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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-08-02

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CONTENTS

  • [01] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER'S INTERVIEW
  • [02] GREEK PRIME MINISTER TO VISIT ALBANIA
  • [03] GERMAN CHANCELLOR TO VISIT ATHENS
  • [04] CYPRIOT FOREIGN MINISTER'S INTERVIEW
  • [05] GENERAL EXAMS RESULTS RELEASED TODAY
  • [06] ALEXIS ZORBAS MUSEUM
  • [07] MOUNTAIN TOURISM IN GREECE
  • [08] HAND-GRENADE GOES OFF AT ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL IN PRISTINA
  • [09] TURKEY IN QUANDARY OVER OCALAN DEATH SENTENCE

  • [01] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER'S INTERVIEW

    In an interview published in yesterday's edition of the Athens newspaper "Eleftherotypia", Greek foreign minister Yorgos Papandreou said Greece was taking part in the Greek- Turkish dialogue from a position of strength. Mr Papandreou said that while he now viewed foreign policy in a different way, he still insisted in his position concerning minorities, but also on the terms laid down by the Treaty of Lausanne and on the individual's right to self-designation. He pointed out that the Greek state had been using the expression "Turkish minority" as far back as the 1950s. The opposition New Democracy party described Mr Papandreou's positions concerning the Muslim minority in Thrace as naive and dangerous. Leader of the Democratic Social Movement Dimitris Tsovolas said Mr Papandreou's statements harmed Greece's national interests. He also said he was against the Greek-Turkish dialogue which has begun at the level of foreign ministry experts.

    [02] GREEK PRIME MINISTER TO VISIT ALBANIA

    Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis is scheduled to visit Albania on August 24. Meanwhile Greek national defence minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos returned to Athens yesterday after his two-day visit to Albania. Mr Tsochatzopoulos met with Albanian prime minister Pandeli Maiko and foreign minister Paskal Milo.

    [03] GERMAN CHANCELLOR TO VISIT ATHENS

    German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is to visit Athens on October 4, returning the visit to Bonn last year by Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis. The agenda of the talks between the two leaders has not been determined yet, but according to an article in yesterday's edition of the Athens newspaper "To Vima", it will almost certainly contain all issues of bilateral and mutual interest.

    [04] CYPRIOT FOREIGN MINISTER'S INTERVIEW

    In an interview published in yesterday's edition of the Cypriot newspaper "Fileleftheros", Cypriot foreign minister Ioannis Kassoulidis maintained that the United States was in a position to provide incentives or counter- incentives to the Turkish side with regard to a settlement of the long- running Cyprus dispute. He clarified that it all depended on how determined Washington was to convey a clear message to Ankara that the US wanted the Cyprus issue to be resolved and the Turkish Cypriots to come to the negotiating table with reasonable positions. The same newspaper also carried an interview with Greek ambassador in Nicosia Kyriakos Rodousakis, who underlined that the single defence doctrine between Greece and Cyprus was still in effect and being strengthened.

    [05] GENERAL EXAMS RESULTS RELEASED TODAY

    The results of the general exams for entry into higher educational institutions will be released this morning.

    [06] ALEXIS ZORBAS MUSEUM

    Minister for Macedonia and Thrace Ioannis Magriotis and the general secretary of the region of western Macedonia Mr Papadopoulos yesterday laid the foundation stone for the "Alexis Zorbas" museum in the village of Katafygio in Velvendos municipality. The museum will be built at the site of the old house where Alexis Zorbas, made famous by author Nikos Kazantzakis in his novel, used to live. Invited at the ceremony will be Alexis Zorbas's grand- daughter, Anna Gegart, along with her family; she is to offer her grand- father's mementoes to the museum after its completion.

    [07] MOUNTAIN TOURISM IN GREECE

    The "Pindos" Strategic Planning Centre is to implement a programme for the promotion of mountain tourism in Pindos, establishing enterprises for the production and sale of tourist products and services. The aim of the programme is to attract tourists and provide a livelihood for the dwindling population of mountain areas. Furthermore the Kastoria municipality is planning to exploit the famous "Dragon's cave" on the road to Kastoria lake. Access to the cave, one of the most beautiful and interesting in Greece, will be made easy for visitors.

    [08] HAND-GRENADE GOES OFF AT ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL IN PRISTINA

    A bomb went off early yesterday at the Orthodox cathedral currently being built in the Kosovo capital, Pristina. The explosion was caused by a hand-grenade hurled by persons unknown into the nave of the church, but only minor damage was reported. The Serbian Church says that since June 12, when the peacekeeping force was first deployed in Kosovo, approximately 20 churches have been destroyed or damaged. In a report published yesterday in the British newspaper "The Sunday Telegraph", the commander of the Nato forces in the region, General Sir Michael Jackson, said the Albanians were now behaving exactly like the Serbs before the war. Additionally, NATO spokesman Jamie Shea, in an interview with the BBC, said that about thirty people get killed on a daily basis in Kosovo, where the absence of police and judicial authorities has created a power vacuum. For that reason, Mr Shea stated, 3,000 United Nations policemen will be sent to the area in the coming months, while the training of candidates for the police of the ethnic Albanians will begin soon.

    [09] TURKEY IN QUANDARY OVER OCALAN DEATH SENTENCE

    The Turkish press reports that Turkish president Suleyman Demirel has admitted his country is facing a difficult decision over whether or not to carry out the death sentence passed on Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan. Meanwhile Iran has called for compensation from Turkey for the air raids carried out last month on Iranian territory, in which 5 Iranian peasants were killed. A Turkish delegation visited the stricken areas in north-western Iran last week and made commitments that the necessary legal procedures would be initiated, including the granting of compensation to the government of Iran and the families of the victims. Later however, Turkish prime minister Bulent Ecevit refused to pay any kind of compensation.
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