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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-05-12

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] HEADLINES 12 MAY 99
  • [02] EURO
  • [03] YUGO WAR
  • [04] PRYMAKO
  • [05] HI COMMISSION
  • [06] PASACARU
  • [07] KYPRIANOU EMBARGO
  • [08] FEMALE PILOTS
  • [09] DAFNI HERE
  • [10] CUSTOMS
  • [11] NURSES
  • [12] WEATHER

  • [01] HEADLINES 12 MAY 99

    -- As NATO continued its bombing of residential areas and non-combatants the UN refugee agency called for funds to help it carry on

    --With the Blessing of the UN , the US and NATO Greece will host a conference on the Kosovo humanitarian crisis in Salonicaa and invited Yugoslavia to attend

    --Amnesty International criticised the G8 Group for making no mention of bringing kosovo human rights violators to justice

    --Russian President Boris Yeltsin has fired Gennady prumakof as prime minister

    --the new British hi Commissioner Edward Clay presented his credentials today

    --and...Cyprus and Romania agree on the Cyprus issue and Yugoslavia, even thou Romania supports the embargo against Yugoslavia

    [02] EURO

    Changes in Russia but also the reaction of Beijing after the bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, have literally frozen all diplomatic activities. The ashes of the victims who perished under the bombing was taken to Beijing today. The entire Chinese leadership paid tribute. large crowds congregated at the airport with banners condemning the "barbarous and violent NATO attack against our embassy in Belgrade."//

    At the very same time the US Ambassador in Beijing James Sasser left his embassy building which had been besieged by demonstrators for four days. The American ambassador called on the Chinese to forget the tragic mistake, as he described the incident.//

    German Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder arrived in Beijing today in an effort to patch up relations between the West and China His visit sofar is without any result since the Chinese Government repeated that it will support no agreement unless the bombing is first stopped.

    [03] YUGO WAR

    Causing new material damage and human casualties NATO yesterday completed its 50th day of bombing in Yugoslavia. According to the Serbs, Yesterdays extremely severe attacks were directed against residential areas and non-combatants, while NATO said they were directed at military units. The targets hit included a youth centre, a farm where Serb refugees took shelter, a bridge in South East Serbia, an electric power line pilon and a fuel depot. The casualty list included two dead and three wounded, A three year old girl was also killed.

    The official Tanjug news agency reported that at least one missile and one plane were shot down by Serbian air defences. A Serbian radio station quoting eye witnesses said the plane crashed into an uninhabited area while the pilot ejected safely. In Brussels NATO said it had no information about the crash.

    [04] PRYMAKO

    Russian president Boris yeltsin has fired Prime Minister yevgeny Prymakov for domestic reasons, and has reappeared with harder positions on Yugoslavia. The news about Prumakof caused a world sensation. President yeltsin has been at a continual confrontation with the Duma whose concent he will nead to ratify appointment of a new prime minister. Explaining his decision, yeltsin said that the Prymakof government confined its financial policy on the number of loans it received from the West. Referring to the Yugosdlav crisis yeltsin warned that Russia wikll withdraw from the peace effort if NATO dioes not take into consideration the Russian proposals.//

    Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanof conferred with Assistant US Secretary of State Strobe talbot in Moscow and said afterwards that NATO's insistence on the bombing will dangerouslly prolong the crisis in Yugoslavia.

    [05] HI COMMISSION

    The new British High Commissioner, Edward Clay, today repeated during presentation of his credentials to President Clerides , the commitment of his country to a bicommunalk and Bizonal federation solution. Presenting his credentials at noon today Edward Clay underlined the personal commitment of Prime Minister Tony Blair to strengthen UN efforts towards a Cyprus solution. Referring to the accession of Cyprus the new High Commissioner said Britain is working towards speeding up steady progress and a positive result. The best possible result, he added, would be that Cyprus should join the EU reunited.//

    President Clerides replied that he remains devoted to a dialogue based on the UN resolutions, despite the intransigence of and the presentation of conditions from the Turkish side.

