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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-06-21

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] CASOULIDES TALKS
  • [03] DENKTASH TALKS
  • [04] DENKTASH REGIME
  • [05] CLERIDES OUT
  • [06] BASES CASOUL.
  • [07] AERIALS BASES
  • [08] AERIALS CASOU
  • [09] IRISH TROUBLE
  • [10] TEXAS CRIME
  • [11] Ecevit elex
  • [12] Tailer
  • [13] Weather THURSDAY 21 JUNE 2001

  • [01] HEADLINES

    Foreign Minister Ioannis Casoulides stated that the Cyprus government has no knowledge regarding the possibility of invitations by UN Secretary General Kofi Anan for proximity talks at the end of July,

    President of the republic Glafkos Clerides today left the private "Evaggelistria" clinic in Nicosia, after undergoing various medical tests that showed he is in tip-top shape, at 82,

    Northern Ireland police firing plastic bullets restored control in Belfast today after a night of some of the worst rioting in the British province's capital for several years,

    A 36-year-old woman suffering a long bout of postpartum depression last night confessed to killing her five children in their Houston home, a crime police said could have her facing the death penalty, and

    A class of British 11-year-olds said U.S. President George W. Bush should go back to school after he sent them a letter describing them as young Americans.

    [02] CASOULIDES TALKS

    Foreign Minister Ioannis Casoulides stated that the Cyprus government has no knowledge regarding the possibility of invitations by UN Secretary General Kofi Anan for proximity talks at the end of July, in New York or Geneva.

    The turkish news agency "Anatolia" had wired the story, citing sources in Washington.

    In statements to our station, Mr Casoulides said that the Cyprus government has already declared its intention to attend proximity talks and resume negotiations with the turkish cypriot side.

    He added that President Clerides has already sent three official letters to the UN chief, asking him to invite the two sides for proximity talks.

    [03] DENKTASH TALKS

    Turkish-cypriot leader Rauf Denktash seems to be certain that Kofi Anan will not invite the two sides to attend proximity talks next month.

    Ankara, meanwhile declared that efforts by the UN chief to resume talks in July, from the point where they had broken off, was a positive step.

    The turkish-cypriot leader said that the reports that the UN chief will invite the two sides to proximity talks next month, were mere rumours, since Mr Anan had promised him no surprise actions.

    However, the turkish foreign ministry spokesman said that the UN chief's efforts for resumption of proximity talks in July, were positive.

    He also reiterated Ankara's position that the basis of the talks has to change.

    [04] DENKTASH REGIME

    The illegal Denktash regime, reacting to the recent resolution by the Security Council, that renewed UNFICYP's mandate, has prohibited peacekeepers from entering the occupied territories by helicopter.

    According to reports in the turkish-cypriot press, peacekeepers from the Austrian and Slovak contigents wished to enter the occupied territories by helicopter, but he rejected their request, because, he claimed UNFICYP doesn't treat the two sides in Cyprus as equals.

    [05] CLERIDES OUT

    President of the republic Glafkos Clerides today left the private "Evaggelistria" clinic in Nicosia, after undergoing various medical tests that showed he is in tip-top shape, at 82.

    His doctors, Agis Syrimis, Iosif Kasios and Yiorgos Pavlides, announced this morning that all the test that President Clerides underwent in the last two days, showed nothing suspicious and as of tomorrow, he can go back to work.

    The president of the republic had gone in for routine tests on Tuesday, a year after undergoing an operation o remove a polypod from his large intestine.

    Today he underwent kolonoskopisis of the intestine, that lasted around twenty minutes.

    [06] BASES CASOUL.

    Foreign minister Ioannis Casoulides today stated that Cyprus Britain have agreed to begin talks, regarding the status of British Bases, after the republic joins the European Union.

    The talks will be conducted on the diplomatic level.

    In statements to our station, Mr Casoulides said that the purpose of the talks is to secure that after Cyprus entry, all Cypriots, either working at the British bases or travelling through them, will be European citizens.

    He added that after completion of talks with Nicosia, Britain will start similar consultations with the European Union.

    The foreign minister disclosed that there are three options on the table.

    Either Britain will arrange accession of British bases territory to the European Union, Cyprus and the European Union will agree that the territory will maintain its current status or Cypriots that live or work inside British bases territory will be secure as European citizens.

