|Tuesday, 21 January 2020|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-04-25
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES E 25 APRIL 99A FIRE THIS MORNING TOTALLY DESTROYED THE PITTAS MILK INDUSTRY PLANT AT LACHIA
THE TWO DAY NATO SUMMIT IN WASHINGTON ENDED WITH A NEW DOGGMA
NATO AIR STRIKES CONTINUED IN YUGOSLAVIA UNABATED
GREECE WARNED TURKEY TO GO TO THE INTERNATIONAL COURT AT THE HAGUE OVER THE AGEAN CONTINENTAL SHELF
THE GREEK AGRICULTURE MINISTER ARRIVED IN CYPRUS TODAY
DONATIONS FOR THE CHRISTODOULA MARCH ARE EXPECTED TO GO OVER 400 THOUSAND POUNDS
 CHRISTODOULAProceeds from the " Christodoula's March" fund raise sponsored by the Cyprus Cancer Society are expected to go over the 400 Thousand pound mark this year. Similar marches were also staged in all towns of Free Cyprus For the 24th year running. President Glafcos Clerides announced the government's intent to give an additional 40 thousand pounds over and above the annual grant of a similar amount. The March in Nicosia started from the Arodafnousa Medical centre and ended at the Oncological Centre of the Bank of Cyprus, which was inaugurated today.
 AnomeritisGreek Agriculture Minister George Anomeritis arrived in Cyprus today on a three-day official visit on the invitation of hus Cypriot counterpart Costas Themisstocleous. The agreements between Greece and Cyprus for co-operation in agriculture will be renewed for another two years during the visit. In statements at Larnaca airport the two ministers said co-operation in this sector is particularly important now, when accession negotiations with the EU are in progress. Anomeritis said that a co-operation on 37 agrarian co-operation and co-operative society programs has been in force since 1991.
 Gr-initiatMoscow and Athens are co-ordinating efforts in order to convince Slobodan Milosevic to take steps that contribute towards a peaceful solution in Yugoslavia. Foreign Minister George Papandreou will be in Moscow tomorrow. In an interview with the Athens newspaper Apogevmatini, he said efforts will be made during his visit to co-ordinate the proposals submitted by Greece and Russia. This. he added. will be done with the contribution of the UN Secretary General with whom he will try to confer while in the Russian capital.// Meanwhile Russian envoy in Yugoslavia Vuiltos Cherno,myrdin said a peace agreement over Kosovo will be possible only if NATO' bombing stops. He added the hope that he will be able to confer soon with Western leaders in the search fo0r new ways to overcome the crisis.
 NATO SumtThe two-day NATO summit conference ended in Washington with the rejuvenated dogma in a final declaration, but it leaves the Yugoslav war front wide open. Under the new dogma it is underlined that NATO remains the most important inter-Atlantic tie between North America and Europe for defence and security as the sole purpose. Alliance Secretary General Xavier Solana, however, in analysing the dogma's main points was clear about the geographic limits, as well as the over lordship which the alliance gives itself. The dogma, he said, gives the alliance a key role in handling crises even beyond our borders. It was also decided that European member states will be able to conduct their own military operations by using alliance funds. At first Turkey had reservations iover the role on EU security matters.
 pittas fireIt took only minutes for flames to engulf the entire Pittas Milk Industry plant at Lachia, this morning. Thick smoke engulfed the entire area, and destruction was nearly total. Damage was estimated at 10 million pounds. There was only one watchman in the plant at 08:30 when the fire started. It took 9 fire engines from Nicosia and one from Lachia three hours to place the flames under control. Their task was made more difficult because of double insulation, double walls and large quantities of inflammable materials. Smoke prevented firemen from entering through the one main entrance and a bulldozer was used to open a secpnd entry. Police and Fire department investigations will start early tomorrow morning in the plant which, in the meantime been sealed off. The Pittas Milk Industry absorbed one fourth of cow's milk and half of the sheep and goat milk production. There has been a chain reaction of repercussions. Finance Minister Takis Clerides and Commerce and Industry Minister Nicos rolandis visited the site.
