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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-01-31
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastA cloudy and rainy day is forecast with local heavy storms and snowfall on high ground in the central and northern parts of the country. Winds westerly, southwesterly strong to very strong turning gale force in the Aegean. In Athens temperatures will range between 10C to 15 C and in Thessaloniki between 5C to 10C.
(31/1/2003 11:10:00 ðì)
 Greece EU Presidency will work for a common EU stance on Iraq crisis.A letter signed by British Prime-minister, Tony Blair and the leaders of other 7 European allies, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary, expressing support for the tough U.S stance on Iraq has left behind a divided Europe at odds on how to deal with Iraq. The European Commission has kept a distance saying, the letter reflects personal views and not the EU foreign policy.
EU President, Greece criticised the letter .The way in which the initiative on Iraq was expressed does not contribute to the common approach to the problem, Prime-minister Simitis said in a statement in his role as EU President adding that Greece EU Presidence will continue working for a common EU stance. Foreign Minister, George Papandreou said that they way the 8 leaders acted could be misinterpreted.
British Prime-minister, Tony Blair told reporters the letter showed there was a substantial body of European opinion in favor of the position we set out while Blair s spokesman said, France and Germany -the two EU heavyweight countries-critics of the U.S position were not invited to sign.
France and Russia another country opposed to unilateral action by Washington against Iraq are among five veto wielding members in the Security Council.
In the meantime, a poll conducted from January 21-27 indicates that in 30 European states an overwhelming majority of 82% of the people opposes to an attack on Iraq without a previous UN Security Council resolution.
(31/1/2003 11:14:00 ðì)
 Inner cabinet meeting focus on illegal immigrationImmigration policy and Greece EU presidency initiatives for the combat of illegal immigration were the focus of talks during yesterday s meeting of the inner cabinet Interior Minister, Kostas Skandalidis announced that 650000 annual work permits will be issued in 2003.
(31/1/2003 11:19:00 ðì)
 New wave of bad weather hit GreeceA new wave of bad weather has hit central and northern Greece, the islands of the east Aegean and the Dodcanese and is expected to extend to the west and Thrace.
Due to gale force winds coastal ships are docked at the ports of Rafina and Pireus while there is ban on the Kavala- Thasos and Alexandropolis-Samothraki ferry routes.
(31/1/2003 11:20:00 ðì)