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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 00-12-15
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NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA 5. THE VOICE OF GREECE
15/12/2000 9:51:23 ðì
 Simitis optimistic about Greek economyIn a press conference yesterday, the Prime minister Costas Simitis said the government was proceeding united to implemet election promises, and clarified that he did not plan to replace his economic staff.
In relation to the Stock Exchange, Mr Simitis forecast that, in the medium term, it would revive once again, thus reflecting the positive course of the economy.
Mr. Simitis also referred to Turkey's association relationship with Europe describing it as the result of Greece's successful foreign policy. He gave emphasis on the government's plan for privatizations and stuctural changes.
Additionally, he made reference to the latest developmets as regards PASOK deputies and especially to Mr. Theodoros Tsoukatos stating that the rules were not obeyed since these deputies had been elected for the first time.
As regards the 2004 Olympics he stated that they would be conducted in absolute safety.
 Greece to help Yugoslavia in its new courseWorrying developments on the Serbian and Kosovo borders were the focus of a meeting yesterday between the National Defence minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos and his Yugoslav counterpart Slobodan Krapovic.
The two ministers said that the situation was unacceptable and that measures should be taken for stabiblity and security in the region.
The traditionally friendly ties between Greece and Yugoslavia were emphasised at the meeting and the Yugoslav minister expressed his convinction that bilateraL relations would improve still further in the next two months.
From his side Mr. Tsochatzopoulos expressed Greece's support to Yugoslavia following the democratic changes planned there.
In tandem, he stressed that in addition to the traditioal and historical relations betweent the two countries, the new circumstances in the region demand addtional cooperation between them.
 Simitis congratulates BushPrime minister Costas Simitis sent to Republican George Bush a congratulatory telegram on his election as President of the United States.
In his telegram Mr. Simitis refers to Greek-American close relations of cooperation adding that they are based on common values and that they will continue to develop further.
 Mr. Bush was also congratualed by leaders all over the worldAt the same time, the European Council urges the new American President to abolish the death penalty.
In the meantime, according to a poll yesterday, 80% of the Americans accept George Bush as their new President, while the American Press is preoccupied with Mr. Bush's next day after his election.
 2,58% rise in Athens Stock Exchange yesterdayThe ammendment submitted in Parliament yesterday by National Economy minister Yiannos Papantoniou, proposing the decrease of tax for transactions in the Athens Stock Exchange to half, finally passed.
At the same time, in the Athens Stock Exchange the General Share Price Index rose by 2.58% yesterday closing at 3,588.84 points with a turnover of 115.71 billion drs.
 Cyprus issueNew Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis, who is currently visiting Cyprus, accused the Prime minister Costas Simitis of exerting pressure to Nicosia so that Cyprus would retreat from its positions.
In the meantime, the State Department called on Turkish- Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash to participate in the Cyprus proximity talks with the President of the Cyprus Republic Glafkos Klerides and asked that no further controls be implemented on the blue berrets' movements on behalf of the Turkish-Cypriots.
Turkey yesterday blocked a joint statemtent of NATO Foreign ministers on the future cooperation with the EU, as it insisted in participating at the decision making process of the EU defence isuue, Greek Foreign minister George Papandreou said.
He added that the Turkish delegation failed to submit a compromise proposal to lead talks out of the impasse, stressing that Turkey continued to have objections in allowing the EU rapid deployment force to use NATO's infrastructures for military operations directed by the EU.
 Avramopoulos anounces his intention to create a new politicalparty
Athens mayor Dimitirs Avramopoulos yesterday evening announced his decision to proceed with the creation of his own political party, during a televised message delivered from his office at the Athens City Hall.
Mr Avramopoulos claimed that the crisis plauging system, mistrust of citizens toward the system, the contrast between the needs of society and the priorities of political parties and the institutional inadequacy led to the expectation of an initiative for change and renewal, optimism and a dynamic move forward.
 16th Conference of GCP continuesThe sessions of the 16th conference of the Greek Communist party continue for a sencond day today.
During the opening sessions of the conference yesterday, the Secretary General of the party Aleka Papariga referred to her party's proposal for the forming of an anti-imperiastic anti- monopolistic front.
She also referred to Mr. Avramopoulos' plan for the creation of a new political party, stating that it was not a mere coincidence that new senarios were introduced this period for the change of the Greek political scene.
 Meeting of the Continuous Holy SynodThe Continuous Holy Synod met yesterday and discussed the issue of the new identity cards, the possible visit of Pope John II to Greece, as well as the issue of euthanasia.
 Parthenon marbles article in Wall Street JournalIn its article Wall Street Journal reports that the erection of the new Acropolis Museum may give a boost to Greece's demand for the return of the Parthenon marbles to Greece.
The new museum, which will be large, will also host except from the marbles, statues of animals which decorated the temples of the Acropolis.
Additionally, the Museum will be covering Athens of the pre- historic and helleinistic times and will have exhibits related to medicine and the Athenian's everyday life. Besides, one will be able to see in Von Weiler building presently used by the Acropolis Research Centre, how Lorg Elgin's assistant Giovanni Battista Lusieri cut the huge statue kept in the Parthenon leaving one part in Athens and sending the other to London.
The same newspaper refers to the damages the marbles sustained during their restoration in the British museum and Culture minister Evagelos Venizelos' statements' according to which Athens is not interested who will be owner of the Marbles, but just wishes that they are returned and exhibited in Greece.