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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-09-24
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 1999
 HEADLINES-- SECRETARY OF STATE ALBRIGHT REPORTEDLY PRESSURED TURKEY TO ACCEPT DIRECT TALKS
--THE FIVE PERMANENT SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS REPEATED THEIR CALL TO THE TWO SIDES FOR TALKS
-- US PERMANENT UN REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD HOLBROOK SAID AFTER MEETING PRESIDENT CLERIDES THE US SUPPORT DIRECT TALKS BUT CANNOT SAY IF THEY WILL BE HELD
--BRITISH AMBASSADOR CLAY EXPRESSED PESSIMISM OVER PROSPECTS FOR DIRECT TALKS
--RESCUERS FREED A SIX YEAR BOY BURIED UNDER RUBLE ALIVE FOR MORE THAN THREE DAYS IN TAIWAN
 CEM ALBRIGHTA senior US official said that secretary of state Mmadlein Albright lastnight pressured Turkish foreign Minister Ismail Cem sssso that Turkey agrees on direct taaaalks for a Cyprus solution, and to take steeps to ease trension with Greece,
According to this official who is also quoted by Reuters, Akbright warnbed Cen that the issue of direct taalks will again be raised at the White House on Tuesdaym dduuring the visit of Turkish prime minister Bulent Ecevit and US President Bill Clinton.
The same official wwwho requested aninymity, the Turkish foreign minister appeared to be unwilling to accept direct taaaalks.
 THE FIVEThe Five Permanent membbbbers of the UN Security Council once again called upon the UN Secretary General to call the two sides in Cyprus to direct talks without preconditions, during this Automn.
A statement released after a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Five with the Secretary General reaffirmed the position of the security council that the status quo in Cyprus has remained inresolved fopr too long.
The five foreign ministers reminded the interested parties of the necessity for a total political settlement in accordance with the UN resolutions and called upon the two leaders in Cyprus to give their full support to total negotiations under the Secretary generaal's aussspices.
The two leaders are also called upon to commit themselves to come to the negotiations table without precondiiitions and ready to discuss all issues to be raised with good faaith until a settlement becomes possible based on the UN resolutions.
The foreign ministers also recalled their ap[peal to the two sides to wwork constructively with the secretary general, his special representative, and all others, and to support the UN efforts in order to create a positive climate which will open the way for talks in the automn of 1999.
The government expressed its satisfaction with the statement of the Five, with the government spokesman stating that it is a document which reiterates the position of the Group of Eight and which is pointed in the right direction.
The Greek Government also exp[ressed its satisfaction with the foreign ministers statement.
 TURKEYUS secretary of srare madlein albright pressured turkish foreign minister ismail Cem so that turkey acceopts direct talks for a Cyprus solution.
According to the statements of a senior US official who wanted toremain anonymous, albright warned her turkish counterpart that the matter of direct talks would again be raised at the white house on Tuesday during the meeting of turkish prime minister buklent ecevit and us president bill clinton.
The same official indicated that cem appered unwilling to accept direct talks and expressed his confidemnce in the efforts of the UN Secretaryt general.
IN a statement Cem insisted that confederation is the only realistic basis for a Cyprus solution.
He argued that un Cyprus there are two different people and two sep[arate states adding that these two separate states must be given the opportunity to solve their differences freely.
He also said that there can be no return to the dark days, as he put it, when the Turkish Cypriots suffered in order to protect their legal rights.
British Ambassador Edward Clay this morning appeared pessimistic over prospects that talks on Cyprus would be helddd atall.
He said after a meeting with Interior Minister Christodoulos Christodoulou that there are still some rocks on the way, but added that it is up[to everyone to try to find a basis for the conduct of these talks.
He also recalled that the UN Security Council and the Group of Eigjht have both appealed fopr talks without preconditions.
Commenting on the possibility of Confidence building measures Clay said that the objective goal is to achieve a total solution.
If there is a settl;ement he said then confidence can be established with determination.
 CLERIDES HOLBROOKThe United States supports direct talks under Un auspices but consider it is far too early to state whether these talks will or will not be held.
This poossition was stated by the US permanent representative to the UN Richard Holbrook after his meeting with President Clerides last night.
Holbrook admitted that Rauf Denktash has furnished no indication ooon whether he intends to attend any taalks. However he let it be understood that this will be judged to a great extent by the results of the forthcoming Cklinton-Ecevit meeting at the White House onext Tuesday.
Government spokesman Michalis Papapetrou decruibed the Clerides-Holbrook meeting as friendly adding that the US representative exprressed his warmest support to the accession of Cyprus to the EU and discussed prospects at the diplomatic level.
The meeting was attended by foreign minister Ioannis Casoulides and US mediators Moses and Weston/
 PAP ALIBRIGHTThe United States is determined to help promote a new step on the Cyprus issue, accoording to Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou, after his meeting with secretary of state madlein albright.
He added that with albright they ssspecifically discussed matters of procedure to be folloooowed in conjunction with the UN and under UN efforts on Cyprus.
 MARKIDESAttorney General Alecos Markides is in the process of ivestigatinnng the possibility that officials of the ministries of Communications and works, and Commerce and industry collaborated towards the signing of problematic agreements with the Louis Company in exchange for sshares through private placements.
In a statement beforre the House Ombudsman Committee this morning, during a propbe into the acqquisition of shares by orivate placement by puiblic personalities and state officials, Markides indicated that since yesterday, officials of his department aaare working in thee offices of the Popul;ar Investment Bank and are looking at the records of members of the louis Cruise Lines.
Markides gave assurances the his investigation will be in depth and will be based on the law on corruption of public servants.
 RALLYThe Cyprus International Rally will start this afternoon with the participation of 86 crews from six countries.
The start will be given at three this afternoon from Eleftheria square in Nicosia.
The three-daay event will cover a distance of 1,050 kilometers, with 17 apwcial sections.
In the first leg of the rally, to be completed this evening, the cars will cover 167 kilometers with two special sections.
The first car is expected back in nicosia at seven thirty this evening.
 TIMOR- Indonesia was negotiating with the European Union today inthe hope of toning down an EU resolution which would launch a U.N. inquiry into killings, expulsions and other crimes in East Timor, diplomats said.
Australia and the United States were due to take the floor at the emergency sesssion of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights to support the EU initiative at the 53-member state body.
The draft EU resolution, to be formally presented today calls on U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to set up a commission of experts to document atrocities by pro-Jakarta militas with alleged complicity by Indonesian forces.
 WEATHERThe weather will be clear this afternoon with North Westerly to South Westerly light to moderate winds.
The sea will be slight becoming upto moderate on windward sshores.
Clear conditions will continue this evening With North Westerly light winds and a slight sea.
Temperatures will drop to 17 C inland and on the West coast, 19 C on the South coast, and 14 C over the higher mountains.