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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-09-28
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NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA-5. THE VOICE OF GREECE
28/9/2001 2:15:00 μμ
Weather forecast Latest developments after attacks on the U.S. Greece- humanitarian aid for refugees National System for Professional Training Olympic Games Athens 2004 Cyprus meets criteria for EU accesion Disolution of the UCEKA army in FYROM
 Weather forecastThe weather will be sunny today with some scattered cloud in the east. Winds northerly, light to strong, turning very strong in the southern Aegean. Mostly sunny in Athens, with temperatures between 19C and 26C. Sunshine in Thessaloniki, with temperatures from 16C to 23C.
 Latest developments after attacks on the U.S.A delegation of Pakistani clerics arrived in the southern Afgan city of Kandahar today for talks with the ruling Taliban. They will try to persuade the Taliban to hand over Saudi-born fugitive Osama bin Landen or face the real likelihood of attack by the U.S.
According to reports an edict has been delivered to Islamic militant Osama bin Landen asking him to leave the country voluntarily. In the meantime, the American goverment has vowed to hunt down bin Landen-chief suspect in the devastatting September 11 attacks in NY and Washington while the American mass media see the possibility of a direct attack on Afganistan to be moving away.
Today's issue of the american newspaper "USA Today" writes that American and British special forces arrived in Afganistan two days after the attacks on NY and Washington with the order to either arrest or kill bin Landen.
Moreover, Japanese newpapers today say that the American air carrier Kitty Hawk will return to its base in Tokyo at the week-end. UN Security Council members raced to meet a self imposed Monday deadline to adopt a U.S - initiated draft-resolution that would freeze the financial assets of terrorism suspects and take other measures to expand the UN role in fighting clandestine networks. With this resolution the US aims at creating a global coalition against terrorism.
In Athens, the inner cabinet, chaired by Prime-minister Simitis meets today to examine the issue of security formulated after the recent devastating terrorist attacks on the U.S.
The text on Strategic Defence Review, released by Greek Defence Minister , Akis Tsohatzopoulos, descrives terrorist acts as a threat to national security.
U.S. law enforcement officilas released photographs they said were of the 19 hijackers who attacked buildings in NY nad Washington and for the first time said that some have ties to the network controlled by Saudi-born militant bin Landen.
According to the American channel ABC, a terrorist network which was arrested was planning attacks on Europe. Hollands police authorities arrested two persons with forged documents at the Euroepan Commisions nuclear research center while 9 people with fake driving licences for the transport of hazardous chemicals were arrested in the US.
An article in today's issue of the Greek newspaper "Ta Nea" says that the Greek police are closely monitoring at least 10 people suspected of having links with those responsible for the September 11 attacks on the US.
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan asked for 584$ million to aid Afgans facing what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis as well as possible U.S strikes. Thousands of Afgans are fleeing their homes and up to 7.5 million face starvation.
 Greece- humanitarian aid for refugeesGreece will grant 500,000 dollars to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and another 500,000 dollars to non-governmental organizations to fund refugee relief efforts in and around Afghanistan, Foreign Minister George Papandreou said on Thursday.
During a press conference, Papandreou noted that the ministry decided to provide the funds in efforts to deal with the tremendous dimensions the refugee problem has reached.
UNHCR representative in Greece Flore Rohas-Rodrigues was also present at the press conference, along with popular Greek signer George Dalaras, who will perform in two concerts, one on Thursday and a second on Friday in Athens to benefit the refugee relief efforts of the U.N.
Papandreou said that a foreign ministry's official will depart for Pakistan over the next few days to coordinate the humanitarian efforts of Greek NGOs.
On her part, Rohas-Rodrigues expressed her gratitude for the government and people of Greece for their support to the UNHCR efforts, underlining that the world is currently facing one of the greatest humanitarian tragedies of all times.
 National System for Professional TrainingThe Greek govermenthas decided to allocate 678 billion drs during the period 2002-2004 for the creation of a National System for Professional Training . The draft-bill will be given to social sectors to examine and express their views while it is expected to be tabled in the parliament at the beginning of 2002.
 Olympic Games Athens 2004Following his meeting with Greek Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos, the President of the Olympic Games International Coordination Committee, Dennis Osvald expressed satisfaction at the progress of the 2004 Olympic Games projects.
 Cyprus meets criteria for EU accesionCyprus meets all the criteria for entry into the European Union and no obstacles should be placed in its path toward EU accession, European Parliament President Nicole Fontaine said in Athens on Thursday, according to an announcement from the Greek Parliament.
Fontaine also said that the political problem on the divided island republic could not be a condition for Cyprus' entry into the EU. Currently on a official visit to Greece, Fontaine made the statements while speaking before the Greek Parliament's European Affairs Committee
 Disolution of the UCEKA army in FYROMAli Ahmeti, leader of the UCEKA in FYROM, announced the disolution of the organisation and called on fighters to return to their daily life routine. Albanian guerilla weapons and two tanks collected by the NATO forces will be destroyed in Greece.