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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-12-10

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] EU SUMMIT BEGINS IN HELSINKI TODAY
  • [02] STUDENTS THREATEN TO TAKE TO THE STREETS
  • [03] WORLD COUNCIL OF HELLENES ABROAD REELECTS PRESIDENT
  • [04] DEMOCRATIC SOCIAL MOVEMENT LEADER VISITS BELGRADE

  • [01] EU SUMMIT BEGINS IN HELSINKI TODAY

    The official session of the EU summit begins in Helsinki today. Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis has said the negotiations at the summit will be difficult ones, stressing that discussions with the Finnish presidency of the EU and the other EU governments continued, with the aim of reaching a solution which would safeguard the interests of Greece and the European Union and its smooth functioning. Mr Simitis also said that the issues they were dealing with were complex ones. For his part, speaking at the close of a dinner of the European Socialist Party in Helsinki, Finnish prime minister and chairman of the European Council Paavo Lipponen did not rule out the possibility of reaching a compromise agreement on Turkey's EU candidacy within the day. Mr Lipponen also said that all European Union countries were supporting Turkey's candidacy, pointing out, however, that Turkey's accession depended on the pace of its democratisation and an improvement in its relations with Greece. At the same time, president of the European Popular Party Wilfred Martens underlined that Ankara could not hope for EU candidacy status unless it fulfilled the Copenhagen and Luxembourg criteria. Meanwhile, main opposition New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis, who is also in Helsinki taking part in the European Popular Party session, told the meeting that Turkey's European orientation was conditional on the country's democratisation, respect for international law, and abandoning all threats of use of force against Greece. For his part, Turkish foreign minister Ismail Cem estimated that rejection of Turkey's candidacy would not necessarily mean national disaster for Turkey. In the meantime, the yearly report of the organisation "Human Rights Watch" has said that human rights are systematically being violated in Turkey and pro-Kurdish parties and organisations persecuted.

    [02] STUDENTS THREATEN TO TAKE TO THE STREETS

    Following a legislative act allowing prosecutors to intervene in school buildings under occupation by students, students appeared determined to stage protest demonstrations in the streets, but the government is equally determined to safeguard the smooth functioning of schools. The education ministry has ordered that abstention from lessons should be counted as absence, while teachers who refuse to teach in class will be punished and even sacked. Tension prevailed yesterday in some schools which are under occupation, while in Volos seven arrested students were released.

    [03] WORLD COUNCIL OF HELLENES ABROAD REELECTS PRESIDENT

    The third session of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad has ended in Thessaloniki with the election of a new 11-member presidium and the third re-election of Andrew Athens to the post of president. It should be noted that for the first time two women, one from Cyprus and one from the Ukraine, were elected to the presidium.

    [04] DEMOCRATIC SOCIAL MOVEMENT LEADER VISITS BELGRADE

    Democratic Social Movement leader Dimitris Tsovolas is meeting in Belgrade today with Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic.
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