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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-02-10

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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 10, 1999

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] HEALTH SECTOR AILING AS STATE DOCTORS EMBARK ON STRIKES
  • [02] STATE LOOKS INTO REGULATING FARMERS' DEBTS
  • [03] US ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE IN ATHENS TODAY
  • [04] INTERPRISE BRINGS TOGETHER 65 BUSINESSMEN FROM 4 COUNTRIES
  • [05] ARCHBISHOP OF AMERICA SPYRIDON MEETS WITH PRESIDENT TODAY
  • [06] US-GREECE SIGN SPORTS COOPERATION AGREEMENT
  • [07] PREMIER TO EMBARK ON THREE-DAY TOUR OF NORTHERN GREECE
  • [08] VAN DEN BROEK: MISSILES CANCELLATION FACILITATES ACCESSION
  • [09] S.E. EUROPEAN YOUTH CENTER TO BE FOUNDED
  • [10] ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ON BALKAN CRISIS TO BE HELD IN ATHENS
  • [11] REPPAS: ANKARA CAN NOT APPEAR AS THE PROSECUTOR AND CRITIC OF ALL
  • [12] THE PROPOSAL FOR A DISCUSSION IN THE EURO-PARLIAMENT ON THE PERMANENT HOSTING OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES BY GREECE WAS TURNED DOWN
  • [13] MEETING ON THE SETTLEMENT OF THE FARMERS' DEBTS
  • [14] THE PRIME MINISTER MET WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
  • [15] THE CONTACTS OF ARCHBISHOP SPIRIDON OF AMERICA IN ATHENS
  • [16] THE HEALTH MINISTER IS IN THESSALONIKI
  • [17] THE US ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MET WITH HIS GREEK COUNTERPART
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [18] KOSOVO PEACE TALKS CONTINUE IN RAMBOUILLET
  • [19] PANGALOS-DRASKOVIC MEETING
  • [20] MILOSEVIC-PANGALOS MEETING

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] HEALTH SECTOR AILING AS STATE DOCTORS EMBARK ON STRIKES

    Problems continue to mount in the sector of health as state hospital doctors have embarked on a series of mobilizations, disgruntled over the fact that they have yet to be paid for overtime and on-call duty.

    Thessaloniki's physicians are to abstain from on-call duty on Monday, demanding back-pay while their colleagues in all of Athens have declared six-hour work stoppages next week.

    Meanwhile, the government believes that the crisis will be defused as the back pay will be submitted to the doctors within the following days.

    Health Minister Labros Papademas is to meet with hospital doctors in Thessaloniki today.

    [02] STATE LOOKS INTO REGULATING FARMERS' DEBTS

    Officials at the Ministry of National Economy and Finance are to discuss ways of regulating debts owed by the country's farmers, in an effort to meet some of the sector's demands. Meanwhile, while no traffic halts have taken place so far, tractors remain lined up along the national highway of Athens- Thessaloniki, while a strong police force equipped with cranes is also on stand-by.

    [03] US ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE IN ATHENS TODAY

    The United States Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Frank Kramer will arrive in Athens today for a two day meeting during which he will have high-level consultations with Greek officials.

    According to the U.S. Embassy, the talks will focus on defense issues of mutual interest.

    [04] INTERPRISE BRINGS TOGETHER 65 BUSINESSMEN FROM 4 COUNTRIES

    An opportunity to embark on a series of contacts among 65 businessmen from Greece, France, Spain and Italy is provided by the INTERPRISE of Marmaro and Petra, which will begin tomorrow in Thessaloniki.

    The event will be inaugurated by the representative of the European Commission's 23rd Directorate Nasos Christoyiannopoulos.

    The event is co-organized by the Business Confederation of Saragosa (Spain), the Regional Chamber of Pyrenees Toulouse (France) and the Trade and Industry chamber of Udine (Italy).

    [05] ARCHBISHOP OF AMERICA SPYRIDON MEETS WITH PRESIDENT TODAY

    The Archbishop of America Spyridon is to meet with the President of the Hellenic Republic Costis Stephanopoulos this afternoon, following his meetings with Prime Misnter Kostas Simitis and the President of the Hellenic Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis. Later today, he will be the honored guest at a luncheon hosted by Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos.

    This morning he laid a wreath at the Unknown Soldier Monument. This evening he will meet with Education Minister Gerasimos Arsenis, Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos and the leader of the main opposition party, New Democracy's Kostas Karamanlis.

    Mr. Spyridon's visit aims at developing cooperation and stable relations between Athens and expatriate Hellenism.

