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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-11-18

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CONTENTS

  • [01] OSCE SUMMIT OPENS IN CONSTANTINOPLE TODAY
  • [02] GREEK PRIME MINISTER TO MEET TURKISH COUNTERPART
  • [03] PRIME MINISTER MEETS ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH
  • [04] AMERICAN PRESIDENT EXPECTED IN ATHENS TOMORROW
  • [05] OPPOSITION PARTIES PROTEST OVER BAN ON RALLIES
  • [06] AMERICAN PRESIDENT TO MEET RUSSIAN COUNTERPART
  • [07] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT ATTENDS OSCE SUMMIT
  • [08] ECONOMY MINISTER PROMISES BELOW 2% INFLATION RATE IN 2000
  • [09] MARCH TO AMERICAN EMBASSY IN ATHENS STAGED PEACEFULLY
  • [10] GREEK EURO-DEPUTY OBJECTS TO USE OF ONLY TWO EU LANGUAGES
  • [11] DEATH TOLL RISING IN TURKEY

  • [01] OSCE SUMMIT OPENS IN CONSTANTINOPLE TODAY

    The two-day summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe opens in Constantinople today with the participation of the heads of state and government of the 54 member-states.

    [02] GREEK PRIME MINISTER TO MEET TURKISH COUNTERPART

    Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis will meet with his Turkish counterpart Bulent Ecevit on the sidelines of the conference. However, according to Greek acting government spokesman Yannis Nikolaou, no common statement will be issued after the meeting. Before leaving Athens yesterday, Mr Simitis called on Ankara to imitate Greece and undertake substantial initiatives for improvement in the two countries' relations. In the meantime, Turkish foreign minister Ismail Cem warned that if Turkey was left out of the European Union, European borders in the Balkans and the Aegean might become a friction point, adding however that Turkey wished the improvement of Greek-Turkish relations.

    [03] PRIME MINISTER MEETS ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH

    Prime minister Simitis yesterday had a meeting in Constantinople with Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos. He underlined the importance Greece attached to the Ecumenical Patriarchate and expressed his solidarity. Patriarch Vartholomeos congratulated the prime minister for efforts to achieve reconciliation and cooperation between the peoples of Greece and Turkey. American president Bill Clinton also visited the Patriarch yesterday.

    [04] AMERICAN PRESIDENT EXPECTED IN ATHENS TOMORROW

    American President Bill Clinton is expected in Athens tomorrow afternoon. Security measures will be strict at the airport and all along the route president Clinton's cavalcade is expected to follow.

    [05] OPPOSITION PARTIES PROTEST OVER BAN ON RALLIES

    Meanwhile the Greek Communist party and the Democratic Social Movement described the government's decision to ban protest rallies outside the American embassy tomorrow as undemocratic and unconstitutional. For his part, prime minister Simitis said the state had the obligation to safeguard the country's interests and prestige.

    [06] AMERICAN PRESIDENT TO MEET RUSSIAN COUNTERPART

    As Western objections to the Russian military operations in Chechnya are mounting, American President Bill Clinton's scheduled meeting with his Russian counterpart Boris Yeltsin in Constantinople is awaited with interest. Nevertheless, a few hours before the signing of the agreements concerning the pipeline which will carry oil from the Caspian sea to the Turkish port of Ceyhan by-passing Russian territory, Washington said the agreements were not aimed at excluding Russia.

    [07] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT ATTENDS OSCE SUMMIT

    President of the Cyprus republic Glafkos Kliridis has been in Constantinople since yesterday to take part in the OSCE summit opening today.

    [08] ECONOMY MINISTER PROMISES BELOW 2% INFLATION RATE IN 2000

    Speaking before the parliamentary committee debating the 2000 budget, national economy minister Yannos Papantoniou said efforts for a strong economy had borne fruit and the government was now in a position to earmark money for education, health care and low income groups. He added that despite increases in international oil prices, the government would have fully achieved the goal of an inflation rate below 2 percent by February of the year 2000, shortly before Greece's application for admission into European economic and monetary union.

    [09] MARCH TO AMERICAN EMBASSY IN ATHENS STAGED PEACEFULLY

    The annual march to the American embassy, in commemoration of the victims of the 1973 Polytechnic University student uprising against the dictatorship in Greece, was held in Athens yesterday. Strict security measures had been taken to prevent violent incidents.

    [10] GREEK EURO-DEPUTY OBJECTS TO USE OF ONLY TWO EU LANGUAGES

    In a letter to speaker of the European parliament Nicole Fontaine, New Democracy party Euro-deputy Marietta Yannakou expressed her strong displeasure over plans by the general secretary of the European parliament to cut down the number of languages used by the parliament's press office from eleven to two. She said the move did not conform with the principle of equality amongst EU languages and disregarded the needs of journalists covering the parliamentary sessions in Strasbourg and Brussels.

    [11] DEATH TOLL RISING IN TURKEY

    The death toll from last Friday's earthquake in Turkey has risen to 550 -- with 3,305 injured. However, despite the acute cold, a 42-year-old woman managed to survive for more than 100 hours buried under the rubble of her home and was pulled out by rescue crews yesterday. Apart from the freezing cold temperatures and the heavy rain in the quake-stricken region, the plight of those left homeless has been exacerbated by the panic caused by periodic after-shocks-one of which measured as high as 5 on the Richter scale. In protest against the Turkish government's delay in providing much-needed assistance for those affected by the quake, 10,000 inhabitants of Duzce yesterday blocked the Ankara-Constantinople highway for 5 hours. They charged that they had been left without tents and medicine, and called for the resignation of the governor of the Bolu province, whom they accused of concealing the extent of the disaster.
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