what it should and the US government does not know where Ocalan is, stated US ambassador to Athens Nicholas Burns when he was asked to comment on Greece's stance regarding the Ocalan case. He also added that he knows nothing about the information that came to light according to which, the Kurdish leader had come to Greece.

    Mr. Burns stated that he believes that the Greek government has the authority to speak about the issue, adding that he is a visitor to this country and he can not make any statement.

    [10] THE CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THESSALONIKI'S METRO HAS BEEN APPROVED

    The governmental committee unanimously approved today the contract for the construction of Thessaloniki's metro which is expected to be signed on Friday.

    The project which has a budget of 220 billion drachmas will be undertaken by a joint venture headed by a French company that will have the right to exploit it for 20 years. Thessaloniki's metro will be 9.5 kilometers long and it will have 14 passenger stations.

    The state's participation will be 67 billion drachmas and its annual subsidy to the tickets will be 50 billion drachmas.

    [11] BITTER COLD IN NORTHERN GREECE

    Cold weather continues in northern Greece continue and ten mountainous villages in the north-east and north west are still cut off by the snow in spite of the fact that weather conditions have improved in the past few days.

    In the biggest part of the provincial road network in northern Greece cars move only with non-skid chains. Temperature in the city of Kastoria is -15, in Florina -11, Kozani -7, Alexandroupolis -6 and in Thessaloniki -2.

    [12] KARAMANLIS WILL ATTEND THE EUROPEAN POPULAR PARTY CONFERENCE

    Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis will attend the 12th conference of the European Popular Party that will open in Brussels tomorrow and will last until Saturday.

    In the conference will be approved the European Parliament action plan for the 1999-2004 term and the new presiding board of the European Popular Party will be elected.

    [13] GREEK SCIENTIST BREAK-THROUGH: HUMAN SPERM PRODUCED BY MICE

    Nikolaos Sofikitis, a 37yearold Greek professor and researcher at Japan's Tototi University Urology Department, achieved the production of human sperm by rats and mice.

    Last August, the Greek scientist managed to implant male reproductive cells taken from 18 infertile men to the testicles of rats and mice and last month he detected the presence of human sperm in the guinea-pigs he had used.

    Similar experiments in rats had been made in the United States and Japan in the past but were unsuccessful because the white blood cells were blocking the human implant to grow in the testicles of the guinea-pigs. Mr. Sofikitis used cells from the eye of the rats to protect the immature testicle cells. The professor characterized the experiment as advanced stressing however that more work is needed before any conclusions can be reached.

    [14] INTER-BALKAN COOPERATION IN THE MANAGEMENT OF AIRSPACE

    A common front for the management of airspace at an altitude of over 30.000 feet is possible to be formed in the future by the Balkan states. Within this framework the Greek ministry of transportation and communications promotes the establishment of a Thessaloniki based center for the management of the above mentioned airspace.

    The statement was made by minister of transportation and communications Tasos Mandelis, who is in Thessaloniki to present the program for the modernization and development of Macedonia Airport, adding that discussions on the issue have already started in neighboring countries.

    The Greek initiative for the establishment of the center appears to have found willing supporters and already it has the backing of international organizations such as "EUROCONTROL".

    [15] BRITISH EURO-DEPUTY A. LOMAS WILL VISIT ATHENS

    British Labor Party Euro-deputy Alfred Lomas will be in Athens tomorrow and on Friday. Mr. Lomas' name is on the written statement for the return of the Parthenon Marbles that was submitted to the European Parliament.

    Mr. Lomas will visit Athens at the invitation of Greek Euro- deputies and he will meet with minister of culture Mr. Venizelos and mayor of Athens Mr. Avramopoulos tomorrow, while on Friday he will be received by president Stephanopoulos after visiting the Acropolis where he will give a press conference.

    [16] GREECE IS IMPRINTED ON THE "EURO" WITHOUT THE AEGEAN ISLANDS

    Greece is imprinted on the "Euro" without the Aegean islands while at the same time a large part of the Turkish territory is being depicted, according to the protest made by Mr. Giorgos Hanos, mayor of Samothraki in northern Greece.

    The above are stressed in a protest letter addressed to the Greek Euro-deputies. Mr. Hanos requests the intervention of the Euro-deputies calling on them to ask for explanations by the EU and demand the implementation of the necessary changes.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [17] KOSOVO'S UCK TO PARTICIPATE IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH BELGRADE

    Shortly after the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK) announced that it will participate in the France-held negotiations with Belgrade on February 6, the Serb authorities announced that they have seized a container full of arms and uniforms amounting to half a million dollars, destined for the region's Albanian rebels.

    Meanwhile the Serb parliament is expected to decide tomorrow on whether or not the Yugoslav government will participate in the talks.

    [18] GREEKS EARN 30% LESS THAN OTHER EUROPEANS, ON AVERAGE

    Greek workers earn 30% less money than other Europeans on average, according to the European Commission's latest bi-annual report on the socioeconomic state of European regions.

    Commenting on the figures, the EU's appropriate Commissioner said that Greece's rapid rate of convergence to the EU average was largely the result of activities supported by the funds.

    The report also contains extensive references to socio- economic problems, stressing that the Greek economy faces several serious problems in competitiveness, and estimating that for the EU average to be approached, productivity would have to increase by 40 per cent in coming years and employment by 20 per cent.

    [19] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH ADDRESSES IN/TL FORUM AT DAVOS

    Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos addressed the International Forum held in Davos, Switzerland yesterday, where he stated that globalization should not lead to the financial improvement of the few against the many.

    The Patriarch further stressed that globalization of the international economy, information and knowledge are major achievements of our era, but their worth depends on their ultimate uses by the people.

    [20] 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.


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