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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-11-22
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
MONDAY 22 NOVEMBER 1999
 HEADLINESContacts and comments over the Cyprus Issue in light of next month's UN-sponsored proximity talks continue in Athens, Nicosia and Ankara;
House President and DIKO Chairman Spyros Kyprianou is in hospital for at least one week;
We have a look at news from around the world in brief;
Local efforts towards the formation of a new social-democratic movement are not crowned with much success;
Trading at the Cyprus Stock Exchange proceeded normally today;
British Prime Minister Tony Blair disappoints romantically-inclined Italians.
 CLERIDES SIMITISPresident of the Republic Glafkos Clerides, in Athens following the Constantinople OSCE summit, entered a conference with Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis at noon today, for a meeting deemed especially important.
The two heads of government are expected to discuss the latest developments over the Cyprus Issue, given the UN Secretary-General's invitation for proximity talks to be held on December 3rd in New York, as well as the stance to be adopted by Greece as regards Turkey's EU-accession bid at next month's European Union summit in Helsinki. Prime Minister Simitis is also expected to brief President Clerides on his talks with US President Bill Clinton and Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit.
Returning to Cyprus this afternoon, the President of the Republic will in turn begin his briefings of the island's political leaders tomorrow, while at the same time preparing in earnest for the UN-sponsored proximity talks, concentrating on the four points specified by the UN Secretary-General: the issues of safety, territory, property rights and distribution of powers.
 DENKTASHTurkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, speaking on the illegally-operating Bayrak Radio and Television station, voiced total ignorance over the existence of a US-scenario on a Cyprus settlement, adding that during the upcoming proximity talks he will only converse with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
If, Mr Denktash went on to say, the Americans have prepared such a scenario as mentioned by Glafkos Clerides, then this would further increase Turkish-Cypriot misgivings and lack of trust in the United States.
Insecurities coming to the fore, Mr Denktash also expressed the hope that the UN Secretary-General's invitation does not form part of a conspiracy to pressure the Turkish-Cypriots into accepting an American plan over which the Greek side, as he said, is already well-informed.
 ANNAN CYUN Secretary-General Kofi Annan today cautioned against expecting a quick fix to the Cyprus Issue during the called-for proximity talks.
Specifically, and following a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, the UN Secretary-General told Reuters, in a direct quote, that "This is a complicated and a difficult problem. We have not solved this for a long time, and I think there should not be unrealistic expectations."
 SPYROS HOSPITALHouse President and DIKO Chairman Spyros Kyprianou, also Acting President of the Republic in the absence of President Clerides, was last night admitted to the Nicosia General Hospital's Intensive Care Unit with febrile infectuous acute exacerbation of asthmatic bronchitis.
Today, the attending doctor told our station that even though Mr Kyprianou had a peaceful night, he is expected to remain in hospital for another week, given a history of chronic pulmonary disease.
As a result, House President Kyprianou's visit to Israel, originally scheduled for today, has been postponed.
 WORLD IN BRIEFTime now for a look from around the world in brief...
US President Bill Clinton arrived in Bulgaria last night on a two-day visit during which he is expected to thank the Balkan nation for its support of NATO during the Kosovo war, and help prod along its fledgling economic reforms.
A Pakistani judge said this morning that deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif should be held in jail until his next court appearance on Friday, but there was still no indication of when formal charges would be laid.
Russian forces, eight weeks into their offensive in Chechnya, are moving methodically through villages and towns in the separatist region and are closing in on its capital Grozny, with, at the latest report some 80% of it being sealed off.
And... The launch of China's first unmanned spacecraft may have limited commercial and military benefits for Beijing, but national pride and the status of President Jiang Zemin are the biggest winners.
 SOCIALIST - DIKOThe Democratic Party (DIKO) does not discern a concrete and concerted effort on the part of Socialist EDEK as regards the formation of a new social-democrat movement.
The statement was made by DIKO Spokesman Andreas Constantinou yesterday, when asked to comment on the results of EDEK's extra-ordinary conference as well as the Socialist Party's proposals regarding co-operation with DIKO.
Mr Constantinou refrained from elaborating on his statement, saying merely that the Democratic Party's position on the issue is well-known and, since nothing new has emerged, DIKO sees no point in discussing unspecified or vague matters.
 EDEK SIZOPOULOSMeanwhile, EDEK General Secretary Marinos Sizopoulos told our station today that yesterday's party decision to form a new social-democratic movement outlines a new course for the Cyprus Issue.
Commenting on progress to date, the EDEK official said that in spite of concessions and compromises made by his party, the formation of a new social-democratic movement in conjunction with other centrist parties of the island was not possible, but added that EDEK's invitation to Spyros Kyprianou's Democratic Party remains open.
 KURD DETAINEDAn ethnic Kurd who arrived in Cyprus from Turkey was today sentenced to two months in prison for illegally entering the territory of the Republic.
In his plea to to the Larnaka District Court, 20-year-old Mehmet Bazek admitted entering the Republic of Cyprus through the port of Kyrenia and staying in the occupied areas for thirteen days before deciding to cross over into the government-controlled territory, only to be apprehended in the Ayios Nikolaos British Base Area on November 9th and placed in custody.
 CYPRUS STOCK EXCHANGEActivity at the Cyprus Stock Exchange today showed a decrease in the volume of trading, while it's estimated that the general price index experienced an increase, as compared to last week's closing.
Today's volume of trading reached 37 million 400 thousand pounds, a drop of almost six-and-a-half million pounds from Friday's high. The exact value of today's general price index was not immediately available due to a technical problem at the Stock Exchange, but according to all indications, it was on an upswing.
A total of ten organisations and companies abstained from today's trading, with the number expected to increase to 14 by tomorrow.
 TAILERToday's tailer focuses on the hubbub created over the announced pregnancy of Britain's First Lady, Cherie Blair, with her husband, Tony, dashing the hopes of romantically-minded Italians by saying that the unexpected addition to the family is, most probably, British. His comment followed speculations in Italian newspapers that the youngest Blair-to-be was conceived during the Prime-Ministerial couple's holiday in Tuscany earlier this year.
Speaking to Italian journalists on the sidelines of the weekend's global economic conference in Florence, Tony Blair said, in a direct quote, "In reality, I think that it's probably British. I can't be absolutely sure. But let's not go into that becuase I'd get into details that are too embarrassing." As a footnote, he suggested that they work it out "on their own".
Doing just that, British tabloids calculated that the child was conceived during an overnight stay at Scotland's Balmoral Castle in September. Always keen on catchy titles, the "Mirror" piped in with the headline "A Babe of Balmoral", while the "Sun" headed its strory with the title "Highland Fling gives Blairs a 'Royal Baby'".
 WEATHERThe weather will be generally fair this afternoon, with skies being marked by some high cloud. Winds will be light south-to-southeasterlies, 3BF, on slight seas, while temperatures are not expected to exceed 24C inland and along the coasts, and 18C at higher altitudes.
By tonight, however, cloud cover is expected to increase, with the possibility of scattered showers throughout the island. Fog is also expected to form in areas. Winds will turn to light northeast-to-northwesterlies, 2-3BF, on slight seas, while 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.