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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-09-24

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CONTENTS

  • [01] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT ADDRESSES UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • [02] TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER ADDRESSES UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • [03] OPPOSITION NEW DEMOCRACY PARTY EXPRESSES CONCERN
  • [04] GOVERNMENT MONITORS CERTAIN SHARES
  • [05] TENSION IN PARLIAMENT OVER STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [06] PRE-AGENDA DEBATE IN GREEK PARLIAMENT ON AFTERMATH OF QUAKE
  • [07] REPAIRED SCHOOLS OPEN ON MONDAY

  • [01] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT ADDRESSES UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

    Addressing the UN General Assembly yesterday, Cypriot president Glafkos Kliridis said he would respond positively to an expected invitation from UN secretary general Kofi Annan for substantive, unconditional talks on the Cyprus dispute with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash. President Kliridis stressed however that the sole viable solution would be achieved on the basis of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with a single sovereignty and international identity. At the same time, the five permanent members of the UN security council reiterated their appeal to both communities on Cyprus to resume talks in the fall. Meanwhile Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou, who met with US secretary of state Madeleine Albright in New York, said afterwards Washington was determined to use all its influence to promote a viable solution to the long-standing Cyprus problem.

    [02] TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER ADDRESSES UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

    Turkish foreign minister Ismail Cem placed himself in favour of indirect talks between the two sides, at least at the initial phase. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Mr Cem stated that the mutual solidarity shown by the Greek and Turkish people during the recent earthquakes will lead their governments to a further rapprochement, adding however that his government supported the establishment of a loose confederation in Cyprus. During her meeting with Turkish foreign minister Ismail Cem, American secretary of State Madeleine Albright said that Ankara must accept the international appeals for negotiations, which are aimed at re-uniting the island of Cyprus, and in tandem adopt measures promoting an improvement in Greek-Turkish relations, an American official has stated.

    [03] OPPOSITION NEW DEMOCRACY PARTY EXPRESSES CONCERN

    For its part, the opposition New Democracy party has observed compliance in Mr Papandreou's statements to Turkish newspapers, also expressing its concern over the government's ability to defend Greek national interests.

    [04] GOVERNMENT MONITORS CERTAIN SHARES

    The government has decided to monitor the performance of five companies participating with their shares in the Athens Stock Exchange in order to put an end to rumours which have caused concern to investors. These companies are Klaoudatos, Elliniki Ifantourgia, Athinaia, Viosol and Emporikos Desmos. In the meantime, the public prosecutor will intervene to examine the intentional flow of information to investors that caused concern to them, while the governor of the Bank of Greece and the chairmen of the Athens Stock Exchange and the Capital Market Committee testified yesterday.

    [05] TENSION IN PARLIAMENT OVER STOCK EXCHANGE

    Furthermore tension prevailed in Parliament yesterday when the New Democracy party accused the government of not having shown the appropriate self-restraint and continuing to intervene in the Athens Stock Exchange. Additionally, New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis called for checks on the shares of two state-owned companies, the Greek Telecommunications Organization and the Oil Refineries. For his part, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that fluctuations in the Stock Exchange should be expected and should not be considered exceptional.

    [06] PRE-AGENDA DEBATE IN GREEK PARLIAMENT ON AFTERMATH OF QUAKE

    Speaker of the Greek parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis has announced that a pre-agenda debate at party leaders' level will be held in parliament on October 6th on the situation that prevailed after the September 7th earthquake in Attica. In the meantime, environment, planning and public works undersecretary Christos Verelis has stated that owners whose buildings suffered damage in the recent earthquake will all be entitled to loans to proceed with repair or rebuilding.

    [07] REPAIRED SCHOOLS OPEN ON MONDAY

    After schools in the prefecture of Athens were repaired, all schools except for 40 in Athens and some in Kifisia and Nea Filadelphia will open for the new school year on Monday. Tomorrow, the prefecture will issue a list of schools which will function under the same roof with other schools. It is expected that 89 schools in the prefecture of Athens and in 28 municipalities will be hosted by other schools.
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