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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-07-05

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CONTENTS

  • [01] DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [02] GREEK PRIME MINISTER WILL VISIT KOSOVO
  • [03] REACTIONS TO THE RE-ELECTION OF PRESIDENT STEPHANOPOULOS
  • [04] NEW ROUND OF TALKS ON OLYMPIC AIRWAYS
  • [05] MORE CHANGES IN EDUCATION
  • [06] POLICE ROUND UP ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

  • [01] DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CYPRUS ISSUE

    The Cypriot foreign minister Ioannis Kassoulidis has said that the invitation which the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, will extend to the Greek and Turkish-Cypriots in September would be for a solution to the Cyprus dispute. He added, however, that if the Turkish-Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash, raised the issue of recognition of his self-styled state, or a solution on the basis of a confederation, then there would be no rapprochement in their stands. Mr Kasoulidis has also stated that at the Cypriot National Council which will convene in Nicosia today, the Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides will express his concern over the terms the Turkish-Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash has set for a dialogue. Meanwhile, the speaker of the Cypriot house of representatives Spyros Kyprianou has strongly criticized the recent handling of the Cyprus issue by the German envoy for Cyprus and questioned the UN secretary general Kofi Anan's authority. The decision of the Group of Eight on the Cyprus dispute, paves the way for a discussion on the solution of a confederation, estimates the Cypriot communist party, AKEL. The Greek foreign minister George Papandreou has stated to the Athens newspaper Kathimerini that the New York agreement on a Greek-Turkish dialogue does not mean changes in the Greek stands. For his part, the Turkish foreign minister Ismail Cem described the agreement as a step towards the right direction, which should not however, become the object of exaggeration.

    [02] GREEK PRIME MINISTER WILL VISIT KOSOVO

    A report in yesterday's issue of the Athens newspaper, To Vima, says the Greek prime minister, Kostas Simitis, will pay a visit to Kosovo this month to gain a first-hand picture of prospects for the country's reconstruction.

    [03] REACTIONS TO THE RE-ELECTION OF PRESIDENT STEPHANOPOULOS

    The reaction of the opposition New Democracy party and the Coalition of the Left Wing and Progress party was immediate to the prime minister Kostas Simitis' appeal regarding the parties' support in the re-election of Konstantinos Stephanopoulos to the presidency of the republic. As known, the term of the president of the republic ends next March. If the re-election of the present president or the election of another is impossible to be achieved in parliament, then early elections are bound to be held.

    [04] NEW ROUND OF TALKS ON OLYMPIC AIRWAYS

    This week is crucial for Olympic Airways, as a new round of negotiations begins between the government and employees who have planned a new 24 hour strike for Wednesday. A meeting will take place today between the national economy minister Yannos Papantoniou, the transport minister Tasos Mantelis and the unionists of Olympic Airways in order to find common points of dialogue with the employees who react to the fact that the British Airways' affiliate Speed Wing has taken over the management of Olympic Airways.

    [05] MORE CHANGES IN EDUCATION

    In an interview with the Athens Sunday paper Kyriakatiki Eleftherotypia, the education minister Gerasimos Arsenis announced that special teaching programs would be introduced for students of the first grade of Lyceum who have failed this year, adding that he will start a dialogue with the students on the issue of educational reforms.

    [06] POLICE ROUND UP ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

    The government is to hire 2,500 policemen and soldiers to stand sentinel over the borders in a bid to deal with the increasing crime rate and illegal immigration. It will also re-examine the procedure for the granting of a green card, the residence permit required by foreign nationals. Meanwhile, a sweeping operation to arrest illegal immigrants in Greece has been under way in the last few days. 870 illegal immigrants have been rounded up and taken to police headquarters in Attica. 250 of them have already been deported, while another 18 were taken to court on charges of holding forged residence permits.
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