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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 00-01-13

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CONTENTS

  • [01] LATEST CYPRUS DEVELOPMENTS DISCUSSED
  • [02] PAPANDREOU TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [03] GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ON EMU
  • [04] OPPOSITION CALL FOR IMMEDIATE ELECTIONS
  • [05] BILL ON COMPOUND INTEREST ON BANK LOANS READY
  • [06] TWO NEW JETS ACQUIRED
  • [07] ERA5 ANNOUNCES SERIES OF CONCERTS
  • [08] GREEK CLIMBERS' ATTEMPT IN THE ANDES

  • [01] LATEST CYPRUS DEVELOPMENTS DISCUSSED

    The Greek foreign minister, Giorgos Papandreou, wound up his contacts with Cyprus' political leadership yesterday. He said there was no danger of a possible recognition of the self-styled state of Northern Cyprus, as the Turkish Cypriot representative, Rauf Denktash, had now changed his policies and was seeking contacts with the European Union. Mr Papandreou drew attention to the proposal put forward by the Cypriot president, Glafkos Kliridis, for Turkish Cypriot participation in the negotiations for Cyprus admission to the EU. He said he discussed developments in the wake of the Helsinki summit with President Kliridis, but that there was no magic solution for the Cyprus dispute. Following his visit to Nicosia, the Greek foreign minister is now going to London for talks with his British counterpart, Robin Cook, on the Cyprus dispute, Greek-Turkish relations and Turkey's relations with the European Union. During his stay in London, Mr Papandreou, together with the foreign ministers of Britain and the Czech Republic, will take part in a seminar at the London School of Economics. Meanwhile the American undersecretary of state with responsibility for European affairs, Mark Grossman, reiterated yesterday that the United States continued to support the creation of a bi-communal and bi-zonal federation in Cyprus. Berlin has indirectly confirmed a planned visit to the city by the Turkish-Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, for talks with the German foreign minister, Joschke Fischer, but set no date for the visit, implying that matters of protocol still had to be settled. Commenting on the forthcoming meeting, the Cypriot government spokesman, Michalis Papapetrou, said the Cypriot government was not against such meetings, which, he added, could even be beneficial. Meanwhile the US permanent representative at the UN, Richard Holbrooke, has described the current round of proximity talks on the Cyprus issue and Turkey's strong European prospects as positive factors. He was speaking at a meeting yesterday with representatives of the Greek-American community which expressed its disappointment at the continuing deadlock and called for pressure to be put on Ankara for a settlement of the problem.

    [02] PAPANDREOU TO VISIT TURKEY

    The Turkish foreign ministry spokesman, Sermet Atacali, has announced that the Greek foreign minister, Giorgos Papandreou, is to pay an official visit to Turkey on 20th and 21st January. He said it was yet another step in the rapprochement process. Mr Papandreou will have talks with his Turkish counterpart, Ismael Cem, and with Turkish businessmen. During his visit Greece and Turkey will sign cooperation agreements in the sectors of tourism and environment.

    [03] GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ON EMU

    The Greek government spokesman, Dimitris Reppas, has denied the possibility of Greece's entry to European economic and monetary union being speeded up and underlined that the final decisions would be taken in June. He pointed out that Greece would join EMU as a result of its strenuous efforts and not through political negotiation. The prime minister, Kostas Simitis, is having a meeting today with the national economy minister, Iannos Papantoniou, and the governor of the Bank of Greece, Loukas Papadimos, to discuss the course of the economy and the climate surrounding Greece's imminent application for EMU membership.

    [04] OPPOSITION CALL FOR IMMEDIATE ELECTIONS

    Addressing a rally in Halandri last night, the New Democracy party leader, Kostas Karamanlis, once again called for general elections to he held immediately.

    [05] BILL ON COMPOUND INTEREST ON BANK LOANS READY

    A much-awaited bill to settle the controversial issue of the payment of compound interest to banks is finally ready to be tabled in parliament, possibly even today. During a meeting last night, the government and the Association of Greek Banks agreed that the final sum to be repaid to banks should be less than four times the original amount of the loan. The specific legislation affects more than half a million people owing banks money from loans. The new arrangement does not include debtors who have already reached agreements with their banks over the repayment of their debts. The New Democracy party and the Coalition have both criticized the agreement.

    [06] TWO NEW JETS ACQUIRED

    Olympic Aviation, a company affiliated to Olympic Airways, has acquired its first jet aircraft, two advanced-technology Boeing 717-200. The planes, which were given the names Cassiope and Andromeda, will carry out flights from Thessaloniki to European cities from the end of March. Up till now, Olympic Aviation has only operated propeller-driven aircraft.

    [07] ERA5 ANNOUNCES SERIES OF CONCERTS

    For the third consecutive year the Fifth Programme of Greek Radio, The Voice of Greece, is to broadcast concerts of Greek songs to all parts of the world in a bid to boost links with Hellenism around the globe. The concerts, which will take place every Friday evening between January 14th and March 10th in cooperation with the municipality of Aghios Ioannis Rendis, will be broadcast live on short wave by ERA5 throughout the world and by ERA 1 and 19 regional radio stations to all parts of Greece.

    [08] GREEK CLIMBERS' ATTEMPT IN THE ANDES

    A ten-member team from the Athens Climbing Association leaves for South America today to celebrate the coming of the new millennium by climbing the highest mountain in the Bolivian Andes.
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