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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-01-30

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  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] Greek-EU Presidency stance on Iraq
  • [03] Foreign Minister Papandreou in Ancara to participate in EU troica
  • [04] Greek Parliament

  • [01] Weather forecast

    A cloudy day is forecast with showers in the centre and north parts of the country and the eastern Aegean islands, storms in the west and snowfall on high ground in the north. Winds southwesterly, strong to very strong, turning gale force at sea. Temperatures in Athens will range between 4C and 12C and in Thessaloniki between 2C to 10C.

    (30/1/2003 11:21:00 рм)

    [02] Greek-EU Presidency stance on Iraq

    While American President George Bush is preparing a possible strike against Iraq, Greece which holds the EU rotating Presidency is continuing efforts for a peaceful settlement of the Iraqi crisis. Prime-minister Simitis had telephone contacts with his British and Italian counterparts, Tony Blair and Sylvio Berlusconi in view of their upcoming meeting with the American President. Simitis left open the possibility of visiting the US prior to his scheduled meeting with the American President in June.

    Meanwhile, Foreign Minister George Papandreou said yesterday he was sceptical that imposing democracy on Iraq would solve the current crisis. He clarified that

    A sudden regime change-as demanded by the U.S &#8211;could set off other problems including a rise in religious fundamentalism both in Iraq and neighbouring states.

    On Sunday Papandreou will begin a EU mission to 4 ME states to try to avert a war in Iraq and urge Arab nations to play a bigger role in mediating between Washingthon and Bagdad. Also 32 EU deputies will visit Bagdad within the framework of a peace initiative.

    (30/1/2003 11:23:00 рм)

    [03] Foreign Minister Papandreou in Ancara to participate in EU troica

    Foreign Minister and current European Union Council of Ministers President George Papandreou will depart for Ankara today to participate in the EU troika meeting with the Turkish leadership.

    Papandreou, along with EU high commissioner for foreign and security policy Javier Solana and European Commissioner for enlargement issues Guenter Verheugen, will hold meetings with the leadership of the country to discuss Turkey's association relationship with the EU, which will be tabled by the European Commission in February. Papandreou is expected to bring on the Cyprus issue.

    Cyprus President, Glafkos Kleridis said that careful steps should made to conclude Cyprus- EU admission without problems.

    In an interview with a Turkish private television channel, the UN special envoy on Cyprus said that only previously mutually agreed minor changes could be made to the revised UN plan for settlement.

    In a related development yesterday, Denktash told Turkish-Cypriots to forget the UN plan for settlement of the Cyprus dispute saying it was unacceptable to the self-declared state, to Turkey and to the Turkish military.

    (30/1/2003 11:24:00 рм)

    [04] Greek Parliament

    Commenting on the defeat by a parliamentary committee of a bill banning deputies from holding other jobs during their term in office,Interior Minister, Kostas Skandalidis said that in effect they voted against themselves but gave assurances that the constitution would not be tampered with in order to ensure thepassing of the bill. The Prime-minister has already demanded that the bill be passed as it is by the parliamentary plenum.

    A parliamentary committee yesterday passed a bill which ratifies the international agreement for the combat of terrorism. The Greek Communist party and the Coalition of the left party voted against the bill.

    Public Order undersecretary, Evangelos Malesios assured that there was no question about the extradition of Greek citizens who had committed crimes in Greece.

    (30/1/2003 11:24:00 рм)

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