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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-02-21
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastThe National Meteorological Service forecasts for today an improvement of the weather conditions with scattered cloud and sunny spells in most parts of Greece.
Winds will be variable, moderate to very strong. The temperature in Athens will range from 2 to 7C and in Thessaloniki from –1 to 4C.
(21/2/2003 10:30:00 рм)
 Low temperatures & snow in most parts of GreeceWith very low temperatures prevailing in most parts of Greece, it is snowing even in the northern suburbs of the prefecture of Attica today, while anti skid chains are required for all cars using the road network in the province.
Moreover, big problems arose in Thessaly, eastern mainland, Evia and the Peloponnese with landslides and destruction of infrastructures.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet will meet today under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Costas Simitis to examine the problems caused by the bad weather, to combat the inflationary pressure caused by the lack of vegetables and fruit and to examine the crisis with Iraq.
The government is thinking of importing vegetables and fruit and lowering taxation on fuel.
The cost of the damages caused by the bad weather has been estimated to 800 million euros, while government officials are afraid that inflationary pressure may increase.
At the same time, the Greek government has asked the Solidarity Fund of the European Union to restore the extensive damage, while the government intensified inspections in the market to combat inflationary pressure.
Finally, government officials will visit the islands of the Cyclades that have been hit by torrential rain and sustained serious damages.
(21/2/2003 10:35:00 рм)
 Pressure exerted on UN inspectors Putin saysThe adoption of an “index” recording Iraq's cooperativeness was proposed to the UN by the Greek Presidency, through Foreign Minister George Papandreou, who, at the moment, is promoting the greatest involvement of the Arab League in the effort for a peaceful resolving of the crisis and disarmament of Iraq. Iraq submitted the list of names of the individuals who participated in the destruction of its weapons of mass destruction. There may be a new Security Council resolution next week.
Meanwhile, the USA and Britain are expected to table a new resolution plan about Iraq at the UN that will be threatening Baghdad with serious consequences for not complying with the United Nations resolution 1441. However, no reference will be made on the date when military action will be taken.
At the same time, the US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said that the "ample" American and British troops now in the Gulf were ready for military action against Iraq, while the Russian Foreign Minister Vladimir Putin stated that pressure is being exerted on the United Nations inspectors so as their reports can justify an attack against Iraq and called on the inspectors to be objective.
Additionally, the US is waiting to find out whether Turkey will offer key logistical support for a possible attack on Iraq.
(21/2/2003 10:36:00 рм)
 Denktash cancels face-to-face talksAfter his meeting with the newly elected President of the Cyprus Republic Tassos Papadopoulos, United Nations special envoy Alvaro De Soto will visit Ankara to discuss the Cyprus issue.
Mr De Soto will be participating in the negotiations that are to begin between Greece and Turkey on the issue of security in Cyprus.
Meanwhile, the today's scheduled meeting within the framework of the face-to-face talks on the Cyprus issue will not be held at Turkish Cypriot representative Rauf Denktash's request.
(21/2/2003 10:38:00 рм)