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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-11-03

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CONTENTS

  • [01] STRICT SECURITY MEASURES IN VIEW OF PRESIDENT CLINTON'S VISIT
  • [02] TEN KURDS DIE IN FIRE ON FERRY-BOAT
  • [03] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH WELCOMED IN ALBANIA
  • [04] FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS GREEK COMMUNITIES IN CANADA
  • [05] FOREIGN MINISTER TO VISIT CYPRUS IN NOVEMBER
  • [06] FORMER FOREIGN MINISTER CALLS FOR BRIEFING ON CRITICAL ISSUES
  • [07] GREEK EU COMMISSIONER INITIATES CONTACTS WITH TRADE UNIONS
  • [08] 2000 STATE BUDGET TO BE TABLED IN PARLIAMENT TODAY
  • [09] GREEK EXPERTS EXAMINE DAMAGE TO PARTHENON MARBLES

  • [01] STRICT SECURITY MEASURES IN VIEW OF PRESIDENT CLINTON'S VISIT

    Strict security measures will be put into force today at Athens Hellinikon airport in view American president Bill Clinton's forthcoming visit to Greece. Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said after an inner cabinet session yesterday that Greece will receive the US president like a democratic and hospitable country. Mr Reppas expressed the hope that the talks to be held in Athens would further boost cooperation between the two countries. He also referred to the Cyprus issue which remains unresolved, adding that Greek-Turkish relations were going through a period giving rise to opportunities for normalization, provided Turkey respected international law and international treaties. The inner cabinet session also focused on expected reactions to president Clinton's visit. Reports said it was ascertained that the country's prestige should be safeguarded at international level. Meanwhile the National Student Union has decided to start the events marking the anniversary of the Athens polytechnic university student uprising on November 13th, the day of the American president's arrival in Greece.

    [02] TEN KURDS DIE IN FIRE ON FERRY-BOAT

    Ten people, 2 men and 8 women -- possibly Kurdish illegal immigrants-were found dead on Monday, on the ferry "Super Fast 3" which caught fire while sailing from Patras to Italy. The cause of the tragic incident is not yet clear. The Italian news agency ANSA has quoted statements of Italian passengers who claim that no alarm sounded when the fire broke out on the ship. The same news agency reported that the passengers were advised to leave their cabins and go up on deck half an hour later. It also reported that illegal immigrants who disembark from ships coming from Greece or Turkey are often discovered in Ancona. About 200 Kurds demonstrated in Patras last night in protest at the death of the 10 passengers.

    [03] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH WELCOMED IN ALBANIA

    In Tirana, the Albanian government received Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos of Constantinople with the honours due to a head of state. Patriarch Vartholomeos will pay a lengthy visit to Albania and will meet with political and religious leaders, also officiating at services in various Orthodox churches throughout the country.

    [04] FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS GREEK COMMUNITIES IN CANADA

    Foreign minister Giorgos 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. Mr Papandreou also visited Montreal yesterday for contacts with the Greek community. Today he is travelling to Ottawa, where he will meet with his Canadian counterpart to discuss issues of mutual interest.

    [05] FOREIGN MINISTER TO VISIT CYPRUS IN NOVEMBER

    The Greek foreign minister will visit Cyprus in November and according to reliable sources in Nicosia, his visit will take place after the summit of the Organization for Security and cooperation in Europe scheduled to be held in Constantinople. Meanwhile Cypriot government spokesman Michalis Papapetrou has stated that American officials have given assurances to Nicosia that the Cyprus issue will be at the top of the agenda of president Clinton's talks in Athens and Ankara.

    [06] FORMER FOREIGN MINISTER CALLS FOR BRIEFING ON CRITICAL ISSUES

    Former foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos has called for foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou to be summoned before the house foreign affairs committee to brief its members on critical issues such as American president Bill Clinton's forthcoming visit to Greece and the Helsinki EU summit. Backing Mr Pangalos' request are deputies Konstantinos Mitsotakis, Maria Damanaki, Yannis Kapsis, Lefteris Veryvakis, Karolos Papoulias and Stelios Papathemelis. Deputy foreign minister Christos Rokofyllos has said the government had no problem discussing foreign policy issues.

    [07] GREEK EU COMMISSIONER INITIATES CONTACTS WITH TRADE UNIONS

    Greek EU commissioner responsible for employment issues Anna Diamantopoulou is effecting a series of meetings with Greek trade unions in the framework of her meetings with various national labour federations in EU member-states. Mrs Diamantopoulou yesterday met with the boards of the General Confederation of Greek Workers, the Athens Journalists' Union and the Press Association of Greece in a bid to establish a constant flow of information on developments in the EU regarding employment. The issues discussed included EU labour policy, the important matter of social dialogue particularly as regards the EU's social policy, legislative work for the protection of working people from mass lay-offs, the 35 hour working week and other issues. All the trade unions have described Mrs Diamantopoulou's initiative as particularly positive.

    [08] 2000 STATE BUDGET TO BE TABLED IN PARLIAMENT TODAY

    The 2000 Greek state budget will be tabled in parliament today. Meanwhile leader of the Coalition of the Left Wing and Progress Nikos Konstantopoulos decided yesterday to send letters to the Greek Communist Party and the Democratic Social Movement inviting them to joint action for the establishment of a simple proportional electoral system. Democratic Social Movement leader Dimitris Tsovolas said he would accept the proposal.

    [09] GREEK EXPERTS EXAMINE DAMAGE TO PARTHENON MARBLES

    A group of experts and scientists from the Greek culture ministry, headed by archaeologist professor Skoulikidis, who visited the British museum in London to examine the damage sustained by the Parthenon marbles, have completed the mission and are returning to Athens today. The scientists will submit a report to culture minister Elizabeth Papazoi. It will most probably be ready by late November, so as to be discussed at the scientific meeting organised by the British museum on 1st December.
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