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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-10-22
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 Weather forecastA sunny day is forecast in all parts of the country, with scattered cloud in the north and west. Temperatures in Athens will range between 14C and 25C and in Thessaloniki between 10C to 23C.
(22/10/2002 12:10:00 μμ)
 Political parties evaluate local government elections resultsRound off local government elections ended on Sunday with the ruling Pasok party winning the Athens-Pireus prefecture and the main opposition N.D party maintaining its hold on the two largest municipalities of the country, Athens and Pireus.
No impressive changes took place in the power balance between the two major parties in numbers of municipalities and prefectures.
However, political party staff are called on to study the results of the elections and the political messages sent by the Greek people vote, so as to reorient their policies and strategies. Victories and defeats will certainly play a role in the country s political developments.
Commenting on the election results, government spokesman, Hristos Protopappas stressed that the N.D party failed in its effort to create a climate of political instability and conditions for early elections and the general secretary of the ruling Pasok party, Kostas Laliotis described the results as positive.
On its part, the N.D party spokesman, Thodoros Roussopoulos interpreted the election results as a message denouncing the government s policies , adding that the N.D party was the dominant political power in Greece.
Deputy of the Coalition of the Left and Progress, Maria Damanaki described as very good the election results in municipalities where the Pasok and the Coalition parties cooperated while Greek Communist party deputy, Thanasis Pafilis said that voters were enclaved in the bipartisan game.
(22/10/2002 12:13:00 μμ)
 All crew members of cargo ship Georgios S rescuedThe 18 crew members of the Greek flagged cargo ship –Georgios S- which sent SOS signal while sailing 120 miles off the French Atlantic Ocean coast were all rescued .
The two Greek crew members were the captain of the ship, Nikolaos Poniros and engineer Vasilios Tselepis.
(22/10/2002 12:14:00 μμ)
 Prime-minister Simitis on a tour of European capitalsPrime Minister Costas Simitis will be having a series of meetings with foreign leaders before the end of the year in order to prepare the ground for Cyprus admission to the E.U and in view of Greece s EU presidency in the first half of 2003.
especially for issues concerning European enlargement and Cyprus' EU accession, government spokesman Christos Protopapas announced on Monday.
First among the prime minister's scheduled contacts abroad is a meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in London on October 28, while he will also be meeting with French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder between November 5 and 10.
On Thursday Mr. Simitis will fly to Brussels to attend the E.U extraordinary summit meeting .
In the meantime, the U.N special envoy on CYPRUS Alvaro de Sotto ,who is flying Athens from Nicosia today ,will meet with Greek Foreign Minister, George Papandreou .
(22/10/2002 12:15:00 μμ)
 E.U Foreign Ministers meeting in Louxembourg on E.U enlargementWith Ireland s approval ,by 63% to 37% against in Saturday s referendum of the Nice treaty on E.U enlargement, the Union s Foreign Ministers braced for battle yesterday over the costs of admitting the 10 mostly ex-communist countries waiting to join. The E.U Foreign Ministers will continue talks today while Denmark s Minister for European Affairs ,Bertel Haarder said as he arrived in Louxembourg yesterday that the Irish vote had removed one stone from the road and had increased expectations that other problems would be solved.
(22/10/2002 12:16:00 μμ)
 Public Order Minister in WashingtonPublic Order Minister , Mihalis Hrisohoidis who is on an official visit to Washington yesterday informed the American President s, national security counsellor, general , John Gordon, on the developments in the combat of domestic terrorism as well as the Greek government s future goals.
They also discussed cooperation in the combat of international terrorism and organised crime ,preparations for safe Olympic Games as well as Greece s role for the aversion of terrorist activity in the Balcans.
In the meantime the U.S House of Representatives has passed a resolution praising Greece for dismantling the November 17 urban guerrilla group and its contribution to the international coalition against terrorism .
(22/10/2002 12:17:00 μμ)
 Parliament begins debate on 2003 budgetA debate on next year s budget begins in the parliament today. Government spokesman , Hristos Protopappas said that the government has exhausted all possibilities for social provisions in the initial planning underlining that further solutions could only be given through developmental procedures.
(22/10/2002 12:18:00 μμ)