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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-06-10
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastA mainly fine day is forecast with some cloudy patches developing later in the day and possibility of local storms on high ground in Epirus and Macedonia. Winds notherly strong in the Aegean. Temperatures in Athens will range between 23 C to 34 C and in Thessaloniki between 21 C to 33 C.
(10/6/2003 11:59:00 ðì)
 Turkish jet fighters violate Greek airspaceThe Foreign Ministry has lodged a strong protest with Ancara after 2 Turkish F-16 fighter jets flew close to an Olympic Airways passenger plane in Greek airspace yesterday. The incident took place 40 kms southwest of the island of Lesvos, while the Boeing 717- carrying 71 passengers – was flying from Athens to Konstantinopolis. Greek authorities have already briefed NATO nad the E.U and will take up the issue with the international civil aviation organisation.
Greek government spokesman, Hristos Protopappas dennounced the provocative stand of the Turkish military establishment and called on Turkey s political leadership to take on its responsibilities if they supported the European prospect of their country.
Commenting on the incident, Foreign Minister, George Papandreou said Greece will not play Turkey s game of fabricated tension.
In an interview with state television channel NET, Olympic Airways pilot, Giorgos Mavroidis said in the past, Turkish jet fighters have repeatedly violated rules of international law endangering flights of both Olympic and other airways companies.
Prime-minister, Tayip Erdogan – in an interview with a Turkish newspaper- said that the speeding up of resolution of the problems in the Aegean depended on the speeding up of procedures for Turkey s admission to the EU.
In the meantime, the State Department said that it was a Greek-Turkish bilateral issue, adding that Washington encourages the continuation of proximity talks and the confidence building measures.
(10/6/2003 12:01:00 ìì)
 Talks to secure job positions in Stratoniki mineFinance Minister, Nikos Hristodoulakis continues talks with prospective buyers for the lead and zinc mine in Stratoniki Halkidiki in order to find a solution which will secure job positions .
On his part, Development Minister, Akis Tsohatzopoulos pledged that details of a new structure to take over the mine s operation would be revealed this week, adding that the mines in Halkidiki should not close under any circumstances.
In the meantime, some 120 miners continue an underground hunger strike, protesting against the imminent closure of the facility. President of the Coalition of the Left and Progress, Nikos Konstantopoulos- who visited the site of the facility yesterday, called for an immediate solution.
(10/6/2003 12:03:00 ìì)
 Earthquake 5,4 in central GreeceAuthorities continue recording damages after yesterday s earthquake measuring 5,4% on the Richter scale which shook the central Greek city of Larissa but the village Goni suffered the most serious damage.
Grammar schools closed 3 days prior to the official end of the academic school year.
The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the quake s epicenter was 20 kms southwest of Litohoro ,a village on mount Olympos.
(10/6/2003 12:04:00 ìì)
 Simitis, last tour of EU member statesPrime-minister Simitis today begins his last tour of EU member states- with first stop the Hague- in his capacity as E.U Council President .
Speaking to his close assistants, Simitis said that the government will adhere to its policy because it's the only policy that could bring solutions providing its rapid and effective implementation.
Yesterday s meeting of Prime-minister Simitis with Finance Minister, Nikos Hristodoulakis and the presidency of Greek industrialists association focused on ways to boost the competitiveness of Greek companies.
Meanwhile, the national statistical service announced that last month s inflation rate went up to 3,8% from 3,4% in April, due to higher prices for fruit and vegetables.
(10/6/2003 12:06:00 ìì)