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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-10-25

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CONTENTS

  • [01] MEETING BETWEEN THE GREEK AND TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTERS
  • [02] COALITION LEADER VISITS TURKEY
  • [03] ITALIAN SPEAKER VISITS CYPRUS
  • [04] TURKISH PRIME MINISTER SPEAKS ABOUT CYPRUS
  • [05] A DELEGATION OF THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES IN CYPRUS
  • [06] REACTIONS OVER HISTORY TEXTBOOK IN ALBANIA
  • [07] INCOME POLICY FOR 2,000
  • [08] PLANS ON CHANGES IN FARMING COOPERATIVES
  • [09] GREEK FARMERS WILL BE COMPENSATED FOR RUINED CROPS
  • [10] PLANS ON THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [11] CONFERENCE OF MUNICIPALITIES AND COMMUNITIES IN RHODES
  • [12] FLIGHT SECURITY LEVEL IN GREECE
  • [13] GREEK WOMEN LIVING IN EUROPE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
  • [14] POST-QUAKE DEVELOPMENTS IN GREECE
  • [15] LARGE FAMILY DAY

  • [01] MEETING BETWEEN THE GREEK AND TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTERS

    The Greek and Turkish foreign ministers, Giorgos Papandreou and Ismail Cem, will meet in Thessaloniki on Wednesday on the sidelines of the regular ministerial conference of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation of Black Sea Countries.

    [02] COALITION LEADER VISITS TURKEY

    The leader of the Coalition of the Left Wing and Progress Nikos Konstantopoulos who is on a three-day tour of Turkey will have contacts with the leaders of the Popular Republican party and other political figures. The coalition party's initiative aims at increasing the number of contacts between political organizations and parties in a bid to see things in their actual dimension, Mr Konstantopoulos told reporters. He will also meet with the Turkish president Suleyman Demirel and the speaker of the Turkish National Assembly Gildirim Akbulut. On Sunday, Mr Konstantopoulos visited the ecumenical patriarchate in Fanari and the regions hit by the recent earthquakes in Turkey.

    [03] ITALIAN SPEAKER VISITS CYPRUS

    The Speaker of the Italian Parliament Luciano Violante arrived in Nicosia on Sunday on an official visit to Cyprus, following an invitation extended by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Spyros Kyprianou. In statements at Larnaka airport, Mr Violante said that the European integration had significant prospects for Cyprus. He also expressed the hope that the Mediterranean would become a field of peace and cooperation. The Speaker of the House of Representatives Spyros Kyprianou, said Mr Violante's visit was important, since it is the first time that a Speaker of the Italian parliament visits Cyprus.

    [04] TURKISH PRIME MINISTER SPEAKS ABOUT CYPRUS

    In an interview with Newsweek magazine, the Turkish prime minister Bulent Ecevit expressed his wish for permanent peace with Greece on condition that two independent states exist in Cyprus.

    [05] A DELEGATION OF THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES IN CYPRUS

    A three member delegation of the World Council of Churches visited Cyprus last week for contacts with the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities and underlined the need for stronger bi-communal contacts and for a society of citizens with greater influence in Cyprus' affairs.

    [06] REACTIONS OVER HISTORY TEXTBOOK IN ALBANIA

    Greek teachers, the Greek community and the Greek embassy in Tirana have reacted strongly over a history book of the Greek nation which was introduced this year as a textbook in the first grade of high-schools in Albania. The history book once again raises the question of the so-called Chams minority, which had triggered off a major dispute between Greece and Albania in the past.

    [07] INCOME POLICY FOR 2,000

    The government's income policy for the year 2,000, provides for increases of 2.5 to 8 percent, as well as significant increases in pensions and allowances. The national economy undersecretary Nikos Hristodoulakis is expected to make the relative announcement next Tuesday during his meeting with the board of the Civil Servants Union.

    [08] PLANS ON CHANGES IN FARMING COOPERATIVES

    The agriculture minister Giorgos Anomeritis said yesterday after meetings he had with representatives of the farmers in Thessaloniki that the government is planning changes in the structure and operation of farming cooperatives. In addition, Mr Anomeritis estimated that the farmers would not go ahead with protest actions in winter.

    [09] GREEK FARMERS WILL BE COMPENSATED FOR RUINED CROPS

    Farmers whose produce was ruined by bad weather in the first three months of this year will start receiving 733 million drachmas in compensation next Wednesday. The Workers' Housing Organisation has gone ahead with favourable conditions for the payment of housing loans. According to three decisions signed by labour and social security minister Miltiadis Papaioannou, debtors who by August 26th have paid up to 50% of their loan will be considered as having paid-off in full.

    [10] PLANS ON THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE

    The government is planning a series of important changes, with the aim of updating the stock exchange. These changes include an increase in the ceiling for daily increases of shares to 12 -16 % from 8% it is today, extended working sessions and new conditions in negotiating share prices for new companies entering the bourse.

    [11] CONFERENCE OF MUNICIPALITIES AND COMMUNITIES IN RHODES

    A conference of the Central Union of Greek Municipalities and Communities ended on the island of Rhodes on Saturday. It was ascertained at the conference that the municipalities created through the merger of smaller ones in accordance with the "Kapodistrias" plan should be supported and backed financially. At the same time, interior undersecretary Giorgos Floridis said municipal police would be strengthened and 9,000 new employees hired.

    [12] FLIGHT SECURITY LEVEL IN GREECE

    American experts are visiting Greece in the end of October in order to check the flight security level at Greek airports. Last Friday, British pilots removed Greece from their list of high risk airports. In the meantime, the board of Olympic Airways met yesterday to discuss the new operational plan of the company. During last week's meeting, the representatives of the employees had expressed their opposition to certain points of the plan and had threatened to vote against it, if specific amendments were not introduced. Today, the managing director of Olympic Airways Rod Leeds is expected to present some changes on the plan and then submit it for approval to the members of the committee.

    [13] GREEK WOMEN LIVING IN EUROPE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

    A conference on Greek Women Living in Europe in the 21st Century, organized by the Council of Hellenes Abroad opened in Nicosia on Saturday with the participation of Greek women from all over Europe. Greek foreign undersecretary Grigoris Niotis addressed the conference. Addressing the meeting, other officials pointed out that Greek women could play an important role in maintaining the Greek national identity and in helping to resolve national issues.

    [14] POST-QUAKE DEVELOPMENTS IN GREECE

    The Geodynamic Institute of the Athens National Observatory reported on Saturday that an earthquake measuring 3,8 on the Richter scale took place in Athens with its epicentre located on Mount Parnes. Seismologists described the earthquake as part of the after-shock activity of the September 7th quake.

    [15] LARGE FAMILY DAY

    The state and political leadership of the country have delivered messages on the occasion of the Large Family Day. The president of the republic Konstantinos Stefanopoulos described as invaluable-especially nowadays-the contribution to the country by the large families. The prime minister Kostas Simitis announced measures to alleviate their problems and encourage couples to have more children. Finally, the president of the ND party Kostas Karamanlis called on the state to recognise the contribution of the large families and do something in return.
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