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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-05-07
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NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA.5 THE VOICE OF GREECE
7/5/2001 2:42:00 μμ
Weather forecast FYROM may declare a state of war National capital to finance the socal security system Great international coverage of Pope's visit to Greece Archibishop Hristodoulos in Moscow Prime-minister Simitis in Berlin European Popular Party convention in Thessaloniki British press positive on preparations for 2004 Olympic Games in Athens Foreign minister in NY Greek presence impressive in Melbourne parade Strike mobilisations Ecumenic Patriarch
 Weather forecastVariable weather with scattered showers and storms is forecast for today throughout the country .Winds westerly strong and locally very strong to gale force. In Attica teperature will range fro 15-23 degrees Celcius and in Thessaloniki from 13-23 degrees celcius .
 FYROM may declare a state of warAt least 10 people have been killed during clashes between the Albanian guerillas and FYROM's forces since last Wednesday. In the meantime , Albanian guerillas opened a secod front in Tetovo yesterday.
FYROM's poltical and miltary leadershp is cosidering to declare the country in a state of war , while goverment forces have intensfied attacks aganst albanian guerilla positions in Kumanovo . Fyrom's Defence Ministry has urged people in the area to abandon their homes.
The EU Foreign ministers have condemned the activities of the Albanians. EU senior security official ,Xavie Solana will fly to FYROM for talks where he will be joined by NATO general secretary ,Lord Robertson .
 National capital to finance the socal security systemThe Greek goverment is examining means to finance the social security system prior to the opening of the dialogue with the social partners .
In an interview with the newspaper " To Vima ts Kyriakis " , National Economy minister ,Yiannos Papantoniou proposes the creation of "national capital" for social security in order to deal with the future deficits in the social security system predicted for 2012 . This proposal is based on new data presented by Labour minster Tasos Yiannitsis .
On their part unionists appeared reserved in relation to the substance of the new proposal , while the board of the General Confederation of Greek Workers meets tomorrow to determine its views and initiatives for the coming period.
The president of the GCGW ,Hristos Polyzogopoulos has called for an official goverment proposal in view of the general strike scheduled for May 17.
Addressing a party conference yesterday in the city of Komotini for the development of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, the ND president Kostas Karamanlis, called on the Prime- minister to change proposals for reforms in the socal security system if he really wanted the opening of a dialogue with the social partners .
 Great international coverage of Pope's visit to GreecePope John Paul's visit to Greece has opened a new page in relations between the Orthodox and Catholic churches. Both the Orthodox and Catholic churches appeared satisfied at the results of the Pope's visit to Athens , giving special significance to the contacts and cooperation of the two religious leaders.
In the meantime , international mass media has given extensive coverage to Pope's visit to Greece.
The "Times " underlines the Pontiff's deep concern at the mistakes made by the Catholic church, while the article also has a detailed description of the two religous leaders contacts and joint statement as well as other indications for the warming up of relations between the two churches .
The same article describes the Pope's visit to Greece as a landmark for the Greek Orthodox church which had for long sought the Vatican's apology and the Pope's personal triumph who had always visioned reconciliation between the two churches.
In the meantime , the Pope is continuing his tour with a visit to Syria , while today he will pay a symbolic visit to the city Kouneitra in the occupied Golan Heights . Pope John Paul will conclude his vist to Syria tommorrow and will end his tour with a visit to Malta .
 Archibishop Hristodoulos in MoscowArchibishop of Athens and All Greece Hristodoulos is paying an official visit to Russia . Archibishop of all Russias Alexos II , welcoming him in Moscow yesterday expressed skepticism over the Pope's apology and expressed the view that it should be interpreted according to facts.
It should be noted that the Russian church strongly opposes to the Pope's visit to Kiev in June . On his part Archibishop Hristodoulos spoke of the positive aspects of the Pope's visit but stressed that the Catholic church had more steps to make .
 Prime-minister Simitis in BerlinPrime-minister Simitis is Berlin to attend the European Socialist Party convention which begins today .Issues to be discussed are EU enlargement ,odernisation of the European social and economic model and the promotion of institutional reforms .
 European Popular Party convention in ThessalonikiND Party President Kostas Karamanlis will today address the two-day convention of the European Popular Party which opens in Thessaloniki today .Issues to be discussed are related to the Balcan region , asylum policy and migration.
 British press positive on preparations for 2004 Olympic Games in AthensLatest articles in the British press are very positive in relation to preparations for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. An article by Tom Night in the Daily Telrgraph entitled " Athens 2004 back to orbit " has given emphasis on the positive and encouraging statements by Zaques Rogue during his visit to Athens last week .
Also an article in the newspaper Guardian by its correspondent in Greece reconfirms the positive progress of Athens preparations for the 2004 Olypic Games .
 Foreign minister in NYForeign Minister Giorge Papandreou , Merchant Marine Minister Hristos Papoutsis and the Presdent of the Athens 2004 Yianna Aggelopoulou Daskalaki are in NY to attend talks on investments in Greece and the Olympic Games of 2004.
 Greek presence impressive in Melbourne paradeVery impressive was the Greek-Australian community's representato durig yesterday's parade in Melbounre o the occasion of the copletion of the 100th annversary since the foundation of the Australian Federal state
About 50 students from Melbourne and Victoria presented the Minotavros myth attracting the admiration of thousands of spectators and millons of television viwers.
 Strike mobilisationsA new wave of strkes begins this week with lawyers abstending from their duties on Tuesday and Wednesday , Technological Institute teachers entering mobilisations on Wednesday while bank employees have annouced a strike for May 17 -18 .
 Ecumenic PatriarchEcumenic Patriarch Vartholomeos today concludes his 6-day visit to Eastern Macedonia and Thrace.