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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-01-31

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  • [02] Developments in Greek-Turkish issues
  • [03] Farmers continue protest actions
  • [04] Greek PM in Brussels met European Commission
  • [05] Proposals for a national retirement plan
  • [06] Inspections continue in Greek meat market
  • [07] Hospital doctors on strike
  • [08] Athens bourse



    31/1/2002 1:44:00 μμ

    [02] Developments in Greek-Turkish issues

    Speaking over NET 105.8 radio, the Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou stressed that Greece recognizes that there is a question of borders only on the issue of the continental shelf and reiterated that Athens will not negotiate any of its sovereign rights.

    Mr. Papandreou added that there are also other problems with turkey, but not of a territorial nature. He then reminded the positive development in the issue of Turkish air space violations, as Turkey is now submitting flight plans for its exercises.

    Meanwhile, the Turkish Foreign Ministry estimates that a Greek-Turkish dialogue should include all matters.

    For his part, the Greek government spokesman Christos Protopapas said that dialogue with Turkey should take place in the framework of international laws, stressing that Greece will say "no" in case Turkey questions Greece s interests.

    The Chief of the Turkish Army Staff has threatened from the Turkish occupied parts of northern Cyprus with war if a solution based on the equal sovereignty of the Turkish-Cypriot people is not found to the Cyprus issue.

    Circles of the Greek National Defense Ministry have stated that the continuing intransigence from the part of Turkey, as formulated in the statements of the Turkish General results to Turkey s isolation from the international community, which like Greece, wishes and struggles for a just solution to the Cyprus dispute.

    [03] Farmers continue protest actions

    Farmers continue blocking national motorways, while they are waiting the announcements on cotton prices today in order to determine their further stand.

    Farmers representatives will meet on Monday with the Minister of Agriculture, George Drys.

    [04] Greek PM in Brussels met European Commission

    Identity of views in all EU crucial matters-in view of Greece s EU presidency in the first six months of 2003-was ascertained during a meeting the Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis had in Brussels with the European Commission.

    Mr. Simitis pointed out the necessity for the completion of negotiations with candidate countries for membership in the end of the year, while he also brought up the issue of speeding up the process of forming a joint policy on asylum and illegal immigration.

    Meanwhile, the European Commission on Wednesday approved Greece's Stability Programme on the economy and advised for more efforts concerning the reduction of the public debt.

    However, the opposition New Democracy (ND) party accused the government of concealing deficits and debts.

    [05] Proposals for a national retirement plan

    The Ministry of Labor is looking into the establishment of a national retirement plan for people who have completed the age of 65.

    According to exclusive information of the Greet state television NET (New Greek Television), the Ministrys proposals on social security-expected to be made in February-will not be mentioning clearly to the retirement age limits. Instead, the issue will be brought up for dialogue with the social bodies.

    [06] Inspections continue in Greek meat market

    Food inspections have been intensified in the market, after large quantities of Belgian origin meat were found.

    Specifically, 30 tons of imported beef from Belgium were seized in the Rentis meat market. Following tests, the meat was found improper for consumption.

    [07] Hospital doctors on strike

    Public hospitals will only be treating emergency cases today and tomorrow due to the strike of hospital doctors.

    The State Council today is expected to decide whether the law of ESY (the Greek Health System) that forbids university doctors to work in parallel in the private and public sectors is constitutional or not.

    [08] Athens bourse

    Significant losses were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange on Wednesday. The general index dropped by 1.12%, closing at 2,595.87 points, while the volume of transactions was at 111.5 million Euro or 38 billion drachmas. Of the stocks trading yesterday, 53 recorded gains and 272 had losses, while the value of 33 stocks remained unchanged.
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