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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-09-06
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
MONDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 1999
 CLER WESTONUS State Department Special Co-ordinator for Cyprus, Thomas Weston, met this morning with President of the Republic Glafkos Clerides.
On leaving the Presidential Palace, the US official said that he was encouraged by the meeting, because of its character, the mutual appreciation of matters constituting the Cyprus Issue, and President Clerides' willingness to press on with efforts towards a solution to the problem.
Thomas Weston further described the Cyprus Issue as a very complicated problem in which many parties are involved. When asked if he believes that Turkish intransigence can be overcome, he responded by saying that any answer would still be premature, but added that all efforts will be based on the history of the problem and previous State Department attempts.
Following his meeting with President Clerides, the US official met with Cyprus' Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, and this afternoon is scheduled to cross over into the occupied part of Nicosia for meetings with Turkish-Cypriot politicians.
 C-OF-E REPORTThe Council of Europe Human Rights Committee report on Cyprus' fourth interstate appeal against Turkey is expected to be made public within the next two days.
According to former Attorney-General of the Republic Michalakis Triantafyllides, the report is extremely critical of Turkey and while classified as confidential, information made available to his person indicates that the President of the European Court of Human Rights has given instructions for the release of its contents to the public domain.
The Cyprus Republic has already requested that the report be submitted to the Court in order for its contents to be ratified. If successful, this would be the first time that a report on the issue is fully adopted by the European Court of Human Rights.
 HARPASThe Turkish-Cypriot press reported today that three of the four persons arrested in connection with last week's murder of 69-year-old Stelios Harpas have been released pending further investigations.
All four had been arraigned yesterday before a Turkish-Cypriot court, which renewed and extended for a further five days the remand order against the person reported to have been the last to converse with Harpas, Recep Gungor.
As reported by Turkish-Cypriot newspapers, the deceased and Gungor had differences over livestock, while it was also reported that the suspect was in Harpas' debt for a substantial amount of money.
 STOCK XThe Cyprus Stock Exchange was closed today and will remain so until September 27th, in order for brokerage offices to cover the backlog amassed during the last few weeks' rush.
Conceding that the suspension of activities is a painful but necessary development, a brokers' spokesperson gave the assurance that similar occurences will not take place in the future, since no trading will be carried out without the prior submission of the title deeds in question, and directives will be recorded so that precedence may be ascertained. According to the new Stock Exchange rules and regulations, all moneys should now be paid in advance, and any brokerage firm found responsible of not clearing transactions risks expulsion from the institution.
 E.TIMORIndonesia's police chief said today that the escalating violence in East Timor, which last week voted by 80% for independence from Jakarta in a UN-organised referendum, was out of control.
Pro-Jakarta militias have effectively taken control of large swathes of the impoverished former Portuguese colony, with East Timorese sources reporting that dozens, maybe hundreds, have been killed as militia and uncontrolled mobs have gone on the rampage.
Meanwhile, it was also reported that East Timor's spiritual leader, Bishop Carlos Belo, was today evacuated from the province's capital of Dili by Indonesian police, after rampaging pro-Jakarta militias attacked his house.
Responding to the situation and amid calls mounting for international action to stop the violence, the UN Security Council decided to send a mission to Jakarta this week, but made no move toward approving a peacekeeping force. The stated purpose of the trip, agreed during an emergency council session late last night, is to discuss "concrete steps to allow the peaceful implementation" of the August 30th vote.
 GERMANY ELECTIONSGerman Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder faces an autumn of hard bargaining with his conservative parliamentary opponents over economic reforms, after his Social Democrats lost power in two state elections yesterday.
Just under a year after he crushed the Christian Democrats and ended Helmut Kohl's 16 years in power, Schroeder's party lost the industrial bastion of Saarland to the Christian Democrats for the first time since 1985, and was forced into coalition in the eastern state of Brandenburg.
Analysts believe that the Christian Democrats, bouncing back after last year's bruising defeat, will probably not thwart reforms outright, since the government still controls the biggest block of votes in the German parliament's upper chamber, but added that the conservatives are expected to exact a price for their cooperation.
Chancellor Schroeder has repeatedly vowed that he will not be deflected from his reforms.
 ROAD FATALITIESThree people were killed in road accidents in Cyprus in the last 24 hours.
The latest occurred at around seven o'clock this morning, when pedestrian Sotiroulla Savva, 46, from the village of Nikitari, was struck down by a car driven by 63-year-old Dinos Charalambous from Oikos, while attempting to cross the Nicosia-Troodos road near the Astromeritis SEVEGEP factory.
Yesterday two other individuals left their last breath on Cyprus' roads, in two separate road accidents. They were 35-year-old Costas Nicolaou from the village of Larnakas tis Lapithou and lately of the Anthoupolis Government Housing Estate, and Bulgarian citizen Petre Lubenov Georgiev, 32.
 CYP-ISR FOOTBALLCyprus' national football team last night beat the Israeli national team by three goals to two, bringing it up to second position in its group and increasing its chances of qualifying for the final phase of the European Cup.
This morning, and with spirits soaring, the Cyprus squad took off from Larnaka airport for Spain, where it will come face to face with the Spanish team, the favourite in the group, on Wednesday night.
 WEATHERThe weather will be generally fair this afternoon, but intermittent cloud is expected to form over inland regions, with the possibility of showers over the mountains. Winds will be moderate westerlies, 4-5BF, on moderate seas, while temperatures are not expected to exceed 33C inland, 31C along the coasts and 24C at higher altitudes.
Generally fair conditions are also forecast for tonight, with the possibility of mist and low cloud forming in coastal regions. Winds will turn to light northwesterlies, 2-3BF, on slight seas, while temperatures will drop to 20C inland, 22C along the coasts and 16C on the higher reaches of the Troodos mountains.
The fire hazard remains extremely high in all forest areas.