    [06] PASACARU

    Total alignment on the Cyprus issue as well as on Yugoslavia was established between the parliaments of Cyprus and Romania during the meeting of Cyprus House President Spyros Kyprianou and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee of the Romanian senate Georgi Pisacaru today. Pisacaru stated that his country's parliament has passed a resolution calling for an end to the bombing of Yugoslavia, and start of negotiations for a peaceful solution. He did add, however, that the Romanian government supports the embargo against Yugoslavia.

    Kyprianou expressed satisfaction over the Romanian position on Cyprus. Referring to Yugoslavia, He said that problems cannot be solved by force.// Later in the day the Romanian delegation conferred with members of the Foreign and European Affairs committee of the Cyprus House of Representatives.

    [07] KYPRIANOU EMBARGO

    Speaking over a CyBC talk Show, today, House President Spyros Kyprianou strongly attacked the government's alignment wiith the EU decisions against Yugoslavia. He also spoke of server repercussions on the economic co-operation between Russia and Cyprus as a result of this alignment.

    Kyprianou did not rule out the possibility that the decision to align with EU decisions was taken under pressure and over doubts in respect of the accession of Cyprus to the EU. Raising a point of principle for the President of the Republic, Kyprianou said the National Council should have been convened to establish a policy towards Yugoslavia.

    [08] FEMALE PILOTS

    65 female pilots from 12 countries have for the first time chosen Cyprus, and paphos specifically, for the annual world congress of female pilots They are discussing matters related to their profession, such as traumatic experiences during hi-jacks, aircraft accidents, benefits, sexual harassment, and the policy of airlines which affects female pilots. Paphos Municipal staged a special ceremony for the opening of the congress. Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister Nicos Rolandis addressed the congress.

    [09] DAFNI HERE

    Dafne Simiti, wife of the Greek prime Minister arrived in Cyprus today on a few days visit. Mrs Simiti will attend the presentation of awards of a painting competition and exhibition on the theme " Divided Nicosia" to be held tomorrow at the Melina Merkouri Hall. The competition was held for elementary school and gymnasium pupils under the auspices of Mrs Simitis .The Competition was also open to students of Nicosia border schools under the initiative of Mrs Olga Demetriadou, wife of the Mayor of Nicosia.//

    Alekos papadopoulos, former Greek Interior Minister and member of PASOK's executive Bureau also arrived in Cyprus today to attend the inauguration of the center of the Arts and Antiques in Nicosia.

    [10] CUSTOMS

    A customs official and an importer of mobile telephones were charged in Paphos today with theft, forgery of government documents, and attempt fraud against the republic. They are Kyriakos Arsiotis, 44 a customs official from Episkopi and George Andreou also 44 from Limassol Asiotis was charged with issuing a false certificate on 18 April and after collusion with Andreou , that out of 80 mobile telephones he had imported into Cyprus, eight had been lost. An investigation showed that only three telephones were missing but there was no break into the shipping case. The two were arrested yesterday. They were charged today in writing and were released.

    [11] NURSES

    Today is "white Angels" Day and it belongs to the nursing staff which dedicates its mission to easing suffering. Today's slogan for the World day of observance is "Evaluate the past and claim the future," and it is dedicated to nurses of both sexes who have served humanity during difficult years, under difficult conditions, in peace and in war. This was underlined by Health Minister Christos Solomis at an observance by nurses at the Civil servants Trade Union.

    [12] WEATHER

    The weather will be generally clear this evening with Northerly light winds. The sea will be slight and temperatures will drop to 12 C inland , 14 C on the coasts and 11 C over the higher mountains Clear conditions will continue tomorrow with the winds gradually becoming moderate sea breezes, and the sea becoming moderate in windward areas. Temperatures will rise to 30C inland, 26 C on the coasts and 21 C over the higher mountains.

    Today's temperatures were: Nicosia 30 C -- 12 C Limassol 26 C -- 14 C Larnaca 27 C -- 14 C Paphos 24 C -- 12 C Prodromos 19 C -- 10 C The fire hazard is high in all forest areas.


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