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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-12-22

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CONTENTS

  • [01] THE DEBATE ON THE NEW STATE BUDGET ENDED YESTERDAY
  • [02] ALEKA PAPARIGHA CALLED THE BUDGET ANTI-POPULAR
  • [03] A SPECIAL EVENT IN MEMORY OF DIMITRIS TSETINES IN PARLIAMENT
  • [04] REPPAS' REPLY ON BULENT ECEVIT'S ALLEGATIONS
  • [05] RICHARD HOLBROOKE'S STATEMENTS ON THE CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [06] A CONTRACT WAS SIGNED FOR THE BUILDING OF NEW GUNBOATS
  • [07] A CANANDIAN DELEGATION WILL VISIT GREECE ON FEBRUARY
  • [08] COOPERATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN TWO UNIVERSITIES

  • [01] THE DEBATE ON THE NEW STATE BUDGET ENDED YESTERDAY

    The debate on the new state budget ended in Parliament last night with a roll call vote at midnight. The budget was passed with 160 votes in favour and 130 votes against. The independent deputy Vassilis Kontoyannopoulos merely stated he was present. The New Democracy deputies voted in favour of defense expenses, while the Democratic Social Movement for the first time voted against them. In yesterday's session in Parliament, the New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis referred to the issue of the election of a president of the republic and stated that he would vote Konstantinos Stefanopoulos for president of the republic, also urging for early elections to be held simultaneously. In reply to Mr. Karamanlis' statement, prime minister Costas Simitis stressed that the constitution was not connecting the issue of the election of a president of the republic with the four year term of the government, which has also the right to decide whether early elections should be held. The New Democracy party honourary president Konstantinos Mitsotakis disagreed with Mr. Karamanlis, clarifying however that the party's decision on the issue was binding.

    [02] ALEKA PAPARIGHA CALLED THE BUDGET ANTI-POPULAR

    The secretary general of the Greek Communist Party Aleka Paparigha called the budget anti-popular, while the leader of the Coalition of the Left Wing and Progress Nikos Konstantopoulos stated that the government and the New Democracy party leadership were handling the issue of the election of a president on the basis of petty-partisan criteria. The leader of the Democratic Social Movement party Dimitris Tsovolas said the two major parties were playing with the institutions, sacrificing them for their petty-partisan partisan interests. After the state budget for the year 2000 was passed, prime minister Simitis said that the election of a president of the republic would be held, as it had been announced in early February, but he did not wish to commit himself on the date parliamentary elections would take place.

    [03] A SPECIAL EVENT IN MEMORY OF DIMITRIS TSETINES IN PARLIAMENT

    A special event in memory of the ruling PASOK party deputy Dimitris Tsetines - who died while addressing Parliament -was held in House yesterday.

    [04] REPPAS' REPLY ON BULENT ECEVIT'S ALLEGATIONS

    In response to the Turkish prime minister Bulent Ecevit's allegations that there are more than one problems in the Aegean, the government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said that the only dispute Greece recognised in its relations with Turkey was the delineation of the continental shelf. Addressing the parliament yesterday, during the debate on the new state budget national defence minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos said that Greece's relations with Turkey would continue being antagonistic even after the Helsinki agreement, because the existing problems have not been resolved.

    [05] RICHARD HOLBROOKE'S STATEMENTS ON THE CYPRUS ISSUE

    In a related development, the American ambassador at the UN Richard Holbrooke - who had also served as a US envoy for Cyprus - has described as encouraging the fact that the Cypriot president Glafkos Cleridis and the Turkish-Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash have agreed to hold in Geneva a new round of proximity talks on the Cyprus issue.

    [06] A CONTRACT WAS SIGNED FOR THE BUILDING OF NEW GUNBOATS

    The national defence ministry and the Skaramanga shipyards have signed a contract for the building of four gunboats for the Greek navy. National defence minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos has described the 62 billion drachmas project as yet another step which will assist in the survival and development of the shipyards where two thousand people are working.

    [07] A CANANDIAN DELEGATION WILL VISIT GREECE ON FEBRUARY

    Quebec's industry and trade minister has planned a trip of Canadian businessmen to Athens and Thessaloniki on February 2000, to look into opportunities for investments in Greece in view of the 2004 Olympic Games and the reconstruction of the Balkans, where Greece has a leading role. Recently, businessmen in Canada have shown increased interest in investments in Greece as it is considered a country with a decisive role in the reconstruction of the Balkans while Athens infrastructure for the Olympic Games has also attracted their interest. Canada's trade and industry ministry is also preparing to send a large delegation of businessmen to Greece next spring.

    [08] COOPERATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN TWO UNIVERSITIES

    In Australia, an important cooperation agreement has been signed between the Victoria University of Technology in Melbourne and the university of Theassalia. The agreement provides among other things for the cooperation of the two universities in the fields of research, development and training as well as an exchange of academic staff and students.
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