|Friday, 6 December 2019|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-02-16
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINESThe Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation obtains an exclusive interview from Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, with Government Spokesman Papapetrou commenting on some of the matters raised;
A barrister sentenced to five days in prison was released this morning, while the hearing of an appeal filed on his behalf at the Supreme Court continues;
Israel appears to be on the way to forming a national unity government;
We have a look at news from around the world in brief;
King Carnival enters Limassol;
Stability marks today's CSE session;
Two British high-profile female soldiers fire what could be parting shots to the army.
 DENKTASH CYBCThe geo-strategic importance of Turkey is being used by Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash as a lever aimed at blackmailing the European Union not to agree to Cyprus' accession.
In an exclusive interview to our station, Mr Denktash also dangled the proverbial carrot by saying that should the Cyprus Republic acknowledge the existence of the pseudostate one day, he would withdraw from politics the very next.
As regards the UN-sponsored proximity talks, the Turkish-Cypriot leader maintains that he walked out after he allegedly discovered that points agreed upon between himself on the one hand and the UN Secretary-General and the US administration on the other were not adhered to. Always according to Mr Denktash, these points provided that anything and everything could be placed on the negotiating table, that there would be no reference to UN Security Council resolutions, and that there would be no further mention of the island's two communities but rather to talks between two parties. These, Mr Denktash alleged, were completely forgotten by the fifth round of talks.
The Turkish-Cypriot leader's entire interview will be broadcast at a date to be announced later.
 spokesGovernment Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou today commented on the contents of Rauf Denktash's exclusive interview to our station.
Specifically, Mr Papapetrou noted that both the G-8 decision and UN Security Council resolution 12-50 provide for a solution to the Cyprus Issue based on all relevant resolutions, and, as a result, the Turkish-Cypriot leader's claims come in direct conflict with the indisputable facts of the matter.
As regards Mr Denktash's proclaimed intent to withdraw from politics should the Cyprus Government acknowledge the existence of the "TRNC", Spokesman Papapetrou said that this would be tantamount to surrender, and a completely wrong approach.
In closing, Michalis Papapetrou said that while the Turkish-Cypriot leader's ardent desire to rid himself of all Cyprus-related resolutions is well-known, the Government will never agree to a search for a solution outside the framework set by the United Nations.
 Barrister outBarrister Michalakis Kyprianou was released from jail this morning, having served two of the five days in prison imposed on him by the Limassol Assizes for contempt of court. The release was made possible under a provision stipulating that a sentence coming to term on a Monday may be commuted to just before the preceding weekend.
On leaving the Central Prisons, Michalakis Kyprianou went to the island's Supreme Court, for the hearing of the appeal filed on his behalf by six of his colleagues. Prior to the commencement of the procedure, Mr Kyprianou extended his thanks to all those who stood by him and his family during what he termed "his tribulation", and further stressed that he never once asked for a pardon to be granted.
The hearing of the appeal, which is based on 13 points concerning the alleged violation of an individual's inalienable human rights, was, at the latest report, continuing.
 Cyair purchasesCyprus Airways announced today that the national carrier's Board of Directors has decided to proceed with the purchase of two Airbus 319-100 planes, to be delivered in 2002.
The announcement also mentions that a further two Airbus 330-200 planes will be chartered as of 2003, while four A310-200's currently serving in the fleet will be withdrawn the same year.
At the same time, the national carrier's daughter company, Eurocypria, will proceed with the chartering of four Boeing 737-800 in 2003.
 IsraelIsrael today appeared on course towards forming a national unity government, after prime-minister elect Ariel Sharon and outgoing head-of-government Ehud Barak announced late last night that they have agreed, in principle, to join forces to try to quell months of Palestinian-Israeli violence.
Barak, 59, is widely expected to become defence minister and reverse his hasty decision to quit politics after the 72-year-old Sharon won the February 6th election. Barak's party-mate and Nobel peace laureate Shimon Peres, 77, is being tipped for foreign minister.
Violence meanwhile continued unabated, with the Israeli army and Palestinian gunmen trading fire late into the night at a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip, but no deaths were reported.
Almost 400 people have been killed since the uprising began in late September against Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza after peace talks froze. The toll includes more than 300 Palestinians, 61 Israelis and 13 Israeli Arabs.
 WIBNow for a look at news from around the world in brief...
The head of Russia's Defence Ministry international co-operation department, Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, has said that Moscow would be ready with details of its plan for a compact and inexpensive missile shield for Europe when NATO Secretary-General George Robertson visits the country next week.
Ousted Philippine leader Joseph Estrada has offered to go quietly if the Supreme Court rules he is still president. Lead Counsel Rene Saguisag said Estrada had filed a petition in which he says he would consider giving up the presidency to his successor, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, "so that the healing can begin".
Yugoslav police announced that unidentified gunmen opened fire on a car escorting Serbian Interior Minister Dusan Mihajlovic, in what was described by local television as an assassination attempt.
 Carnival limassolCyprus' carnival season opened with a bang yesterday, with the focus of activities being, as every year, the city of Limassol.
Making his entry late yesterday afternoon, King Carnival, assuming his guise for this year as the ruler of "Banania", gave the official go-ahead for ten days of rambunctious festivities.
Rambunctiousness however may not have been the motive behind the actions of as-yet unknown individuals who at around 3:30 a.m. set fire to the street decorations at the Limassol Courthouse roundabout, while half an hour later a float parked outside Limassol's Town Hall was set ablaze and burnt to a cinder.
 CSEThe Cyprus Stock Exchange was marked by relative stability today, withthe All-Share Index closing at 204.58, a marginal rise of 0.05% from yesterday.
At the same time however, the overall volume of trading posted a decrease, reaching just 8 million pounds, compared to yesterday's 9.6 million.
 TailerIn today's tailer... Two British high-profile female soldiers in the firing line for breaking military rules issued what could be parting shots to the army late last night, appearing on ITV's "Tonight with Trevor McDonald" and saying that they want to put their careers in the forces behind them.
Roberta Winterton, who posed topless in the Sun tabloid earlier this month and was subsequently stripped of her lance-corporal's stripes for breaking army rules, said that being a model was more important than being in the military and has since made yet another risque appearance in the Sun after being, as she said, "bombarded" with modelling offers.
And Heidi Cochrane, whose face appeared on army posters designed to recruit more women but who eloped with her superior, Sergeant Jason Archer, while on exercise in Cyprus over seven months ago, hoped she could start afresh. Lance-Bombardier Cochrane, in her early 20s, ALSO faces disciplinary action from superiors trying to find HER and some 380 other AWOL cases. ITV reported that the couple were on the run again after having settled briefly in Holland, where they lived in a tent.
The twin cases of "robusty Roberta" and "hiding Heidi"!
 WeatherPartly cloudy conditions this afternoon are expected to lead to rain and isolated thunderstorms throughout the island, as well as snow on the highest mountain peaks. Winds will be light southwesterlies, 3BF, gusting to 4 at times, on slight to moderate seas, while temperatures are not expected to exceed 16C inland and along the coasts, and 2C at higher altitudes.
Unsettled conditions are forecast for this evening, with rain and isolated thunderstorms once again expected throughout the island and snow on the highest mountain peaks. Winds will be variable light, 2-3BF, gusting to strong, 5BF, in stormy areas, while seas will be slight to moderate and temperatures will drop to 5C inland, 7C in coastal regions and 0C on the higher reaches of the Troodos mountains.