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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (PM), 97-10-02

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] Spokesman on missing
  • [02] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [03] No cuts in defence budget, says Spokesman
  • [04] Clinton's message on Cyprus' Independence Day
  • [05] T/C denounces human rights violations in occupied areas
  • [06] President leaves for New York
  • [07] Britain reiterates commitment to EU talks
  • [08] Greek Americans welcome moves on missing

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    [01] Spokesman on missing

    Nicosia, Oct 2 (CNA) -- An agreement between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus to exchange information about the fate of the missing persons includes those unaccounted for since the Turkish invasion of 1974, as well as those since the 1964 clashes.

    According to Government Spokesman, Manolis Christophides, information will be requested "for all our missing persons".

    Christophides said that a meeting between the representatives of both sides is expected to be set up soon, to exchange information, "which will subsequently lead to whatever needs to be done, according to the agreement, to determine the fate of the missing".

    He also stressed that various aspects of the issue will not be dealt with separately and said the objective is to deal with the problem as a whole.

    Christophides said whenever "we are ready, we should move forward", stressing that the issue should be promoted promptly and not be put off constantly.

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    [02] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    Nicosia, Oct 2 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows:
    CSE All Share Index                    76.68 (-0.48)
    
    Highest: 82.46 (2/1/97)
    Lowest : 73.90 (30/1/97)
    
    Sectural Indices
    
    Banks                                  87.26 (-0.21)
    Approved Investment Companies          63.22 (-1.56)
    Insurance Companies                    56.61 (-0.81)
    Industrial Companies                   75.54 (-0.05)
    Tourist Industries                     65.27 (-0.84)
    Commercial Companies                   44.04 (-3.63)
    Other Companies                        59.77 (-1.03)
    
    Trading Volume                         CYP 352506.140
    
    * The difference in brackets represents the percentage increase (+) or decrease (-) of the index from the previous stock exchange meeting.
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    1630:CYPPRESS:03

    [03] No cuts in defence budget, says Spokesman

    Nicosia, Oct 2 (CNA) -- Government Spokesman Manolis Christophides denied today claims that the government intends to cut down on defence spending.

    He also said all arms acquisition programmes to upgrade the Republic's armed forces continue as planned.

    "I would like to make it clear that there are no defence cuts and all weapons purchase programmes are proceeding as planned", Christophides said.

    The spokesman said the government was pleased with the conclusions of a recent survey showing overwhelming support for the defence programme.

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    1830:CYPPRESS:04

    [04] Clinton's message on Cyprus' Independence Day

    Nicosia, Oct 2 (CNA) -- US President Bill Clinton has reaffirmed his administration's commitment to the search for a just and lasting peace in Cyprus.

    In a congratulatory message to President Glafcos Clerides, on the occasion of the National Day on October 1st, Clinton congratulates the President and the people of Cyprus and "reaffirms the strong bonds that exist between our people and governments."

    "The US is strongly committed to the search for a just and lasting peace in Cyprus. Let us hope that with courage, wisdom and leadership from all parties, the efforts under way will succeed," the message said.

    Cyprus marked its 37 years of independence on October 1 with an impressive military parade.

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    [05] T/C denounces human rights violations in occupied areas

    Nicosia, Oct 2 (CNA) -- A Turkish Cypriot student has denounced human rights violations by Ankara and its puppet regime in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus.

    In a letter to US President Bill Clinton, Ibrahim Denizer, 27, says Turkey's ulterior goal is to obliterate the Turkish Cypriot community.

    "€nkara wishes to assimilate the Turkish Cypriot community with Turkey and this runs contrary to the wishes of the Turkish Cypriots to live in a reunited Cyprus," Denizer stressed.

    The letter never reached its destination because it was seized by the occupation regime and Denizer was arrested.

    After a long delay it reached the International Association for the Protection of Human Rights in Cyprus.

    The Association's Vice President Christos Clerides told CNA that he received Denizer's letter in September which calls for help to halt the violation of human rights of Turkish Cypriots in the occupied areas.

    Denizer condemns the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, human rights violations, as well as Turkey's educational, cultural and social interference in the occupied areas.

    In a letter to US Ambassador to Cyprus Kenneth Brill, Clerides calls for Denizer's protection.

    Brill is also asked to forward Denizer's letter to President Clinton.

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    [06] President leaves for New York

    Larnaca, Oct 2 (CNA) -- President Glafcos Clerides departed today for New York for talks on the Cyprus problem and especially his proposal for the demilitarisation of the island.

    President Clerides will address the UN General Assembly and have meetings with UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, and US Presidential Emissary on Cyprus, Richard Holbrooke. He will then move on to Washington, Strasbourg, London and Athens.

    Speaking on departure, President Clerides said the objective of his meetings will be "to promote a solution to the Cyprus problem" and stressed he will focus especially on the demilitarisation of the island, Turkish threats against Cyprus and other issues regarding the Cyprus problem.

    Asked to comment on his meetings with Holbrooke, President Clerides said Minister of Finance, Christodoulos Christodoulou, will be present in one of the meetings, during which the Cyprus problem will not be part of the discussion.

    He also said the Governor of the Central Bank, Afxentis Afxentiou, will be in New York as well to meet with trade officials interested in investing in Cyprus.

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    [07] Britain reiterates commitment to EU talks

    London, Oct 2 (CNA) -- A Foreign Office spokesman stated today the British government is committed to an agreement with the European Union to start membership talks with Cyprus.

    Commenting on today's signing of the Amsterdam treaty by EU foreign ministers, the spokesman said "taking it (agreement) forward will be an important priority for the British presidency" which starts in January next year.

    Cyprus will start accession negotiations in April 1998, following a decision by the European Union in 1995 to this effect.

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    2030:CYPPRESS:08

    [08] Greek Americans welcome moves on missing

    Nicosia, Oct 2 (CNA) -- Greek American leaders have welcomed the government's readiness to exchange information with the Turkish Cypriot side about missing persons in Cyprus in a bid to resolve this issue.

    Philip Christopher, President of the International Coordinating Committee - Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA) and the Pancyprian Association of America, applauded the announcement and called on Turkish - Cypriots of good faith, "to step forward to ensure that Denktash (Turkish Cypriot leader) fully complies with the July agreement to immediately and simultaneously exchange all information on the missing in Cyprus".

    On the same issue, Andrew Athens, President of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) and national Chairman of the United Hellenic American Congress (UHAC) said "this major effort to close a purely humanitarian chapter of the Cyprus tragedy comes at a crucial time".

    Athens stressed that "this good - will gesture, if implemented fully, will strongly contribute to the overall movement toward peace on Cyprus".

    He also pointed out that "the world community, led by the US, the UN and the EU mounts perhaps the strongest effort in 23 years to bring about a just and viable Cyprus settlement."

    In July the UN brokered an agreement between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides to exchange information about the missing by the end of September this year.

    The Greek Cypriot side said earlier this week it was ready to hand over the information and expected the Turkish Cypriot side to reciprocate.

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