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Antenna: News in English (AM), 97-06-03

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News in English, 03/06/97


  • The government's ambitious economic plans for northwestern Greece.
  • Greece cops the silver at the world water polo championships.
  • And, Antenna gets books to remote parts of the country.


Pasok is applauding the victory of the socialists in France's elections.

As prime minister Kostas Simitis prepares to go to Sweden for a meeting of European socialists, the Greek development minister said the French results will mean closer cooperation between France and Greece.

After a meeting of Pasok's Political Secretariat, to discuss the elections, Vasso Papandreou also called the French socialists' victory a very positive development for the whole of the European Union. "The political map of the EU has changed", Papandreou said.


Economic development and social concern were the messages the prime minister delivered during his tour of Iprirus over the weekend.

Kostas Simitis visited a number of cities, promising the region's residents that large infrastructure projects underway are the key to the future.

Wherever Kostas Simtis and his entourage of cabinet ministers went, they had a message of optimism for the future.

In Preveza, the prime minister said the northwestern province of Ipirus has been cut off from eastern and southern Greece, and western Europe. New east- west roads - like the Ignatia Highway running from Igoumenitsa on the Adriatic to Constantinople will change that. So will the bridge that will join mainland to the Peloponese.

Ipirus has also been cut off from Albania, owing to the decades of communist rule there. Simitis is determined to turn Ipirus into a vital economic link between Albania and the West.

That's welcome news to the people of Kerassori, with 12 residnets in the winter, 60 in summer. It's also welcome news to the contingent of Albanian- Greeks, who met with Simitis there, giving him statement asking that he support Albania's ethnic-Greek minority.

In Pournari, Simitis visited a hydroelectric power station which will provide most of Ipirus with power, and allow the irrigation of 50 thousand acres of land.

The state is footing 50 per cent of the bill for that project. Simitis announced that some 300 million dollars are going to be poured into Ipirus for infrastructure development over the next five years.

The government stresses that economic development means belt-tightening, but the prime minister was careful to remind listeners wherever he went, that Pasok is nonetheless committed to social welfare.

Visiting a new hospital in Arta, he said that austerity measures will not prevent him from making a funding priority out of health, education, and welfare.


The leader of New Democracy fears the government is being dragged into an unconditional dialogue with Turkey.

Kostas Karamanlis expressed his concern at a meeting of local party officials.

New Democracy is concerned that the experts' committees that Greece and Turkey have set up to list bilateral differences, will end in Turkey getting its claims to Greek soil acknowledged as outstanding bilateral issues.

New Democracy's Iannis Varvitsiotis also fears any dialogue with Turkey would end in Greece making concessions.


Kostas Karamanlis says he is going to change the way his party operates, so that more members will be able to actively participate in party matters.

Over the weekend, Karamanlis told party members that it's time New Democracy ends what he calls its introversion. Disagreements within the party are fine, he added, as long as they're of a political, not a personal nature.

Political Spring held its first congress over the weekend, electing its founder, Antonis Samaras, party leader.

Samaras, a New Democracy defector, discussed the party's political orientation, saying it "covers the center of the political field", and adding that it will continue its independent course.

After a successful showing in the 1993 parliamentary elections, Political Spring failed to win a single parliamentary seat in 1996.


Greek ship owner Kostas Peratikos, murdered by terrorists last week, was buried in Athens on Saturday.

The funeral was attended by family members, close friends, businessmen, and politicians. Dora Bakoyianni, new Democracy MP, whose husband was also murdered by November 17th terrorists, attended the service as well. The most tragic figure was Peratikos's eight-year-old son.


Georgios LivanOs died Sunday at the age of 71. He was a member of one of Greece's most distinguished shipowning families.

LivanOs is known to the public as the man whose flying dolphin service gave a boost to tourism, and for his commitment to environmental protection.

He was the founder of Helmepa, the Greek Sea Environment Protection Union.

Livanos's funeral service was held at the Athens Metropolitan Cathedral.


Lekka Zogou, the pretender to the Albanian throne, believes a national referendum scheduled for June 29th will result in the restoration of the monarchy six decades after it was abolished.

