|Saturday, 24 February 2024
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 00-02-15
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 THE EU GENERAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL DECIDED TO ABOLISH AIR SANCTION AGAINST YIOUGOSLAVIA.The EU General Affairs Council yest decided to lift the air embargo imposed on Yugoslavia, following a proposal by Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou. In tandem, heavier economic sanctions will be imposed for big amounts of money traded at banks abroad by the Yugoslav President Slobodan Milocevic regime. The European Union's decision is considered as the first step for the improvement of relations between the West and the people of Yugoslavia.
 ACTIVITIES BY POLITICAL PARTIES IN VIEW OF THE UPCOMING ELECTIONS CONTINUE.Final decisions on the pre-election campaign are expected to be made at today's meeting of the responsible interparty committee.
The criteria for the selection of candidates and the setting up of election combinations was the main issue at yesterday's meeting of Pasok's executive office, which was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Kostas Simitis. Pasok has decided that the Central Committee, which will convene on February, 25th, will have the last word for the setting up of the party's ballot votes.
New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis yesterday presented his party's proposals on national defence and the armed forces.
A letter signed by eight members of the Political Spring party, who have gone over to the New Democracy party, was publicised yesterday.
At the same time, speculation has arisen in New Democracy party after the party's Honorary President Constantinos Mitsotakis's interview with the daily neswspaper" Ethnos".
In his interview, Mr. Mitsotakis strongly criticised his own party .His comments focused on the conservative party's public relations policy,the presidential elctions,revision of the constitution and the expulsion of senior party deputies.
Speaking yesterday at a party gathering, the General Secretary of the Greek Communist party Aleka Papariga once again called for equal treatment by the mass media of all political parties.
Speaking yesterday at an event in Liosia, Coalition of the Left and Progress party leader Nikos Konstantopoulos accused the two major parties and their candidates of spending billions of drachmas in the pre-election campaign.
The president of the Social Democratic party Dimitris Tsovolas yesterday had a meeting with a delegation of the Council claiming war reparations by Germany.
 THE APRIL,9 ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD ON THE BASIS OF THE EXISTING ELECTORAL LAW.The April, 9 elections will be held on the basis of the existing electoral law and any discussion concerning changes will begin after the polls, Prime Minister Kostas Simitis said to the leader of the Liberal Party, Stefanos Manos, with whom he met yest.
Mr. Manos presented his own view to the Prime Minister on changes to the electoral legislation.
 POSITIVE COMMENTS BY THE TURKISH PRESS ON THE MEETING BETWEEN THE GREEK PRIME MINISTER KOSTAS SIMITIS AND HIS TURKISH COUNTERPART BULENT ECEVIT.The Turkish press has described as positive the meeting between the Greek Prime minister Costas Simitis and his Turkish counterpart Bulent Ecevit on the sidelines of the Inter-Balkan summit in Bucharest.
Some of the headlines in the Turkish press are : "Friendly beginning at the summit",Mini summit between Ecevit-Simitis".
In the meantime the "Tzumhouriet" daily turkish newspaper wrote that the two Prime ministers confirmed the political willingness for the further development in Greek-Turkish relations.
The two Prime Ministers also discussed issues related to the European Union and the meetings of the Greek-Turkish commiittee responsible for European Union issues which will take place in Ankara.
 THE OLYMPIC AIRWAYS COMPANY DECISION TO CANCEL THE ATHENS- MELBOURNE DIRECT FLIGHT WILL BE REEXAMINED.Following strong reactions by Greeks living in Australia as regards the cancelation of the Olympic Airways Athens- Melbourne direct flight , the Olympic Airways general director Ron Leeds has decided to re-examine the issue.
However, Mr. Leeds made it clear that there will be a stop in between the flight connecting Greece-Australia pointing out that one of the lines connecting Athens with Melbourne or Sydney must be cancelled so as Olympic Airways will save five billion drachmas a year.
Additionally, Mr, Leeds anounced that the Olympic Airways company is planning to purchase fifteen new aircrafts and hire one thousand employees as permanent staff by 2003.
 THE EU HAS DECIDED THE GRADUAL ABOLITION OF THE PRODUCTION OF "OUZO" IN SOUTH AFRICA.The fifteen European Union Foreign Ministers decided in Brussels yesterday the gradual abolition of the production of" Ouzo" in South Africa within the next five years.
According to this decision after the end of the five year transitional period, South African producers will not be allowed to use the name of the greek traditional product.
It should be noted that the implementation of the commercial agreement between the European Union and South Africa had been postponed due to Greece's and Italy's objections aimed to consolidate the ouzo and grapa as traditional products.
Greek Alternate minister Christos Rokofylos stated that this development justified the Greek side.
Besides, the European Union has committed itself to monitor the implementation of the agreement in the South African market.
 THE GREEK LOBBY HAS A STRONG INFLUENCE ON THE AMERICAN CONGRESS.The "Times" newspaper in an article underlines that the Greek lobby exerts strong influence on the American congress.
The same newspaper also adds that Israel and Tawain are also among the countries that influence american foreign policy through a number companies which have assumed the improvement of their image and the promotion of their interests.