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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-12-08

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] STATEMENTS ON TURKEY' S EU CANDIDACY
  • [02] GREEK PRIME MINISTER ADDRESSES GREEK-AMERICAN CHAMBER
  • [03] BANK OF GREECE GOVERNOR REFERS TO REVALUATION OF DRACHMA
  • [04] STUDENT PROTESTS CONTINUE
  • [05] SECOND DAY SESSION OF WORLD COUNCIL OF HELLENES ABROAD
  • [06] ARCHBISHOP AWARDED HONORARY PLAQUE

  • [01] STATEMENTS ON TURKEY' S EU CANDIDACY

    In an interview with the Turkish newspaper "Milliyet", Turkish foreign minister Ismail Cem referred to the regulations of the Agenda 2000 in relation to the peaceful resolution of border disputes and stressed that Turkey had either adopted these regulations or had committed itself to adopting them. Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou reiterated however that Greece's stand at the Helsinki summit as regards Turkey's EU candidacy had not been finalized, pointing out that the relative negotiations with Greece's European Union partners had not been concluded. For his part, Cypriot foreign minister Ioannis Kassoulidis said Nicosia did not object to Turkey's wish to approach the European Union, adding however that the Helsinki EU summit should make a well-balanced decision conveying a message to Ankara which would contribute to peace and stability in the region.

    [02] GREEK PRIME MINISTER ADDRESSES GREEK-AMERICAN CHAMBER

    In a speech at the Greek-American Chamber, prime minister Kostas Simitis said that confidence in the Greek economy was higher than ever, both at home and abroad, adding that combatting unemployment would be the government's top priority now. Mr Simitis also said the country was being led to early elections and put the blame and responsibility on the New Democracy party. In the meantime, New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis said his party would win the next elections, also calling on party cadres to be ready and on the alert.

    [03] BANK OF GREECE GOVERNOR REFERS TO REVALUATION OF DRACHMA

    Addressing the parliamentary economic affairs committee yesterday, governor of the Bank of Greece Loukas Papadimos left open the possibility of the drachma's revaluation against the euro. As regards the reduction of interest rates, he said that all relative decisions would be made on 15th December by the monetary committee.

    [04] STUDENT PROTESTS CONTINUE

    Protest marches by high school students will take place in Athens, Thessaloniki and other cities today, while for its part the ministry of education has stated that only 85 schools throughout Greece are still occupied by students. In the meantime, justice minister Evangelos Yannopoulos rejected a demand by the Teachers' Federation for the lifting of a legislative act which allows prosecutors to intervene when students occupy school buildings.

    [05] SECOND DAY SESSION OF WORLD COUNCIL OF HELLENES ABROAD

    On its second day yesterday, the third session of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad taking place in Thessaloniki discussed issues related to the establishment of links amongst Greeks living abroad and communication channels with Greece.

    [06] ARCHBISHOP AWARDED HONORARY PLAQUE

    The World fraternity for Hellenism and Orthodoxy yesterday presented Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and all Greece with an honorary silver plaque in recognition of his work. We must promote the values of Hellenism and Orthodoxy which make up our Greek identity, the Archbishop said in his speech.
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