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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-10-15

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] THREE UN OBSERVERS STILL HELD HOSTAGE IN GEORGIA
  • [02] EU SUMMIT OPENS IN TAMPERE
  • [03] GREEK PRESIDENT ENDS VISIT TO IRAN
  • [04] EU COMMISSIONERS VISIT QUAKE-HIT AREAS IN ATTICA EU
  • [05] TURKISH JET FIGHTERS INTERCEPTED OVER AEGEAN
  • [06] UN ENVOY VISITS CYPRUS
  • [07] OPPOSITION PARTY LEADER OUTLINES EDUCATION POLICY
  • [08] DEBATE IN PARLIAMENT ON "OLYMPIC VIDEO-LOTTO"
  • [09] DEFENCE MINISTER ENDS VISIT TO ISRAEL
  • [10] MOUNT ATHOS ICON TRAVELS TO ATHENS
  • [11] CHURCH OF GREECE SYNOD SESSIONS COMPLETED
  • [12] ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE DOWN 3.88% YESTERDAY
  • [13] EUROPEAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY MEET IN CYPRUS

  • [01] THREE UN OBSERVERS STILL HELD HOSTAGE IN GEORGIA

    In Abkhazia, Georgia, UN-led negotiations are continuing for the release of three UN observers still held hostage, including Greek captain Giorgos Kopanos. Four others were released yesterday. The kidnappers had threatened to kill the hostages, asking for a ransom of 250,000 dollars, but UN officials said yesterday no ransom is to be paid. Athens has asked the Georgian government not to go ahead with any release attempt before consulting with the Greek government. Greek acting government spokesman Nikos Athanasakis said the foremost consideration was the life of the hostages and avoiding the use of force. UN observers have been stationed in Abkhazia since 1993, when unilateral independence in part of northern Georgia was declared.

    [02] EU SUMMIT OPENS IN TAMPERE

    The EU's extraordinary summit opens today in Tampere, Finland, with issues on the agenda including internal security, illegal immigration and cross-border crime. Prime minister Kostas Simitis and foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou arrived in Finland yesterday and are expected to have a series of contacts with EU officials on the sidelines of the meeting. They are also to brief their European counterparts on Greek positions on European-Turkish relations.

    [03] GREEK PRESIDENT ENDS VISIT TO IRAN

    President Kostis Stefanopoulos ended his official visit to Iran yesterday, after a series of contacts with Iranian leaders, including president Mohammad Hatami. A cooperation protocol was signed between accompanying agriculture minister Giorgos Anomeritis and his Iranian counterpart.

    [04] EU COMMISSIONERS VISIT QUAKE-HIT AREAS IN ATTICA EU

    commissioners Michel Barnier and Anna Diamantopoulou are visiting the earthquake-hit areas in Attica today, before meeting with officials of various ministries. Interior minister Vasso Papandreou gave assurances to Attica mayors that all the required funds will be allocated for the reconstruction of the quake-hit areas. Furthermore labour minister Miltiadis Papaioannou announced the Workers' Housing Organization would repair all damage caused by the quake.

    [05] TURKISH JET FIGHTERS INTERCEPTED OVER AEGEAN

    Two Greek air force jets intercepted eight Turkish F-16 jet fighters which entered Greek air space in pairs yesterday afternoon, violating air traffic rules. The incident developed into a dog fight. It occurred in the region between the islands of Kos and Rhodes.

    [06] UN ENVOY VISITS CYPRUS

    The UN secretary general's interim special envoy for Cyprus, James Holger, said that secretary general Kofi Annan was not prepared to convene talks on the Cyprus issue with no real hope of achieving progress. Speaking after his first meeting with Cypriot president Glafkos Kliridis, Mr Holger said the main aim of the UN was to reactivate the negotiations before the end of the year. He added there was strong mobilization in that direction and Mr Annan was eager for the talks to be successful.

    [07] OPPOSITION PARTY LEADER OUTLINES EDUCATION POLICY

    Main opposition New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis yesterday presented his party's policy on education. He reiterated New Democracy was in favour of establishing private universities and technical institutions in Greece, also stressing a national education policy was needed which would not change every four years. His positions were criticised by education minister Gerassimos Arsenis, who described them as old fashioned and ruthlessly class-conscious.

    [08] DEBATE IN PARLIAMENT ON "OLYMPIC VIDEO-LOTTO"

    The government and opposition parties exchanged harsh accusations in parliament yesterday during a debate on the proposed "Olympic Video-Lotto". A final decision on the issue will be made on Tuesday, in a roll call vote requested by the New Democracy party. For his part, acting government spokesman Nikos Athanasakis said combatting corruption would not be achieved with shouting and false rules.

    [09] DEFENCE MINISTER ENDS VISIT TO ISRAEL

    National defence minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos met with Israeli prime minister and defence minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv yesterday. The two men agreed on holding joint military exercises and cooperating in the defense industry.

    [10] MOUNT ATHOS ICON TRAVELS TO ATHENS

    The famous icon "Axion Esti" from Mount Athos will be received in Athens at noon today with the honours due to a head of state. It will be exhibited for a fortnight at the Aghios Panteleimon church and the receipts will go towards easing the plight of the quake-stricken population of Attica.

    [11] CHURCH OF GREECE SYNOD SESSIONS COMPLETED

    The sessions of the Synod of the Church of Greece ended yesterday with the election of Theoklitos Koumarianos to the post of Metropolitan of Thessaliotis. The letters sent by Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos of Constantinople, including strict warnings about the operation and the role of the Athens Archbishopric, overshadowed the sessions of the Synod and were seen by many Metropolitans as an attempt to intervene in the autocephalous Church of Greece.

    [12] ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE DOWN 3.88% YESTERDAY

    On the Athens Stock Exchange, the general share price index dropped by 3.88% yesterday, closing at 5,916.68. In the parities, the fixing price for the US dollar was 305.44 drachmas, the Deutschmark 168.189 drachmas and the euro 328.95 drachmas.

    [13] EUROPEAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY MEET IN CYPRUS

    The European chambers of commerce and industry will sign their charter for the 21st century, in the framework of their 7th annual meeting, which began in Nicosia yesterday.
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