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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-05-24

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] The Greek President visits officially Croatia
  • [02] Greek foreign minister's talks in the US focus on the Balkans
  • [03] The GCGW face to the social security issue
  • [04] Turkish aircraft violate Greek airspace
  • [05] Resolutions on Turkey's Human Rights violations
  • [06] GDP growth rate will go up in 2001
  • [07] Athens bourse

  • NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA 5. THE VOICE OF GREECE

    24/5/2001 2:24:00 μμ

    [01] The Greek President visits officially Croatia

    The President of the Republic Konstantinos Stefanopoulos is presently on an official three-day visit to Croatia, at the invitation of his Croatian counterpart Stipe Mesic. During his stay in Zagreb, President Stephanopoulos will hold separate meetings with Mr. Mesic and Croatian Prime Minister Ivica Racan and will discuss the entire range of bilateral relations, with emphasis on the economic sector, as well as on the situation in the region of the Balkans. The Greek President is escorted by the undersecretary of National Economy Yannis Zafiropoulos, responsible for international economic affairs, and a delegation of Greek businessmen who are to are to hold meetings with Croatian entrepreneurs and state officials. Other contacts will include representatives of the political parties of the country, while the President will also visit the university of Zagreb and the Croatian parliament. Prior to his return to Athens on Friday, Mr. Stephanopoulos will be given a tour of the city of Dubrovnik.

    [02] Greek foreign minister's talks in the US focus on the Balkans

    Emphasis was clearly given on the Balkan region during talks in Washington between Greece's visiting Foreign Minister George Papandreou, his US counterpart Colin Powell, Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. According to Mr. Papandreou, democratic institutions should be developed and Balkan countries should be given economic backing in order to enable the U.S.' gradual withdrawal, with Greece willing to carry out a leading role in such a development. Moreover, Mr. Papandreou requested Washington's support in averting the further dismembering of Balkan states, while the need to avoid any change in the region's borders was also discussed. The talks ascertained the coincidence of views shared by Greece and the US on a variety of issues concerning the Balkan region. During a press briefing later, State Department spokesperson Richard Boucher confirmed that Mr. Papandreou and Mr. Powell discussed the situation in FYROM at length. Following his White House meeting with the US Vice President, Mr. Papandreou stated that he and Mr. Cheney discussed all individual issues in Yugoslavia, Kosovo, the action of extremist groups in FYROM, as well as Cyprus' accession to Europe with or without a prior solution to the political problem. "We all hope for a solution before accession, but this does not constitute a precondition for the accession of Cyprus to the EU. Steadfast insistence on decisions taken at Helsinki is the main conception governing the policy of all of us," the Greek foreign minister said. Moreover, he stated that "we have requested the contribution of the U.S. to the effort to have Turkey adopt European principles which will contribute substantively to the country's stability and which have particular importance for the Turkish society?s progress".

    [03] The GCGW face to the social security issue

    The General Confederation of Greek Workers (GCGW) has assessed that conditions for the opening of a dialogue on the social security issue are not ripe yet. Nevertheless, labour minister Tasos Yannitsis will have a first meeting with trade unionists, as the the president of the Confederation Christos Polyzogopoulos announced, following a relative decision "by majority" of the GCGW executive committee. In this first meeting, the Confederation will only bring up the workers' claims, Mr Polyzogopoulos said. One trillion drachmas to cover fiscal needs Prime minister Kostas Simitis met on Wednesday with national economy minister Yannos Papantoniou and national defense minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos in view of today's meeting of the Government foreign and defense council. According to reports, it was agreed upon at the meeting to raise one trillion drachmas to cover all the fiscal needs by putting off certain armaments programs to the budgets of the years 2005, 2006 and 2007.

    [04] Turkish aircraft violate Greek airspace

    Greek jetfighters intercepted formations of turkish aircraft that were violating the Greek air space over southeast Aegean last night.

    [05] Resolutions on Turkey's Human Rights violations

    The members of the Greek Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense call on the Council of Europe to demand from Turkey to implement immediately the European Court for Human Rights decision that found Ankara guilty of human rights violations in Cyprus, through a unanimous resolution. It is also mentioned in the resolution that Turkey should be informed on the sanctions that will suffer in case it does not meet its obligations. Former government minister Theodoros Pangalos speaking before the committee stated that in case Ankara does not comply then based on international treaties it will cease to be a Council of Europe member and a candidate for accession. In addition, 182 deputies from every political party represented in the Greek parliament addressed a letter to Euro-parliament and the European state parliaments calling for their immediate and decisive intervention in the Turkish government to put an end to the inhumane behavior targeting the political prisoners, who are on a hunger strike and their relatives.

    [06] GDP growth rate will go up in 2001

    Breaking a 25-year record, Greece's GDP growth is to jump to 4.5 per cent in 2001, while inflation is to stand at 2.7 per cent by the end of the year, according to a report published by the ministry of national economy. Entitled "Truths and Lies About the Greek Economy", the report essentially presents the key points recently outlined in Parliament by Minister of National Economy and Finance Yannos Papantoniou. According to the report, the government's budget remains on target, thanks to a 10.7 per cent increase in revenue during the first four months of the year, compared to the same period of 2000, thus surpassing the eight percent increase forecast by the budget. The report also notes that spending for the same four-month period was increased by 3.9 per cent, while it stresses that the current budget contains no "black holes", as claimed by the main opposition party of New Democracy.

    [07] Athens bourse

    On the Athens stock exchange on Thursday, the general share price index rose to +0.58% at 3.165,52 points, while the volume of transactions was relatively increased at 175.71 million Euro or 59.87 billion drachmas.
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