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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-07-14

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CONTENTS

  • [01] AMERICAN DEFENCE SECRETARY VISITS THESSALONIKI
  • [02] PRIME MINISTER'S WORKING SESSIONS WITH CABINET MEMBERS
  • [03] PRIME MINISTER AND DEFENCE MINISTER TO ATTEND SUMMIT IN BONN
  • [04] GREEK, ALBANIAN AND FYROM FOREIGN MINISTERS MEET IN GREECE
  • [05] FUEL PRICES AFFECT INFLATION, BANK OF GREECE GOVERNOR SAYS
  • [06] TURKEY LACKS PREREQUISITES FOR EU CANDIDATE COUNTRY
  • [07] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE ANNOUNCEMENT
  • [08] ONE DEAD, THREE MISSING IN SEA TRAGEDY
  • [09] ERGOBANK TAKEOVER EXTENDED
  • [10] G7 FINANCE MINISTERS DISCUSS COST OF BALKAN RECONSTRUCTION

  • [01] AMERICAN DEFENCE SECRETARY VISITS THESSALONIKI

    Thessaloniki's important role in the reconstruction of the Balkans was referred to in statements made yesterday by Greek national defence minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos and visiting US defence secretary William Cohen. Mr Tsohatzopoulos confirmed that the headquarters of the Organization for the Reconstruction of the Balkans would be in Thessaloniki. For his part, Mr Cohen described Thessaloniki as "a port of hope" and announced the setting up of a US commercial office in Thessaloniki, through which Washington would participate in the effort for the reconstruction of the Balkans. Referring to the issue of terrorism, the US defence secretary stressed that more efforts should be made to face the problem in Greece and other countries. Mr Cohen will meet with prime minister Kostas Simitis in Athens, today.

    [02] PRIME MINISTER'S WORKING SESSIONS WITH CABINET MEMBERS

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis yesterday had working sessions with the ministers of justice, Evangelos Yannopoulos, and culture, Elisavet Papazoi, as well as the ruling PASOK party's secretary Kostas Skandalidis. Following the meeting, Mrs Papazoi said that there were no plans for the setting up of a ministry for the 2004 Olympics to be held in Athens. Mr Yannopoulos said that the investigation into charges of corruption in the public sector by deputy Yannis Kapsis would go ahead. Mr Skandalidis said that PASOK members would have to work hard this summer for the party's reconstruction.

    [03] PRIME MINISTER AND DEFENCE MINISTER TO ATTEND SUMMIT IN BONN

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis and national defence minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos will take part in the summit for the Balkans due to take place in Bonn, on July 22 and 23. The summit is organized by the European Socialist Party. Issues to be discussed are economic and social development, democracy, human rights and security in the region.

    [04] GREEK, ALBANIAN AND FYROM FOREIGN MINISTERS MEET IN GREECE

    A tripartite meeting of Greece, Albania and the FYROM is to be held in the region of Prespes, northern Greece, today, at foreign ministers' level. From Tirana, Albanian foreign minister Paskal Milo said that the three countries had agreed to cooperate on a number of regional plans for the improvement of stability in the southeastern Balkans. Albania and Greece have also agreed on the construction of a natural gas pipeline from Algeria, which would end up in Albania and Greece through Italy, and of a highway passing through northern Greece, which would end up in Croatia through Albania and Montenegro.

    [05] FUEL PRICES AFFECT INFLATION, BANK OF GREECE GOVERNOR SAYS

    The governor of the Bank of Greece, Loukas Papadimos, has said that high fuel prices abroad have affected the inflation rate in Greece. In statements he made after a meeting with national economy minister Yannos Papantoniou, Mr Papadimos also said the finance ministry might take additional measures to curb inflation down to the level required for Greece's entry into European economic and monetary union. He added there could be no further drop in interest rates before next autumn.

    [06] TURKEY LACKS PREREQUISITES FOR EU CANDIDATE COUNTRY

    Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said yesterday it was impossible for Turkey to be nominated as an EU candidate country, unless the prerequisites set by the Union were met. He added that Greece's position on the issue was well known.

    [07] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE ANNOUNCEMENT

    In an announcement issued late last night, the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople left open all possibilities as regards the Archbishop of North and South America, Spyridon. The announcement said that the Patriarchate would evaluate all facts and views made known during the meetings between the Archbishop of America and Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos.

    [08] ONE DEAD, THREE MISSING IN SEA TRAGEDY

    The tourist boat "Jason" with 26 passengers aboard and two crewmembers sank yesterday in the sea region of Aghios Andreas, Zakynthos. One person was found dead and three people, including a four year old girl, are missing. Scuba divers, helicopters, coast guard vessels and fishing boats are continuing the search for the missing passengers.

    [09] ERGOBANK TAKEOVER EXTENDED

    The board of the Athens Stock Exchange has decided to extend till July 29th the deadline for the submission of tenders for the Ergobank takeover. The whole process will have been completed by August 4th.

    [10] G7 FINANCE MINISTERS DISCUSS COST OF BALKAN RECONSTRUCTION

    The finance ministers of the seven most industrialized countries of the world, the G7, met in Brussels yesterday in order to estimate the cost for the reconstruction of the southern Serb province of Kosovo and economic aid to be granted to the Balkans. Attending the meeting were also representatives from the EU, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the European Investment Bank and the European Reconstruction and Development Bank. The EU is considering the allocation of 500 million euro for the reconstruction of the Balkans, while the World Bank is expected to offer 60 million dollars for Kosovo. In another development, the supreme allied commander in Europe, general Wesley Clark, has said that the men of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) might not surrender all their weapons, as long as Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic stayed in power. In Jagodina, south of Belgrade, an anti-government demonstration was staged yesterday. Protesters were shouting slogans for the resignation of president Milosevic. Meanwhile American state department spokesman James Rubin has said the US would offer humanitarian aid to cities in Yugoslavia which are controlled by the opposition.
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