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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-11-15

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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, November 15, 1999

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] POLYTECHNIC SCHOOL UPRISING COMMEMORATED IN 3-DAY EVENTS
  • [02] CATHERINE DENEUVE ATTENDS THESSALONIKI'S FILM FESTIVAL
  • [03] PROTEST RALLY TO BE HELD IN THESSALONIKI OVER CLINTON'S VISIT
  • [04] CYPRIOT DEFENSE MINISTER CONDUCTS VISIT TO GREECE TODAY
  • [05] POLICE NEUTRALIZE BOMB OUTSIDE CAR DEALERSHIP IN ATHENS
  • [06] THE CLINIC WHERE A "17 NOVEMBER" SUSPECT RECEIVED FIRST AID HAS NOT BEEN LOCATED
  • [07] A NUMBER OF AGREEMENTS WILL BE SIGNED BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENTS OF GREECE AND THE UNITED STATES
  • [08] LEADING THEATER DIRECTOR MINOS VOLONAKIS DIED LAST NIGHT
  • [09] REPPAS: THE OPENING OF A DIALOGUE ON CYPRUS IS A POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT
  • [10] SIMITIS-ECEVIT MEETING ON THURSDAY
  • [11] GOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE MEETING
  • [12] SIMITIS WILL MEET WITH CLERIDES ON MONDAY
  • [13] MITSOTAKIS-BURNS MEETING
  • [14] THE YOUTH MOVEMENT OF PASOK ON THE DEMONSTRATION AGAINST CLINTON
  • [15] AN AVERAGE OF SIX PEOPLE ARE KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN GREECE EVERY DAY
  • [16] SMALL RISE IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [17] CLINTON PLEDGES TO EXERT PRESSURE FOR RESOLVING CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [18] CLINTON: THERE ARE HOPES FOR RESOLVING THE CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [19] DEATH TOLL RISES TO 452 IN TURKEY'S LATEST EARTHQUAKE
  • [20] EU COUNCIL OF FOREIGN MINISTERS MEETS IN BRUSSELS TODAY
  • [21] FYROM: TRAJKOVSKI WINS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
  • [22] BORIS TRAJKOVSKI IS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF FYROM
  • [23] UKRAINE: LEONID KUCHAM ELECTED PRESIDENT IN SECOND ROUND
  • [24] THE GREEK-AMERICAN COMMUNITY ON THE CLINTON VISIT TO GREECE
  • [25] FINANCIAL TIMES: THE THESSALONIKI-SKOPJE OIL PIPE LINE IS THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT
  • [26] CLINTON: THERE SHOULD BE RECONCILIATION BETWEEN GREECE AND TURKEY
  • [27] 231 CHILDREN HAVE BEEN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN TURKEY
  • [28] THE US PRESIDENT MET WITH HIS TURKISH COUNTERPART
  • [29] ANKARA: ANTI-AMERICAN PROTESTS, TENS OF ARRESTS - - - - - - - - - - - - -

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] POLYTECHNIC SCHOOL UPRISING COMMEMORATED IN 3-DAY EVENTS

    The 26-year anniversary since the 1973 Polytechnic student uprising against the military junta is being commemorated as of today, in a series of events that will last three days.

    Strong police forces will be deployed in the area of the Athens Polytechnic School, near the National Archaeological Museum, and other university buildings.

    The police force is a preventive measure to guard against incidents that might occur during the events which will culminate on Wednesday with a rally to the American embassy.

    [02] CATHERINE DENEUVE ATTENDS THESSALONIKI'S FILM FESTIVAL

    French actress Catherine Deneuve gave a press conference in Thessaloniki yesterday, as the city's 40th Film Festival entered its third day with the screening of 29 films.

    Ms. Deneuve expressed her interest in starring in a Greek film, provided the script was good. She further added that no such proposal has come forth to her yet and, when asked about her opinion on Greek films, she stated that she knows award-winning Greek film director Theodoros Angelopoulos, but not Greek cinema.