    [06] US-GREECE SIGN SPORTS COOPERATION AGREEMENT

    Greece's Undersecretary for Sports Andreas Fouras and United States Ambassador to Greece Nicholas Burns signed a protocol on bilateral sports cooperation in Athens yesterday, during a special ceremony held at the Greek Olympic Games Committee building.

    The protocol will also extend U.S. help in developing Olympic sports which are unfamiliar to Greece, such as baseball.

    "We believe the implementation of this agreement will bring good results," Mr. Fouras stated, while Mr. Burns said the protocol was "very important" for both countries.

    "The Olympic Games of 2004 will be a great moment for the Olympic Movement. Greece is a force in international sports. I hope that this protocol will be a symbol of friendship and cooperation between the peoples of the two countries," the US Ambassador said.

    [07] PREMIER TO EMBARK ON THREE-DAY TOUR OF NORTHERN GREECE

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis is to embark on a three-day tour of Northern Greece on Saturday, escorted by the Ministers of National Defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos, Development Vaso Papandreou, Environment Kostas Laliotis, Health Labros Papademas, Agriculture George Anomeritis, Culture, Evangelos Venizelos, Macedonia-Thrace Yiannis Magriotis, and various undersecretaries,

    His tour will include a visit at Thessaloniki's "Papanikolaou" hospital.

    [08] VAN DEN BROEK: MISSILES CANCELLATION FACILITATES ACCESSION

    Cyprus' process of accession to the European Union has been facilitated following President Glafcos Clerides's decision not to install the Russian-made S-300 missiles on the island, according the EU Commissioner Hans van den Broek.

    Responding to a question tabled by Greek euro-deputy George Dimitrakopoulos (new Democracy), Mr. van den Broek characterized the decision as "an act of political bravery that will bear results."

    He further called on the Turkish government and the Turkish- Cypriot side to also proceed to take positive steps.

    [09] S.E. EUROPEAN YOUTH CENTER TO BE FOUNDED

    The founding of a Southeastern European Youth Center is expected to be ratified during the course of the Third Conference of S.E. Europe's College Students, which will be held in Athens on February 12. .

    Minster of National Education Gerasimos Arsenis, alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou and the secretary-general of the New Generation Petros Sfikakis are to salute the conference which will feature the participation of college student unions from Greece, Romania, Turkey, Albania, FYROM, Bulgaria, F.R. Yugoslavia and Cyprus.

    The organization will aim to promote policies of stability and cooperation in the region, with Greece as its headquarters.

    [10] ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ON BALKAN CRISIS TO BE HELD IN ATHENS

    A round table discussion on "conflict avoidance and management" is to be held this Saturday, February 13, in Athens, featuring the participation of representatives from socialist and social-democratic parties from Central and Eastern Europe.

    The discussion is organized by the Institute of Strategic and Developmental Studies (ISTAME) of Andreas Papandreou (ISTAME) and will be held at the St. George Lycabettus Hotel.

    [11] REPPAS: ANKARA CAN NOT APPEAR AS THE PROSECUTOR AND CRITIC OF ALL

    Ankara can not appear as the prosecutor and critic of all, stated Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas when he was called to comment on the statement issued by the Turkish government concerning the bomb blast in a building across the street from the Turkish consulate in the city of Komotini, north- eastern Greece.

    To the question on the press publications according to which, the cargo of guns confiscated at the customs office of Kristalopigi was destined for Thrace, north-eastern Greece, Mr. Reppas responded that he has no such information but he did not rule out this likelihood.

    [12] THE PROPOSAL FOR A DISCUSSION IN THE EURO-PARLIAMENT ON THE PERMANENT HOSTING OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES BY GREECE WAS TURNED DOWN

    The representatives of the Socialist Group and the European Left in the Euro-Parliament rejected the proposal that was submitted by Euro-deputies of the Greek right-wing opposition party of New Democracy with the backing of the European Popular Party, to discuss the permanent hosting of the Olympic Games by Greece.

    This is mentioned in a press release issued by the New Democracy Euro-deputies.

    [13] MEETING ON THE SETTLEMENT OF THE FARMERS' DEBTS

    The meeting of the ministers of national economy and finance and agriculture with the governor of the Bank of Agriculture on the issue of the settlement of the farmers' debts is in progress. The meeting is not expected to bring impressive results as already has become known that the debts of the farmers to the bank will be settled on a case-by-case basis and not collectively.

