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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-03-12
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastA mainly fine day is forecast in all parts of the country. Winds north, northwesterly light to strong turning very strong in the Aegean but gradually abating. Temperatures in Athens will range between 5C to 16C and in Thessaloniki between 3C to 14C .
(12/3/2003 12:16:00 μμ)
 Reaction to the collapse of Cyprus peace talksPeace talks between the Greek and Turkish leaders of Cyprus collapsed yesterday and the UN announced the end of its long efforts to reunite Greeks and Turks before the island accedes to the European Union next month. The UN special envoy in Cyprus the State Department and the Foreign Office blamed the Turkish Cypriot side for the failure to reach an agreement. The US State Department spokesman, Richard Voucher said Dektash has denied Turkish Cypriots the opportunity to determine their own future and to vote on such fundamental issue.
Indicative of the climate was the UN Secretary General statement who said - we have reached the end of the road and doubted if such opportunity would emerge in the near future. Annan expressed his deep disappointment , clarifying that Cyprus President, Tasos Papadopoulos was prepared to keep trying to reach a peace deal but Dektash ruled out further immediate talks. Failure to reach a settlement has thrown a long shadow over Turkeys ambitions to join the EU . It now seems that the Turkish Cypriots will be left outside the bloc and Ancara will be left at odds with the union.
In Brussels the spokesman for the EU Commissioner , responsible for the union s enlargement, Gunter Ferhoigen said that since no solution was found to the long standing dispute, the northern sector of Cyprus would be treated as an occupied part of the European territory.
Greek Foreign Minister , George Papandreou said that UN efforts for a resolution of the Cyprus issue should continue adding that Athens will back all UN efforts.
Government spokesman, Hristos Protopappas warned that Turkey s stance was creating a problem and this would affect its bid to join the EU
Tayip Erdogan , who took over as Turkey s Prime-minister today supported the continuation of talks without the pressure of time ,calling in parallel for the recognition of Dektash pseudo state as Turkish Republic of northern Cyprus.
(12/3/2003 12:18:00 μμ)
 Inner cabinet meets todayThe inner cabinet chaired by Prime-minister Simitis meets today to discuss the Third Community Support framework
Finance Minister, Nikos Hristodoulakis appears optimistic about the course of the Greek economy despite the negative world circumstances.
In the meantime data from the national statistical service indicates that unemployment fell to 9,9% last year from 10.5%in 2001
(12/3/2003 12:18:00 μμ)
 November 17 trial continuesThe trial of the November 17 suspects continues with public prosecutors rejecting arguments by defence counsel that the court was not competent to try the 19 defendants .
Public prosecutors, Hristos Lambrou and Vasilis Markis stressed that the crimes committed were not political and proposed the rejection of objections while Alexandros Giotopoulos described the November 17 as an attack wing of the broader left.
(12/3/2003 12:19:00 μμ)
 Greek student appears in British courtGreek student, Haralambos Dousemetzis, 25, arrested last month in Newcastle by British police, on terrorism related charges was remanded in custody yesterday, pending trial. Dousemetzis has denied that he is involved in inciting or planning terrorist acts , saying that the incriminating documents about November 17 found in his possession were part of preparations for his thesis on terrorism in Greece.
(12/3/2003 12:20:00 μμ)