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Athens News Agency: News in English, 01-12-20

Athens News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Gov't: Cyprus' EU accession unaffected by solution prospects
  • [02] Foreign Exchange Rates - Thursday
  • [03] Weather Forecast: Scattered cloud on Thursday

  • [01] Gov't: Cyprus' EU accession unaffected by solution prospects

    20/12/2001 12:54:45

    The Greek government emphasised on Wednesday that Ankaras apparent policy reversal of late vis-a-vis a solution to the Cyprus problem stems from the fact that it realised the ?futility of its previous strategy?.

    Government spokesman Christos Protopapas made the statement during his regular press briefing in Athens, and in reply to the latest comments regarding Cyprus by Turkish PM Bulent Ecevit.

    The Turkish premier on Tuesday merely reiterated Ankaras long-standing views on the Cyprus issue, most of whom contravene various UN resolutions and International Law.

    ?Cyprus is in the final stretch towards its (EU) accession, and this was verified at Laeken,? Protopapas said in reference to last weekends European Union summit near Brussels.

    He also emphasised the common position of both Athens and Nicosia, namely, that if negotiations for a solution to the island republics problem lead to ?the unfortunate possibility of failure, then this will not affect Cyprus accession?.

    [02] Foreign Exchange Rates - Thursday

    20/12/2001 10:24:13

    Indicative tourist buying rates

    U.S. dollar 376.311

    German mark 172.829

    French franc 051.531

    Pound sterling 545.461

    Irish punt 429.202

    Belgian franc 008.379

    Luxembourg franc 008.379

    Dutch guilder 153.389

    Italian lira (100) 017.457

    Austrian schilling 024.565

    Danish kroner 045.437

    Swedish kroner 035.570

    Finnish mark 056.852

    Spanish peseta 002.032

    Portuguese escudo 001.686

    Japanese yen (100) 294.766

    Swiss franc 229.414

    Norwegian kroner 042.356

    Cyprus pound 587.348

    Canadian dollar 238.570

    Australian dollar 193.542

    [03] Weather Forecast: Scattered cloud on Thursday

    20/12/2001 10:23:52

    Light cloud is forecast throughout the country on Thursday, turning overcast in the west. Winds northwesterly, moderate. In the north, temperatures will range from -14C to 3C; on the rest of the mainland from -7C to 9C; and in the islands from 1C to 11C. Mostly sunny in Athens with temperatures between 1C and 9C. Light cloud in Thessaloniki, with temperatures from -5C to 3C.


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