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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 99-11-28
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
 NATO SECRETARY GENERAL WILL BE IN ATHENS ON MONDAY
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Athens, 28/11/1999 (MPA) NATO Secretary General George Robertson will arrive in Athens on Monday, November 29, where he will hold talks with Prime Minister Costas Simitis, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas announced.
On Thursday, the president of the European Union, Finnish Prime Minister Paavo Liponnen will be in Athens for talks.
 PRESIDENT OF HELLENIC REPUBLIC TO VISIT PORTUGAL THIS WEEK
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Athens, 28/11/1999 (MPA) The President of the Republic Costis Stephanopoulos will conduct a state visit to Portugal from December 1-4 at the invitation of his Portuguese counterpart Jorge Sampaio.
President Stephanopoulos will be accompanied by deputy foreign minister Christos Rokofyllos.
 US EMBASSY TO HOLD INTERNATIONAL TOURISM EVENT IN ATHENS
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Athens, 28/11/1999 (MPA) Delegates from 31 countries are expected to attend an international tourism infrastructure conference to be held by the United States embassy in Athens next week, between December 1-3.
The conference aims at bringing closer US companies and firms from
Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Estonia, FYROM, Spain, Israel, Italy, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Palestine, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Turkey and Finland.
The US delegation will include representatives from the Commerce and
State Departments, Export-Import Bank, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and US ambassadors from around the world.
Originally to be held in Thessaloniki, the conference was postponed earlier in the year due to the crisis in Yugoslavia.
According to US ambassador to Athens Nicholas Burns, Greek-American economic relations were steadily expanding after starting from a low level. He said that US companies were soon expected to show their interest in the Greek market, which they viewed as fast growing and with a healthy outlook linked to its anticipated entry into the euro zone.
 THESSALONIKI TO HOST EXPATRIATE ENTREPRENEURS 1ST CONGRESS
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 28/11/1999 (MPA) The First World Congress of Expatriated Entrepreneurs is to be held in Thessaloniki on December 4, illustrating the city's role as a Balkan reconstruction center.
The congress, which will be held within the framework of the World Council of Hellenes (SAE) Third International Assembly, to be held in Thessaloniki between December 5-8, will review Greece's role as a starting point for the development of economic cooperation with Balkan and Black Sea countries.
Participants will have the opportunity to discuss potential ventures in the sectors of industry, exporting, trade, banking, construction, energy, telecommunications, transportation, high technology and tourism.
 SAE TO HOLD THIRD CONFERENCE AT THESSALONIKI IN DECEMBER
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 28/11/1999 (MPA) Over one thousand Greeks from all five continents will attend the World Council of Hellenes (SAE) Third International Assembly, to be held in Thessaloniki between December 5-8.
The event will be opened by Prime Minister Costas Simitis and will be attended, among others, by President Costis Stephanopoulos, Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and several party leaders.
Within the framework of SAE, the first world youth conference will be held on
December 1-2 followed by the forum of overseas Greek entrepreneurs, scientists, artists and overseas Greek women. on December 3-4.
The SAE's third council will elect an 11-member presidium, while, according to reports, SAE President Andrew Athens will seek his re-election for the third time.
 RULING PARTY AND MAIN OPPOSITION EXCHANGE SEVERE WORDS
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Athens, 28/11/1999 (MPA) In a climate reminiscent of a pre-election mode, Prime Minster and ruling PASOK party leader Costas Simitis took offense to remarks made by main opposition leader Costas Karamanlis on Friday, in which he accused the government of what he called audacity and abuse of power, claiming that "the long stay in power results in an
abnormal function of the political system's institutions".
Mr. Simitis stated that "it appears that Mr. Karamanlis, in his swing to the ultra-right, has forgotten that there is democracy in this country and we will defend this democracy."
 GREECE IS WORLD'S WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPION
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Athens, 28/11/1999 (MPA) Greece's Akakios Kakiashvilis set a world record in the snatch and won all three gold medals in the men's 207-pound class Saturday at the World Weightlifting Championships.
Kakiashvilis hoisted 414 pounds in the snatch in becoming Greece's first overall champion at the meet.
More than 8,000 fans at the Peace and Friendship Stadium cheered the lifter as he received his medals. He was joined by Greece's Leonidas Kokas, who won the bronze
medal in the total and silver in the snatch.
 ATOMIC BOMB GETS «LOST» IN CRETE, ACCORDING TO PRESS REPORTS
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Athens, 28/11/1999 (MPA) A U.S. nuclear-powered military vessel, similar to those that are harbored at Crete' Suda Bay naval base, has "lost" a nuclear bomb, which no remains a constant threat for the island and the overall region. according to the Athens daily "to Vima".
The articles stresses that the risk of an accident is rising day by day due to the erosion caused to the bomb's exterior.
Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos called the report "unfounded and ungrounded", stating that its authors were trapped by mistaken information.
"Cooperation among countries for the protection from force majeure catastrophes of any kind, including nuclear accidents, has been in development. In 1992, there was a proposal for cooperation talks between the US and Greece on matters of nuclear protection, which did not materialize. These talks were never completed," he stated, adding that no such problem has arisen in Greece in the recent years.
 DELEGATION OF GREEK INVESTORS MEET WITH ALBANIAN PREMIER
Web Posted: 15:57 GMT+2Tirana, 28/11/1999 (MPA) A delegation of Greek investors, accompanied by Athens' envoy in the country, met with new Albanian Prime Minister Ilir Meta who noted the importance of Greek investment for his country, which, as he said, is second only to the Italian investments.
On his part, Greek ambassador to Tirana Alexandros Mallias stressed that the delegation's visit, along with previous investments in Albania, created the preconditions for Mr. Meta's successful visit to Athens scheduled for Dec. 22.
Mr. Meta noted that the European Commission's approval of a feasability study regarding Albania proved that public order in his country is now at acceptable levels, therefore, "there is no danger for foreign investments."
He also reassured Greek investors that there will be transparency on the part of the Tirana government as well as improvement of the existing legal framework.
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