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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-09-27

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CONTENTS

  • [01] OPPOSITION LEADER'S PRESS CONFERENCE IN THESSALONIKI
  • [02] RELIEF EFFORTS FOR ATTICA HOMELESS
  • [03] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH INAUGURATES CULTURAL CENTRE ON LEROS
  • [04] CYPRIOT FEDERATION OF AMERICA EVENT IN MANHATTAN
  • [05] TURKISH PRIME MINISTER TO VISIT USA
  • [06] MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR PAVLOS BAKOYANNIS
  • [07] MAJOR FIRE ON ISLAND OF CHIOS

  • [01] OPPOSITION LEADER'S PRESS CONFERENCE IN THESSALONIKI

    At a press conference in Thessaloniki yesterday, in the framework of his visit to the International Trade Fair, opposition New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis indicated he was in favour of early elections. He said his party would present its proposal for a new president of the republic in late January of the year 2000. Mr Karamanlis also criticised the government for its handling concerning the Athens stock exchange and called for no intervention in its functioning and efforts to upgrade the institution. On Saturday, Mr Karamanlis announced his party's economic programme, which includes boosting investments in small- and medium-sized enterprises as well as measures to combat unemployment. In reply to Mr Karamanlis' statements, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that the major opposition party was in a state of political inertia.

    [02] RELIEF EFFORTS FOR ATTICA HOMELESS

    Officials in Athens are making efforts to speed up procedures for improving the living conditions of the homeless in quake-hit regions in Attica. A team of Public Administration Auditors is expected to visit the quake-hit areas and make a list of problems, inform citizens and contribute to simplifying procedures so that government measures can be applied quickly and more effectively. Meanwhile, most schools in Athens prefecture will open normally today, but certain school buildings in Athens municipality which are under repair will open at a later date.

    [03] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH INAUGURATES CULTURAL CENTRE ON LEROS

    Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos of Constantinople yesterday inaugurated the Patriarchate's Dodecanese cultural centre on the island of Leros. On the second day of his visit to the island yesterday, Patriarch Vartholomeos officiated at a special service and laid a wreath at the war memorial dedicated to the fallen on board the destroyer "Queen Olga" which was torpedoed in the port of Leros during World War II. The Ecumenical Patriarch announced that he was offering to the Greek government the amount of 100,000 dollars for the needs of the quake-stricken population of Attica.

    [04] CYPRIOT FEDERATION OF AMERICA EVENT IN MANHATTAN

    Cypriot president Glafkos Kliridis has attended an event organized by the Cypriot Federation of America in Manhattan. Speaking at the event, president Kliridis pointed out that if the US exerted its influence, then the negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus issue based on UN Security Council resolutions would be possible. During the event, American senator Joseph Bidden was awarded the Cyprus justice prize, while the Cypriot Federation's charity prizes were awarded to Greek Americans from the Peloponnese, Georgia and Dimitrios Kaloidis, for their contribution to the Cypriot struggle. Speaking at the event, American state department special coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston indirectly called on the Turkish side to participate in a dialogue. He said the Cyprus problems would be one of the main issues to be discussed at Tuesday's meeting between American president Bill Clinton and visiting Turkish prime minister Bulent Ecevit. For his part, senator Bidden pointed out that prospects and opportunities for resolving the Cyprus issue were greater than ever today and criticized those who describe the present situation on Cyprus as one of relative peace.

    [05] TURKISH PRIME MINISTER TO VISIT USA

    Meanwhile, during Mr Ecevit's five-day official visit to Washington, American officials are expected to exploit the recent good climate in Greek-Turkish relations in the wake of the quakes in both countries in order to achieve progress in the Cyprus issue. In an interview with the Cypriot newspaper "Fileleftheros", Cypriot foreign minister Yannakis Kassoulidis said much would depend concerning future Cyprus developments on the forthcoming meeting between president Bill Clinton and Mr Ecevit. Mr Ecevit is to try to convince president Clinton to exert pressure on the International Monetary Fund for a loan to Turkey.

    [06] MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR PAVLOS BAKOYANNIS

    A religious and political memorial service for the late New Democracy deputy Pavlos Bakoyannis was held in his hometown of Velota in Eurytania, continental Greece, yesterday. Ten years ago, Pavlos Bakoyannis was assassinated by the terrorist organization "November 17th".

    [07] MAJOR FIRE ON ISLAND OF CHIOS

    A major fire has been raging for 4 days now in north-western Chios. Thousands of acres of woodland have been reduced to ashes so far and two firemen were slightly injured.
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