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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-07-27

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM SIMITIS' TALKS ON CRIME AND IMMIGRATION
  • [02] THE GREEK TURKISH DIALOGUE CONTINUES
  • [03] THE GREEK PM AND THE DEFENSE MINISTER VISIT UROSEVAC
  • [04] MEETING BETWEEN THE GREEK AND CYPRIOT SPEAKERS OF THE HOUSE
  • [05] GREEK NAVY ARMAMENT PROGRAMME APPROVED
  • [06] THE AMERICAN HOUSE ENDORSED AN AMENDMENT BILL ON THE AEGEAN
  • [07] TENDERS FOR THE TAKE OVER OF ERGOBANK
  • [08] COLLISION OF TWO CARGO-BOATS

  • [01] PM SIMITIS' TALKS ON CRIME AND IMMIGRATION

    The prime minister Kostas Simitis' recent round of contacts with political party leaders on the issue of the crime rate and immigration in Greece, ended yesterday. After the meetings, the prime minister urged the parties to leave the handling of the issue of crime out of the parties' confrontation. Mr Simitis said he was convinced that the parties would cooperate for the citizens' security, adding that the cabinet which will meet tomorrow to discuss the immigration policy would take into consideration the proposals of the opposition parties. Opposition New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis said the government was a flop in dealing with the increasing crime rate, while the Democratic Social Movement leader Dimitris Tsovolas stated that radical changes in the government's neo-liberal policy in dealing with crime were required, as this policy creates unemployment, poverty and social isolation.

    [02] THE GREEK TURKISH DIALOGUE CONTINUES

    The Greek and Turkish delegations, at the level of foreign ministry experts had a first round of talks on economic, trade and environment issues in Ankara yesterday, while today they will have a meeting with the Turkish foreign minister Ismail Cem. Meanwhile, the government spokesman Dimitris Reppas has described the process of the Greek Turkish dialogue as difficult and strenuous. The talks will resume on July 29th and 30th in Athens, on ambassadors' level and will focus on the combat of organised crime, illegal immigration, drugs and cooperation over criminal acts that could be described as terrorist.

    [03] THE GREEK PM AND THE DEFENSE MINISTER VISIT UROSEVAC

    The prime minister Kostas Simitis and the national defence minister, Akis Tsohatzopoulos today will visit the Greek contingent in the international peace-keeping force stationed in Urosevac. Their visit takes place in the wake of the Conference for the reconstruction of the Balkans scheduled to take place in Serajevo, Bosnia on July 30th.

    [04] MEETING BETWEEN THE GREEK AND CYPRIOT SPEAKERS OF THE HOUSE

    The recent meeting between the speaker of the Greek parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis and the speaker of the Cypriot House Spyros Kyprianou focused on the Cyprus issue and the Greek Turkish relations. On his way from Rome, Mr Kyprianou briefed Mr Kaklamanis on the contacts he had during his two day official visit to Italy, as well as on the course of Cyprus' admission negotiations with the EU. Mr Kaklamanis expressed his dissatisfaction over the recent Turkish provocative acts in the Aegean at a time when the Greek Turkish dialogue has started.

    [05] GREEK NAVY ARMAMENT PROGRAMME APPROVED

    The government's Defence and Foreign Affairs Council met yesterday, under the chairmanship of the prime minister, Kostas Simitis, and approved the Navy's armament programme which costs over 500 billion drachmas. The programme involves the construction at the shipyards of Elefsina and Skaramanga, of a petrol-tank, 3 submarines and 3 rocket launchers in cooperation with the German and Italian shipyards. The issue of purchasing second-hand torpedo boats from the US is being examined.

    [06] THE AMERICAN HOUSE ENDORSED AN AMENDMENT BILL ON THE AEGEAN

    An amendment bill that the American house of representatives has adopted by acclamation, calls on Ankara to accept the sea borders of the Aegean, as defined by the Lausanne and the Italian-Turkish treaties of 1932. Although the decision is not binding, Greece and Turkey are also called to have recourse to the international court at The Hague in case they disagree with it.

    [07] TENDERS FOR THE TAKE OVER OF ERGOBANK

    The board of Ergobank issued an announcement last night, advising its shareholders to accept the offer of the Latsis Group for the take over of the bank, as it is more advantageous. The Bank of Piraeus reacted to the announcement, as it had earlier decided to increase its shareholder capital by 765 billion drachmas in order to obtain the control of Ergobank.

    [08] COLLISION OF TWO CARGO-BOATS

    The cargo-boat Pel Mariner sank last night after a collision with the another cargo-boat, Pel Ranger, 5 miles southwest of the island of Tenedos, inside Turkish territorial waters. The body of Anastasios Georgantzis, 51 year old second engineer of the cargo-boat Pel Mariner has been retrieved from a raft. The 43 year old Pakistani oiler, Abdul Latif was picked up safe and sound from the same raft, by the ferryboat St Raphael that was sailing near-by. The other 10 members of Pel Mariner's crew were also picked up safe and sound, while none of the seamen of Pel Ranger were hurt.
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