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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-08-12

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] SOLAR ECLIPSE WATCHED BY MILLIONS
  • [02] HEATWAVE CONTINUES IN GREECE
  • [03] CONSULTATIONS ON CYPRUS ISSUE IN SEPTEMBER
  • [04] NATIONAL COMMEMORATION DAY ON SEPTEMBER 14TH
  • [05] REFORM OF SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM AFTER 2000 ELECTIONS
  • [06] INJURIES AND DAMAGE FROM QUAKE IN LIMASSOL
  • [07] ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE UP 0.13% YESTERDAY
  • [08] FUEL PRICES UP IN GREECE AS OF TODAY
  • [09] CHILDREN FROM SERBIA HOLIDAYING IN NORTHERN GREECE
  • [10] TURKISH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO LIFT BAN ON WELFARE PARTY LEADER
  • [11] IRAN WALKS OUT OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH TURKEY
  • [12] PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS CONTINUE IN SERBIA

  • [01] SOLAR ECLIPSE WATCHED BY MILLIONS

    Hundreds of millions of people around the world watched yesterday's last total solar eclipse of the millennium. Day turned into night for two minutes in Cornwall and Bucharest, where the eclipse was total. Hundreds of TV channels broadcast the phenomenon live. In Greece, it was broadcast live on TV and on the Internet. It lasted for about three hours in the afternoon and was visible up to 94% in the northwest.

    In Athens it was visible up to 82.2%. A small number of people who watched the solar eclipse without protective glasses visited hospitals where no damage was detected to their eyes.

    [02] HEATWAVE CONTINUES IN GREECE

    Greece yesterday experienced the hottest day of the summer, as temperatures soared up to 42 degrees centigrade in some regions. The Meteorological Service forecast that temperatures will reach 42 degrees centigrade today as well, but the heat wave will start abating on Friday. Prefectural and municipal departments, ambulance services and hospitals are still on the alert to deal with emergencies.

    [03] CONSULTATIONS ON CYPRUS ISSUE IN SEPTEMBER

    A series of consultations on the Cyprus issue will be held in September in view of UN secretary general Kofi Annan's planned initiative to bring Cypriot president Glafkos Kliridis and Turkish Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash to the negotiating table for direct talks. In early September, president Kliridis is to meet with Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis.

    On 20 September, Mr Kliridis will meet in New York with American ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke and three days later he will have talks with Mr Annan. In early September, the American state department's new special coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston is scheduled to visit Nicosia, Athens and Ankara. Finally, Greek alternate foreign minister Yannos Kranidiotis will go to London in early September for talks on the Cyprus issue, while British envoy Sir David Hannay will visit Athens for the same purpose.

    [04] NATIONAL COMMEMORATION DAY ON SEPTEMBER 14TH

    The 14th of September will be proclaimed National Commemoration Day. A draft presidential decree was submitted by the interior ministry to the State Council and provides for events on that day to commemorate the genocide of the Greeks living in Asia Minor by the Turkish state.

    [05] REFORM OF SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM AFTER 2000 ELECTIONS

    A government official has told Greek Radio Television that the government will reform the social security system after the parliamentary elections in the year 2000.

    [06] INJURIES AND DAMAGE FROM QUAKE IN LIMASSOL

    34 people were injured and some damage was reported, mainly in Limassol, following a strong earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale which shook Cyprus yesterday morning.

    The epicentre of the earthquake was located in Gerasa area in Limassol. The injuries occurred as panicked people hurried to leave their apartments or houses to find shelter. Several buildings suffered damage.

    [07] ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE UP 0.13% YESTERDAY

    On the Athens Stock Exchange, the general share price index recorded a slight increase of 0.13 percent yesterday, closing at 4,591 points. In the parities, the fixing price for the US dollar was 305.460 drachmas, the Deutschmark 167.019 drachmas and the euro 326.660 drachmas.

    [08] FUEL PRICES UP IN GREECE AS OF TODAY

    Fuel prices went up in Greece today following the continuing increase of international oil prices. High-octane gasoline is 4.5 drachmas per liter more expensive, unleaded 4.6 and diesel oil 2 drachmas more.

    [09] CHILDREN FROM SERBIA HOLIDAYING IN NORTHERN GREECE

    150 children from Pancevo, Serbia, aged between 8 and 14, are expected in Thessaloniki today. They will spend holidays at a summer camp until 23 August as guests of the municipality of Neapolis.

    [10] TURKISH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO LIFT BAN ON WELFARE PARTY LEADER

    The Turkish national assembly yesterday began debating a legislative regulation which will allow the return of Islamist leader Necmettin Erbakan to the political arena. Mr Erbakan was deprived of his right to be active in politics for five years. He lost his right in 1998, when the Constitutional Court of Ankara decided that his Welfare party should be outlawed since it constituted a threat to the secular system of the country.

    According to the Turkish press, Bulent Ecevit's government has reached an agreement with the Islamic Virtue party on its support for constitutional reforms necessary to allow for international arbitration in labour conflicts in exchange for the lifting of the ban imposed on Erbakan. Meanwhile Turkish labour unions are planning industrial action as of tomorrow in protest at changes in the pension system imposed on Ankara by the International Monetary Fund.

    [11] IRAN WALKS OUT OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH TURKEY

    Iran yesterday walked out of negotiations with Turkey in protest at the bombing of a border outpost on Iranian territory by the Turkish armed forces. Nevertheless, the talks may be resumed today. Iran has accused Turkey of bombing an Iranian military base and a camp of nomads on 18 July, near Iran's border with Iraq and Turkey. 5 people were killed and 10 wounded in the attack. Turkey for its part insists the attack was aimed against Kurdish guerillas.

    [12] PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS CONTINUE IN SERBIA

    Hundreds of people yesterday staged demonstrations in major cities in Serbia calling for the resignation of Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic. In Kosovo, violence against the few Serbs who have not left Pristina is escalating, the UN High Commission for refugees said yesterday.
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