|Monday, 18 February 2019|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 00-10-24
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINESToday marks the 55th birthday of the United Nations, created out of the ashes of the second world war and designed to restore security and peace throughout the world,
UN Chief's Special Representative for Cyprus Alvaro De Soto reiterated today that discussion of the substabce of the Cyprus issue had began at the fourth round of talks in New York,
Fighting continues to rage between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as Israeli forces today deployed reinforcements to the outskirts of Palestinian-controlled areas AND
A cangaroo turns up in Lewisham, scaring man and dog alike.
 UN BIRTHDAYToday marks the 55th birthday of the United Nations, created out of the ashes of the second world war and designed to restore security and peace throughout the world.
Sadly, as humanity enters the third millenium, UN has failed to fullfill its mandate, not for lack of will, but through sheer lack of power to enforce its decisions.
Only in the 1990s major wars have plagued all continents, while at this time, the blooshed continues in the Middle East.
In a message to all the peoples and leaders of the planet, UN chief Kofi Anan expressed the hope that the promise to move towards lasting security made by state leaders at the recent Millennium Summit in New York, will be transformed into action.
Mr Anan expressed concern over the tragic situation in the Middle East and noted that it's dangerous for such political and social differences to remain unsolved.
He called on all nations to work together in an effort to eradicate war, hunger and pollution from the world.
 DE SOTOUN Chief's Special Representative for Cyprus Alvaro De Soto reiterated today that discussion of the substabce of the Cyprus issue had began at the fourth round of talks in New York.
He also said that a quality step, in his expression, had been made in that direction, which will continue.
Speaking after a meeting with DISY leader Nikos Anastasiades, Alvaro De Soto said that he deemed it useful to meet all the political leaders in light of the upcoming fifth round of talks in Geneva.
He noted however, no special significance must be attached to his contacts and reminded that in the past he had made such contacts again, just before the beginning of talks.
Nikos Anastasiades said that at the meeting, he tried to convince Alvaro De Soto of the need to avoid any reference to the opening statement of Kofi Anan at the fourth round of talks, in the resolution expected to be passed next December, renewing the mandate of UNFICYP.
Mr De Soto also met AKEL leader Dimitris Christofias.
 PAPANDREOUGreek Foreign Minister George Papandreou today made clear that Greece is asking Turkey to fullfill the framework of European Union's common values.
In a speech at Sacramento, Califormia, Mr Papandreou asked for a limitation of the army's role in Turkish politics, respect for human rights and the reunification of Cyprus.
The Greek Foreign Minister also referred to Greece's important role in the Balcans ans stressed that Democracy and prosperity must prevail in the area.
 MIDEAST WRAPThe Israeli army today deployed reinforcements to the outskirts of Palestinian-controlled areas of the West Bank.
The move was designed to counter so-called Palestinian threats to break the Israeli-imposed closure of Palestinian areas.
Fighting refused to abate overnight with exchanges of fire in the divided West Bank city of Hebron where a Palestinian man was killed from Israeli fire at his house.
Tracer fire lit up the nightsky as Israeli tanks fired their machine guns from the Jerusalem suburb of Gilo towards the Palestinian town of Beit Jalla.
At least 135 people, the vast majority Palestinians, have been killed in nearly a month of violence.
Meanwhile Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat held an emergency cabinet meeting at his offices in Gaza City.
And on a positive note, Israel has reopened the international airport in the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip, restoring air links with the outside world.
 ISRAELI ARMYIsrael's chief military spokesman said today that the army estimated that a wave of Israeli-Palestinian clashes was likely to last a long time and was making military plans accordingly.
He was speaking as Israel braced for fresh mass Palestinian protests and marches today on an Islamic holiday marking the Prophet Mohammed's ascension to heaven from Jerusalem.
He said that the Palestinians had taken a "strategic decision" whereby "one way another they are moving towards an independent Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem".
 OILOil prices were stable at high levels today, wary of continued bloody skirmishes between Israelis and Palestinians and of an injection of extra supplies from the OPEC producers' cartel.
North Sea benchmark Brent crude futures opened pre-market dealings four cents weaker at $32.05 a barrel. U.S. light crude futures were trading at $33.69 a barrel, marking a seven-cent fall from New York's close at $33.76.
Oil has rallied almost 2 dollars since last Thursday, largely on fears that clashes between Israelis and Palestinians could lead to wider instability in the Middle East and affect oil flows from the region, which holds most of the world's petroleum reserves.
 UFO-S CYPRUS?UFO-S were reportedly cited in occupied Cyprus, causing great commotion among turkish Cypriots.
According to Turkish-cypriot daily "Kibris" residents of occupied Nicosia claim they saw UFO-S flying over the city last night at around eight o'clock.
Unidentified Flying Objects, were more clearly visible, always ofcourse according to eye-witness reports, over the occupied village of Ekso Metohi, causing great agitation among the residents.
 TURKEY PRISONSInmates in two Turkish jails continue for a second day, to hold more than 40 wardens hostage.
The outbreak of violence is the latest in a series of protests in Turkey's overcrowded prisons.
Prisoners took some 25 jailers hostage after wardens began their evening head count in the maximum-security Bayrampasa jail located in a suburb of Constantinople.
Smoke and flames were seen pouring out of the complex, as inmates set fire to buildings.
The hostage-takers were in contact with prison administrators, and paramilitary police had not yet intervened.
In a separate incident, prisoners in the southern city of Adana took 21 wardens hostage and set fire to buildings to demand the government introduce a general amnesty.
Riots, hunger strikes and unrest are common in the dilapidated jails, where police hold little sway over large dormitories used by political or mafia prisoners to recruit and organise gangs.
 ALBRIGHT KOREAU.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and North Korea's president Kim Jong-il held a second day of landmark talks today that could lead to a visit by President Bill Clinton, possibly on the11th of November.
The meetings are Kim's first with a cabinet official from the United States, with whom North Korea remains technically at war -- and mark yet another step in reclusive North Korea's efforts to enter the world stage.
Within the past year, Kim has also met the presidents of China, Russia and rival South Korea.
Albright said earlier today that her discussions so far had been positive but there was a long way to go.
 TAILERAn errant kangaroo has been spotted hopping around a London suburb -- and one woman reported that it attacked her pet dog.
Park officials in Lewisham confessed they had been caught on the hop after several sightings were reported by astonished walkers and golfers.
The park manager Jim Horn said that one woman claimed her dog had been kicked by the creature and came flying out of the bushes.
A team of animal welfare officers has been set off in hot pursuit of the kangaroo. All they have found so far is a set of paw prints which they said "could be those of a kangaroo."
 WEATHERThis afternoon it will be cloudy, with rain and thunderstorms falling in all areas.
Winds will be west to northwesterly, especially on the east coast and moderate northeasterly, three to four beaufort and in some areas, turning strong, five beaufort.