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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-11-24

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] GREEK STAND ON TURKEY'S EU CANDIDACY STILL OPEN
  • [02] PRIME MINISTER BRIEFS PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
  • [03] CLINTON VISIT DIVIDES COALITION OF THE LEFT WING AND PROGRESS
  • [04] OIL PRICES UP BECAUSE OF IRAQ'S DECISION TO STOP EXPORTS
  • [05] GREEK COMMUNIST PARTY TO STAY OUT OF PRESIDENT'S ELECTION
  • [06] PRIME MINISTER HAS WORKING SESSION WITH MAYOR OF ATHENS
  • [07] CULTURE MINISTER ATTENDS EU CULTURE MINISTERS' SESSION
  • [08] NEW ATHENS SUBWAY TO START IN JANUARY
  • [09] STRONG EARTHQUAKE IN IGOUMENITSA, WESTERN GREECE
  • [10] GREEK AUSTRALIAN PROFESSOR AWARDED PRIZE

  • [01] GREEK STAND ON TURKEY'S EU CANDIDACY STILL OPEN

    Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou has said that the position Greece will adopt at the EU summit in Helsinki concerning Turkey's candidacy for accession to the European Union has not been fixed yet, disclosing at the same time that Athens is conducting hard negotiations with other European countries on that issue. In the meantime, German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has expressed his support of the Turkish candidacy, admitting however that some problems were still in the way. On the contrary, former German president Richard von Weizecker has expressed strong reservations about such a development, adding that Cyprus' entry negotiations should be disconnected from developments in the Cyprus issue.

    [02] PRIME MINISTER BRIEFS PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC

    Following his meeting with president Kostis Stefanopoulos yesterday, prime minister Kostas Simitis expressed optimism that American president Bill Clinton's recent visit would have a positive impact on the country's major foreign policy issues, with tough negotiations however still ahead. For his part, foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou also described president Clinton's visit as successful.

    [03] CLINTON VISIT DIVIDES COALITION OF THE LEFT WING AND PROGRESS

    In the meantime, the American president's visit has caused serious political problems in the Coalition of the Left Wing and Progress. Nikos Bistis, member of the party's political secretariat, launched a strong attack on the party leader Nikos Konstantopoulos over his stand during the Clinton visit. In an article in the newspaper "Avgi", Mr Bistis said he turned the Coalition into the rearguard the Greek Communist party and the Democratic Social Movement.

    [04] OIL PRICES UP BECAUSE OF IRAQ'S DECISION TO STOP EXPORTS

    An increase of up to five drachmas per litre on petrol prices will come into effect in Greece as of midnight tonight, following Iraq's decision to stop oil exports. National economy minister Yannos Papantoniou described the rise in oil prices as an unpleasant development which would affect the price index, but would create no problem as regards the country's entry into European economic and monetary union, because it would affect the other European countries as well. He added that no fiscal measures would be taken. For his part, prime minister Kostas Simitis said Greece would overcome the difficulties because it had a fixed target and a consistent policy. The American state department and diplomatic circles at the United Nations believe however that Iraq will accept the resumption of the "oil for food" programme.

    [05] GREEK COMMUNIST PARTY TO STAY OUT OF PRESIDENT'S ELECTION

    General secretary of the Greek Communist party Aleka Papariga has announced that her party will neither designate a candidate nor take part in the ballot for a new president of the republic.

    [06] PRIME MINISTER HAS WORKING SESSION WITH MAYOR OF ATHENS

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis and mayor of Athens Dimitris Avramopoulos yesterday discussed the finances of Athens municipality, preparations for events to mark the new millennium and the 2004 Olympic Games.

    [07] CULTURE MINISTER ATTENDS EU CULTURE MINISTERS' SESSION

    Greek culture minister Elisavet Papazoi is in Brussels to participate in the official council session of European Union culture ministers. Mrs Papazoi briefed Greek Euro-deputies yesterday on the issue of the Museum of Europe, the Parthenon marbles and the 2004 Olympics.

    [08] NEW ATHENS SUBWAY TO START IN JANUARY

    The first line of the new Athens subway from Syntagma square to the Pentagon will go into operation in January 2000, the prime minister announced yesterday. He inaugurated the new premises of the transport and communications ministry at Holargos and also said that Olympic Airways must be streamlined or limit itself to a marginal role.

    [09] STRONG EARTHQUAKE IN IGOUMENITSA, WESTERN GREECE

    A strong earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale shook Igoumenitsa early today. The earthquake was felt in Ioannina, where people panicked. So far, there have been no reports of casualties or damage.

    [10] GREEK AUSTRALIAN PROFESSOR AWARDED PRIZE

    Greek Australian university professor Ilias Sioris is amongst three researchers, who were awarded the prize of the Australian Research Council in Melbourne for the construction of a robot device which is expected to revolutionize many industries. The prize is accompanied by a subsidy of 150,000 dollars.
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