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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 00-04-13

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  • [01] New PASOK government swears in
  • [02] ND to hold congress in fall, new opposition tactic to be decided
  • [03] GCP content with election results, Left Coalition wants autonomous
  • [04] Clerides ascertains agreement on upgrading talks on Cyprus dispute
  • [05] Alfred Moses for discussions on Cyprus in Ankara
  • [06] Greek journalists visit Turkey
  • [07] European Parliament rejects amendments against genetically mutated


    (THE VOICE OF GREECE - Translators Dpt.)

    [01] New PASOK government swears in

    The country's new government under Prime Minister Costas Simitis was sworn in before President of the Greek Republic Constantinos Stephanopoulos. The new government, which held a meeting chaired by PM Simitis includes a number of newcomers, mainly form the younger generation, and with six ministers of the old government retaining their portfolios. Mr. Evangelos Venizelos, a former Development Minister, will not be participating in the new government since he was not willing to become justice minister, while Mr. Costas Scandalides will remain Secretary of the PASOK's Central committee. Former Justice Minister Evangelos Yiannopoulos does not participate in the new government.

    [02] ND to hold congress in fall, new opposition tactic to be decided

    Main opposition New Democracy party denied to comment on the new government's composition, stating that it would wait to see the policy to be followed. ND party leader Costas Karamanlis is most probably is considering to hold the party's conference in autumn. However, Karamanlis continued his contacts yesterday with senior members of the conservative party, including former leader Miltiades Evert, to discuss opposition tactics. In statements made to the press, ND spokesman Aris Spiliotopoulos said he hoped that PASOK would seek a fruitful collaboration with the main opposition party.

    [03] GCP content with election results, Left Coalition wants autonomous political presence

    The Greek Communist party's Central Committee expressed satisfaction over the outcome of last Sunday's national election, noting that the party had shown it was able to withstand bipolarism. In contrast, in the coalition of the left, complaints were heard about the party's considerably reduced numbers in parliament and there have been calls for a change in leadership. Present leader Nikos Konstantopoulos proposed for an autonomous political presence of his party's in Parliament. The political office of the Democratic Social Movement party, which is no more represented in parliament, is to meet to assess the results of the elections.

    [04] Clerides ascertains agreement on upgrading talks on Cyprus dispute

    During his return from New York and London, President Glafkos Clerides of Cyprus underlined that there was agreement by all responsible officials that talks between the two sides on the Cyprus dispute should be upgraded and that the fundamental issues involved should be discussed. In tandem, he stated that there was no possibility for the recognition of the so called Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, adding that this stand has been made clear to the Turkish-Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash as well to Ankara. Additionally, Mr. Clerides did not rule out the possibility for face-to-face talks with Rauf Denktash during the third round of proximity talks, stating that the Greek side was ready for a substantial discussion on the main aspects of the Cyprus question. Finally, in a conversation with the Greek PM Costas Simitis yesterday, Mr. Clerides agreed that cooperation between Greece and Cyprus should continue and that both men should meet, without however setting a date.

    [05] Alfred Moses for discussions on Cyprus in Ankara

    In the meantime, the special American representative for the Cyprus issue Alfred Moses is in Ankara to discuss the latest developments on the Cyprus issue. The Anadolu news agency has reported that Mr. Mozes met with the Turkish minister responsible for the Cyprus issue Sukru Sina Giourel and is also expected to meet with the Foreign undersecretary Faruk Logoglou.

    [06] Greek journalists visit Turkey

    Following an invitation of the Union of modern journalists of Turkey, a delegation of the Greek journalists visited Turkey. Participating were the secretary general of the administration committee Manolis Mathioudakis and Sophia Voultepsi, member of the administration committee. The delegation will participate in an event at the University of Ankara which will be dedicated on the role of the mass media in the relations between Turkey and Greece.

    [07] European Parliament rejects amendments against genetically mutated products

    The European Parliament has finally rejected the amendments tabled by the Eurodeputies of the Greens which demanded a stricter control of genetically mutated agricultural products. However, mutated products already are being sold in Greece and very few of them carry on their package the indication that they are mutated, violating thus the relevant EU legislation which has been implemented in Greece since January.
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