Athens News Agency: News in English (AM), 97-05-02
NEWS IN ENGLISH
Athens, Greece, 02/05/1997 (ANA)
- Pangalos: Greece, Turkey will manage to improve relations
- NATO satisfied with Greek-Turkish accord on joint committees
- Turkish trade unionist calls for Greek workers' support
- Theodorakis-Livanelli concerts to begin Sunday
- Greek-Austrian talks focus on Albanian crisis
- Santer to visit Athens, Mount Athos next week
- IOC members in Athens
- Foreign exchange
NEWS IN DETAIL
Pangalos: Greece, Turkey will manage to improve relations
Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos on Wednesday said he believes that
Greece and Turkey would be able to improve relations, one day after telling
an EU ministers meeting in Luxembourg that Athens would maintain its veto
on EU aid to Turkey until Ankara stopped threatening Greek sovereignty in
"We believe that the two countries will find the way to peaceful relations
and cooperation, which will be to the benefit of both peoples," Mr.
Pangalos said after talks with his Turkish counterpart Tansu Ciller in
Istanbul on the sidelines of a Black Sea economic forum.
Expressing her satisfaction over the meeting, Ms Ciller said that "we are
making efforts to expand relations between the two countries". She also
underlined the warm welcome given for Mr. Pangalos in Istanbul.
The Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) meeting was attended by foreign
ministers or senior ministry officials from the organisation's 11 member-
states, namely Turkey, Albania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russia,
Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Armenia and Greece.
Mr. Pangalos added that discussions did not result in any progress towards
satisfying conditions set by Greece for progress in Greek-Turkish
relations. But added: "While there is life there is hope," in regards with
future prospects for talks with Turkey.
Ms. Ciller said there was still some leeway for a step by step improvement
in Greek-Turkish relations.
NATO satisfied with Greek-Turkish accord on joint committees
NATO Secretary General Xavier Solana on Wednesday expressed his satisfaction
over "the agreement reached between Greece and Turkey, whereby each country
will appoint at least two personalities who will jointly study the
positions and documents...to be submitted by the two governments."
Mr. Solana said he believed the agreement will facilitate the examination
of certain problems in bilateral relations, aiming to result in the drawing
up of non-binding proposals, regarding procedures which must be followed
for problems to be solved.
The NATO secretary general expressed satisfaction over the role to be
played by the EU's Dutch presidency in this procedure.
Turkish trade unionist calls for Greek workers' support
The leader of the Turkish trade union "TURK-IS", Mustafa Kadakci, yesterday
called on Greek workers to support what he called the struggling Turkish
Mr. Kadakci made the statement while attending May Day events on the
eastern Aegean island of Hios, where he also called for the withdrawal of
Turkish troops from Cyprus.
"Greek and Turkish workers have nothing to separate them," he said, adding
that in Turkey "we say we have a democracy, but we are significantly far
from gaining rights which in Greece are a given."
Mr Kadakci also referred to the recent visit to Izmir by members of the
General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) and announced a joint
cultural event to be held on an island this summer by GSEE and TURK-
Theodorakis-Livanelli concerts to begin Sunday
An official dinner held on Tuesday in honour of Greek and Turkish composers
Mikis Theodorakis and Zulfi Livanelli, respectively, by German Foreign
Minister Klaus Kinkel was seen by political observers as "a significant
The two composers are to begin a joint European tour on Sunday.
Mr. Kinkel underlined his wish "to become involved and to help so that what
was started by Theodorakis and Livanelli can become a broad movement which
will bring Greeks and Turks together."
During a joint press conference in Bonn, Mr. Theodorakis and Mr. Livanelli
noted the new, positive climate which is developing between Greece and
Turkey. They added that the effort they undertook in 1987 with the creation
of the Greek-Turkish friendship group has begun to bear fruit.
"This is independent of what is happening at the summit of politics and of
what arms dealers, who are draining the blood of the two peoples, are doing,
" Mr. Theodorakis said, and accused the major European countries and the
United States of hypocrisy.
"Politicians of both countries are stirring nationalism and then become its
hostages, and when at some time they want peace, it is too late because
they are under the pressure of the media and the public opinion they
themselves created," Mr. Livanelli said.
Greek-Austrian talks focus on Albanian crisis
National Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos met on Wednesday in Vienna
with the Organisation on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) special
envoy for Albania, Franz Vranitzky.
The meeting centred on the Albanian crisis in relation to pending elections
in the neighbouring country.
"The sooner the elections are held the more we will be able to say that we
have fulfilled our duties efficiently," Mr. Tsohatzopoulos said.
The date for elections in Albania is expected to be set in the following 10
Santer to visit Athens, Mount Athos next week
European Commission President Jacques Santer will pay an official visit to
Greece between May 8-11 and is expected to discuss current European
developments, all major issues concerning the European Union and issues of
particular Greek interest with the na tion's leadership.
Mr. Santer will meet President Kostis Stephanopoulos, Prime Minister Costas
Simitis, Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis and main opposition New
Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis.
He will participate for the first time in events to be organised in Greece
on the occasion of "Europe Day" on May 9. He will also address the message
of the day to the citizens of Europe from Athens in the framework of a
special ceremony to be held at t he Herod Atticus Theatre.
On Friday morning, Mr. Santer and Mr. Simitis will address a special event
at the Old Parliament building on the future of the EU in the light of
developments at the Intergovernmental Conference.
Mr. Kaklamanis and the European Parliament's vice president, George
Anastasopoulos, will declare the opening of public dialogue on Europe.
Mr. Santer will leave for Thessaloniki on the evening of May 9 to address
the business community in northern Greece on economic issues in the
framework of the Federation of Northern Greece's Industries annual general
The European Commission president will also visit the monastic community of
Mount Athos at the end of next week.
There are currently three EU-funded programmes in progress in Mount Athos
for the maintenance and repair of several historic monasteries. An
unofficial itinerary for Mr. Santer's visit includes a meeting with members
of the monastic community and a tour of the Megisti Lavra and Vatopedio
IOC members in Athens
International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Flor Isava of Venezuela is
currently visiting Athens, one of the five candidate cities for the 2004
Also on an official visit is Juan Angel Caldazo, from Spain, the president
of the World Field Hockey Federation.
Ms Isava is the third IOC member to visit Athens since the Greek capital
was declared one of the five finalists cities.
She arrived in Athens on Tuesday and visited the National Archaeological
Museum, the Panathenian Stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held
in 1896, and was briefed by Athens' 2004 candidacy committee.
Mr. Calzado attended the opening yesterday of the first field hockey
championships of southeastern Europe at Vari, near Attica's south
Unstable weather will continue today in most parts of Greece today with
local cloudiness and scattered downpours, but gradually improving in the
eastern and southern parts of the country. Winds will be north to
northeasterly, moderate to strong in the Aegean Sea. Athens will be cloudy
with possible rain and temperatures between 11-21C. Same in Thessaloniki
with temperatures between 10-17C.
Wednesday' closing rates - buying US dlr. 272.403
Pound sterling 443.761 Cyprus pd 530.720
French franc 46.767 Swiss franc 185.335
German mark 157.629 Italian lira (100) 15.904
Yen (100) 215.125 Canadian dlr. 194.789
Australian dlr. 212.754 Irish Punt 407.117
Belgian franc 7.643 Finnish mark 52.391
Dutch guilder 140.140 Danish kr. 41.412
Swedish kr. 34.819 Norwegian kr. 38.361
Austrian sch. 22.399 Spanish peseta 1.871
Port. Escudo 1.568