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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-11-27
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastA cloudy day is forecast with rain and storms. Winds southerly strong turning gale force in the Ionian.Temperatures in Athens will range from 12 to 18 C and in Thessaloniki from 8 to 15 C.
(27/11/2002 12:32:00 μμ)
 Cyprus issueGreek Foreign Minister, George Papandreou had talks yesterday with White House national security adviser, Condoleeza Rice and will meet with Secretary of State, Colin Powell today. He is also scheduled to visit Turkey on December 4.
In Washingthon, Mr. Papandreou told reporters that Cyprus would be admitted to the E.U even without the resolution of the Cyprus issue, however, clarifying that the European Commission has worked out a special protocol for the extension of the European community s status to the occupied parts of Cyprus when the Cyprus political issue was resolved.
European Union Commissioner, responsible for the block s enlargement, Gynder Ferghoiwen said that Cyprus would be admitted to the union regardless of any developments at the E.U summit meeting in Copenhagen, adding that the U.N peace plan offered Turkish-Cypriots a historical opportunity which might not emerge in the future.
In the meantime, Turksih-Cypriot leader Raulf Dektash said more time was needed to study the U.N document, a report conflicting information that he would be positively responding to the proposal within the next few days. Today, Mr. Dektash will meet in N.Y with American Undersecretary of State, Mark Grossman and White House special coordinator for Cyprus Tomas Weston.
To add to the confusion, the winner of the recent Turkish elections Tayip Erdogan reiterated ysterday in Helsinsky that the plan was negotiable, while the Turkish opposition leader stated that it required serious and radical amendments.
In a related development, the U.S former special envoy for Cyprus, Richard Holbrook yesterday launched a strong attack on Dektash, charging that he was not serving the real interests of the Turkish-Cypriots adding that his behaviour was creating a risk of the European Union saying no to Ancara s accession aspirations.
In Athens, goverment spokesman, Hristos Protopappas said that there was time for negotiations on the basis of the U.N plan even after the E.U summit in Copenhagen.
(27/11/2002 12:33:00 μμ)
 Higher prices, profiteering in the marketThe goverment s economic staff is highly concerned about higher prices and profiteering in the market and the subsequent repercussions on the inflation rate in view of increased consumption due to the Christmas holidays.
Special attention should be given to the issue and measures taken said the governor of the Bank of Greece, Nikos Garganas, following a meeting with Prime-minister Kostas Simitis yesterday. Mr. Garganas said that the pace of Greece s economic develoment along with Ireland s was among the highest in the euro zone.
(27/11/2002 12:34:00 μμ)
 November 17 suspect banned from receiving visitors, telephone contactsOne of the 18 terrorist suspects in pre-trial detention was banned from receiving visitors and having telephone contact for the next 3 days , as a punishment for giving an interview last Sunday to the newspaper, Kyriakatiki Eleftherotipia. No interviews are permitted with the mass media, after Savvas Xiros the first alleged November 17 member to be arrested- spoke extensively by telephone to a popular television investigative reporter.
The lawyers of another November 17 supect, Yiannis Serifis, are expected to apply for his release as they said there was no evidence of his participation in the terrorist organisation.
(27/11/2002 12:35:00 μμ)
 Royal property compensationThe European Court is expected to issue a verdict tomorrow on the so-called royal property. According to reports, the amount of compensation will be lower to ex-king Konstantine claims.
Opposition N.D party said that Greek tax payers will pay the goverment s wrong handling of the issue.
(27/11/2002 12:36:00 μμ)
 No participation fee for Para-Olympic athletesAddressing a conference, hosted by the Economist, Culture Minister, Evangelos Venizelos announced yesterday that for the first time in the history of Para-Olympics athletes will not be required to pay a participation fee, as this will be covered by the Greek goverment.
(27/11/2002 12:36:00 μμ)