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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-10-19

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

CONTENTS

TUESDAY 19 OCTOBER 1999

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] ENVOYS MEETINGS
  • [03] ANASTASIADES PAPAPETROU
  • [04] TC LETTER
  • [05] TOR MISSILES
  • [06] VERHEUGEN
  • [07] EU CYPRUS
  • [08] RUSSIA CHECHNYA
  • [09] WEST BANK
  • [10] WORLD IN BRIEF
  • [11] STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [12] SLEEP
  • [13] WEATHER

  • [01] HEADLINES

    --- US envoys Alfred Moses and Thomas Weston arrived on the island last night for talks with President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.

    --- Turkish Cypriot organisations support a bizonal, bicommunal federation solution for the Cyprus problem.

    --- British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, said a solution to the Cyprus problem must not be a precondition for the island's European Union accession.

    --- Russian troops and warplanes pounded targets in Chechnya today.

    AND

    --- An elderly Vietnamese woman has not slept for the past 32 years, for fear she may be robbed.

    [02] ENVOYS MEETINGS

    US Presidential Emissary, Alfred Moses, and State Department Coordinator for Cyprus, Thomas Weston, both arrived on the island last night and will meet Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, this afternoon.

    Tomorrow, they will meet with President Glafcos Clerides and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Kasoulides.

    The two US officials, who came to Cyprus after visiting Ankara and Athens, will meet this afternoon with UN representative, James Holger.

    Both Mr. Moses and Mr. Weston will depart from Cyprus on Thursday.

    [03] ANASTASIADES PAPAPETROU

    Government Spokesman, Michalis Papapetrou, and Democratic Rally chief, Nicos Anastasiades, stressed the need for joint action to tackle developments in the Cyprus problem.

    Mr. Papapetrou, who will visit all political leaders, met with Mr. Anastasiades this morning.

    He said he was satisfied because Mr. Anastasiades is ready to promote unity.

    Mr. Anastasiades said that it is time to create real unity at this crucial chapter of the Cyprus problem.

    [04] TC LETTER

    Dozens of Turkish Cypriot organisations have sent a letter to US envoy, Alfred Moses, requesting a bizonal, bicommunal federation solution to the Cyprus problem, under the auspices of the United Nations.

    The organisations describe Cyprus as a military volcano, which they say may erupt at any moment, adding that Turkish Cypriots are being forced to emigrate, due to the situation.

    [05] TOR MISSILES

    Minister of Defence, Socratis Hasikos, said that the Russian Tor-M-1 missiles are in Cyprus but are not to be exhibited like other military equipment, as they are part of a top security system.

    Mr. Hasikos was commenting on press reports that the House Defence Committee will visit the site where the missiles are kept, to make sure that they are still in Cyprus.

    He said that the Tor-M-1 missiles and other systems are where they should be and no-one will be allowed to see them.

    [06] VERHEUGEN

    European Commissioner, Gunter Verheugen, said that a gesture of good will from Turkey regarding the Cyprus problem and the Aegean will make the acceptance of Commission proposals easier.

    Speaking at a press conference, Mr. Verheugen referred to the difficulties of Greece to accept Turkey's EU candidacy, adding that it would be easier for Greece if Turkey gave a clear message.

    Although he did not define exactly what Turkey should do, he said that a gesture must regard the Cyprus problem or the Aegean.

    [07] EU CYPRUS

    British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, reiterated that a political solution to the Cyprus problem is not a precondition for the island's accession to the European Union, but stressed that every effort must be made to reach a settlement before accession talks are completed.

    Speaking after his meeting in London with Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgos Papandreou, Mr. Cook said that Turkey, as any other third country, has no veto.

    He said that if Turkey is upgraded to a candidate country, then it must not oppose the accession of any other candidate, such as Cyprus.

    Mr. Cook also said that Turkey must be regarded as a candidate, but added that accession talks will only begin when Ankara complies with the Copenhagen criteria.

    On his side, Mr. Papandreou said that Cyprus' accession course must be safeguarded and that the island must not be punished for Turkey's intransigence.

