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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-04-28
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastA mainly fine day is forecast with rise in temperatures in most parts of the country. Possibility of showers in northeastern Greece. Winds northwesterly light. Temperatures in Athens will range between 11C to 24 C and in Thessaloniki between 10C and 24C.
(28/4/2003 1:13:00 μμ)
 Holiday makers return to urban centersThousands of Athens residents who spend the Easter holiday on the islands or the countryside are expected to return to the city today. Traffic police have taken special measures to ensure the safe return of holiday-makers and clarified that an extra lane has been made available for inbound vehicles. Motorists will also be assisted by the fact that trucks are banned on major highways from 3 to 10 am today.
(28/4/2003 1:14:00 μμ)
 Greek-Cypriots celebrate Easter in the occupied part of CyprusThousands of Greek-Cypriots celebrated Easter in the northern occupied part of Cyprus taking advantage of the lifting of restrictions on north- south crossings imposed since the Turkish forces occupied the northern part of the island in 1974.
For the first time after nearly 30 years the Easter mass was officiated at the St. Andreas Monastery in Karpasia.
Turkish-Cypriot leader Raulf Dektash authorised the opening of checkpoints for day trips last week to bolster confidence between the two sides after the collapse of UN brokered talks last month.
A large number of Turkish-Cypriots also crossed the cease-fire line to the free parts of Cyprus where the President of the Cyprus parliament, Dimitris Hristofias, hosted a dinner in honor of Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot party leaders. Mr Hristofias said that May 1st Labor Day will be jointly celebrated with Turkish-Cypriots at the Liberty Square in Nicosia and said that the government on Wednesday will announce measures to assist the Turkish Cypriot community. Thirty-six thousand Greek-Cypriots and 18.000 Turkish-Cypriots have crossed the green line since the restrictions were lifted last week.
Greek Prime-minister, Kostas Simitis rendered to Cyprus admission to the E.U, Dektash inability to maintain restrictions imposed in 1974 while the President of the Republic, Kostis Stefanopoulos expressed hope that the two communities will pave their differences within the framework of the EU.
On his part, Dektash called on the Turkish-Cypriots to maintain and defend the pseudo state while his son Serndar announced new measures for free trafficking on the island.
(28/4/2003 1:17:00 μμ)