Athens News Agency: News in English (AM), 97-04-30
NEWS IN ENGLISH
Athens, Greece, 30/04/1997 (ANA)
- Greece maintains veto on EU funds to Turkey
- Common position by the EU '15'
- Composers Theodorakis, Livanelli honoured by Kinkel
- Greek-Italian military coordination in Albania discussed
- Larger Greek economic presence in Black Sea region urged
- Public transport fares, mobile phone dues to increase
- Complaint forms for restaurants, bars
- EU Commission to grant OTE transition period in free market
- Water reserves exceed one billion cubic metres
- Eurostat service for media professionals
- 'Medecins sans Frontieres' set up model refugee camp
- Foreign exchange
NEWS IN DETAIL
Greece maintains veto on EU funds to Turkey
Greece yesterday maintained its veto on a European Union aid package to
Turkey, continuing to block aid worth Ecu375 million until Ankara stopped
threatening Greek sovereignty in the Aegean.
Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos said Turkey had not taken the necessary
steps allowing Greece to change its stance.
"Greece is facing a bilateral relations problem with Turkey, which is based
on the fact that Turkey does not withdraw its threat of war, which the
Turkish National Assembly has unanimously endorsed, in the event that
Greece extends its territorial wate rs to 12 (nautical) miles in the Aegean,
" Mr. Pangalos said.
"Turkey does not have the right to threaten," he noted, adding that "Turkey
should realise that the problems it may have in relation to the Aegean must
be resolved on the basis of the existing international law and international
treaties, such as the Lausanne Treaty, the Italy-Turkey 1932 Agreement, the
Italy-Greece 1947 Agreement and the Law of the Sea."
Mr. Pangalos said the Greek positions had not been accepted by the Turkish
side, "mainly because Turkey is not capable of sorting out its domestic
problems in relation to the course that it must follow."
"Certain circles," Mr. Pangalos said, "think that Turkey can exercise a
hegemonic policy at Greece's expense" and continue to maintain an "imperial
perception of their country's destiny."
The Greek foreign minister said he accepted a Dutch EU presidency proposal
for the creation of two experts committees, a Greek and a Turkish one,
which until June will communicate with each other via the Dutch presidency
and after that through the Luxembourg presidency.
The committees will form the framework for talks on Greek-Turkish
Common position by the EU '15'
The Council's common text, which was presented last night to Turkish
Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller, contains many references to Greek-Turkish
relations and the Cyprus issue.
Specifically, it is mentioned that the strengthening of relations between
the European Union and Turkey depends primarily on three factors:
Firstly, an improvement in relations between Greece and Turkey through the
settlement of issues concerning them on the basis of international law,
including mechanisms such as the International Court at The Hague, as well
as through relations of good neighbourliness and the rejection of the
threat or use of force. Secondly, an improvement in the situation of human
rights in Turkey and, thirdly, respect for human rights and the finding of
a political solution to the Kurdish problem.
On the Cyprus issue, the common position of the "15" said:
"On the question of Cyprus, the European Union's Council took a decision on
March 6, 1995, on the start to accession negotiations with Cyprus in the
framework of wider discussions also concerning Turkey. The Council decided
that the negotiations with Cyprus will start six months after the end of
the Intergovernmental Conference in accordance with its outcome. The
Council stressed that the accession of Cyprus should be beneficial for all
the communities on the island and will contribute to intercommunal peace
" The Union is convinced that a solution to the Cyprus problem is urgent on
this basis to delete the cause of continuous tension in Cyprus and the
region. The lack of progress will be to the detriment of Turkey, the EU and
relations between them.
"The Union urges Turkey to participate in the effort to find a solution
together with the other countries through negotiations with direct talks
between the sides this summer."
Speaking to German reporters, German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel said the
accession of Turkey to the EU is not predictable in the near future for
four reasons, namely, tension in Greek-Turkish relations; its economic
problems; problems faced by the Kurds and problems in Turkey's human rights
Composers Theodorakis, Livanelli honoured by Kinkel
German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel yesterday held a reception and dinner
in the Petersburg State House in honour of composers Mikis Theodorakis and
The two composers, who have both been active in the goal of Greek-Turkish
friendship, are to conduct a joint tour of Germany in May.
