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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-10-05
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
TUESDAY 5 OCTOBER 1999
 HEADLINESThe National Guard's "Nikiphoros" exercise continued today, with the participation of the Hellenic Airforce and Navy;
Turkish fighter planes violate the Athens and Nicosia Flight Information Regions;
The US State Department reiterates its desire for the holding of direct talks over Cyprus;
Turkish-Cypriot leader Denktash threatens to resign if pressured;
Two trains collide near London's Paddington station;
Money may give some people a high... in more ways than one!
 NIKIPHOROSBoth the Hellenic Airforce and the Hellenic Navy took part in today's manoeuvres within the scope of the National Guard's annual "Nikiphoros" military exercise.
Today's focus of operations was the sea area off Limassol, where two Hellenic Airforce F-16 fighters and two A-7 Corsair bombers carried out attacks against mock naval targets with 500-pound bombs. The scenario provided for the repulsion of an enemy landing force and the elimination of a bridgehead, as well as the prevention of any air support efforts. In its successful counterattack to reclaim the area, the National Guard employed battle tanks, armoured personnel carriers and helicopter gunships, while Greek paratroopers performed a drop from a C-130 transport plane.
The Hellenic Navy was actively present with the frigate "Hydra", the torpedo-boats "Xenos" and "Laskos" and the submarine "Poseidon", while at some distance off the coast, the frigates "Limnos" and "Aegean" were patrolling the waters.
 CLER NIKIPHOROSToday's phase of the "Nikiphoros" exercise was observed by President of the Republic Glafkos Clerides, accompanied by Defence Minister Sokratis Hasikos.
In statements following the conclusion of today's manoeuvres, President Clerides expressed his full satisfaction, saying that what he saw was an excellently combined static defence and active offence. Commenting on the observed co-operation between the General Staffs of Greece and Cyprus, the President said that that, as well as the excellent performance of the National Guard, give a very good indication of the state of Cyprus' defence. He refrained however from commenting on when Cyprus will acquire its own air wing.
As regards Turkey's claims that the annual exercise leads to a destabilisation in the region, Cyprus' President confined himself to saying that the occupying power seems to be troubled by the presence of Hellenic Airforce planes. President Clerides also avoided any comment, when asked, on the possibility of a diplomatic crisis brewing between Cyprus and Britain.
 TURK VIOLS28 Turkish fighter planes proceeded to a total of 20 violations of the Nicosia and Athens Flight Information Regions yesterday, the first day of the joint "Nikiphoros-Toxotis" military exercise carried out by Cyprus and Greece.
According to the Athens News Agency, the Turkish planes withdrew from the international airspace between Crete and Cyprus before Greek fighter planes arrived on the scene to intercept them. The report also mentions that the Turkish planes did not enter Greek sovereign airspace, and neither did they come into contact with Hellenic airforce planes.
 ANKARA NIKIPHOROSMeanwhile, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has described the National Guard's "Nikiphoros" exercise as a worrying and destabilising development in Cyprus and the region in general.
In the relevant announcement, the Ankara government did not hesitate in issuing a veiled threat, stating that it will take all measures deemed necessary in order to deal with the situation created by the annual exercise.
 RUBINUS State Department Spokesman James Rubin last night reiterated his country's wish for the holding of talks on the Cyprus Issue.
Commenting on the visit to Turkey by Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou and Mr Papandreou's meeting with his Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem, James Rubin said that such actions cannot but lend a encouraging note to current efforts, assisting US endeavours towards the resumption of substantive talks over Cyprus, to be held without preconditions and under the auspices of the United Nations as provided for by UN Security Council resolutions and the G8 statement on the issue.
 DENK RESIGN?Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash will reportedly resign if pressured in any way to attend direct talks aimed at a resolution of the Cyprus Issue.
In an article carried in today's edition, the Turkish-Cypriot newspaper "Avrupa" reports that Mr Denktash is not willing to participate in any meetings which would not be to the benefit of what the newspaper described as "his community", further stating that in order to alleviate any intense pressure he would have no option but to resign.
 TURK GENIn another show of Turkish intransigence and a parallel development linked with the Cyprus Issue in general, the Commander of Turkey's Military Academy, General Nahit Senoglu, said that his country will not accept any aid or offer for co-operation which sets as a prerequisite the imposition of a Cyprus settlement leaning towards the expressed Greek positions on the matter.
While rejecting any assistance under the said conditions, General Senoglu also described Turkey as the "loneliest country in the world" which, he went on to say, has many enemies, both from outside as well as from within.
 BRITAIN TRAINSIn Britain, two trains collided during this morning rush hour near London's Paddington Station, and a police spokesman said that there were "numerous casualties", while carriages were also set ablaze.
A Reuters journalist who was on one of the trains reported that a Great Western Trains service from Didcot Parkway, west of London, had been in a collision with another train about 4 km west of the busy central London station. The other train was believed to be headed in the opposite direction, towards Wales.
A Transport police spokesman said: "We believe there are numerous casualties but we don't know how many", adding that he could not give any more details from the scene at the moment.
 SALAMIS EXC'NSThe Turkish-Cypriot regime, in yet another effort to stake a claim of propriety in international academic circles, has openly charged the archaeological department of the University of Lyon in France of not having responded to an invitation to resume excavations at the ancient city of Salamis, some 10 kilometres north of the occupied city of Famagusta.
The occupation regime's so-called director of museums and archaeological studies Ali Kanli, mentions in an announcement that even though two years have elapsed since the extending of the invitation, the French University has still not responded. He further claims that his department is within the law in carrying out the said excavations, which, he alleges, conform to international standards and procedures, and levels accusations against the Cyprus Government for what he describes as an attempt to politically exploit the issue on an international level.
The University of Lyon Salamis excavations were suspended in 1974, immediately after the Turkish Invasion of the island.
 CSEThe general price index following today's trading at the Cyprus Stock Exchange showed a slight increase, closing at 451 units, as compared to yesterday's 414.95.
Today's volume of trading meanwhile reached 14 million 579 thousand pounds, over than double yesterday's volume of 6 million 868 thousand.
Just prior to the suspension of trading on September 3rd and the subsequent re-opening of the bourse yesterday, the trading volume stood at approximately 54 million pounds.
 WEATHERThe weather will be generally fair this afternoon, but some passing cloud is expected to yield scattered showers over the mountains. Winds will be southeasterly to southwesterly, light to moderate, on slight seas, while temperatures are not expected to exceed 31C inland, 29C along the coasts, and 25C at higher altitudes.
Generally fair conditions are also forecast for tonight, but mist and low cloud is forecast for many areas. Winds will turn to light northeast-to-northwesterlies, 2-3BF, on slight seas. Temperatures are expected to drop to 19C inland and in coastal regions, and 14C on the higher reaches of the Troodos mountains.
The fire hazard remains extremely high in all forest areas.