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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-04-26

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From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] HEADLINES EVENING 26 APRIL 99
  • [02] CLERIDES
  • [03] THEMISTOCLEOUS/ANOMERITIS
  • [04] FINANCE
  • [05] CASOULIDES/EU
  • [06] YUGOSLAVIA/WAR
  • [07] EU OIL EMPARGO
  • [08] PITTAS
  • [09] LORDOS
  • [10] TURKS/KURDS
  • [11] weather

  • [01] HEADLINES EVENING 26 APRIL 99

    -- ON THE 33RD DAY OF AIR ATTACKS NATO PLANES CONTINUED THEIR POUNDING OF YUGOSLAVIA

    -- MOSCOW HAS BECOME THE CENTER OF DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS TOWARDS A YUGOSLAV PEACE

    --THE EU COUNCIL OF MINISTER AGREED TO IMPOSE AN OIL EMBARGO ON YUGOSLAAVIA

    --THE CYPRUS GOVERNMENT WILL CONFORM WITH THE EU DECISION ON THE OIL EMBARGO

    --THE FINANCE MINISTER SAID THERE WILL BE AN INCREASE OF THE TAX FREE INCOME ALLOWANCE BUT DID NOT SAY HOW MUCH

    AND... PRESIDENT CLERIDES WILL HOLD A NEWS CONFERENBCE AT NINE THIS EVENING, TO BE RELAYED LIVE OVER CYBC TV CHANNEL ONE AND FIRST RADIO PROGRAM

    [02] CLERIDES

    On occasion of one year of administration by his government, President Glafcos Clerides is giving a news conference at about this time at the presidential palace this evening. The president will cover all developments from the Cyprus issue , the accession course to the EU, as well as domestic administration. The news conference is scheduled to close at 11 tonight, and it will be relayed live over CyBC TV Channel One and the First radio program.

    [03] THEMISTOCLEOUS/ANOMERITIS

    Cyprus and Greece have signed an agreement today for co-operation in the Agrarian sector during the next two years. The agreement was signed by Cyprus agriculture Minister Costas Themistocleous and his Greek counterpart George Anomeritis, and consists of 35 sections. Basically this was a renewal of the agreement which has existed since 1991. Themistocleous underlined that the next two years will be a special period for Cyprus because of the accession talks and the experience of Greece in this sector is extremely valuable, as well as necessary. Anomeritis said he is certain that ways will soon be found for co-operation in the speedy adoption of measures that Cyprus is required to adopt under EU policy and law on agrarian matters.

    [04] FINANCE

    Finance Minister Clerides announced that the amount of tax free income will be increased above the existing 2,000 pounds but added the amount has not yet been set. Clerides made his statement after a meeting with Russian ambassador Georgi Muratof with whom he discussed Cyprus-Russian economic co-operation. They discussed bilateral economic relations, and the forthcoming meetings of the inter-government committee which will discuss co-operation in various sectors, including medicine, civil defence and investments. Muratof expressed satisfaction because, he said, economic relations between Cyprus and Russia are expanding in a very positive manner under the traditional friendly relations of the two countries.

    [05] CASOULIDES/EU

    The Government of Cyprus will conform with the EU decision to impose an oil embargo on Serbia. Foreign Minister Ioannis Casoulides announced today that the EU has already adopted a unanimous and final decision on the embargo, to be enforced by its member states. The 11 candidate member states are also called upon to follow suite. The decision to conform, Casoulides added, was taken after consultations with the president of the republic and party leaders have already been informed about it.

    [06] YUGOSLAVIA/WAR

    Last night, the 33rd day of air attacks, NATO aircraft hit targets throughout Yugoslavia causing heavy damage to the country's infrastructure. The last bridge which connected the two banks of the Danube and Belgrade with Western Europe at Novi sad was destroyed. The 466 meter long Zejeliev bridge had been hit twice before by a total of 15 missiles. The civilian airport at Slatina as well as regions surrounding Pristina, the capitals of Kosovo, were also hit. A village in Western Serbia where there were fuel storage facilities was also among the targets. The state television has remained silent for three hours during the night but resumed broadcasts at six thirty this morning. meanwhile 10 persons are still on the missing list after the state television building, where they were working was hit last Friday..// NATO has announced that its operations are progressing according to schedule. Supreme commander Wesley Clark said that the Apachi helicopters will also be used in operations soon.

    [07] EU OIL EMPARGO

    The EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg decided to enforce an oil embargo on Yugoslavia. The 15 foreign ministers are also considering a broader framework of sanctions in an effort to exert economic pressure against Belgrade. Specifically, a full ban on travel by Yugoslav officials and businessmen with close ties to Slobodan Milosevic is expected soon. It is also expected that the EU will enforce a freeze of Yugoslav assets abroad, as well as a free zew on credit availabilities. The ministerial council will also announce special aid in the amount of 200 million Euros for the Kosovo refugees.// The Montenegro local government reacted very strongly to the announcement of the loil embargo. The Port of Podgoritsa, the main port of Montenegro, receives all imports. The Montenegro government policy is critical towards Belgrade and arguies that the embargo will only victimise Montenegro.

    [08] PITTAS

    Still prevailing high temperatures, seats if fire and gas emissions today continued to prevent any detailed examination of the gutted Pittas Milk Industry factory, in an effort to establish the cause of the fire. Two or three fire engines remain at the factory which is under a strict police guard. Damage was also inspected today by Nicos Koshis, Minister of Justice and Public order and the owners were allowed on the site.// It was decided at a meeting of the Cyprus Organisation of the Milk Industry this afternoon to provide technical facilities to the Pittas industry which today was forced to destroy sheep and goats milk which it had received just before the fire, but was unable to use it.

    [09] LORDOS

    In an effort to force a settlement of the strike at the Lordos Hotels which has continued since January 30, the trade unions have threatened strikes in other hotels. This morning the strikers staged a march in Nicosia with the Hellenic embassy as their first stop, where they presented a petition.// They then marched to the Ministry of Labour where a delegation was received by Labour Minister Andreas Moushiouttas.// Arriving at the presidential palace the strikers asked to meet the President of the republic and they were told he would only receive a delegation.// In protest the strikers refused to hand in their petition and blockaded Severis Ave for about half an hour.

    [10] TURKS/KURDS

    Turkish secret services arrested 42 Kurds in the town of Sirnak in South East Turkey, alleging that they are members of the Kurdish guerrillas co-ordinating Committee. An official statement announced that weapons and explosives were also discovered during the operation. The arrested Kurds are charged with organising a network of support of the PKK guerrillas who are operating in the mountain region around Sirnal and that they were also preparing suicide attacks against officials of the security forces.

    [11] weather

    That's the news now the weather

    The weather will be generally clear tomorrow but cloud will gradually thicken over the mountains and inland with the possibility of isolated local showers. Winds will be Westerly to South Westerly Moderate and th4 sea will be slight to moderate. Temperatures will rise to 27 C inland, 24 C on the South coast , 22 C on the West coast and to 15 C over the higher mountains.

    That's all for tonight. There will be more news at the same time tomorrow evening.

    Good night/


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