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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-10-26

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

CONTENTS

TUESDAY 26 OCTOBER 1999

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] PAP-CEM
  • [03] TALAT CRITICISM
  • [04] TURKEY ISRAEL
  • [05] CHECHNYA
  • [06] MISSING PERSON
  • [07] FATALITY
  • [08] CSE
  • [09] CYBC TRANSMISSIONS
  • [10] WEATHER

  • [01] HEADLINES

    A flurry of diplomatic activity is being observed in view of Turkey's possible upgrading to an EU candidate-state at December's Helsinki EU-summit;

    The leader of the Turkish-Cypriot Republican Turkish Party openly criticises the occupation regime authorities;

    Israel's Prime Minister concluded his official visit to Turkey last night;

    Fighting in the Russian breakaway province of Chechnya is reported to have spread into the capital, Grozny;

    A Nicosia resident has been missing from his home since Saturday;

    One 18-year-old was killed in a fatal road accident early this morning;

    The General Price Index at the Cyprus Stock Exchange experiences a dramatic drop;

    and...

    Football on CyBC's First Television Channel tonight.

    [02] PAP-CEM

    Diplomatic efforts concering Turkey's possible upgrading to an EU candidate-state are intensifying in view of December's Helsinki EU-summit.

    Towards this end, Turkish Foreign Minister will today hold talks in Berlin with his German counterpart Joshka Fischer, during which he will once more put forward the demand that no terms be set for Turkey's upgrading, something which Greece has repeatedly stated it will veto.

    Tomorrow meanwhile, and on the sidelines of the Black Sea countries conference in Salonika, Ismail Cem will meet with Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou, who is expected to reiterate his country's position before he himself goes to Germany for a meeting with Joshka Fischer.

    Diplomatic sources have disclosed to our station that the Papandreou moves aim at establishing a general framework of principles for Turkey's upgrading, in exchange for Cyprus' accession to the EU irrespective of progress towards a solution.

    Yesterday, George Papandreou refuted a report carried by the "CNN Turk" TV station which presented him as saying that Greece will wholeheartedly and unconditionally support Turkey's candidacy at the Helsinki summit, and publicly questioned the motives behind the report.

    [03] TALAT CRITICISM

    The leader of the Turkish-Cypriot Republican Turkish Party, Mehmet Ali Talat, described as "anachronistic and provocative" measures taken by the pseudostate's authorities concerning the free passage of residents of the occupied areas through the Ledra Palace checkpoint last Sunday in order to attend the bicommunal "Open House" organised by the United Nations Force in Cyprus.

    In statements carried by the Turkish-Cypriot press, Mehmet Ali Talat said that the hardship suffered by those who sought to attend the "Open House" was tantamount to torment, and went on to express the position that those raising obstacles in the path towards peace are the very persons fearing the building of confidence between the two sides on the island.

    In a parallel development, the Turkish-Cypriot "Avrupa" newspaper today openly poses the question of whether the Denktash regime does not allow free access through its side of the Ledra Palace checkpoint for fear that all those living in the occupied lands will cross over to the government-controlled area of the Republic.

    [04] TURKEY ISRAEL

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak concluded his visit to Turkey last night, hailing strong ties between the two regional powerhouses but avoiding highlighting military links between the two countries.

    In statements just prior to his departure, Prime Minister Barak said that he and his Turkish counterpart, Bulent Ecevit, discussed cooperation in water, agricultural development, infrastructure and tourism and what he vaguely described as "security matters".

    In a direct quote carried by Reuters News Agency, the Israeli Prime Minister said "It is very important to us that no country or people in the region feels that in any way the development of Israeli-Turkish relations could, heaven forbid, harm anyone."

    Ehud Barak's trip was the first-ever official visit by an Israeli prime minister to Turkey.

    [05] CHECHNYA

    Russian forces are reported to be battling Chechen fighters on the edge of the capital Grozny today, while civilians blockaded inside the rebel province are pleading with Russian troops to let them out.

    NTV commercial television reported that Russian forces had successfully encountered Chechen guerrillas in the outlying village of Pervomaiskoye overnight, with an exchange of fire also reported in Grozny's Katayama district. If confirmed, the report would mark the first fighting within the capital since the campaign began a month ago. Russian forces have occupied the high ground overlooking the city, but their commanders have denied the existence of plans to storm the city.

    Meanwhile, refugees are gathering for what has become a daily ritual of pleading with Russian officers to let them pass, with the Emergencies Ministry saying that the number of people fleeing into neighbouring regions during the month-long campaign has reached 187,000, most seeking shelter in the small, impoverished province of Ingushetia to the west.

    [06] MISSING PERSON

    Cyprus Police has begun a land, sea and air search for Greek citizen and Nicosia resident Demetris Papadopoulos, who has been missing from his house since Saturday.

    All indications are that Papadopoulos, an amateur fisherman and diver, may have drowned, since his vehicle and clothes were found abandoned near Cape Greco yesterday afternoon.

    While the land, sea and air search of the area is continuing, anybody with relevant information is also requested to contact the nearest police station.

    [07] FATALITY

    One 18-year-old was killed and another injured in a road accident which took place near the village of Akaki in the early hours of this morning.

    According to preliminary police investigations, at around two-thirty this morning, the car in which the late George Alexandrou from Kyperounta was travelling, driven by National Guardsman Eleftherios Eleftheriou from the same village, struck the railing of a bridge while the two were en route from Nicosia to Troodos.

    Police are asking any-one with information as to the conditions under which the fatal accident occured to contact their nearest police station.

    [08] CSE

    The General Price Index at the Cyprus Stock Exchange underwent a dramatic drop today, closing at 561 units, down by 35 from yesterday's 596,6.

    A parallel reduction was also observed in the overall volume of trading, which totalled nine-million 436 thousand pounds as compared to just over 13-and-a-half million yesterday.

    The drop is largely attributed to the barring (for unprocessed documents) of eight brokerage firms from today's trading. In statements to our station, representatives of all eight described their exclusion as unjust and unwarranted. the eight are "CLR", "Cisco", "Laiki Investments", "Severis & Athienitis", "Sharelink", "Prochoice", "HjiGavriil" and "Parma".

    [09] CYBC TRANSMISSIONS

    CyBC's First Television Channel will link up with Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium at 9:45 this evening for a live coverage of the European Champions' League football match between home team Real and Greece's Olympiakos Pireos.

    Following the end of the match at around 11:50, CyBC will also carry videotaped highlights of the other seven games in today's fixtures.

    [10] WEATHER

    Generally fair conditions are forecast for this afternoon, with north-to-northwesterly moderate winds, 4BF, gusting at times to strong, 5BF, on moderate seas, rising to rough in windward regions. Temperatures are not expected to exceed 27C inland and along the coasts, and 17C at higher altitudes.

    Generally fair conditions are also forecast for tonight, but winds will abate to light northerlies, 3BF, with moderate gusts of up to 4BF, on moderate seas. Temperatures will drop to 16C inland and in coastal regions, and 8C on the higher reaches of the Troodos mountains.

    The fire hazard remains extremely high in all forest areas.


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