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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-01-17
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, January 17, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 CYPRIOT PRESIDENT TO MEET WITH PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS IN ATHENS TODAY
Athens, January 17 (MPA)The President of the Republic of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides was received by the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos in Athens this morning and will meet with the Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis later today.
Messgrs. Clerides and Simitis will discuss Cyprus' purchase of the Russian-made surface-to-air S-300 anti-aircraft missiles, the United States' proposal for a flight moratorium over Cyprus, as well as the recent visits conducted by the U.S. official Carey Cavanaugh to Nicosia, Athens and Ankara.
Upon his arrival in Athens last night, President Clerides stated that the missiles will be deployed in Cyprus 16 months from now.
The President of the Cypriot Parliament Spyros Kyprianou has emphasized that the agreement to deploy the six S-300 missiles in Cyprus will be maintained. A.F.
 NO MORE ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN GREECE
Athens, January 17 (MPA)Greece's Education Ministry is on the verge of abolishing mandatory university admissions tests, the nerve-racking experience for the country's thousands of high-schoolers who have their eyes set on college.
A Cabinet session held yesterday dealt exclusively with school and academic issues and, afterwards, the Minister of Education Gerasimos Arsenis stated that there will be changes made in the student-selection process, as well as in the course of studies.
The state university deans have embraced these changes, stating that doing away with admissions tests would grant an equal opportunity to all and that they would put an end to the Greeks' "collegiate immigration" to universities of neighboring countries. A.F.
 EU FOREIGN MINISTERS TO DISCUSS CYPRUS' S-300 PURCHASE ON MONDAY
Brussels, January 17 (MPA)The Foreign Ministers of the European Union's member-states will discuss the matter of Cyprus' S-300 anti-aircraft missiles purchase from Russia, during a General Affairs Council to be held on Monday.
According to BBC, the EU's rotating presidency -currently held by the Netherlands- has opted to bring forth this issue in a package discussion which will include the Turkish reactions over the missiles purchase and the United States' intermediatory efforts.
Yesterday, the European Union's Dutch Permanent Representative ruled out the possibility of a common statement being issued by the "15" which would express dissatisfaction over Cyrpus' purchase.
Moreover, when asked by Euro-deputies over Cuprus' accession to the EU, Dutch Foreign Minister Hans van Mirlo responded that the Cyprus-EU Association Council has been scheduled for February 25. He stated also that while the EU's expansion is not expected to be delayed because of the Cyprus issue, "as long as the problem remains unsolved it will be hard to conduct a positive dialogue." A.F.
 SEAMEN'S STRIKE TO CONTINUE FOR FOUR MORE DAYS, SHIPS REMAIN DOCKED
Piraeus, January 17 (MPA)Greek ships will remain at port for four more days, after seamen renewed their decision to strike for improved benefits, while, further narrowing travel availability to-and-from the country, civil aviation workers will also conduct brief work stoppages and 24-hour strikes.
Greek ships will be docked at ports until early Tuesday morning. Aviation workers will conduct four-hour work stoppages today and Sunday, between 2-6 pm. Aircraft electricians plan 24- hour, successive strikes for tomorrow, Sunday and Monday. A.F.
 LEADERS OF PAN-MACEDONIAN UNIONS TO BE IN THESSALONIKI ON SUNDAY
Thessaloniki, January 17 (MPA)The presidents of the Pan-Macedonian Unions of the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia will be in Thessaloniki on January 19-21 in order to organize their upcoming International Congress.
The Unions' leaders wil meet with the Minister of Macedonia- Thrace Philippos Petsalnikos and the city's Mayor Konstantinos Kosmopoulos. The Seventh World Congress will be held in Thessaloniki between the 20th and 27th of July, 1997.
A press conference has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, at Thessaloniki's International Fairgrounds. A.F.
 EU-PARLIAMENT ISSUES RESOLUTION ON TIES WITH TURKEY, SOLUTION FOR CYPRUS
Strasburg, January 17 (MPA)In a joint resolution passed yesterday, the European Parliament asks the EU Commission and the Ministerial Council to respect its previously-stated positions regarding the issue of human rights in Turkey.
In the past, the European Parliament had stated that Turkey must improve its human rights record before its ties with the European Union progress.
Moreover, the resolution refers to Cyprus by expressing the hope that the involved parties will commit themselves to successfully resolving the issue of the island's division, all within the framework of the United Nations' Security Council. A.F.
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