Mr. Kinkel's initiative has been seen as a symbolic gesture to support
efforts in improving Greek-Turkish relations and bringing Greeks and Turks
The political part of their visit to Germany is being supported financially
by the Nauman Foundation. Some of the concerts to be held have been placed
under the auspices of Social Democratic and Environmental party politicians.
Greek-Italian military coordination in Albania discussed
National Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos yesterday discussed
cooperation and coordination in efforts between Greece and Italy in Albania
with his Italian counterpart, Beniamino Andreata.
Speaking at a joint press conference, Mr. Tsohatzopoulos said yesterday's
meeting provided the opportunity for the terms of a successful cooperation
to be discussed regarding the effectiveness of the multinational force in
Albania and, in parallel, confirmation of the good cooperation between the
military forces of Greece and Italy in the common effort in Albania.
"We ascertained the need for closer cooperation to enable us to contribute
to the success of the targets of the European Union and the OSCE,
concerning the successful holding of elections in Albania," he said.
Mr. Tsohatzopoulos briefed his Italian counterpart on meetings he held in
Albania on Monday with that country's prime minister and defence minister
so that the needs of the current national reconciliation government in
Tirana can be taken into consideration in an effort for a successful
military mission aimed to protect humanitarian aid.
Mr. Andreata expressed satisfaction over his meeting with Mr. Tsohatzopoulos
with whom, as he said, there was extensive communication from the start,
more than was ascertained with other defence ministers from participating
"The certainty of having Greece as a partner was an important factor for us
to decide to assume our responsibilities," he said.
Mr. Andreata said that in the event the need appeared, and provided the
Security Council permitted, Italy and Greece would not refuse to extend
their mission beyond the period anticipated.
Larger Greek economic presence in Black Sea region urged
Greek businessmen said yesterday that Greece's role as an important economy
and EU-member country is being proved during the course of the Black Sea
Pact Cooperation (BSEC) meeting, which opened here on Monday.
The Greece-based businessmen underlined their belief that there was room
for a greater Greek presence in the BSEC group. The meeting, which focused
on energy, transport and telecommunication issues as well as protection of
the environment, aims to accelerate cooperation between the 11 member-
countries and to attract investments to the wider Black Sea region.
The president of the Federation of Northern Greece Industries, Nikolaos
Efthimiadis, noted that Greece had much to gain from its active presence
and participation in the organisation's activities.
Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos is expected to attend the meeting
Public transport fares, mobile phone dues to increase
Taxi fares, mobile telephone and postage dues, railway and bus tickets will
increase over the next two months.
Specifically, increases of up to 50 per cent (in summoning radio taxis)
will take effect for taxi fares as of May 1. The single tariff will
increase to 62 drachmas from 58 and the double tariff to 200 from 113. The
largest increase will concern calls for radio taxis, with an ordinary call
increasing to 300 drachmas from 200, while a pre-arranged appointment rises
to 400 drachmas from 300.
The starting price (200 drachmas), the chronometrical cost (2,000) and
fares from airports and ports (300) remain unchanged.
Additionally, a fare from bus and railway stations will decrease to 150
drachmas from 160 as well as the cost for carrying luggage exceeding 10kg
to 50 drachmas from 55.
As of tomorrow, mobile telephony dues (the average increase will be about 4
per cent) for the mobile telephony supplier Telestet will also increase.
Similar increases will also apply for the mobile telephony dues of the
Panafon firm, as of May 12.
Lastly, at peak hours for the "City" package, local calls will be charged
84 drachmas per minute (from 80); national calls 250 drachmas per minute;
from one mobile phone to a mobile phone 117 drachmas per minute (from 112)
and for non-peak hours 84 drachmas (from 80) per minute.
As of July 1 increases of up to 25 per cent will be implemented for postal
dues, 15 per cent for railway fares and 35 per cent for urban bus tickets
(100 drachmas from 75).
