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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-01-15

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  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] Turkish- Cypriots demand deal
  • [03] Greece s EU Presidency priorities
  • [04] IOC President satisfied at progress of works
  • [05] Police Department issue passports
  • [06] France , Germany propose dual EU leadership

  • [01] Weather forecast

    A sunny day is forecast with local cloud in the east and south regions of the country. Winds northerly, light to strong, turning very strong in the southeastern Aegean. Temperatures in Athens will range between 3C to 12C and in Thessaloniki between -2C to 3C.

    (15/1/2003 12:38:00 μμ)

    [02] Turkish- Cypriots demand deal

    Cyprus President, Glafkos Kleridis and Turkish-Cypriot leader Raulf Dektash are to resume peace talks today in the presence of U.N special envoy on the Cyprus issue, Alvaro de Sotto.

    U.N Secretary General, Kofi Annan yesterday urged Dektash to heed to his people s calls for peace and expressed the belief that time was close for the reunification of the island.

    American special coordinator for the Cyprus issue, Tomas Weston, who will visit Nicosia on Thursday, is expected to urge both sides to intensify efforts for the solution of the Cyprus political problem, sticking to the firm deadline, February 28. Dektash yesterday expressed doubts that a settlement could be reached by next month s deadline.

    In the meantime, up to 70,000 of the 200,000 people in the north occupied part of the island staged a rally, demanding an end to the division of the island , many calling on Dektash to sign a deal or to resign.

    Domestic pressure on Dektash has been compounded by calls by the new government in Turkey to revise Ancara s decades-old policy on Cyprus and international appeals mounted.

    U.S State Department spokesman and Greek Foreign Minister, George Papandreou &#8211;who is on a tour of the west Balcans within his capacity of president of the E.U Foreign Ministers Council hailed the large demonstration saying it indicated Turkish Cypriots understand the significance of achieving a comprehensive settlement and achieving it now.

    Failure to meet the deadline would set back U.N efforts to avert a crisis that could develop as the E.U prepares to admit Cyprus in 2004 with or without reunification.

    (15/1/2003 12:39:00 μμ)

    [03] Greece s EU Presidency priorities

    During a session of the E.U Parliament in the French city of Strasbourg yesterday, Prime-minister Simitis said integration of EU enlargement, reform of European economy, combat of illegal migration and common E.U foreign policy were the main priorities of Greece s E.U rotating presidency.

    In reference to Turkey s &#8211;E.U pre-admission course, Simitis supported Turkey should have a place in the EU block but after having achieved reforms. The Greek Prime-minister also supported strenghtening of relations with Russia and the U.S and the E.U presence in the Balcans underling that the future of Europe will be the focus of the EU Council in Thessaloniki .

    Referring to the Cyprus issue , Mr. Simitis backed the admission to the EU of a reunified island describing the UN peace plan as a unique opportunity for the solution of the Cyprus political problem.

    E.U President Greece appealed for European unity over Iraq saying only this would ensure that the 15 nation block had influence in helping end the crisis peacefully, promising that Greece would work to avert military action . Simitis said Greece wants the U.N Security Council to stay firmly in charge of efforts to disram Iraq of weapons of mass destruction.

    (15/1/2003 12:40:00 μμ)

    [04] IOC President satisfied at progress of works

    Speaking at a luncheon organised by the Foreign Press Association of Greece, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge expressed satisfaction at the progress of works for the 2004 Olympic Games.

    In the meantime, Athens mayor, Dora Bakoyianni expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that the IOC President did not respond to her invitation to visit the Athens municipality.

    (15/1/2003 12:41:00 μμ)

    [05] Police Department issue passports

    Justice Minister, Mihalis Hrisohoidis announced that the parliament has passed a bill authorising the police department to issue passports from now on which as he said is an important step to strenghten the security of the country.

    (15/1/2003 12:42:00 μμ)

    [06] France , Germany propose dual EU leadership

    France and Germany have agreed to propose dual presidency for the E.U , telling the convention on the continents future both the European Commission and the EU member states should have stronger leaders.

    (15/1/2003 12:43:00 μμ)

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