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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-07-20
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NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA-5. THE VOICE OF GREECE
20/7/2001 2:30:00 μμ
150 Greeks deported from Italy Simitis, Polizogopoulos discuss about Greeks' problems IKA doctors continue their mobilizations Simitis visits Evinos Dam and Karamanlis Corinth and Argolis 5,53% rise of the General Share Price Index yesterday 3.1 trillion drachmas for Agriculture Cyprus' Turkish occupation shame for humanity says Stephanopoulos Jerusalem Patriarachate interrupts its sessions New American Ambassador states his priorities
 New American Ambassador states his prioritiesThe newly-appointed American Ambassador to Athens Tom Miller stated to the Foreign Affairs committee of the Senate that his priorities in Athens will be the boosting of Greek-American relations, the solution of the Cyprus issue and the combatting of terrorism in Greece.
 150 Greeks deported from ItalyGreece is expecting explanations from the Italian authorities as regards their decision to deport some 150 Greeks who had arrived in Italy in order to participate in the protests in Genoa against globalization. The Greeks were forced to get aboard the ship they had travelled in.
Foreign minister Yorgos Papandreou reacted to the violent behaviour of the Italian authories, which resulted in the injury of 7 Greek passengers and one policeman. The ship with the deported Greeks arrived at the port of Igoumenitsa at 10am today.
In the meantime, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas reiterated that no list of names had been delivered to the Italian authorities by the Greek state, referring to the Greeks who participate in the Genoa mobilizations against globalization.
From its side, the Coalition of the Left Wing and Progress party, members of which had been deported issued an anouncement holding the government responsible.
The Greek Communist party asked from the government to take all necessary measures so that the presence of all Greek missions be safeguarded in Genova.
Referring to the deporting of the Greek protesters, New Democracy party spokesman Dimitris Rousopoulos described it as unacceptable.
In the meantime, the leaders of the G8, the world's richest countries plus Russia, begin their annual summit on Friday in the Italian port city of Genoa. Before the arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin the other seven leaders will disucss about world economy, despite the fact that their representatives consider as impossible the writing off of the Third World debt.
A massive security operation, involving thousands of heavily armed police and huge steel fences, has turned the centre of the city into a fortress. Inside, the world leaders will discuss issues such as the fight against Aids, trade liberalisation, global warming, and poverty reduction.
On the eve of the meeting, thousands of anti-globalisation protesters staged the first in a series of demonstrations calling for an end to Third World debt.
Facing unprecedented security for this year's summit only hours after the summit begins the leaders will reveal one of the big achievements expected out of Genoa - the establishment of a new global health fund to combat Aids.
Finally, the Greek Committee for the International Demonstration in Genoa will meet at the Propylae of the Athens University at 7:30pm today and then with the Greek Communist party and the Coalition of the Left Wing and Progress party march to the Italian Embassy.
 Simitis, Polizogopoulos discuss about Greeks' problemsPrime minister Kostas Simitis met yesterday with Greek General Confederation of Labor President Christos Polizogopoulos, one day after the intervention made by leading labor union leaders from the governing socialist party of PASOK, who presented their own platform of ideas on the economic and social policy in view of the party congress that will take place in October.
Following his meeting with the Prime Minister Mr. Polizogopoulos said that the two men discussed about the problems the Greek people are facing.
 IKA doctors continue their mobilizationsFollowing the decision of IKA doctors to go ahead as of today with five-day strikes, the ministers of Labour and Health decided to cancel their meeting today with them, but to meet only with the doctors associations in Athens and Pireaus today.
Besides, the the Social Security Funds request to describe the new mobilizations as illegal will be discussed at the court of first instance today.
 Simitis visits Evinos Dam and Karamanlis Corinth and ArgolisPrime Minister Costas Simitis is visiting the Evinos Dam at the prefecture of Aitoloakarnania at noon today, while New Democracy party President Costas Karamanlis is paying a visit to the prefectures of Corinth and Argolis.
 5,53% rise of the General Share Price Index yesterdayThe General Share Price Index of the Athens Stock Exchange rose yesterday by 5,53% closing at 2.588 points.
 3.1 trillion drachmas for AgricultureOver 3.1 trillion drachmas are expected to be allocated by the ministry of Agriculture, through the 3rd Community Support Framework, to be used to strengthen the competitiveness of farm products, according to an announcement by minister of agriculture Georgios Anomeritis.
Among the goals that will materialize within the framework of the 3rd Community Framework of Support are, the creation of new job positions in the sectors of agriculture and fishery, improvement of competitiveness, protection of environment and quality of life improvement
 Cyprus' Turkish occupation shame for humanity says StephanopoulosWe support Cyprus in the efforts for the solution of the Cyprus problem and the successful completion of its EU accession. We will continue our efforts and we will undertake all necessary political and diplomatic initiatives to achieve the desirable outcome in this major issue, stated government spokesman Dimitris Reppas commenting on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
Mr. Reppas added that we should do our duty and honor those who died for the nation. From his side, the President of the Hellenic Republic Costis Stephanopoulos described the continuing Turkish occupation of the island of Cyprus as a shame for humanity.
 Jerusalem Patriarachate interrupts its sessionsThe sessions of the Holy Synod of the Jerusalem Patriarchate were interrupted due to the lack of quorum. Only five out of the seventeen were present, while Metropolitans Irinaios and Timotheos, who had been written off by the Israeli government were not present. According to information the two Metropolitans visited Jordan in an attempt to get support.