|Tuesday, 28 January 2020|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 00-01-28
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 STATEMENTS ABOUT GENERAL ELCTIONS IN GREECEThe acting government spokesman Yannis Nikolaou yesterday said that both the prime minister and the government have repeatedly stated their position that elections will be held when the work and the term of office of the government will have been completed as provided for by the constitution, that is in September 2000.
Mr Nikolaou also claimed that speculation about the election date was not positive for the country's affairs and added that the government has blamed the new democracy party which cultivated this climate.
We call on everybody to refrain from the temptation of contributing to this election speculation, Mr Nikolaou said.
Replying to a relative question by journalists, the acting government spokesman said that no Pasok minister was cultivating this election climate while the Pasok members voiced views which were acceptable. He reiterated that elections would be held as provided for by the Constitution, that is in September.
 ND PROPOSAL ON TV TIMEThe government yesterday rejected as inapplicable and unprofitable, a New Democracy party proposal that was debated in parliament yesterday. The proposal was providing for the purchase of television time with money from the state budget, while this time will be available to the parties during the election campaigns.
The press minister Dimitris Reppas stressed that the expense of such a venture would top the one billion drachmas.
 MR EVERT'S STATEMENTS ON THE GREEK PRESIDENT'S RE-ELECTIONThe former New Democracy party leader Miltiadis Evert said after a meeting with the president of the republic Konstantinos Stefanopoulos yesterday that the agreement between Pasok and the New Democracy for the re-election of Mr Stefanopoulos in the post of president was a positive step.
Mr Evert stressed that the next step should be the mapping out of a joint national foreign and defence policy.
 THE ATHENS METRO OPENS THIS WEEKENDThe prime minister Kostas Simitis is this afternoon to inaugurate officially the much-awaited Athens Metro which is expected to relieve the Greek capital from traffic congestion.
The metro will go into normal operation as of tomorrow, and during the weekend all public transports will be free of charge.
A plan for the construction of an overall 15,000 parking lots near metro stations is now going into effect.
President Konstantinos Stefanopoulos, the speaker of the Greek parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis and main opposition New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis were among a number of government officials who visited the metro station of downtown Syntagma square.
 STATEMENTS ON THE CYPRUS ISSUEThe national defence minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos has said that the establishment of a federation is the only possible solution to the Cyprus dispute.
A change of policy is inconceivable, Mr Tsohatzopoulos said, upon arrival in Nicosia yesterday for a private visit.
The Greek minister said that the Helsinki summit decision paved a new way for Cyprus developments and added that this decision was a drastic step for Cyprus' unhampered and final admission to the European Union, regardless of a Cyprus settlement.
 GREEK EURODEPUTY WAS APPOINTED AS HEAD OF EU-TURKEY COMMITTEEPasok Eurodeputy Yorgos Katiforis has been nominated head of the joint European Union-Turkey parliamentary committee for Ankara's pre-admission strategy.
 ETHNIC GREEK ISSUES IN ALBANIAIn a press conference in Tirana yesterday, the president of the ethnic Greek organization Omonia, Vaggelis Doules, denounced the restrictions in the operation of Greek schools in Albania, the pressure exerted for the alteration of the ownership regime in the area of Northern Epirus with a view to grab the Greek community's property and lack of security in the region.
 TURKISH MINISTER VISITS ATHENSTurkey's agriculture minister Yusuf Gokalp is today starting a three-day official visit to Greece at the invitation of his Greek counterpart Yorgos Anomeritis.
During his stay in the country, the Turkish minister will attend a meeting of Balkan agriculture ministers to be held in Thessaloniki.
 DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CASE OF GREEK-CYPRIOT TITINA LOIZIDOUThe secretary general of the Council of Europe Walter Sweimer clarified yesterday that the decision by the European court for Human Rights regarding the case of Greek-Cypriot citizen Titina Loizidou will definitely be implemented.
Replying to a question raised by the British deputy Tom Kox, Mr Sweimer stressed that the implementation of the decision was necessary as a purely legal and not political issue.
He also announced that the issue would be examined by the committee of deputy foreign ministers during its next meeting next week.
Mr Sweimer discussed the matter with the head of the Cypriot delegation at the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe in Strassburg.
He further expressed his intention to have contacts with the UN secretary general or with his representatives, in order to be briefed on developments in the Cyprus issue and see to what extent he could intervene so as to boost efforts to resolve the problem.
 ATHENS BOURSEOn the Athens stock exchange, the general share price index rose marginally by 0.10%, ending the day at 4,941.60 points.
 VAIN SEARCH FOR DELI SARPAThe search between Corfu and Sicily to locate survivors or the shipwreck of the sailing boat Deli Sarpa has so far failed.
The sailing-boat Deli Sarpa sailed on January 17th from Corfu and was heading to Italy.
Certain parts of the boat were spotted on Wednesday by an Italian military plane 200 miles south of Corfu in the international waters along Malta.
Three merchant ships sailing in the region, two warships of the Navy, two planes -- and Italian and a Greek plane -- are taking part in the search since last night.