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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-11-02

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CONTENTS

  • [01] SEA TRAGEDY WITH AT LEAST 12 PEOPLE DEAD
  • [02] PRIME MINISTER MEETS AMERICAN AMBASSADOR
  • [03] FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS CANADA
  • [04] LAST DETAILS OF 2000 STATE BUDGET DISCUSSED
  • [05] PRESIDENT OF MOLDAVIA VISITS GREECE
  • [06] EURO-DEPUTY PAULINE GREEN'S VIEWS ON EU ENLARGEMENT
  • [07] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH VISITS ALBANIA
  • [08] CULTURE MINISTER ATTENDS UNESCO MEETING IN PARIS
  • [09] UN SECRETARY GENERAL APPOINTS NEW CYPRUS REPRESENTATIVE
  • [10] JUDICIAL INVESTIGATION INTO PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTS
  • [11] 4.5 RICHTER EARTH TREMOR IN IOANNINA

  • [01] SEA TRAGEDY WITH AT LEAST 12 PEOPLE DEAD

    At least 12 people - possibly Kurdish illegal immigrants - were found dead this morning on the ship "Super Fast 3" which caught fire last night. There are fears the death toll will rise. The ship was heading from Patras to Italy. Four other passengers were slightly injured, but all 306 of them boarded lifeboats and were safely ferried to other ships which rushed to the scene, while the 106 crew members remained on board and put out the fire. The bodies were found after the fire was extinguished. It is believed the victims are Kurdish illegal immigrants because no traveling papers were found on them and they were hiding in the car deck where the fire broke out.

    [02] PRIME MINISTER MEETS AMERICAN AMBASSADOR

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis is to meet American ambassador in Athens Nicholas Burns today in view of president Bill Clinton's forthcoming official visit to Greece. Later today, Mr Simitis is to chair an informal meeting of the inner cabinet to discuss current political issues.

    [03] FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS CANADA

    Foreign minister George Papandreou-who is paying an official four day visit to Canada at the invitation of his Canadian counterpart Lloyd Axworthy-was warmly welcomed in Toronto by the Greek community. Today, Mr Papandreou is scheduled to go to Montreal, where he will have contacts with the Greek community, and then to Ottawa, where he will meet with Canadian prime minister Jacques Chretien, and on Wednesday with foreign minister Axworthy.

    [04] LAST DETAILS OF 2000 STATE BUDGET DISCUSSED

    National economy minister Yannos Papantoniou had a working session with prime minister Kostas Simitis yesterday and discussed the last details of the new state budget to be tabled in parliament on Tuesday. Mr Papantoniou expressed his optimism about the course of the Greek economy and ruled out the possibility of taking new measures to de-escalate inflation, while development minister Evangelos Venizelos also appeared reassuring on the issue.

    [05] PRESIDENT OF MOLDAVIA VISITS GREECE

    President of Moldavia Petro Luzinsky is paying an official visit to Athens for contacts with Greek leaders. Greece is backing Moldavia's accession to the European Union, prime minister Kostas Simitis said yesterday, following his meeting with the Moldavian president which focused on political and economic cooperation between the two countries.

    [06] EURO-DEPUTY PAULINE GREEN'S VIEWS ON EU ENLARGEMENT

    The European parliament's rapporteur on Cyprus' admission to the EU, Pauline Green, has said that should Turkey finally be nominated a candidate country for EU membership at the Helsinki summit, it would mean no more than what was secured at the Luxembourg summit. Mrs Green expressed the conviction that entry negotiations with Ankara would not begin, so long as Turkey continued to occupy part of Cyprus and did not respect human rights. She reiterated that Cyprus would become a member of the EU, stressing that she expected this would also be confirmed at the Helsinki summit. Meanwhile visiting speaker of the Cypriot house of representatives Spyros Kyprianou and a delegation of the Czech Senate's European Integration Committee had a meeting in Prague recently and discussed the progress of Cyprus and the Czech republic towards EU accession.

    [07] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH VISITS ALBANIA

    Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos of Constantinople today begins an official visit to Albania, where he will meet with Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania, and with the Albanian political leadership. According to an official announcement issued by the Patriarchate in Fanari, Constantinople, the talks will focus on matters of common interest, in addition to issues of concern to the Orthodox Church. The Ecumenical Patriarch will also visit Veratio, Korytsa and Argyrokastro.

    [08] CULTURE MINISTER ATTENDS UNESCO MEETING IN PARIS

    Culture minister Elizabeth Papazoi is in Paris to participate in a round-table discussion this morning, in the framework of a UNESCO conference on the subject "Civilisation and creativity - a globalized landscape." This afternoon, she is scheduled to attend a UNESCO award ceremony of the international Melina Merkouri prize for safeguarding cultural landscapes, which this year will be awarded to Latvia, Cuba and the Palestinian authority by UNESCO general director Federico Mayor.

    [09] UN SECRETARY GENERAL APPOINTS NEW CYPRUS REPRESENTATIVE

    On Monday, UN secretary general Kofi Anan notified the Security Council that he plans to appoint his aide on political issues, Alvaro Desoto, as the new UN special representative for the Cyprus issue.

    [10] JUDICIAL INVESTIGATION INTO PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTS

    At the prompting of justice minister Evangelos Yannopoulos, the Supreme court prosecutor general has ordered an urgent preliminary investigation into accusations leveled by New Democracy deputy Dimitris Kostopoulos that major construction companies are paying a 20% commission illegally to civil engineers of the environment, planning and public works ministry in order to secure contracts for public works. Environment minister Kostas Laliotis also called for a judicial inquiry.

    [11] 4.5 RICHTER EARTH TREMOR IN IOANNINA

    An earth tremor measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale occurred in the region of Ioannina early this morning, with its epicenter 15 km north of the city of Ioannina. So far, there have been no reports of casualties or damage.
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