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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-02-26
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastA cloudy day is forecast in the central and southern parts of the country with snow or sleet and a mainly fair weather in the rest of the country. Winds variable, light to very strong turning gale force in the Aegean. Temperatures in Athens will range between 0C and 9C and in Thessaloniki from -3C to 9C.
(26/2/2003 12:16:00 μμ)
 UN Secretary General in AthensUN Secretary General Kofi Annan who has been pushing for a deal on Cyprus ahead of a February 28 deadline so that a united island can sign an accession treaty to join the EU on April 16, arrived in Athens yesterday, the second stop of his shuttle tour of Ancara, Athens and Nicosia. Annan leaves for Nicosia today to present revisions of his peace proposal to both sides.
Following his meeting with Greek Prime-minister Simitis , the UN Secretary General said that it was decision time for a deal to reunify Cyprus stressing that if this opportunity was missed it was not clear whether another would occur. Annan appeared optimistic that a deal could be reached early next month but stressed that any postponment beyond early March would amount to saying no to EU accession by a united Cyprus.
On his part, Prime-minister Simitis said that a deal within the UN timetable was possible but clarified that Turkish cooperation was necessary.
Prime Minister Costas Simitis also discussed the Cyprus issue over the phone with American President George Bush whom he called to exercise his influence on the Turkish and Turkish-Cypriot side .
Greek Prime-minister Simitis and American President George Bush also discussed the Iraq crisis during their telephone conversation . The American President congratulated the Greek EU presidency for its decision to call an emergency summit on Iraq and the summit's successful outcome, as well as the presidency's stance on the issue.
The American president also stressed the importance for the maintainance of good relations between the U.S. and the EU and assured Simitis that he would personally work in this direction.
On his part , the Greek premier and current president of the European Council stressed that any action related to Iraq must originate within the United Nations decisions, a view with which Bush agreed.
(26/2/2003 12:20:00 μμ)
 New wave of bad weather from SaturdayWeather conditions have improved but the weather bureau expects a new wave of bad weather from Saturday. The ban on sailing from the ports of Pireus and Rafina has been lifted . However tens of mountain villages in central and southern Greece are still cut off and snow chains are necessary in a large part of provincial roads.
(26/2/2003 12:23:00 μμ)