    He also said that Greece supports Turkey's aspirations, but that its vote in Helsinki must not be taken for granted.

    [08] RUSSIA CHECHNYA

    Russian troops and warplanes pounded fresh targets in breakaway Chechnya today in their drive to destroy Islamic militants Moscow has accused of trying to destabilise the North Caucasus region.

    In the early hours of the morning rockets rained down on the village of Gekhi just 15 km southwest of the regional capital of Grozny, badly damaging some 30 houses and injuring 29 people. No deaths were reported.

    The village was sheltering many refugees who had fled Grozny fearing a major Russian ground offensive from north of the Terek River, where federal troops are now in full control. Russian troops were not to be seen anywhere near the village.

    Russian officials, keen to keep Chechnya guessing about their next moves, declined comment on media reports that federal troops have advanced to within about 20 km of Grozny.

    [09] WEST BANK

    The first of a dozen rogue settlements in the West Bank to be dismantled on the orders of Prime Minister Ehud Barak will be taken down today, and by settlers themselves.

    Militant settlers have vowed to resist efforts to uproot any of 42 outposts set up without government approval to establish "facts on the ground" ahead of Israeli-Palestinian talks on a permanent peace settlement.

    The unprecedented willingness of veteran Jewish settlers to cooperate with Barak in dismantling outposts has driven a deep wedge in the settlement movement, with young militants denouncing "collaboration" with the prime minister's plans.

    The outpost to be removed today is one that has been unpopulated for some time, and two others will follow in the coming days.

    In all, 12 outposts are expected to be dismantled over the next two weeks.

    [10] WORLD IN BRIEF

    And now for a look at developments around the world in brief.

    - - - -

    Indonesian President B.J. Habibie's chances of keeping his job looked remote and popular favourite Megawati Sukarnoputri said she was optimistic of winning the presidential vote. Thousands of anti-Megawati protesters marched on parliament ahead of the vote on Habibie's performance, in one of a series of demonstrations in the capital.

    - - - -

    International troops in East Timor have found at least 20 bodies in the town of Liquica, the largest such discovery since violence engulfed the territory last month.

    - - - -

    Chinese President Jiang Zemin makes the first public appearance of his visit to Britain amid tight security against planned anti-Beijing protests. Jiang is due to travel with Queen Elizabeth through central London to Buckingham Palace as part of Britain's attempt to woo him with pomp and ceremony and talk of cementing economic ties.

    - - - -

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin opened a conference of law-enforcement cabinet ministers from the Group of Eight industrial nations in Moscow today, saying Russia was determined to halt the flow of dirty money.

    - - - -

    The death toll from this week's cyclone in east India rose to 56, with emergency workers finding new victims among storm debris.

    - - - -

    Final results from Botswana's general election confirm that President Festus Mogae's ruling Botswana Democratic Party has won a landslide victory.

    - - - -

    Most of the islands in the eastern Caribbean remained under weather alerts as Tropical Storm Jose gained strength in the Atlantic Ocean east of the Lesser Antilles.

    [11] STOCK EXCHANGE

    Total dealings at the Cyprus Stock Exchange reached 15 million pounds today, compared with 13 million last Friday.

    The general price index increased by 6,7 units, reaching 584,13 units.

    [12] SLEEP

    An elderly Vietnamese woman has been unable to sleep for 32 years but still manages to do the housework each day.

    A local newspaper reported that the woman had been unable to sleep since her second husband died in 1967 because she was scared of being robbed.

    The woman, who is in her mid-70s and lives in the southern province of Ca Mau, has tried tranquillisers and traditional medicine, but nothing worked.

    She lives a fairly normal life and lies down when tired, but cannot sleep.

    [13] WEATHER

    This afternoon will be mainly fine, with a few local clouds.

    Winds will be mainly southeasterly to southwesterly, light to moderate, three to four beaufort, and the sea will be slight.

    Tonight will be mainly clear with local clouds.

    Winds will be mainly northwesterly to northeasterly, light, two to three beaufort, and the sea will be slight.

    The temperature will drop to 17 degrees inland and along the coast, and to 12 over the mountains.

    The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.


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