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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-11-16

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] AMERICAN PRESIDENT VISITS ANKARA
  • [02] GREEK GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN COMMENTS ON TURKEY'S EU CANDIDACY
  • [03] ANTI-AMERICAN DEMONSTRATIONS IN ANKARA
  • [04] CYPRUS TALKS TO BEGIN IN NEW YORK ON DECEMBER 3RD
  • [05] CYPRIOT DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST TURKISH OCCUPATION
  • [06] STUDENT UPRISING ANNIVERSARY EVENTS CULMINATE TOMORROW
  • [07] GERMAN JUSTICE MINISTER VISITS ATHENS
  • [08] HOUSING LOANS FOR QUAKE-STRICKEN INHABITANTS OF ATTICA
  • [09] VIOLENT INCIDENTS AFTER FOOTBALL MATCH IN ATHENS
  • [10] DEATH OF GREEK DIRECTOR
  • [11] DEATH TOLL RISING IN TURKEY

  • [01] AMERICAN PRESIDENT VISITS ANKARA

    In a joint press conference with Turkish president Suleyman Demirel in Ankara yesterday, American president Bill Clinton manifested his warm support for Turkey's EU candidacy and also said he was happy over the recent progress in Greek-Turkish relations. President Clinton praised both Greece and Turkey for the steps they made in that direction. Furthermore addressing the Turkish national assembly, the American president called on Turkey to undertake good will gestures in its relations with Greece, while earlier he had expressed satisfaction at the opening of a new round of talks on the Cyprus issue, in New York, on December 3rd.

    [02] GREEK GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN COMMENTS ON TURKEY'S EU CANDIDACY

    In Athens, Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said Greece would not commit itself in advance concerning its stand at the Helsinki EU summit on Turkey's candidacy for admission to the EU. Mr Reppas pointed out that the talks between Cypriot president Glafkos Kliridis and the Turkish Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash were not a sufficient prerequisite for Greece to lift its veto and clarified that there was no question of signing a Greek-American agreement on combatting terrorism. Meanwhile Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis and foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou will meet their Turkish counterparts Bulent Ecevit and Ismail Cem in Constantinople on Thursday on the sidelines of the conference of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

    [03] ANTI-AMERICAN DEMONSTRATIONS IN ANKARA

    In Ankara yesterday, police used force to disperse demonstrators who staged a protest against president Clinton's visit, while according to the Turkish news agency Anatolia, 20 members of an armed Islamic organization who were planning assassinations of their political adversaries have been arrested.

    [04] CYPRUS TALKS TO BEGIN IN NEW YORK ON DECEMBER 3RD

    In statements he made prior to the European Union general affairs council in Brussels yesterday, Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou said that following the acceptance by Cypriot president Glafkos Kliridis of UN secretary general Kofi Annan's invitation for talks with Turkish Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash, the responsibility now lay with the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot sides. The talks are to open in New York on December 3rd. For his part, general secretary of the Cypriot Communist party Dimitris Christofias warned that acceptance of Mr Annan's invitation would ensnare the Greek Cypriot side and accused president Kliridis of not acting in accordance with the decisions of the Cypriot national council.

    [05] CYPRIOT DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST TURKISH OCCUPATION

    Meanwhile in Cyprus, thousands of students and pupils staged large demonstrations at the Ledra Palace check-point in Nicosia and in other Cypriot cities to condemn the unilateral declaration of independence by the self-styled Turkish Cypriot state and demand the liberation of Cyprus from Turkish occupation. Yesterday was the anniversary of the unilateral declaration of independence in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus. About 400 elementary school pupils and their teachers in the region of Astromeritis staged a march to the buffer zone. In a related development, the Turkish armed forces will conduct two military maneuvers on November 22nd and 24th in the region of the eastern Mediterranean, including occupied Cyprus.

    [06] STUDENT UPRISING ANNIVERSARY EVENTS CULMINATE TOMORROW

    Events marking the anniversary of the Polytechnic University student uprising against the military dictatorship in 1973 got under way yesterday and will culminate on Wednesday with the customary march to the US embassy in Athens. Meanwhile political youth organizations, with the exception of the New Democracy youth organization, have decided to stage a protest demonstration on Friday against the visit to Greece of American president Bill Clinton, who is scheduled to arrive in Athens that day.

    [07] GERMAN JUSTICE MINISTER VISITS ATHENS

    Fundamental rights in the European Union and the protection of human rights in the wake of the Amsterdam treaty were discussed at a meeting Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis had yesterday with visiting German justice minister Herta Deupler-Kmelin. In a press conference, the German minister referred to the Human Rights Charter being worked out by the EU.

    [08] HOUSING LOANS FOR QUAKE-STRICKEN INHABITANTS OF ATTICA

    Interest-free housing loans to be repaid in 15 years will be granted to people whose homes sustained damage in the recent earthquake in Attica, by decision of the ministry for the environment, planning and public works.

    [09] VIOLENT INCIDENTS AFTER FOOTBALL MATCH IN ATHENS

    Violent incidents were reported yesterday after a football match between AEK and Olympiakos at the Nea Philadelphia stadium in Athens. AEK fans clashed with police.

    [10] DEATH OF GREEK DIRECTOR

    The Greek theatre is mourning the death of eminent director Minos Volanakis, who died of a heart attack yesterday while watching a film in an Athenian cinema. His funeral will be held today.

    [11] DEATH TOLL RISING IN TURKEY

    According to the latest figures reported by the Anatolia news agency, the official death toll from Friday's devastating quake in Turkey now stands at 452, although the figure is expected to rise as chances are dwindling of finding more survivors trapped under the rubble. At least 3,000 people were injured in the quake and tens of thousands left homeless. The plight of survivors has been aggravated by the frequent aftershocks and the bitter cold prevailing in the region.
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