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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-07-06

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CONTENTS

  • [01] OLYMPIC AIRWAYS' EMPLOYEES GO ON STRIKE TOMORROW
  • [02] UNESCO AND IOC ORGANIZED A WORLD SUMMIT IN PARIS
  • [03] SKANDALIDIS' STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT STEFANOPOULOS
  • [04] AN F-5 AIRCRAFT CRASHED YESTERDAY
  • [05] MARGARITA PAPANDREOU'S HEALTH IS CRITICAL
  • [06] LATSIS GROUP IS TO MAKE ITS COUNTER-OFFER
  • [07] TSOCHATZOPOULOS' STATEMENTS ON MILITARY SERVICE
  • [08] TALKS ON KOSOVO WOUND UP SUCCESSFULLY IN MOSCOW
  • [09] PRODI'S TOUR OF EUROPEAN CAPITALS

  • [01] OLYMPIC AIRWAYS' EMPLOYEES GO ON STRIKE TOMORROW

    The government secures the work posts in Olympic Airways as well as the public character of the airline, with proposals it handed in to the national air-carrier's Trade Union Associations yesterday. The Olympic Airways employees are asking for further clarifications, while at an extraordinary meeting last night the Board of the Airline's Trade Union Associations decided to stage the strike, which had been scheduled for tomorrow. Following the extraordinary meeting, the president of the Trade Union Associations, Athanasios Savidis, said the problems of Olympic Airways were expected to have been settled by the end of the week, adding he hoped peace would prevail for the rest of the season.

    [02] UNESCO AND IOC ORGANIZED A WORLD SUMMIT IN PARIS

    The world Summit on "Education and Sports for a Culture of Peace", organized by UNESCO and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), opened in Paris yesterday, with the participation of government and parliamentary delegations from all over the world. Greek foreign minister, George Papandreou, who presided over yesterday afternoon's session, referred to peace and culture for the creation of a better world. Earlier, Mr. Papandreou had met with the UN representative in Kosovo and Health minister of France Bernard Cousner. The two officials had talks on the restoration of political stability in Kosovo, the peaceful co-existence of all minorities and the reconstruction of the region.

    [03] SKANDALIDIS' STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT STEFANOPOULOS

    Following his meeting with the Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis, the secretary general of PASOK Kostas Skandalidis stressed that Kostis Stefanopoulos has proved a capable president of the republic, and should be relelected in the post. Mr. Skandalidis criricized the stand of the opposition political parties for being incapable to take a clear position on the issue. As regards the New Democracy party, Mr. Skandalidis pointed out that it linked the issue of the election of the Greek president with that of the parliamentary elections in order to serve its petty partisan politics.

    [04] AN F-5 AIRCRAFT CRASHED YESTERDAY

    The 25 year-old pilot officer Panagiotis Drivas was killed and flight lieutenant Stavros Stamatoyannis was seriously injured when trying to land an F-5 aircraft of the Greek Airforce near Macedonia airport in Thesaloniki yesterday morning.

    [05] MARGARITA PAPANDREOU'S HEALTH IS CRITICAL

    Margarita Papandreou, the ex-wife of founder of PASOK party Andreas Papandreou, is being hospitalized in Onasio Cardiosurgery Center, after a heart attack she had yesterday. The state of her health is described as critical.

    [06] LATSIS GROUP IS TO MAKE ITS COUNTER-OFFER

    Following the Piraeus Group move for the merging of Ergo Piraeus and Chios banks, Latsis Group is preparing to make its counter-offer.

    [07] TSOCHATZOPOULOS' STATEMENTS ON MILITARY SERVICE

    National defence minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos is examining the possibility of reducing the duration of military service in Greece. As he stated, this issue, which is being examined by the National Defence ministry, is combined with the general targets of the government's policy.

    [08] TALKS ON KOSOVO WOUND UP SUCCESSFULLY IN MOSCOW

    The discussions which took place between Russian and NATO military experts as regards the deployment of the Russian troops in Kosovo, were concluded in Moscow with success yesterday. The United Nations commissioner for the refugees, Santako Ogata, met yesterday, during her first day of her visit in Kossovo, with NATO representatives and Albanian refugees. Meanwhile, the Yugoslav minister responsible for the refugees, Bratislava Morina, has expressed her surprise for Mrs. Ogata's visit without first notifying Belgrade, stressing that, according to the United Nations resolution, Kossovo continues being an integral part of New Yugoslavia. Meanwhile, thousands of people demonstrated in Belgrade yesterday and in the city Leskovic demanding the Yugoslav president Slobodan Milocevic's resignation.

    [09] PRODI'S TOUR OF EUROPEAN CAPITALS

    Mandatory president of the European Commission Romano Prodi yesterday started his tour of european capitals from Vienna. This tour will help him to decide on the final set up of the new European commission, which will then convene informally in Brussels and will appear before the new European Council in order to have its approval.
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