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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-08-04

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CONTENTS

  • [01] PRIME MINISTER'S PLANNED VISITS ABROAD
  • [02] ALTERNATE FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS ISRAEL
  • [03] FOREIGN UNDERSECRETARY MEETS JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE DELEGATES
  • [04] GREEK PARLIAMENT OPENS DEBATE ON PUBLIC SECTOR DRAFT BILL
  • [05] GREEK CYPRIOT ACCUSES TURKISH CYPRIOTS OF MALTREATMENT
  • [06] INFORMATION CENTRES ESTABLISHED IN 30 GREEK PREFECTURES
  • [07] 335 GREEK ENTERPRISES TO BE FINED FOR TAX FRAUD
  • [08] EARLY MINOAN FINDS DISCOVERED IN CRETE
  • [09] KURDISH LEADER APPEALS FOR END TO KURDISH ARMED STRUGGLE
  • [10] SERBS AND GYPSIES HARASSED BY KLA
  • [11] EUROPEAN COMMISSION THREATENS BONN WITH SANCTIONS

  • [01] PRIME MINISTER'S PLANNED VISITS ABROAD

    After his summer holidays, Mr Simitis is scheduled to pay various visits abroad. On 24 August he will pay a one-day visit to Albania, while visits to Bulgaria, Romania and probably the FYROM are being prepared through diplomatic channels. On 3, 4 and 5 September, Mr Simitis will be in Thessaloniki for the International Trade Fair and is to deliver the customary speech on economic policy. Finally, from 15 to 21 September, Mr Simitis will pay his first official visit to China.

    [02] ALTERNATE FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS ISRAEL

    Alternate foreign minister Yannos Kranidiotis is paying a two-day visit to Israel. He will convey an invitation from Greek premier Kostas Simitis to Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak to visit Greece. During his stay in Israel, Mr Kranidiotis will meet with senior members of the new Israeli government, including Israeli foreign minister David Levi. His talks will focus on the course of Greek-Israeli bilateral relations, developments in the region as well as the forthcoming Israeli-Palestinian meeting to be held in Athens in early September. The meeting will take place within the context of a Greek initiative dubbed the Athens dialogue, which is part of the confidence-building measures decided upon at Wye Plantation. The Greek alternate foreign minister will also meet with Greek Orthodox Patriarch Diodoros of Jerusalem and president of the Palestinian authority Yasser Arafat to discuss the Middle-East peace process.

    [03] FOREIGN UNDERSECRETARY MEETS JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE DELEGATES

    Foreign undersecretary responsible for issues of Greeks abroad Grigoris Niotis met in Athens yesterday with representatives of the Jerusalem Patriarchate, Metropolitans Vasileios of Ceasaria and Konstantinos of Skythoupolis, as well as Exarch of the Holy Sepulchre Irinaios. They discussed the planned celebrations for the 2,000 years since the birth of Jesus Christ to be held at the Jerusalem Patriarchate, which are to be attended by Greek president Konstantinos Stefanopoulos. Mr Niotis also touched upon the economic aid the Greek government is to offer for the construction of a church in Bethlehem.

    [04] GREEK PARLIAMENT OPENS DEBATE ON PUBLIC SECTOR DRAFT BILL

    The Greek parliament yesterday started debating a draft bill tabled by the interior and public administration ministry on the permanent employment of about 30 thousand public sector employees. The bill also provides for personnel transfers and free collective labour contracts in the public sector. A point of friction is a regulation providing for compulsory transfers of prefecture employees. The New Democracy party submitted a demand that the regulation be declared unconstitutional, but it was rejected by the house. The debate and balloting on the bill will be completed this week.

    [05] GREEK CYPRIOT ACCUSES TURKISH CYPRIOTS OF MALTREATMENT

    Greek Cypriot Rogiros Georgiou, who is a Canadian citizen, was visited in a Turkish Cypriot jail yesterday by his brother and a representative of the UN peace keeping force in Cyprus. He charged the authorities in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus of maltreating him and waging psychological warfare against him, telling his visitors he was under unbearable pressure to sign a statement recognizing the self-styled Turkish Cypriot state of Rauf Denktash. Speaking to the Cypriot news agency, the brother of the jailed Greek Cypriot, Daphnis Georgiou, said the Turks have beaten his brother about the head and neck, leaving but few traces of maltreatment. He also said they were very insistent and would not leave him alone until he signed the recognition of the unilaterally declared so-called Turkish Cypriot state. Rogiros Georgiou had told the Turks he did not know of any other state but the state of Cyprus and claimed he had the right to go anywhere he wanted on the island of Cyprus. Daphnis Georgiou said finally the conversation with his brother took place in the presence of UNFICYP representative John Galvin.

    [06] INFORMATION CENTRES ESTABLISHED IN 30 GREEK PREFECTURES

    Information centres are to be established in the fall in 30 prefectures throughout Greece, in the framework of a programme implemented by the interior and public administration ministry aimed at improving relations between the state and citizens. Similar centres will be established in the rest of Greek prefectures at a later stage.

    [07] 335 GREEK ENTERPRISES TO BE FINED FOR TAX FRAUD

    The Economic Crime Prevention Division has uncovered extensive tax fraud and tax evasion in 335 enterprises in Athens and Thessaloniki, including falsified tax records from 1989 to 1997. The fines to be imposed for book keeping infringements and non payment of VAT alone exceed 13 billion drachmas.

    [08] EARLY MINOAN FINDS DISCOVERED IN CRETE

    Archaeologists have discovered early Minoan finds, which indicate a relationship between Crete and the Cyclades 4,000 ago. The discovery was made on the beach of the former American base, at Gournes, Iraklio, with the financial support of the Cretan Institute of Marine Biology.

    [09] KURDISH LEADER APPEALS FOR END TO KURDISH ARMED STRUGGLE

    Through his lawyers, jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan has issued an appeal to the PKK to stop the armed struggle it has been waging for 14 years now for Kurdistan's autonomy and withdraw its forces from Turkey. Meanwhile four people, among them two children, were killed yesterday when unknown gunmen opened fire on a public bus in south-eastern Turkey. The Turkish authorities are blaming Kurdish rebels, but the legal Kurdish Peoples' Democratic party has claimed the assailants were not identified, while also observing that the victims had refused, earlier, to be drafted into the civil guard organized by the army to fight the Kurdish rebels.

    [10] SERBS AND GYPSIES HARASSED BY KLA

    The humanitarian organization Human Rights Watch has charged that Serbs and Gypsies are being forced to leave Kosovo because of threats, lootings and assassinations, often perpetrated by members of the Kosovo Liberation Army.

    [11] EUROPEAN COMMISSION THREATENS BONN WITH SANCTIONS

    The European Commission has threatened Bonn with legal sanctions if it does not implement an EU decision lifting the ban on imports of British beef, which was imposed in the wake of mad cow disease.
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