    She stated that Mr. Angelopoulos "is a great film director. He has vision of the universe and he passes this in his films. He has never asked me to cooperate with him. If he does so, I will study the scenario."

    Referring to American cinema, the French actress stated that, in contrast with European films, it lacks originality.

    [03] PROTEST RALLY TO BE HELD IN THESSALONIKI OVER CLINTON'S VISIT

    A protest rally will be held in Thessaloniki this Friday, co-organized by various labor, social and pacifist organizations.

    The participants will meet on Friday evening in downtown Thessaloniki and will rally towards the United States Consulate.

    [04] CYPRIOT DEFENSE MINISTER CONDUCTS VISIT TO GREECE TODAY

    Cypriot Defense Minster Socrates Hasikos is to arrive in Greece today, where he will meet with his Greek counterpart Akis Tsochatzopoulos.

    Mr. Hasikos will visit Greek armament industries while he will also address an event organized by the National Student Union of Cypriots at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

    Cypriot students in Thessaloniki began a four-day hunger strike on Saturday in front of the Turkish consulate as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the Cyprus issue.

    [05] POLICE NEUTRALIZE BOMB OUTSIDE CAR DEALERSHIP IN ATHENS

    An explosive device was neutralized outside the Ford car dealership in Athens, last night.

    According to the police the homemade bomb was identical to the one used in the November 5 bombing attempt at a Nike sports goods store in Athens.

    [06] THE CLINIC WHERE A "17 NOVEMBER" SUSPECT RECEIVED FIRST AID HAS NOT BEEN LOCATED

    Public order ministry general secretary Dimitris Efstathiadis, commenting on the report published by the Athens newspaper "TO VIMA" according to which, the police are on the tracks of terrorist organization "17 November", stated that the clinic, where the suspect of the rocket attack against the German ambassador's residence received first aid, has not been located yet.

    Meanwhile, the explosive device that was destroyed by bomb experts outside a Ford car leadership in Athens was the same with that which had been planted a few days ago in the NIKE sports store in Paleo Faliro also in Athens.

    [07] A NUMBER OF AGREEMENTS WILL BE SIGNED BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENTS OF GREECE AND THE UNITED STATES

    US president Bill Clinton during his visit to Greece will sign a number of agreements with the Greek government on tourism, copyright and natural disasters, while a cooperation of businessmen within the framework of the Balkan reconstruction plan will be confirmed.

    Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou stated that no agreement will be signed on terrorism.

    [08] LEADING THEATER DIRECTOR MINOS VOLONAKIS DIED LAST NIGHT

    Greek leading theater play director Minos Volonakis died last night from heart attack. He was born in Athens in 1925.

    He started his career by translating American plays next to Carolos Koun another leading figure in the Greek theater. In the 60's he was directing ancient tragedies translated by him in US and British university theaters.

    He was the director of the State Theater of Northern Greece in the period of 1974-77 and in 1986-89.

    [09] REPPAS: THE OPENING OF A DIALOGUE ON CYPRUS IS A POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas characterized as positive development the opening of talks on Cyprus between Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash. He also wished for progress and at the same time he underlined that the pre-conditions for the continuation of the dialogue must be safeguarded.

    Mr. Reppas also stated that Greece's stance in the Helsinki EU summit meeting will be within the framework of the positions already expressed. On the Greek-Turkish relations, he pointed out that the Greek side awaits for a tangible reaction by Ankara proving that it makes efforts for the normalization of bilateral relations.

    Responding to the question on whether the role of Cypriot Republic president Glafkos Clerides is downgraded, Mr Reppas said that this is not the case and pointed out that Cyprus will be represented in the Helsinki Summit meeting by president Clerides.

    [10] SIMITIS-ECEVIT MEETING ON THURSDAY

    The prime ministers of Greece and Turkey Kostas Simitis and Bulent Ecevit will meet in Istanbul on Thursday morning on the sidelines of the OSCE meeting.

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that the initiative was undertaken by Mr. Ecevit through the diplomatic route, while he gave no details on the agenda of the talks.

