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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-12-02

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CONTENTS

  • [01] CHANGES IN INTEREST RATES
  • [02] CONFERENCE ON GREEK TOURISM
  • [03] ND LEADER CRITICISES THE GOVERNMENT ON THE CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [04] RECENT STATEMENT OF TURKISH CYPRIOT LEADER
  • [05] AIDS IS SPREADING
  • [06] WORLD CONGRESS OF GREEK YOUTH
  • [07] SURVEY ON FOREIGNERS IN GREECE

  • [01] CHANGES IN INTEREST RATES

    The national economy undersecretary Christos Pachtas stressed in Parliament yesterday that the issue of interest rates will be settled in December. Mr Pachtas clarified that Banks will have to present the persons getting loans with analytical accounts, while part of interest on deferred payments concerning all kinds of interest rates will be written off. NEW MEASURES FOR DRUG ADDICTS

    The prime minister Kostas Simitis announced in Parliament yesterday the establishment of a pilot program of detoxication of drug addicts with methadone, underlining that the government is always open to any proposal that would contribute to dealing with the plague of drugs. Earlier, the Health Undersecretary Theodoros Kotsonis had announced that the Health ministry would examine the possibility of offering heroine to drug addicts at public hospitals.

    [02] CONFERENCE ON GREEK TOURISM

    Speaking at a conference on Greek tourism the Greek development minister Evangelos Venizelos said that by the year 2006, 700 billion drachmas would be for invested in the tourist sector from state funds. Addressing the conference the American ambassador in Athens Nicholas Burns said that Greece was a unique country and called on American tourists to visit it.

    [03] ND LEADER CRITICISES THE GOVERNMENT ON THE CYPRUS ISSUE

    Speaking at a session of the New Democracy parliamentary group the party's leader Kostas Karamanlis said that the Greek government was satisfying Turkey's demands and for this reason was being praised by other European countries. Mr. Karamanlis also expressed his concern over the stand the prime minister would adopt at the Helsinki EU summit.

    [04] RECENT STATEMENT OF TURKISH CYPRIOT LEADER

    Two days before the opening of the proximity talks on the Cyprus issue between the Cypriot president Glafkos Clerides and the Turkish-Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash, the later stated that the United Nations resolutions regarding the Cyprus issue were not valid.

    [05] AIDS IS SPREADING

    The "Doctors of the World" have discovered that AIDS is expanding to social groups that have no access to the National Health system, adding that the combatting of the virus today demands a different conception of medicine and Social Welfare.

    [06] WORLD CONGRESS OF GREEK YOUTH

    The two day sessions of the first world congress of Greek youth in foreign countries continue at the conference centre "Ioannis Vellides" in Thessaloniki today. The aim of this conference and of the 3rd international conference of the World Council of Hellenes abroad which will take place in Thessaloniki from 5th to 8th December is to strengthen the relations between the 7 million Greeks living abroad with Greece.

    [07] SURVEY ON FOREIGNERS IN GREECE

    According to a recent survey carried out by the National Labour Institute more than 800,000 foreigners, most of them Albanians and also people from other Balkan countries, as well as from Egypt, Pakistan and the Philippines are working in Greece. 43% of them have said that they wish to stay in Greece. In addition, the Institute's report points out that Greeces now is acquiring the characteristics of a multinational, multicultural society, a phenomenon observed in the United States and all the developed European countries.
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