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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-11-03
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
WEDNESDAY 3 NOVEMBER 1999
 HEADLINESCyprus' Government Spokesman stated this morning that Saturday's announced visit to the island of Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou contains no element of urgency, while Greece also stresses the stable and fruitful co-operation between the two countries;
The first conclusive data regarding persons missing since the 1974 Turkish Invasion of Cyprus and buried in unmarked graves sees the light of publicity;
Efforts towards retrieving the black boxes of EgyptAir Flight 990 which crashed on Sunday have been temporarily called off;
Armenia's ruling party proposes a successor for the country's assassinated prime minister;
This year's Radiomarathon surpasses projected proceeds;
European football on CyBC's First Television Channel tonight.
 PAPANDREOU VISITGovernment Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou, speaking to our station this morning, stated categorically that this Saturday's announced visit to Cyprus of Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou does not contain any element of urgency, but is being realised within the scope of regular contacts between the governments of Athens and Nicosia.
Mr Papapetrou further refuted reports that the Cyprus Government has inexcusably delayed stepping up diplomatic efforts in view of December's EU Helsinki summit, noting that certain developments are beyond the control of the Government.
Responding to an observation that Washington seems to be in favour of the recognition of separate administrations in Cyprus and fully endorses the British suggestion towards a rotating presidency on the island, Government Spokesman Papapetrou stressed that there is no question of the pseudostate being recognised as a distinct political entity, nor is the Greek-Cypriot side willing to accept a rotating presidency.
 REPPAS CYIn parallel comments on developments over the Cyprus Issue, Greek Government Spokesman Demetris Reppas stressed that the relations between Athens and Nicosia are characterised by a stable and fruitful co-operation and aim at guaranteeing the best possible results, especially in view of next month's EU-summit.
Mr Reppas further noted that the efforts of the two governments are moving in tandem in order to secure national interests, including the unfettered progress of Cyprus' EU-accession process.
In closing, Greece's Government Spokesman reiterated emphatically that his country will in no way cede any ground during the Helsinki summit, and remains adamant in its expressed positions as regards both the accession of Cyprus and the possible upgrading of Turkey to an EU candidate-state.
 IDENTITY MISSING16-year-old Zinonas Zinonos is the first person missing since the 1974 Turkish Invasion whose identity has been definitely established through the scientific analysis of remains exhumed from the Lakatameia and Sts Constantine and Helen cemeteries.
In addition to that of Zinonos, the identities of seven other persons have been established, even though it was reported that these were known to be dead and not included in the list of those missing. What was unknown, however, was where they had been buried.
The remains belong to four National Guardsmen killed in action between July 20th and 23rd, and three persons who were, at the time, hospitalised at Nicosia General and who died of pathological causes.
Meanwhile, Co-Chairman Nikos Theodosiou of the Relatives of the Missing Committee told our station today that the local and foreign experts carrying out the work will have comprehensive and conclusive results on a large number of cases by February, while the entire project is expected to be completed by Autumn 2000.
 BOEINGUS officials announced today that investigators are examining the possibility of an inoperative thrust reverser contributing to Sunday's crash of EgyptAir Flight 990 which led to the deaths of all 217 people on board. The announcement quoted EgyptAir officials as saying that "The only outstanding maintenance issue was one of the engine's thrust reverser being inoperative", adding however that flight with the thrust reverser inoperative is approved by the minimum equipment list for the airplane, a Boeing 767-300.
The thrust reversers are used to slow an aircraft during landing. A Lauda Air Boeing Co. 767-300 ER that rolled off the Boeing assembly line just after the EgyptAir Flight 990 plane 10 years ago, in 1991 slammed into a jungle hilltop in Thailand after its thrust reversers deployed while in flight.
Meanwhile, bad weather forced officials to withdraw ships from the search area in the chilly Atlantic off the Massachusetts coast, even after vessels reported locating the "ping signals" emitted by the flight data and cockpit voice recorders in a debris field. Recovery of the recorders, known as "black boxes," could be crucial in determining the cause of Sunday's crash.
 ARMENIAArmenia's ruling party announced today that it has proposed the brother of assassinated Prime Minister Vazgen Sarksyan, killed by gunmen along with seven other senior officials in a raid on parliament last week, to succeed him as premier of the former Soviet state.
An official from the majority Unity party said its parliamentary faction had proposed that President Robert Kocharyan appoint Aram Sarksyan, 38, as new prime minister, in efforts to rebuild the country's decimated leadership.
The Unity Party official said he hoped Kocharyan would make the decision on a new premier later today, adding that no parliamentary vote would be needed to approve Aram Sarksyan as premier and that Kocharyan could simply name him.
The nominee is the director of a cement factory, and holds a degree in architecture and construction from a polytechnic institute. Although his brother was a leading figure in Armenia for much of the past decade, Aram Sarksyan is little known and has so far not played any major role in politics.
 CYPRUS STOCK EXCHANGEActivity at the Cyprus Stock Exchange was described as within normal limits today, with more than six thousand transactions being realised and one brokerage firm left off the floor.
At closing, the General Price Index rose to 650 units, while the trading volume for today stood at just over 42 million pounds.
 RADIOMARATHONIOS ENDThis year's Radiomarathon in aid of children with special needs succeeded in surpassing all expectations, with donations reaching some 1 million 300 thousand pounds.
Among the highest auctioned-off items was the personal photo album of President of the Republic Glafkos Clerides, which managed to bring in ten thousand pounds, while his autographed four-volume book "My Deposition" was sold to the highest bidder for the sum of 2 thousand 100 pounds. A gold record belonging to Greek pop star Thanos Kalliris was auctioned off for 2 thousand 700 pounds, and a pair of Olympic gold-medal winner Carl Lewis' athletic shoes, also up for sale in the auction, brought in 1 thousand 150 pounds.
 CYBC TRANSMISSIONSCyBC's First Television Channel will link up with Athens' Olympic Stadium at 9:45 this evening, for a live transmission of the European Football Champions' League match between home team Olympiakos Pireos and the Portuguese team of Porto.
In tonight's fixtures, the last in the first phase of this season's Champions' League, the Greek team, having already lost any chance of moving ahead in the supertournament, needs a win in order to qualify for the third leg of the lesser UEFA Cup.
Following the final whistle at around midnight, CyBC's First Television Channel will also carry videotaped highlights of the other seven games in today's Champions' League fixtures.
 TAILEROn to today's tailer which, albeit indirectly involving Britain's royals, could ultimately prove an embarassment.
According to the "Sun" tabloid, a handbag containing private photos of Prince Charles and his sons William and Harry was this week stolen from a car belonging to a royal aide. Commenting on the incident, a police spokesman confirmed the theft, but refrained from disclosing the identity of the person who lost the handbag and its contents.
The "Sun" however went one step further and revealed that the handbag was owned by royal aide Tiggy Legge-Bourke and also contained secret information including the confidential phone numbers of senior members of the royal family. The newspaper also reported that the theft occurred in London's fashionable Chelsea area when Legge-Bourke left her car door open while she was trying to find money for a parking meter, and quoted an unidentified police source as saying that the pictures were "private and very sensitive", a quote enough to make one wonder...
 WEATHERGenerally fair conditions are forecast for this afternoon, but skies will be marked by some light passing cloud. Winds will be moderate northeasterlies, 3-4BF, on moderate seas, and temperatures are not expected to exceed 26C.
Generally fair conditions are also forecast for tonight, with winds abating to 3BF northeasterlies, while seas will remain moderate off the island's north- and east-facing shores. Temperatures will drop to 11C inland, 13C in coastal regions and 7C on the higher reaches of the Troodos mountains.
The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.