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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-06-01

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

CONTENTS

TUESDAY 1 JUNE 1999

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] EXHUMATIONS
  • [03] CLERIDES CYPRUS
  • [04] SEREZIS SCENARIOS
  • [05] MURATOV CYPRUS
  • [06] YUGOSLAVIA STRIKES
  • [07] AKEL YUGOSLAVIA
  • [08] OCALAN TRIAL
  • [09] WORLD IN BRIEF
  • [10] WEATHER RADIO

  • [01] HEADLINES

    --- A total of 184 war dead from the 1974 Turkish invasion are reported to be buried at the Lakatamia military cemetary.

    --- Government Spokesman, Costas Serezis, said today that the Government had not received any specific scenarios on a Cyprus problem solution.

    --- NATO's air war against Yugoslavia showed no sign of let-up in its 70th day.

    --- AKEL has undertaken an initiative to organise a political party demonstration against the war in Yugoslavia.

    AND

    --- Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan was quoted today as telling a Turkish court that he bore full responsibility for 14 years of guerrilla warfare.

    [02] EXHUMATIONS

    A total of 184 war dead from the 1974 Turkish invasion are buried at the Lakatamia military cemetary.

    The person who took part in the burials points to the graves today, saying that the identification of the dead could have been done back then.

    Andreas Savva, who lives in Lakatamia and had taken part in the burying of the dead in 1974, said that 184 victims of the invasion had been buried in the cemetary.

    He said that in many cases, although the identity of the dead could be determined before burial, the authorities had not shown the necessary interest.

    William Haglund, head of the specialists who are carrying out the exhumations, said that the preliminary stage is continuing, during which they are digging next to the graves, in order to examine the ground.

    Mr Haglund said that the process of exhuming the remains could be completed in three or four weeks.

    [03] CLERIDES CYPRUS

    President Glafcos Clerides said today that the lack of political will and the negative approach of the Turkish side on the Cyprus problem did not leave much optimism for a solution of the problem in the near future.

    The President was speaking at a ceremony, during which the new Ambassador of Vietnam in Cyprus, Do Kong Minh, presented his credentials.

    He said that despite the intransigent stance of the Turkish side, the Greek Cypriot side remains committed to finding a peaceful settlement and will continue efforts for a just, viable and lasting solution, in the context of the good offices of the UN Secretary-General.

    The Vietnamese Ambassador said that his country supports a peaceful solution of the Cyprus problem, based on UN resolutions.

    The Ambassador of Afghanistan, Abdul Wahab Assefi, also presented his credentials to the President today and expressed his country's willingness to further improve bilateral relations.

    [04] SEREZIS SCENARIOS

    Government Spokesman, Costas Serezis, said today that the Government had not received any specific scenarios on a Cyprus problem solution.

    Commenting on press reports, Mr Serezis said that no scenarios had been put forward, especially regarding the recognition of the pseudostate during or after a solution, or a confederation and three sovereignties, or even the presence of a NATO force on the island.

    Mr Serezis confirmed, however, that a US State Department geologist had been in Cyprus to collect information from Government services regarding territorial, refugee, and other matters.

    [05] MURATOV CYPRUS

    Russian Ambassador to Cyprus, Georgi Muratov, said today that the role of the G8 was very restricted, regarding the Cyprus problem.

    Speaking after a meeting with New Horizons leader, Nicos Koutsou, Mr Muratov said that something beneficial could appear, if the G8 would push the process to restart stalled talks towards finding a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem.

    He said that the process must definitely take place in the context of the United Nations and be based on Security Council decisions.

    Mr Koutsou said his talks with the Russian Ambassador were constructive, adding that this is a difficult period not only for the Cyprus problem, but for humanity.

    [06] YUGOSLAVIA STRIKES

    As NATO's air war against Yugoslavia showed no sign of let-up in its 70th day, residents of the capital sat in the gloom hoping that peace would soon be restored.

    Plunged into darkness for the sixth time in two months as NATO missiles hit power plants again, Belgraders said they were tired of the war and disappointed with the slow progress in finding a political solution.

    NATO raids last night and this morning blacked out much of Belgrade and hit other targets across Serbia including barracks in Pancevo and Kikinda and fuel depots in Smederevo.

