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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-11-08

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CONTENTS

  • [01] GREECE PREPARES FOR PRESIDENT CLINTON'S VISIT
  • [02] PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS IN PARIS FOR SOCIALIST INTERNATIONAL
  • [03] FOREIGN MINISTERS HAVE TALKS IN PARIS
  • [04] CYPRUS TALKS TO BE HELD AT THE END OF THE MONTH
  • [05] ANTI-OCCUPATION CONFERENCE IN ATHENS
  • [06] RADIO DEBATE PLANNED FOR GREEKS OF THE DIASPORA
  • [07] SEMINAR IN SYDNEY ON GREEK LANGUAGE TEACHING
  • [08] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH'S VISIT TO ALBANIA
  • [09] JUSTICE MINISTER ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL
  • [10] SPATE OF BAD WEATHER HITS GREECE
  • [11] COALITION TO ANNOUNCE NAME OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

  • [01] GREECE PREPARES FOR PRESIDENT CLINTON'S VISIT

    Greek-Turkish relations, the Cyprus dispute and the situation in the Balkans are the main issues expected to be discussed during talks the American president, Bill Clinton, will have in Athens with the Greek president, Kostis Stefanopoulos, and prime minister, Kostas Simitis. According to press reports, the precise agenda will be set tomorrow. Shortly after his arrival in Greece on Saturday morning, Mr Clinton will have meetings with President Stefanopoulos and Mr Simitis. In the afternoon he is due to deliver an address at the Athens Concert Hall, while on Sunday he will have meetings with Greek businessmen. Meanwhile feverish preparations are under way for the American president's visit. Meetings are being held every day to discuss the security arrangements, which will be extremely strict.

    [02] PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS IN PARIS FOR SOCIALIST INTERNATIONAL

    The Greek prime minister, who is currently in Paris to take part in the 11th congress of the Socialist International, had talks yesterday with his Dutch counterpart, Wim Kok, on the issue of European Union expansion, with particular emphasis on Turkey's candidacy for membership. After the meeting, Mr Simitis said efforts were being made to safeguard all the conditions for expansion in order to guarantee peace and cooperation in the Balkans. Today Mr Simitis will present his proposal on the new socialist manifesto for the 21st century to the Socialist International. Tomorrow he will be received by the French president, Jacques Chirac.

    [03] FOREIGN MINISTERS HAVE TALKS IN PARIS

    Greece's positions on Greek-Turkish relations and relations between Europe and Turkey met with a positive response at yesterday's meeting in the French capital which the Greek foreign minister, Giorgos Papandreou, and alternate foreign minister, Christos Rokofyllos had with the French minister for European affairs, Pierre Moskovicci. Today, Mr Papandreou will meet with his French counterpart, Hubert Vedrine, and the American presidential envoy for the Cyprus issue, Alfred Moses.

    [04] CYPRUS TALKS TO BE HELD AT THE END OF THE MONTH

    Cyprus Radio has announced that talks between the Cypriot president, Glafkos Kliridis, and the Turkish-Cypriot representative, Rauf Denktash, will open in New York on 29th November. The UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, is expected to issue invitations to the two sides within the next ten days. According to Cyprus Radio, President Clinton is expected to announce acceptance of the invitations for the start of talks on the sidelines of the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe, meeting in Constantinople.

    [05] ANTI-OCCUPATION CONFERENCE IN ATHENS

    A meeting in protest at the Turkish occupation of part of Cyprus was held in a central Athens hotel yesterday, with the participation of representatives from the political parties of Greece, Cyprus and other countries, diplomatic delegations and members of various organisations and agencies. The meeting was held at the initiative of the Democratic Social Movement in view of President Clinton's forthcoming visit to Greece. Among those attending the conference were the former president of the republic, Christos Sartzetakis, parliamentary deputies, former ministers and Euro-deputies. The speaker of the Cypriot house of representatives, Spyros Kyprianou, said the meeting had been a great success.

    [06] RADIO DEBATE PLANNED FOR GREEKS OF THE DIASPORA

    Greek State Radio is organising a public debate next Saturday on the subject: "Generations of Greek immigrants as a component of the societies that accepted them." Speakers will include the foreign undersecretary, Grigoris Niotis, who is responsible for issues involving ethnic Greeks living abroad. The debate will be coordinated by the general director of Greek state radio, Tzannis Tzannetakos.

    [07] SEMINAR IN SYDNEY ON GREEK LANGUAGE TEACHING

    The teaching of the Greek language on the threshold of the 21st century was the topic of an educational seminar organised in Sydney, Australia this weekend by the Oceania branch of the Council for Greeks Abroad.

    [08] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH'S VISIT TO ALBANIA

    Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos is continuing his tour of Albania. Yesterday he officiated at a mass in the Church of the Annunciation in Tirana, along with Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and all Albania. The service was attended by many politicians and diplomatic service representatives. Today the Ecumenical Patriarch is scheduled to visit Korytsa before returning to Constantinople tomorrow.

    [09] JUSTICE MINISTER ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL

    The justice minister, Evangelos Iannopoulos, has been admitted to hospital in Athens where will undergo scheduled prostate surgery later today.

    [10] SPATE OF BAD WEATHER HITS GREECE

    A wave of bad weather, with torrential rain and high winds, has hit most parts of the country, causing particular problems in the Peloponnese where many houses have been flooded and cars swept away, mainly in Corinth and Gytheon. A landslide on the track near Kineta has temporarily put the railway line and the national road from Athens to Corinth out of operation.

    [11] COALITION TO ANNOUNCE NAME OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

    The Coalition of the Left Wing and Progress is expected to announce its proposal for the office of president of the republic today.
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