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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-09-20

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] AFTERSHOCKS IN ATTICA DECREASING BUT SCHOOL YEAR POSTPONED
  • [02] OFFICIALS VISIT THE HOMELESS
  • [03] MAYOR OF CONSTANTINOPLE VISITS QUAKE-HIT REGIONS IN ATTICA
  • [04] ONE MORE VICTIM OF MID-AIR ACCIDENT
  • [05] GREEK AND TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTERS MEET IN NEW YORK
  • [06] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT RESPONDS POSITIVELY TO CYPRUS INITIATIVE
  • [07] NEW ARCHBISHOP OF AMERICA'S FIRST SERVICE
  • [08] EUROPEAN YOUTH COORDINATING COMMITTEE'S SESSION ENDS

  • [01] AFTERSHOCKS IN ATTICA DECREASING BUT SCHOOL YEAR POSTPONED

    Seismologists have given assurances that the post-seismic activity in Attica is developing normally. They reiterated that the September 7th earthquake was the main one and that another major tremor is not expected in the near future. Aftershocks are continuing, but they are decreasing in both magnitude and frequency. Meanwhile the start of the school year in state schools in north-western Attica, the area worst hit in the earthquake, has been postponed for yet another week, to ensure that school buildings are safe. Schools elsewhere in Attica will open today, while 80 schools in Piraeus which suffered damage from the quake will open on Wednesday. Overall, 85% of schools in Attica will open today. The education minister, Gerasimos Arsenis, visited the quake-stricken areas yesterday. The chairman of the School Buildings Organization, Dimitris Skamnakis, said that very thorough checks on school buildings were being carried out and that no school would open unless it were absolutely safe.

    [02] OFFICIALS VISIT THE HOMELESS

    The interior minister, Vasso Papandreou, visited Menidi yesterday to see for herself the conditions under which the earthquake survivors were living. The opposition New Democracy party leader, Kostas Karamanlis, visited Anthoupolis and Peristeri and said the state mechanism had proved to be inadequate to cope with a disaster of this magnitude. At the first official session of the new European Commission, the Greek commissioner, Anna Diamantopoulou, underlined that the EU would have to overcome any legislative problems very soon so that Greece could receive funds to deal with the repercussions of the recent earthquake. The environment minister, Kostas Laliotis, said yesterday that the first 130 prefabricated homes would be erected in the district of Metamorphosis in two weeks' time and that procedures were already under way for the inspection of suitable sites in 13 municipalities in Attica. Meanwhile further cases of food poisoning were reported yesterday in the camps of those made homeless by the earthquake.

    [03] MAYOR OF CONSTANTINOPLE VISITS QUAKE-HIT REGIONS IN ATTICA

    In a separate development, the mayor of Constantinople, Ali Mufit Gurtuna, arrived in Athens yesterday to offer his condolences to the Athenian people. His trip is in response to a visit to Constantinople on August 25th by the mayor of Athens, Dimitris Avramopoulos, who had expressed the hope that the disaster in Turkey would mark the beginning of peaceful co-existence between the Greek and Turkish peoples. The two mayors visited the quake-stricken areas yesterday, and today Mr Gurtuna, accompanied by Mr Avramopoulos, will be received by the Greek president, Kostis Stefanopoulos. Mr Gurtuna said the solidarity shown by the people of Greece and Turkey could be a bridge of friendship between the two countries, while Mr Avramopoulos pointed out that the visit could have major significance if the political leaderships understood the messages sent by the two peoples.

    [04] ONE MORE VICTIM OF MID-AIR ACCIDENT

    Personnel at Greek State Radio and Television were shocked yesterday to learn of the death of 50-year-old cameraman Panagiotis Poulos, who was seriously injured in last week's mid-air accident over Bucharest. Six other people died in the accident, including Greece's alternate foreign minister, Yannos Kranidiotis and his 23-year-old son. Panagiotis Poulos, who died yesterday afternoon in an Athens hospital, was the third victim of the accident to be working with the state broadcasting corporation. The Association of Cameramen has said it will establish an annual prize bearing his name for television cameramen. Cables of condolence were sent by the press minister, Dimitris Repas, the opposition New Democracy party and the Coalition of the Left Wing and Progress. The other person also gravely injured, foreign ministry diplomat Grigoris Papadopoulos, remains in critical condition in hospital. As investigations into the cause of the accident continue, the aircraft's two black boxes are now in Germany for examination. The plane's captain and co-pilot have attributed the accident to failure of the automatic pilot system.

    [05] GREEK AND TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTERS MEET IN NEW YORK

    The Greek foreign minister, Giorgos Papandreou, had an unscheduled meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Ismail Cem, in New York yesterday at which they agreed to table a proposal at the UN General Assembly for the establishment of a joint emergency action committee. The two foreign ministers will meet again on Thursday in the presence of the American secretary of state, Madeleine Albright.

    [06] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT RESPONDS POSITIVELY TO CYPRUS INITIATIVE

    In his address to the UN General Assembly and during the contacts which he and the Cypriot foreign minister, Iannis Kassoulidis, will have in New York, the Cypriot president, Glafkos Kliridis, will emphasise that the Cypriot side will respond positively to the current initiative in the Cyprus issue. The Cypriot government spokesman, Michalis Papapetrou, said President Kliridis will underline the Cypriot side's determination to proceed with a substantial and unconditional dialogue aimed at a Cyprus settlement. Mr Papapetrou also called on the international community to put pressure on the Turkish-Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, to abandon his intransigent stance.

    [07] NEW ARCHBISHOP OF AMERICA'S FIRST SERVICE

    The enthronement of the new Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, Dimitrios, took place at the Aghia Triada Cathedral in New York yesterday. The Archbishop officiated his first service in the presence of the leadership of the Greek foreign ministry, headed by foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou. The service was also attended by a delegation of the Greek parliament and representatives of Greek Americans. During a meeting with Archbishop Dimitrios, Mr Papandreou expressed the Greek government's full confidence in his person and also conveyed the best wishes of the prime minister and the cabinet. Foreign undersecretary Grigoris Niotis and Greek deputies are to meet the Archbishop today.

    [08] EUROPEAN YOUTH COORDINATING COMMITTEE'S SESSION ENDS

    The two-day session of the European Youth Coordinating Committee ended in Thessaloniki last night. The meeting was aiming at finding solutions to the problems Greeks abroad are facing and especially the problems of young people.
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