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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-11-16
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
TUESDAY 16 NOVEMBER 1999
 HEADLINESThe US President has asked Turkey's political leadership to proceed with tangible goodwill gestures towards Greece;
Reports come and go concerning the UN-sponsored proximiy talks called for the 3rd of next month;
Cyprus and Russia sign a co-operation agreement on combatting crime;
Investigations as to the status of 21 people who crossed over into the government-controlled areas of the Republic yesterday are continuing;
We take a look at news from around the world in brief and today's activities at the Cyprus Stock Exchange...
And if you thought that money can't buy happiness, think again!
 CLINTON PRESSURESUS President Bill Clinton has asked both Turkish President Suleyman Demirel and Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit to tangibly indicate their goodwill towards Greece by next month's EU-summit so that the positive momentum observed in greco-turkish relations may continue.
The report was carried by the Greek NET television station last night, with its contents being attributed to senior US officials accompanying President Clinton on his visit to Turkey.
 ECEVIT/SIMITISMeanwhile, Turkey already appeared to be making discreet but positive gestures of goodwill towards Greece prior to the US President's arrival.
Once again according to NET's Ankara correspondent, President Suleyman Demirel is exercising his influence on the Turkish-Cypriot leader in an attempt to persuade Mr Denktash to change his stance as regards the invitation for UN-sponsored talks in New York, while Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit is presented as having invited his Greek counterpart, Costas Simitis, and Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou to a meeting on the sidelines of Constantinople's OSCE summit.
 UN RESERVATIONSOn the UN-sponsored proximity talks themselves, called for the 3rd of next month, our New York correspondent reported late last night that they are not expected to last more than three days.
During those very three days, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is expected to host both President of the Republic Glafkos Clerides and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash at what is being described as an official working dinner.
Our correspondent further reported that in line with US-assurances and despite statements made by Mr Denktash, the scheduled talks will deal with the essence of the Cyprus Issue, above and beyond procedural matters, with the ultimate goal being the commencement of direct and substantive talks by mid-March of next year.
 SPOKESMAN DHIALOGOIGovernment Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou, speaking by telephone on CyBC's current affairs programme "Dhialogoi" last night, stated that President of the Republic Glafkos Clerides will attend next month's New York proximity talks in order to discuss the essence of the Cyprus Issue.
Mr Papapetrou further noted that thanks to the strategy and manoeuvres of the President of the Republic, Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has once again found himself cornered, and added that should Ankara not co-operate and remain intransigent in New York, that very same picture will be presented at the EU Helsinki summit.
 DHIALOGOISpeaking on the same programme, AKEL Secretary-General Demetris Christophias said that two nights ago he was personally assured by Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou over the telephone that a mere resumption of talks on the Cyprus Issue would not be enough to convince Athens to abandon her reservations over Turkey's upgrading to an EU candidate-state.
DIKO Chairman and House President Spyros Kyprianou, also appearing on the programme, noted that he does not intend to accompany President Clerides to the talks unless the President undertakes to inform the UN Secretary-General that he is attending the talks in principle, pending a decision on the matter to be taken by the Cyprus National Council.
DISY Deputy-Chairman Panayiotis Demetriou's salient point expressed on last night's programme was that while there may be reservations, it is everybody's duty, irrespective of political convictions, to stand by the President of the Republic in these difficult times.
 CYPRUS RUSSIACyprus and Russia have signed an agreement providing for further co-operation in efforts to combat criminal activities, both within the two countries and on an international front.
The agreement was signed in Moscow yesterday by Cyprus' Minister of Justice and Public Order Nikos Koshis and Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Borisovich Rushailo.
In statements after the signing, Mr Koshis said that the agreement further upgrades and strengthens the co-operation of the two countries in combatting criminal activities, and also provides for an increased exchange of information and personnel as well as for joint training programmes.
 TURKISHCYPRIOT ASYLUMThe Cyprus Government is dealing promptly and efficiently with the 21 people who entered the free areas of the Republic yesterday seeking asylum, and has already made temporary arrangements, providing them with room and board, while efforts are also being made to establish their status.
As stated to the Cyprus News Agency by a spokeswoman of the Republic's Welfare Department, the 21, comprising three families with children and a small number of others, have all been housed temporarily at an undisclosed location in the Limassol district.
Permanent arrangements will be made as soon as their status is established, with the Welfare Department official saying that if it is established that the 21 are not Turkish-Cypriots but settlers from mainland Turkey, then the matter will be taken up by the appropriate authorities of the Republic.
 WORLD IN BRIEFAnd a look at news from around the world in brief...
Chechen villages were last night and this morning pounded by Russian artillery for almost 12 continuous hours as Russia's leaders vowed to stand by their offensive against the rebel region, while Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov has renewed his appeals for foreign pressure to halt the assault on his region.
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Survivors of Turkey's second devastating earthquake in three months woke up to a cold and rainy morning today, and resumed the struggle to keep warm and find food. There was little evidence of rescue work, while hopes of finding any survivors under the rubble have dwindled some 87 hours after the latest earthquake shattered lives across the northwestern province of Bolu. The official death toll rose by 100 overnight to 547, with some 3,300 injured.
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And in the Middle East, US President Bill Clinton's envoy said that Washington is keeping its eyes on the possibility of a permanent Israeli-Palestinian peace in less than a year, despite an impasse over a troop pullout in the West Bank. Envoy Dennis Ross held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat yesterday, hours after the two leaders failed in a summit to agree which 5% of the West Bank Israel will hand over to Palestinian self-rule.
 STOCK EXCHANGEThe Cyprus Stock Exchange experienced a downwards trend today, with the General Price Index dropping by 26 units to 801.27 as compared to yesterday's high of 827, and the volume of trading reaching 46 million 919 thousand pounds.
All trading sectors were marked by a downswing, a development brokers said was expected, given the increased liquidity which automatically followed yesterday's sudden rise in share prices.
 TAILERToday's tailer features that age-old question of what exactly makes one happy, with two researchers (one American and one Briton) publishing the results of their 100,000-subject long-term study called "Well-Being in Britain and the US."
In their findings, David Blanchflower of Dartmouth College and Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick conclude that the overall level of happiness among Americans has declined in the last 25 years, while the happiness level for Britons has remain "relatively flat."
The study also notes that while appearing to buy happiness, the effect of money is less than is generally thought. When the amount of happiness generated by a lasting marriage was compared to the happiness produced by financial circumstances, the authors' statistical calculations showed that a lasting marriage brought as much happiness as an additional $100,000 in annual income. The two also touched upon the issue of marital breakdown, noting that being separated is worse than being divorced.
In closing, the researchers graphed happiness and found that it had a U-shape with the lowest point falling at around age 40. After that happiness was on the upswing. So, for those at that critical age... Keep your chin up: things can only get better!
 WEATHERThe weather will be generally fair this afternoon, with skies being marked by some light passing cloud, mainly in the upper reaches of the atmosphere. Winds will be light to moderate westerlies, 3-4BF, on slight seas, while temperatures are not expected to exceed 25C inland and along the coasts, and 15C at higher altitudes.
Generally fair conditions will continue into this evening, with winds abating to light northerlies, 2-3BF, on sllight seas, and temperatures dropping to 13C inland, 15C in coastal regions and 8C on the higher reaches of the Troodos mountains.
The fire hazard remains extremely high in all forest areas.