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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 02-06-04

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] Clerides Denmark
  • [03] Vassiliou
  • [04] UNFICYP Report
  • [05] Properties
  • [06] Elections
  • [07] Mideast
  • [08] Southasia
  • [09] World
  • [10] World Cup
  • [11] Weather TUESDAY 4 JUNE 2002

  • [01] HEADLINES

    --- President of the Republic Glafcos Clerides wraps up his visit to Denmark today and returns to the island late this afternoon.

    --- Head of Cyprus' negotiating team for accession to the EU, George Vassiliou, dismissed opinions that Denmark was creating problems in Cyprus' accession course.

    --- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has recommended that the Security Council extends the mandate of UNFICYP on the island for a further six months.

    --- Israeli tanks and troops raided the West Bank city of Jenin today before talks between US CIA director George Tenet and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.

    And

    --- Indian and Pakistani leaders sat down at the same table for the first time in five months today, but stuck to the same positions over Kashmir that have brought the two nuclear-armed neighbours to the brink of war.

    [02] Clerides Denmark

    President of the Republic Glafcos Clerides wraps up his visit to Denmark today and returns to the island late this afternoon.

    CyBC's TV and Radio Channel One will link up with Larnaca Airport to broadcast the President's statements live.

    The President arrives at ten to seven.

    [03] Vassiliou

    Head of Cyprus' negotiating team for accession to the EU, George Vassiliou, dismissed opinions that Denmark was creating problems in Cyprus' accession course, and that this became clear during talks between President Clerides and Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

    Mr. Vassiliou told CyBC that the Danish premier has assured the EU would stick to the Helsinki Summit conclusions, that said a Cyprus settlement was not a precondition for accession.

    Mr. Rasmussen had also assured that Turkey could not veto Cyprus' accession.

    [04] UNFICYP Report

    UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has recommended that the Security Council extends the mandate of UNFICYP on the island for a further six months.

    In his report to the Security Council, Mr. Annan notes that the so-called Turkish Cypriot authorities and the Turkish forces continued to hinder UNFICYP operations.

    [05] Properties

    A meeting took place at the Law Office yesterday evening, to make decisions on the issue of selling and purchasing Greek Cypriot properties in the Turkish occupied areas.

    The meeting, presided over by Attorney General Alecos Markides, was attended by representatives of the coordinating committee of municipalities, associations and organisations of the Kyrenia area.

    The measures decided aim at defending the rights of refugees to their property.

    No details were not announced.

    The Attorney General also gave guidelines for personal appeals against Turkey.

    [06] Elections

    The opposition has said it will announce the name of the candidate it will support in next year's presidential elections, the latest by mid-July.

    Yesterday, the Movement of Social Democrats gave all parties, except ruling right-wing Democratic Rally, its proposal for the elections.

    The Democratic Rally is also about to start moves and preparations for the elections, in July.

    [07] Mideast

    Israeli tanks and troops raided the West Bank city of Jenin today before talks between US CIA director George Tenet and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.

    Palestinian security officials and witnesses said troops fired in the air as the tanks and armoured vehicles rolled into the city but there no reports of any casualties before the troops withdrew about one hour later.

    Military sources said the army had received reports of the whereabouts of wanted militants but the reports proved wrong.

    The army has raided Palestinian-ruled towns and cities almost daily in recent weeks following a resurgence of Palestinian suicide bombings in a 20-month-old uprising against Israeli occupation.

    Israel says it has carried out such raids to seek out militants blamed for the suicide bombings.

    Tenet is on a mission which Bush said was aimed at building a united Palestinian force "that will fight terror". He is expected to press for reforms of the Palestinian security forces during his talks with Arafat in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

    The Central Intelligence Agency director met Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon against the backdrop of Israeli doubts that any real reform is possible in the Palestinian Authority while Arafat remains its leader.

    The White House said Sharon will visit Washington on June 10 to discuss ways to end the Israeli-Palestinian violence.

    [08] Southasia

    Indian and Pakistani leaders sat down at the same table for the first time in five months today, but stuck to the same positions over Kashmir that have brought the two nuclear-armed neighbours to the brink of war.

    Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said his country was ready to talk to Pakistan over Kashmir, a flashpoint for tensions between the two rivals, but he insisted cross-border incursions had to stop first.

    Earlier, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf pledged his country would not start a war with India.

    India blames bloody attacks on its parliament last December and on an army camp in Kashmir in May on Islamic militants based in Pakistan, and has demanded an end to infiltrations.

    Pakistan denies it supports the militants and has vowed to crack down on cross-border incursions.

    New Delhi says militants enter India across a line of control that separates Indian and Pakistan territory in Kashmir.

    The two neighbours have massed one million troops, backed by tanks, missiles and artillery, on their border and dozens have been killed as armies exchanged regular mortar and artillery fire in recent weeks.

    The world has coordinated efforts to prevent a further escalation of the standoff in Kashmir, already the cause of two of the three wars the countries have fought since independence from Britain in 1947.

    [09] World

    And now for a look at other developments around the world in brief.

    In the United States, President George Bush, seeking to reassure Americans, said the FBI was "changing its culture" to confront the reality of terrorism in the face of criticism the agency failed to act on information that might have prevented the September 11 attacks.

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    IN Belfast, Northern Ireland, two men were shot and up to 1.000 people fought in the street as violence erupted for a fourth night running in a flashpoint district.

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    In Chile, at least four people were reported killed in the worst storms to hit the country in more than 100 years, awakening fears of a return visit of the devastating El Nino weather phenomenon.

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    In London, a who's who of British rock and pop over the last half century paid a deafening tribute to Queen Elizabeth as she celebrated 50 years on the throne.

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    Japan ratified the Kyoto protocol on global warming that it signed at a United Nations climate conference in 1997 and said it would urge other countries including Russia and the United States to do the same.

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    Fifty million babies a year -- 41 percent of the world total -- go undocumented at birth, the UN children's agency UNICEF said, urging governments to do more to provide all babies with an official identity and nationality.

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    Cosmic dynamos in black holes could be the most efficient power plants in the universe, spawning magnetic energy fields so big they push past galaxy borders and into intergalactic space, scientists said.

    [10] World Cup

    Costa Rica beat China 2 - 0 today in a match for the World Cup, taking place in Japan and South Korea.

    The other matches today are Japan Vs Belgium and South Korea Vs Poland.

    All matches are broadcast live on CyBC's TV Channel One.

    [11] Weather

    This afternoon will be fine in most areas, with clouds and isolated showers on the mountains.

    Winds will be southwesterly, moderate, four beaufort, and locally five beaufort, over slight to moderate seas.

    Tonight will be generally clear with fine mist in some areas.

    Winds will be westerly, light, two to three beaufort, over slight seas.

    Temperatures will drop to 17 degrees inland, to 18 along the coast, and to 12 over the mountains.

    Tomorrow will be fine in the morning, but towards the afternoon, especially inland, clouds and local showers are expected.

    Winds will be southwesterly, moderate, four to five beaufort, over moderate seas.

    Temperatures will reach 30 degrees inland, 27 along the coast, and 21 over the mountains.

    On Thursday and Friday, the weather will be fine with a slight rise in temperatures.


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