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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-11-10

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CONTENTS

  • [01] AMERICAN PRESIDENT'S VISIT TO GREECE POSTPONED FOR A WEEK
  • [02] FRESH ANTI-GREEK ARTICLE IN "THE WASHINGTON POST"
  • [03] GREEK PRIME MINISTER MEETS FRENCH PRESIDENT
  • [04] CYPRIOT FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS BRUSSELS
  • [05] THREE PEOPLE DROWNED IN FLOODS
  • [06] RENTAL OF PARTHENON MARBLES GALLERY CAUSES UPROAR

  • [01] AMERICAN PRESIDENT'S VISIT TO GREECE POSTPONED FOR A WEEK

    The White House is to announce today the schedule of American president Bill Clinton's visit to Greece. Press reports have said the visit will be postponed for a week. President Clinton is to arrive in Athens on November 19th, but the duration of the visit has not been fixed yet. President Clinton may stay in Greece just one day or several days. White House spokesman Joe Lockhard yesterday denied reports that the visit would be cancelled and stressed that talks between Washington and Athens on the security measures for the visit would continue. American president Bill Clinton stated last night that he was not concerned over mass demonstrations planned in Athens during his visit, adding he was well aware of the anti-American feelings prevailing in Greece. After lengthy diplomatic consultations, Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou gave assurances the government has taken all the necessary security measures for the American president's visit.

    [02] FRESH ANTI-GREEK ARTICLE IN "THE WASHINGTON POST"

    However, Athens is displeased over fresh allegations concerning terrorism in Greece which have again appeared in the American newspaper "Washington Post". The article, signed by a former American state department official, called for sanctions against Greece unless it showed effectiveness in combatting terrorism. Greek ambassador in Washington Alexandros Filon lodged a protest with American assistant secretary of State Mark Grossman and called for a corrective statement from the US administration. American ambassador in Athens Nicholas Burns, in a contact with Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou, who is in Paris, said the allegations in the "Washington Post" did not reflect US positions. Meanwhile opposition New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis yesterday met with Mr Burns and had talks on the American president's visit to Athens. Mr Burns requested the main opposition party's assistance in shaping a smooth climate during president Clinton's visit and did not rule out the possibility of a meeting between Mr Karamanlis and president Clinton.

    [03] GREEK PRIME MINISTER MEETS FRENCH PRESIDENT

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis had a meeting in Paris yesterday with French president Jacques Chirac. They discussed bilateral relations, questions related to European Union enlargement and Turkey's candidacy. Mr Simitis said the meeting was cordial and friendly, adding that both countries believed all problems should be resolved before the Helsinki EU summit.

    [04] CYPRIOT FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS BRUSSELS

    Cypriot foreign minister Ioannis Kassoulidis has said the situation regarding the start of intercommunal talks on Cyprus will be clearer after the forthcoming meeting in Constantinople of the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The meeting, he said, would show whether Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has advanced from his intransigent positions. Speaking to reporters at Paphos airport shortly before leaving for Brussels, Mr Kassoulidis said the US was continuing its efforts to get the talks under way but so far there was no reason for optimism.

    [05] THREE PEOPLE DROWNED IN FLOODS

    Three people died as a result of heavy rain in Greece in the past two days, and damage caused by flooding is extensive. In the Peloponnese region of Lakonia, two elderly women and a foreigner were drowned in flood waters. Torrential rains also hit western Attica, Volos and Katerini. In the region of Mandra, Attica, whole areas were turned into lakes and the fire brigade launched rescue operations to save people trapped in houses and cars. At The government yesterday announced measures to help people face the disaster, and today municipalities and communities will establish committees to assess the damage and pay an immediate allowance of 200,000 drachmas to the people worst hit by the flooding.

    [06] RENTAL OF PARTHENON MARBLES GALLERY CAUSES UPROAR

    While the British government is opposed to the return of the Parthenon Marbles to their birthplace, on the grounds that there is no museum to house them in Greece, there has been an uproar in Britain over the revelation that the British Museum was renting out the hall where the Marbles are kept for formal receptions and artistic events. According to a report in the British newspaper, "The Guardian", the gallery in which the marbles are displayed was hired out for the sum of 35,000 pounds sterling for parties and receptions.
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