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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-11-14
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
 MINISTRY REPLIES TO NEWSPAPER'S TERRORISM ARTICLE
Web Posted: 19:14 GMT+2Athens, 14/11/1999 (MPA) Prompted by an article on terrorism published today in the Athens daily To Vima, which asserts that Greek authorities may be closer to a breakthrough in their investigation of the November 17 terrorist group, the Ministry of Public Order issued an announcement citing both its resolve to quash terrorism, as well as the imprudence of early reports in the media.
"The government's will to address and combat the phenomenon of terrorism is a given," the Ministry's announcement reads, adding that "the appropriate authorities are continuing with their investigation in that direction.
"It is obvious that the said matter is not up for pubic discussion, especially when the published reports are not accurate."
 BALKAN ENVIRONMENTALISTS TO DISCUSS INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION
Web Posted: 19:14 GMT+2Athens, 14/11/1999 (MPA) The Balkan Environmental Association (BENA), whose headquarters are in Thessaloniki, is to discuss industrial pollution during its second conference to be held on November 19-21 at the Sciences Academy of Bulgaria, in Sofia.
The over 300 Balkan delegates are to examine the domestic and regional effects of industrial pollution and relevant legislation, while various proposals on environmental protection are to also be tabled.
 FM: MY EXCELLENT TIES WITH PM SEEM TO BOTHER A FEW IN PASOK
Web Posted: 19:14 GMT+2Athens, 14/11/1999 (MPA) Foreign Minster George Papandreou referred extensively to the US President Bill Clinton's imminent visit to Greece as well as the government's expectations, during an interview with an Athens Sunday paper.
Mr. Papandreou also stated that the excellent level of ties he enjoys with the Prime Minster Costas Simitis appear to bother some, both within and from outside the ruling PASOK party. Moreover, he added that the repeated verbal jabs he has received from his predecessor Theodoros Pangalos undermine the ministry itself.
 FYROM: PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS SECOND ROUND HELD TODAY
Web Posted: 19:14 GMT+2Skopje, 14/11/1999 (MPA) The second round of presidential elections in FYROM is held today, with the the main contenders vying for the country's top post being the candidate of the government coalition Boris Trajkovski (VMRO-DPMNE) and the Social Democratic Alliance's Tito Petkovsi.
In October 31's first round, Mr. Petkovski had garnered 32.71% of the votes, while Mr. Trajkovski had 20.86%.
A 50%+1 turn-out is required to make the second round result valid.
If the participation rate does not surpass the fifty per cent mark, the country will be led to a new round of presidential elections within the net six months.
 GREEK RESCUE TEAM IN TURKEY PROVIDING AID TO QUAKE VICTIMS
Web Posted: 19:14 GMT+2Ankara, 14/11/1999 (MPA) Greek search and rescue workers arrived in Turkey yesterday in three C-130 transport planes, in an operation led by Dimitris Katrivanos, the interior ministry's secretary general for civil protection.
Greece has sent 25 search and rescue workers with four relief vehicles, 11 medical staff and two mobile units, four earthquake experts, and three sniffer dogs.
Mr. Katrivanos that the Greek team was the first to arrive from countries that Ankara had petitioned for assistance.
The earthquake on Friday evening centered on the town of Duzce, which is located about 170 kilometers east of Istanbul and has 300,000 inhabitants.
Turkish officials told Mr. Katrivanos that early estimates indicated 50 percent of buildings in the town had collapsed.
 DEATH TOLL RISES TO 374 IN TURKEY'S LATEST EARTHQUAKE
Web Posted: 19:14 GMT+2Ankara, 14/11/1999 (MPA) According to latest reports, 374 persons have been killed and nearly 3,000 injured by Friday's 7.2 Richter earthquake, the second to devastate Turkey in a period of three months.
Local authorities fear that the death toll could rise sharply, as emergency workers have yet to sift through most of the rubble and hundreds of people remain missing.
The tremor's epicenter occurred at Duzce, a farming town located 170 kilometers east of Istanbul.
 EU COUNCIL OF FOREIGN MINISTERS MEETS IN BRUSSELS TOMORROW
Web Posted: 19:14 GMT+2Brussels, 14/11/1999 (MPA) The European Union Council of Foreign Ministers is scheduled to meet in Brussels tomorrow.
Representatives from the EU's 15 member-states plan to focus on a possible defense role for the EU, reportedly the first session of its kind in the Union's history.
Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou and Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos will participate while NATO's former chief Javier Solana, presently the leader of the EU's Common Foreign Affairs and Defense Policy, will also attend. Talks will cover the institutional reforms which are being suggested for the EU and which relate to defense issues and activities, including the role of Nato in any new arrangement.
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