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Athens News Agency: News in English (PM), 98-09-28

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr>

NEWS IN ENGLISH

Athens, Greece, 28/09/1998 (ANA)


MAIN HEADLINES

  • Greece hails SPD win in Germany
  • Simitis chairs meeting on Greek Security Council bid
  • Papandreou to visit Poland
  • CoE not considering Belgrade's application
  • Black Sea studies institute begins meeting
  • Gov't awaits inquiry on botched police raid
  • No more gas in Thessaloniki
  • Weather
  • Foreign Exchange

NEWS IN DETAIL

Greece hails SPD win in Germany

Prime Minister Costas Simitis spoke with Germany's Chancellor-elect Gerhard Schroeder shortly after midnight, and sent him a congratulatory telegram expressing his pleasure at the latter's electoral victory, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said on Monday. In his cable, Simitis said the two governments could work together on social policy in Europe to combat unemployment and in laying the foundations for a European common foreign policy, Reppas added. He said Simitis sent similar messages to the victorious SPD party's leader Oskar Lafontaine and Greens party leader Joschka Fischer.

Simitis chairs meeting on Greek Security Council bid

Prime Minister Costas Simitis chaired a meeting on Monday with the leadership of the foreign ministry to review progress on Greece's bid to sit on the UN Security Council. Other issues discussed included the prime minister's forthcoming meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz in Antalya, Turkey next month at the summit of southeast European countries, the first time Simitis and Yilmaz will have met since the first summit in Crete last November. Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos briefed the meeting, attended by Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou and Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannos Kranidiotis, on the results of his talks at the United Nations, where he attended the General Assembly.

Papandreou to visit Poland

Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou begins a two-day visit to Poland on Tuesday where he will have meetings with the Police President Aleksander Kwasniewski, Foreign Minister Bronislaw Geremek and a number of other officials.

CoE not considering Belgrade's application

The Council of Europe is not seriously considering Yugoslavia's inclusion in the organisation at this time, Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou said on Monday during a meeting of the organisation's council of ministers and parliamentary assembly on the island of Santorini. Papandreou, representing Greece, the present Council of Europe president, said the organisation had to continue its efforts to bring an end to hostilities and in support of dialogue between the two sides. Last week, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly President Leni Fischer threatened to bar Yugoslavia's application for the Council of Europe if Belgrade did not desist from military action in Kosovo.

Black Sea studies institute begins meeting

Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannos Kranidiotis on Monday presided over the first meeting of the board of directors of an International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBS) which will conduct research for its parent organization, the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC). The eleven members of the BSEC are represented at the two-day meeting in Athens: Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Ukraine, Romania, Russia and Turkey. The BSEC approved a Greek proposal for the centre in 1996. The new centre, to be based in Greece, will aim at finding practical ways to realise cooperation between member-states in the technological, academic and economic sectors.

Gov't awaits inquiry on botched police raid

The government on Monday denied reports that Prime Minister Costas Simitis was considering combining the interior and public order ministries or a more general reshuffle in the wake of the botched police raid last week. "Nothing like this is being considered by the prime minister," government spokesman Dimitris Reppas told reporters. Reppas was speaking to reporters after an eventful weekend, in which the man at the centre of the hostage drama which led to the resignation of the chief of police and left 12 people - including the police chief and one of the hostages - in hospital died suddenly while in a prison hospital.

No more gas in Thessaloniki

Hand-written signs saying "No more gasoline" went up in hundreds of filling stations in the northern Greek capital Thessaloniki as a strike by tanker truck drivers in northern Greece entered its second week. The tanker truck drivers, who are protesting the deregulation of their closed-shop profession which would allow major oil companies to extend their activities to distribution as well, are due to meet Tuesday with Transport Ministry officials. Later reports said drivers in the northern city had converged on petrol stations as news that the petrol supply was drying up broke. Striking tanker truck drivers allowed some 35 trucks to deliver fuel to a number of stations as a goodwill gesture.

WEATHER

Cloud will increase in the Ionian and on the mainland today, spreading to the rest of the country, with storms expected in the west. Winds southerly moderate to strong. Scattered cloud in Athens increasing in the afternoon with temperatures from 18-30C. Thessaloniki will be overcast with possible rain and temperatures from 16-26C.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Monday's rates (buying) U.S. dollar 287.402 British pound 489.116 Japanese yen (100) 213.449 French franc 51.417 German mark 172.420 Italian lira (100) 17.435 Irish Punt 431.222 Belgian franc 8.357 Finnish mark 56.633 Dutch guilder 152.887 Danish kr. 45.291 Austrian sch. 24.497 Spanish peseta 2.030 Swedish kr. 36.525 Norwegian kr. 38.823 Swiss franc 208.439 Port. Escudo 1.679 Aus. dollar 169.344 Can. dollar 190.047 Cyprus pound 581.848

(M.P.)


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