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Macedonian Press Agency News In Brief (96-10-18)
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
BRIEF GREEK NEWS BULLETIN BY MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY
Thessaloniki, October 18, 1996
NEWS IN DETAIL
 GREECE'S PRESIDENT SEES UNION OF HEARTS ON NATIONAL ISSUES
Lamia, October 18 (M.P.A.)President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos stated that he notes a "union of hearts" throughout the country when it comes to national issues.
The President spoke in Lamia where he attended festivities commemmorating the 160-year mark since the founding of the municipality and the 52 years since the city's liberation from occupation forces.
"There may be different points of view... which is how it is supposed to be in democracies," the President said, " but when it comes to supporting national rights, the independence of pride and integrity, in other words all (the elements) which constitute a modern proud nation, we are all in agreement."
 PRIME MINISTER OFFICIATES PASOK'S CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING
Athens, October 18 (M.P.A.)"A victory salute" was offered by the Prime Minister and PASOK President Kostas Simitis to all of the party's officials, in opening the two-day meeting of PASOK's Central Committee.
"The electoral outcome gives PASOK the historic opportunity to be the party that will lead the country to the year 2000," the Premier stated.
Mr. Simitis also referred to the party's political action axes and pointed out that officials should be appreciated from the areas that supported the party during the recent elections.
Moreover, the Prime Minister spoke of a crisis in the main opposition party New Democracy and emphasized the need to develop PASOK's social-oriented side.
 DEFENSE MINISTER: A QUICK ACTION FORCE IS A FIRM ELEMENT OF DEFENSE
Athens, October 18 (M.P.A.)Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos stated today that the creation of a quick-action force is a firm element of the government's defense policy.
Mr. Tsohatzopoulos added that a productive defense policy is a prerequisite for the maintenance of peace and the decisive vindication and protection of national rights.
 GREECE'S DEFENSE AND EDUCATION MINISTERS TO VISIT CYPRUS
Athens, October 18 (M.P.A.)Greece's Ministers of Culture and Education, Evangellos Venizelos and Gerasimos Arsenis respectively, are expected to soon visit Cyprus.
The two ministers have been invited by the Cypriot Minister of Education and Culture Clare Angelidou who had discussed with them in Athens the new memorandum of cultural cooperation between the two countries which is expected to be ready by the end of the year.
 GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS MEET WITH LOCAL LEADERS OVER HALKIDIKI'S GOLD MINE
Thessaloniki, October 18 (M.P.A.)A government delegation conferred this morning at the Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace with leaders of the Halkidiki communities where the TVX Gold production project is stationed, in order to address the problems that have arisen from the protesting locals who want to block the operation.
Participating in the conference, headed by Macedonia- Thrace Minister Philippos Petsalnikos, are the undersecretaries of National Economy Christos Pachtas, Development Anna Diamantopoulou, l.abor Christos Protopappas and Agriculture Vasilis Geranides.
Three persons were injured last night and six others were arrested (but were later released) when episodes erupted near the multi-billion-drachma gold production project, operated by Canadian company TVX Gold, where angry locals protesting the project blocked the access road and clashed with police.
The local residents claim that the gold processing plant will hurt local tourism and damage the environment.
Earlier this week, the company's local supervisor stated that the firm will suspend its 270 billion USD - Greece's largest project during the past three decades- on October 23 if local residents continue to disrupt their work.
"The company is scheduled to suspend the operation of the mines if the road (to the mines) does not open before the end of October," said Costas Sinis, TVX's executive vice-president in Greece.
The gold processing plant has been stopped from starting operations for the past ten months.
According to Sinis, the company has so far lost 28 million USD from these delays and it has continued to pay its 500 workers without making any profits.
The area's residents appear divided as hundreds of local laborers and residents took part in a march held in the city of Poligyros on Monday, expressing their support to the gold production project.
TVX Gold foresees that the project will triple the area's gold output to 1.2 million ounces by 1998. The company bought the two mines in Halkidiki during December of 1995.
According to environmental impact reports published by TVX Gold, the project is environmentally sound as it will employ modern technology to process the gold.
 CYPRIOT PRESIDENT GLAFKOS CLERIDES TO MEET WITH SIR DAVID HANNAY
Nicosia, October 18 (M.P.A.)Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides and Britain's special emissary for the Cyprus problem Sir David Hannay will meet in Nicosia today in order to discuss constitutional issues.
The British diplomat met yesterday with the alternate special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General Gustav Feischel and with the Turkish- Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.
In the evening, President Clerides will meet with the leaders of Cyprus' political parties whom he will brief on his meeting with Sir Hannay.
 BOUTROS GHALI HAILS THE PREVENTIVE DIPLOMACY SEMINAR HELD IN FYROM
Skopje, October 18 (M.P.A.)The United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Ghali has saluted all the participants of the International Preventive Diplomacy Seminar which began in FYROM yesterday.
Mr. Ghali noted that the most important task of the UN is to prevent conflicts and that the UNPREDEP deployment in FYROM was the first preventive mission ever employed.
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