    Serbia's second city, Novi Sad in the north, was shaken by seven detonations, but it was not clear what had been hit.

    Local media reports said 50 missiles had hit Kosovo in eight separate attacks overnight on the capital Pristina and on the town of Prizren and surrounding villages. They said Vranje, in southern Serbia, and the city of Kikinda, near the Romanian border, had also come under NATO attack.

    [07] AKEL YUGOSLAVIA

    AKEL has undertaken an initiative to organise, in cooperation with other political parties, a demonstration against the war in Yugoslavia.

    The party's Secretary-General, Demetris Christofias, placed the demonstration at the end of the week or the beginning of next.

    Mr Christofias was speaking at a demonstration of the AKEL women's organisation for the Yugoslavia children, in the context of the World Child's Day.

    He said that the International Court should put the NATO chiefs on trial, not the leaders of Yugoslavia.

    [08] OCALAN TRIAL

    Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan was quoted today as telling a Turkish court that he bore full responsibility for 14 years of guerrilla warfare that could see him hanged for treason.

    Turkey's Anatolian news agency quoted Ocalan as telling the court on the prison island of Imrali that he had dominated the Kurdistan Workers Party guerrilla organisation until Turkey captured him in February.

    Anatolian and the state TRT television network are the only media allowed unrestricted access to the trial.

    A limited number of other Turkish and foreign media present are not allowed to report the day's proceedings until the end of each session.

    Ocalan is charged with orchestrating an armed separatist campaign among the large Kurdish minority in south-east Turkey in which more than 29,000 people have been killed.

    Three members of his defence team said on the second day of the trial they had pulled out of the hearings because the state had ridden roughshod over normal procedure.

    The trial is being held amid extraordinary security on the island in the Sea of Marmara. The lawyers say the treatment of Ocalan violates Turkey's laws on court procedure.

    [09] WORLD IN BRIEF

    And now for a look at developments around the world in brief.

    - - - -

    A top Yugoslav general said that a political solution to the Kosovo conflict was in sight, but as diplomatic efforts gathered pace, he predicted tough negotiations on key issues.

    - - - -

    Germany said today that it had received a letter from Yugoslav Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic in which Belgrade accepted the principles for peace in Kosovo as laid down by the big-power Group of Eight countries.

    - - - -

    Indian fighter jets, helicopter gunships and ground troops launched fresh attacks in Kashmir today, despite foul weather, targeting what New Delhi says are Pakistan-based infiltrators.

    - - - -

    Israel's Lebanese militia retreated today, under Hizbollah guerrilla attacks, from nearly all the Jezzine pocket it has occupied in southern Lebanon for the past 14 years.

    - - - -

    South African president-in-waiting Thabo Mbeki said today that the country's second all-race election could be the turning point that entrenches democracy in the country where apartheid ruled for nearly 50 years.

    - - - -

    In a furtive operation worthy of two ex-commandos, Israel's Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak met Benjamin Netanyahu today for the first time since crushing him in a bitterly fought election last month.

    - - - -

    Cuba today demanded 181.1 billion dollars in US compensation for the death of 3,478 Cubans and injury of 2,099 in four decades of war by Washington against President Fidel Castro's revolutionary government.

    POLICE

    President Glafcos Clerides today officially appointed Nicos Serdaris Police second-in-command, at a special ceremony at the Presidential Palace.

    Speaking at the ceremony, President Clerides urged Mr Serdaris to carry out his duties objectively and strictly.

    [10] WEATHER RADIO

    Tonight will be clear, with fine mist in some places.

    Winds will be northwesterly, light, two to three beaufort, and the sea will be slight.

    The temperature will drop to 17 degrees inland and on the south coast, and to 14 on the west coast and over the mountains.

    Tomorrow will be mainly fine, with a few clouds inland around noon.

    There will be a moderate seabreeze of three to four beaufort, and the sea will be slight.

    The temperature will reach 32 degrees inland, 29 on the south coast, 26 on the west coast, and 22 over the mountains.

    The highest and lowest temperatures today were: in Nicosia 32 and 19 degrees, Limassol 32 and 17, Larnaca 30 and 18, Paphos 26 and 14, and Prodromos 22 and 12 degrees.

    The fire hazard is high in all forest areas.


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