    On Wednesday, prime minister Simitis will have contacts with Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos and later in the afternoon of that day, he will meet with Black Sea leaders and will have contacts with the leaders of other countries also attending the OSCE meeting.

    [11] GOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE MEETING

    The security measures for the protection of US president Bill Clinton during his visit to Greece were examined in the government meeting that was held today under prime minister Kostas Simitis. A special discussion was held on the security measures that will be implemented during the demonstrations commemorating the Polytechnic School students uprising.

    The US president is expected to arrive in Athens in the afternoon of Friday, November 19 and later in the evening of that day he will attend a formal dinner at the presidential building. On Saturday, he will meet with president Kostis Stephanopoulos, prime minister Kostas Simitis and opposition party leader of New Democracy Kostas Karamanlis. Later, the US president will deliver a speech on the Greek-US relations and he will leave Athens in early afternoon.

    [12] SIMITIS WILL MEET WITH CLERIDES ON MONDAY

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis will meet with Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides in Athens on Monday, November 22.

    The two leaders will discuss the conditions that will be created regarding the Cyprus problem after the contacts Mr. Simitis will have in Turkey and his talks with US president Bill Clinton in Athens.

    [13] MITSOTAKIS-BURNS MEETING

    US ambassador to Athens Nicholas Burns visited right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy honorary president Konstantinos Mitsotakis at his office in Athens today.

    The two men discussed the imminent visit of US president Bill Clinton to Athens on Friday and Saturday.

    [14] THE YOUTH MOVEMENT OF PASOK ON THE DEMONSTRATION AGAINST CLINTON

    The youth movement of the governing socialist party of PASOK announced today that it will participate in the protest demonstration against US president Clinton that will be held jointly with other youth party movements on Friday.

    However, it clarified that its members will follow the protest march to the point allowed by the police.

    [15] AN AVERAGE OF SIX PEOPLE ARE KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN GREECE EVERY DAY

    An average of 6 people are killed in traffic accidents in Greece every day which means that an average of 22.000 people lose their lives on the road in a period of ten years. The city of Thessaloniki occupies the first place regarding the number of pedestrians run over by cars. About 75% of those killed usually suffer serious head injuries.

    The above were pointed out in a press conference that was given on the occasion of the 13th Neurosurgery conference organized by the Greek Neurosurgery Society to be held in the northern Greek city of Kavala on November 18-20.

    [16] SMALL RISE IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE

    The Athens Stock Exchange session closed today with a small rise of 0.36% in the general price index.

    The volume of transactions recorded was at low levels and did not exceed the 300 billion drachmas mark.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [17] CLINTON PLEDGES TO EXERT PRESSURE FOR RESOLVING CYPRUS ISSUE

    United States President Bill Clinton, who arrived in Turkey yesterday for a summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), is to press for a solution to the long-standing Cyprus issue, calling on both Cypriot Presdient Glafcos Clerdies and turkish- Cypruots leader Rauf Denktash to work together towards a better future for hte island.

    Aboard the Air Force One, Mr. Clitnon told reporters that "I think there are two different changed circumstances.

    "First of all you have the improved relations between Turkey and Greece over the so- called earthquake diplomacy, and interchange. I think the people of both countries and therefore the political leaders of both countries saw each other with fresh eyes in the agonies of the earthquake end the help that they gave each other, it's a mood, an atmosphere that needs to be acted upon.

    "Secondly, you have pending a Turkish candidacy for the EU as well as Cyprus's candidacy for the EU and a decision made by the Turks to try to seek a harmony and integration with Europe ...

    "I want them to last long enough to get to direct negotiations and a substantive result. And we will encourage them to stay until that happens."

    The United States President will meet with Turkish President Suleiman Demirel and Prime Minster Bulent Ecevit today, while he will also address the Turkish Parliament.

    Accompanied by his wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea, Mr. Clinton will visit earthquake-stricken northwestern Turkey tomorrow.

