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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-07-21

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <ert.ntua.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] PREPARATION FOR BALKAN SUMMIT IN VIENNA
  • [02] THESSALONIKI AS BALKAN RECONSTRUCTION CENTRE
  • [03] 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF TURKISH INVASION OF CYPRUS MARKED
  • [04] PREPARATIONS FOR GREEK-TURKISH DIALOGUE
  • [05] GREEK-ALBANIAN COOPERATION TO COMBAT CRIME
  • [06] NO CHANGES TO EDUCATIONAL REFORM PROGRAMME
  • [07] IOC CHIEF IN ATHENS TODAY
  • [08] FUEL SPECULATION CHECKED
  • [09] ARSONIST APPEARS IN COURT

  • [01] PREPARATION FOR BALKAN SUMMIT IN VIENNA

    The situation in Kosovo, developments in the Balkans and European security policy are the topics to be discussed at today's meeting in Vienna between Greece's national defence minister, Akis Tsohatzopoulos, and his Austrian counterpart, Werner Fasslabed. In his capacity as vice-president of the European Socialist Party, Mr Tsohatzopoulos will take part in the Balkan summit meeting of Europe's Socialist and Social Democratic parties being held in Vienna on Thursday and Friday. The main items for discussion at the summit will be security, economic and social development, and democracy and human rights in the Balkan region. PASOK will also be represented at the meeting by the foreign minister, Giorgos Papandreou.

    [02] THESSALONIKI AS BALKAN RECONSTRUCTION CENTRE

    The alternate Greek foreign minister, Iannos Kranidiotis, has described the decision by the European Commission to designate Thessaloniki as the headquarters of the new Organisation for the Reconstruction of the Balkans as a great opportunity for Greece. He said the establishment of the decision-making centre in Thessaloniki would confirm and consolidate the country's executive role in the broader Balkan region.

    [03] 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF TURKISH INVASION OF CYPRUS MARKED

    Events took place in Athens and Nicosia yesterday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and to honour those who died. In Athens, the president of the republic and political party leaders condemned both the invasion and the indifference of the international community to the violation of human rights in Cyprus.

    In his message, the Greek president, Kostis Stefanopoulos, said July 20th was a day of pain and grief for Greeks throughout the world, while for Turkey it was a day of shame. He underlined that prolongation of the situation in Cyprus should be seen as a sign of the decline of the civilised world. The foreign minister, Giorgos Papandreou, described the continuing enforced division and occupation of the northern part of the island as "a black page in the history of European civilisation". He said Turkey stood to gain from contributing to a settlement of the dispute which, he said, would determine Turkey's course towards Europe in the 21st century.

    The anniversary provided Turkey with an opportunity for further provocation. The Turkish president, Suleyman Demirel, claimed once again that there was no Cypriot Republic, while the prime minister, Bulent Ecevit, attending events organised in the occupied part of the island by the Turkish-Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, warned that if a federal solution for Cyprus failed to be implemented, Turkey and the self-styled state of Northern Cyprus would soon strengthen relations between them.

    [04] PREPARATIONS FOR GREEK-TURKISH DIALOGUE

    The Greek-Turkish dialogue at the level of foreign ministry experts from the two countries opens next Monday. During the first meeting, which will take place in Ankara, economic cooperation and cultural exchanges between Greece and Turkey will be discussed.

    [05] GREEK-ALBANIAN COOPERATION TO COMBAT CRIME

    At their meeting in Iannina yesterday, the public order ministers of Greece and Albania agreed to work together in the field of crime prevention. Meanwhile the labour ministry has tabled a bill in parliament which will speed up procedures for the issuing of green cards to foreigners living in Greece.

    [06] NO CHANGES TO EDUCATIONAL REFORM PROGRAMME

    The education minister, Gerasimos Arsenis, is standing firm over implementation of the government's educational reform programme. Ruling out the possibility of any deviation from the planned changes, he pointed out that the failure rate amongst pupils in the second year of senior high school remained much the same as in previous years.

    [07] IOC CHIEF IN ATHENS TODAY

    The president of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, is expected in Athens today. Within this week the prime minister, Kostas Simitis, will nominate a new president of the committee for the 2004 Olympic Games, to succeed Stratis Stratigis who has resigned.

    [08] FUEL SPECULATION CHECKED

    The development ministry, oil companies and petrol-station owners agreed late last night to peg fuel prices in twelve regions of the country where cases of profiteering have been observed. The development minister, Evangelos Venizelos, was optimistic that anomalies in the fuel market would have been smoothed out by next week.

    [09] ARSONIST APPEARS IN COURT

    A 23-year-old builder who admitted to 15 cases of arson in Western Attica is to appear before the public prosecutor today.
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