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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-07-15

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ALBANIAN HIJACKS INTERCITY BUS IN NORTHERN GREECE
  • [02] US DEFENCE SECRETARY HAS TALKS WITH GREEK LEADERS
  • [03] GREECE, ALBANIA AND THE FYROM HOLD HISTORIC MEETING
  • [04] GREEK POSITIONS ON TURKEY'S EU ADMISSION IRREVOCABLE
  • [05] TURKISH CYPRIOT LEADER'S INTERVIEW WITH DEUTSCHE WELLE
  • [06] INCIDENTS AFTER SEASIDE ROCK CONCERT NEAR ATHENS
  • [07] RENEWED BID FOR ERGOBANK TAKEOVER

  • [01] ALBANIAN HIJACKS INTERCITY BUS IN NORTHERN GREECE

    The bus hijacking by an armed Albanian who is holding 7 hostages continues. The bus is outside Florina, in the region of Palaistra. Strong police forces are on the alert to avert the hijacker's entry into Albania, as memories are still fresh of a similar incident two months ago, which resulted in the death of one hostage and the Albanian hijacker, following an unsuccessful attempt by the Albanian authorities to intervene.

    The hijacker is threatening to hurl a hand grenade whose safety pin he has pulled out and is demanding to be taken to Albania, plus a ransom of 250 million drachmas and two guns. Public order minister Mihalis Chrysohoidis has said Greek police have an overall plan to deal with the criminal and will put it into effect within Greek territory. Greek officials have kept away from the hijacked bus all reporters and TV cameras. Latest reports said that early today the Albanian hijacker refused to accept the money offered by police negotiators.

    [02] US DEFENCE SECRETARY HAS TALKS WITH GREEK LEADERS

    The new round of Greek-Turkish dialogue was described by visiting US defence secretary William Cohen as a very important step, following his meetings in Athens yesterday with prime minister Kostas Simitis and opposition New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis. Mr Cohen maintained that the United States was not exercising pressure, but was merely encouraging and assisting efforts to normalise relations between the two Balkan countries. After acknowledging Greece's leading role in the reconstruction of the Balkans, the American defence secretary said he was satisfied with assurances and guarantees given by prime minister Simitis that Greece would deal effectively with terrorism.

    Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said Mr Cohen's visit to Greece was a positive step and pointed out that Athens and Washington held similar views on the basic principles of reconstructing the Balkans. Referring to a report in the Greek daily newspaper, To Vima, setting out 8 proposals by the American FBI for dealing with terrorism in Greece, Mr Reppas said it involved a non-paper. Meanwhile, anti-war demonstrations have been organised in central Athens by peace movements, and will continue today, in protest at Mr Cohen's visit to Greece.

    [03] GREECE, ALBANIA AND THE FYROM HOLD HISTORIC MEETING

    The foreign ministers of Greece, Albania and the FYROM have described their meeting at Prespes yesterday as an historic one. They discussed issues related to cooperation for the development of the region and the reconstruction of the Balkans. Next week the prime ministers of the three countries will meet in Sarajevo to put an official seal on tripartite cooperation.

    [04] GREEK POSITIONS ON TURKEY'S EU ADMISSION IRREVOCABLE

    Greece's position regarding the start of procedures for Turkey's admission to the European Union is irrevocable, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas has said. He added that developments in the Cyprus issue are directly linked to these procedures.

    [05] TURKISH CYPRIOT LEADER'S INTERVIEW WITH DEUTSCHE WELLE

    In an interview with the German radio station, Deutsche Welle, Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash claimed there was no other solution to the Cyprus issue but a confederation, and said he was willing to participate in talks only if he was called in as a state leader. He added that the self-styled Turkish Cypriot state had been united with Turkey and that if Cyprus' application for EU admission was accepted, then the island would become officially divided.

    [06] INCIDENTS AFTER SEASIDE ROCK CONCERT NEAR ATHENS

    Four people were wounded, including a woman police officer, during incidents at an Athens seaside resort at the close of a rock concert. The incidents began when youngsters tried to enter a bar near the concert's venue and were pushed back by security. They set fire to three cars in the bar's parking lot and also caused damage to 20 more cars by throwing stones.

    [07] RENEWED BID FOR ERGOBANK TAKEOVER

    In a renewed bid for the takeover of Ergobank, the Latsis group now offers 2.4 shares of Eurobank plus 17,000 drachmas for each Ergobank share, a considerable improvement on its previous offer of 2.2 Eurobank shares plus 4,000 drachmas.
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