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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-11-04

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] THE US PRESIDENT'S FORTHCOMING VISIT TO GREECE
  • [02] REACTION'S OVER WASHINGTON POST'S RECENT ARTICLE ON TERRORISM
  • [03] STATEMENTS ON THE NEW GREEK STATE BUDGET
  • [04] FEARS ABOUT MORE DEAD ON THE SUPER FAST 3 FERRY-BOAT
  • [05] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH VARTHOLOMEOS VISITS ALBANIA
  • [06] GREEK PRIME MINISTER VISITS SOFIA
  • [07] EARTH TREMOR IN THE PELOPONESE

  • [01] THE US PRESIDENT'S FORTHCOMING VISIT TO GREECE

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis will have meetings with political party leaders to brief them on the American president Bill Clinton's visit to Greece. Strong security measures are in force as of today at the Athens Hellinikon airport, in view of Mr Clinton's arrival.

    [02] REACTION'S OVER WASHINGTON POST'S RECENT ARTICLE ON TERRORISM

    An American state department announcement that refers to a recent publication of Washington Post says that the statements attributed to anonymous American officials, according to which suspects of terrorist actions are connected with the Greek government do not express the US policy. The announcement was issued following strong reaction by the Greek government and a relative protest demarche by the Greek ambassador in Washington. A previous state department announcement was stressing that both Washington and Athens were dissatisfied at the fact that no member of the terrorist organization 17th November had ever been taken to justice, mentioning at the same time the close Greek American cooperation in the struggle against terrorism. The article of Washington post also refers to a possible involvement of 17th November with top Greek officials. The Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas has stated that the efforts of the Greek government in the combat of terrorism can not be questioned and said that similar views were out of reality and harmful to the Greek American relations. The American ambassador in Athens Nicholas Burns has described Washington Post's insinuations, as groundless and out of the American policy context.

    [03] STATEMENTS ON THE NEW GREEK STATE BUDGET

    The 2000 Greek state budget was tabled in parliament last night, while the inter-parliamentary committee will hold a session on the issue on November 16th. The national economy minister Yannos Papantoniou has said that the new budget is in full compliance with the goal for the country's admission to the Economic and Monetary Union. The state budget for the year 2000 is the last budget in drachmas, as the next state budget will be in Euro. The new budget aims to reduce the state deficit to 1.2%, maintain a downward course for the public debt and attain the inflation rate criteria by next March when Greece's application for admission to the Euro zone will be submitted. The budget further provides for lower taxes on incomes from salaries and private businesses as well as for reduced taxation on fuel consumption and cars, while the system of objective taxation criteria is abolished. The prime minister Kostas Simitis has underlined that Greece is entering a new era since the 2000 state budget offers more possibilities for social solidarity and social justice . The New Democracy party has described the budget as window dressing, while the Greek Communist party, the Coalition of the Left Wing and Progress and the Social Democratic Movement called it a pre-election budget. The party of the Liberals has said that the government that will come out in the next elections will be forced to withdraw the budget.

    [04] FEARS ABOUT MORE DEAD ON THE SUPER FAST 3 FERRY-BOAT

    The Greek authorities fear that the number of illegal immigrants who died from the fire on the ferry "Super Fast 3" will grow, as at least 8 Kurds, including a child that were on board the ship are still missing. So far, 11 people were found dead, while the authorities are looking for the driver of a lorry with Danish plates, as one of the bodies was found inside the truck. The chairman of the Pan-Hellenic Seamen's Association Antonis Dalakogiorgos has said that there's an organized network of port officers, seamen and drivers for the transport of illegal immigrants. The merchant marine minister Stavros Soumakis has not ruled out a possible involvement of port officers in the organized networks.

    [05] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH VARTHOLOMEOS VISITS ALBANIA

    The ecumenical patriarch Vartholomeos of Constantinople who is on an official visit to Albania, yesterday inaugurated works for the construction of a church in the city of Skodra. It is the first time that an ecumenical patriarch visits Albania. Yesterday, patriarch Vartholomeos met with the Albanian president Rexhep Mejdani, the prime minister Ilir Meta and other officials.

    [06] GREEK PRIME MINISTER VISITS SOFIA

    Stability and security in the Balkans will be the object of talks at a meeting between the Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis and the presidents of Romania and Bulgaria in Sofia today.

    [07] EARTH TREMOR IN THE PELOPONESE

    An earth tremor measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale occurred early this morning in the region of the Peloponese. The epicenter of the quake was located at the gulf of Kyparissia.
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