    [18] CLINTON: THERE ARE HOPES FOR RESOLVING THE CYPRUS ISSUE

    Upon his arrival in Turkey, US President Bill Clinton stated that the recent climate of trust created in the Greek-Turkish relations as a result of the earthquakes that devastated both neighbors needs to be exploited, adding that there are hopes of resolving the Cyprus issue.

    Mr. Clinton will be in Turkey for five days where he will take part in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit, scheduled for November 17-19 in Istanbul. The US President will meet today with his Turkish counterpart Suleiman Demirel and Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit.

    [19] DEATH TOLL RISES TO 452 IN TURKEY'S LATEST EARTHQUAKE

    According to latest reports, 452 persons have been killed and over 3,000 are injured by Friday's 7.2 Richter earthquake, the second to devastate Turkey in a period of three months.

    As temperatures have dropped below zero, the makeshift tents hardly provide shelter for the survivors, while Turkish seismologists assess that another tremor could occur. The tremor's epicenter occurred at Duzce, a farming town located 170 kilometers east of Istanbul.

    [20] EU COUNCIL OF FOREIGN MINISTERS MEETS IN BRUSSELS TODAY

    The European Union Council of Foreign Ministers is scheduled to meet in Brussels today where 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 Alternate Foreign Minister Christos Rokofyllos 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.

    [21] FYROM: TRAJKOVSKI WINS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

    FYROM's deputy Foreign Minister Boris Trajkovski, candidate of VMRO-DPMNE, will become the country's next president, following yesterday's second round of voting where he amassed 52.94 percent of the votes with 96 percent of the ballots counted, Prime Minister Ljubco Georgievski announced on television.

    Mr. Trajkovski's main opponent, Tito Petkovski of the Social Democratic Alliance, conceded defeat with 45.86 percent of the votes, albeit the Albanian voters beg to differ and are planning a protest rally in Skopje today.

    [22] BORIS TRAJKOVSKI IS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF FYROM

    FYROM new president Boris Trajkovski, candidate of VMRO-DPMNE, is a 43-year-old Methodist who is one of Prime Minister Ljubco Georgievski's most trusted lieutenants.

    Born on June 25, 1956, in the town of Strumica, he graduated from law school at Skopje University in 1980 and worked for several years as a lawyer in a construction company.

    In 1997 he was appointed advisor to the mayor of Skopje's municipality of Kisela Voda.

    In December 1998, Mr. Trajkovski was appointed deputy foreign minister, having been a VMRO-DPMNE party member since 1992 and head of the party's foreign relations commission from 1992 to 1998.

    He is married and has two children, a son and a daughter.

    [23] UKRAINE: LEONID KUCHAM ELECTED PRESIDENT IN SECOND ROUND

    Pro-Western Ukrainian leader Leonid Kuchma defeated Communist Party leader, Petro Simonenko in the second round of presidential elections, according to today's official figures.

    Mr. Kuchma won 56.23 percent of the votes against 37.83 percent for Mr. Simonenko, with 97.82 percent of the votes counted, the central election commission said.

    [24] THE GREEK-AMERICAN COMMUNITY ON THE CLINTON VISIT TO GREECE

    The Greek-American National Council H.A.N.C. and the Greek-American community in the United States characterized the decision of US president Clinton to visit Greece as another tangible proof of his direct interest in the issues concerning the country.

    In his statements H.A.N.C. president Mr. Spiropoulos stressed that no other US president has shown such a direct interest in the issues of Greece and expressed the hope that Mr. Clinton's first visit to the country, the land of democracy and hospitality, will give a new boost to bilateral relations.

    [25] FINANCIAL TIMES: THE THESSALONIKI-SKOPJE OIL PIPE LINE IS THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT

    The Thessaloniki-Skopje oil pipe line is characterized by the London newspaper "Financial Times" as the first significant infrastructure project built after the war in Kosovo and the biggest ever foreign investment in FYROM.

    The newspaper report mentioned the foundation laying ceremony of the project and stressed that the presence of FYROM prime minister Ljupco Georgievski and Greek minister of development Evangelos Venizelos marked the warming up of the relations of the two countries.

