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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-09-10
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NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA 5. THE VOICE OF GREECE
10/9/2001 1:53:00 μμ
Weather forecast Prime-minister Simitis conference in Thessaloniki Dora Bakoyianni takes distance from ND party handling on IDs French Prime-minister in Athens Greek Foreign Minister at the General Affairs Council meeting in Brussels ND party President to deliver a speech at the American Tuffts university Archibishop Hristodoulos in Serbia.
 Prime-minister Simitis conference in ThessalonikiPrime Minister Costas Simitis on Sunday expressed his will to move forward with readjustments and changes, which will strengthen the country, while he defended the social policies of the government, during his traditional press conference at the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair , at the conclusion of his three-day visit here.
He defended the social policies of the government, stressing that it will continue in the years to come, so as to support the financially weak social strata and criticized the main opposition New Democracy party for lack of political positions.
Prime-minister Simitis reiterated that he would lead the PASOK party during the next elections, answering questions on his succession. He stressed that the issue of the choice of religion being listed on the state issued ID cards has closed. In repply to questions regarding the government reshuffle Mr Simitis said that there will not be a policy of seniority preference, rather he would seek to renew the government based, on the need for continuance. In the meantime , political parties strongly criticised Prime minister Simitis on what he said during the traditional press conference , specifically accusing him of arrogant and regimistic mentality. The President of the ND party, Kostas Karamanlis said that the Prime-minister has once again distributed promises but he has not convinced anyone ading that all lies have an end and this one is approaching its end.
 French Prime-minister in AthensFrench Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, accompained by French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine arrived in Athens on Sunday for an official visit, at the invitation of his Greek counterpart Kostas Simitis. He said that he "supported a settlement of the Cyprus issue based on the respect of the UN Security Council's decisions". He added that " a political settlement of the Cyprus question, which we hope for with all our heart, can only facilitate the accession of Cyprus to the European Union." Reffering to the Balkans and to the crisis in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Jospin expressed his concern, stating at the same time his country's determination, along with the international community, to contribute in the implementation of the political agreements under the aegis of the European Union. "Peace in the Balkans passes through their return to Europe, ending with their entry into the European Union," he noted. Jospin said that he was against changes being made to the internationally recognised borders of the Balkans and noted Greece's valuable contribution in the region.
French Prime minister will be received by the President of the Republic today and will have talks with Prime-minister Simitis and the President of the Greek parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis. French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine will have talks with his Greek counterpart George Papandreou today.
 Greek Foreign Minister at the General Affairs Council meeting in BrusselsAt the informal meeting of the General Affairs Council in Brussels , Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou called for the EU's mediation to resolve the issue of the name of FYROM with a mutually accepted name. During the same meeting ,the Foreign Ministers of Greece , Turkey and Cyprus expounded their positions on the Cyprus issue and decided to hold substantial talks in October.. Cyprus President Glafkos Klerides flies to NY today responding to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan call for the resumption of talks on the Cyprus issue on September 12. Raulf Dektash has refused to take part in the procedures.
 ND party President to deliver a speech at the American Tuffts universityND party President , Kostantinos Karamnlis will today deliver a speech at the International Relations Department, "Konstantinos Karamnlis" of the Tuffts American University . In his speech , Mr Karamanlis will refer to the personality of his uncle Konstantinos Karamanlis.
 Archibishop Hristodoulos in SerbiaArchbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece said on Sunday that the Church of Greece will donate 150 million drachmas for the mission of the Serbian Church and another 100 million drachmas for the construction of the church of Aghios Savvas. This was stated by the Archbishop during a dinner which was hosted in his honour in Belgrade by Patriarch Pavlos of Serbia. Earlier, Christodoulos, who is on an official visit to the Serbian Church, in an address at Belgrade's Cathedral reffered to the help which the Greeks had offered to the Serbs. He also spoke of the suffering of the Orthodox people, stressing in particular that the situation prevailing in Kosovo forces Orthodox Serbians to abandon their homes. Results for admission to tertiary education will come out the latest till Thursday this week .
 Weather forecastThe weather will be sunny in most parts of the country, with scattered cloud in the north that may turn to showers. Winds northwesterly, light to moderate. In the north, temperatures will range from 13C to 31C; on the rest of the mainland from 16C to 33C; and in the Aegean islands from 20C to 30C. Sunshine in Athens, with temperatures between 19C and 32C. Light cloud over Thessaloniki, with a chance of showers later in the day and temperatures from 16C to 30C.
 Dora Bakoyianni takes distance from ND party handling on IDsIn an inteview with the daily newspaper "Ta Nea",ND deputy, Dora Bakoyianni appears to take a distance from the ND party's handling on the state-issued ID cards. She characteristically said that Archibishop Hristodoulos was misguided into the dispute of the church and the state on the ID cards.