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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-08-06

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CONTENTS

  • [01] INTERIOR MINISTER PAYS VISIT TO PRIME MINISTER IN SIPHNOS
  • [02] INFLATION RATE IN JULY AT 2.1%
  • [03] PARLIAMENT TO SET UP COMMITTEE ON TABLED AMENDMENTS
  • [04] GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER COMMENTS ON TURKEY'S EU ACCESSION
  • [05] GREEK AIR FORCE TO GET 45 US-MADE TRAINING AIRCRAFT
  • [06] ARCHAEOLOGISTS DISCOVER MAJOR FINDS IN ATHYTOS, CHALKIDIKI
  • [07] PERSONAL LETTERS TO DEBTORS FROM TAX AUTHORITIES
  • [08] US CALLS ON TURKEY TO ACCEPT KURDISH OFFER TO END CONFLICT
  • [09] MONTENEGRO ADOPTS PLAN FOR LOOSE CONFEDERATION WITH SERBIA
  • [10] ETHNIC ALBANIAN LEADERS MEET IN PRISTINA

  • [01] INTERIOR MINISTER PAYS VISIT TO PRIME MINISTER IN SIPHNOS

    A sudden brief visit by the interior minister, Vasso Papandreou, to Siphnos yesterday for a meeting with the prime minister, Kostas Simitis, who is holidaying on the island, has provoked rumours of an early election or a government reshuffle. Ms Papandreou has categorically denied the reports, saying she discussed current issues of concern to her ministry with the prime minister.

    [02] INFLATION RATE IN JULY AT 2.1%

    The inflation rate for July closed at 2.1%, according to an announcement issued yesterday by the National Statistics Bureau. This stabilisation is due primarily to a reduction in the price of clothing and foodstuffs, despite the continuing rises in fuel and home rentals. In the meantime, the government has decided to reduce the special consumer tax on fuel in an effort to peg fuel prices and keep the inflation rate down. The results should be evident from next month. The New Democracy party deputy responsible for financial policy, Giorgos Alogoskoufis, expressed the view that the goal of economic and monetary union could be achieved, but he warned that the economy should not become the arena for pre-election political confrontations.

    [03] PARLIAMENT TO SET UP COMMITTEE ON TABLED AMENDMENTS

    The summer session of parliament has passed a bill on free collective bargaining in the public sector. It also decided that an inter-party committee should be set up to examine the 100 amendments which have been tabled by deputies from all the political parties. Meanwhile parliament's scientific council has issued a new ruling insisting on the view that the regulations concerning the transfer of public servants are unconstitutional. Interior minister Vasso Papandreou had hinted the council was biased, pointing out that a similar regulation had been ruled constitutional in the past.

    [04] GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER COMMENTS ON TURKEY'S EU ACCESSION

    German foreign minister Joschka Fischer made a statement in Salzburg, Austria, last night, concerning the prerequisites of Turkey's entry into the EU. He said it was obvious Turkey would have to fulfill the obligations deriving both from the Copenhagen declaration and the Amsterdam treaty.

    [05] GREEK AIR FORCE TO GET 45 US-MADE TRAINING AIRCRAFT

    The Greek Air Force is to be supplied with 45 super-modern training aircraft built in the United States. The first planes will be delivered in eight months' time, while the training of Greek instructors will begin immediately.

    [06] ARCHAEOLOGISTS DISCOVER MAJOR FINDS IN ATHYTOS, CHALKIDIKI

    Archaeologists have discovered invaluable finds dating from the 6th century BC in Athytos, Chalkidiki. A rare bowl, 5 vases and jewelry parts were found initially in 4 graves. Further pottery items found at the site are also considered very important as to the conclusions that can be drawn; they come from Chios, Chalkis and Crete and testify to the extensive trade activities of ancient Athytos.

    [07] PERSONAL LETTERS TO DEBTORS FROM TAX AUTHORITIES

    1 million 200 thousand people who owe money to the state have received personal letters from the tax authorities calling on them to settle their debts promptly, otherwise measures will be implemented to recoup the money owed.

    [08] US CALLS ON TURKEY TO ACCEPT KURDISH OFFER TO END CONFLICT

    In response to the appeal for an end to the armed conflict by its imprisoned leader, Abdullah Ocalan, the Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK, has announced it will begin to withdraw its forces from Turkish territory from September 1st. The US called on Turkey to take advantage of the unexpected development to resolve the Kurdish issue through dialogue. State department spokesman James Rubin said the Kurdish rebels should act on their declaration that they would give up the armed struggle against Turkey. He said the US would welcome an end to PKK terrorist activities, adding Washington did not believe a purely military solution could be found to the Kurdish problem in Turkey. Furthermore American undersecretary of state Harold Koch, who visited the south-eastern part of Turkey with a predominantly Kurdish population, called on Ankara to allow the Kurds to use their language freely, preserve their culture and form political parties representing their interests. Meanwhile Turkey's prosecutor general has called on the Supreme Court to ratify the death sentence passed on Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan.

    [09] MONTENEGRO ADOPTS PLAN FOR LOOSE CONFEDERATION WITH SERBIA

    The government of Montenegro has adopted a plan providing for a loose confederation with Serbia, a different currency and an independent foreign policy. Nevertheless Washington has called on Montenegro to remain in the Yugoslav federation. Meanwhile the American state department announced yesterday it would be absurd to expect Nato to offer complete protection to the Serbs in Kosovo from Albanian reprisals.

    [10] ETHNIC ALBANIAN LEADERS MEET IN PRISTINA

    Reports from Pristina said the leader of the KLA Hasim Thaci met yesterday with moderate ethnic Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova to discuss the composition of an interim council, Mr Thaci said. The meeting, which has not been confirmed by Mr Rugova, was the first between the two Kosovar leaders after the negotiations in Rambouillet, France.
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