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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 00-05-22

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  • [01] Simitis underlines the need for PASOK 's renual
  • [02] Olympic flame travels
  • [03] Greece and Cyprus await for progress on behalf of Ankara
  • [04] Clinton supports withdrawal of Turkish troops from Cyprus
  • [05] Vartholomeos ends his visit to Greece
  • [06] Celebration of incorporation of Ionian Islands to Greece
  • [07] Leading role for Italy and Greece in the Adriatic and Ionian Sea


    (THE VOICE OF GREECE - Translators Dpt.)

    [01] Simitis underlines the need for PASOK 's renual

    Addressing the Secretaries of ruling PASOK's prefectural committees yesterday, the Prime minister Costas Simitis stressed the need for PASOK's continuous renual on an ideological and organisational level as well as the need for new individuals in the party.

    Mr. Simitis also spoke of the formation of a new coalition leadership of the central-left forces.

    Additionally, the Prime minister underlined that the government's policy commitments must be materialized within the next two years, denouncing at the same time cases of arrogance and indifference on the citizens' problems.

    Mr. Simitis stated that in the near future, the government would turn its attention on promoting privatizations and structural changes on a faster pace.

    Within this framework, Mr. Simitis is scheduled to meet with the National Economy and Finance minister Yiannos Papantoniou tomorrow.

    [02] Olympic flame travels

    The Olympic flame, the symbol of peace, friendly rivalry and the brotherhood of peoples, left Greece Saturday at midnight, bound for Australia, for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, carrying the message of peace across the universe.

    The sacred flame arrived at the Athens international airport at 10 o'clock, where a group of Australian dancers received it with wishes for a safe flight.

    Earlier, at the Kallimarmaro Stadium in Athens, the President of the Greek Olympic committee, Lambis Nikolaou -in the presence of President of the Republic Costis Stefanopoulos- handed over the Olympic flame to the representatives of the Sydney Olympics Organising Committee.

    The flame arrived at Guam island in the Southern Pacific. On September 15th, the flame will arrive at the Sydney Olympic stadium, after travelling through 12 island states.

    However, most probably the flame will not pass from the Fiji and Solomon islands due to domestic political unrest.

    [03] Greece and Cyprus await for progress on behalf of Ankara

    Following his recent operation, the President of the Cyprus Republic Glafkos Klerides is resuming his duties.

    Mr. Kyprianou is meeting with European Union commissioner responsible for labour and social policy issues Anna Diamantopoulou, who arrived in Cyprus.

    In the meantime, in statements made to the Cypriot newspaper "Haravgi", the Foreign minister Yorgos Papandreou stated that the lack of progress in the Cyprus issue, would affect Greek-Turkish relations, long term and short term. Regarding the 3rd round of proximity talks, Mr. Papandreou noted that the question was whether the Turkish-Cypriot side would come to the talks with views that would allow substantive negotiations.

    He also reiterated that the international community -through United Nations resolutions- had determined a federation as the appropriate solution. In conclusion, the Greek Foreign minister stressed that in order for the way to open for Turkey's inclusion into the European Union, Ankara must resolve specific issues -like the Cyprus dispute- in accordance with the decisions made at the Helsinki summit.

    [04] Clinton supports withdrawal of Turkish troops from Cyprus

    According to reliable sources, at a meeting with the World Coordinating Committee of Cypriot Struggle, United States President Bill Clinton has declared himslef in favor of the withdrawal of the Turkish occupation troops from Cyprus.

    He also stated that he was determined to solve the Cyprus issue, forseeing as the most suitable solution that of a bizonal federation with two autonomous entities which would be respecting Human Rights and would be allowed free travel to all parts of the island.

    From his side, the Cypriot government spokesman stated that the American President's statements regarding two autonomous entities were not reported correctly, pointing out that the Greek-Cypriots' participation in a forth round of proximity talks would depend on the results of the third round of proximity talks.

    In the meantime, the Cypriot Interior minister Mr. Chrystodoulou has stated that no Cypriot President would sign a solution which would be mutilizing Cyprus and expopriating the Greek-Cypriots' rights.

    [05] Vartholomeos ends his visit to Greece

    Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos, who inaugurated the Metropolitan museum of Alexandroupolis, was given the freedom of the city. Concluding his three-day long offial visit to Greece, the Patriarch addressed the Thracian citizens, wishing all the best to the country's leadership.

    [06] Celebration of incorporation of Ionian Islands to Greece

    The President of the Hellenic Republic Constantinos Stephanopoulos was present at the celebration of the 136th anniversary of the incorporation of the Ionian islands to Greece. Mr. Stephanopoulos was received with a warm welcome from the inhabitants of the island of Kythyra, where the celebration took place.

    [07] Leading role for Italy and Greece in the Adriatic and Ionian Sea

    Italy and Greece will play a leading role in the development and stability in the Adriatic and the Ionian sea. This was the main outcome of an Ancona conference, which concluded on Saturday afternoon. Participating in the sessions were the Foreign ministers of both countries and their counterparts from Albainia, Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia.
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