 Gk-TurkGreek Premier Costas Simitis underlined today that the only Greek-Turkish outstanding difference is the definement of the Aegean Continental Shelf. He once again called upon Ankara to appeal to the International Court at The Hague for a solution of this difference. The premiere referred to Greek0-Turkish relations during a news conference on the side lines of the second day of the NATO Summit conference in Washington. He also defined the positions of Greece under the new role that NATO could play on the basis of the new developments. Asked if NATO could offer stability in Greek-Turkish relations, Simitis pointed out that there is only the one outstanding difference, and this is the demarcation of the Aegean continental shelf, which he stressed, has absolutely nothing to dowith the alliance.
 REFUGEESMore than 200 thousand refugees who have taken shelter in Albania are in a state of absolute wretchedness. The situation in camps near the border town of Koukes, is the worse because of the totally inadequate living conditions. By comparison to the number of refugees the availability of food is totally unsatisfactory, there are not sufficient tents and blankets, and infectious diseases are spreading. A large scale operation to move refugees from the region has started under the light of this situation as well as under the threat of raids by armed gangs. Some 10 thousand refugees are being transported on a daily basis in buses to other camps deeper into Albania. But the operation is becoming more and more difficult because of the unwillingness of people to be moved. On the one hand they do not want to go away from the borders so that they could return as soon as conditions permit, and on the other hand they do not want to leave their tractors, which they arrived at koukes, behind.
 TARGETSIt appears that everything has now become targets to the NATO bombing in Yugoslavia which continues unabated. After the murderous attack on the Serbian television building, which has caused a world outcry, at least 16 deaths, NATO planes now attacked relay stations in their effort to silence the voice of Yugoslavia. Early today destruction of an electric transformer outside Belgrade cut electricity for the state radio and TV programs. the program on the air at the time was a film. The third largest Yugoslav city, Nish was hit early this morning, and a fuel storage depot was hit at pristina. Targets South West of Belgrade were also hit by planes close to the Bosnian border. At the same time US secretary of state Madlein Albright told the BBC that NATO is evaluating the use of land forces under different operational conditions. Her British counterpart Robin Cook said that the presence of ground troops in Kosovo will become necessary at some stage.
 REMANDThe Larnaca District Court today remanded for two days the fiancee and the in-laws of George Christodoulou from Aradippou, who is being held in connection with the murder of Fotis Petrakides. Remanded were Stella Kasapi, the fiancee, and her parents Andreas and Eleni Kasapi, who were ordered held in connection of investigations for the supply of false information to the police after the murder. In their statement to police all three repeatedly argued that on the night of the Petrakides murder, Christodoulou was at their home in kato Deftera and that he had not gone out atall. Christos Dinou Tzakouris, 26, is also being held in the same case. In his statement he said that Christodoulou is the man who shot Petrakides.
 racismTwo racist bomb attacks in London in the past week are an end of century bid by desperate extremists to revive their fading appeal. Ethnic leaders warn the bombings are also wake-up calls for Prime Minister Tony Blair's government that goodwill alone is not enough and it needs to be more pro-active in stamping out white supremacist racism. The nail bomb attacks, which injured a total of 46 people on the past two Saturdays, sent shivers through Britain's ethnic groups and revived memories of the 1970s when the race issue last preoccupied the nation. Since then blacks and Asians, mainly from the Indian sub-continent, have become a firm and integral part of the mosaic of British life in which they make up about five percent of the 55 million population. Curry meals have overtaken traditional fish and chips as the most popular meal in Britain, and many of its most talented and popular sport people and entertainers are from ethnic roups. Ironically, community leaders believe the advances over the past two decades are probably what is behind the new upsurge in high profile racism.
 iraq trkU.S. fighter jets flying from an airbase in southern Turkey bombed Iraqi air defences in the northern no-fly zone today after being tracked by Iraq radar. "Operation Northern Watch detected Iraqi radar posing a threat to coalition aircraft," the statement said. It said U.S. F-16s "responding in self-defence" launched bombs and missiles at anti-aircraft sites near the Iraqi city of Mosul. All the aircraft left the no-fly zone safely, it added. Such attacks have become frequent since December when Iraq began actively challenging U.S. and British jets that patrol the no-fly zones in the north and south of the country.
 WEATHERThat's the news, now the weather
The weather will continue clear tomorrow with North Easterly moderate winds and a slight sea. Temperatures will rise to 31 C inland, 27 C on the South coast, 23 C on the West coast and 20 c on the higher mountains.
That's all for tonight. There will be more news at the same time tomorrow evening.