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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-02-07
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA.5 THE VOICE OF GREECE
7/2/2001 10:19:43 ðì
 Simitis is currently in IndiaDuring a press conference yesterday in India- where he is on an official visit- the prime minister Costas Simitis sad he was waiting for steps that should be taken by Ankara to improve the Greek- Turkish relations.
He also reiterated that Turkey's stance in the Cyprus dispute was of crucial importance and pointed out that Greece had undertaken a number of initiatives to improve bilateral relations- including supporting Turkey's candidacy.
In reply to a question whether the same model of improvement in Greek-Turkish relations could be used in the case of India and Pakistan, Mr Simitis said it was possible, but there had to be political will and the ability to overcome the viewpoint that whoever compromises, loses. Compromises were necessary, he said, and disputes should not be resolved with weapons and the use of force.
Referring to his official visit to India, the prime minister described Greek- Indian relations as excellent and expressed Athens' intention to contribute to a further strengthening of bilateral ties.
Yesterday, prime minister Simitis inaugurated the new Greek embassy building in New Delhi.
 A delegation of International Olympic Committee is in AthensFollowing discussions with government officials and the Athens 2004 organising committee yesterday, the six-member delegation of the International Olympic Committee expressed its satisfaction over the preparations for the 2004 Olympic Games.
In meetings with the committee this week, the Greek government will present its arguments in favour of its recent decision to change plans for a multisports centre in the Faliro Delta area and to deal with the tension caused by environment organisations' objections to an Olympic rowing centre at Schinia.
 Joint Greek-Cypriot military exercise is continuingThe joint Greek-Cypriot theoretical military exercise, codenamed "Olympos" and "Alexandros", is continuing with the hypothetical aim of dealing with Turkish provocation in the Aegean and in Cyprus.
According to a Cypriot defence ministry announcement, the exercise, which is taking place within the context of the Joint Defence Pact, will wind up on Friday and will test the participation of bodies incorporated in the civil emergencies plan.
 The new airport at Spata would be ready in MarchEnvironment minister Costas Laliotis yesterday reiterated his assurances that the sections of the Attica road, providing access to the new international airport at Spata, will be ready for traffic by the end of this month.
Mr Laliotis added that parking will be prohibited all along Mesoghion avenue and described a recent traffic study- forecasting heavy congestion all the way to the airport- as the product of ignorance.
Meanwhile, the new international airport at Spata would be ready for operation in March. The last trial run- with a volunteer group acting as passengers- took place yesterday. Similar trials have been underway since October, with the participation of about 5,000 volunteers.
In a related development, the environmental group "Greenpeace" yesterday occupied a section of the Attica road, in protest against the alleged use of toxic materials in the construction of the anti-skid asphalt surface. The groups maintain that high levels of dioxins have been utilized, which pose serious problems for the environment and public health.
 Athens bourseThe General Share Price Index of the Athens Stock Exchange went up yesterday (Tuesday) by 1,82% closing at 3,154.35 points.