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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 00-10-26
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA.5 THE VOICE OF GREECE
26/10/2000 10:28:57 ðì
 Summit meeting of Southeastern European countriesThe summit meeting of state leaders of Southeastern Europe opened in FYROM yesterday.
Within the sidelines of the summit meeting, Greek Prime minister Kostas Simitis reiterated to his Turkish counterpart Bouled Ecevit the Greek positions on Greek-Turkish relations. Mr. Simitis underlined that the only problem between Greece and Turkey was the issue of the continental shelf in the Aegean.
He also added that Turkey's stand at the NATO exercise "Destine Glory" was negative, while Mr Ecevit replied that a round of talks on all the issues should open.
Later, during a joint press conference, the Greek Prime minister said that the if there existed different views on certain issues between Turkey and Greece, then there should be an exchange of views.
In the meantime, Washington's stand on the issue is that the participation in NATO exercises is one of the issues that could be settled with a Greek-Turkish dialogue, or under the auspices of NATO. At the same time, acting government spokesman Tilemachos Chytyris said that the hitch in NATO exercise "Destine Glory" will be discussed on a Chiefs of Staff level on November 7.
It should be noted that in his recent statements regarding "Destine Glory" military exercise, National Defence minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos said that Greece defended its sovereign rights and that NATO justified the Greek positions.
After the end of the summit meeting, the Prime minister Kostas Simitis stated that the goal for the support of political change in Yugoslavia was achieved. He also said that Greece was ready to offer the necessary help for peace and security in the region.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Mr. Simitis met with the new Yugoslav President Voitslav Kostunica and FYROM Prime minister Georgiefsky.
It should be noted that Mr. Simitis' visit in FYROM was the first visit of a Greek Prime minister there, a development which proves Greece's positive role in the region. New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis expressed his concern, mainly, about Greek-turkish relations, to the Greek President Konstantinos Stefanopoulos, with whom he met yesterday.
The main opposition leader accused the government of selling out step by step the country's sovereign rights and called again the setting up of a Foreign policy council.
From his side, the government spokesman described Mr. Karamanlis as inexperienced on handling national issues, reiterating that Greece's position was justified.
 Papandreou continues his visit to the USAWithin the framework of his visit to the United States, Greek Foreign minister Yiorgos Papandreou continues his contacts with Greeks living there, whom he briefs on the Greek positions on Foreign Affairs.
In view of the American Presidential elections due to be held on November 7, Mr. Papandreou had discussions with representatives of the Democrats and Republicans.
 Thessaloniki ready for tripple celebrationOfficial events marking the triple celebration of the city of Thessaloniki's liberation from the Turkish yoke, the city's Saint Dimitrios and the anniversary of the outbreak of war with Italy on October 28 1940, will start in Thessaloniki today in the presence of the president of the Greek Republic Costis Stefanopoulos.
 EURO's course worries EuropeEURO's collapse against the US dollar and the selling price of the American currency by 414 drachmas has created an inflationary pressure on the Greek economy. Thus, the optimistic economic plans of the government officials will not be able to be implemented for the 2001 budget temporarily.
The EURO fell to 83.1 cents and is estimated that it may fall further to 82 cents.
At the same time, the Finance ministers of the 20 most developed countries of the world, who are convening in Montreal today, expressed their concern on the course of the EURO.
 Internal AffairsThousands of Greeks will visit the events of the Pan- Macedonian Union of Melbourne and Victoria "Dimitria 2000", while the President of the Union stated that former Macedonia-Thrace minister Stelios Papathemelis, prefect of Florina and the Mayors of Grevena and Polichnis of Thessaloniki will be present at various events.
At the same time, the administrative council is expecting an answer from the Speaker of the Greek Parliament as to whether he will be present at the Yearly Ball and the Pan-Macedonian Festival, scheduled to take place on November 12.
Merchant Marine minister Christos Papoutsis has stated that the new institutional framework to be applied in the Merchant Marine will be guaranteing an honest competition, preventing the creation of any cartels. He also added that new lines connecting small islands with the mainland would be created.
During a meeting held yesterday between National Economy minister Yiannos Papantoniou and Agriculture minister Yiorgos Anomeritis it was decided that 13% of the Agricultural Bank will be securitized by the end of the year.
Mr. Papantoniou also said that there are plans for the securitization of the Greek Telecommunications Organisation and the Sports Organisation (OPAP).
 Slight drop of 0,14% at Athens Stock Exchange yesterdayThe General Share Price Index of the Athens Stock Exchange fell slightly by 0,14% yesterday closing at 3749,08 points.