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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-08-31

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CONTENTS

  • [01] TALKS ON EU FUNDING FOR TURKEY
  • [02] GREEK ATHLETES HONOURED
  • [03] OLYMPIC GAMES REVENUE
  • [04] MONTENEGRIN PRESIDENT VISITS ATHENS
  • [05] ARCHBISHOP DIMITRIOS MEETS GREEK PRESIDENT
  • [06] TURKEY CONTINUES TO PRAISE GREEK AID FOR EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
  • [07] NO CURRENT PROPOSALS FOR A CYPRUS SETTLEMENT
  • [08] DEFENCE PACTS SIGNED WITH UKRAINE

  • [01] TALKS ON EU FUNDING FOR TURKEY

    The issue of European Union financing for Turkey, the possibility of lifting the Greek veto on EU funding and the Greek initiative for the dispatch of economic aid to Turkey are at the focus of talks which the foreign minister, Giorgos Papandreou, is having with the country's political leaders and former ministers. Last night Mr Papandreou had meetings with the former foreign ministers, Karolas Papoulias and Iannis Haralambopoulos, both of whom said they supported the Greek initiative for EU funding to be granted to Turkey. However, they expressed their opposition to the lifting of the Greek veto. A similar view was expressed by the former foreign minister, Theodoros Pangalos, in an interview with the daily newspaper Ta Nea. While he agreed with the offer of urgent humanitarian aid to Turkey, Mr Pangalos described those in favour of the lifting of Greece's veto as ignorant of history. The government spokesman, Dimitris Reppas, said the Greek proposal had been carefully studied and would be presented at next weekend's informal meeting of the EU foreign ministers' council. Today Mr Papandreou is scheduled to have meetings with the honorary president of the New Democracy party, Konstantinos Mitsotakis, the leader of the Democratic Social Movement, Dimitris Tsovolas, and the Political Spring party president, Antonis Samaras.

    [02] GREEK ATHLETES HONOURED

    The prime minister, Kostas Simitis, is giving a reception at midday today in honour of the Greek athletes who were awarded medals at the recent World Athletics Championships in Seville.

    [03] OLYMPIC GAMES REVENUE

    Advertising for the 2004 Olympic Games is expected to provide more than 530 million dollars in revenue for Greece. Meanwhile Athens university professor Konstantinos Kartalis took up duties at the Olympic Games 2004 special secretariat at the ministry of culture yesterday.

    [04] MONTENEGRIN PRESIDENT VISITS ATHENS

    The Greek prime minister is having a meeting this morning with the president of Montenegro, Milo Tzuganovic, who is on a visit to Athens. Yesterday Mr Tzuganovic had talks with the foreign minister, Giorgos Papandreou, at which they discussed the situation in the Balkans in the aftermath of the war in Kosovo, particularly relations between Serbia and Montenegro. Mr Tzuganovic, who makes no secret of the distance he maintains from the government in Belgrade, said he was very satisfied with his talks with the Greek government and the level of relations between their two countries.

    [05] ARCHBISHOP DIMITRIOS MEETS GREEK PRESIDENT

    The new Archbishop of America, Dimitrios, was received yesterday by the Greek president, Kostis Stefanopoulos, who congratulated him on his election and said he hoped solutions would be found to the problems facing the Greek communities in America. Earlier the Archbishop visited the education minister, Gerasimos Arsenis, for an exchange of views on the education of children of Greek descent abroad and issues concerning the Greek schools which come under the aegis of the Greek Orthodox Archbishopric of America.

    [06] TURKEY CONTINUES TO PRAISE GREEK AID FOR EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

    In Turkey, people living in the region struck by the recent devastating earthquake are trying to come to terms with its tragic repercussions and begin their lives again. The country's rulers continue to express their gratitude to Greece for the prompt and on-going assistance offered to the victims of the earthquake. The chairman of the Turkey-EU joint parliamentary committee, Kiursat Eser, has been particularly warm in expressing his appreciation for Greece's sincere help and support after the earthquake, and described Greece as a "bridge of rapprochement" rather than an obstacle in Turkey's relations with Europe. For his part, the director of the Tupras oil refineries said Greece had played an important part in putting out the fires which blazed at the site immediately after the earthquake struck. He pointed out that the Greek aid was the first to arrive and was the most effective. A concert organised jointly by Greek Radio and the prefecture of Xanthi took place in Xanthi yesterday evening, with the participation of popular singers Giorgos Dalaras and Thanassis Gaiphilias. The proceeds have been donated to the earthquake victims. The general secretariat for equality is also organising a performance this evening at the Herod Atticus Theatre in Athens, where a theatre group from Roumeli will stage a play by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes.

    [07] NO CURRENT PROPOSALS FOR A CYPRUS SETTLEMENT

    The Cypriot government spokesman, Michalis Papapetrou, said yesterday that the Cypriot government considered the package of ideas proposed by the former UN secretary general, Boutros Ghali, in the Cyprus issue as outdated and that it had been superseded by newer documents. He said neither the Ghali package of ideas nor any other document was up for consideration at the present time. Instead, there were two unacceptable demands by the Turkish-Cypriot representative, Rauf Denktash, for recognition of his self-styled state and for acceptance, a priori, of the solution of a confederation on the island. The Cypriot government's position, Mr Papapetrou pointed out, was that attention should be focused on existing issues rather than formulating hypotheses based on documents of the past.

    [08] DEFENCE PACTS SIGNED WITH UKRAINE

    The Greek national defence minister, Akis Tsohatzopoulos, who is on an official visit to Ukraine, signed an inter-governmental agreement on defence and technical cooperation between the two countries yesterday.
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