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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-01-28

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  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] Prime-minister Simitis rules out early elections
  • [03] Optimism for a resolution of the Cyprus issue
  • [04] Wave of bad weather receding

  • [01] Weather forecast

    A cloudy and rainy day is forecast with storms in some regions of the country gradually limiting in the north part of the island of Crete. Winds variable gale force in the seas gradually abating. In Athens temperatures will range between 5C and 11C and in Thessaloniki between 1C to 9 C.

    (28/1/2003 12:06:00 μμ)

    [02] Prime-minister Simitis rules out early elections

    Addressing the ruling Pasok party Executive Office yesterday, Prime-minister Simitis said that general elections will be held as scheduled at the end of the government s 4-year term in May 2004, stressing that the country which looks like a huge construction site now would have a new view by then. He also attacked the main opposition ND party noting that it was trying to overcome its lack of positions by scandalmongering.

    Referring to the Cyprus issue, Mr. Simitis stressed the importance of recent developments underlining that the UN might come up with new ideas prior to the February 28 deadline set for the resolution of Cyprus political problem.

    He described next month as crucial for developments in the Iraqui crisis however, stressing that the common position adopted by the EU General Affairs Council was a result of hard work and a significant achievement by Greece s EU rotating presidency.

    (28/1/2003 12:07:00 μμ)

    [03] Optimism for a resolution of the Cyprus issue

    Speaking at the opening session of the European Council parliamentary assembly, Turkish Prime-minister, Ambdul Giul expressed the conviction that a resolution of the Cyprus political problem and the end of a 40 year old dispute was closer than ever.

    In the meantime,prior to his meeting with Cyprus President Kleridis yesterday, Turkish-Cypriot leader, Raulf Denktash said he was trying to achieve an agreement which would not create any problems to the Turkish-Cypriots.

    Earlier in Brussels, the European parliament deputy responsible for Cyprus admission to the EU, Zaques Poos accused the Turkish government for drawing back from its commitment to change stand on the Cyprus issue and Denktash for undermining the UN General Secretary efforts.

    In an interview with state radio NET, former Cyprus President, Giorgos Vasiliou appeared optimistic on a resolution of the Cyprus issue while from the occupied territories, Turkish Foreign Minister Yiasar Yiakis did not rule out the possibility of submission of a third plan by the UN Secretary General.

    (28/1/2003 12:08:00 μμ)

    [04] Wave of bad weather receding

    A wave of bad weather that hit the entire country over the week end is gradually receding but gale force winds in the Aegean sea are still keeping coastal ships docked at ports. Yesterday at the port of Hania, in Crete, a car with 7 people of Albanian descent was swept into the sea by high waves. Four people were rescued but a woman lost her life while two children are missing.

    In the meantime , state crews have started recording damages in the worst hit areas, while Interior Minister, Costas Scandalidis clarified that the issue of compensation for damaged property will be subject to the usual procedures in such cases.

    (28/1/2003 12:09:00 μμ)

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