Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-04-21
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
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Russia has launched a diplomatic campaign, at all levels, over the Yugoslavian crisis, in an effort to stop the bombing and bring the issue back to the negotiating table.
President Boris Yeltsin has invited UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to Moscow for talks and the visit will take place on April 29.
Annan described the Russian role in the crisis as very active and constructive but also pointed out that reaching an accord at the Security Council on the matter, will not be an easy matter.//
Yeltsin, today, discussed the Yugoslavian issue with the leaders of Russian autonomous regions, expressing his concern that as a result of the crisis, anti-western sentiments are now being expressed in Russia.
he underlined that Moscow will not sever its relations with the great powers.//
At the same moment, Moscow's representative on Yugoslavia Viktor Chernomyrdin started a tour of the former Soviet Republics aimed at achieving common positions on solving the crisis.
A concord of views has already been established at his meeting with Georgian President Edward Shevardnadze.//
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanof also discussed Yugoslavia with the president of the Islamic Conference, Iranian foreign minister Kamal Karadji and other Middle eastern leaders.
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Greek premier Costas Simitis underlined to the UN secretary general that Greece expects Turkish moves towards the demilitarisation of Cyprus.
At his New York meeting with KLofi Annan, yesterday, Simitis also stressed that at the end of last year Cyprus did take one step forward when it called off deployment of the AS-300 missiles on the island.
On the Kosovo issue the secretary general and the prime minister agreed that the UN must take up initiatives towards a solution at the diplomatic level.
Meanewhile, speaking to Hellenic television Foreign Minister George Papandreou said that the question of participation of Hellenic forces in NATO land operations has not been raised to date.
When such an issue does arise, he added, then the decision will be collective by the Political Council and after consultations with the Opposition parties.
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The Prelates of the Russian and the Serbian orthodox Churches, Patriarchs Alexey and Pavel prayed together for peace and an end to the bombing in Saint Savas's Church in the Yugoslavian capital.
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Foreign News agencies reported Alexey will not confine himself to religion but will, in some way try to help solve the crisis.
His aides said he will be discussing demilitarisation of Kosovo at his meeting with President Milosevic.
ALEXEY IS ALSO EXPECTED TO DISCUSS AN IMMEDIATE END TO us BOMBING AND WITHDRAWAL OF SERBIAN FORCES AND THE GUERILLAS OF THE KOSOVO LIBERATION ARMY FROM kOSOVO.
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Most Turkish Newspaper today carried scenario on co-operation between the Leftist Democratic party of Bulent Ecevit and the extreme Right Wing Party of Nationalist Action , even going as far as to refer to an idol between the two leaders.
After the Democratic party received 133 seats in the National Assembly and the Rights 130, seats, the two leaders started exchanging pleasantries in face of a possible collaboration.
Ecevit, who has received the mandate from president Suleyman Demirel to remain in power until a new government is formed, even told the Newspaper Cumhurriyet that the leader of the Rightwing party Devlet
Bahceli has reformed his extreme right wing party and has unified it.
On the other hand, Bahceli had only praise for Ecevit.
Comic Hellenit theatre and cinema actor Nicos Rizzos died this afternoon at the age of 75.
The popular actor had been rushed to an Athens Hospital this morning with lung problems.
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The Joint Cyprus-EU Parliamentary Conference opened in Paphos this morning with positive references on the accession of Cyprus, but also with remarks by the German Ambassadress on the position of the House of Representatives on Yugoslavia.
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The two leaders of the delegations DIKO MP Tasos Papadopoulos and German Ambassadress Mextild Rote, both referred top the very satisfactory level of har, monization achieved by Cyprus.
Mrs Rote pointed out that the German parliament had conducted very strong criticism against certain EU member states which had connected the Cyprus issue with the accession process.//
The Conference was addressed by Foreign Minister Ioannis Casoulides who said promotion of the accession process is expected to play the role of levelling differences on a Cyprus initiative.//
Speaking on behalf of the German Presidency, AmbASSADRESS rHOTE REINTRIDUCED THE QUESTION OF THE POSITION OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON THE YUGOSLAV WAR AND ARGUED THAT THIS POSITION WAS SEEN WITH GRAVE CONCERN IN EUROPE.
This remark brought forth strong reaction by Cypriot Mop's.
Euro deputy Demetris Tsatsos referred to the tragedy of the war and very characteristically said there can be no choice between the dead casualties.//
Casoulides said that the views expressed did not create a climate of division. He added that Cypriot citizens had not been informed on all aspects of the war. No Cypriot, he underlined, approves atrocities, national cleansing and violation of borders whether by the Kosovars or the Serbs.
European left Wing parties will meet in Nicosia tomorrow in an initiative by AKEL, to study the Yugoslav situation and discuss ways of collective intervention to end the bombing.
Russian Communist party Leader Gennadi Juganof on arrival at Larnaca Airport said his country is not bound by the embargo against Yugoslavia, because this very same embargo has been violated by the United States itself.
Russia he said, must and will provide Yugoslavia with both humanitarian as well as military assistance.
Juganof also added that help to Belgrade is growing continually and that 90 percent of the Russian people is pressure the leadership to support Yugoslavia more decisively.//
The Chairman of the Hellenic Coalition of the Left Nicos Constandopoulos said that the war in Yugoslavia is a bucanering action and blamed NATRO and the USA with historic responsibilities for their decision to wage war.
He added that recent polls showed that 90 percent of the mainland Greek people oppose war adding that no government can ignore this.
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NATO methodically increases operations against Yugoslavia on all fronts.
NATO planes mercilessly hammered military installations during the night . Also hit were factories, TV relay stations, bridges as well as inhabited areas.
The town of Kursumlijaaa in South serbia was also pounded, with 15 missiles exploding in the town center in less than an hour.
,, Strong explosions were also heard early today in Belgrade suburbs as well as in pristina itself, while NATO planes also hit the mines at pelasevac, West of Pristina.
NATO forces in the area have also been strengthened with the dispatch of 24 more Apachi helicopters stationed in Albania.
The helicopters are escorted by one thousand US Marines while Germany is also planning the dispatch of three thousand more troops.
At the same time NATO is promoting an oil embargo on Yugoslavia.
A protest demonstration against NATO bombing in Yugoslavia was today staged by students and pupils.
Under the slogan of :"How many children did you kill today," they marched to the US embassy from Eleftheria square in Nicosia.//
In a resolution they demanded an immediate end to the bombing which is primarily directed against non-combatants and also create a huge refugee problem.
The students and pupils also called upon the international community to contribute towards a peaceful solution to the issue.//
During the demonstration demonstrators also set fire to an EU flag, burning it. The demonstration ended in a concert at noon today.
The weather will be mainly clear this evening, with North Westerly light winds and a slight sea, which will be up to moderate in the West.
Temperatures will drop to 11 C inland, 13 C on the coasts and 8 C over the higher mountains.
The weather will be clear tomorrow with the winds gradually becoming Westerly to south Westerly moderate.
In the morning the sea will be slight becoming moderate in the afternoon.
Temperatures will rise to 25 C inland, 23 C on the South coast, 21 C on the West coast and 15 C over the higher mountains.
Today's temperatures were:
Nicosia 24 C -- 11 C
Limassol 22 C - 16 C
Larnaca 23 C -- 11 C
Paphos 21 C -- 15 C
Prodromos 15 C -- 7C