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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-07-26

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] GREEK-TURKISH DIALOGUE BEGINS IN ANKARA
  • [02] PM SIMITIS DISCUSSES ARMAMENTS, IMMIGRATION, CRIME
  • [03] PM TO VISIT GREEK FORCES IN KOSOVO
  • [04] CYPRUS TALKS ONCE AGAIN IN THE LIMELIGHT
  • [05] POMACKS CONDEMN MOSLEM DEPUTIES' ETHNIC MINORITIES STANCE
  • [06] CONSCRIPT AWARDED FOR HIJACKING BRAVERY
  • [07] NEW PRESIDENT OF 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES COMMITTEE APPOINTED

  • [01] GREEK-TURKISH DIALOGUE BEGINS IN ANKARA

    The first round of Greek-Turkish dialogue begins in Ankara today, at the level of foreign ministry experts, and will focus on issues of trade, tourism, environment and cultural exchanges. The talks will continue on July 29 and 30 in Athens, where the Turkish delegation, headed by ambassador Faruk Lologlou, is expected. At those meetings, issues connected with the combatting of organised crime, illegal immigration, drugs, cooperation over criminal acts that could be described as terrorism and collaboration in the tourist sector will be discussed. In addition, Mr Papandreou and Mr Cem are due to meet in Sarajevo on the sidelines of Friday's summit on the reconstruction of the Balkans, at which they are expected to make a preliminary assessment of the first bilateral contacts. They will meet again in September on the sidelines of a meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York. However, Mr Papandreou said yesterday he had reservations about the outcome of the dialogue.

    [02] PM SIMITIS DISCUSSES ARMAMENTS, IMMIGRATION, CRIME

    The government's Defence and Foreign Affairs Council meets today, under the chairmanship of the prime minister, Kostas Simitis, to discuss the Navy's armaments programme. Later, Mr. Simitis will have successive meetings with opposition New Democracy leader Costas Karamanlis and the chairman of the Democratic Social Movement, Dimitris Tsovolas, on the government's immigration policy and measures to combat crime.

    [03] PM TO VISIT GREEK FORCES IN KOSOVO

    Next week, the prime minister is scheduled to visit Urosevac in Kosovo, where the Greek contingent in the international peace-keeping force is stationed. He will be accompanied by the national defence minister, Akis Tsohatzopoulos. In the meantime, Albanian president Rexjep Mejdani- abandoning his previous positions-said yesterday that the future of Kosovo lay in autonomy or a republic within the framework of the Yugoslav federation.

    [04] CYPRUS TALKS ONCE AGAIN IN THE LIMELIGHT

    The outgoing special US envoy for the Cyprus issue, Thomas Miller will meet today in Athens with Foreign Minister George Papandreou, whom he is expected to brief on the name of his successor. According to press reports, both the United States and Britain are continuing intense behind-the-scenes activities, with the aim of ensuring that talks on the Cyprus issue are held in the autumn. However, Nicosia has stressed that its response will be tough, in the event that Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash sets conditions relating to any upgrading of his status prior to negotiations. A government spokesman commented that Cyprus would attend the talks to discuss a solution within United Nations resolutions, not to legalise and consolidate a non-solution. Meanwhile, it appears that the special British envoy for the Cyprus issue, Sir David Hannay, has criticised Turkey and Mr. Denktash for their inflexible stance over the Cyprus dispute. He also rejected the view expressed by Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit that the Cyprus dispute had been resolved and that there was no longer a problem.

    [05] POMACKS CONDEMN MOSLEM DEPUTIES' ETHNIC MINORITIES STANCE

    The Centre for Pomack Research has angrily condemned a provocative text signed by three Moslem parliamentary deputies, Galip Galip, Birol Akifoglou and Moustafa Moustafa, referring to so-called ethnic minorities in Greece. In an announcement, the Pomacks have declared that they are not, nor do they feel, Turkish. Meawwhile, following the uproar caused by the text, both in government and opposition circles, the three Moslem deputies from Thrace have sent a letter to the president of the Greek Republic, the prime minister, the speaker of parliament and political party leaders, clarifying that the Moslem minority in Greece does in fact enjoy all the rights and freedoms provided for by the letter and the law of international treaties that Greece has signed.

    [06] CONSCRIPT AWARDED FOR HIJACKING BRAVERY

    A young military conscript, Nestoras Kokkalis, was yesterday awarded a special medal for valour, for his assistance in bringing about an end to the ordeal suffered by eight hostages, when their intercity bus was hijacked by an armed Albanian earlier this month. The presentation was made by Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos, on behalf of President Costis Stephanopoulos, in Kilkis.

    [07] NEW PRESIDENT OF 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES COMMITTEE APPOINTED

    The prime minister has appointed the deputy governor of the Bank of Greece, Panayiotis Thomopoulos, as the new president of the organising committee for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, following the recent resignation of Stratis Stratigis. An Olympics committee board meeting will be held on Wednesday, at which time Mr Thomopoulos will formally undertake his duties. The newly-created post of committee vice-president was assigned to Niki Tzavela, a former conservative lawmaker, who is already a member of the 2004 organising committee.
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