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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 00-11-09
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NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA 5. THE VOICE OF GREECE
9/11/2000 12:44:19 μμ
 Cyprus issueThe Cypriot government reacted positively to the informal document released by the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan regarding the course of the proximity course on the Cyprus issue.
According to diplomatic sources, the document refers to the need of the existence of an undivided state on the island with the effective participation of both communities in the main power. There is also a review of the talks and a referrence to the UN Secretary General's special envoy Alvaro de Soto's tour of Athens, Ankara and Nicosia, in the framework of the new 6th round of talks due to start in Geneva in January.
The Cyprus issue is also mentioned in the text of the EU- Turkey partners relationship the European commission released yesterday and also includes the conclusions reached in the EU Helsinki summit, both the Cyprus issue and Greek- Turkish relations.
Specifically, Turkey is called to reinforce the UN's efforts for an overall Cyprus settlement within 2001 and resolve through peaceful means its differences with Greece, through recourse to the international court at The Hague until 2004.
Meanwhile, the New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis who is currently in Brussels, described as unacceptable the text on Cyprus, repeating his view that the Helsinki text had serious weak points.
 ''Samina Express'' investigations continueA Court of first instance in Piraeus has ordered the attachment of assets of Minoan Flying Dolphins up to the sum of 100 million drs, accepting a relative demand of a passenger of "Express Samina" ferryboat that sank off the coast of the island of Paros recently.
Meanwhile, the opposition New Democacy party is looking into the possibility of asking the set up of an inquiry committee for the case of the "Express Samina" shipwreck.
Referring to the issue, the acting government spokesman Nikos Athanassakis reiterated that light would be fully shed to the shipwreck, stressing that the government is contrary to any attempt meant to penalise political life.
 Simitis meets Amato todayPrime Minister Kostas Simitis meets his Italian counterpart Juliano Amato in Rome today.
 Kaiserlis out of ParliamentInterior deputy minister Kostas Kaiserlis is out of Parliament, following the decision of the election tribunal, as he had not resigned from the post of President in the municipal corporation on the island of Kos.
 The Olympic village to be built at the foot of Mount ParnaisThe Olympic village will be built at the foot of Mount Parnais and will be ready within the agreed timetable, stated yesterday labour undersecretary Christos Protopappas and the President of the Athens 2004 organising committee Yanna angelopoulou, noting that international bids to tender will take place for the work, while one year after the 2004 Olympic Games the installations will be given to the Workers Housing Organization.
 Drop in fuel pricesAs of midnight, the price of super will drop by 17 drs per litre, unleaded by 10 and heating fuel by 13.5, while National Economy minister Yannos papantoniou pledged that utility bills would not be increased for the next six months.
 No agreement on working hoursMeanwhile, employers and workers failed to reach a common proposal on the working hours, while the General Confederation of Greek Workers will make its final decisions on industrial mobilizations today.
 1.34% drop in Athens Stock Exchange yesterdayOn the Athens bourse, the General Share Price index dropped again by 1.34% on Wednesday, closing at 3,620.27 points, while the volume of transactions reached 59.1 billion drs.