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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-01-05

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  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] Simitis presents government priorities
  • [03] Markides to run against Clerides in elections
  • [04] Christoulakis optimistic about 2003 economy
  • [05] Seismologists reassuring about yesterday's earthquake

  • [01] Weather forecast

    Light cloud is forecast for most parts of the country on Sunday, while in the west and north there may be local rains later in the day. Winds westerly-southwesterly, strong turning gale force in the southern Aegean. In the north and center, temperatures will range from 5C to 12C; in the west from 8C to 17C; and in the rest of the country from 12C to 18C. Scattered cloud in Athens with temperatures between 09C and 17C. Same in Thessaloniki, with temperatures from 07C to 12.

    (5/1/2003 10:55:00 נל)

    [02] Simitis presents government priorities

    In an interview with the newspaper To Vima Tis Kyriakis, Prime Minister Costas Simitis presents the government's priorities in the near future.

    Mr Simitis states that Greece's resumption of the EU Presidency will not hinder the government's work, adding that there are priorities for the government in the domestic front. Additionally, he refers to certain programmes of the municipalities that are related to social work positions, the application of a new framework regarding transparency in the public sector, an effective strike to corruption, as well as improvements in the Public Administration.

    The Prime Minister also says that the Cyprus issue cannot wait anymore, warning thus Ankara that any delays will not prove in favour of the solution of the Cyprus issue and Turkey's European orientation.

    Referring to Iraq and the negative repercussions from a potential military operation, Mr Simitis underlines that was must be avoided.

    Meanwhile, the French President Jacques Chirak and German Chancellor Goerhard Shroeder stated that they are against a war against Iraq, while the Turkish Prime Minister Abdulah Gul, who is touring the Middle East, adopted a similar stance.

    (5/1/2003 12:03:00 לל)

    [03] Markides to run against Clerides in elections

    One of the closest aides to Cyprus' President Glafcos Clerides, Attorney-General Alecos Markides, says he will run against him in elections just before a peace deal deadline.

    Correspondents say the announcement could complicate United Nations efforts to clinch a deal on reunification of the island by 28 February.

    Mr Markides has been the president's senior adviser on the UN-sponsored negotiations aimed at ending the confrontation between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

    His announcement comes just a day after Mr Clerides said he would seek re-election on 16 February.

    Mediators fear that if no deal is reached on reunification by the deadline the island will join the European Union divided, entrenching the split that has existed since Turkey invaded the north in 1974.

    Meanwhile, AKEL and DIKO parties are in favour of Mr Tasos Papadopoulos' candidacy, while another candidate will be KISOS party President Giannakis Omirou.

    At the same time, the negative climate against Turkish Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash continues to prevail, while the Turkish newspaper Sabah carries an article that compares Mr Denkash with the Iraqui President Sadam Husein.

    Finally, New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis is meeting with the winner of the Turkish Elections Tayip Erdogan in Ankara tomorrow. Today, Mr Karamanlis will visit the Theological School of Chalki and on Monday morning he will attend the Te Tedeum at Phanari.

    (5/1/2003 12:04:00 לל)

    [04] Christoulakis optimistic about 2003 economy

    In an interview with the newspaper Kyriakatiki Eleftherotypia, although Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis appears optimistic about the economy in 2003. He also assures that the government is prepared in the case of military intervention in Iraq, admitting however that additional measures will have to be taken.

    Mr Christodoulakis also accuses the New Democracy party of making promises to the Greek people and rejects ND party Honorary President Constantinos Mitsotakis' allegations about the imminent collapse of the economy.

    He is also in favour of a front comprised by PASOK and Synaspismos parties that will promote a series of reforms.

    (5/1/2003 12:06:00 לל)

    [05] Seismologists reassuring about yesterday's earthquake

    Referring to the earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale that took place in Pyrgos, Ilia at 22:01 yesterday, with its epicenter located in the sea area between Zakynthos and the Peloponese, seismologists described it as an aftershock of the earthquake that hit Vartholomio in December and appeared reassuring.

    (5/1/2003 11:03:00 נל)

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