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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 00-02-16

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CONTENTS

  • [01] RISE OF PETROL PRICE NOT TO AFFECT GREECE'S COURSE TO THE EMU
  • [02] PRESIDENT KLERIDES TO MEET WITH ISRAELI AND FRENCH LEADERSHIP
  • [03] DENKTASH OBJECTS TO AN OVERALL SOLUTION OF THE CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [04] PRESIDENT CLINTON PLEASED WITH DEVELOPMENTS ON CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [05] FISHER REFERS TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF GREEK-TURKISH RELATIONS
  • [06] GREECE IN PRE-ELECTION PERIOD
  • [07] THREE NEW SUBMARINES TO SHIP-BUILT FOR GREECE
  • [08] JOINT GREEK-TURKISH PAINTING EXHIBITION IN ANKARA

  • [01] RISE OF PETROL PRICE NOT TO AFFECT GREECE'S COURSE TO THE EMU

    Following the international concern over the sharp rise of oil, American President Bill Clinton left open the possibility of America's providing the market with oil from its reserves.

    Yesterday, the price of bread oil in London was fixed at 27,31 Us dollars a barel, while in New York the price of crude oil was fixed at 30,06 Us dollars.

    Besides, it has become known that at the end of February the Amrerican Energy minister is visiting Koweit and Saudi Arabia so as to ask for the increase of oil production in order for oil prices to drop.

    After a meeting with the Greek Premier Costas Simitis yesterday, the Greek Development minister Evagelos Venizelos referred to the rise of the price of petrol.

    Mr. Venizelos said that the rise of the price of petrol could be dealt only internationally and only by the European Union. He added however that no problems would arise to Greece as regards the criterion of inflation for the European Monetary Union, since other European Union countries were influenced negatively by the rise of the price of petrol.

    [02] PRESIDENT KLERIDES TO MEET WITH ISRAELI AND FRENCH LEADERSHIP

    The President of the Cyprus Republic is to have a series of high level meetings abroad in March and April before the resumption of discussions about the Cyprus issue.

    Following an invitation by the Israeli President Ezer Vaisman, Mr. Klerides is visiting Israil in March. This was anounced by the Cypriot minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Costas Themistokleous, after Mr. Klerides' meeting with the Israeli Agriculture Development minister Haim Oron, who is on an official visit to Cyprus.

    On 15 March, Mr. Klerides is visiting Paris, where he is to meet with the French President Zacques Chirac. He will also address the Foreign Affairs Council of the French Parliament on the Cyprus issue.

    [03] DENKTASH OBJECTS TO AN OVERALL SOLUTION OF THE CYPRUS ISSUE

    The United Nations will not proceed to the presentation of the framework for the final solution of the Cyprus issue if both sides do not ask for it.

    This was stated by the Cypriot Foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides, who pointed out that the Turkish-Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash had expressed his objection to such a development, while the Greek-Cypriot side had not been asked on that.

    Referring to the third round of proximity talks, Mr. Kasoulides said that the United Nations would present both sides orally with each other's views in order for them to discover how much their views on the Cyprus issue differed.

    [04] PRESIDENT CLINTON PLEASED WITH DEVELOPMENTS ON CYPRUS ISSUE

    American President Bill Clinton has expressed his belief that there would be more opportunities for progress on the Cyprus issue.

    In a letter of reply to the Municipal counsellor of the Municipality of Burnet in London Andreas Tabourides, President Clinton points out that the United States has dealt for a long time with the Cyprus issue and are promoting a just and viable and final solution to the problem.

    He also states that he feels ecouranged, since after an over two-year period of stagnation, the Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots began negotiating again in New York from December under the auspices of the United Nations.

    [05] FISHER REFERS TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF GREEK-TURKISH RELATIONS

    During a meeting between the Turkish Foreign minister Ismail Cem and his German counterpart Yiska Fisher, the biggest part of their discusions was focused on the Greek-Turkish rapprochement and the Cyprus issue.

    In the presence of Mr. Cem, Mr.Fisher underlined the general importance for the improvement of Greek-Turkish relations, adding that this showed not only that there were positive alternative choices for the solution of polical problems, but also thaat it was the only alternative way.

    [06] GREECE IN PRE-ELECTION PERIOD

    The inter-party committee, which met yesterday night, managed to reach an agreement on reducing the advertising of candidate deputies from radio and television stations. Specifically, the agreement points out that the pre-election expences of political parties are to remain on the same level, while it is forbidden for candidate deputies to be advertized through radio and television spots as well through posters in public places.

    After their meeting with the Prime minister Costas Simitis, PASOK deputies Alekos Papadopoulos and Paraskevas Avgerinos described as encouraging the process of expansion of PASOK with non-political party personages.

    Besides, the government spokesman Dimitris Repas stated that no such issue had ensued regarding the famous composer Mikis Theodorakis' running in the elections as a PASOK deputy, adding that Mimis Androulakis was given the chance to choose which the district he would run as PASOK's candidate, byt Mr. Androulakis decided not to participate in these elections.

    During his visit to the recruits centre in Chaidari, New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis reiterated his position for limmiting the military service to 12 months for those who would enlist after their studies at lyceum.

    [07] THREE NEW SUBMARINES TO SHIP-BUILT FOR GREECE

    Three submarines worth 400 billion drachmas will be shipbuilt following the agreement signed by the Greek Defence ministry, Skaramanga's shipyards and the German shipyards of Hadeben.

    In the meantime, New Democracy party spoke of intransparent processes, while its leader Costas Karamanlis said that he would not recognise any agreements signed during the pre- elections period. In tandem, the Coalition of the Left and Progress party has asked for the freezing of the relevant agreement.

    [08] JOINT GREEK-TURKISH PAINTING EXHIBITION IN ANKARA

    The proceeds of a painting exhibition with the participation of Greek and Turkish artists, which is taking place in Ankara, will be offered to the quake-stricken people of Greece and Turkey.

    The exhibition, which was inaugurated by the Turkish Culture minister Jemichan Talai, was organised by the Art Hall "Aenaon"in Athens and the graduates' union of the State Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Mimar Sinan in Ankara.


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