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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-10-13

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

CONTENTS

WEDNESDAY 13 OCTOBER 1999

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] KAS ATHENS
  • [03] SPOKESMAN
  • [04] PAPAPETROU TOUR
  • [05] CEM EU
  • [06] OCCU RELIGION
  • [07] ENCLAVED BODY
  • [08] PAKISTAN
  • [09] CULTISTS LEAVE
  • [10] ARMED ROBBERY
  • [11] LIMMASOL BLAST
  • [12] SQUID
  • [13] WEATHER

  • [01] HEADLINES

    The EU has tacitly record the negative stand of turkey and rave Denktash on the Cyprus problem

    brokers reported that tens of thousands of titles are on the market and blamed the companies for it

    The government spokesman has insisted there is no change in the position of Greece towards turkey's candidacy

    Small parliamentary parties are pessimistic over the outcome of the Cyprus problem

    British prime minister Tony blair carried out a major reshuffle of top echelons of his government

    Israeli prime minister barak said settlers must not be allowed to establish West Bank outposts without government approval

    the Russians have launched a concerted air and land offencive in Chechnya

    and Tycoon Dan wracks havoc along China's Western coasts.

    [02] KAS ATHENS

    Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides this morning left for Athens, where he is scheduled to hold talks with his Greek counterpart, George Papandreou.

    In statements prior to his departure, Foreign Minister Kasoulides said that his meeting will focus on policy matters which, by their very nature, cannot be publicly commented upon, but did disclose that he and his Greek counterpart will exchange views on to the window of opportunity recently opened and concerning a possible solution to the Cyprus Issue.

    The meeting was deemed necessary given next month's OSCE conference in Constantinople, the Helsinki EU-summit scheduled for December, and the announced visits of US President Bill Clinton to Athens and Ankara next month.

    [03] SPOKESMAN

    Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou was today quoted by Reuters as saying that Nicosia is confident that Cyprus' European friends realise that the upgrading of Turkey's status to that of an EU candidate-state while Turkey maintains its negative position on Cyprus is tantamount to encouraging the country which, since 1974, has occupied 37% of the Republic's territory.

    Mr Papapetrou further said that the Cyprus Government is currently holding a series of contacts with a number of countries in order to ensure that this is not the case, and is also seeking a clear commitment that Turkey will be pushed by the EU to seek a settlement.

    [04] PAPAPETROU TOUR

    Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou will, next week, undertake a tour of European capitals for official contacts.

    Reliable diplomatic sources have told our station that the tour, which includes London, Berlin, Rome and Paris, aims at the advancement of the Greek positions as regards greco-turkish relations, while at the same time attempting to link Turkey's European course with a specific progress chart and secure the Cyprus Republic's accession course to the European Union.

    [05] CEM EU

    Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, in an address to the country's parliament, stated that while possible, the upgrading of Turkey's status to that of an EU candidate-state during December's EU Helsinki summit is not very probable.

    Keeping a stiff upper lip however, Foreign Minister Cem also noted that Turkey is not about to accept any conditions or terms over its bid to join the 15-nation bloc.

    [06] OCCU RELIGION

    The Turkish-Cypriot newspaper "Halkin Sesi" reports today that in addition to the rife criminalities and illegalities observed in the occupied areas of the Republic, the Denktash pseudostate is recently being inundated by fanatic muslim groups affiliated to various cults based in Turkey.

    The report goes on to mention that as if all the other social ills imported from Turkey were not enough, the Turkish-Cypriots are now being faced with a flood of religious fanaticism and followers of what it described as "dangerous theosophic beliefs", who plan and co-ordinate their activities from establishments rented in the occupied areas' towns and villages.

    [07] ENCLAVED BODY

    The body of a Greek-Cypriot enclaved woman who died in the occupied area of the Republic last Friday, was today transferred to Nicosia General Hospital.

    Upon accepting delivery of the body of 73-year-old Maria Mitsarou in order to issue a death certificate, the on-duty medical officer ascertained that a post-mortem had already been carried out.

