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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-02-24
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, February 24, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 TSOCHATZOPOULOS: GREECE WILL BE SUPPLIED WITH ARMAMENTS FROM ANY COUNTRY
Oslo 24 February (MPA)Greece will be supplied with armaments from any country, stated Greek Minister of Defence Akis Tsochatzopoulos from Oslo, Norway on his way to the North Pole.
His statement is regarded as a clear warning to Germany and the United States on the occasion of press publications and information according to which, the two NATO countries are not willing to supply Greece with "M-1" and "Leopard" armoured tanks. The statement leaves open the possibility for the purchase of Russian "T-80" armoured tanks, similar to those recently purchased by Cyprus.
 THE PRESIDENT OF LITHUANIA WILL VISIT THESSALONIKI ON WEDNESDAY
Thessaloniki 24 February (MPA)Lithuanian President Brazauskas will make a short visit to Thessaloniki on February 26 where he will stay for a few hours. He and his daughter will visit the archeological site of Vergina and later will visit Thessaloniki's Archeological Museum.
The Lithuanian President will be accompanied by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Transportation, Parliament deputies and the Lithuanian Ambassador to Athens.
 THE CURRENT ND LEADER FORMALLY ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDATURE FOR PARTY PRESIDENT
Athens 24 February (MPA)Main opposition party of New Democracy leader mr.Miltiades Evert with a written statement announced that he will be a candidate for the party Presidency in the party congress that will be held in March.
Mr.Evert mentions that the party congress will deal with the leadership issue to end the existing disputes, while regarding New Democracy's ideological and political platform, he said that it must move in the area of the popular center-right, stressing that the party needs to break away from the "old" and the outdated.
 THE GREEK BUSINESSMEN CLUB OFFERS ECONOMIC AID TO SCHOOLS AND ORPHANAGES IN BULGARIA
Sofia 24 February (MPA)The region's Club of Greek Businessmen has offered the sum of 2.000 dollars to a school in the city of Plovdiv in Bulgaria for the purchase of computers, while it has also offered 800.000 lev to an orphanage.
The Club's Chairman mr.Arvanitopoulos mentioned that to the center for the disabled in the city of Asenovgrad will be offered goods worth 1 million lev while the same amount of money has been offered for the purchase of goods to be delivered to the region's Young People's House.
 THE EU-CYPRUS ASSOCIATION COUNCIL MEETS TOMORROW
Brussels 24 February (MPA)The EU-Cyprus Association Council will meet tomorrow to promote the procedures for Cyprus' accession into the EU. The accession negotiations will begin 6 months after the end of the Inter-Governmental Conference as agreed, while the Association Council proceedings will not be affected by the problem created after the persistence shown by certain member-states and especially Germany, asking to be included in the text with the position shared by the "15" the phrase that in the proceedings for Cyprus' accession also participate the Turkish-Cypriot community.
Greece has rejected the compromise solution suggested by the Dutch EU Presidency according to which, the EU seeks to safeguard as soon as possible, the involvement to the accession process of all Cypriots, including the Turkish-Cypriot community.
Alternate Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou is expected to ask today for clarifications by the EU partners in the General Affairs Council meeting. This new element, concerning the Turkish- Cypriot involvement in the accession procedures, is interpreted in Brussels as a new means for exerting pressure on the Cypriot government in view of the intensification of the efforts aimed at reaching a solution for the Cyprus problem.
 THE LEADER OF THE "GREY WOLVES" CALLED ON HIS SUPPORTERS TO CLAIM THE HOUSES OF THE GREEK-CYPRIOTS IN FAMAGUSTA
Nicosia 24 February (MPA)The leader of the Turkish extreme-right organization "Grey Wolves" in the Turkish occupied territories in Cyprus Mehmet Aslan, called on his supporters to enter the vacant city of Famagusta and claim the houses of the Greek-Cypriots.
Mehmet Aslan maintained that the march scheduled to take place on March 2 will end up at the edge of Famagusta and stated provocatively that if someone likes any of the houses can write his name on its walls and it will be given to him.
