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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-10-12

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  • [01] Greece-US Attacks on Afghanistan
  • [02] PASOK' s 6th Congress
  • [03] Data on reduced on travelling by air
  • [04] Unemployment rates drop in Greece
  • [05] The German Ambassador found his wife dead in Athens
  • [06] Skaramanga Shipyards are privatized
  • [07] Athens bourse


    12/10/2001 12:56:00 μμ


    Greece-US Attacks on Afghanistan PASOK' s 6th Congress Data on reduced on travelling by air Skaramanga Shipyards are privatized Unemployment rates drop in Greece Athens bourse The German Ambassador found his wife dead in Athens

    [01] Greece-US Attacks on Afghanistan

    In reply to a relative question, Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas yesterday ruled out the issue of Greece's participation in the military land operations in Afghanistan, expressing the hope that there will be no such request in the future as well.

    In a related development, the New Democracy (ND) party leader Kostas Karamanlis, yesterday expressed his solidarity to the US in its struggle against terrorism, after a meeting with the newly appointed US Ambassador Tomas Miller in Athens. The American Ambassador pointed out that the attack on Afghanistan is not dispute between cultures or religions. Meanwhile the Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou had also a meeting with Mr. Miller yesterday and immediately afterwards, the new Ambassador noted among other things that Greece can use its influence in Arab countries like Syria and Iran, so as to deal with the common threat of terrorism.

    As of today, the Doctors Without Borders of Greece will be at the side of millions of Afghan refugees who flee to the boarders of Pakistan, in the bid to offer them first aid, check contagious diseases and prepare the ground for broader humanitarian missions. The director of the organization Thanasis Papamihos has estimated that approximately 9 million people will receive emergency care at the Afghan-Pakistani borders and for this reason the Doctors Without Borders appeal for economic aid in their efforts.

    [02] PASOK' s 6th Congress

    Addressing the 6th congress of the ruling PASOK party that opened yesterday, Prime Minister and president of the movement Kostas Simitis called for a clear and strong mandate, so as to give clear answers to negative and evasive stands.

    He also stressed that the party' s congress must secure and speed up the government's course by giving replies to the existing dilemmas. Furthermore, Mr. Simitis defended the government' s policy on the economy, admitting however that errors have been made with regard to the international developments, stressing that terrorism is a crime with no moral grounds whatsoever.

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was received very warmly by the 6th PASOK Party Congress delegates in Athens yesterday. In his speech, Mr. Arafat thanked Greece for its assistance to the Palestinian people's struggle. In addition, he promised to name a central square of Palestine after the late Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou. Yasser Arafat also called on the International community to protect the Palestinians and put an end to the Israeli occupation. Welcoming Mr. Arafat at the PASOK congress, Prime Minister Kostas Simitis expressed Greece' s support for a peaceful solution to the Middle East issue. Before leaving Athens, the Palestinian leader met successively with the Greek President Konstantinos Stefanopoulos, Prime Minister Simitis and Athens Mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos who awarded him a honorary distinction together with the golden key of the city of Athens. Meanwhile, the Albanian Prime Minister Ilir Meta attended the PASOK congress and in his speech pointed out that the Albanian government gives special priority to its relations with Greece with the aim to have an economic cooperation and promote peace in the region.

    [03] Data on reduced on travelling by air

    In a press conference given in Athens yesterday, on the occasion of the opening of the regular conference of the Union of European Regional Airline Companies, it was stated that passenger traffic has reduced to 10-15 percent after the terrorist attack on the US. However, the Unions General Director Mick Ambrose said that the aim of the attacks was not the airlines themselves but the governments of countries.

    [04] Unemployment rates drop in Greece

    According to the National Statistics Service, unemployment dropped from 11.9 to 11.1 percent in Greece in the last three months.

    [05] The German Ambassador found his wife dead in Athens

    The German ambassador in Athens found his wife dead in the bathroom of their home yesterday. According to the police, she most likely committed suicide by cutting her wrists with a razorblade, while the Security Services of Attica are holding an investigation on the incident.

    [06] Skaramanga Shipyards are privatized

    The first phase of the privatization of Skaramanga shipyards was completed yesterday, after the signing of the first contract on the shipyards transition from ETVA and the Workers over to the German Shipbuilding industry "HANDEVE-FEROSTAL". The agreement provides for the German company to pay 2.1 billion drachmas and increase the shipyards 14 billion drachma shareholders capital. In addition, the German company is committed to maintain the shipyards in the present form for ten years and keep 1,400 people in its employment for six years.

    [07] Athens bourse

    Significant gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange on Friday. The general index rose to +1.37% at 2,267.77 points, while the volume of transactions was 116.54 million Euro or 39.71 billion drachmas. Of the stocks trading yesterday, 282 recorded gains and 50 had losses, while the value of 46 remained unchanged.
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