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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-10-01

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] Developments on US attacks Greek
  • [03] Foreign Minister to visit, Moscow, Berlin and Washington
  • [04] Archibishop Hristodoulos must not allow hatred for the entir Moslem
  • [05] Defence Minister in Cyprus to attend celebrations for the island´s
  • [06] Day ND party leader-news conference in Thessaloniki
  • [07] New budget to be tabled today

  • NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA-5. THE VOICE OF GREECE

    1/10/2001 1:55:00 ìì

    Weather forecast Developments on US attacks Greek Foreign Minister to visit, Moscow, Berlin and Washington Archibishop Hristodoulos must not allow hatred for the entir Moslem world Greek Defence Minister in Cyprus to attend celebrations for the island´s independence Day ND party leader-news conference in Thessaloniki New budget to be tabled today

    [01] Weather forecast

    The weather will be sunny on Monday in the east and the south. The west and the north can expect some scattered cloud, turning to showers or storms in the northern Ionian, Epirus, the western mainland, and western Macedonia. Winds variable, light to moderate. Sunshine in Athens, with temperatures between 17C and 30C. Cloudy in Thessaloniki, with temperatures from 14C to 27C.

    [02] Developments on US attacks Greek

    Representatives of the UN member states meet in NY today to discuss means to enforce the fight against terrorism. According to the British daily newspaper "Observer" US led military strikes on Afganistan would come in a matter of hours following a possible overtrow of the ruling Taliban. The former-king of Afganistan, Mohamad Zahir Shah met with members of the American Congress on Sunday and a delegation from Afganistans main anti-Taliban force, the Northern Alliance in Rome to see if it can strike a cooperation deal with the royalist faction. The spiritual leader of the Taliban Mullah Mohammad Omar warned the ex-king not to meddle in Afganistan´s affairs . In the meantime , the US added to its gathering storm of military might in the region on Sunday when the US aircraft carrier , Kitty Hawk sailed from its home port in Tokyo , assigned to duty in Operation Enduring Freedom, the code name for the US war on terrorism, declared by President Bush after the September 11th devastating attacks on NY and Washington. An article in todays issue of the " N.Y Times" says that American President George Bush has approved secret funding to Afganistan opposition forces. According to reports , the brother of Afganistan former opposition leader Ahmed Sah Masud-murdered at the beginning of September-confirmed that the US has begun talks with the opposition Northern Alliance aimed to coordinate actions to overtrow the Taliban and arrest bin Landen. In Kabul , talks between the Pakistani delegation and the Taliban to hand over bin Landen continue. For the first time , the Taliban admitted that they have the top suspect in the attacks , Saudi-born fugitive bin Landen in their hands. The White House stepped up pressure on Sunday by warning the Taliban it would work to replace them unless they accede to America´s demands to turn over bin Landen. Should military strikes be necessary, US Attorney General John Ashcroft warned of escalation of terrorist attacks in an interview with th e CBS television channel. A poll conducted by the Times magazine indicates that 81% of America´s population support a military action on Afganistan but also fear new terrorist attacks on the US. On the contrary , a poll conducted in Greece indicates that 9 out of 10 are against military action. Anti-war activists held a peaceful weekend demonstration in central Athens that was timed to coincide with similar action in US universities to protest against an anticipated military attack on Afghanistan in Washington's drive against terrorism. Also condemning terrorism, the demonstration and concert on Saturday evening in central Syntagma Square was organised by Citizens of the World working with the Coalition of the Left and Progress and other groups.

    [03] Foreign Minister to visit, Moscow, Berlin and Washington

    Foreign Minister George Papandreou is to visit Moscow, Berlin and Washington this week for talks with senior government officials. In a trip beginning on Monday, Papandreou is scheduled to meet his Russian and German counterparts to discuss the global political situation in the wake of terrorist attacks in the US on September 11. On Tuesday, the minister leaves for Washington for talks with the US Secretary of State, Colin Powell.

    [04] Archibishop Hristodoulos must not allow hatred for the entir Moslem world Greek

    Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece said on Sunday that terrorists claiming to represent Islam were not typical of the faith. "This is not the (true) picture of Islam, the one that appears on the face of a terrorist," Christodoulos told churchgoers in the Athens suburb of Aghii Anargyri. "We must not allow ourselves to harbour hatred or even suspicion for the entire Moslem world, the overwhelming majority of which is moderate," the archbishop said.

    [05] Defence Minister in Cyprus to attend celebrations for the island´s independence

    Greece´s Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos arrived in Cyprus on Sunday afternoon to represent the Greek government at Monday´s celebrations on the island for the Independence Day of the Republic of Cyprus. The Greek official was met at Larnaca Airport by his counterpart Socratis Hasikos, Greek Ambassador to Cyprus Christos Panagopoulos and Chief of the Cyprus National Guard Evangelos Florakis. No statements were made. Tsohatzopoulos afterwards departed for Nicosia where he met with Hasikos at the General Headquarters of the National Guard. The Greek minister later had separate meetings with the Parliamentary Defence Committee and Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.

    [06] Day ND party leader-news conference in Thessaloniki

    The leader of the main opposition New Democracy party, Kostas Karamanlis said on Sunday that his party was ready if the government were to call early national elections. In a news conference in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Karamanlis also criticised the government for the way it had handled the economy, and reform of the social insurance system. In addition, he underlined the need for transparency in public life and sound management of public money. Finally, Karamanlis complained of delays in carrying out projects linked to the 2004 Athens Olympics and skyrocking costs. He also urged the government to adopt any measures proposed by international organisations to ensure security at the Games.

    [07] New budget to be tabled today

    The inner cabinet meets this morning to discuss next year´s budget which will be tabled in the parliament tonight.The 2002 budget provides for 3,1% increases. According to a poll conducted by VPRC , the ND party is slightly ahead of Pasok in vote preference .Similar is the figure on the popularity of the two major party leaders with prime-minister Simitis slightly ahead in voters preference.
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