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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 00-11-13

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Papandreou to undertake personally Greek Foreign policy
  • [02] Klerides in Athens
  • [03] Papantoniou, Pascahlides visit the Balkans
  • [04] 41st Thessaloniki Cinema Festival

  • NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA 5. THE VOICE OF GREECE

    13/11/2000 9:10:43 рм

    [01] Papandreou to undertake personally Greek Foreign policy

    Greece is not endangering its national interests through its policy in relation to Turkey, Foreign minister Yorgos Papandreou stressed in an interview published yesterday in the Sunday newspaper "Kyriakatiki Eleftherotypia". Mr. Papandreou added he was determined to personally undertake the responsibility of Greece's policy towards Ankara. At the same time, the Foreign minister clarified that although the major issues in the two countries' bilateral relations remained unresolved, dialogue should continue, at least on matters of common interest. In the meantime, during his three day tour in the Peloponese, New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis yesterday said that foreign policy was a national issue and reiterated his proposal for consent and defining of a national strategy. In the meantime, Turkish deputy Prime minister, Mesut Yilmaz, yesterday called on Greece not to use the EU as a "shield" for the settlement of its differences with Ankara in the Cyprus issue. Mr. Yilmaz, who is responsible for his country's relations with the European Union, also reminded the European Union's programme regarding Turkey's accession to the Union, reminding Turkey's difficult course towards its goal. He added that Turkey was determined to implement its "national programme" in December, explaining that that programme would be the answer to the European one. He also said that the programme would be presenting Turkey's priorities.

    [02] Klerides in Athens

    Accoridng to journalists' information, the United Nations presented the President of the Cyprus Republic Glafkos Klerides, before his departure to Geneva, with a new document which proposes a Presidency in rotation. Mr. Glafkos Kleridis is already in Athens from yesterday to brief the state leadership on current developments in the Cyprus issue and on further steps to be taken in view of the 6th round of proximity talks, to take place in Geneva in January. The Speaker of the Cypriot House Spyros Kyprianou is also in Athens. In the meantime, during yesterday's summit meeting of Islamic countries held in Doha, Katar, Turkish-Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash's position regarding a solution of the Cyprus issue based on a Confederation, was hailed by the participants. Greece was also critisized for its stance against the Muslims living in Thrace. However, according to information, Algeria will table a letter that will be stressing that the references in the resolution constitute a violation of Cyprus's domination. Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Tunis are expected to express their reserve. Finally, no respond is expected if Ankara materializes its threat for raising the issue of the recognition of Denktash's pseudostate.

    [03] Papantoniou, Pascahlides visit the Balkans

    The ministers of National Economy and of Macedonia and Thrace, Yannos Papantoniou and Yorgos Paschalidis, yesterday began a 3 day tour of Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, accompanied by a group of businessemen. In the contacts the Greek delegation will have in the 3 Balkan countries, efforts will be made to conclude cooperation agreements or Public Work projects.

    [04] 41st Thessaloniki Cinema Festival

    The 41st Cinema Festival in Thessaloniki began officially yesterday with a homage to Film director Theodoros Agelopoulos. Prime minister Costas Simitis and his wife watched Agelopoulos' "Representation" yesterday at the Festival.
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