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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 02-05-21

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Headlines
  • [02] Palestinians
  • [03] Clerides Simitis
  • [04] Clerides Prigin
  • [05] Czech weapons
  • [06] Israel
  • [07] Lebanon
  • [08] World
  • [09] Pitsillides
  • [10] Corpse
  • [11] Tourist
  • [12] Robbery
  • [13] Weather TUESDAY 21 MAY 2002

  • [01] Headlines

    --- The European Union member states have reached an agreement on the fate of the thirteen Palestinians brought to Cyprus after being released from Bethlehem's Nativity Church.

    --- President of the Republic Glafcos Clerides and Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis will meet in Athens tomorrow to discuss the recent visit to Cyprus of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

    --- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government was plunged into crisis today after he kicked ministers of the linchpin Shas party out of his government for voting against an emergency economic package.

    --- Lebanese security forces closed off a street in Beirut today after receiving reports that a bomb had been planted in a car there.

    And

    --- In the United States, the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman said militant Islamic groups could be planning to attack the United States and may be more able to do so than the al Qaeda network of Osama bin Laden.

    [02] Palestinians

    The European Union member states have reached an agreement and twelve of the thirteen Palestinians brought to Cyprus after being released from Bethlehem's Nativity Church will be sent tomorrow to six countries willing to take them in.

    A Spanish airforce jet will land at Larnaca Airport today to take the Palestinians.

    The final agreement was announced last night in Myconos by Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Josep Pique, on the sidelines of the EuroMediterranean Forum.

    Italy and Spain will take in three Palestinians each, Greece and Ireland two each, and Portugal and Belgium one each.

    The Spanish jet will stop in Athens, Rome and Madrid to drop the Palestinians off.

    The thirteenth Palestinian will remain in Cyprus.

    [03] Clerides Simitis

    President of the Republic Glafcos Clerides and Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis will meet in Athens tomorrow to discuss the recent visit to Cyprus of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

    Spokesman for the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Panayiotis Beglitis, said the Ministry was evaluating Mr. Annan's trip positively.

    Mr. Beglitis said the UN Chief had the opportunity to evaluate the positive and constructive role of President Clerides in efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, and to determine the intransigent stance of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.

    [04] Clerides Prigin

    Russian envoy for Cyprus, Vladimir Prigin, was received this morning in Nicosia by President Glafcos Clerides.

    After the meeting, which lasted well over an hour, no statements were made to the press.

    Russian Ambassador to Cyprus Vladimir Pavlinov and Undersecretary to the President Pantelis Kouros were present at the meeting.

    Mr. Prigin then met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides.

    [05] Czech weapons

    The destruction of Czechoslovakian weapons stored by UNFICYP since 1972 at the Nicosia Airport, was concluded today.

    The weapons comprised a total of four-and-a-half small arms.

    Their destruction was agreed between UNFICYP and the Republic of Cyprus in January.

    The last phase of the operation was watched by Minister of Justice and Public Order Nicos Koshis, who said his presence was symbolic.

    Mr. Koshis was given a small arm for the Police Force's museum.

    [06] Israel

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government was plunged into crisis today after he kicked ministers of the linchpin Shas party out of his government for voting against an emergency economic package.

    He faced the challenge of governing with a narrowed parliamentary majority and the possible threat of new elections.

    In a stinging defeat for Sharon, parliament voted 47-44 yesterday against a 2,7-billion-dollar package aimed at reining in swollen budget deficit created in part by higher defence spending to cover the army's offensive in the West Bank.

    [07] Lebanon

    Lebanese security forces closed off a street in Beirut today after receiving reports that a bomb had been planted in a car there.

    Yesterday, a car bomb killed the son of Palestinian guerrilla leader Ahmed Jibril -- the second assassination of a political figure in Lebanon this year -- and the rotting corpse of a member of a banned anti-Syrian Christian militia was found in a car in the Lebanese capital.

    Lebanon became notorious for political violence, particularly car bombings, during its 1975-1990 civil war and is keen to maintain public order to regain its prewar role as a business and finance centre.

    [08] World

    In the United States, the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman said militant Islamic groups like Hizbollah and Egypt's Islamic Jihad could be planning to attack the United States and may be more able to do so than the al Qaeda network of Osama bin Laden.

    Stocks and the dollar slipped but bonds and gold prices racked up strong gains as weak US economic data and fears of new terrorism threats spurred demand for safe-haven investments.

    - - - -

    India and Pakistan jockeyed for international diplomatic support as their troops traded heavy border fire, fuelling fears of war between the nuclear-capable neighbours.

    US Secretary of State Colin Powell's deputy will travel to India and Pakistan to try to ease the rising tensions.

    - - - -

    US President George W. Bush sought to thwart efforts by big business and free-trade Republicans to ease US sanctions on Cuba, vowing to veto any such moves in Congress unless Cuba adopted free markets and democracy.

    - - - -

    In Japan, a furious Iceland stormed out of the International Whaling Commission annual meeting a day after the pro-whaling nation's bid for full membership in the deeply divided body was rejected.

    - - - -

    South Korea's Labour Minister urged unions to withdraw their threat to strike from Wednesday, saying labour chaos ahead of the World Cup finals would seriously damage the country's image.

    - - - -

    Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar denied that talks with Britain on the future of Gibraltar were in crisis, but gave no hint of progress after talks in London with Prime Minister Tony Blair.

    - - - -

    The self-described "odd couple" of international aid diplomacy, Irish rock singer Bono and US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, arrived in Ghana to launch one of the most unlikely campaigns ever to highlight the need for effective spending on development.

    [09] Pitsillides

    Georgios Pitsillides, who worked for CyBC since 1979, died yesterday of a heart attack.

    Pitsillides, aged 51 and father of four, died at home, soon after returning from work.

    His funeral will be held at five o'clock this afternoon at the Apostolos Loukas Church in Palechori, at CyBC expense.

    [10] Corpse

    The corpse found a couple of days ago in Kato Paphos belongs to Georgios Konosis, 34, who was living with relatives in Kato Paphos over the past one-and-a-half months.

    Konosis was identified at the Paphos General Hospital morgue, where his body had been taken.

    [11] Tourist

    A young tourist from Ireland was seriously injured last night in Ayia Napa, while out with his friends.

    Thomas Murphy, 23, was standing in a planter near the Ayia Napa Municipality, when he lost consciousness and fell three metres down.

    He suffered head injuries and his condition is considered to be critical.

    [12] Robbery

    Robbers broke into a jewellery shop in Makarios Avenue, in Nicosia, and got away with valuable watches.

    The thieves broke into Athos jewellery shop, belonging to Athos Ioannides, at half-past-four this morning, setting off the alarm.

    The Police are searching for the robbers.

    [13] Weather

    This afternoon will be fine with a few local clouds.

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

    Tonight will be clear, with fine mist and low clouds in some areas.

    Winds will be northwesterly, light, three beaufort, over slight seas.

    Temperatures will drop to 15 degrees inland and along the coast, and to 13 over the mountains.


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