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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-12-21
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastLight snowfall or sleet is forecast in the eastern central mainland, Evia, the eastern Peloponnese, the Cyclades and Crete, with the rest of the country remaining fine. Ice is expected on the mainland in the morning. Winds north-northeasterly, light to strong, turning gale force in the southern Aegean. The temperature in Athens will range between 02C and 07C, with snow likely mainly in northern Attica in the morning, while the temperature in Thessaloniki will range from -02C to 05C.
(21/12/2002 10:48:00 рм)
 Weather conditions improveThe weather conditions have begun improving all over Greece with the winds abating and the temperature still remaining low. Circulation of cars in mountainous areas is difficult to impossible due to the heavy snowfalls there. Anti skid chains are required for cars used in Central and Northern Greece, while the departure of ships from Piraeus and Rafina has been allowed.
At the same time, tank truck owners have suspended their strike, while Development Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos appeared satisfied with the sufficiency of products and the course of prices during his visit to the market in Thessaloniki
(21/12/2002 11:57:00 рм)
 Deliberations on Cyprus issue enter new phaseFollowing the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan's decision to intensify efforts for the solution of the Cyprus issue, deliberations for the Cyprus issue entered a new phase.
According to information, the President of the Cyprus Republic Glafkos Clerides will have to answer by Monday the latest on Mr Annan's latest letter regarding the beginning of negotiations by February 28.
Meanwhile, the government spokesman commented that if the Turkish and Turkish-Cypriot sides wished to boost their European course, then they should participate in the negotiations, otherwise they would be isolated.
On a relative development, the American Ambassador to Athens Thomas Miller stated that both sides in Cyprus are closer that even before.
At the same time, the winner of the Turkish elections Tayeep Erdogan reiterated his government' s will to solve the Cyprus issue, while Gioul's government tabled a new amendment at Parliament, so as to by-pass President Sezer's veto that forbids Mr Erdogan to become Prime Minister.
(21/12/2002 10:50:00 рм)
 Simitis presents Greece's priorities during its EU PresidencyPrime Minister Costas Simitis presented the priorities of the Greek Presidency in the European Union to the President of the Europarliament Pat Cox and the Presidents of the Parliamentary Groups.
According to Mr Simitis, Greece considers as priorities EU enlargement, economic development and stability, the control of migration and illegal migration, the preparation of the inter-government meeting for the new European structure, the joint policy on defence and security, as well as the commitments on environment.
(21/12/2002 11:58:00 рм)