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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-10-22

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCES ECONOMIC MEASURES IN MYTILINI
  • [02] EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER PRAISES GREEK EFFORTS FOR EMU ENTRY
  • [03] NATIONAL ECONOMY MINISTER ADVISES CAUTION OVER INTEREST RATES
  • [04] GREEK DEFENCE MINISTRY DECLINES COMMENT ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS
  • [05] ARREST OF PERSONS INVOLVED IN ASSAULTS ON FOREIGNERS
  • [06] TURKISH SMUGGLER KILLED OFF COAST OF CHIOS
  • [07] GREEK AND ALBANIAN PUBLIC ORDER MINISTERS MEET IN ALBANIA
  • [08] OPPOSITION LEADER HAILS SCRAPPING OF OLYMPIC VIDEO-LOTTO
  • [09] FORMER PRIME MINISTER COMMENTS ON KOSOVO DEVELOPMENTS
  • [10] GREEK AMERICAN EVENTS IN AUSTRALIA
  • [11] 4.8 RICHTER EARTHQUAKE IN PATRAS REGION

  • [01] PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCES ECONOMIC MEASURES IN MYTILINI

    Speaking from Mytilini yesterday, the prime minister, Kostas Simitis, said the government was adhering firmly to the programme of convergence with the other European economies, and that measures had been taken to help those with low incomes. Amongst other things, he said tax would be reduced on several basic consumer goods and promised cheaper housing loans. He announced that 80% of funds from the EU's Third Community Support Fund would be allocated to the provinces. The prime minister maintained the government was speaking the language of truth while the opposition parties were handing out dud cheques. At the same time he accused the New Democracy party of sabotaging the country's political climate with its scandal-mongering tactics of the past.

    [02] EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER PRAISES GREEK EFFORTS FOR EMU ENTRY

    European commissioner Pedro Solbres said in Brussels yesterday that Greece had made major efforts to prepare its economy for entry to the euro zone and that the European Commission would do all it could to ensure there were no obstacles to Greece's admission to European economic and monetary union.

    [03] NATIONAL ECONOMY MINISTER ADVISES CAUTION OVER INTEREST RATES

    After his meeting yesterday with the governor of the Bank of Greece, Loukas Papadimos, the national economy minister, Yannos Papantoniou, said the reduction in Bank of Greece interest rates was not big enough to stimulate changes at the commercial banks. He pointed out that there was still a long way to go to European economic and monetary union and that particular care should be taken over the issue of interest rates. For his part, Mr Papadimos said a further reduction would take place after the inflation rate had stabilised at 2%. He expressed optimism that this criterion would also be met, adding that whatever happened, the government's monetary policy would continue to be strictly applied.

    [04] GREEK DEFENCE MINISTRY DECLINES COMMENT ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS

    The discovery that American nuclear weapons had been deployed outside United States borders - a tactic followed by Washington during the cold war period, particularly between 1945 and 1977 - has caused widespread concern. Apparently the United States kept a store of nuclear bombs in any corner of the world where a crisis might arise in order to protect so-called "Western interests" and to be ready at any moment to deal with its mortal enemy, the then Soviet Union. Greek national defence ministry sources have declined to comment on whether Greece was one of the countries where such weapons were deployed. The Coalition deputy, Maria Damanaki, has tabled a question in parliament on the issue.

    [05] ARREST OF PERSONS INVOLVED IN ASSAULTS ON FOREIGNERS

    Two people have been arrested in connection with a series of assaults on foreigners in Athens during the night, in which two of the victims died and four others were injured. The offenders were a 23-year-old Greek Radio-Television employee, who was found with a gun in his possession, and a 22-year-old seaman.

    [06] TURKISH SMUGGLER KILLED OFF COAST OF CHIOS

    In an incident off the coast of Chios late last night, a Turkish smuggler of illegal immigrants was killed when a coastguard patrol boat opened fire after his speedboat failed to stop for inspection. A second smuggler was arrested and is being interrogated. Port authorities had received information earlier about the arrival of a number of illegal immigrants and were already searching the area. The speedboat was towed to the port of Chios, while the Greek patrol boat sustained minor damage.

    [07] GREEK AND ALBANIAN PUBLIC ORDER MINISTERS MEET IN ALBANIA

    At yesterday's meeting in Agii Saranda between the Greek public order minister, Michalis Chrysohoidis, and his Albanian counterpart, the question of upgrading the cooperation between the Greek and Albanian border police and of carrying out combined sea patrols was discussed. The purpose of the measures is to stamp out organised and economic crime and illegal immigration.

    [08] OPPOSITION LEADER HAILS SCRAPPING OF OLYMPIC VIDEO-LOTTO

    Addressing a meeting in Rhodes, the New Democracy party leader, Kostas Karamanlis, described the government's decision to withdraw the amendment concerning the controversial Olympic video-lotto as the first victory in the battle to achieve transparency in public life. For his part, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said the move was an attempt to neutralize scandal-mongering, also clarifying that none of the ministers who handled the case would be held accountable.

    [09] FORMER PRIME MINISTER COMMENTS ON KOSOVO DEVELOPMENTS

    Former prime minister and honorary president of the New Democracy party Konstantinos Mitsotakis has commented on developments in Kosovo saying borders in the Balkans would be changed to Albania's benefit, at first to the detriment of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. He also said ethnic cleansing against the Serbs in Kosovo had been completed and the region's independence was near. Mr Mitsotakis called on prime minister Kostas Simitis to raise the issue of developments in the former Yugoslavia during American president Bill Clinton's forthcoming visit to Greece.

    [10] GREEK AMERICAN EVENTS IN AUSTRALIA

    A special ceremony will be held at the parliament of New South Wales this evening aimed at promoting the idea of an Olympic truce. The initiative belongs to the Olympic Committee established by the Council of Hellenes Abroad for Oceania. In Sydney, a conference will be held on 6th and 7th November on "Greek studies in the antipodies on the eve of the 21st century", at the initiative of the Council of Hellenes Abroad. Finally, the sessions of the Council of Greeks from Kozani living abroad will open at Melbourne's Latrobe University today.

    [11] 4.8 RICHTER EARTHQUAKE IN PATRAS REGION

    An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale, with its epicentre in the Patraikos Gulf, 170 km west of Athens, shook the Patras region shortly before midday yesterday. Some old buildings suffered minor damage. Seismologists have said there is no cause for concern.
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