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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-09-27

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  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] The USA seeks tougher stance against Iraq
  • [03] Extreme weather conditions to prevail in the weekend

  • [01] Weather forecast

    Cloud is forecast for most parts of the country on Friday, with possible rain in the northwest. Winds northwesterly, light to moderate, turning strong in parts of the Aegean. In the north, temperatures will range from 11C to 21C; in the west from 15C to 26C; and in the rest of the country from 16C to 28C. Cloudy in Athens with temperatures between 19C and 27C; same with the possibility of rain in Thessaloniki and temperatures from 15C to 21.

    (27/9/2002 11:09:00 נל)

    [02] The USA seeks tougher stance against Iraq

    The United States is stepping up pressure on the adoption of a more tough resolution on behalf of the United Nations against Iraq by sending high rank officials to France and Russia so as to secure their consent.

    American Deputy Foreign Minsiter Mark Grossoman is going to Paris today and Moscow tomorrow to ask the two countries&#8217; support for the issuing of Security Council resolution that will be warning Iraq if it does not fully comply with the demand for disarmament.

    Additionally, Secretary of State Colin Powell stated that the Chinese officials who are in Washington will be briefed on Washington&#8217;s stance.

    Political observers believe that the American side is striving for a specially tough resolution on behalf of the Security Council, determining at the same time the sanctions Bagdad will sustain if does not adopt such a resolution. The Americans had also expressed their intention to seek recourse to violence even by themselsves.

    In the meantime, the leaders of the Republicans and Democrats in the Senate proposed a decision plan that will be empowering American President George Bush to use military force against Iraq if the White House discovers that any further diplomatic efforts will not protect the USA sufficiently from the Iraqi threat.

    Extending yesterday&#8217;s statements by Mr Bush and his advisor on issues of security Condoleza Rice, Defence Minister Donald Rumsfeld stated that the USA has credible information according to which Al Qaeda cadres are in Iraq and that its contacts with Bagdad had intensified since 1998. He also maintained that Al Qaeda members are being trained in the use of chemical and biological weapons by Iraqis.

    On a relative development, French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin stressed yesterday that the United Nations must made every possible effort to prevent a war in Iraq. Besides, Mr Jacques Schirack had a long telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on what will happen to Iraq. Both Presidents agreed that a political-diplomatic solution should be sought, since their countries against military action against Iraq.

    Besides, the German Defence Minister Peter Strouk reiterated Berlin&#8217;s objection on any attack against Iraq, stressing that a war would lead to great losses on both sides.

    Meanwhile, Stock markets all over the world began their ascent yesterday, while American Central Bank Governor Alan Greenspan appeared reassuring as regards the possibility of a war.

    Finally, Development Ministry Secretary General Giorgos Agrafiotis stated that Greece is ready to deal with a possible crisis. Oil reserves can last over 90 days, the limit set by the European Union.

    (27/9/2002 11:10:00 נל)

    [03] Extreme weather conditions to prevail in the weekend

    Extreme weather conditions are expected to prevail in the weekend according to the National Meteorological Service with heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and a drop of the temperature. First snow will fall in Central and Northern Greece.

    Meanwhile, Professor Sotiris Raptis stated that due to the continual fluctuation of temperature in the coming days will help viruses spread.

    Finally, in the United States scientists found out the sources of physical immunity of some carriers of the AIDS virus who do never develop the illness.

    (27/9/2002 11:12:00 נל)

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