Complaint forms for restaurants, bars
All shops serving food and drinks, such as restaurants, tavernas, bars and
conditories will from now on be obliged to keep a special container at the
shop's the exit with printed forms to enable customers to list their
The forms will be in triplicate and according to a clause announced by the
development ministry, proprietors are obliged to keep an adequate number of
forms available for customers throughout the entire time the shops will be
According to the same clause, the shops are obliged to write in capital
letters on their price lists the following announcement in Greek, English,
French and German:
"The shop is obliged to have printed forms in a special container next to
the exit for the making of whatever complaint," according to a ministry
EU Commission to grant OTE transition period in free market
The European Commission intends to grant the Hellenic Telecommunications
Organisation (OTE) an adequate transition period next month to adapt to
free competition regulations, following yesterday's meeting between EU
Competition Commiss ionerKarel van Miert and Transport and Communications
Mi-nister Haris Kastanidis.
Free market regulations must apply for telecommunications in the European
Union as of Jan. 1, 1998.
Ireland and Portugal have been granted a transitional period for conventional
telephony until 1999 and until June 1, 1997.
Greece broached the issue of a transitional period following certain
regulations agreed upon between Mr. Kastanidis and Mr. van Miert. These
concern satellite communications, mobile telephony, cable television and
the Telecommunications Committee.
The Commission agreed that Greece had made great efforts in the telecommunications
sector compared to the past, and had managed to change the negative climate
of Greek cooperation with relevant Commission services.
Water reserves exceed one billion cubic metres
Water reserves of the Athens Water and Sewerage Co. (EYDAP), used for
supplying the greater Athens area, now exceed one billion cubic metres for
the first time since 1987, EYDAP general director Georgios Ioannidis
The increased reserves, however, do not rule out the possibility of price
increases. EYDAP's administration is proposing increases particularly for
Eurostat service for media professionals
The European Commission has created a statistical information service
through Eurostat, aimed to assist journalists and the media.
The information service will be provided free of charge after an application,
with an Ecu200 limit per application. It will provide information on issues
concerning general statistical data, economic and financial matters,
population and social conditions, energy and industry, commerce, services
and transport, the environment, research and development.
Professionals interested in obtaining such Eurostat statistics can receive
more information at: Eurostat Media Support, Ana Maria Martinez, Tel+ (352)
43.01.33.408, Fax + (352) 43.01.32.649, e-mail: ana.martinez&eurostat.cec.be
Additional information can be obtained through the internet at: http:
'Medecins sans Frontieres' set up model refugee camp
The Greek branch of the international aid organisation Medecins sans
Frontieres has set up a model refugee camp with six tents in central
Thessaloniki in order to inform the public of its work and the needs of the
roughly 50 million refugees in such camps around the world.
The model camp is due to tour Irakleio, Patra and Ioannina over the next
According to the organisation's statistics, 100 drachmas per day is all
that is needed to save a malnourished child. Saving the life of a person in
danger of dying from cholera costs only 1,500 drachmas, while a vaccine
costs 200 drachmas. With 190,000 drachmas, the organisation's doctors can
perform 25 operations on critically ill patients.
There are roughly 150 Greek members of Medecins Sans Frontieres, many of
whom are currently in Kenya, Armenia, Iran, other parts of the Middle East,
Mozambique, Guiana and Tanzania.
Other members are working in the organisation's centre in Athens, set up a
few months ago, in order to treat Albanian, Russian and Kurdish refugees
Local Cloudiness, scattered showers and rainstorms are forecast for most
parts of Greece today including the northern Aegean and Ionian Seas. Winds
will be southerly, weak to moderate. Athens will be rainy with a possible
storm in the afternoon with temperatures between 10-17C. Similar weather in
Thessaloniki with temperatures between 8-14C.
Tuesday's closing rates - buying US dlr. 272.205
Pound sterling 441.579 Cyprus pd 528.042
French franc 46.632 Swiss franc 184.834
German mark 157.158 Italian lira (100) 15.856
Yen (100) 214.877 Canadian dlr. 194.134
Australian dlr. 212.000 Irish Punt 419.318
Belgian franc 7.618 Finnish mark 52.175
Dutch guilder 139.798 Danish kr. 41.297
Swedish kr. 34.649 Norwegian kr. 38.440
Austrian sch. 22.330 Spanish peseta 1.867
Port. Escudo 1.569