Pseudo-minister of Agriculture in the Turkish occupied territories Kenan Atkin, the killer of Greek-Cypriot Solomos Solomou in last year's bloody incidents in Derynia, expressed his support to the efforts of the extremist organization stating that he backs this march wholeheartedly.
 TWO TURKISH SPY-AIRCRAFT VIOLATED NICOSIA'S AIR SPACE
Nicosia 24 February (MPA)Two Turkish spy-aicraft, specially equipt to take photographs, violated the Nicosia FIR last Thursday and flew over the sea regions of Rhodes-Cyprus and Paphos-Limassol, according to the Cypriot Broadcasting Company.
The Cypriot National Guard radars located the spy aircraft that first appeared 80 kilometers west of Paphos and then flew south of the British Base in Akrotiri.
According to information from the National Guard General Staff, the Turkish aircraft mission was to photograph targets related to the Joint Defence Doctrine between Greece and Cyprus. The Cypriot government has made a demarche to the United Nations protesting against the new provocative Turkish action.
 THE CYPRUS PROBLEM WILL BE RESOLVED ONLY IF THE UN RESOLUTIONS ARE IMPLEMENTED
Ankara 24 February (MPA)British special envoy to Cyprus Sir David Hanney stated upon his arrival in the Turkish capital, that the Cyprus problem will be resolved if the resolutions of the UN Security Council are implemented. The British diplomat during his visit to Turkey will have contacts with officials of the government of Prime Minister Erbakan.
The Turkish mass media reported that Sir David Hanney has stated that the Cyprus problem will be solved only through negotiations, without clarifying which parties will participate in those negotiations.
He stated that a solution to the problem will bring about the easing of the tension between Greece and Turkey. He also stressed, referring to the issue of the purchase of the Russian S-300 missile system by Cyprus, that the island must be demilitarized, adding that only this way Turkey will stop feeling threatened. He also clarified that he does not believe that the problem will be solved with Cyprus' demilitarization. He also said that the arms race in the island is a very unpleasant development.
 THE TURKISH-CYPRIOT PSEUDO-STATE WILL DECIDE TODAY ON THE RELEASE OF A GREEK-CYPRIOT
Nicosia 24 February (MPA)The Turkish-Cypriot regime in the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus is expected to decide today whether Greek-Cypriot Savvas Sidereniou will be released or be brought before a court.
The Greek-Cypriot was arrested last Friday when he lost his way and drove to the occupied territory of Achna by mistake.
 A NEW FRIENDSHIP PRIZE WILL BE AWARDED BY THE HELLENIC- TURKISH FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION
Istanbul 24 February (MPA)A new prize of friendship will be awarded, starting this year, by the Hellenic-Turkish Friendship Association established in Istanbul in 1996 by author Aziz Nesin. According to the Turkish newspaper "Cumhurriyet", this prize will be awarded for the first time in December to individuals who have contributed positivelly to the Greek-Turkish relations.
It should be noted that the Association has 43 founding members, among them Yasser Kemal, Melih Tzevdet Antay and Tzengiz Bektash, who said referring to the relations between the two countries that "we should stop poisoning our children".
 RUSSIAN SCIENTISTS UNDERTOOK TO MODERNIZE TWO OF KOZLODUI'S NUCLEAR REACTORS
Sofia 24 February (MPA)Russian scientists undertook to modernize the nuclear reactors No1 and No4 of Kozlodui nuclear plant in Bulgaria for the benefit of Bulgaria and Russia as well, stated Russian Undersecretary of Nuclear Energy mr.Resetnikov, according to the Bulgarian newspaper "Douma".
Based on his statements, the condition of the nuclear reactors was not a desperate one and the modernization aims at using new techniques in their operation. The Russian Undersecretary speculated that the participation of scientists from other countries in the modernization efforts of the nuclear reactors is a positive development and will contribute to the selection of the best technology.
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