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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-07-08

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <ert.ntua.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] GREEK GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS DISCUSS FUEL PRICES
  • [02] CONSULTATIONS ON ORGANIZATION FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF BALKANS
  • [03] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT'S LETTER TO UN SECRETARY GENERAL
  • [04] SESSIONS OF INTERNATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHIC COMMITTEE IN PARIS
  • [05] PASOK EXECUTIVE BUREAU APPROVES PROPOSALS AFTER EUROELECTIONS
  • [06] EUROPEAN SOCIALIST GROUP ELECTS OFFICIALS
  • [07] GREEK MINISTERS DENY STATEMENTS BY MANAGER OF SPATA AIRPORT
  • [08] US DEFENCE SECRETARY TO VISIT GREECE
  • [09] FAMOUS MANUSCRIPT EXHIBITED IN BALTIMORE
  • [10] NEW CRISIS IN ITALIAN-TURKISH RELATIONS

  • [01] GREEK GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS DISCUSS FUEL PRICES

    The progress of the Greek economy and in particular the inflation rate was the focus of yesterday's meeting of the government's economic staff, chaired by prime minister Kostas Simitis. In statements he made at the end of the meeting, national economy minister Yannos Papantoniou said that for the time being the government would not go ahead with a reduction in the special consumer tax to hold back fuel prices. Mr Papantoniou added that a final decision on the issue would be made in the fall, admitting however that fuel price increases in the international market would complicate efforts for a lower inflation rate. The national economy minister appealed to businessmen to freeze prices, stressing that decisions about tax cuts would be made later to allow the government to have a better picture of the situation. Meanwhile, fuel prices are up, gasoline is more expensive by 7 drachmas and diesel oil by 3.4 drachmas a liter as of today.

    [02] CONSULTATIONS ON ORGANIZATION FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF BALKANS

    Alternate foreign minister Yannos Kranidiotis had consultations in Brussels yesterday with EU commissioner Hans van den Broek and other European Commission officials on the establishment of the Organisation for the Reconstruction of the Balkans in Thessaloniki, on the basis of the political agreement reached recently at the Rio de Janeiro summit. Mr Kranidiotis has made it quite clear that Greece does not plan to back down on the issue of the Organization's headquarters and expects the European Commission to respond positively to the political decision made recently by the 15 EU leaders. The issue of the organization's headquarters is expected to be discussed at tomorrow's meeting of the committee of permanent representatives of the 15 EU member states. In a related development, the bureau of the European Socialist party met in Brussels on Tuesday with the participation of Greek national defence minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos and alternate foreign minister Yannos Kranidiotis. After the meeting, Mr Tsohatzopoulos referred to the implementation of the stability programme for the Balkans.

    [03] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT'S LETTER TO UN SECRETARY GENERAL

    In a letter he sent recently to UN secretary general Kofi Annan, Cypriot president Glafkos Kliridis outlines the real dimension of the Cyprus issue and the positions of the Greek Cypriots regarding the points mentioned in Mr Annan's latest report. The letter makes special mention of Mr Annan's statements in London about rescinding earlier commitments and presents the situation in its true light. President Kliridis points out that paragraph 5 of Mr Annan's report promotes an upgrading of the Turkish Cypriots which runs counter to UN Security Council resolutions. Mr Kliridis also refers to the meaning of political equality as mentioned in the UN secretary general's report in 1990.

    [04] SESSIONS OF INTERNATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHIC COMMITTEE IN PARIS

    The sessions of the International Oceanographic Committee which opened on June 27th at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris ended yesterday. Greece was re-elected member of the executive bureau of the world organization, while Turkey was excluded. Furthermore, the contribution of the Greek permanent delegation to UNESCO was described as important. Besides other responsibilities, the committee is also dealing with issues of continental shelf. Heading the Greek delegation was the director of the Oceanographic Institute, Georgios Chronis.

    [05] PASOK EXECUTIVE BUREAU APPROVES PROPOSALS AFTER EUROELECTIONS

    The executive bureau of the ruling PASOK party yesterday approved the body's proposals on the results of the recent Euroelections and the party's re-organization. The proposals will be submitted for voting at the party's central committee session tomorrow. As the secretary of the Pasok central Committee Kostas Skandalidis has stated, prime minister Kostas Simitis described the meeting of the central committee as crucial regarding the political climate that will be formed and called on party cadres to keep a political consensus regarding the priorities in both the government and the party.

    [06] EUROPEAN SOCIALIST GROUP ELECTS OFFICIALS

    The former speaker of the Europarliament, Spaniard Enrique Baron Crespo, was elected chairman of the Europarliament's Socialist group, while the head of the Greek ruling PASOK party delegation, Yorgos Katiforis, obtained the place of deputy chairman.

    [07] GREEK MINISTERS DENY STATEMENTS BY MANAGER OF SPATA AIRPORT

    Referring to recent statements by the German general manager of the airport in Spata that there is an agreement that the airport may operate in March 2001 with or without the installations of Olympic Airways, environment and public works minister Kostas Laliotis and transport minister Tasos Mantelis have denied the statements.

    [08] US DEFENCE SECRETARY TO VISIT GREECE

    US defence secretary William Cohen will visit Greece next Tuesday and Wednesday, in the framework of his 8 day tour of Europe.

    [09] FAMOUS MANUSCRIPT EXHIBITED IN BALTIMORE

    A famous manuscript, Archimedes' palimpsest, will be exhibited in Baltimore till September the 5th. Experts using the most advanced methods will try to decipher it.

    [10] NEW CRISIS IN ITALIAN-TURKISH RELATIONS

    A new crisis has broken out in Italian-Turkish relations, following the death sentence the Turkish state security court passed recently on Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan. The Italian government will appeal to the UN Security council to organize a conference on a peaceful settlement of the Kurdish issue within the year 2000 and will try to persuade Turkey not to go ahead with Ocalan's execution. Italy will also work towards sending to Turkey urgently a European delegation which will call on Turkey to respect human rights and give a political solution to the Kurdish issue. For his part, Turkish prime minister Bulent Ecevit has accused Italy of intervening in a Turkish democratic trial and called on Italy to be careful so as to avoid damaging beyond repair the two countries relations. Meanwhile, Iran has called on Turkey to withdraw its troops from northern Iraq and respect Iraq's territorial integrity.
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