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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 00-10-12

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CONTENTS

  • [01] Olympic Games in Athens. The best organised Games
  • [02] The inner cabinet decided immediate economic aid to Yiougoslavia.
  • [03] Russian Foreign minister, Igor Ivanof arrives in Athens today
  • [04] Greek-Albanian relations
  • [05] Greek- President Kostis Stefanopoulos on a tour of the Baltic countries
  • [06] Greek commissioner, Anna Diamantopoulou proposal for a viable Euroepan
  • [07] The four High -Speed ships of the Minoan Lines seized
  • [08] Events marking the aniversary of the liberation of the city of Athens
  • [09] Greek-Turkish relations.
  • [10] Greek painting exhibition ''Classic Memories in Modern Greek Art '',
  • [11] Athens stock market

  • NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA-5 THE VOICE OF GREECE

    12/10/2000 1:09:51 ''

    [01] Olympic Games in Athens. The best organised Games

    New hints by the International Olympics Committee about delays in the organisation of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens , gave rise to strong reactions by the Greek goverment In repply, Greek goverment spokesman Dimitris Reppas said that Athens would organise the best games in the history of the Olympic Games. He also stressed that the goverment has made the final decisions on the organisational group,the means and the people but it could not put a halt to statements by international athletic factors. Environment and Public Works Minister Kostas Laliotis also called for a halt to ultimatums while the Athens major Dimitris Avramopoulos asked for changes of the organisational group. In the meantime, in a special session ,the plenum of the parliament, presented Olympic winners with gold and silver medals , traditionally awarded to state leaders. Political leaders congratulated the Greek Olympic winners while Prime- minister Simitis stated that the victories of our athletes have taught us that nothing can be won without hard effort and sacrificies .

    [02] The inner cabinet decided immediate economic aid to Yiougoslavia.

    The inner cabinet yesterday decided on the immediate granting of economic aid to Yiougoslavia. According to goverment spokesman Dimitris Reppas ,Greece will allocate to Yiougoslavia, 50% of the funds for the reconstruction of the Balcans. Within this framework, National Economy Minister Yiannos Papantoniou will visit Belgrade next month while Defence and Public Order Ministers, Akis Tsohatzopoulos and Mihalis Hrisohoidis respectively will also pay a visit to Yiougoslavia. Despite his comments on the efforts of Milosevits allies to get involved in the formation of the new goverment , the new Yiougoslav President Voislav Kostunica expressed optimism about the future of the country.

    [03] Russian Foreign minister, Igor Ivanof arrives in Athens today

    Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanof arrives in Athens today for talks with his Greek counterpart Giorge Papandreou and the President of the ND party Kostas Karamanlis. Mr. Ivanof will be aslo received by Prime- minister Simitis. It is believed that talks will focus on developments in Yiougoslavia.

    [04] Greek-Albanian relations

    Greek deputies have expressed interest in observing the second round of municipal elections to be held next Sunday in Albania. In reference to the minority and some phenomena of violence which had a limited influence on the results of the first round of municipal elections in Albania, Greek goverment spokesman Dimitris Reppas said that Greek Foreign minister Giorge Papandreou has had a telephone contact with the Albanian Prime -minister to prevent similar phenomena. Commenting on aggressive statements by the president of the Socialist party Fato Nano, Mr.Reppas stressed that those who believed that could harm Greek-Albanian relations should know that they mainly harmed themselves.

    [05] Greek- President Kostis Stefanopoulos on a tour of the Baltic countries

    From the city Talin ,in Esthonia ,second stop of his tour to the Baltic countries, Greek President Kostis Stefanopoulos stated that the consolidation of peace and stability in Southeast Europe was the cornerstone of Greece's foreign policy. Mr.Stefanopoulos met with his Esthonian counterpart Lenard Meri and assured him that Greece supported his country's European course. Their talks focused on the issue of the EU's enlargement, development of trade and economic relations between Athens and Talin and cultural exchanges between the two countries

    [06] Greek commissioner, Anna Diamantopoulou proposal for a viable Euroepan pension system

    The European Commission has adopted, Greek Commissioner's Anna Diamantopoulou proposal which provides for a cooperation framework between EU member states in order to find solutions for viable European pension systems. Otherwise,as the European Commission announcement stresses ,not only the pension institution is threatened but also the European social model. Mrs. Diamantopoulou proposal includes the increase in age limits andits harmonisation in all EU member countries, re-adoption of social security contributions as well as immediate modernisation of social security systems.

    [07] The four High -Speed ships of the Minoan Lines seized

    The four High -Speed ships of the Minoan Lines Shipping Company- owner of the Samina Express which recently sank off the coast of paros -have been seized, as a result of law- suits filed against the shipping company demanding for compensations amounting over 3 billion dr. In the meantime, reacting to the way the incident was presented by the mass media, all shipping companies have agreed to immobilise their ships on October, 27. The Holy Synod continues with the collection of signatures on the inclusion of religious affiliation on the new ID cards. During yesterda's session of the Holy Synod Archibishop Hristodoulos speech was specially critical regarding the crisis in state-church relations. Mr.Hristodoulos strongly criticised goverment circles and glergymen who have openly voiced their objections aimed at the separation of the church from the state The Holy Synod decided to continue with the collection f signatures on the inclusion of religious affiliation on the new ID cards. The Metropolitan of Ioannina was against the collection of signatures.

    [08] Events marking the aniversary of the liberation of the city of Athens from occupation troops.

    The anniversary of the liberation of the city of Athens from the occupation troops will be held on the Holy Hill of Acropolis today at the presence of the Athens major Dimitris Avramopoulos. During the event ,a monument in memory of euzone Konstantinos Koukidis- who fell wrapped in the Greek flag refusing to hand it to the invaders- will ne unveiled. The laying of wreaths at the monument of the Unknown Soldier will follow and events will conclude with the unveiling of amarble monument in front of the Supreme Court in memory of the those imprisned and executed at the Averof prison.

    [09] Greek-Turkish relations.

    In his speech at the University of the Aegean ,in Smirna ,Turkish state deputy Sucru Giurel said that problems in Grek-Turkish relations could be solved through dialogue within a few months after the very positive atmosphere created after the earthquakes which hit both countries. In reference to the document on EU-Turkey partnership relations, Mr.Giurel maintained that the Turkish goverment would not agree that the settlement of differences in the Aegean Sea and the resolution of the Cyprus issue should be the preconditions for Turkey's admission to the EU. Mr.Giurel repeated Ancar's firm stand about two separate and equal states in Cyprus and maintained that the Cyprus ssue would only be solved when both sides admitted this reality.

    [10] Greek painting exhibition ''Classic Memories in Modern Greek Art '', opens in NY.

    "Classic Memories in Modern Greek Art" is the title of the exhibition which opens on October 23, in NY. The exhibition is organised by the Onassis Foundation and depicts the link of classical antiquity with the creativity of modern Grek artists.

    [11] Athens stock market

    On the Athens stock exchange, the general share index yesterday dropped by 1,01 % to close at 388,20 points
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