    A second post-mortem, in the presence of a UN medical officer, will be carried out today by State Pathologist Sofoklis Sofokleous, while the Cyprus Police Criminal Investigation Department is investigating the case.

    [08] PAKISTAN

    Pakistanis awoke to a veneer of normalcy this morning, with the streets of the capital Islamabad quiet, hours after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted in a lightning military coup.

    Hardly any troops were visible on the roads, except those guarding the buildings and strategic installations seized last night, shortly after the ousted premier sacked the country's military chief, General Pervez Musharraf, who said that he had acted to save the country from ruin, adding that he would very shortly lay out his policies. Troops stormed state television centres, closed major airports and other government buildings and surrounded Sharif's official residence and the homes of some cabinet ministers.

    Meanwhile, trading at the country's Stock Exchange, based in Karachi, was suspended today, while a Civil Aviation Authority official said that Islamabad international airport remains closed for outgoing international flights, while the serious disruption of services makes it unclear whether any incoming flights have landed since last night.

    [09] CULTISTS LEAVE

    The ferry on which a religious doomsday cult group was travelling, and which had docked at Limassol port yesterday, today set sail for the Greek island of Rhodes, with the disembarkation of the passengers in Cyprus not permitted.

    The group cult members, which included 18 Irish, six Romanians and a Colombian, was confined to the ferry after arriving at Haifa in Israel on Sunday, and set sail from there on Monday night. Israel fears an influx of Christian zealots during the millennium, and described the 25-member group as an "extreme Christian" cult. Cyprus police said the group calls itself SEKTA.

    The group is continuing its travails amid fears from the countries it seeks entry to that its members plan to commit suicide with the coming of the new millennium and the projected fulfillment of apocalyptic prophesies.

    [10] ARMED ROBBERY

    An armed robbery was carried out this morning at the Limassol central branch of the Cyprus Popular Bank.

    Eye-witness accounts mention that the two helmeted perpetrators entered the premises and, brandishing a short-barelled shotgun, emptied the bank's tills. Their getaway, heading west, was effected on a white dirt bike.

    The same accounts mention that the two robbers, both estimated at between 25 and 30 years of age and about 1-metre 80-centimetres (or 5-foot 11-inches) spoke fluent Greek.

    Police are on the lookout for the two, while anyone with relevant information is requested to contact the nearest police station.

    [11] LIMMASOL BLAST

    A new bomb blast rocked Limassol at around 3:30 this morning.

    According to preliminary police investigations, the blast was due to a high-powered makeshift explosive device placed under a car registered to one Yiorgos Charalambous, aka Poullaouas.

    The car was parked on Limassol's Stelios Mavrommatis Street, and suffered only minor damage. There were no victims.

    [12] SQUID

    It may have arrived in New York in a box labeled "seafood," but the particular squid currently on display at New York's American Museum of Natural History is by no means your ordinary calamari, measuring 7.6 metres from the top of its head to the tips of its tentacles and weighing in at 113 kilogrammes.

    The world's largest invertebrate, or Architeuthis kirki, never observed in the wild, is the stuff of legend. Jules Verne made the elusive animal a bloodthirsty beast in his "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," while tales of sea monsters, krakens and serpents have been told by mariners since the time of Homer.

    Attaining lengths of up to 21.3 metres, the giant squid has eyes the size of soccer balls, a huge parrot-like beak, eight arms and two long tentacles, each equipped with dozens of suckers armed with small teeth. It lives at depths of up to 914 metres, dining on fish and other squids and is believed to be one of the more intelligent species in the world's oceans.

    [13] WEATHER

    The weather will be generally fair this afternoon, with skies being marked by sparse cloud cover. Winds will be moderate north-to-northeasterlies, 4BF, on moderate seas, while temperatures are not expected to exceed 28C inland and along the coasts, and 17C at higher altitudes.

    Generally fair conditions are also forecast for tonight, with winds abating to light to moderate northeasterlies, 3-4BF, on moderate seas. Temperatures will drop to 15C inland and in coastal regions, and 10C on the higher reaches of the Troodos mountains.

    The fire hazard remains extremely high in all forest areas.


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