|Saturday, 23 February 2019|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-07-12
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <ert.ntua.gr/>
 PM SIMITIS PLANS A SERIES OF TRIPS ABROADPrime Minister Costas Simitis is scheduled to visit Kosovo in late July, accompanied by National Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos. The visit will take place a few days prior to the summit meeting on Yugoslavia, which will be held in Sarajevo.
In autumn, Mr Simitis has also programmed visits to other Balkan countries, including Albania, Bulgaria and Rumania. On September 17, he will go to Beijing, accompanied by Greek businessmen, with the aim of creating joint Greek-Chinese investments. After China, he plans to visit Tibet.
 CRUCIAL FANARI TALKS ON ARCHBISHOP SPYRIDON'S FUTURETalks in Fanari, Turkey, between the Greek-Orthodox Archbishop Spyridon of America and the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos of Constantinople are continuing today in relation to complaints made by both laymen and clerics in the United States about the archbishop's controversial style of leadership.
According to reliable sources, the Patriarchate is examining the possibility of replacing Archbishop Spyridon, or electing a new archbishop. Circles close to Spyridon have stated that the American archbishop does not plan to resign.
Meanwhile, the head of the Greek foreign ministry's Religious Affairs department, Rallis Valsamas, also had a meeting with Patriarch Vartholomeos yesterday, in which he expressed the ministry's views on the crisis that has arisen in the American Greek-Orthodox community.
In a separate development, a group of American congressmen is expected to visit Constantinople shortly, to be briefed on the Ecumenical Patriarchate's problems in Turkey as regards security, freedom of speech and activities, as well as on the possibility of the reopening of the Halki Theological School.
 US DEFENCE SECRETARY TO VISIT GREECEAmerican Defence Secretary Willian Cohen is scheduled to arrive in Greece tomorrow and will meet with his Greek counterpart, Akis Tsohatzopoulos in Thessaloniki. Later, in Athens, he will have meetings with Prime Minister Costas Simitis and Foreign Minister George Papandreou, on Greek-Turkish relations, terrorism and Greece's role in the restructuring of the Balkans. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Papandreou and his German counterpart Joshka Fischer will meet today to discuss the restructuring of the Balkans, as well as the European Union's relations with Turkey.
 THESSALONIKI PROTEST AGAINST NATO TROOPS' TRANSITClashes broke out in Thessaloniki yesterday, when members of the Greek Communist Party, protesting against the transit of Nato forces through Greek territory, tried to break down the main port gate. Many demonstrators fainted and others suffered severe respiratory problems from tear-gas thrown by police to disperse the protesters.
American diplomacy has prepared a series of working scenarios to deal with a possible deadlock, in the event that the Turkish side raises the issue of a confederation in the upcoming talks on the Cyprus issue, a top-ranking United States State Department official has told Cypriot Radio. In the meantime, the Turkish minister to the Presidency, Sukru Gurel, and Foreign Minister Ismail Cem are presently visiting the Turkish-occupied northern part of Cyprus to prepare the groundwork for a conference on the creation of an association between Turkey and the self-styled Turkish Cypriot state which has been announced for July 20th-the anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
According to the Turkish-Cypriot newspaper, "Kybris," Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has warned the Greek-Cypriots that there will be serious reprisals, if they violate the greenline in Cyprus, on July 20, as he claims they plan to do. Mr. Denktash expressed the hope that Cypriot president Glafcos Clerides will take the appropriate measures, keeping in mind the events that occurred three years ago, when two young Greek-Cypriots were murdered by Turkish occupation forces.
In another development, the Greek defence undersecretary, Dimitris Apostolakis, has said in an interview with the Cypriot newspaper, "Fileleftheros," that the relationship between Greece and Cyprus was not that of advisor and advisee, neither were Nicosia's choices of military systems subject to approval by Athens. Mr. Apostolakis clarified that the two countries were in constant cooperation with each other, and that Greece backed Cyprus' decisions.