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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-12-01

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ANKARA MAINTAINS RESERVATIONS ON CYPRUS' EU ADMISSION
  • [02] NATIONAL ECONOMY MINISTER SATISFIED WITH EU DECISION
  • [03] OPINION POLLS SHOW PASOK AHEAD OF OPPOSITION
  • [04] FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS RUSSIAN COUNTERPART
  • [05] PRESIDENT INAUGURATES EXHIBITION IN PATRAS
  • [06] CONFERENCE ON PARTHENON MARBLES ENDS IN LONDON TODAY
  • [07] SLIGHT EARTH TREMOR IN ATTICA LAST NIGHT
  • [08] PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL RADIO-TELEVISION COUNCIL RESIGNS

  • [01] ANKARA MAINTAINS RESERVATIONS ON CYPRUS' EU ADMISSION

    Ankara maintains its legal and political reservations concerning Cyprus' admission to the EU, Turkish foreign minister Ismail Cem has said, while the proximity talks between Cypriot president Glafkos Kliridis and Turkish Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash are to open in New York on Friday. Diplomatic circles have said the same procedure will be followed on the Cyprus dispute as was the case in negotiations on the Middle Eastern and Irish issues.

    [02] NATIONAL ECONOMY MINISTER SATISFIED WITH EU DECISION

    National economy minister Yannos Papantoniou appears fully satisfied with the outcome of the EU ECOFIN ministers meeting in Brussels and the decision that the European Commission would stop monitoring Greece's public deficit. Mr Papantoniou said what was left was to meet the inflation criterion which, even if marginally, would be fulfilled in early 2000. To this end, the minister addressed a plea to the business world for restraint on price hikes or even the freezing of prices. Mr Papantoniou pointed out that the stock exchange would continue showing upward trends despite short-term fluctuations, adding the impetus reflected the sound course of the economy. He also noted that the tendency for interest rates would be to drop, something which would become increasingly noticeable starting in May.

    [03] OPINION POLLS SHOW PASOK AHEAD OF OPPOSITION

    Opinion polls indicate that the ruling PASOK party may be the winner in the coming parliamentary elections. A nation-wide poll conducted by the company "Metron Analysis" on behalf of the radio station "Flash" shows that the ruling party is ahead with 32.5% of voters preference, in comparison to the main opposition New Democracy party which holds 31.3%, a difference of 1.2%.. Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas and PASOK secretary Kostas Skandalidis described the results as a positive reaction of the Greeks to the government's achievements. In the same poll, prime minister Kostas Simitis was preferred by 45.5% as most suitable to fill the post of prime minister, while New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis was preferred by 31%.

    [04] FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS RUSSIAN COUNTERPART

    Foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou flew to Moscow yesterday on a two-day working visit for talks with his Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov on bilateral relations, the Cyprus dispute and the situation in the Balkans and the Caucasus. After the meeting, Mr Ivanov underlined the great importance of constant political dialogue between the two countries. Mr Papandreou agreed with the assessment and went on to express the gratitude of Greece for Russia's support of UN resolutions on Cyprus.

    [05] PRESIDENT INAUGURATES EXHIBITION IN PATRAS

    Inaugurating an exhibition on the ties between the prefecture of Achaia and the island of Cyprus in Patras yesterday, Greek president Kostis Stefanopoulos referred to the Cyprus issue and stressed the need for a just and viable solution.

    [06] CONFERENCE ON PARTHENON MARBLES ENDS IN LONDON TODAY

    During a two-day international conference ending in London today, British historian William St Clair reiterated that the Parthenon marbles had sustained heavy damage from cleaning procedures at the British Museum in the late 1930s.

    [07] SLIGHT EARTH TREMOR IN ATTICA LAST NIGHT

    The Athens geodynamic institute has reported that a slight earth tremor was registered shortly after midnight last night, with its epicentre in the region of Mount Parnitha.

    [08] PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL RADIO-TELEVISION COUNCIL RESIGNS

    Professor Pavlos Sourlas yesterday resigned the post of president of the National Radio-Television Council in a letter he sent to the speaker of parliament. In his letter, Mr Sourlas accused the press ministry of amending his decisions with no legal jurisdiction over the matter. Press minister Dimitris Reppas described the accusations as unfounded, also pointing out his disagreement over the retroactive sanctions the council wished to impose. For its part, the opposition New Democracy party commented that the government did not even show respect for bodies it had established itself.
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