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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-11-16

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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 16, 1999

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] REPPAS: THE AGENDA OF THE ECEVIT-SIMITIS MEETING HAS NOT BEEN SET YET
  • [02] BURNS: THE TALKS BETWEEN SIMITIS AND CLINTON WILL BE SUCCESSFUL
  • [03] THE EVENTS COMMEMORATING THE POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS' UPRISING WILL CULMINATE TOMORROW
  • [04] REPPAS COMMENTED ON CLINTON'S STATEMENTS
  • [05] REPPAS: THE GOVERNMENT WILL PROTECT THE CLINTON VISIT AND GREECE'S INTERNATIONAL PRESTIGE
  • [06] THE PRESS EMPLOYEES ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS UPRISING
  • [07] COOPERATION OF THESSALONIKI'S ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY WITH SLOVAKIA'S PRESOV UNIVERSITY
  • [08] TWO NATO BRITISH SAILORS WERE ARRESTED FOR DAMAGING PARKED CARS
  • [09] SMALL DECLINE IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [10] SIMITIS-ECEVIT MEETING ON THURSDAY
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [11] CLINTON: GREEKS AND TURKS CAN REWRITE HISTORY
  • [12] THERE CAN BE NO MUSEUM OF EUROPE THAT WILL NOT INCLUDE THE GREEK AND BYZANTINE HISTORY
  • [13] THE US PRESIDENT CONTINUES HIS VISIT TO TURKEY
  • [14] THE TALKS ON THE CYPRUS ISSUE SHOULD BE SUBSTANTIAL - - - - - - - - - - - - -

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] REPPAS: THE AGENDA OF THE ECEVIT-SIMITIS MEETING HAS NOT BEEN SET YET

    The agenda of the talks between prime ministers of Greece and Turkey Kostas Simitis and Bulent Ecevit that will be held in Istanbul on Thursday morning has not been set yet.

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that the issues will be determined by the two leaders and will be of mutual interest.

    The prime minister will meet tomorrow with Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos while he will have contacts with Balkan and European leaders on the sidelines of the OSCE meeting in Istanbul.

    [02] BURNS: THE TALKS BETWEEN SIMITIS AND CLINTON WILL BE SUCCESSFUL

    US ambassador to Athens Nicholas Burns, speaking in the two-day conference on the Greek- US relations that is being held in Athens, expressed the belief that the talks in Athens between US president Bill Clinton and prime minister Kostas Simitis will be especially successful.

    Mr. Burns referring to the reactions to Mr. Clinton's visit stated that the US president comes to Greece as a friend and an ally and clarified that this visit is being held at the invitation of the Greek government. On the Cyprus problem, he pointed out that the issue remains unresolved and underlined that the United States do everything possible to find a solution to this problem.

    In conclusion, he repeated the words of the US president that Greece is a model of democracy in the region urging the Greek-American community to back the cooperation of the United States with Greece.

    [03] THE EVENTS COMMEMORATING THE POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS' UPRISING WILL CULMINATE TOMORROW

    The events commemorating the anniversary of the Polytechnic students' uprising will culminate tomorrow afternoon with a march to the US embassy building in Athens.

    The events held in commemoration of the uprising continued today with wreath laying ceremonies and public discussions. The peaceful commemoration of the uprising will be secured by university professors and students in cooperation with the anniversary events coordinating committee.

    [04] REPPAS COMMENTED ON CLINTON'S STATEMENTS

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas responding to questions made by reporters commented on the statements made by US president Clinton on the Cyprus problem while visiting Turkey.

    Mr. Reppas stated that if all the countries in the region respect the international law like Greece does there will be cooperation at a different level for peace, development and stability in the wider region.

    [05] REPPAS: THE GOVERNMENT WILL PROTECT THE CLINTON VISIT AND GREECE'S INTERNATIONAL PRESTIGE

    The government will take all necessary measures to protect Clinton's visit to Greece and the country's international prestige, stated Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas.

    Mr. Reppas made the statement in response to questions made by reporters on whether the demonstrators protesting against the visit of US president Clinton will be allowed to approach the US embassy building in Athens.

    [06] THE PRESS EMPLOYEES ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS UPRISING

    The federation of the association of newspaper editors and the boards of directors of the association of newspaper editors and press employees issued a joint statement on the anniversary of the Polytechnic School uprising.

    They underlined that the Clinton visit offers the opportunity to the Greek people to express their wish for the solution of the immediate problems in the region in accordance with the international decisions and the pledges made by those in authority.

    They also mentioned that they offer the sum of 500.000 drachmas to the Polytechnic School for the institution's scholarships.

