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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-12-13

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] GREEK PRESIDENT AND PARLIAMENT BRIEFED ON HELSINKI SUMMIT
  • [02] CRUCIAL WEEK FOR GREEK ECONOMY
  • [03] FURTHER DEMONSTRATIONS PLANNED IN EDUCATION SECTOR
  • [04] DEFENCE TALKS IN SKOPJE AND TIRANA
  • [05] PARTY POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS
  • [06] BRITISH HARD-LINE ON PARTHENON MARBLES
  • [07] MUSEUM INAUGURATED IN DRAMA

  • [01] GREEK PRESIDENT AND PARLIAMENT BRIEFED ON HELSINKI SUMMIT

    The prime minister, Kostas Simitis, is meeting the Greek president, Kostis Stefanopoulos, today to brief him on the results of the recent European Union summit in Helsinki. Mr Simitis described the decision taken by the EU partners to accept Turkey's status as a candidate for EU membership as a historic one for peace. He added that the Greek government had succeeded in satisfying all Greek positions through the European Union and that the decision met the Greek people's expectations for security and stability in the future. However, Mr Simitis pointed out that it was too early to think about any direct dialogue between Greece and Turkey and reiterated that the only dispute existing between Athens and Ankara was the issue of the continental shelf in the Aegean. Meanwhile the Cypriot president, Glafkos Kliridis, has said he is satisfied with the developments in Helsinki. The proximity talks taking place in New York on the Cyprus issue are expected to come to an end tomorrow. President Kliridis said his last meeting within the framework of the talks would take place tomorrow morning and the Cypriot delegation would then leave New York in the afternoon. The Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, who will also be leaving tomorrow, will probably visit Ankara for deliberations. The Turkish prime minister, Bulent Ecevit, has said the Helsinki decision opens up new horizons for his country, which will endeavour to meet the criteria laid down by the EU over the next few months. Mr Ecevit said a very good level of dialogue with Athens had been achieved and he expressed the hope that the fundamental problems concerning the Aegean would soon be dealt with. Incidents took place in a number of Turkish cities yesterday when demonstrators calling for immediate implementation of the Helsinki decision regarding human rights clashed with police. Several people were arrested.

    [02] CRUCIAL WEEK FOR GREEK ECONOMY

    The national economy minister, Iannos Papantoniou, said the Helsinki decision created a favourable climate in south-eastern Europe and would facilitate Greece's entry to European economic and monetary union. He also said no decision had been made in Helsinki regarding the taxing of bonds because of Britain's negative stand, and the issue was referred to Portugal' s EU presidency next year, together with plans to establish an exchange of information in combatting tax evasion. This will be a critical week for the Greek economy, with decisions on interest rates expected to be made on Wednesday and the debate on next year's state budget opening in the Greek parliament on Friday.

    [03] FURTHER DEMONSTRATIONS PLANNED IN EDUCATION SECTOR

    In the education sector, the coordinating committee of Greek schoolchildren met yesterday and decided to continue their protest action against the government's reform measures. The action includes the occupation of school buildings and the staging of a further mass rally in Athens and Piraeus on Thursday this week. The government has ruled that pupils who fail to attend classes because of the protest action will be deemed absent.

    [04] DEFENCE TALKS IN SKOPJE AND TIRANA

    The national defence minister, Akis Tsohatzopoulos, is to go to Skopje and Tirana this week within the context of Greece's defence cooperation with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania.

    [05] PARTY POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS

    Speaking to representatives of the productive classes in Kefallonia yesterday, the president of the New Democracy party, Kostas Karamanlis, presented his party's programme for small- and medium-sized businesses and the agricultural sector. The central committee of the Coalition of the Left Wing and Progress met yesterday to discuss current political developments and the party's election platform, while the president of the Democratic Social Movement, Dimitris Tsovolas, addressed a gathering of party supporters held to mark the fourth anniversary of the party's founding.

    [06] BRITISH HARD-LINE ON PARTHENON MARBLES

    A report in the British newspaper, The Guardian, says the British prime minister, Tony Blair, has made it clear to the members of his cabinet that there is no question of the Parthenon Marbles being returned to Greece, despite repeated requests from Athens. The Greek government recently renewed its efforts for the return of the Marbles, which were removed from the Acropolis by Lord Elgin during the Turkish occupation, and drew attention to the damage the statues have sustained while housed at the British Museum.

    [07] MUSEUM INAUGURATED IN DRAMA

    The general secretary of the culture ministry, Lina Mendoni, inaugurated the Archaeological Museum of Drama yesterday. The exhibits housed in the Museum provide a detailed picture of Drama's cultural history from the Palaeolithic period to its liberation from the Turks in 1913.
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