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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 00-05-08

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  • [01] Economics and Finance ministers council in Brussels
  • [02] EU Foreign ministers meeting in the Azores, Portugal
  • [03] President Stefanopoulos visited Thrace
  • [04] Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos visited Kapadokia
  • [05] The list of missing Cypriots will be soon released
  • [06] Talks on the course of works of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens


    (THE VOICE OF GREECE - Translators Dpt.)

    [01] Economics and Finance ministers council in Brussels

    Final negotiations on Greece's admission to the Euro zone will be held at the European Economic and Finance ministers council which meets in Brussels. In the package of measures, Greece would have to comply with after its admission to the European Economic and Monetary Union will be analytically examined. It should be noted that European leaders agree on the implementation of a stricter economic policy after the continuous rise of the dollar.

    [02] EU Foreign ministers meeting in the Azores, Portugal

    The issue of EU-Turkey relations was discussed at the informal meeting of the EU foreign ministers, in the Azores, Portugal, at the initiative of Greek foreign minister George Papandreou. Mr.Papandreou reiterated the Greek position that these relations should include the conclusions of the Helsinki summit. The first plan of the EU-Turkey partnership relations will be ready in September while it is expected to be approved in October. Futhermore, the Greek foreign minister briefed his European counterparts on his recent contacts in NY and called for a more active involvement of the EU in the Cyprus dispute. Following Greece's request ,the EU foreign ministers agreed on the establishment of a EU-Cyprus association council.

    [03] President Stefanopoulos visited Thrace

    Both christians and moslems in Thrace warmly welcomed the president of the Greek Republic, Kostis Stefanopoulos, who concluded a 3-day visit to the region. It was the first time that a high-ranking state leader visited Thrace, with its strong moslem presence. In his speeches, President Stefanopoulos repeatedly referred -among other things- to the peaceful coexistence of christians and moslems as well as to progress and development in their region. President Stefanopoulos reiterated that the peaceful settlement of Greek-Turkish diferences goes through the international court at the Hague.

    [04] Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos visited Kapadokia

    Pilgrims from Greece and Konstantinopolis lived exceptionally moving moments during the historical visit of Ecumenic Patriarch Vartholomeos to Avana in Kappadokia. This is the first visit of a head of the Orthodox church to Kapadokia,the center of Greek Orthodoxy,evacuated of Greek Christians after the Greek-Turkish agreement in 1923 on the exchange of population .

    [05] The list of missing Cypriots will be soon released

    Following a decision of the Cyprus cabinet, a list of all the missing persons since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 will be released soon. The announcement was made by Cypriot foreign minister Yannakis Kasoulidis, who underlined that the families of the 126 missing Cypriots -whose names were initially in the list, but later withdrawn and not submitted in the list of enquiry committee- would be notified. Meanwhile, according to a medical bulletin, Cypriot president Glafkos Cleridis' state of health is excellent after his recent operation. Mr. Cleridis is expected to leave the hospital, where he is being treated, in 10 days. In a separate development, Cypriot defence minister Socrates Hasikos is scheduled to meet with the EU representative on EU common foreign and defence policy, Xavier Solana, in Brussels on Wednesday.

    [06] Talks on the course of works of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens

    This week is expected to be a crucial one regarding the reorganisation of the program for projects related to the 2004 Olympic Games to be held in Athens. Prime minister Costas Simitis met with Culture minister Theodoros Pangalos and tomorrow he will chair a bi- ministerial meeting on the matter. However, the prime minister has ruled out the possibility of the creation of a ministry for the Olympic Games, as he had been suggested. On Wednesday, a delegation of the International Olympic Committee will arrive in Greece, to be briefed on the progress of the works. On the same day, in Ancient Olympia, a ceremony will be held for the transport of the olympic flame to Sydney for the 2000 Olympic Games.
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