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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-06-02

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  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] G8 Summit Meeting continues

  • [01] Weather forecast

    Fair weather is forecast throughout the country, with light winds in the west and northwesterly moderate in the east. The temperature in Athens will range from 18 to 30C and in Thessaloniki from 16 to 28C.

    (2/6/2003 11:30:00 рм)

    [02] G8 Summit Meeting continues

    World leaders at the Group of Eight summit in France are discussing about the gap separating them with poor countries, commercial deadlock, epidemics, international developments after the war against Iraq and the Middle East issue.

    France has already announced that it would triple its contribution to the world fund against Aids. The United States will offer $15 million, while the European Union will offer 1billion euros.

    Prime Minister Costas Simitis, who is currently presiding the EU, stated at a Press Conference that the summit meeting of the G8 is not a way of lifting the existing differences between the US and the EU, but aims at finding ways to promote dialogue and cooperation that will lead to the resolution of problems.

    Additionally, Mr Simitis and the President of the European Commission Romano Prodi underlined that developing countries should receive substantial help, underlining at the same time the developed countries' slow pace in offering help.

    The institution of a World Fund against starvation, which will be financed by arms sales, was proposed by President Lula of Brazil.

    Meanwhile, thousands of demonstrators clashed with strong police forces in Geneva and Lausanne. 11 demonstrators and a policeman were injured during the clashes, while 14 arrests took place.

    At the same time, the international Press has covered the summit meeting in Evian will extensive reports, partly covering the demonstrations taking place against globalisation and the efforts of the leaders to bridge their differences caused by the war against Iraq.

    The Financial Times underlines the French President Jacques Chiraq's initiative for discussions to take place first with the 12 big developing countries and the Anglo American action plan for the detection of ships and aeroplanes carrying suspicious guns.

    The Los Angeles and the USA Today stress the defusing of the diplomatic tension between the USA and France on the occasion of the meeting, while the Times and the Herald Tribune are trying to interpret the reactions and differences that have not been publicised.

    The Wall Street Journal projects Mr Bush's proposal to safeguard his Allies' support in an effort to prevent hostile countries to his country to acquire atomic weapons, imposing pressure at the same time to Iran and N. Korea.

    (2/6/2003 11:33:00 рм)

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