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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-11-30

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS MOSCOW
  • [02] FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS SWEDISH COUNTERPART
  • [03] TURKISH OFFICIALS REFER TO EU CANDIDACY
  • [04] GREEK GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN REPLIES
  • [05] EU ECOFIN COUNCIL DECISION ON GREECE
  • [06] OPINION POLLS GIVE LEAD TO PASOK
  • [07] GREEK COMMUNIST PARTY COMMENTS ON ECONOMY
  • [08] CONFERENCE ON PARTHENON MARBLES OPENS IN LONDON
  • [09] EU LABOUR AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL MEETS IN BRUSSELS
  • [10] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT GOES TO NEW YORK
  • [11] CYPRIOT FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS LONDON
  • [12] OLYMPIC AIRWAYS REDUCED FARES
  • [13] NEW SYSTEM TO MONITOR SEA ENVIRONMENT

  • [01] FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS MOSCOW

    Foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou is flying to Moscow today on a two-day working visit for talks with Russian foreign minister Igor Ivanov on the Cyprus issue and the crisis in Kosovo. He may also meet Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin.

    [02] FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS SWEDISH COUNTERPART

    Mr Papandreou was in Stockholm yesterday and met his Swedish counterpart Anna Lint for talks on Turkey's European prospects and its candidacy for European Union admission in view of the EU general affairs council meeting on December 6th. The talks reaffirmed identity of views on the criteria Turkey should meet and the two sides agree to stay in touch.

    [03] TURKISH OFFICIALS REFER TO EU CANDIDACY

    Turkish prime minister Bulent Ecevit yesterday referred to the upcoming EU summit in Helsinki and the terms set by Greece for Turkey's nomination as an EU candidate country saying Turkey had no intention of making concessions in the Cyprus or Aegean issues. For his part, Turkish foreign minister Ismail Cem said that Greek-Turkish relations would improve immensely if Athens were to support Turkey's status as an EU candidate country at the Helsinki summit. He made the comments on his return from a 3-day tour of Europe during which he visited Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Mr Cem added that Ankara would not accept the linking of the Cyprus issue to Turkey's relations with the EU. In reference to the upcoming Cyprus proximity talks in New York, he said that the Turkish side would attend with good intentions.

    [04] GREEK GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN REPLIES

    In Athens, Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas yesterday once more called on Turkey to help itself and strengthen its European orientation. He added that on the issue of Turkey's candidacy for EU accession, the Greek government would act on the basis of its national interests at the upcoming Helsinki summit next month. In reference to the recent violation of Cypriot airspace by Turkish jet fighters, Mr Reppas stressed that such actions were not positive ones and that the legal government of Cyprus had taken all the necessary diplomatic steps.

    [05] EU ECOFIN COUNCIL DECISION ON GREECE

    The EU ECOFIN ministers meeting in Brussels have decided that the European Commission should stop monitoring Greece's public sector deficit. The ministers also discussed the drop of the euro against the US dollar. Greek national economy minister Yannos Papantoniou expressed satisfaction and stressed the first stage of Greece's entry into European economic and monetary union had been successfully completed. He added the next critical date would be March 2000 when Greece will officially submit its entry application. Yesterday, EU commissioner Pedro Solbes also expressed the hope that Greece will have fulfilled all entry criteria by March and join the euro zone.

    [06] OPINION POLLS GIVE LEAD TO PASOK

    Two public opinion polls released yesterday indicate changes in the forecasts about the strength of the two major parties in future elections. The polls, published in the newspapers "Eleftherotypia" and "Ta Nea" give a lead to PASOK over the opposition New Democracy party in the region of Attica. Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas, who was asked to comment on the polls, said that such research, if carried out in a scientific way, could prove a useful tool. He added PASOK would not succumb to the lure of public opinion polls and the government's goal remained to complete its work successfully. He also said that the government's position was that elections should be held at the end of its four year term in September 2000. Meanwhile speaking at a party rally in Glyfada, Athens, yesterday, opposition New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis referred to rigged opinion polls and strongly criticised the government, accusing it of dishonesty and corruption.

    [07] GREEK COMMUNIST PARTY COMMENTS ON ECONOMY

    General secretary of the Greek Communist party Aleka Papariga has said that the phase of recovery of the Greek economy in recent years was anemic, extremely low and unstable and did not benefit the working class in the least. She was speaking at a one-day meeting on developments, trends and prospects in the Greek economy organised by the Greek Communist party.

    [08] CONFERENCE ON PARTHENON MARBLES OPENS IN LONDON

    An international conference will be held in London today on the conclusions reached by experts who examined the damage caused to the Parthenon marbles by cleaning methods used at the British Museum. Referring to speculation about the return of the marbles to Greece prior to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, culture minister Elisavet Papazoi said yesterday Greece would call for the permanent return of the Parthenon sculptures to their rightful home. She also released a report by Greek experts on the state of the sculptures and announced that the marbles had suffered extensive adulteration during cleaning operations at the British Museum, reversing the argument used by the museum about better restoration and maintenance conditions. At the London conference, British historians are expected to blame the administration of the British Museum of conspiracy, bribery and concealing information. More than 20 historians and art restorers from all over the world are to attend the conference.

    [09] EU LABOUR AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL MEETS IN BRUSSELS

    The EU council of labour and social affairs ministers convened in Brussels yesterday. Greece was represented by minister for labour and social security Miltiadis Papaioannou. The council decided on a "European strategy for employment" which includes guidelines for employment policy in the year 2000, the 1999 joint report and the council's recommendations to member states.

    [10] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT GOES TO NEW YORK

    Cypriot president Glafkos Kliridis is expected in New York today in view of the proximity talks with Turkish Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash on December 3rd. Meanwhile American state department spokesman James Rubin said yesterday the upcoming talks should touch upon the substance of the Cyprus issue.

    [11] CYPRIOT FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS LONDON

    Cypriot foreign minister Yannakis Kassoulidis has been in London since yesterday to deliver a speech on the latest Cyprus developments and Cyprus' entry into the EU at an event organized by the Cypriot Brotherhood. Invited to attend the event are mainly British MPs. Mr Kassoulidis is also expected to have a meeting with British representative for the Cyprus issue Sir David Hannay. Mr Kassoulidis is to leave London for New York tomorrow to attend the Cyprus proximity talks opening on December 3rd.

    [12] OLYMPIC AIRWAYS REDUCED FARES

    Olympic Airways is offering reduced fares for tickets to European destinations and back, to be used from 1 to 15 December 1999 and 11 January to 26 March 2000.

    [13] NEW SYSTEM TO MONITOR SEA ENVIRONMENT

    A sophisticated system recording the sea environment and making forecasts about the state of Greek seas was presented yesterday at a meeting organised by the oceanography institute of the sea research national centre. The system will respond to questions about water temperatures, regions abounding with fish, and will give signals if a region is threatened by an oil spill.
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