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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-03-07

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] Televised coverage of 'N17' trial forbidden
  • [03] Bush determined for war against Iraq
  • [04] Denktash's intransigence continues

  • [01] Weather forecast

    Cloud with sunny spells are forecast for most parts of the country with winds variable, light to moderate at sea. The temperature in Athens will range from 6 to 14C and in Thessaloniki from 5 to 13C.

    (7/3/2003 10:43:00 рм)

    [02] Televised coverage of 'N17' trial forbidden

    The 'N17' trial will begin today with a discussion on the issue of competence of the present court to try this case, since the counsels for the defence maintain that the organisation's accusations are of political nature.

    Yesterday, the court decided that the trial should be televised, while the Ministry of Justice announced that the trial would not even be video taped.

    It should be noted that accused member of the organisation Dimitris Koufodinas advised the head judge to resign because pressure had been exerted on him to impose heavy penalties. From their side, the rest of the accused stated that Mr Koufodinas could not be speaking for themselves.

    (7/3/2003 10:50:00 рм)

    [03] Bush determined for war against Iraq

    US President George W Bush has said the United States will call for a vote on a second United Nations resolution on disarming Iraq, whatever the level of support in the Security Council.

    In a news conference at the White House, Mr Bush said it was time for Council members to "show their cards - and to let the world know where they stand when it comes to Saddam".

    The president was speaking at his first full news conference since November, ahead of a crucial report by the chief United Nations weapons inspectors on Friday.

    It has also emerged that, on the eve of the UN Security Council meeting on Iraq, President Bush has called his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to exchange views on tackling the crisis.

    According to a Russian spokesman, they agreed to continue discussions.

    Meanwhile, according to the Reuters News Agency, the UN head of inspectors Hans Blix will express his reservations as to whether Iraq destroyed big quantities of biological substances 12 years ago and will underline that Iraq has the capability to develop forbidden arms.

    In tandem, he will encourage the joint policy of France, Germany and Russia, presenting a programme that Baghdad assures will adopt, revealing thus the total number of arms of mass destruction it possesses.

    (7/3/2003 10:52:00 рм)

    [04] Denktash's intransigence continues

    Monday's meeting of the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots at the Hague has been described crucial, since both sides will have to answer whether they agree to hold a referendum, accepting or rejecting thus United Nations Secretary General Annan's plan.

    Tomorrow, the National Council of Cyprus will decide what stance it will adopt at the Hague, while the Athens Nicosia joint stance was verified during yesterday's meeting between the Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis and the President of the Cyprus Republic Tasos Papadopoulos in Athens.

    At the same time, following a lengthy meeting in Ankara with the participation of the Turkish Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash, the military leadership and the government, the Turkish Presidency announced that Mr Annan's plan does not satisfy the Turkish positions, leaving however open the possibility for the result of the referendum that will be held in occupied Cyprus to be accepted or not.

    From his side, Mr Denktash stated that he doubts whether he could accept Mr Annan's revised plan

    (7/3/2003 10:56:00 рм)


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