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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-11-09

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] AMERICAN PRESIDENT OUTLINES PRIORITIES IN EUROPE
  • [02] PROTESTS IN ATHENS AGAINST AMERICAN PRESIDENT'S VISIT
  • [03] STATE DEPARTMENT CONDEMNS ATTACKS ON AMERICAN TARGETS
  • [04] PRIME MINISTER ADDRESSES SOCIALIST INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS
  • [05] IMF OPTIMISTIC ABOUT GREEK ECONOMY
  • [06] OPPOSITION LEADER CRITICIZES AGRICULTURAL POLICY
  • [07] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH WINDS UP VISIT TO ALBANIA
  • [08] GREEK PRESIDENT ATTENDS OPENING OF EXHIBITION IN MUNICH
  • [09] BAD WEATHER DEVASTATES MANY PARTS OF GREECE

  • [01] AMERICAN PRESIDENT OUTLINES PRIORITIES IN EUROPE

    The American president, Bill Clinton, who arrives in Athens on Saturday, said yesterday that normalization of Greek-Turkish relations was one of the United States' three priorities in Europe. Speaking at the University of Georgetown in Washington on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the American president said the other two priorities were cooperation with Russia and the stabilization of the Balkans. He added the most difficult task would be securing permanent peace in the region of the Aegean sea. Greece, he said, which was the world's oldest democracy, is today a model for the newer republics in the Balkans and a guarantee for stabilization in the region. He added that the vital role Greece could play within the EU would be one of the topics discussed during his visit to Greece.

    [02] PROTESTS IN ATHENS AGAINST AMERICAN PRESIDENT'S VISIT

    A protest march to the American embassy yesterday evening, organised by a group of well-known actors and artists who earlier staged a mock trial of President Clinton outside the parliament building on Constitution Square, went off peacefully. The Greek government has decided to let demonstrators reach the American embassy in rallies scheduled to take place during the period of the Clinton visit. The government spokesman, Dimitris Reppas, said every measure had been taken to ensure that next Saturday's events did not create any problems for the timetable of the American president's visit, but added that people in Greece were free to demonstrate in a legal and peaceful manner.

    [03] STATE DEPARTMENT CONDEMNS ATTACKS ON AMERICAN TARGETS

    The American State Department spokesman, James Rubin, has condemned the recent attacks on the Hellenic-American Union and a Levi's store in Athens and said the United States was working very closely with the Greek authorities on the security measures being taken for President Clinton's visit. Late last night the State Department issued an announcement, valid until 1st December, stating that mid-November was generally a period of demonstrations in Greece to mark the Polytechnic student uprising against the dictatorship in 1973, and warning American nationals living in or visiting Greece to avoid areas where demonstrations were being held.

    [04] PRIME MINISTER ADDRESSES SOCIALIST INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS

    Addressing the 11th congress of Socialist International in Paris, the Greek prime minister, Kostas Simitis, said socialism was an endless process that endeavoured to deal with both old and new problems. Mr Simitis had meetings yesterday with his counterparts from France and Italy, Lionel Jospin and Massimo D'Alema, as well as with the Austrian chancellor, Viktor Klima. Meanwhile Greece expressed reservations over a paragraph of the Paris declaration of Socialist International concerning the right to intervene for humanitarian reasons; Greece claimed any such intervention would have to be in accordance with International Law and UN resolutions.

    [05] IMF OPTIMISTIC ABOUT GREEK ECONOMY

    In its latest report, the International Monetary Fund has expressed its optimism on the course of the Greek economy. The IMF also praised the Greek government for its firm implementation of the programme of convergence with the other European economies, and expressed its certainty that Greece will join the European economic and monetary union on January 1st, 2001. Greek national economy minister Yannos Papantoniou yesterday discussed the timetable for Greece's entry with EU commissioner Pedro Sobles.

    [06] OPPOSITION LEADER CRITICIZES AGRICULTURAL POLICY

    The leader of the main opposition New Democracy party, Kostas Karamanlis, who began a tour of Crete with a visit to the city of Rethymnon yesterday, was harshly critical of the government's agricultural policy. Mr Karamanlis is to visit Chania today. In the meantime, Vassilis Kontogiannopoulos, parliamentary deputy for the region of Ilia in the Peloponnese, and a former education minister, announced at the weekend that he was definitely leaving the New Democracy party.

    [07] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH WINDS UP VISIT TO ALBANIA

    Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos of Constantinople is to leave Tirana today returning to Fanari at the close of a lengthy visit to Albania. Yesterday he visited Korytsa and was extended a warm welcome by the people.

    [08] GREEK PRESIDENT ATTENDS OPENING OF EXHIBITION IN MUNICH

    The president of the republic, Kostis Stefanopoulos, visited Munich yesterday to attend the opening of an exhibition entitled "Modern Greece: Greeks and Bavarians in the period of Ludwig I." President Stefanopoulos had talks with the Bavarian prime minister and representatives of the Greek community in Germany.

    [09] BAD WEATHER DEVASTATES MANY PARTS OF GREECE

    The spate of bad weather which hit many parts of Greece, especially Lakonia and Corinthia in the Peloponnese, and western Attica, has left its mark and the railway line to the Peloponnese was cut off for two days. Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said assessment of the damage would begin today and compensation paid to people whose property was damaged by flooding.
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