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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-01-24

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  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] Social cohesion sought in Naflion by EU Council of Labour
  • [03] Europe prefers peaceful settlement of Iraqi crisis
  • [04] Efforts for solution of Cyprus issue continue
  • [05] Government determined to deal with corruption says Simitis

  • [01] Weather forecast

    Cloudy weather is forecast in all parts of the country with showers and local thunderstorms all over Greece, while snow will fall in northern mountainous areas and in Macedonia. Winds strong to very strong.

    The temperature in Athens will range from 8 to 15 C and in Thessaloniki from 5 to 10 C.

    (24/1/2003 11:14:00 נל)

    [02] Social cohesion sought in Naflion by EU Council of Labour Ministers

    Opening the informal EU Council of Labour Ministers in Nafplion, Peloponesse, on Thursday, the Greek Minister of Labour and Social Security Dimitris Reppas, in his capacity as president of the Labour and Social Affairs Council, told the EU troika and social partners' representatives that the Greek EU presidency's target was a social Europe aiming at full employment and social cohesion.

    Meanwhile, about 10,000 people are expected to demonstrate in Naflion against globalisation today. Due to the tight security measures shops will remain shut from 14:00 to 19:00 local time.

    From his side, Mr Reppas wished that the demonstrators would protest in a democratic and responsible way.

    At the same time, the sessions of the 33rd World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland continue with the participation of 2,300 politicians and businessmen. In the meantime, tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Porto Alegre, Brazil, demanding peace, and balanced economic development on the occasion of the third annual World Social Forum. Participating in the Forum is a delegation of the Synaspismos party headed by its leader Nikos Constantopoulos.

    (24/1/2003 12:00:00 לל)

    [03] Europe prefers peaceful settlement of Iraqi crisis

    With Germany and France and other Security Council member-countries reacting to Americans' war plans against Iraq, efforts continue for a peaceful settlement of the crisis. Following American Defence Minister Donald Rumsfeld' s statements yesterday, according to which Germany and France were described as &#8220;Old Europe&#8221;, the German Foreign Minister Yoska Fisher advised the Mr Rumsfeld to &#8220;calm down&#8221;. At the same time, Paris did not exclude the possibility to veto the decision regarding military intervention in Iraq. In parallel, the Americans left open the possibility to intervene in Iraq without the issuing of a fresh United Nations resolution. It should be noted that Russia and China have announced that they are in favour of peaceful settlement of the crisis by all means.

    At the same time, visiting Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said on Thursday, following his meeting with Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou that there exists no serious reason for an attack against Iraq.

    On a relative development, six Middle Eastern nations have urged Iraq to be "more active" in its co-operation with United Nations arms inspectors.

    The call came at the end of a one-day meeting in Turkey, which gathered together foreign ministers from Iran and the Arab states of Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, as well as the host nation.

    The six countries - five of which share a border with Iraq - also urged Baghdad to embark on policies that will inspire confidence in its neighbours.

    At the same time, oil prices dropped slightly, after it was announced that American oil reserves had increased to one and a half million barrels putting an end to rumours maintaining the opposite.

    Finally, during his address to Foreign Press correspondents yesterday, Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis stated that the price of oil per barrel would exceed $40 if the crisis were not averted. He also stated that the European and World economy would suffer.

    (24/1/2003 12:02:00 לל)

    [04] Efforts for solution of Cyprus issue continue

    The Cyprus issue is being discussed presently by Prime Minister Costas Simitis and United Nations special envoy Alvaro de Soto in the presence of Foreign Minister George Papandreou. In the evening, Mr Papandreou will meet with the British envoy for the Cyprus issue David Hanney, who will then visit Cyprus for deliberations.

    Meanwhile, the United Nations announced that the President of the Cyprus Republic Glafkos Clerides and the Turkish Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash authorized the United Nations to go ahead in presenting proposals for a new flag and national anthem if a solution were to be reached for the Cyprus issue.

    However, it was stressed that that move should not be considered as an indication of the course of the negotiations taking place.

    Moreover, the EU commissioner G&uuml;nter Ferhoygen stated that the European Union is planning to organise an international meeting of donors who will offer financial aid, in the framework of the solution of the Cyprus issue, so as the cost of the unification of Cyprus is dealt with.

    (24/1/2003 11:18:00 נל)

    [05] Government determined to deal with corruption says Simitis

    During a Cabinet meeting yesterday, Prime Minister Costas Simitis underlined the government' s determination to combat corruption in various sectors of the country's economic life including football. Additionally, he stated that other priorities for the government are the combating of corruption, the preparation of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games, the Greek EU Presidency, unemployment and the improvement of public health and security.

    (24/1/2003 11:20:00 נל)

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