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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-04-19

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Air of Optimism
  • [02] Anti-France Protests in China
  • [03] Deadly Clashes in Gaza

  • [01] Over the FYROM Name Row

    Air of Optimism

    19 Apr 2008 10:14:00 (Last updated: 19 Apr 2008 10:33:44)

    Sources: NET 105.8

    UN envoy Matthew Nimetz voiced his optimism over the resolution of the FYROM name dispute, following his talks with Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis and Socialist leader George Papandreou in Athens on Friday. However, the pre-election period in FYROM threatens to delay the negotiations, but Nimetz said that the neighbouring countrys leadership "is taking into consideration all facts." Nimetz also stressed that there were no fixed timelines and implied that Skopje took into account the new developments shaped in Bucharest. Dora Bakoyannis, on the other hand, underlined: "This [visit] merely affirms the resumption of negotiations, something that the Greek side wanted." Socialist leader George Papandreou spoke of a "red line," meaning a name for FYROM for all uses. Today, Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis is meeting with the Defence Minister and later on with the Foreign Minister.

    Translated by Areti Christou

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    "Negotiations Remain Alive"

    [02] Denouncing Tibetan Independence

    Anti-France Protests in China

    19 Apr 2008 10:38:00

    By Nasos Bratsos

    Sources: ANA, AFP, Reuters

    Frances attitude on Tibetan independence and the forthcoming Beijing Olympic Games prompted street protests in the Chinese capital and other cities. It is noted that France said it would not attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, due to the violation of human rights in Tibet, which is witnessing an independence movement. The demonstrators, who waved banners in several languages reading "Tibet Belongs to China," targeted Frances embassy and the French school in Beijing, as well as branches of the French supermarket chain Carrefour in the city of Wuhan, where protesters called for a boycott to French goods. Although political demonstrations are forbidden in China, when they mean to offer their backing to Government positions, authorities turn a blind eye. China, on the other hand, has embarked on a campaign to reverse the negative climate. Paper China Daily, citing government sources, read that Tibets tourist area is to be opened to tourists as of 1 May, following the recent blockade due to the pro-Tibetan demonstrations.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [03] Four Palestinians Were Killed

    Deadly Clashes in Gaza

    19 Apr 2008 10:54:00

    By Nasos Bratsos

    Sources: ANA, AFP, Reuters

    Violence continues in the Gaza Strip, with three Palestinian militants losing their lives after gun battles with Israeli forces early on Saturday. A suicide attack had preceded in a crossing between the Gaza Strip an Israel exactly where an Israeli army outpost stands. It is the fifth Palestinian attacks against crossing towards Israel in the last week. In another incident that also occurred on Saturday, a Hamas fighter was killed and two more Palestinians were injured in an Israeli air strike. Both sides confirmed the information.

    Translated by Areti Christou


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