|Wednesday, 20 November 2019|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-06-01
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES---The 45 members of the US congress support Cyprus' accession to the European Union, with or without a prior solution to the Cyprus problem.
--- Swedish Prime Minister and President of the European Council, Goran Person, said that the 15 members of the European Union were discussing a specific time frame, to conclude accession negotiations with candidate countries by the end of the year 2002.
--- The scene around who will be the next President of the House of Representatives is beginning to clear.
--- An order was signed today, increasing the price of fuel by 1,1 cents per litre.
--- A total of 76 drivers, 27 of which are Cypriots, are participating in this year's Cyprus Rally, which started today and includes 22 special stages.
 US CyprusThe 45 members of the US congress support Cyprus' accession to the European Union, with or without a prior solution to the Cyprus problem.
In a letter to US Secretary of State Colin Powel, the congress people request that the US Administration undertakes a more active role in efforts to reunite the island.
They note that Cyprus' accession to the European Union would contribute to stability in the region and the solution of the Cyprus problem, and would also serve US and NATO interests.
The congress people also urge Mr. Powel to make clear to Turkey that the United States favour Cyprus EU accession, with or without a solution of the political problem.
The initiative to send the letter was taken after meetings between Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides and a group of congress people, comprising the International Affairs Committee.
 PersonSwedish Prime Minister and President of the European Council, Goran Person, said that the 15 members of the European Union were discussing a specific time frame, to conclude accession negotiations with candidate countries by the end of the year 2002.
Speaking in Athens, where he met with Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis, in view of the Gothenburg summit, Mr. Person said Helsinki had decided that Cyprus would accede to the EU, even without a solution to its political problem.
 HouseThe scene around who will be the next President of the House of Representatives is beginning to clear.
It is already estimated that AKEL General Secretary Demetris Christofias is probably to be voted for by the majority of the new House in the June 7 elections.
The Democratic Party will play a decisive role in who will become the next President of the parliament.
AKEL and DISI are separately contacting the parliamentary parties, to promote their leaders' candidacies.
 FuelAn order was signed today, increasing the price of fuel by 1,1 cents per litre.
Minister of Commerce Nicos Rolandis said the increase was necessary, due to high international crude oil prices.
Mr. Rolandis noted that by the end of June the Ministry of Commerce would submit a proposal to the Council of Ministers to change the way fuel prices are set.
He explained that the previous law increasing fuel prices expires at the end of the month.
Mr. Rolandis added that in the context of Cyprus' European Union accession course, within twelve months the price of fuel must be liberalised.
 BritainBritain's "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher warned today that voters could find themselves ruled by an "elective dictatorship" if Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair wins a landslide victory in elections next week.
The former Conservative premier launched a blistering attack on Blair as opinion polls showed the Conservatives heading for a heavier defeat on June 7 than in 1997 when the Labour leader swept to power with the biggest majority in 150 years.
Mrs. Thatcher, dubbed the "Iron Lady" during the Cold War years of the 1980s when she enjoyed big parliamentary majorities herself, accused Mr. Blair of eroding Britain's power in the European Union by allowing vetoes to be stripped away and of being prepared to abolish the pound in favour of the euro.
Asked about Mrs. Thatcher's attack, Tony Blair, who won a 179-seat majority in the 659 member parliament in 1997 election, said her warning was part of a "sneaking" strategy by William Hague's Conservatives to incite apathy within the electorate.
 WorldAnd now for a look at other developments around the world in brief.
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Philippine troops clashed with Muslim rebels who kidnapped three Americans and 17 Filipinos from an island resort last weekend; the guerrillas said two hostages were killed in the clash.
The Philippine military confirmed that soldiers had clashed with Muslim rebels who kidnapped 20 people last weekend, but said the fighting was on the southern island of Basilan.
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Indonesian media and some MPs bemoan the top legislature's move to wait until August before deciding whether to impeach President Abdurrahman Wahid, saying that the troubled country desperately needed stability.
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UN Security Council members reached broad agreement on a humanitarian programme for Iraq in the first show of unity between Russia and the United States on Iraqi policy for years.
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A call from a dissident former Central African Republic president for mutineers to lay down arms raises hopes of an end to fighting after a failed coup attempt that has brought Libyan troops and Congolese rebels rushing to aid the government.
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Japanese Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka -- now in the midst of a bittle battle with bureaucrats -- looked to be in hot water after a newspaper report that she had expressed concern about America's missile defense strategy in a chat with her Italian counterpart in Beijing.
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Democrats in control of the US Senate will set a different tone on Asian affairs, subjecting the Bush team to a greater scrutiny on issues such as a new missile defense and policy toward North Korea.
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Police issued misdemeanor citations to President George W. Bush's twin teenage daughters, aged 19, for alleged underage drinking at a restaurant in Austin, Texas, where the legal age for consuming alcohol is 21.
 BoyBack to local news...
Medical examiner Eleni Antoniou has announced the results of tissue tests carried out in England, regarding the death of 14-year-old Giorgos Hadjidemetris, who died while undergoing surgery on April 30.
The results indicate that the boy's death was caused by lung deficiency, due to a septic wound.
The infection began due to the rusty piece of metal that wounded the teenager.
 RallyA total of 76 drivers, 27 of which are Cypriots, are participating in this year's Cyprus Rally, which started today and includes 22 special stages.
The Cyprus Rally is divided into three units and will end on Sunday afternoon.
Finnish Mitsubishi driver Tomi Makkinen left first, followed by last year's winner Spanish Ford driver Carlos Seinz.
Today's first day of the Rally includes six special stages, while the drivers will cover a total distance of 520 km.
So far, with the completion of the first special stage, Peter Solberg is in the lead with a Subaru Imprezza, followed by Kenneth Eriksonn in a Hyundai, and Richard Burns in a Subaru Imprezza.
The first leg of the Rally will end tonight, at around seven o'clock, when the first car is expected to enter the area of the old Limassol Port.
There are 73 cars so far left in the Rally.
 WeatherThis afternoon will be generally fine, with a moderate sea breeze of four beaufort, over slight seas.
Tonight will be clear.
Winds will be northerly, light, two to three beaufort, over slight seas.
Temperatures will drop to 22 degrees inland, to 19 along the coast, and to 14 over the mountains.
The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.