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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-01-16
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 NEWS IN ENGLISHERA 5. THE VOICE OF GREECE
16/1/2002 1:42:00 ìì
- Kliridis - Denktash meeting on Cyprus
- Turkish PM meets U.S. President
- Merger of ETE and Alphabank continues
- Debate on OG expenditures
- Athens bourse
- University Doctors protest against new law on ESY
 Kliridis - Denktash meeting on CyprusDirect talks on the Cyprus issue start in an especially formed area in the airport of Nicosia today, between the Cypriot president Glafkos Kliridis and the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.
The new president of the European Parliament Patrick Cox appeared optimistic over the outcome of the talks, stressing that the basic priority of his term in parliament will be a solution to the Cyprus dispute.
 Turkish PM meets U.S. PresidentMeanwhile, the Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit will meet in Washington with the American president George Bush today.
The Cyprus issue, the Euro-army, the course of the Turkish economy, the fight against international terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan were the main topics covered at a meeting Mr. Ecevit had with the US vice-president Richard Chenie.
 Merger of ETE and Alphabank continuesThe governors of E.T.E. (the National Bank of Greece) and Alphabank announced their decision to continue merger procedures in order to create a strong Greek Bank with a European structure that will be operating on the basis of private economic criteria.
However, O.T.O.E. (the Organization of Bank Employees) described the agreement regarding the continuation of negotiations as evasive and called for a general assembly in order to examine the issue of the two bank´s merger.
Government spokesman Christos Protopapas stated that Prime Minister Kostas Simitis is being briefed on the developments but does not interfere.
The opposition New Democracy (ND) party announced that it will be following closely and step-by-step the course of the venture, while the Coalition of the Left Wing and Progress stressed that the merger that was presented as a major government success risks to become a major fiasco.
 Debate on OG expendituresThe cost of for the 2004 Olympic games remains 4.4 billion euro. A pre-agenda debate on the Olympics will be held in parliament today, at political party leaders level.
 Athens bourseMarginal losses were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange on Tuesday. The general index dropped by 0.09%, closing at 2,521.63 points, while the volume of transactions was small at 94.9 million Euro or 32.3 billion drachmas.
Of the stocks trading yesterday, 152 recorded gains and 140 had losses, while the value of 62 stocks remained unchanged.
 University Doctors protest against new law on ESYUniversity doctors in Thessaloniki are on strike today till January 24, demanding that the provisions of the new law on E.S.Y. (the National Health System) not to be enforced, while university doctors in Athens will determine their stand on the issue at their general assembly tomorrow. Furthermore, university doctors in Patras and Ioannina will also join the protest actions next week.