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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 00-02-16

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

CONTENTS

WEDNESDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2000

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] CYPRUS
  • [03] FISHER
  • [04] MARKIDES
  • [05] ISRAELIS
  • [06] STOCK
  • [07] EUROVISION
  • [08] RUSSIA
  • [09] GERMANY
  • [10] WORLD
  • [11] CIGARS
  • [12] COLDS
  • [13] WEATHER

  • [01] HEADLINES

    --- The UN Security Council maintains the Cyprus problem as one of its top priorities.

    --- Attorney General, Alecos Markides, said that Turkish Cypriots are free to move and live anywhere in the Republic.

    --- NATO Secretary-General, George Robertson, is in Moscow for talks on reviving a strategic relationship with Russia.

    --- Wolfgang Schaeuble, leader of Germany's conservative opposition, is expected to resign today over his handling of a massive funding scandal.

    --- Research has indicated that cigar smokers increase their risk of lung cancer by five times.

    And

    --- A new alleged cure for the common cold is to place copper rings into ones nostrils.

    [02] CYPRUS

    The UN Security Council has stressed that a solution to the Cyprus problem is still one of its top priorities, and expressed full support to UN efforts to reach a settlement.

    Speaking after a briefing by UN Special Adviser for Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, the Argentine President of the Council urged all parties involved to continue their efforts towards a solution.

    He also said that the Security Council looks forward to the continuation of the Cyprus talks, scheduled for May in New York, and expressed hope that progress would soon be made on core issues.

    [03] FISHER

    German Foreign Minister, Joschka Fischer, dismissed allegations by Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, that Germany had stated that Cyprus could not become a member of the European Union before the Cyprus problem was solved.

    Speaking after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Ismail Cem, Mr. Fischer said that his country supports the Helsinki decisions.

    He furthermore described his meeting Mr. Denktash as a good will gesture, to help the UN in its efforts, and nothing more.

    [04] MARKIDES

    Attorney General, Alecos Markides, said today that Turkish Cypriots have the right to move freely and live anywhere they choose in the Republic of Cyprus.

    Invited to comment on the influx of Turkish Cypriots from the northern occupied areas of the Republic, Mr. Markides said that as civilians of the Republic they are covered by the Constitution.

    He noted that, taking this into account, only the Turkish settlers would be deported, adding that security issues must also be taken into concern.

    Mr. Markides will discuss the issue tomorrow with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Kasoulides, and Minister of Justice and Social Order, Nicos Koshis.

    [05] ISRAELIS

    A 16-member delegation of Israeli businesspeople and Commerce and Industry officials will visit Cyprus to cooperate with Cypriot businesspeople.

    The Israeli Embassy in Nicosia announced that the delegation comprises representatives of large companies in the telecommunications, information, general trade, diamond trade, and industrial and electric technology sectors.

    [06] STOCK

    The Cyprus Stock Exchange general price index dropped today by 9 units, and closed at 648 units.

    Total dealings also dropped to 19 million 365 thousand pounds.

    [07] EUROVISION

    The song which will represent Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Stockholm, will be chosen tonight.

    The eleven contestants who reached the final stage will present their songs at the "Nea Leoforos" night club in Limassol.

    CyBC will link up by satellite and will broadcast the show live on CyBC's Second Television Channel and its Radio Channel Two.

    Guest singer of the night will be last year's Eurovision Song Contest winner, Charlotte Nielson, from Sweden.

    [08] RUSSIA

    NATO Secretary-General George Robertson began talks in Moscow today on reviving a strategic relationship with Russia after a year of Cold War-style tensions over Kosovo and Chechnya.

    Robertson arrived in Russia late on Tuesday, just 24 hours after a deal on the terms of the visit was struck following two months of diplomatic shadow-boxing.

    A defence ministry official said that Robertson held talks with Defence Minister Igor Sergeyev. He is scheduled to see Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov later.

    NATO says Robertson will also meet Acting President Vladimir Putin, although Russian officials have been coy about this part of the schedule. Roberston returns to Brussels to brief NATO ambassadors on this evening.

    Russia froze relations with NATO last year in anger at the alliance's bombing of Yugoslavia over the Kosovo crisis. Moscow has also been irritated by outside criticism of its own military operation in rebel Chechnya.

    [09] GERMANY

    Wolfgang Schaeuble, leader of Germany's conservative opposition, is expected to resign today as leader of the Christian Democratic party over his handling of a massive funding scandal.

    Senior party colleagues said they expected Schaeuble to quit both as the party's parliamentary leader, a job he has held since 1991, and from the party chairmanship he took over from former Chancellor Helmut Kohl after a general election defeat in 1998.

    Schaeuble, 57, faced an open rebellion from deputies yesterday over a funding scandal surrounding Kohl after the party was hit with 21 million dollars in fines for running slush funds and a network of secret bank accounts.

    [10] WORLD

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

    - - - -

    Spanish media reported that former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has suffered brain damage and would have difficulty understanding and answering questions at a trial.

    - - - -

    Indonesia, under the threat of an international war crimes tribunal, vowed to prosecute those responsible for last year's atrocities in East Timor.

    - - - -

    Israel summoned a Papal envoy to protest what it said was interference in peace talks by the Vatican, which signed an accord with the PLO cautioning Israel to refrain from unilateral steps on Jerusalem.

    - - - -

    The British and Irish prime ministers, Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern, are to meet today to try to salvage the Northern Ireland peace process, rocked by the IRA's withdrawal from disarmament talks.

    [11] CIGARS

    Men who smoke cigars increase their risk of lung cancer by five times.

    A report by researchers at the American Cancer Society and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention found the risk escalates the more men smoke.

    Writing in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the researchers said men who reported smoking three or more cigars a day had a 7.8 times higher risk of lung cancer compared to nonsmokers and men who inhale the strong smoke have 11.3 times the risk.

    [12] COLDS

    A German businessman has claimed to have found the cure for the common cold -- a copper wire pushed up each nostril.

    Alexander Loschke, 35, said he found the healing capacities of copper while growing tomatoes.

    He placed copper rings on his tomato canes to help the plants grow while other gardeners found theirs were rotting.

    When he then had a cold, he placed small copper rings in his nostrils and found he was better in just 36 hours.

    Loschke, from Sulzbach in the southern state of Bavaria, consulted experts on the common cold and found that the copper rings help get more air into the nostrils and combat micro-organisms.

    Loschke now sells the rings for about 10 dollars.

    [13] WEATHER

    This afternoon will be cloudy, with rain on the mountains.

    Winds will be southwesterly, strong, five beaufort, over moderate to rough seas.

    Tonight will be mainly clear, with passing clouds and light showers and snow over the mountains.

    Winds will be westerly to northwesterly, moderate, three to four beaufort, over moderate seas.

    Temperatures will drop to 4 degrees inland, to 6 along the coast, and to 2 over the mountains.

    The snow on Mount Olympus is 35 centimetres deep, and in Troodos Square 30.

    All roads leading to Troodos are slippery and open only to four-wheel-drive cars or those equipped with chains.

    There is thick fog in the area.


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