    Meanwhile, the tractors of the farmers are parked along the Athens-Thessaloniki national motor-way at the Viokarpet junction. A strong special police force and police mobile cranes are in the city of Larisa in central Greece and their mission is to avert the blockade of the national motor-way.

    [14] THE PRIME MINISTER MET WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis referred to the impressive developments in the sector of economy in statements he made after the meeting with president of the republic Kostis Stephanopoulos whom he briefed on the current political developments.

    Specifically, Mr. Simitis pointed out the drop observed in inflation and interest rates expressing the hope that all will go well in the country.

    Mr. Simitis reiterated that the governing socialist party of PASOK will back Mr. Stephanopoulos again for president in the next presidential elections in Greece.

    [15] THE CONTACTS OF ARCHBISHOP SPIRIDON OF AMERICA IN ATHENS

    Archbishop Spiridon of America, who is on a visit to Greece, had contacts in Athens today with the political and state leadership of the country.

    He had separate meetings with parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis, prime minister Kostas Simitis and president Kostis Stephanopoulos. Their talks focused on issues concerning the Greeks living abroad as well as, the relations between the United States and Greece which were characterized by the Archbishop as very deep-rooted.

    Later in the afternoon, the Archbishop of America will meet with minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos, minister of education Gerasimos Arsenis and leader of the right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy Kostas Karamanlis.

    [16] THE HEALTH MINISTER IS IN THESSALONIKI

    Minister of health Lambros Papadimas met with the presidents of the hospitals of Thessaloniki as well as with representatives of the hospital doctors. Earlier this morning, he had a meeting with minister of Macedonia-Thrace Yiannis Magriotis.

    Meanwhile, serious problems have been created in the hospitals because of the doctors' mobilizations, who are demanding to be paid for their overtime work. On Monday, the doctors will escalate their mobilizations with 6-hour work stoppages.

    [17] THE US ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MET WITH HIS GREEK COUNTERPART

    US assistant secretary of defense Frank Kramer, who is touring the region to discuss the issue of Kossovo, met in Athens today with his Greek counterpart undersecretary of defense Dimitris Apostolakis. The Greek government official stated after the meeting that there was agreement on the way the crisis should be dealt with.

    Called to comment on what did the US president mean when he spoke of a possible involvement of Greece and Turkey in the issue of Kossovo, Mr. Kramer stated that president Clinton did not mean that there will be a problem between Greece and Turkey.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [18] KOSOVO PEACE TALKS CONTINUE IN RAMBOUILLET

    Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos, on an official visit to Belgrade, has ruled out any possibility of granting independence to Kosovo, as well as Greece's participation in the international peacekeeping force, if Yugoslavia is not in agreement.

    Meanwhile the Foreign Ministers of France and Great Britain have stressed the need to compromise in order to no lose the opportunity of restoring stability in the strife-torn region of Kosovo.

    [19] PANGALOS-DRASKOVIC MEETING

    Greek foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos met in Belgrade with Yugoslav government vice-president Vuk Draskovic and in statements after the meeting Mr. Draskovic stressed that the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is willing to give full democracy to Kossovo, the same democracy Greece, Britain, the United States and France have, as he characteristically said.

    He also stressed that Yugoslavia is willing to protect human rights in Kossovo but he added that yesterday morning the Albanian prime minister spoke again of a Greater Albania and the situation in FYROM, stating that this is unacceptable and leads to many different thoughts.

    From his side, Mr. Pangalos emphasized that Greece backs the positions of Mr. Draskovic, reiterated the Greek positions on the issue and invited Mr. Draskovic to visit Athens.

    [20] MILOSEVIC-PANGALOS MEETING

    Greek foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos, who is touring former Yugoslavia, met this morning with his Yugoslav counterpart Zivadin Jovanovic.

    The two men pointed out that any solution on Kosovo should be found through dialogue and within the framework of the Yugoslav Federation without any changes at the existing borders.

    Later at noon, Mr. Pangalos met with Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic and immediately afterwards the Greek foreign minister stated that Mr. Milosevic confirmed that he will not abandon his very constructive stance for the continuation of the talks that currently take place.

    The Greek foreign minister stated that he is not very optimistic as it is already the fifth day of the talks in Rambouillet, France and there is no information on their course. Mr. Pangalos said that there is no information on who are the members of the ethnic Albanian delegation in the peace talks and called on the international community to take under consideration the constructive behavior of Yugoslavia and assume its responsibilities.

    Mr. Pangalos, who has already arrived in Podgorica, is scheduled to meet with president of Montenegro Milo Juganovic and foreign minister Mr. Petrovic.


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