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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-11-29

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CONTENTS

  • [01] POLITICAL CONFRONTATION LAUNCHES ELECTION CAMPAIGN CLIMATE
  • [02] COOPERATION BETWEEN GREEK AND ITALIAN PARLIAMENTS
  • [03] GREEK WEIGHTLIFTING TEAM FIRST
  • [04] CYPRUS PREPARES FOR PROXIMITY TALKS
  • [05] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER COMMENTS ON TURKISH EU CANDIDACY
  • [06] DEFENCE MINISTER DENIES PRESS REPORTS ABOUT BOMB
  • [07] PRINCE OF WALES IN FAVOUR OF RETURN OF PARTHENON MARBLES

  • [01] POLITICAL CONFRONTATION LAUNCHES ELECTION CAMPAIGN CLIMATE

    Greece is entering an election campaign period climate after political leaders initiated political confrontation. Ending a two-day tour of Crete, prime minister Kostas Simitis replied to a statement by opposition New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis that the time of the clean Greeks was nigh; he accused him of taking an ultra-right turn to past recipes, also expressing the conviction that PASOK would win the elections. For his part, Mr Karamanlis, who is touring the prefecture of Argolida and attended celebrations in Nafplio to mark the city's liberation from Ottoman rule, denied the prime minister's accusations and defended his goal for transparency in the country's public life. Leader of the Democratic Social Movement Dimitris Tsovolas who is touring the prefecture of Trikala, claimed that the government had decided at the US' request to accept Turkey's nomination as a candidate country for entry into the EU without any substantial conditions.

    [02] COOPERATION BETWEEN GREEK AND ITALIAN PARLIAMENTS

    Speaker of the Greek parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis and his Italian counterpart Luciano Violante signed a protocol of cooperation between the Greek and Italian parliaments in Rome yesterday. Replying to questions on Greek-Turkish relations, Mr Kaklamanis told Mr Violante that despite American president Bill Clinton's remarks that Turkey should proceed to a rapprochement with Greece, so far no steps had been made in that direction. Referring to the Cyprus issue, Mr Kaklamanis said there were no indications that something substantial would emerge from the forthcoming meeting between Cypriot president Glafkos Kliridis and Turkish Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash because of the latter's intransigence.

    [03] GREEK WEIGHTLIFTING TEAM FIRST

    The Greek weightlifting team came first in the 70th World Weightlifting Championships which took place in Athens. It won 19 medals, 4 gold, 10 silver and 5 bronze and also secured its participation in the 2000 Sydney Olympics with 8 athletes. Prime minister Simitis, the leaders of political parties and the mayor of Athens have sent cables of congratulations to the weightlifting team and the organizers of the games.

    [04] CYPRUS PREPARES FOR PROXIMITY TALKS

    The Cypriot National Council is meeting in Nicosia today to discuss the forthcoming proximity talks between president Glafkos Kliridis and Turkish Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash in New York on December 3rd. President Kliridis and the officials accompanying him are leaving for the US tomorrow. Cypriot foreign minister Yannakis Kassoulidis is scheduled to fly to London tomorrow for a meeting with Britain's special representative on the Cyprus issue Sir David Hannay before proceeding to New York for the proximity talks. Representing Greece at the proximity talks will be Greek ambassador in Cyprus Kyriakos Rodousakis and former ambassador in Nicosia Alexandros Sandis. Meanwhile Ankara has toughened its stand in view of the forthcoming Cyprus proximity talks. Cyprus Radio said it was evident that Ankara was trying to link the New York talks with developments at the EU summit in Helsinki. A Cypriot government source said the Turkish side would toughen its stand even more as the opening of the talks was approaching, undermining the prospects. In an interview with the Cypriot newspaper "Fileleftheros" yesterday, Cypriot foreign minister Yannakis Kassoulidis said the Americans would lose face if Turkish Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash came to the New York talks not to discuss the substance of the Cyprus issue but to lay down his conditions. Mr Kassoulidis said president Kliridis had been given assurances that the talks would touch upon basic aspects of the Cyprus question.

    [05] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER COMMENTS ON TURKISH EU CANDIDACY

    In an interview with the Sunday Athens newspaper, "Kyriakatiki Eleftherotypia", Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou said if Greece vetoed Turkey's candidacy for entry into the EU at the Helsinki summit, Greece's European partners would be to blame. He also claimed Helsinki would not be the last chance, there would be other EU presidencies and other alternative solutions for Turkey's relations with Europe. Meanwhile American ambassador in Athens Nicholas Burns referred in an interview with the Sunday issue of the newspaper "Kathimerini" to Greek-Turkish differences, the Cyprus issue, terrorism and Greek-American relations. He hinted amongst other things that Washington expected Athens to vote in favour of Turkey's candidacy at the EU summit in Helsinki.

    [06] DEFENCE MINISTER DENIES PRESS REPORTS ABOUT BOMB

    Greek defence minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos has described as unfounded a report in the Athens newspaper "To Vima" according to which a nuclear bomb dropped from an American submarine and sank in the sea region south of Crete.

    [07] PRINCE OF WALES IN FAVOUR OF RETURN OF PARTHENON MARBLES

    In an article in the London Sunday Times, the Prince of Wales and Labour party MP Ken Livingstone Have supported the return of the Parthenon marbles to Greece. Australian MPs have also said they supported the return of the marbles in a letter to British prime minister Tony Blair.
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