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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-07-19

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF TURKISH INVASION OF CYPRUS COMMEMORATED
  • [02] GREECE WANTS THESSALONIKI FOR BALKAN RECONSTRUCTION BASE
  • [03] MEASURES TO CURB CRIME RATE AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
  • [04] PLANNING FOR NEW 2000 BUDGET BEGINS
  • [05] LABOUR MINISTRY PROGRAMME FOR THE UNEMPLOYED
  • [06] DECENTRALISATION OF MINISTRIES PLANNED

  • [01] 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF TURKISH INVASION OF CYPRUS COMMEMORATED

    Events commemorating tomorrow's 25th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus are taking place in Athens and Cyprus. The memory of the victims of the attack was honoured yesterday at all the island's churches. A memorial service was also held yesterday morning at the Athens cathedral, and wreaths were laid at the monument of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square, for those killed in the Cyprus tragedy 25 years ago. The Athens mayor and the Cypriot ambassador to Greece addressed the congregation. In Nicosia, the mothers of Greek Cypriots missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island and members of the Pan-Cypriot anti-occupation movement staged a hunger strike on the green line dividing the city, in protest at the continuing occupation of the island by Turkish troops. Yesterday, during the meeting of the Cypriot National Assembly, Cypriot president Glafcos Clerides briefed political party leaders on comments made by the United Nations secretary-general's special envoy for Cyprus, Ann Hercus. Because of Turkish inflexibility on the issue, she told the Cypriot president that the international community was limiting its expectations to the holding of direct talks between the leaders of the two communities on the island. Mr. Clerides has clarified that the talks will probably take place in late October or early November, while Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kassoulides said that the Greek-Cypriot side plans to be co-operative at the talks, but will not make concessions in order for them to be able to start. Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has stated that he will participate in the talks only if they are conducted between two states, since-he claimed-there are two peoples, two republics, two languages and two separate cultures in Cyprus. In the meantime, Ankara-in a show of aggression-has sent six warships to Kerynia port for the Turkish celebrations of the invasion.

    [02] GREECE WANTS THESSALONIKI FOR BALKAN RECONSTRUCTION BASE

    The EU Council of General Affairs will convene in Brussels today to examine developments in the Balkans, particularly the issue of the Headquarters of the Organization for the Reconstruction of the Balkans. Greece will be represented by foreign minister George Papandreou and deputy foreign minister Yannos Kranidiotis who will insist on the implementation of the decision taken in Rio de Janeiro, according to which the Headquarters of the Organization will be established in Thessaloniki.

    [03] MEASURES TO CURB CRIME RATE AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

    The police are continuing their investigations to locate possible accomplices of the Albanian bus hijacker, Arbin Zoufa, who had entered Greece in the past, as an illegal immigrant. Meanwhile, the government plans to implement measures to control the entry of illegal immigrants into Greece and curb the crime rate, seeking-at the same time-the broadest possible consensus of all the country's political forces on the issue. In an interview with the "Sunday Kathimerini" newspaper, Public Order Minister Michalis Chrysohoidis said that the anti-crime programme will aim not only at preventing criminals from entering Greece, but also at restoring citizens' sense of security. He added that anyone hiring immigrants or renting them rooms will be obliged to make a relative declaration to the police.

    [04] PLANNING FOR NEW 2000 BUDGET BEGINS

    The Greek government's economic staff is currently working on the basic outlines of next year's state budget. The new budget will place emphasis on curbing inflation, cutting public expenditures and increasing revenues. In the meantime, Prime Minister Costas Simitis is scheduled to announce in early September the economic policy on which the government will base its platform for the upcoming national elections next year. The measures to be announced by the prime minister include an increase in the level of untaxed income, abolition of the controversial objective criteria for the taxation of the self-employed, a decrease in fuel prices, hiring in the public sector and increases in pension payments.

    [05] LABOUR MINISTRY PROGRAMME FOR THE UNEMPLOYED

    A new Labour Ministry programme-to be announced at the end of the month-will provide subsidised jobs for 1,000 unemployed people, aged 45 to 64. To implement the project, the ministry will make funds of more than 2.1 billion drachmas available.

    [06] DECENTRALISATION OF MINISTRIES PLANNED

    By 2002, approximately 10 ministries are expected to have changed their addresses, in order to relieve congestion in the city centres of Athens and Piraeus. The budget for this initiative has been estimated at 26.5 billion drachmas.
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