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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (PM), 97-11-18

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <>


  • [01] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [02] Alternative training locations offered to Britain
  • [03] Cyprus slams Turkish ethnic cleansing policy

  • 1520:CYPPRESS:01

    [01] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    Nicosia, Nov 18 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows:
    CSE All Share Index                    75.60 (-0.07)
    Highest: 82.46 (2/1/97)
    Lowest : 73.90 (30/1/97)
    Sectural Indices
    Banks                                  87.34 (+0.05)
    Approved Investment Companies          59.37 (-0.79)
    Insurance Companies                    55.25 (-0.32)
    Industrial Companies                   72.72 (+0.08)
    Tourist Industries                     62.60 (-0.79)
    Commercial Companies                   39.57 (-0.15)
    Other Companies                        58.53 (-0.17)
    Trading Volume                         CYP 559658.990
    * The difference in brackets represents the percentage increase (+) or decrease (-) of the index from the previous stock exchange meeting.
    CNA AP/1997

    [02] Alternative training locations offered to Britain

    Nicosia, Nov 18 (CNA) -- The government has decided to offer Britain alternative locations for the training of British troops, stationed in the two military bases the UK has retained on the island since 1960 when Cyprus gained its independence from British colonial rule.

    Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said designated areas, within and outside RAF Akrotiri Base, have been agreed upon by the government and the National Guard.

    The Minister, however, also remarked on Cyprus' ties with Britain in relation to its policy on the Cyprus question and the island's efforts to join the European Union.

    He told the House Environment Committee the new areas do not appear to cause any problems either to the environment of the new locations or the security of the state.

    Increasing opposition to Britain's right to conduct military training in the Akamas peninsula, an area of unparalleled natural beauty and renown for its unique flora and fauna, has prompted the government to seek other locations to offer to Britain, in accordance with its obligations emanating from the 1960 Treaty of Establishment.

    The Minister also said the British Bases authorities have assured the government they will not carry out troop training scheduled for December and January, and possibly February in view of the final settlement of this question.

    "We still have some things to sort out, including repercussions on the environment in the designated areas and issues relating to property ownership," Kasoulides said.

    A House resolution last week called for an end to military exercises and urged the government to halt approval for army training in Akamas, on the north-western tip of the island.

    Defence Minister George Charalambides said the British Bases authorities had realised their military presence in Akamas is no longer tolerated and acknowledge that alternative arrangements have to be made.

    "Now the road has opened for such arrangements," he added.

    Socialist deputy Yiannakis Omirou criticised past and present administrations for failing to deal with the matter earlier and underlined the need to put a halt on Britain's military manoeuvres in Akamas.

    CNA MM/AP/1997

    [03] Cyprus slams Turkish ethnic cleansing policy

    Nicosia, Nov 18 (CNA) -- Turkey's policy of ethnic cleansing in Cyprus was denounced before the Third Committee of the UN.

    Cyprus' Permanent Representative to the UN, ambassador Sotos Zakheos outlined Monday the continuing violations of human rights Turkey engages in the island's occupied areas.

    Addressing the Committee, the ambassador said deprivation of fundamental human rights of free movement, health, education and religion and other rights have led thousands of Greek Cypriots to flee their homes.

    Shortly after the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, he said, some 20.000 people lived in the occupied areas and now they number only a few hundreds.

    Zakheos told the Committee Greek Cypriot boys who reach the age of 16 and whose families live in occupied Cyprus are prevented from visiting their families by the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime. Girls of 18 have the same fate as well, he added.

    Referring to the humanitarian issue of persons listed as missing in Cyprus, Zahkeos called all those interested to take the necessary steps towards a resolution of this problem.

    He said the Cyprus government has sought help from all competent international bodies but so far no progress was achieved.

    Zakheos urged the UN Secretary-General to appoint the third member of the UN Investigatory Committee on the Missing Persons.

    The Committee was set up in 1981, and consists of a Greek Cypriot representative, a Turkish Cypriot representative and a third member appointed by the UN Secretary-General.

    There are 1619 Greek Cypriots missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island, which resulted to the occupation of 37 per cent of the island's northern territory and the uprooting of 200.000 persons from their homes.

    CNA MM/AP/1997
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