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

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CONTENTS

  • [01] AFTERMATH OF POSTPONEMENT OF AMERICAN PRESIDENT'S VISIT
  • [02] GREEK PARTIES REACT TO POSTPONEMENT
  • [03] GREEK PRESIDENT VISITS SLOVENIA
  • [04] FURTHER MOVE FOR GREECE'S ENTRY INTO EMU
  • [05] MEASURES FOR FARMERS AND SEAMEN
  • [06] FOUNDATION LAID FOR OIL PIPELINE
  • [07] FRESH DISCLOSURES ABOUT PARTHENON MARBLES
  • [09] METROPOLITAN OF AUSTRIA AWARDED HUNGARIAN MEDAL

  • [01] AFTERMATH OF POSTPONEMENT OF AMERICAN PRESIDENT'S VISIT

    The visit to Athens by the American president, Bill Clinton, has been postponed until November 19th and 20th, after the conference of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to be held in Constantinople. The decision to delay the visit followed intensive consultations between Athens and Washington. The White House spokesman, Joe Lockhard, announced that the postponement came after a proposal from the Greek government and he rejected any suggestion that Washington was devaluing the importance of the visit through such a move. The State Department spokesman, James Rubin, said earlier that he was confident the Greek government would provide adequate security during President Clinton's visit to Greece, adding that security was always one of the major issues the White House had to consider whenever the president travelled. Speaking from The Hague, the Greek foreign minister, Giorgos Papandreou, said the Greek government's proposal to change the date of the visit was based solely on the criterion of the country's national interests. He added that President Clinton's visit was an opportunity to promote and defend these interests.

    [02] GREEK PARTIES REACT TO POSTPONEMENT

    Reactions from Greece's opposition parties have been varied. The New Democracy party' s Press spokesman Aris Spiliotopoulos, said the change in the dates of the American president's visit raised a number of questions and called on the government to provide convincing and reliable answers. The Greek Communist party announced the developments gave the opportunity to the Greek people to step up their protests. The Coalition of the Left Wing and Progress spoke of blackmail on the part of the United States and called on the government to brief the political parties and parliament. The president of the Democratic Social Movement, Dimitris Tsovolas, said the postponement was a ploy by the United States aimed at exerting pressure on Greece. Finally, the Liberal party described the decision to postpone the visit as a blow to Greece.

    [03] GREEK PRESIDENT VISITS SLOVENIA

    Speaking after a meeting in Lubljana with his Slovenian counterpart, Milan Kucan, the Greek president, Kostis Stefanopoulos, yesterday expressed Greece's categoric opposition to any change in the existing Balkan borders. He pointed out that any change would cause a chain of reactions that would jeopardise stability in the region and that this was a major issue. During their meeting, the two presidents ascertained an identity of views on the issue and expressed the political will for a further strengthening of bilateral relations, particularly in the economic and investment sectors.

    [04] FURTHER MOVE FOR GREECE'S ENTRY INTO EMU

    After a report by the European commissioner responsible for economic and monetary matters, Pedro Sobles, the European Commission has proposed that a recommendation concerning a reduction in Greece's national deficit, imposed in September 1994, should be lifted. The move has been welcomed by economic analysts as an extremely important step for Greece's admission to EMU. The final decision is to be made on 29th November by the ECOFIN council.

    [05] MEASURES FOR FARMERS AND SEAMEN

    Agriculture minister Giorgos Anomeritis is to announce a package of measures today for boosting the income of farmers whose crops suffered damage in the recent floods. Meanwhile merchant marine minister Stavros Soumakis yesterday announced measures to help retired seamen. Pensions to be paid by the Retired Seamen's Fund will be no less than 60% of the salary of working seamen, while debts incurred by the Seaman's House will also be settled.

    [06] FOUNDATION LAID FOR OIL PIPELINE

    In the presence of the Greek development minister, Evangelos Venizelos, and the prime minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ljubco Georgesvsky, the foundations of the oil pipeline that will link Thessaloniki to Skopje were laid yesterday. The total cost of the investment is $90 million, 80% of which will be paid by the Greek side and 20% by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The pipeline will be 230 kms long and intensive efforts will be made to complete it within 18 months.

    [07] FRESH DISCLOSURES ABOUT PARTHENON MARBLES

    Fresh disclosures about the destructive cleaning of the Parthenon marbles by the British were brought to light in Britain, in view of a symposium to be held at the British Museum in late November on the subject of the marbles. According to an article in the authoritative British archaeological magazine "Minerva", signed by the head of the sculptures department of the British Museum, Ian Jenkins, the marbles had been cleaned by Lord Elgin in 1818 with the use of acid and water. The article indicates that the wear of the marbles due to unsuitable cleaning methods had not started with the cleaning work carried out in 1938-1939, as disclosed by historian William Saint-Clair in his book, but much earlier.

    [08] METROPOLITAN OF AUSTRIA AWARDED HUNGARIAN MEDAL

    Metropolitan Michael of Austria and Exarch of Hungary and Middle Europe was awarded a high Hungarian distinction by the Hungarian president for his decisive contribution to the revival of the Greek Orthodox church in Hungary and his important charity work.
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