Browse through our Interesting Nodes of Mass Media in Cyprus Read the Convention Relating to the Regime of the Straits (24 July 1923) Read the Convention Relating to the Regime of the Straits (24 July 1923)
HR-Net - Hellenic Resources Network Compact version
Today's Suggestion
Read The "Macedonian Question" (by Maria Nystazopoulou-Pelekidou)
HomeAbout HR-NetNewsWeb SitesDocumentsOnline HelpUsage InformationContact us
Sunday, 26 March 2023
  Latest News (All)
     From Greece
     From Cyprus
     From Europe
     From Balkans
     From Turkey
     From USA
  World Press
  News Archives
Web Sites
  Interesting Nodes
  Special Topics
  Treaties, Conventions
  U.S. Agencies
  Cyprus Problem
  Personal NewsPaper
  Greek Fonts

The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-04-16

The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <>


  • [01] NATO air strikes continue despite bombing of refugees
  • [02] Greece and Bulgaria agree on need for political solution
  • [03] Athens to coordinate humanitarian aid to Kosovo
  • [04] Greek political leaders comment on Kosovo crisis
  • [05] Euro-Mediterranean meeting in Stuttgart
  • [06] Greek exhibit halls at the New York Metropolitan Museum

  • [01] NATO air strikes continue despite bombing of refugees

    NATO is intensifying its air strikes on Yugoslavia despite the international outcry provoked by the killing of 75 refugees in Kosovo two days ago.

    The state radio in Montenegro has reported that allied jets bombed strategic targets in Montenegro, including an airport in the suburbs of Podgorica, a road artery connecting Montenegro with Albania and the port of Bar.

    Late last night the sirens sounded again in Belgrade and other Yugoslav towns.

    Missiles were reported to have hit a refugee reception centre in Paracin, 150 km south of the Yugoslav capital. So far, there have been no reports about possible victims.

    Meanwhile, NATO confirmed it was responsible for the death of civilians during an attack on a refugee convoy returning to Kosovo. NATO expressed deep regret at the death of civilians but said that air strikes on Serb military targets will continue.

    NATO spokesman James Shea has said that the alliance was taking every measure to avert collateral damage but a tragic incident could not weaken its determination.

    The alliance screened a video taken from the F-18 fighter jet which showed the bombing of the convoy and claimed that one of the bombs hit a non- military target by mistake.

    In Washington, National Security Council spokesman David Levy expressed the US administration's sorrow at the loss of human lives in Kosovo but said that military operations will continue.

    In a related development, the UN security council described the recent NATO bombing of a refugee convoy as a tragic incident, while American president Bill Clinton remarked yesterday that it was a sad, but unavoidable fact.

    Russia has urged the UN to provide explanations for the NATO bombardment and Yugoslavia has called for an emergency session of the UN security council.

    According to press reports, the US has called up 30,000 reserve troops to boost its armed forces, while the newspaper "Washington Post" has referred to a NATO ground offensive in Kosovo.

    Germany has cancelled all its unmanned reconnaissance flights over Kosovo, following the loss of a third aircraft since the beginning of this week.

    In the meantime, the European parliament has passed a resolution providing for Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic's trial by an international criminal court and the deployment of an international peace-keeping ground force in Kosovo.

    [02] Greece and Bulgaria agree on need for political solution

    Greece and Bulgaria are in complete agreement about the need for a political solution to the Yugoslav crisis, following talks between prime minister Kostas Simitis and his Bulgarian counterpart Ivan Kostov in Athens yesterday.

    Mr Simitis presented Greece's plan for Balkan restructuring, within the European Union context, stressing that all Balkan countries, including Yugoslavia, should work together towards implementing an economic-political framework for the Balkans. On Monday, high-ranking Balkan officials will meet in Athens for discussions on the issue.

    British foreign secretary Robin Cook has praised Greece's role in the Balkans, expressing satisfaction at the initiatives undertaken by Athens to promote stability and cooperation in the region.

    [03] Athens to coordinate humanitarian aid to Kosovo

    In a related development, Athens is to undertake the coordination of the dispatch of humanitarian aid to Kosovo and Montenegro by Greece and other countries.

    The decision was taken during yesterday's interministerial committee meeting which was chaired by interior minister Vasso Papandreou.

    Ms Papandreou said Greece could play a more extensive role in the Balkans owing to its good relations with all the states in the region.

    She also made it clear, however, that Greece would not allow the passage of military vehicles carrying humanitarian aid from its soil.

    [04] Greek political leaders comment on Kosovo crisis

    Referring to the Yugoslav crisis, Greece's main opposition New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis stressed in a speech he delivered in Thessaloniki yesterday the need to allow diplomacy to speak instead of guns.

    Leader of the Coalition of the Left Wing and Progress Nikos Konstantopoulos described the likelihood of a land operation in Yugoslavia as a nightmare. Mr Konstantopoulos was speaking from Skopje where he has been on two-day visit since yesterday.

    [05] Euro-Mediterranean meeting in Stuttgart

    The EU foreign ministers are meeting in Stuttgart, Germany, today, with their counterparts of the 12 countries participating in Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation. The aim of the meeting is to set up a Charter for peace and stability in the Mediterranean.

    Greek foreign minister Yorgos Papandreou, who is representing Greece, referred to a good neighborhood framework in the Mediterranean and an agreement for a peaceful settlement of conflicts.

    [06] Greek exhibit halls at the New York Metropolitan Museum

    Greek culture minister Elisavet Papazoi is leaving for the USA today to attend the opening of the Greek exhibit halls at the New York Metropolitan Museum. Ms Papazoi will also speak tomorrow at Boston University on the subject: The values of Greek civilization and their strength in the 21st century, in the framework of an international symposium entitled: The spirit of Greece inspires.

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis will inaugurate the Greek exhibit halls on Monday.

    The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article
    Back to Top
    Copyright © 1995-2023 HR-Net (Hellenic Resources Network). An HRI Project.
    All Rights Reserved.

    HTML by the HR-Net Group / Hellenic Resources Institute, Inc.
    eraen2html v1.00 run on Friday, 16 April 1999 - 10:23:34 UTC