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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-07-30

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  • [02] Fuel truck drivers continue strike
  • [03] Karamanlis lashes out in Parliament
  • [04] Mayors and prefects meet with PM Simitis
  • [05] Part-time employment in public sector approved
  • [06] National Foreign Policy Council informal meeting
  • [07] Hunt continues for Saddam
  • [08] Tensions continue in Liberia
  • [09] Israel proposes more troop pullouts


    The day will be sunny throughout the country, with clouds building up in the center and north in the early evening hours, which may lead to isolated showers or storms. Winds northerly, light. Temperatures in Athens will range from 24C and 35C; and in Thessaloniki from 23C to 31C.

    (30/7/2003 8:23:00 μμ)

    [02] Fuel truck drivers continue strike

    Fuel truck drivers are continuing the second day of their strike while concerns are mounting over a shortage in fuel as a result of the strike. A crucial meeting is presently underway at the Ministry of Development with the participation of all related bodies in order to seek a solution to the dead-end.

    The strike has already caused many refueling problems for the merchant marine industry and at many gas stations throughout the country. The problem is greater in Thessaloniki and on the island of Crete. In the meantime, the lack of fuel resulted in a four-hour delay in departure this morning at the port of Thessaloniki for the Aiolos Kenteris ferry-boat which was destined for the islands of Limnos-Mytilini and Chios.

    (30/7/2003 8:24:00 μμ)

    [03] Karamanlis lashes out in Parliament

    Temperatures flared in Parliament today during a discussion on the draft plan submitted by the New Democracy Party concerning the institution of mandatory investigations into the stock market transactions of MP's and high government officials.

    The leader of the New Democracy party, Kostas Karamanlis sharply underlined that investigations should not only be limited to parliament members and all those who handle public funds who are protected by asylum.

    In equally sharp undertones, the Minister of the Interior, Costas Scandalidis characterized ND's proposals as temporary generalizations.

    (30/7/2003 8:26:00 μμ)

    [04] Mayors and prefects meet with PM Simitis

    A two-hour meeting held this morning at Maximos Mansion, between Prime Minister Costas Simitis and members of the board of the Central Association of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE) resulted in an additional 750 million euro for the country's prefectures and municipalities.

    Also attending the meeting were the Minister of the Interior Costas Scandalidis, deputy Minister of the Interior Labros Papadimas, and the director of the Prime Minister's legal office, Professor Giorgos Papadimitriou.

    Prime Minister Simitis also committed to creating new citizens service centers, Municipal Police and home care assistance programs.

    (30/7/2003 8:27:00 μμ)

    [05] Part-time employment in public sector approved

    A bill for part-time employment in the public sector was voted on in Parliament today with 52 votes in favor and 48 against. Voting against the bill were the New Democracy, Communist and Coalition parties.

    Meanwhile, the Minister of the Interior Costas Scandalidis reassured the leadership of the civil servants union (ADEDY) today that the instituting of part-time employment will function supplementary in the public sector and would not affect the normal operations of public administration.

    (30/7/2003 8:29:00 μμ)

    [06] National Foreign Policy Council informal meeting

    The manner of operation of the National Foreign Policy Council and organizational issues were examined today during the first informal meeting of the body's members, following an invitation by Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou.

    (30/7/2003 8:30:00 μμ)

    [07] Hunt continues for Saddam

    U.S. forces kept up the hunt for Saddam Hussein today as an Iraqi crowd gloated over an apparent roadside bomb attack that gutted a U.S. truck.

    (30/7/2003 8:32:00 μμ)

    [08] Tensions continue in Liberia

    Dozens of civilians have been killed in fighting between rebels and President Charles Taylor's forces for control of Liberia's second city of Buchanan, residents said today.

    (30/7/2003 8:33:00 μμ)

    [09] Israel proposes more troop pullouts

    Israel is proposing a troop pullout from two more Palestinian towns in the wake of meetings between the two sides' leaders and U.S. President George W. Bush, officials said today.

    The handover, along with release of Palestinian prisoners, an Israeli security barrier going up along the West Bank and Israel's demand to dismantle violent Palestinian groups were on the agenda for a meeting late today between Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and Mohammed Dahlan,

    the Palestinian minister in charge of security, officials on both sides said.

    (30/7/2003 8:37:00 μμ)

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