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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 00-10-27

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  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] ALVRARO 1
  • [03] ALVARO 2
  • [04] CHURCH1
  • [05] CHURCH2
  • [07] CSE
  • [08] WORLD

  • [01] HEADLINES

    The government agrees with Alvaro De Soto's view UN resolutions don't contain details on how the Cyprus solution should be solved, but do delineate the solution's parameters,

    The Wider Synod called by Archbishop Chrysostomos will consider matters other than the charges against Limassol Bishop Athanasios,

    Archbishop Chrysostomos meanwhile, laid to rest any doubts about his authority to call a wider Synod.

    And Greek Finance Minister Yiannos Papantoniou said the farther the island's EU accession course proceeds, the stronger President Clerides' bargaining power will be at solution talks.

    [02] ALVRARO 1

    The government agrees with Alvaro De Soto's assessment that UN resolutions on Cyprus do not contain details for a solution to the Cyprus issue, but outline the its nature.

    This from Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou asked to comment on remarks yesterday by the UN Secretary General's special adviser on Cyprus regarding new ideas and views.

    The government spokesman said examples of details not included in the UN resolutions are the conflict resolution mechanism and how to go about the Acquis Communautaire, just two issues which will need thorough discussions.

    Mr. Papapetrou nevertheless expressed his satisfaction over Mr. De Soto's statement that the basis for negotiations has not shifted.

    Commenting on Mr. De Soto's two-hour meeting with President Clerides, Mr. Papapetrou said both men exchanged views on how to approach and overcome obstacles blocking progress over the Cyprus issue.

    Asked whether opposition voiced by the Greek Cypriot over Mr. De Soto's documents is being taken into consideration, Mr. Papapetrou said this will come out of the next round of proximity talks which begins in Geneva November 1st.

    [03] ALVARO 2

    Following his meeting with President Clerides, Alvaro De Soto avoided making any statements, saving any remarks for a press conference this afternoon.

    He only said that he thought it would be prudent to meet President Clerides at the beginning and the end of this mission to Cyprus.

    Mr. De Soto will also meet Rauf Denktash in the occupied areas.

    With these two visits, Mr. De Soto wraps up his trip to Cyprus and will depart from the island tomorrow morning.

    His press conference will by carried live by CyBC's first television channel at four o'clock.

    [04] CHURCH1

    The Holy Synod's secretary, Father Marios Dimitriou confirmed that the Wider Synod convened by Archbishop Chrysostomos will also consider matters other than charges against Bishop Athanasios.

    Speaking to CyBC, Father Dimitriou said the Wider Synod will examine general church issues.

    Paphos Bishop Chrysostomos told CyBC last night that a letter read to the Holy Synod confirmed that the Wider Synod will concern itself with the charges against Bishop Athanasios, as well as the crisis beseiging the Church in general.

    The Wider Synod has originally been scheduled to convene on October 30, but was postponed for November 14 in order to give enough time to the inquiry team to complete its work on the charges against the LImassol Bishop.

    Asked whether Archbishop Chrysostomos had the right to call a Wider Synod, Father Dimitriou said the Archbishop believes he has every right under chapter 25 of the Church's constitution which states that a Wider Synod can be called to examine wrong doing by a bishop severe enough to warrant that he be defrocked.

    Father Dimitriou added that in case the Holy Synod's inquiry team clears Bishop Athanasios of the charges, there will be disagreements within the Holy Synod which makes a wider Synod necessary in order to settle the issue that has so scandalized the faithful once and for all.

    [05] CHURCH2

    Archbishop Chrysostomos today answered all those doubting his right to call a Wider Synod in order to settle the scandals rocking the Church.

    In a cyclical to all the faithful, the Archbishop stressed that he was forced to invoke his rights accorded to him by the Holy Canon.

    He referred to specific Ecumenical Synod decisions which grant him the right to call such a Wider Synod.

    The Archbishop said the Wider Synod has been definitively set for November 14 following consultations with the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Patriarchs of Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem, as well as the Archbishop of Athens.


    Greek Finance Minister Yiannos Papantoniou said the farther Cyprus's EU accession course progresses, the more powerful the bargaining chips President Clerides will have in his hands at the Cyprus talks.

    In a meeting with President Clerides, Mr. Papantoniou discussed the Cyprus issue, the island's EU accession course, and ways of pushing forward economic cooperation between Cyprus and Greece.

    Referring to the economic aspects of the island's EU accession course, Mr. Papantoniou encouraged Cypriot authorities to push ahead with reforms in a determined fashion.

    He added that there's no reason for concern and that reforms are to the benefit of all Cypriots and bolster the island's economic performance.

    The Greek Finance Minister also met with the House President and party leaders this morning.

    In statements, Mr. Papantoniou said the Greek government is also troubled by the latest developments in the Cyprus issue.

    [07] CSE

    After another marginal drop in today's trading at the stock exchange, with the index closing at just over 304 points, Disy President Nicos Anastasiades called on investors to come to the realisation that the bourse is not a casino and pleaded for calm.

    He also pointed out that economic indicators are such that if there's patience and if some measures are taken which would screen companies seeking a listing on the bourse floor even more thoroughly, then there's a bright future ahead for the CSE.

    Asked to comment on his criticism of Finance Minister Takis Klerides, Mr. Anastasiades said this had nothing to do with a lack of trust or any doubt of his abilities.

    He also stressed that he fully supports Mr. Klerides.

    Mr. Anastasiades also called on all parties to steer clear of the CSE and refrain from any unecessary meddling.

    [08] WORLD

    Now a brief look at what's making headlines around the world:

    U.S forces in South Korea acknowledged that two of its aircraft on a training mission had inadvertently flown into North Korean airspace.

    North Korea said earlier the infiltration would aggravate the improving situation on the Korean peninsula, two days after U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

    - - - -

    Israel braced for the danger of more bomb attacks after heightened warnings that militant Palestinian Islamic groups were planning to unleash suicide bombers into Israeli cities.

    An Army spokesman said more attacks were possible and a wave of clashes which began last month was likely to continue for several months.

    - - - -

    Software giant Microsoft Corp said hackers had broken into the company's computer system, in what a spokesman called "a deplorable act of industrial espionage".

    Microsoft spokesman Rick Miller declined to comment on what specific areas of the computer network were breached, what the specific goals of the hackers were, or the possible motives.

    [09] WEATHER

    This afternoon will be cloudy with a few local showers and possible isolated thunderstorms.

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

    Tonight will be unsettled with local showers and some snow on Troodos.

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

    Temperatures will drop to 8 degrees inland, to 12 along the coast, and to 3 over the mountains.

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