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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-03-13
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
Last Update: 23:27 GMT+2
NEWS IN DETAIL
 PAPANDREOU-MILLER MEETING
Web Posted: 15:27 GMT+2Athens, 13/03/1999 (MPA) Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou met in Athens yesterday evening with US mediator Thomas Miller to discuss the developments in the Balkans, the Cyprus issue and the Greek-Turkish relations.
Meanwhile, the Turkish provocation continues with violations of Greek national airspace. Twenty Turkish fighter jets violated the Greek airspace and were intercepted by Greek aircraft.
 PARLIAMENT DECIDED TO FORM A FACT-FINDING COMMITTEE ON THE OCALAN AFFAIR
Web Posted: 15:27 GMT+2Athens, 13/03/1999 (MPA) The Greek parliament deputies decided unanimously to form a fact-finding committee on the Ocalan affair and the only exception was right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy deputy Thanasis Kontaxis who stated that he will not cooperate in the violent cover up of the case. Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas reiterated that there are no penal responsibilities for politicians.
From New Democracy Prokopis Pavlopoulos stated that his party has reservations over the further course of events in case there is a need to request the establishment of a preliminary investigation committee. Only with indisputable evidence individuals can be brought before justice for penal offenses stated Democratic Social Movement president Dimitris Tsovolas.
 PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS REJECTED THE LIKELIHOOD OF EARLY ELECTIONS
Web Posted: 15:27 GMT+2Athens, 13/03/1999 (MPA) Prime minister Kostas Simitis categorically rejected the likelihood of early elections as well as the suggestions for a wide government reshuffle to take place after the governing socialist party of PASOK congress. In an interview with the Athens newspaper "TA NEA", Mr. Simitis maintained that the Euro-Parliament elections will give a strong response to those, even within the party of PASOK, who speak of an election defeat.
The prime minister also stressed that Greece will join the EMU using its own abilities and left open the likelihood for tax exemptions in 1999.
Mr. Simitis also acknowledged that the Ocalan affair created an adverse atmosphere for the government but he expressed the view that the trial of the Kurdish leader will cause problems to Turkey.
 THE DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER WILL LEAVE FOR BRUSSELS TOMORROW
Web Posted: 15:27 GMT+2Athens, 13/03/1999 (MPA) Greek deputy foreign minister Yiannos Kranidiotis leaves for Brussels tomorrow for a number of contacts after the assumption of his new duties as minister responsible for European affairs.
Mr. Kranidiotis will preside over a meeting of the Permanent delegation of Greece to the European Union. On Monday, he will have meetings with European Commission president Jacques Santer, the Finnish Commissioner responsible for EU budget issues and Greek Commissioner Christos Papoutsis.
 THE PEACE TALKS ON KOSOVO OPEN IN PARIS ON MONDAY
Web Posted: 15:27 GMT+2Paris, 13/03/1999 (MPA) The directors of the foreign ministries of the six-nation Contact Group will meet in Paris tomorrow to discuss the solution of the crisis in Kosovo, while the talks between the warring sides will resume on Monday.
Mr. Papandreou, who met in Belgrade yesterday with Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, concluded that there is a distance of views mainly concerning Milosevic's refusal to allow the deployment of a foreign military force on Yugoslav territory.
 KARAMANLIS-ANAN MEETING IN NEW YORK
Web Posted: 15:27 GMT+2New York, 13/03/1999 (MPA) The need to undertake immediate and essential initiatives for the solution of the Cyprus problem and in order to bend the Turkish intransigence was stressed by right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis in the meeting he had in New York with UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan.
The New Democracy leader underlined that it is unacceptable for a problem like the Cyprus issue to remain stagnant for 25 years because Turkey wants to ignore international law. An extensive discussion was also held on the tension in the Greek-Turkish relations.
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