Lekka spoke to Antenna's Vassilis Hitos.


Elevtherios Mouzakis says it was rags that spurred him on to find riches. The textile manufacturer known as the "king of thread" talks about what motivated him to succeed in his just-released autobiography.

The founder of the "Petalouda", or "Butterfly" textile company started his business at the tender age of ten, selling his goods on the street.

"What made me get ahead", he remembered at the launch, "was hunger and poverty. All the time I was growing up, I never counted my money; I just looked at how much I had progressed in my business, and what more I could offer".

Mouzakis's book is a lesson in life and success. "If you want to get somewhere, set a goal", he advises. "If you want to achieve your goal, you have to believe in what you're doing, fall in love with it, and dedicate yourself to it. Your work is your life, your soul, your future, your vision".

Mouzakis is still in love with HIS work. His only recreation is his hobby, shooting.


KallipAtira, a philanthropic women's society, hosted two days of athletic events in Rodopi.

The event in northeastern Greece, dedicated to children, athleticism and the role of women in sensitizing children to sports was organized by society chairwoman Agapi Vardinoyianni.

Mrs Vardinoyianni explained that the society's aim is to encourage the country's children to play sports".

The society showered sportswear, athletic equipment and computers on athletic clubs in the area, as well as furnishing the local library with books.

Chirstof Vazecha was among three soccer stars who played in games organised for children in the region.


Americans called her "the golden girl", because she initiated the use of "neon" in sculpture in the 1960s, adding a new dimension to the art form.

The Cycladic Art Museum is staging an exhibition of the Golden girl Chryssa's work. The "Cycladic Books" exhibit includes marble sculptures based on earlier work in plaster and clay.

Chryssa's enormous works adorn squares and museums all over the world, including the Athens Symphony Hall.

The Greek artist says it is a great pleasure for her to have her work on display at the Cycladic Art Museum because it normally exhibits ancient Greek artwork, and she feels a kinship with the ancients.

When they were first exhibited in New York, Chryssa's "books" were considered the forerunners of minimalism. The Cycladic Art Museum is now displaying them in their totality, revealing the sources of the artist's inspiration.

Vassilis Hitos caught up with Lekka Zogou as he and his son stumped in the rebel-run southern city of Argyrokastro.

The referendum on the monarchy will be held simultaneously with parliamentary elections.

Despite his confidence that the crown will be brought back, disinterested observers expect the monarchy idea to be voted down, and many royalists to give their votes to president Sali Berisha's Democratic Party.

The fact is, Lekka received a modest reception in Argyrokastro - no more than 300 people turned up to see him.

One man in this city which rose up against what they say is a corrupt Berisha when investment schemes robbed thousands of their money several months ago, accused Leka's father of having them in the past.

Leka denied that. Later, he told Hitos that his country needs peace, friendship, and trust to move forward.

He added that the people will be the real winners in the elections, if there are no election irregularities. "Whoever wins, will have won the confidence of the people", he says.


In sports, Greece won the silver medal at the world water polo championship in Athens over the weekend.

Greece reaches the final with an 8-4 victory of Hungary in Saturday's semi- final.

The home team had lost 37 of 39 of its previous matches to the Hungarians, but jumps out to a 5- nothing lead in this one, sending Greece to the finals of a major water polo tournament for the first time.

Greece's opponent in the final is the USA. It was the second meeting of the two teams in the tournament, and the second triumph for the Americans, who win the 8-5.


Antenna television is giving people the chance to read more. The station is delivering books to people in remote areas. The books were given to the station after an appeal to its viewers.

The people of Achladohori near the Bulgarian border were pleased when the stations reps showed up with a book delivery. Before the Antenna donation of history books, novels, and children's books, the local library was empty.

Antenna public relations director Lola Daifa says Antenna's book initiative - a brainchild of station president Minos Kyriakou - shows once again that the station practises what it preaches when it comes to lending people a hand.

Petros Pavlides, the mayor of the small community, says residents are grateful for the book aid.

© ANT1 Radio 1997

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