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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-09-16
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 1999
 KRAN FUNERALThe funeral of Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannos Kranidiotis, killed in a freak air accident on Tuesday night, will be held in Athens at one' o'clock tomorrow afternoon.
Cyprus President Glafkos Clerides, who will be in New York for the autumn session of the UN General Assembly, will be represented by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, with other members of the cabinet also attending.
Cyprus' former presidents, George Vassiliou and current House President Spyros Kyprianou will also attend the funeral, along with delegates from all Greek-Cypriot political parties.
Meanwhile, the book of condolences for the late minister remains open at the Greek Embassy in Nicosia.
 FALCON INVESTIGATIONThe Athens News Agency reported this morning that investigations into the freak air accident which killed Greece's Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannos Kranidiotis, his son Nicholas and four other people on Tuesday night are continuing.
An examination of the Falcon executive jet's black box, containing a recording of what transpired in the plane's cockpit, revealed nothing significant, other than that already referred to by the aicraft's pilots. A second black box however, with information as to the technical parameters of the flight, will be sent to Germany for decoding.
Parallel investigations are focusing on the pilots' and survivors' depositions, the condition of the plane, a recording of the preceding conversation between the pilots and the Bucharest control tower, as well as flight information data from the region.
The final report is expected to be ready in about two weeks.
 DENKTASH ANKARATurkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash held a two-and-a-half hour meeting in Ankara last night, during which he briefed Turkey's government on the results of his recent US-held contacts on the Cyprus Issue.
According to the "Turkish Daily News" newspaper, US officials had made a number of suggestions to Mr Denktash over possible procedures to be followed during a new round of talks. The same source reports that while expressing his discomfiture over the suggestions, the Turkish-Cypriot leader did not rule out his participation, but did insist on his position that any new talks be held on a two-state basis.
No statements were made after the Ankara meeting.
 SPOKESMANGovernment Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou today confirmed information presenting the US as proposing, to Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, the holding of broad-based negotiations on the Cyprus Issue in New York.
Mr Papapetrou also mentioned that according to his sources, the Turkish-Cypriot leader rejected the US proposal.
Asked if the Greek-Cypriot side is in favour of broad-based negotiations, Cyprus' Government Spokesman said that any response will be issued when and if there is an official proposal.
 COMMWORKSMinister of Communications and Works Averof Neophytou, following a visit to the under-construction spaghetti junction near the Strovolos Industrial Estate on the southern outskirts of Nicosia, told reporters that the intersection will be handed over for public use by January 2000, while the entire project, at a cost of 5.8 million pounds, will be completed by April of the same year.
Mr Neophytou also mentioned that the Strovolos Industrial Estate spaghetti junction is the most significant traffic-related project ever undertaken in greater Nicosia, and will solve all problems at Cyprus' most-used intersection, through which, it is estimated, 50 thousand cars pass daily.
 GERMANY TURKEY EUThe European Union plans to examine the upgrading of Turkey's status to that of a candidate-state during the Helsinki summit conference this December.
The statement was included in an interview given to a German nespaper by EU-enlargement commissioner Gunther Verheugen. The German official also warned, however, that the European Union refuses to negotiate with a country which is in violation of human rights principles, and noted the need for concrete changes in Turkey.
 RUSSIA BLASTA car bomb exploded outside a nine-storey apartment building in the southern Russian town of Volgodonsk early this morning, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 100 in the country's third such attack in just a week.
President Boris Yeltsin and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met to discuss the latest explosion, and Russian news agencies quoted the Kremlin chief as saying Russia has both the will and means to eradicate terrorism.
Towards this end, the Russian govermnent launched a massive security operation earlier this week, following a series of bombings which officials have blamed on "international saboteurs" and Chechnya-based Islamic militants. Rebel Chechnya and separatists in the neighbouring southern Russian region of Dagestan have denied any involvement.
 RUSS SCHOOL NICOSIAThe first Russian secondary-education school was opened in Nicosia this morning.
Present at the inauguration on the part of the Cyprus Government were the Ministers of Education and the Interior, Ouranios Ioannides and Christodoulos Christodoulou, while Russian Ambassador to Nicosia Georgyi Muratov, in his inaugural address, expressed the hope that the school will become a centre for Russian education on the island, and thanked the two ministers for what he termed their selfless support.
 MISSING PERSONA Romanian woman married to a Cypriot has been reported missing from her house as of last Saturday.
According to a police announcement, 28-year-old Aurica Raducanu is 1-metre 70 centimetres or 5'7" tall, with chestnut hair. It's not known what she was wearing when she went missing.
The report was filed by her husband, Yiorgos Malialis, and police are asking anybody with any relevant information to contact the nearest police station.
 UEFA CUPThe two Cypriot football teams competing in this year's UEFA Cup, Omonoia and Anorthosi, are hosting their first-round rivals tonight.
Anorthosi is facing the Polish team Leggia Warsaw at Larnaka's Antonis Papdopoulos stadium at eight o'clock tonight, while Omonoia will come across the power of Italy's Juventus at nine o'clock, at Nicosia's Makareion stadium.
A live and play-by-play description of both matches will be carried on CyBC's First Radio Channel.
 WEATHERThe weather will be generally fair this afternoon, with the possibility of isolated thunderstorms, mainly over the mountains. Winds will be northwesterly to southwesterly, light to moderate, 3-4BF, on slight seas, while temperatures are not expected to exceed 31C inland, 30C in the south, 28C in the west and 23C at higher altitudes.
Generally fair conditions are also forecast for tonight, with winds abating to northwesterly light, 2-3BF, on slight seas, and temperatures dropping to 19C inland and along the coasts, and 14C on the higher reaches of the Troodos mountains.
The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.