    The 90million dollar project will be completed in 18 months and will lower considerably the oil transportation cost from Thessaloniki to Skopje which currently is being made by train. The newspaper concludes that in case the sanctions on Serbia are lifted the oil pipe line will extend to Pancevo.

    [26] CLINTON: THERE SHOULD BE RECONCILIATION BETWEEN GREECE AND TURKEY

    US president Bill Clinton, who met with Turkish president Suleiman Demirel, speaking to the US embassy personnel stated that there should be reconciliation between Greece and Turkey and the major issues concerning the Aegean must be resolved.

    The US president has already announced the resumption of the talks between Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash on the Cyprus problem that will be held in New York on December 3 under the auspices of the United Nations.

    Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou stated from Brussels that the responsibility for the solution of the problem lays with the Turkish and the Turkish Cypriot side.

    [27] 231 CHILDREN HAVE BEEN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN TURKEY

    The Diyarbakir region Bar Association report according to which, 231 children 11-14 years old have been sentenced to death by the infamous State Security Courts in Turkey, has caused an uproar in Turkey and mainly among the Council of Europe members.

    Based on the report, 49 children aged 11-14 years old have been sentenced to death since 1990 accused of offering assistance and shelter to Kurdish PKK members, while other 182 children aged 14-17 received the death penalty accused of being members of the Kurdish organization and of undertaking dynamic actions on behalf of PKK.

    In the same report it is estimated that the State Security courts in Turkey have sentenced 242 children aged from 11 to 17 years old to long prison terms on similar charges. It is also underlined that of the 1.838 children held in custody 634 have been sentenced to long jail terms.

    [28] THE US PRESIDENT MET WITH HIS TURKISH COUNTERPART

    US president Bill Clinton met in Ankara today with Turkish president Suleiman Demirel.

    The US president in his statements pointed out that he backs Turkey's accession into the European Union and referred to the Greek aid that is being sent to Turkey to help it deal with the devastation caused by the earthquakes. He said that the recent improvement in the Greek- Turkish relations showed that there are few differences between the two countries, adding that the problems between Greece and Turkey were placing restrictions on his country's relations with Ankara.

    Turkish president Demirel responding to a question by a reporter on the torture practice in the country, stated that one can not maintain that people in custody are not tortured in his country adding however, that this is not the policy of the state and that it constitutes an offense and whoever commits it is punished. From his side, Mr. Clinton stated that there is progress in Turkey on the issues of the freedom of expression and human rights and that he sees determination toward this direction.

    On the Cyprus problem, Mr. Clinton appeared determined to exert pressures in order for the talks of Cypriot president Clerides and Turkish Cypriot Denktash to last for as long as it is needed and bring results.

    Mr. Clinton pledged that the strategic cooperation between Turkey and the United States will be strengthened and that Ankara will receive economic aid, while he expressed his support and sympathy to the victims of the new devastating earthquake that hit the country.

    The two leaders also exchanged views on issues concerning peace, stability and democracy in Europe and the cooperation with the EU in the sectors of trade, economy and energy. Mr. Clinton maintained that Turkey plays a key-role in Europe as "it makes efforts for stability in the Balkans and for peace in the Aegean and Cyprus", while he praised Turkey's role in Bosnia and Kosovo. He said that the United States give a special importance to the relations of Turkey with Greece and added that the cooperation of Ankara with Athens creates hopes. Finally, he expressed the wish that the contacts that will be made will bring peace and security in Cyprus.

    [29] ANKARA: ANTI-AMERICAN PROTESTS, TENS OF ARRESTS

    About 1.000 members of the leftist Workers' Party held a demonstration in Ankara this morning protesting against US president Bill Clinton's visit to Turkey which takes place on the occasion of the OSCE summit meeting in Istanbul.

    The police forces used batons to break up the demonstrators who were mainly university students and arrested at least 100 people.

    The NTV television station reported that a new protest will be held today outside the Law School of the University of Ankara.

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