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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-12-04

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] PM satisfied with yesterday's press conference
  • [03] Government disagrees with Christodoulos on Turkey
  • [04] Travel agencies warned against pricey Olympic packages
  • [05] Controversial forest legislation passed
  • [06] Health authorities prepare for flu epidemic
  • [07] Galeforce winds disrupt coastal shipping
  • [08] Powell calls for greater NATO role in Iraq
  • [09] Egypt urges Palestinians to consider truce

  • [01] Weather forecast

    A fine and cool day is forecast, with strong winds in the southern Aegean.

    Temperatures in Athens will range from 8 to 16 degrees centigrade, and in Thessaloniki from 5 to 13 degrees

    (4/12/2003 8:49:00 μμ)

    [02] PM satisfied with yesterday's press conference

    Prime Minister Costas Simitis was satisfied with the result of yesterday's press conference at the Foreign Press Association, government spokesman Christos Protopappas said today. He noted that Simitis clarified his stance for the coming period and underlined that the government would not concern itself any further with intentional leaks from the main opposition New Democracy party to pro-ND press, which were aimed at creating problems in the ruling Pasok party.

    (4/12/2003 8:52:00 μμ)

    [03] Government disagrees with Christodoulos on Turkey

    The government has distanced itself from statements made today by the head of the Greek church, Archbishop Christodoulos, who strongly opposed Turkey's European Union accession, saying that 'barbarians' could not enter a Christian community. 'Everyone is entitled to express their own opinion,' commented the government spokesman, stressing, however, that the government would continue its policy of supporting Ankara's entry bid, as it served Greece's national interests and security in the broader region.

    (4/12/2003 9:00:00 μμ)

    [04] Travel agencies warned against pricey Olympic packages

    Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos today directed a stern warning to tourist and travel agents, saying they would be isolated, if they attempted to sell expensive accommodation packages to visitors coming to Athens for the 2004 Olympic Games. Within the framework of a visit the National Tourism Organisation, Tsohatzopoulos conveyed a forecast made by the World Tourism Organisation, according to which tourist traffic to Greece next year will increase by approximately five percent.

    (4/12/2003 9:05:00 μμ)

    [05] Controversial forest legislation passed

    A controversial bill on forest land became law today, after parliament rejected arguments raised by opposition parties that it was unconstitutional. The legislation received 151 votes in favour and 134 against

    (4/12/2003 9:08:00 μμ)

    [06] Health authorities prepare for flu epidemic

    Greek health authorities have been placed in a state of readiness, following the rapid spread of influenza, which has swept through Western Europe, affecting in particular France and Britain. However, epidemiologists expressed the view that, for the time being, the situation was under control.

    (4/12/2003 9:15:00 μμ)

    [07] Galeforce winds disrupt coastal shipping

    Prospective passengers on domestic shipping lines are advised that coastal ships are not sailing from the port of Piraeus to the Aegean islands, Crete and the Dodecanese, due to galeforce winds. Vessels from Rafina port are traveling only as far as Andros.

    (4/12/2003 9:18:00 μμ)

    [08] Powell calls for greater NATO role in Iraq

    US Secretary of State Colin Powell urged NATO to take a more prominent role in postwar Iraq today, after a dozen people allied to the United States were killed in attacks throughout the country.

    (4/12/2003 9:22:00 μμ)

    [09] Egypt urges Palestinians to consider truce

    Egypt's intelligence chief called on Palestinian groups at the official opening of truce talks in Cairo today to consider a mutual ceasefire with Israel, in order to revive peace negotiations.

    (4/12/2003 9:24:00 μμ)


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