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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 98-10-22

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <>


  • [01] President - Hercus
  • [02] Greek fighter jets - Cyprus
  • [03] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [04] Britain - Cyprus - Illegal immigrants

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    [01] President - Hercus

    Nicosia, Oct 22 (CNA) -- President Glafcos Clerides and UN Deputy Special Representative for Cyprus, Dame Ann Hercus have had their second meeting here today, as part of a fresh UN attempt to break the current deadlock in efforts to settle the Cyprus question.

    "I have had a meeting with Mr. Clerides this morning, I have a meeting with Mr. Denktash (Turkish Cypriot leader) tomorrow and I have another meeting with Mr. Clerides on Friday of next week," she told the press after the 50-minute long meeting at the Presidential Palace.

    The UN embarked on shuttle talks, shrouded in secrecy, between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides "with a goal of reducing tensions and promoting progress towards a just and lasting settlement."

    The effort comes after Denktash put forward a proposal for a confederation in Cyprus, based on two separate and sovereign states, which he claimed was the only way forward to solve the protracted Cyprus problem.

    The international community and in particular the permanent members of the UN Security Council have made it clear that they are working to "achieve a comprehensive political settlement in accordance with the Security Council resolutions."

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of the island's territory.

    CNA MM/EC/1998

    [02] Greek fighter jets - Cyprus

    Nicosia, Oct 22 (CNA) -- Greek fighter jets and bombers took part in today's third day of the annual National Guard military exercise code-named "Nikiforos '98", which is conducted in conjunction with the Greek "Toxotis" manoeuvres.

    A total of four F-16 fighter jets and two A-7 Corsair bombers flew over Nicosia, within the framework of the joint defence pact agreed in 1993 between Cyprus and Greece, a Defence Ministry spokesman told CNA.

    The Greek fighter jets hit mock targets in the Nicosia area and will, at a later phase use live ammunition during the manoeuvres which end on Sunday, the spokesman said.

    He added that "Nikiforos '98" military exercise continues as scheduled. The joint defence pact between Cyprus and Greece provides for Greek air, sea and land cover in case of a fresh Turkish offensive against Cyprus.

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

    CNA MK/EC/MCH/1998

    [03] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    Nicosia, Oct 22 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows:
       CSE General Index                          86.77 ( 0.84)
       Traded Value            CYP 1,047,392
       Sectural Indices
       Banks                   CYP   580,458     100.93 ( 1.51)
       Approved Investment
       Companies               CYP   109,522      59.92 (-0.03)
       Insurance Companies     CYP    64,223      58.65 ( 0.00)
       Manufacturing Companies CYP    22,609      85.97 (-0.12)
       Tourism Companies       CYP    13,750      69.05 (-0.04)
       Trading Companies       CYP    20,500      39.18 (-0.84)
       Other Companies         CYP    71,829      80.56 (-1.24)
    The third column presents the percentage variation of the indices as compared to the last meeting.

    CNA MCH/1998

    [04] Britain - Cyprus - Illegal immigrants

    Nicosia, Oct 22 (CNA) -- Consultations between the authorities of the British Bases in Cyprus, the government of the Republic and the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) are continuing to sort out the problem of 75 people, who landed on the southern shores of the island, in the British military air base of Akrotiri.

    The government of Cyprus believes that it bears no legal obligation towards these people as long as it has no control over their entry into the territory of the Bases.

    A spokesman for the Bases, Captain Jon Brown told CNA today "we are working with the UNHCR to determine their status and at the same time we are still talking to the Republic of Cyprus."

    Noting that the government of Cyprus has some experience in dealing with such matters (in a recent case of other boat people who were saved off the island's western coast), Brown said "the Bases are consulting with the Ministries of Interior and Justice."

    A representative of the UNHCR visited the 75 illegal immigrants on Tuesday, he said and added that every eight days their detention order has to be renewed by the Court until their status is determined.

    "If they are identified as refugees, Britain has no legal obligation to send them to the UK and we would have to release them," he explained.

    A spokesman for the British High Commission has told CNA that Cyprus and Britain "have a common interest to sort out the problem" and pointed out that "we cannot grant them residence on the Bases and refugee status implies residence."

    The 1960 Treaty of Establishment provides for the establishment of two sovereign British Bases on the island.

    Government sources have told CNA that as long as the Republic of Cyprus has no control over the entry of these people into the territory of the Bases, there is no legal obligation on the part of the authorities of the Republic to accept responsibility for them.

    "It is not right to transfer the responsibility for these people to the authorities of the Republic, if we do not control over their entry," the same sources said.

    The immigrants landed on the coast off the British base of Akrotiri on 9 October and have been in detention since then on the base.

    Britain has maintained two military bases on the island after it granted Cyprus its independence in 1960.

    CNA MM/EC/1998
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