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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-06-18

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  • [01] Referendum Rejected
  • [02] Massive Turnout to National Cadastre
  • [03] Argos Rocked
  • [04] Olympic Torch in Tibet

  • [01] On Lisbon Treaty

    Referendum Rejected

    18 Ιουν 2008 00:49:0

    Sources: ΝΕΤ, ΝΕΤ 105.8

    The oppositions proposal to declare referendum that will decide on the Lisbon Treaty has not passed. Out of the 296 MPs who voted, 152 voted against and 144 in favour of the referendum. Former Prime Minister Coistas Simitis, PASOK (Panhellenic Socialist Movement) MPs Tonia Antoniou and Ilias Karanikas, as well as SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) MP Grigoris Psarianos abstained. The first two sent a letter to the presidium informing it that they were abroad, adding however that if they had been present they would vote for the referendum. KKE (Communist Party of Greece) Antonis Skyllakos described Irelands "No" a blow to the European Treaty and the EU in general.

    On her part, Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis commented: "Greeces European prospect cannot and must not be questioned. The European construction should remain solid and it will as long as governments and parliaments claim their responsibilities and live up to expectations. When having the nations future in their hands, politicians should not opt for the alibi of a referendum."

    In parallel, PASOK President George Papandreou stated that PASOKs proposal to declare a referendum proves that civilians are in the centre of the partys policy. In this way citizens are informed on developments that concern them.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [02] Massive Turnout to National Cadastre

    18 Ιουν 2008 09:18:0

    By Vivian Papastefanou

    Sources: ΝΕΤ 105.8

    Due to the citizens massive turnout, National Cadastre offices in Syntagma Square, Piraeus and Thessaloniki will close at 21:00. Citizens submitted 4,800 property certifications across Greece, while 3,700 were submitted through the Internet. The deadline ends on 30 September and concerns property owners in 107 areas in Greece, where 76 new National Cadastre offices have opened.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

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    National Cadastre Opens

    [03] Argos Rocked

    18 Ιουν 2008 08:17:0 (Last updated: 18 Ιουν 2008 10:52:3)

    By Vivian Papastefanou

    Sources: ΝΕΤ 105.8-ΑNA/ΜPA

    An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale was registered in the area between Argos and Mycenae, 90 kilometres south-west of Athens at 04:58. There have been no reports on casualties and damages until now. The quake was felt in many parts of Atttica. Geophysics Professor Vassilis Papazahos told NET that that quake had no relation with the quake in Pyrgos, adding that no particular post-seismic activity should be expected.

    Meanwhile, a quake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale was registered in Karpathos at 10:16.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [04] Olympic Torch in Tibet

    18 Ιουν 2008 09:23:0

    By Alexandros Moz

    Sources: ΑNA-ΜPA, AFP

    The Beijing Olympic Games Organising Committee has announced today that the Olympic Flame will stop only for one day in Tibet, passing from Lhasa on Saturday. China had planned to hold events from 19-21 June for the Olympic Flame, but plans changed due to Mays devastating quake. The Torch Relay in the autonomous region of Tibet will be held on Saturday, 21 June. Present at the event will be 50 Chinese and foreign journalists from 31 Media.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

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