|Wednesday, 22 January 2020|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-04-28
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES 28 APRIL EVENING-- In Yugoslavia, frenzied peace efforts today collided with reality on the ground as a small Yugoslav town counted corpses from a stray NATO bomb. -- PLO leaders today decided not to declare a Palestinian state on May 4, postponing the decision until after Israel's general election. -- A woman was killed and a man injured in a bomb attack by a leftist group at a luxury hotel in Athens late last night.
And, -- Government Spokesman, Costas Serezis said the new initiative on the Cyprus problem depends on fundamental difficulties which might arise.
 YUGOSLAVIA DEVELOPMENTSIn Yugoslavia, frenzied peace efforts today collided with reality on the ground as a small Yugoslav town counted corpses from a stray NATO bomb.
Officials in Surdulica said they had pulled 20 bodies, mainly children and old people, from the ruins of houses flattened yesterday by a NATO raid.
NATO said a laser-guided bomb had gone astray and hit a residential area during an attack on an army training centre.
A NATO spokesman pledged that NATO has never, and will never, target civilians."
Britain said it regretted civilian casualties but it was not possible for NATO to eliminate such risks.
Yugoslavia says about 1,000 civilians, including many children, have been killed since NATO launched its air attacks on March 24.
Yugoslav Information Minister Milan Komnenic said the attack on Surdulica was a crime aimed at undermining efforts to bring about a peaceful solution involving the United Nations, something he said NATO opposed.
Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts gathered pace, centred chiefly on Moscow, as NATO entered the sixth week of ferocious aerial bombardment aimed at halting repression of ethnic Albanians in Serbia's Kosovo province.
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the search for a political solution is a long, complex, drawn-out process.
Germany's defence minister and Greece's foreign minister led a procession of international leaders to Russia, a traditional Yugoslav ally, to engage Moscow more deeply in efforts to end the conflict. Mr Annan was flying there later.
 SPOKESMAN STATEMENTSGovernment Spokesman, Costas Serezis said the new initiative on the Cyprus problem depends on fundamental difficulties which might arise.
Mr Serezis said such difficulties might be the non-existence of a turkish government and the possibility of unacceptable preconditions by the Turkish side.
The Spokesman avoided commenting on statements made by Turkish President Suleiman Demirel, noting that the views of the Cyprus government are firm and will not change according to the whims of Turkish officials. In Athens, Greek Government Spokesman, Demetris Reppas accused Mr Demirel for not respecting the decisions of the UN.
 GREECE BLASTA woman was killed and a man injured in a bomb attack by a leftist group at a luxury hotel in Athens late last night.
The victims were attending an economic conference at the Intercontinental Hotel on Syngrou Avenue near the city centre when an anonymous caller warned of the attack 15 minutes before the blast.
The hotel was being evacuated when the time bomb exploded at a side entrance, shattering windows and causing substantial damage to the ground floor. The anonymous caller said he was from the leftist urban guerrilla group Revolutionary Nucleus, which has bombed state buildings and foreign banks since emerging in 1996.
 PLO DECISIONPLO leaders today decided not to declare a Palestinian state on May 4, postponing the decision until after Israel's general election.
Nabil Amr, a Palestinian Authority official and a member of the Palestine Central Council (PCC), said the Council had decided to continue its discussions in "permanent session".
 PIGS DEMONSTRATIONEfforts to avert tomorrow's scheduled demonstration of pig breeders in Nicosia today failed.
Representatives of the pig breeders and agricultural organisations met today with Finance ministry officials. However, the organisation representatives said nothing was said during the meeting that would change their decision therefore they will continue tomorrow with their demonstration.
Pig breeders are demanding a drastic cut in pork supplies on the market. It is estimated that there is a surplus of 25 thousand pigs.
 ANOMERITIS CLERIDESGreece's Agriculture minister, George Anomeritis said Cyprus' accession to the European Union will be to the interest of the agricultural sector.
In statements after he was received by President Glafcos Clerides, Mr Anomeritis expressed hope that the island's accession course to the EU will help agricultural issues and improve the farmers' income.
Mr Anomeritis also met with agricultural organisation representatives and assured that the Cyprus - Greece cooperation in the agricultural field is continued.
 NEW ZEALAND CLERIDESMinister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand, Don McKinnon, today expressed hope that the Cyprus problem will soon be solved.
Mr McKinnon, who is visiting Cyprus, also discussed bilateral relations, Commonwealth issues and the Yugoslav issue with President Glafcos Clerides. The New Zealand minister said the Kosovo issue has a significant impact in this part of the world.
He later held talks with Foreign minister, Ioannis Kasoulides.
Mr McKinnon announced to Mr kasoulides his candidacy for the post of Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.
The Cypriot minister said Mr McKinnon fulfills all the necessary criteria to do a very successful job if elected.
 DEMIREL CYPRUSTurkish President, Suleiman Demirel referred to a possible confrontation between Greece and Turkey if there is a bizonal, bicommunal federation in Cyprus.
The Turkish president, who was speaking at the Institute on Near East Policy in Washington, further claimed that the presence of the turkish army in Cyprus since 1974 has averted the loss of lives of many people.
He accused the Greek side for allegedly being the first to implement a policy of ethnic cleansing in Cyprus during the 60s.
Mr Demirel said that when raising the Cyprus issue with the americans he describes it as a "thorn" in the US - Turkish relations and said that Washington - Ankara relations are much more important than Cyprus.
 CYTA MEETINGChanges of status within the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority, CYTA, as a result of harmonisation with the acquis communautaire, were discussed this morning with President Glafcos Clerides.
The meeting was attended by Chief Negotiator in Cyprus' talks for accession to the EU, George Vasiliou, Communications and Works Minister Leondios Ierodiakonou and Attorney General Alecos Markides.
Mr Vasiliou said that views were exchanged on the issue without any decisions or conclusions.
The goal, he added, is to keep CYTA making profit, protect and guarantee the status of the staff, but also maintain Cyprus on the accession course.
The government has already resolved to float CYTA company shares.
 UNIVERSITYThe appointment or reappointment of two members of the board of the University of Cyprus was discussed today during a meeting at the Presidential Palace in the presence of President Glafcos Clerides, the Education Minister and the university's authorities.
Education Minister, Ouranios Ioannides said President Clerides will discuss the issue with the Council of Ministers which will convene soon to decide on the matter.
 WEATHERTomorrow, the weather will be clear. Winds will be north-westerly light, three beaufort, becoming westerly to south-westerly moderate, four to five beaufort.
The sea will be slight to moderate on the west and south coasts. Temperatures will each 29 C inland, 24 on the south coast, 22 C on the west coast and 18 over the mountains.
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