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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-11-22

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT VISITS ATHENS
  • [02] GREEK GOVERNMENT SATISFIED WITH AMERICAN PRESIDENT'S VISIT
  • [03] AMERICAN PRESIDENT CONTINUES TOUR OF EUROPE
  • [04] OECD REPORT ON GREEK ECONOMY
  • [05] DEBATE ON NATIONAL ISSUES AND FOREIGN POLICY
  • [06] ARMED FORCES DAY
  • [07] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TO DELIVER SPEECH IN CYPRUS
  • [08] 40TH THESSALONIKI FILM FESTIVAL
  • [09] POPULAR GREEK SINGER HOSPITALIZED
  • [10] 3.7 RICHTER AFTER-SHOCK IN ATHENS

  • [01] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT VISITS ATHENS

    The latest developments in the Cyprus issue and the results of the diplomatic efforts undertaken by both Nicosia and Athens will be the focus of today's talks in Athens between the Cypriot president, Glafkos Kliridis, and the Greek prime minister, Kostas Simitis. The Cypriot government spokesman, Michalis Papapetrou, said yesterday that the statements made by the American president, Bill Clinton, with regard to the Cyprus dispute contained some very positive comments but they would be judged by their results. The honorary president of the New Democracy party, Konstantinos Mitsotakis, said after his meeting with President Kliridis yesterday that for the first time in a very long time there were positive developments in the Cyprus issue.

    [02] GREEK GOVERNMENT SATISFIED WITH AMERICAN PRESIDENT'S VISIT

    The Greek government appears to be satisfied with the outcome of President Clinton's recent visit to Athens. The American president's references to the Cyprus issue and Greek-Turkish relations showed his views were close to those of this country. For their part, the opposition parties have spoken of "statements without substance" made by President Clinton while most of the foreign news agencies refer to a rapprochement between Washington and Greek positions. Reuters mentioned President Clinton's open support for Athens' positions regarding Greek-Turkish relations.

    [03] AMERICAN PRESIDENT CONTINUES TOUR OF EUROPE

    Continuing his tour of countries in south-eastern Europe, President Clinton arrived in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, yesterday on a 2-day official visit. Draconian security measures are in force in the city and the Bulgarian government has banned all anti-American demonstrations. The security measures, which have been widely lampooned by the Bulgarian press, are so strict that even the prime minister himself, Ivan Kostov, has expressed his annoyance. President Clinton is expected to thank the Bulgarian government for its support for Nato during the war in Kosovo and to encourage it to carry on with its economic reform measures. Yesterday the American president took part in Florence in an international conference for the 21st century, organised by the Italian prime minister, Massimo D'Alema. The prime ministers of Britain, Portugal and France also attended the congress, together with the German chancellor and the presidents of Brazil and the EU Commission. President Clinton pointed out that not all the pressing social problems could be resolved through the operation of a free market, but said he was in favour of a globalized market with a human face and a reduction in inequalities.

    [04] OECD REPORT ON GREEK ECONOMY

    According to the bi-annual report of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Greece has ensured its entry to European economic and monetary union. The OECD report, which is particularly positive in its remarks about Greece, also predicts a rapid growth rate and an impressive reduction in unemployment.

    [05] DEBATE ON NATIONAL ISSUES AND FOREIGN POLICY

    The plenum of the Greek parliament will hold a debate on national issues and Greek foreign policy on December 15th.

    [06] ARMED FORCES DAY

    In a statement issued yesterday to mark the feast-day of the Greek armed forces, the national defence minister, Akis Tsohatzopoulos, spoke of the readiness and ability of the armed forces to face any challenge and of its effective defence of the country's sovereign rights.

    [07] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TO DELIVER SPEECH IN CYPRUS

    The Greek foreign minister, Giorgos Papandreou, is to deliver a speech on the topic "Responses to modern challenges: Cyprus, Greece and Europe", at Cyprus University on Thursday, within the framework of his forthcoming visit to Cyprus.

    [08] 40TH THESSALONIKI FILM FESTIVAL

    At the 40th Thessaloniki Film Festival, which wound up yesterday evening, the Chinese film "Public Baths," directed by Zan Yang, won the Golden Alexander award, followed by "Garage Olympo" by the Argentinian director, Marco Bekis, for the Silver Alexander. This evening, state prizes will be awarded for Greek productions. 14 of the films competing for the awards were partly funded by Greek State Radio and Television.

    [09] POPULAR GREEK SINGER HOSPITALIZED

    The popular Greek singer, Stamatis Kokkotas, has been admitted to hospital after suffering a heart attack. According to reports, he is now out of danger.

    [10] 3.7 RICHTER AFTER-SHOCK IN ATHENS

    AREA A mild earth tremor measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale, with its epicentre under Mount Parnitha, shook Athens yesterday evening. Seismologists have given assurances that the tremor was an after-shock from the 7th September earthquake in the region.
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