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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 98-09-21

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] President Clerides - New York - Meetings
  • [02] Seminar - Money laundering
  • [03] Czech senators - Kyprianou - Christodoulou
  • [04] Omirou - Madden - Moratorium
  • [05] Cyprus Stock Exchange

  • 0915:CYPPRESS:01

    [01] President Clerides - New York - Meetings

    by Myria Antoniadou

    New York, Sep 21 (CNA) -- Cyprus President, Foreign Minister and political leaders or representatives accompanying him begin today meetings on the sidelines of the 53rd UN General Assembly, in a bid to evaluate prospects of a General Assembly debate on the Cyprus problem.

    President Glafcos Clerides will today attend a lunch hosted by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for state leaders or delegation heads that are here for the start of the general discussion at the General Assembly.

    Later today Clerides will meet with US Presidential Emissary for Cyprus, Richard Holbrooke, to whom he is expected to point out that the international community should find the means to overcome Turkish intransigence in efforts to settle the Cyprus problem, therefore enabling peace talks to resume.

    State Department Cyprus Coordinator, Thomas Miller, and US Ambassador to Cyprus, Kenneth Brill are expected to attend the meeting.

    Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides will attend President Clerides' meetings, but will also have a separate schedule.

    He will meet today with EU External Relations Commissioner, Hans Van den Broek, British Under-Secretary for European issues, Joyce Quin and his counterparts from the Czech Republic, Australia and Madagascar.

    According to sources, Kasoulides and political leaders or representatives, accompanying the President, have until today around sixty appointments with foreign delegations, whom they are expected to brief on the latest developments in the Cyprus question.

    They are expected to reiterate the Greek Cypriot side's position that the Republic's EU course is irreversible, its readiness to begin negotiations based on UN resolutions, which stipulate for the establishment of a bizonal bicommunal federation and to embark on a dialogue on security issues that would lead to the demilitarisation of the island, within a fixed framework, as proposed by President Clerides.

    Regarding a proposal put forward by Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, last month, for the establishment of a "confederation of two independent states" in Cyprus, the Cypriot leaders are expected to underline at their meetings that it is completely unacceptable as it is not within the UN framework for a Cyprus settlement.

    The delegation in New York, notes that the Greek Cypriot side has put forward proposals on ways to resume peace talks and has clear positions on all issues of concern and believes it is now up to foreign parties involved in the Cyprus peace effort to find ways to overcome Turkish intransigence.

    Turkish troops have been occupying 37 per cent of Cyprus territory since 1974, in violation of repeated UN resolutions calling for their withdrawal.

    CNA MA/MCH/GP/1998
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1215:CYPPRESS:02

    [02] Seminar - Money laundering

    Nicosia, Sep 21 (CNA) -- A five-day seminar on money laundering opened here today at the Police Academy in Nicosia.

    During the seminar four American lecturers of the International Training Unit of the FBI, namely Carl Gristiansen, George Venizelos, John O'Sullivan and Virginia Hingle, will speak about different research methods concerning forgery and property confiscation.

    The seminar will be attended by 34 Police members and 18 representatives from local ministries.

    Police Spokesman, Glafcos Xenos praised the importance of this seminar in the struggle against illegal money laundering activities.

    CNA DG/GP/1998
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1430:CYPPRESS:03

    [03] Czech senators - Kyprianou - Christodoulou

    Nicosia, Sep 21 (CNA) -- Czech senators discussed here today the two countries' course of accession to the European Union and recent developments in the Cyprus problem.

    The seven-member delegation of the Foreign, Defence and Security Committee in the Czech Senate, was received by Acting President, President of the House of Representatives Spyros Kyprianou, and Acting Foreign Minister, Finance Minister Christodoulos Christodoulou.

    Michael Zantovsky, head of the delegation, stressed his country's support for a peaceful solution to the Cyprus problem based on UN resolutions and its opposition to the use of force and the illegal occupation.

    Turkish troops have been occupying 37 per cent of Cyprus territory since 1974, in violation of repeated UN resolutions calling for their withdrawal.

    Zantovsky said he "envied the healthy state of the Cypriot economy," adding he wished he could say the same about the Czech economy, pointing out, however, that "we do not have some of the problems that Cyprus has in other areas".

    He said "it is to the interest of our two countries to exchange information and to help each other so by the time of our entry to the EU problems are resolved."

    Expressing support for a peaceful resolution of the Cyprus question based on UN Security Council resolutions, he stressed the Czech Republic "does not recognise the use of force in international relations and illegal occupation of territory."

    "In the past we had our own sad experience with such matters, so we are just like Cyprus a small country and we do feel solidarity with other small nations," he added.

    On his part, House President, Spyros Kyprianou, expressed satisfaction with the understanding and support displayed by the Czech Republic and described the meeting as 'very useful".

    "We will try our best to see that the close cooperation between the two countries becomes even closer," he remarked.

    Finance Minister, Christodoulos Christodoulou stressed that "the Czech Republic was and remains by the side of Cyprus and it is one of the countries on which we lay our hopes in efforts for EU accession and just resolution of the Cyprus problem."

    During their four-day official visit the delegation will also meet with Defence Minister, Yiannakis Omirou and Chief Negotiator in the EU-Cyprus accession talks, George Vassiliou.

    CNA MCH/GP/1998
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1445:CYPPRESS:04

    [04] Omirou - Madden - Moratorium

    Nicosia, Sep 21 (CNA) -- The position of the government of Cyprus regarding a no-fly zone over Cyprus, remains that it should be part of a wider framework of demilitarisation and should be safeguarded by with guarantees.

    This was stated by Defence Minister, Yiannakis Omirou, after meeting here today with his Irish counterpart, Michael Smith, and when asked whether if the issue was raised during a meeting earlier today with British High Commissioner, David Madden.

    Omirou said "everything" was examined during their meeting, "based on our well known positions on a no-fly zone".

    "Our position is that there should be a mechanism to guarantee (the no- fly zone) and that it should be part of a wider framework of demilitarisation", the Defence Minister added.

    British Defence Secretary, George Robertson, said last week that he had put forward a proposal for a moratorium of military overflights in Cyprus, during talks in Ankara and Athens.

    The Cyprus government accepts a moratorium of military overflights provided that there would be international guarantees. Turkey's stance has, so far, been negative.

    Turkish troops have been occupying 37 per cent of Cyprus territory since 1974, in violation of repeated UN resolutions calling for their withdrawal.

    CNA GG/EC/GP/1998
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1450:CYPPRESS:05

    [05] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    Nicosia, SEP 21 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows:
       CSE General Index                          87.30 (-0.19)
    
       Traded Value            CYP 1,226,766
    
       Sectural Indices
    
       Banks                   CYP    439,443    102.70 (-0.08)
       Approved Investment
       Companies               CYP    103,877     59.32 (-0.69)
       Insurance Companies     CYP     55,429     58.36 (-0.70)
       Manufacturing Companies CYP     33,078     82.33 (-0.45)
       Tourism Companies       CYP     37,511     70.78 (-0.27)
       Trading Companies       CYP     40,194     40.50 (-1.29)
       Other Companies         CYP    118,334     77.92 ( 0.66)
    
    The third column presents the percentage variation of the indices as compared to the last meeting.

    CNA EC/1998
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    CNA ENDS
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