    [07] COOPERATION OF THESSALONIKI'S ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY WITH SLOVAKIA'S PRESOV UNIVERSITY

    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki deputy dean responsible for the university's economic planning and development Ioannis Antonopoulos met with a delegation from Slovakia's Presov University headed by the city mayor Juraj Kopcak and dean FrantisekMihina, within the framework of the Tempus program.

    The goal of the specific program is the renewal of higher education and the improvement of training education as well as the modernization of programs of studies in priority sectors.

    The Tempus program is a European cooperation program on higher education and is part of a wider EU program for the economic and social restructuring of the central and eastern European countries (Phare program) and the economic reform and reorganization of the new independent states and Mongolia (Tacis program).

    [08] TWO NATO BRITISH SAILORS WERE ARRESTED FOR DAMAGING PARKED CARS

    Two NATO British sailors were arrested for damaging parked cars in the center of Thessaloniki.

    According to police, two British sailors Graeme Barnes 27 and Lion Sandercock 19 without a reason destroyed two cars and a motorcycle. The two were spotted by the guard in a nearby bank who called the police.

    Both were arrested and a suit has been filed against them accused of causing indiscriminate damages.

    [09] SMALL DECLINE IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE

    A slight drop was recorded today in the Athens Stock Exchange general index which closed with losses of 0.70% at 5.683,06.

    The volume of transactions in today's session was 290 billion drachmas.

    [10] SIMITIS-ECEVIT MEETING ON THURSDAY

    The Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis will meet his Turkish counterpart Bulent Ecevit in Instanbul on Thursday morning on the sidelines of the OSCE summit.

    The meeting will take place without US president Bill Clinton being present despite opposite predictions. On Wednesday, the Greek prime minister will attend the summit of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and have contacts with Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos and other leaders also attending the OSCE summit.Mr Simitis will return to Athens on Friday, where he will receive US president Bill Clinton.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [11] CLINTON: GREEKS AND TURKS CAN REWRITE HISTORY

    Greeks and Turks can rewrite history as for all the things that separate them in the Aegean there is an equal number of things that unite them, stated US president Bill Clinton yesterday speaking before the Turkish National Assembly.

    Mr. Clinton added that the two peoples came closer after the recent devastating earthquakes that hit both countries and expressed satisfaction for the fact that the two sides accepted the invitation for talks on the Cyprus problem.

    The US president pointed out that Turkey should make steps toward democratization, the respect of human rights and the right to the freedom of expression.

    [12] THERE CAN BE NO MUSEUM OF EUROPE THAT WILL NOT INCLUDE THE GREEK AND BYZANTINE HISTORY

    There can be no Museum of Europe that will not include the ancient Greek and the Byzantine history, two integral parts of the European history.

    The statement was made by EU Commissioner responsible for cultural issues Vivian Rending in response to a question by PASOK Euro-deputy Petros Efthimiou who asked her on October 29 to adopt a clear stance on the issue of the creation of a Museum of Europe and form a scientific committee made up of historians from countries that are an integral part of the modern European history, such as EU countries, Russia as well as eastern and western European countries.

    Ms. Rending stressed in her response that the classical Greek, the Roman and the Byzantine period are integral parts of the European history and therefore, the Museum of Europe should include those periods.

    Regarding the proposal by Mr. Efthimiou for the establishment of a scientific committee, the EU commissioner agreed that the Museum of Europe must be based on principles that will be adopted by a wide spectrum of scientists and historians from across Europe, including the countries outside the EU such as, Russia and the countries of eastern and central Europe.

    Finally, Ms. Rending responded to Mr. Efthimiou that the responsible agencies of the European Commission even though they are aware of the idea concerning the creation of the Museum they have not received yet an application requesting the funding of the project.

    [13] THE US PRESIDENT CONTINUES HIS VISIT TO TURKEY

    US president Bill Clinton continues his visit to Turkey and this morning he visited tent cities set up for the earthquake victims in Izmit.

    Speaking to the people who have found shelter there, the US president referred to the assistance offered by Greece to Turkey in order to help the country deal with the effects of the earthquakes and stressed that the people of Greece and Turkey can co-exist peacefully in the region.

    However, Turkish prime minister Bulent Ecevit stated at noon today that the Greek- Turkish dialogue continues in many issues, underlining that Turkey can not back down in the issue of Cyprus.

    Yesterday, Mr. Clinton attended a formal dinner given in his honor by his Turkish counterpart Suleiman Demirel. Also, the Turkish president honored the US president with the highest medal of the country. Mr. Clinton will go to Istanbul tomorrow and he will meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos.

    [14] THE TALKS ON THE CYPRUS ISSUE SHOULD BE SUBSTANTIAL

    Washington provides assurances that the talks on the Cyprus issue in New York would be substantial. The greek and the cypriot sides stress that all sides should take a commitment on the issue before the begining of the talks in New York. Britain's special envoy for the Cyprus Sir David Hannay also provides assurances that the talks would be substantial.

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