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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-12-29

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] CONCERN OVER THE MILLENNIUM BUG
  • [02] DEVELOPMENTS IN THE 2ND ROUND OF PROXIMITY TALKS ON CYPRUS
  • [03] TURKISH JET FIGHTERS VIOLATE GREEK AIR SPACE
  • [04] EVENTS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM
  • [05] THE TURKISH CULTURE MINISTRY CANCELS MILLENNIUM EVENT

  • [01] CONCERN OVER THE MILLENNIUM BUG

    The state mechanism will be ready from midnight Thursday till Monday January 3rd, 2000 to deal with any problems that might arise in the sectors of health, transports, communications and banking transactions from the millennium bug, known as the Y2K. Development Minister Vasso Papandreou has given assurances that all the systems and networks have been fully adjusted to the new data. Transport minister Tasos Mantelis yesterday announced that a team of expert staff will be working from 08:00 pm on December 31st till 04:00 am on New Year's eve to deal with any malfunctions. Olympic Airways has announced that it will postpone its flights from 08:30 pm on December 31st until 06:00 am on January 1st. The civil aviation has also an emergency plan ready if required.

    [02] DEVELOPMENTS IN THE 2ND ROUND OF PROXIMITY TALKS ON CYPRUS

    In Nicosia, details regarding the second round of proximity talks in Geneva were discussed yesterday between the UN secretary general's deputy special envoy for Cyprus James Holger and Cypriot president Glafkos Kliridis. In statements made later, Mr Holger said that there would be some readjustments to the date of the talks and reliable sources indicate that they will begin on January 27th. Cypriot government spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said yesterday that Nicosia does not expect any spectacular results from the second round of proximity talks on the Cyprus dispute. He also made it clear that the Turkish side would probably not move from its inflexible positions, due to the upcoming elections in the self-styled Turkish-Cypriot state. Turkish foreign minister Ismail Cem who is currently on a visit to the Turkish occupied parts of northern Cyprus stated yesterday that the recent Helsinki EU summit decision was giving the possibility to the Turkish government to bring its stand on a confederation in Cyprus to the European steps.

    [03] TURKISH JET FIGHTERS VIOLATE GREEK AIR SPACE

    Six Turkish F-16 jet fighters yesterday violated the Greek national air space over the islands of Ikaria, Samos and Patmos in ten occasions. The Turkish jet fighters were not armed and in certain occasions violated the limit of 6 nautical miles which Ankara accepts as Greece's national air space.

    [04] EVENTS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM

    Popular Greek singers Dionysis Savvopoulos, Periklis Koukos, Maria Farandouri and Vasilis Papaconstantinou are amongst the artists who have been invited to welcome the new millennium in a spectacular event to be staged at the foot of the Athens Acropolis on December 31st. In the meantime, Greek state radio and television has invited the public to attend a 14 hour happening on Friday evening, in front of the University gates.

    [05] THE TURKISH CULTURE MINISTRY CANCELS MILLENNIUM EVENT

    The Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos of Constantinople has sent a letter to the Turkish culture minister Istemihan Talai, protesting for the ministry's plans to celebrate the New Year at the church of Saint Irene-one of the oldest churches of Constantinople, a museum today as Mr Talai said over a private Turkish TV channel. The Turkish culture ministry announced yesterday that the festive event for the new millennium has been cancelled.
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