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Antenna: News in English (AM), 97-05-30

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News in English, 30/05/97


  • Bill Clinton praises Greece's handling of its relations with Turkey.
  • The finance minister says more belt-tightening is on the way.
  • And, Marinella's latest album.


The United States is pleased by Greece's efforts to improve its relations with Turkey.

President Bill Clinton and secretary of state Madelaine Albright met with Greek alternate foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou in the Hague.

Papandreou also met with Turkish president Suleiman Demirel, and told him there were positive and negative elements in his recent interview with Antenna.


Greek foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos says that Greece wants better relations with Turkey, but Turkey has got to respect Greece's rights, and take any claims to the international court, and not use threats of violence to get its way.

Pangalos spoke briefly with Turkish deputy foreign minister Onour Oimen at a Nato foreign minister's conference in Lisbon.

US state department spokesman Nicholas Burns called Greece and Turkey significant American allies, adding that they should solve their problems.

He also said that the US is eager to solve the Cyprus problem, and that dialogue is needed there.

Pangalos responded that if the US means that the issue should be settled in accordance with UN resolutions, that's fine. The UN has called on Turkey to pull its troops out of northern Cyprus, but to no avail.


The Greek authorities are looking for members of the terrorist organisation 17th of November, which killed shipowner Kostas Peratikos in Piraeus late Wednesday afternoon.

The gun used in the shooting was the same one used by the organisation to kill 10 people in the past.

And there is talk that the Greek police will work with the FBI in trying to root out the murderers.

It was just after 5 pm when Peratikos was shot on the sidewalk, as he was walking to an underground garage.

Three men took part in the operation. One gunman and two others who flanked him, checking out the street.

The terrorists got to their nearby van after the murder, but couldn't start it. Ignoring a policeman's order to stop, they instead hijacked a taxi, exchanging shots with the policeman, as they made away. The drove the cab to a second car, which they used to continue their getaway before abandoning it too.

One eyewitness describes one of the terrorists as being about 5 foot 11, with black hair down to his neck.

Condemning the murder, the government spokesman said its unconscionable that such acts upset the life of nation.

Justice minister Evangelos Yiannopoulos called the murder, "repulsive and barbaric".


The government has assured a number of groups, like trade unionists and pensioners, that it will put together economic policies only AFTER discussing it with them.

A poll in the magazine "Ikonomikos Tachydromos" on that so-called "social dialogue" shows many workers know little about it.

47 per cent of those asked say they've heard nothing specific about the government's dialogue plans. Around 20 per cent have a general idea of what it's about; 17.6 per cent don't like it - many people fear it's just a way of helping the pill of austerity go down easier; and 13 per cent have no feelings about the social dialogue at all.

62.5 per cent of the respondents would look with disfavour on the government's abolishing collective labour agreements. Only 20.4 per cent would be in favour.


The Greek Church opposes a bill that the government plans to pass on the military service.

The clause that has the Church up in arms is the reference to conscientious objectors.

Archbishop Serafim spoke with Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos on Thursday.

The clause includes people who object to the military on religious grounds among those who should be allowed to do non-combat service.

Tsochatzopoulos said that he and the Archbishop discussed issues concerning relations between the Church and the armed forces.

The defense minister also approached the Archbishop about the possibility of the Church's financial participation in soon-to-be- founded National Defense Fund.


The Onassis Foundation is publishing four books that will help people broaden their knowledge of Hellenism's recent past in Albania, and assist those grappling with the problems of Greek- Albanians today.

The four volumes contain historical documents that shed light on the experiences of Greeks in southern Albania from 1922 until the second world war.

Other periods are also covered.

At the launch, foundation chairman Stelios Papadimitriou said that the aspirations of the Greeks in southern Albania have remained the same since that country was founded in 1922. They're fighting for the right to learn Greek, practice the orthodox faith, and maintain their ethnic identity. The only thing that has changed over the decades, adds Papadimitriou, is the methods used to attain those rights in changing political circumstances.

Professor Vassilios Kondis, head of the research team for the books, believes that the upcoming national elections in Albania can have a positive effect on Hellenism in southern Albania.


50 years have flown by since Swiss Air made its first flight to Greece.

Airline officials marked the anniversary with a reception, and the plane that made that pioneering voyage half a century ago flew from Athens to Thessaloniki, Mount Athos, and back to Athens.

This DC-4 was Swiss Air's first link with Greece in 1947. Today, South African Airways uses it for safari runs.

The Swiss had to rent the aircraft for a day for the nostalgic flight.

Swiss Air pilots say the plane was built for long trips. Its maximum speed is 200 miles an hour, and can carry a limit of 40 passengers to their destination. The plane can fly no higher than 3000 metres.

On its days gone by trip, the passengers were journalists, Swiss Air officials, diplomats, and businessmen. During the two-hour journey, they had plenty to see at the low altitude.

Werner Grumenacher, Swiss Air director in Greece, called the plane an "old lady", who had managed to bring people closer together when the world was divided.


It's the country life for a group of kids - at least for a week. Children from Thessaloniki are visiting the village of LefkohOri, seeing what like is life outside the city limits.

The youngsters got an eyefull of life down on the farm: goats being milked, sheeps being sheered, and the like.

And they got some down-home fare: meals prepared by the local resident.

Five elementary schools are taking part in the visits.


Two dolphins found themselves trapped while playing in the Bay of Drymonas in Leros.

Luckily, some nearby fishermen saw them struggling in the shallow waters and took them under their wing, feeding and caring for them.

They also called the port authority. With the help of the Island's residents, the rescue operation was successfully carried out by tying the two dolphin's tails to fishing boats. The dolphins were then slowly dragged out to safety in the open sea.


In pro basketball, European champion Olympiakos has learned which teams it'll be up against at the McDonald's tournament in Paris this October.

The annual showcase features Europe's best teams, the NBA champion, and the South American champ.

Olympiakos will take on Italy's Beneton of Trevizo and French, Spanish, and South American champion, Atena Kornoba of Argentina.

Olympiakos will also be up against either the Chicago Bulls, the Utah Jazz, or the Houston Rockets, depending on who wins the NBA crown this month.


Olympiakos had a fairy-tale season, copping the Greek championship and cupship, as well as the European title.

Panathinaikos had a forgettable season, but is moving to make sure next year is better. Pao has signed Fanis Christodoulou to a two-year contract.

It's a dream come true for the 32-year-old forward, who leaves Panionios for a team traditionally among Greece's strongest.

Christodoulou is considered one of the country's best players.

Pao has also resigned guard Kostas Patavoukas, who will rejoin the club for two years, after a year away.


Two well-known and exceptionally gifted Greek singers have combined their talents on a new album.

Marinella, and her collaborator, composer Stefanos Korkolis, attended a gathering at an Athens hotel, to unveil their joint venture.

The "First Lady of greek song" said that her cooperation with such a young musician was quite an inspiration, it made her feel like a 15 year old again. "Stefanos brought his enthusiasm and zest for life with him", she said.

The album, entitled "For the First Time", is a compilation of songs written by Korkolis and performed by Marinella.

© ANT1 Radio 1997

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