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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-08-05

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] GOOD PROSPECTS FOR GREEK-ISRAELI MILITARY COOPERATION
  • [02] THOMAS WESTON APPOINTED US COORDINATOR FOR CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [03] CYPRIOT GOVERNMENT PROTESTS OVER DETENTION OF GREEK CYPRIOT
  • [04] OFFICIAL INFLATION RATE FOR JULY TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY
  • [05] GREEK PARLIAMENT PASSES PUBLIC SECTOR BILL ON FIRST READING
  • [06] LATSIS GROUP CERTAIN TO ACQUIRE 50.1% OF ERGOBANK
  • [07] FIREMAN DIES OF SEVERE BURNS
  • [08] WAVE OF DEMONSTRATIONS SWEEPING YUGOSLAVIA
  • [09] ANKARA REJECTS COMPROMISE WITH KURDISH REBELS

  • [01] GOOD PROSPECTS FOR GREEK-ISRAELI MILITARY COOPERATION

    Alternate foreign minister Yannos Kranidiotis, who paid a two-day visit to Israel, ascertained there were possibilities of joint business ventures and bilateral military cooperation between Greece and Israel. In August, the chief of the Israeli navy is to visit Athens and in September Greek defence minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos is to pay a visit to Israel. During his stay in Israel, Mr Kranidiotis met with senior Israeli government officials and Orthodox patriarch Diodoros of Jerusalem. Talks with patriarch Diodoros focused on the planned celebrations for the 2,000 years since the birth of Jesus Christ to be held in Jerusalem. Patriarch Diodoros called for spiritual and material support from the Greek government for the reconstruction of the church of the Resurrection.

    [02] THOMAS WESTON APPOINTED US COORDINATOR FOR CYPRUS ISSUE

    Veteran American State department official Thomas Weston has been appointed special US coordinator for the Cyprus issue to replace Thomas Miller who is taking over as US ambassador to Bosnia. Washington announced Mr Weston's appointment also giving assurances he would seek a just and viable Cyprus solution and reiterating that the Cyprus issue remained one of the Clinton administration's top priorities.

    [03] CYPRIOT GOVERNMENT PROTESTS OVER DETENTION OF GREEK CYPRIOT

    The Cypriot government has lodged a demarche with the UN concerning the detention and maltreatment of Greek Cypriot Rogiros Georgiou, who has a Canadian passport, by the unilaterally declared so-called Turkish Cypriot state of Rauf Denktash. Twenty days ago, Rogiros Georgiou crossed by mistake into the Turkish-occupied part of Nicosia and has been detained illegally ever since by the Turkish occupation authorities. Reports said the jailed Greek Cypriot refuses to sign a statement recognizing the self-styled Turkish Cypriot state. The Cypriot foreign ministry has also contacted the Canadian ambassador to Cyprus, whose seat is in Damascus, for the necessary diplomatic demarches, while the Cypriot charge d'affaires in Ottawa has been instructed to notify the Canadian government.

    [04] OFFICIAL INFLATION RATE FOR JULY TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY

    According to all indications, the inflation rate in July ran at 2.1%, but an official announcement is expected to be issued today. In the meantime, the government has decided to reduce the special consumption tax on fuel in an effort to curb rising fuel prices and keep the inflation rate down.

    [05] GREEK PARLIAMENT PASSES PUBLIC SECTOR BILL ON FIRST READING

    The Greek parliament started a debate yesterday on a draft bill tabled by the interior and public administration ministry on the permanent hiring of 30 thousand public servants. The bill also provides for personnel transfers and free collective labour contracts in the public sector. The draft bill was passed on first reading yesterday with 53 votes to 36, following a roll call vote requested by the main opposition New Democracy party. Meanwhile the civil servants union is staging a 24-hour strike today in protest against compulsory transfers in the public sector. 1.3 trillion drachmas earmarked for municipalities Interior minister Vasso Papandreou has announced that 152 billion drachmas would be granted to municipalities in 1999 in the framework of the local administration special financing programme. The total amount earmarked for new municipalities created after the merger of smaller communities amounts to 1.3 trillion drachmas.

    [06] LATSIS GROUP CERTAIN TO ACQUIRE 50.1% OF ERGOBANK

    The Latsis group is certain to acquire a 50.1% stake in Ergobank. The deadline for the offer of Ergobank shares ended yesterday and the exact number of shares acquired by Eurobank will be disclosed today. The Latsis group offered two Eurobank shares plus 17,000 drachmas for each Ergobank share.

    [07] FIREMAN DIES OF SEVERE BURNS

    Fireman Stavros Karvouniaris succumbed to his wounds yesterday after several days in an Athens hospital as a result of severe burns. He was seriously injured in a major fire on the island of Chios on 28 July. His colleague Ioanna Tassopoulou had died in the same fire, while deputy chief of the Chios fire brigade Angelos Barbayannis had suffered minor burns.

    [08] WAVE OF DEMONSTRATIONS SWEEPING YUGOSLAVIA

    A wave of demonstrations is sweeping Yugoslavia. In Betsei, northern Yugoslavia, two and a half thousand people took part last night in a protest rally staged by the opposition and hundreds more participated in similar protest demonstrations against the regime of Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic in various other cities, the Beta news agency reported. In Betsei the demonstration was staged by the alliance of democratic parties, a coalition of 6 political parties calling for greater autonomy in Serbia's northern province of Vojvodina. Demonstrations were also staged in Leskovac, southern Serbia, as well as Krakujevac. Finally, in Valjevo, 200 people staged a protest calling for the resignation of president Milosevic and the governments of Yugoslavia and Serbia as well as the local authorities.

    [09] ANKARA REJECTS COMPROMISE WITH KURDISH REBELS

    Ankara has rejected any kind of compromise with Kurdish rebels despite an appeal issued by jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan to the PKK for an end their armed struggle. Meanwhile Ankara has been angered by American undersecretary of state responsible for human rights Harold Koch's visit to Turkey's south-eastern provinces with a predominantly Kurdish population. The American official toured the region to find out on the spot whether or not there has been any progress in the human rights situation in Turkey. The Turkish government reacted by lodging a demarche with Washington.
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