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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-07-13

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CONTENTS

  • [01] ATHENS REACTS TO TURKISH STATEMENTS ABOUT CYPRUS
  • [02] GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS ATHENS
  • [03] AMERICAN DEFENCE SECRETARY EXPECTED IN GREECE
  • [04] GREECE, ALBANIA, FYROM MEETING IN NORTHERN GREECE
  • [05] EU COMMISSIONER SATISFIED WITH GREEK FUND ABSORPTION RATE
  • [06] ANNIVERSARY OF TURKISH INVASION OF CYPRUS
  • [07] SURPLUS IN GREEK STATE REVENUE
  • [08] SERVICE FOR CONTROL OF FOODSTUFFS TO BE ESTABLISHED SOON
  • [09] GREEK PUBLIC ORDER MINISTER HOLDS CONSULTATIONS ON TERRORISM
  • [10] 15 EU FINANCE MINISTERS DISCUSS FINNISH ACTION PLAN
  • [11] ARCHBISHOP OF AMERICA LEAVES CONSTANTINOPLE AFTER TALKS
  • [12] FOREIGN UNDERSECRETARY GOES TO BRUSSELS

  • [01] ATHENS REACTS TO TURKISH STATEMENTS ABOUT CYPRUS

    Athens has strongly reacted to Turkish prime minister Bulent Ecevit's statement that the Cyprus issue was settled with the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974. Commenting on Mr Ecevit's statements, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said that they constituted an unprecedented provocation towards the international community and revealed the aggressive character of Ankara's policies. Mr Reppas added that the Turkish claims could not cover up illegal acts or impede Cyprus' course, stressing they would have unfavorable consequences for Ankara. Also commenting on Mr Ecevit's statements, the New Democracy party press spokesman, Aris Spiliotopoulos, said that Ankara was showing its real face. On the occasion of Greek-German talks in Athens, Mr Ecevit said in a televised interview that the Cyprus issue was no longer a problem since the creation of the self-styled Turkish Cypriot state. He also claimed the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus had put an end to the war on the island, while for 25 years now there was real peace and there was no denying that reality.

    [02] GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS ATHENS

    German foreign minister Joschka Fischer, who is on an official visit to Athens, yesterday met with his Greek counterpart Yorgos Papandreou to discuss the reconstruction of the Balkans, as well as the European Union's and Greece's relations with Turkey. He called on Mr Papandreou and prime minister Kostas Simitis to allow Turkey to be considered a candidate country for admission into the EU. Mr Fischer will visit Turkey next week. He is to call on the Turkish government to go ahead with democratisation measures. One of Bonn's requests will be the abolition of the death penalty and that Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan not be executed.

    [03] AMERICAN DEFENCE SECRETARY EXPECTED IN GREECE

    American defence secretary William Cohen is scheduled to arrive in Thessaloniki today to meet with Greek defence minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos. The two ministers will discuss the reconstruction of the Balkans and Greek-Turkish relations. In Athens, tomorrow, Mr Cohen will have talks with prime minister Kostas Simitis and foreign minister Yorgos Papandreou to discuss Greece's role in the Balkans and the issue of combatting terrorism. Mr Cohen will also visit Turkey.

    [04] GREECE, ALBANIA, FYROM MEETING IN NORTHERN GREECE

    A tripartite meeting of Greece, Albania and the FYROM is to be held in the area of Prespes, northern Greece, tomorrow. From Tirana, Albanian foreign minister Paskal Milo said today that the three countries had agreed upon cooperation on a number of regional plans for the improvement of stability in the southeastern Balkans. Albania and Greece have also agreed on the construction of a natural gas pipeline from Algeria, which would end up in Albania and Greece through Italy, and of a highway passing through northern Greece which would end up in Croatia through Albania and Montenegro.

    [05] EU COMMISSIONER SATISFIED WITH GREEK FUND ABSORPTION RATE

    Padraig Flynn, European commissioner responsible for employment and social affairs, yesterday said he was fully satisfied with the course and absorption of allocations from the community fund to Greece. The commissioner made the statements after a visit yesterday afternoon to the Athens Employment Promotion Center in Kallithea. The EU official was accompanied by labour undersecretary Christos Protopapas, who also briefed Mr Flynn on the implementation of the national action plan for employment.

    [06] ANNIVERSARY OF TURKISH INVASION OF CYPRUS

    On the occasion of tomorrow's 25th anniversary of the Turkish invasion and occupation of part of Cyprus, the chairman of the New York city council, Peter Vallon, is to issue a resolution. The event is to be held at the New York city hall and will be attended by congressmen and city officials. Messages from Cypriot general consul Panayotis Iliadis, the World Coordinating Committee for the Cypriot Struggle, the Alliance for Human Rights, the Greek American Women's Council and other Greek American organizations, as well as from Greek officials, will be read during the event. On Tuesday, July 20th, a protest demonstration is to be held in Washington to be attended by many clergymen and political personalities. The demonstrators will march to the White House.

    [07] SURPLUS IN GREEK STATE REVENUE

    A surplus in state revenue in the first six month period of 1999, amounting to 276 billion drachmas, was recorded for the first time in many years, following the positive course of budget revenues last month. According to the official data released by the finance ministry yesterday, revenue last month marked an increase of 12.5% compared with the same period last year. On a half-yearly basis, revenues rose by 12.39%, well above a forecast of 5.83%.

    [08] SERVICE FOR CONTROL OF FOODSTUFFS TO BE ESTABLISHED SOON

    The establishment of a unified service to control foodstuffs is going ahead at a fast pace. Development minister Evangelos Venizelos said yesterday that the draft bill on the issue was sent to the parliamentary committee for working out draft bills and would be passed during the second summer recess session.

    [09] GREEK PUBLIC ORDER MINISTER HOLDS CONSULTATIONS ON TERRORISM

    Greek public order minister Mihalis Chrysohoidis is having talks on combatting terrorism with officials from the American state department, the CIA and the FBI.

    [10] 15 EU FINANCE MINISTERS DISCUSS FINNISH ACTION PLAN

    The 15 EU finance ministers met in Brussels yesterday and discussed proposals for the European economy and the action plan of the Finnish presidency of the EU on economic and monetary issues. Greek national economy minister Yannos Papantoniou, who represented Greece at the meeting, referred to the achievements of the Greek economy which he described as particularly positive and stressed that Greece's entry into European economic and monetary union would be made in accordance with government planning.

    [11] ARCHBISHOP OF AMERICA LEAVES CONSTANTINOPLE AFTER TALKS

    Talks in Fanari, Constantinople, between Greek Orthodox archbishop of America Spyridon and Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos ended last night. Following the meeting, archbishop Spyridon said that an announcement on his talks with the patriarch would be issued today. The statement leaves equally open the possibility of his replacement or stay at his post.

    [12] FOREIGN UNDERSECRETARY GOES TO BRUSSELS

    Foreign undersecretary Yannos Kranidiotis is leaving for Brussels today to meet with the new president of the European commission, Romano Prodi. The Greek official will seek to secure that the HQs of the organization for the reconstruction of the Balkans will be based in Thessaloniki, as agreed by the EU's 15 leaders during the latest Rio de Janeiro summit.
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