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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-08-30

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] Developments in the ongoing terrorist investigation
  • [03] Bad weaher gradually abating
  • [04] Developments in education
  • [05] Stricter measures to cub inflation
  • [06] New undersecretaries for sport and transport were sworn in today

  • [01] Weather forecast

    A cloudy day is forecast with local heavy showers and storms . Winds northerly, light to moderate, turning strong in the Aegean , gradually abating from early evening. Temperatures in Athens will range between 20C and 29C and in Thessaloniki between 18C and 25C.

    (30/8/2002 12:23:00 μμ)

    [02] Developments in the ongoing terrorist investigation

    Statements by two terrorist suspects- Tselentis and Papanastasiou- detained in custody pending trial have brought to light important information . Tselentis has referred to the structure of the organisation maintaining that Giotopoulos was not the only leader . According to information he said that he was recruited to the urban guerilla group by Dimitris Koufontinas.

    Papanastasiou admitted he knew Giotopoulos, Pavlos and Yiannis Serifis and Hristodoulos Xiros but denied any involvement in criminal acts.

    In the meantime another terrorist suspect, Pavlos Serifis has recalled through his lawyer a previous statement claiming that his uncle ,Yiannis Serifis was one og the November 17 founders and also involved in the assassination of CIA station chief Richard Welch.

    Yiannis Serifis &#8211; an extreme leftist trade unionist , who so far has not been named as a terrorist suspect by police &#8211; angrily denied the claims of his nephew, saying that it was an attempted set-up , to pave the way for his extradition to the U.S.

    Asked to comment on the possibility of extradition , the American ambassador in Athens , Thomas Miller , said Washington would not request that alleged terrorists involved in the killings of American citizens stand trial in the U.S.

    In another suspect s testimony leaked to the press, Sotiris Kondilis said that he had disagreed with a proposal to murder Miltiadis Evert , when he was leader of the opposition N.D party , because he was opposed to the killing of politicians.

    (30/8/2002 12:25:00 μμ)

    [03] Bad weaher gradually abating

    Bad weather will start gradually abating from this afternoon in most parts of the country.

    Heavy rains and storms have been reported in northwestern Greece . On the island of Corfu yesterday , the fierce storms caused mudslides in some areas as well as flooding of homes and business premises.

    (30/8/2002 1:00:00 μμ)

    [04] Developments in education

    Developments in the education sector were the focus of yesterday s cabinet meeting , overshadowed by an ongoing strike by university teaching staff. Prime-minister Kostas Simitis clarified that in effect the government was not in conflict with university teachers , adding that their demands for higher pay would be met in 2004 , while other demands had already been met .

    Education Minister, Petros Efthimiou noted it was unfair to create an atmosphere of conflict between the goverment and university professors when there were positive indications of the government s intention to meet their demands.

    (30/8/2002 1:01:00 μμ)

    [05] Stricter measures to cub inflation

    The Ministry of Development is examining to take stricter measures to contain inflationary pressures in the event the price index does not drop.

    In the meantime, the General Confederation of Greek Labor has threatened with a wave of mobilisations in protest against the rising of prices stressing though that increase in salaries is not the reason of inflationary pressure.

    Prime-minister Simitis will today meet with the President of Northern Greece industrialists Union .

    (30/8/2002 1:01:00 μμ)

    [06] New undersecretaries for sport and transport were sworn in today

    Giorgos Lianis and Manolis Stratakis were sworn in today as the new undersecretaries for sport and transport respectively. They replaced Yiannis Kourakis and Spyros Vougias , who have resigned in order to concentrate on their campaigns &#8211; in Iraklio and Thessaloniki for the upcoming municipal elections.

    During the cabinet meeting yesterday, Prime-minister Simitis warned that the opposition N.D party would encourage trade union unrest in the period prior to the local goverment elections and called on all Pasok deputies to maintain a united front.

    (30/8/2002 1:04:00 μμ)


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