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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 00-02-03

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CONTENTS

  • [01] SIGNING OF AGREEMENTS BETWEEN GREECE AND TURKEY
  • [02] SECOND ROUND OF PROXIMITY TALKS RISE CONCERN
  • [03] TURKISH MPS PARTICIPATE IN GROUP OF FRIENDSHIP WITH GREECE
  • [04] PAPANDREOU, PICKERING DISCUSS ABOUT THE BALKANS
  • [05] PRESPES LAKES PROCLAIMED ECOLOGICAL PARK
  • [06] AUSTRALIA SUPPORTS RETURN OF PARTHENON MARBLES TO GREECE
  • [07] MUSEUM OF ATHENS TO BE READY IN 2004

  • [01] SIGNING OF AGREEMENTS BETWEEN GREECE AND TURKEY

    Turkish Foreign minister Ismail Cem is expected in Athens today for an official visit, in return of his Greek counterpart George Papandreou's recent visit to Ankara.

    Briefing the committee of Foreign Affairs of the Parliament yesterday, the Greek Foreign minister stated that the signing of five agreements between him and Mr.Cem did not in any way mean that Greece would negotiate its sovereign rights.

    Mr. Papandreou said that during the dialogue with Turkey, which is mild, the two countries present their basic stands.

    In the meantime, "Anatolia" newsagency reported yesterday that diplomatic circles in Ankara prefered that that more importance be given to the new proposals regarding the measures of trust in the Aegean, considering the Papoulia- Yilmaz memorandum as long gone by.

    According to the same newsagency during their meeting, Mr. Papandreou and Mr.Cem are expected to discuss the creation of a new Greek consulate in Trapezounda and the re-opening of the Theological School of Chalki.

    [02] SECOND ROUND OF PROXIMITY TALKS RISE CONCERN

    Acting President of the Cyprus Republic Nikos Anastasiades has stated that there is no reason for concern over the issues risen by the Turkish-Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash during the second round of proximity talks held in Geneva. Mr. Anastasiades pointed out that what mattered was the goals of the dominant powers involved in the Cyprus issue.

    However, General Secretary of AKEL party Dimitris Christophias and President of EDEK party Vasos Lyssarides expressed their concern over the course of the negotiations.

    [03] TURKISH MPS PARTICIPATE IN GROUP OF FRIENDSHIP WITH GREECE

    The Turkish National Assembly has proceeded to the creation of a group of friendship with Greece, the president of which will be Right Path party deputy and former Defence minister Tourhan Tayian.

    Participating in the group among others are Democratic Left party deputy Hakan Tartan, who had taken the initiative for the creation of the group a few years ago and Mother Country party deputy and author Yilmaz Katakoyouglou. Other deputies participating will be from the parties of the Democratic Left, National Movement, the Right Path and Virtue party.

    [04] PAPANDREOU, PICKERING DISCUSS ABOUT THE BALKANS

    Greek Foreign minister Yiorgos Papandreou had a meeting yesterday with the American undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering, who is touring European capitals. The two men discussed about the developments in the Balkans, especially in Montenegro, Kossovo and Serbia. They also discussed bilateral issues like the agreement on the cooperation of Greek and American police and the status and staff of the American bases in Greece.

    After the meeting Mr. Papandreou underlined that both countries had common goals for stability in the region, stressing that the principle for not changing the borders in the Balkans, the respect of human rights and the minorities rights should be respected. From his side, Mr.Pickering stressed Greece's leading role in the Balkans.

    [05] PRESPES LAKES PROCLAIMED ECOLOGICAL PARK

    An agreement granting Prespes lakes the status of an ecological park was signed yesterday by the prime ministers of Greece, Albania and the FYROM. The official proclamation of the region as the Balkan Park of Prespes took place in the village of Aghios Germanos in the prefecture of Florina in the presence of the general director of WWF.

    [06] AUSTRALIA SUPPORTS RETURN OF PARTHENON MARBLES TO GREECE

    Leader of the Liberal party of Victoria Dennis Nafthain is supporting strongly Australia's campaign for the return of the Parthenon marbles from London to Greece. In a letter sent to the British Culture minister Chris Smith, Mr. Nafthain fully supports the return of the marbles to Greece.

    In his letter, Mr. Nafthain points out that the return of the marbles is being supported by the majority of the Australian society, asking the British to return the marbles in time for the 2004 Olympics.

    He also sent a letter to the Greek Culture minister Mrs. Papazoi expressing his solidarity to the Greek demand, calling at the same time the State Prime minister Steve Bracks to support strongly the relevant campaign and exert pressure from his side to the British goverment expressing thus the wish of the people of Victoria.

    [07] MUSEUM OF ATHENS TO BE READY IN 2004

    The Museum of Athens, which will be built at Plato's Academy and be ready in 2004 and will be coverig an area of 20 thousand square metres, will be subsidized by the third Support Framework and will house some of the 50.000 ancient findings of the third departement of Archaeology.
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