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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-08-23

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] GREEK ATHLETICS SUCCESS IN SPAIN
  • [02] HOPES OF FURTHER TURKISH EARTHQUAKE SURVIVORS FADE
  • [03] PRIME MINISTER TO VISIT ALBANIA
  • [04] PARLIAMENT REOPENS AFTER SUMMER BREAK
  • [05] WORLD CONGRESS OF CYPRIOTS ABROAD OPENS IN NICOSIA
  • [06] PRIME MINISTER TO ATTEND THEODORAKIS CONCERT IN FLORINA
  • [07] HEATWAVE RECEDES

  • [01] GREEK ATHLETICS SUCCESS IN SPAIN

    At the international athletics championships in Seville, Greece won a bronze medal in the women's 100 metres final yesterday with a spectacular performance by Katerina Thanou in a time of 10.84 seconds. The gold and silver medals went to two American athletes. Hopes for further Greek distinctions now lie with Voula Tsiamita and Olga Vasdeki in today's triple-jump final. In yesterday's semi-final, Tsiamita set a new Greek record with a jump of 15.7 metres, while Vasdeki achieved a jump of 14.27 metres.

    [02] HOPES OF FURTHER TURKISH EARTHQUAKE SURVIVORS FADE

    Professor Aikut Barka of Constantinople's Technical University now claims that north-western Turkey was struck by two earthquakes, not one, last Tuesday. The tremors, he said, were separated by a gap of 20 seconds, with the epicentre in both cases near the city of Nicomedeia. Meanwhile, six days after the earthquake in Turkey, the chances of more survivors being found have been dramatically reduced, leaving the authorities to focus on the urgent issue of the 200,000 homeless.

    With the official death toll set at over 12,000 and 33,000 injured, the number of people still missing is thought to be in the region of 30,000. High among the priorities of the Turkish authorities are measures to deal with the increasing threat of epidemics because of the large numbers of bodies that have not yet been recovered, the growing heaps of refuse and the collapse of the sewage system.

    An entire sea resort on the shores of the Sea of Marmara, which sank after the earthquake struck, was discovered yesterday and 150 bodies were retrieved. The Turkish government spokesman, Tunca Toskay, said yesterday that damage caused by the earthquake to the Tupras oil refinery amounted to 200 million dollars. A major fire at the refinery was finally put out after burning for several days.

    Three after-shocks measuring 5, 4 and 4.3 on the Richter scale spread panic and consternation amongst the population in the region of Constantinople. American and French seismologists have warned of a further, equally powerful earthquake but are unable to predict when it will strike.

    The Greek rescue teams decided to abandon their search operations yesterday but have remained in Constantinople, where they had a meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos who praised them for their work. The Turkish press has also been full of praise for the contribution made by the Greek rescue teams.

    [03] PRIME MINISTER TO VISIT ALBANIA

    The Greek prime minister, Kostas Simitis, is to visit Tirana tomorrow to discuss matters of bilateral interest with Albanian leaders. While there he will also try to establish Albania's intentions with regard to the future of Kosovo.

    [04] PARLIAMENT REOPENS AFTER SUMMER BREAK

    After a three-week break, the second summer session of the Greek parliament opens today to discuss urgent issues of education. A series of meetings has been scheduled by the government for this coming week, with the aim of arriving at a new package of measures to control inflation and at formulating the state budget for the year 2000.

    [05] WORLD CONGRESS OF CYPRIOTS ABROAD OPENS IN NICOSIA

    The Cyprus dispute is the focus of the sessions of the 11th World Congress of Cypriots abroad, which opened in Nicosia last night. The Congress was declared open by the Cypriot foreign minister, Ioannis Kasoulidis, while greetings were addressed by the Greek foreign undersecretary, Grigoris Niotis, who is also responsible for issues concerning Greeks abroad. 150 delegates from the United States, Britain, Greece, Australia and Africa are taking part in the sessions, which will wind up on Thursday.

    [06] PRIME MINISTER TO ATTEND THEODORAKIS CONCERT IN FLORINA

    The Greek prime minister is to have a meeting with the composer Mikis Theodorakis on Saturday, when he attends a concert of Theodorakis' music in Florina as part of the Prespes '99 Festival. Mr Simitis will be the first to sign a petition proposing that the Greek composer be nominated for next year's Nobel Peace Prize. While in Florina the Greek prime minister will also have a meeting with his counterpart from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

    [07] HEATWAVE RECEDES

    The recent heatwave which has hit Greece appears at last to be diminishing, and today's temperatures are expected to reach a maximum of 35 degrees centigrade.
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