    [07] AERIALS BASES

    Cyprus republic experts and British Bases authorities, found no way out over the crisis regarding British intentions to install a massive aerial at the Alyki Akrotiriou area.

    At a meeting in Akrotiri, after attempting to persuade the locals that being exposed to electro-magnetic fields doesn't harm their health, British representatives walked out, stating that they had no intention of negotiating and the aerial would be installed, irrespective of effects.

    Locals warned with dynamic reactions, even launching a complaint at the European parliament.

    [08] AERIALS CASOU

    Meanwhile, foreign minister Ioannis Casoulides made clear that the matter is far from closed.

    He said that negotiations with the British government are continuing, adding that the government wants the british to protect the environment here in the same manner as in their own country.

    [09] IRISH TROUBLE

    Northern Ireland police firing plastic bullets restored control in Belfast today after a night of some of the worst rioting in the British province's capital for several years.

    Police called in British troops to help quell the violence when hundreds of rioters from rival Protestant and Roman Catholic communities launched attacks with petrol bombs, stones and bottles in a north Belfast district. Police said three gun shots had been fired at them from a Catholic area.

    The rioting erupted as the fragile peace process in the British province faced a fresh crisis over a long-running dispute on guerrilla disarmament between politicians from the Protestant majority and Catholic minority.

    The rioting followed two days of sectarian violence between Protestant and Catholic communities in north Belfast.

    Britain and the Irish Republic have launched a new push to get the stalled peace process back on track but the disarmament issue remains as thorny as ever despite ceasefires by mainstream guerrilla groups such as the Irish Republican Army.

    [10] TEXAS CRIME

    A 36-year-old woman suffering a long bout of postpartum depression last night confessed to killing her five children in their Houston home, a crime police said could have her facing the death penalty.

    The four boys and a girl, 6 months to 7 years old, appeared to have been drowned in the bathtub.

    The woman, Andrea Yates, has taken medication for depression since the birth of her youngest boy two years ago.

    A television report showed the longhaired, bespectacled Yates, her shirt torn in many places, being led away in handcuffs by police.

    The woman called police to her home in a modest southeast Houston suburb.

    Yates was wet, breathing heavily and clearly disturbed when the first officer arrived on what he thought was a routine welfare check

    The woman took the officer to a bedroom, where he pulled back a sheet on a bed to reveal four still-wet bodies -- Yates' sons Luke, 2, Paul, 3, and John, 5, and 6-month-old daughter Mary.

    The fifth child, Noah, 7, was found in the bathtub by a second officer responding to the call.

    Cannon said the father, whom neighbors identified as Russell Yates, arrived at the house at the same time as police.

    [11] Ecevit elex

    Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit today dismissed the prospect of early elections as fears grew that a possible court ban on the main opposition party could spark political instability.

    An election in the present circumstances is impossible, but just talk of it has created problems and opened the way for anxiety.

    The Constitutional Court is expected to rule any day on the case to shut down the Virtue Party on charges it is a centre of Islamist militancy and anti-secularism.

    If the judges outlaw the party and order an expulsion of 20 or more of Virtue MP's, by-elections could be triggered, upsetting the delicately-balanced coalition as it implements economic reforms pledged to the IMF in return for 15.7 billion dollars in crisis-remedy loans.

    [12] Tailer

    A class of British 11-year-olds said U.S. President George W. Bush should go back to school after he sent them a letter describing them as young Americans.

    Pupils at Oakhill College in Lancashire, northwest England, were thrilled to get a signed letter from the president after they sent him congratulations on his inauguration.

    But their awe-struck silence was soon replaced by gales of laughter when their teacher read the letter out loud.

    As young Americans, you have an important responsibility, which is to become good citizens, the letter said.

    The children decided that although Bush was one of the most powerful men in the world, they could teach him something about geography

    [13] Weather

    It will be mainly clear this afternoon, with some patchy cloud.

    Winds will be moderate sea-breezes, three to four beaufort, over slight seas.

    Tonight it will be mainly clear, with patchy cloud and thin mist forming in some areas.

    Winds will be moderate westerly to southwesterly, three beaufort, over slight seas.

    Temperatures will fall to 18 degrees inland, 20 on the coast and 17 on ther mountains.

    The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.


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