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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-12-03

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] 14 injured in train-accident
  • [03] Checks at the quake-stricken area
  • [04] Papandreou to visit Ankara

  • [01] Weather forecast

    Scattered cloud is forecast in all parts of the country, turning to showers in many areas. Winds variable, moderate to strong. In the north, temperatures will range from 08C to 16C; in the Ionian and on the rest of the mainland from 10C to 18C; and in the Aegean islands from 13C to 20C. Temperatures in Athens between 13C and 18C; and in Thessaloniki from 11C to 16C.

    (3/12/2002 11:07:00 )

    [02] 14 injured in train-accident

    A train travelling near Megalopoli last night fell into gulch and caused the injury of 14 people, 5 of which seriously. The train, which was carrying 24 passengers and four train employees, was derailed due to landslides.

    Meanwhile, Transport Minister Christos Verelis, who visited the scene of the accident stated that passengers will receive an extraordinary financial aid.

    Finally, all train departures will be carried out according to schedule, since the damages are being restored.

    (3/12/2002 11:08:00 )

    [03] Checks at the quake-stricken area

    In an interview with NET, the head of th e Quake stricken Fund Christos Christodoulopoulos stated that according to the checks carried out in the wider area of quake-stricken Vartholomio, eight buildings will have to be demolished, while 96 must be repaired.

    Meanwhile, referring to the damages several houses sustained, Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works Deputy Minister Giannis Tsaklides hinted that following the 1988 earthquake several houses that sustained damages were not properly repaired.

    At the same time, the quake-stricken people will receive &#1028; 587 as subsidy, while the hotels have been rented to host the homeless. Additionally, measures are being taken for house repairs and rent subsidies.

    On a relative development, in an interview with NET, seismologist professor Costas Makropoulos stated that it is still early to state with certainty whether that was the main earthquake, adding that 48 hours must pass before safe conclusions are reached.

    Finally, schools will remain closed in the prefecture of Ilia and Zakynthos also today.

    (3/12/2002 11:10:00 )

    [04] Papandreou to visit Ankara

    Deliberations for the solution of the Cyprus issue are continuing at hectic pace since the deadline is nearing. The Copenhagen Summit Meeting will be held on December 12 and a solution of the Cyprus issue should be found by then.

    In Nicosia, the National Council is continuing its deliberations, while according to information the President of the Cyprus Republic will give his answer on Wednesday, while the Turkish &#8211;Cypriots may answer today.

    At the same time, Foreign Minister George Papandreou is leaving for Ankara today to meet with the new Turkish leadership and have discussions with American Undersecretary of state Mark Grossman.

    Athens gives special emphasis on this trip, since Mr Papandreou will discuss with his interlocutors the Cyprus issue, the Annan plan and Greek-Turkish relations.

    Meanwhile, Cyprus is the first candidate country as of yesterday that has concluded its negotiations for its accession to the European Union.

    According to what the ex Cypriot President Giorgos Vasiliou stated to our programme, the Helsinki agreement states that Cyprus' accession will be suspended only if the Cypriot side is held responsible, adding that the European Union wishes the island's reunification, a development that depends on the Turkish-Cypriots' stance.

    (3/12/2002 11:12:00 )


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