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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-11-01

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PRIME MINISTER LAUNCHES VERBAL ATTACK ON NEW DEMOCRACY PARTY
  • [02] GREECE AND GERMANY TO ADOPT COMMON STAND ON EU BALKAN POLICY
  • [03] NO CHANGES IN AMERICAN PRESIDENT'S VISIT TO GREECE
  • [04] PRIME MINISTER TO MEET FRENCH OFFICIALS
  • [05] DEFENCE MINISTER REPRESENTS GREECE AT FUNERALS IN EREVAN
  • [06] 2000 STATE BUDGET TO BE DISCUSSED BY CABINET
  • [07] FIVE IRAQIS KILLED IN MINEFIELD
  • [08] FIRE IN SAMOS UNDER CONTROL
  • [09] MEASURES FOR ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [10] NEW OLYMPIC AIRWAYS FLIGHTS

  • [01] PRIME MINISTER LAUNCHES VERBAL ATTACK ON NEW DEMOCRACY PARTY

    From Arcadia, prime minister Kostas Simitis launched a strongly-worded attack on the opposition New Democracy party on Saturday, accusing it of scandal-mongering and attempting to undermine Greece's progress towards European economic and monetary union. He said New Democracy party officials had deliberately misinformed European Union officials regarding the true picture of the Greek economy. He added New Democracy was trying to shake the Greek people's trust in government work and the political stability prevailing in Greece. For his part, New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis, who toured the island of Chios, once more accused the government of corruption and lack of transparency. According to press reports, the New Democracy party is collecting evidence on public works contracts and state supplies in order to escalate its attack against the government.

    [02] GREECE AND GERMANY TO ADOPT COMMON STAND ON EU BALKAN POLICY

    During his meeting in Berlin yesterday with his German counterpart Joschka Fischer, Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou agreed that Greek and German diplomats should try to adopt a common stand on European policy in the Balkans and Euro-Turkish relations before the EU summit in Helsinki. Meanwhile in an interview yesterday with Cyprus Radio, former Greek foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos maintained that the upgrading of Turkey's relations with Europe should remain linked to the Cyprus issue. He said reaching agreement on the issue at the Helsinki summit would be no easy matter and that if Greece were to give its consent to the immediate opening of negotiations with Turkey as a candidate country, it would have to be accompanied by a series of measures aimed at reducing military tension on the island, a gradual process of disarmament and contacts between the two sides.

    [03] NO CHANGES IN AMERICAN PRESIDENT'S VISIT TO GREECE

    Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas reiterated yesterday that there had been no changes in American president Bill Clinton's schedule, during his upcoming two-day official visit to Greece on November 13th. Meanwhile the dean of the Athens Polytechnic University announced on Saturday that events to mark the anniversary of the 1973 student uprising would go ahead as planned on 17th November and would be totally separate from any possible demonstrations in protest at president Clinton's visit to Athens.

    [04] PRIME MINISTER TO MEET FRENCH OFFICIALS

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis is scheduled to meet with French President Jacques Chirac and prime minister Lionel Jospin on the sidelines of the conference of Socialist International, due to be held in Paris on the 8th and 9th November.

    [05] DEFENCE MINISTER REPRESENTS GREECE AT FUNERALS IN EREVAN

    Defence minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos represented the Greek government yesterday at the funeral of assassinated Armenian prime minister Vasgen Sarkisian. In statements he made, he expressed Greece's solidarity with the Armenian people.

    [06] 2000 STATE BUDGET TO BE DISCUSSED BY CABINET

    The Greek state budget of the year 2000, which is estimated to be exceeding the amount of ten trillion drachmas, will be discussed by the cabinet next Wednesday.

    [07] FIVE IRAQIS KILLED IN MINEFIELD

    In their effort to enter Greece illegally, five Iraqis lost their lives when they stepped into a minefield in the Evros region at the Greek-Turkish border. 16 other Iraqis were injured, while Greek mine specialists rescued 15 more illegal immigrants.

    [08] FIRE IN SAMOS UNDER CONTROL

    A fire which broke out three days ago in Kallithea and Aghia Paraskevi on the island of Samos was put under partial control yesterday evening.

    [09] MEASURES FOR ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE

    The stock market committee is actively preparing a series of measures for the Athens stock exchange to protect small investors and ensure transparency in trading. The measures will be ready in late 1999. Today, the head of the committee will outline the plan worked out by experts.

    [10] NEW OLYMPIC AIRWAYS FLIGHTS

    Olympic Airways manager Rod Lynch has announced that new flights of the national air-carrier will be connecting from now on, on a daily basis, Athens with Sydney, Johannesburg and Boston, plus two daily flights to New York, while the flight connecting Athens with Montreal will be discontinued.
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