|Tuesday, 19 January 2021|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 02-09-04
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES--- President Clerides has departed for Paris for a meeting with Kofi Annan. He said the UN chief would not be making any suggestions on a Cyprus settlement.
--- Kofi Annan discussed the Cyprus problem with Turkish President Ahmed Sezer in Johannesburg.
--- President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox, has said the Cyprus problem and the relations of Turkey with the European Union were two different issues that were moving in parallel.
--- US President George Bush will meet congressional leaders today to focus on US efforts to overthrow Saddam Hussein, hoping to shore up domestic support and counter persistent opposition abroad to a possible military strike.
--- An Italian sent himself to an early grave, when he fell to his death in his own mausoleum.
 Clerides ParisPresident of the Republic Glafcos Clerides departed this morning for Paris for a meeting with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
On departure from Larnaca Airport, the President said the UN chief would not be submitting any document during the meeting nor would he be making any verbal or written suggestions on a Cyprus settlement.
President Clerides said Mr. Annan's intention was to listen to the two sides in order to form a clearer picture of the difficulties.
He added that Mr. Annan would be having separate meetings on Friday with himself and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, followed by a joint meeting, in the presence of Alvaro de Soto.
From Paris, Mr. Annan will be flying to New York to brief the Security Council.
President Clerides did not rule out the possibility that the European Union may set a date on condition for the commencement of Turkey's accession negotiations at the Copenhagen European Summit.
 Annan SezerKofi Annan discussed the Cyprus problem with Turkish President Ahmed Sezer in Johannesburg, on the sidelines of the Earth Summit.
Mr. Annan said that in Paris he would be informed by the leaders of the two communities on the course of the direct talks.
Mr. Sezer reiterated the well known intransigent Turkish positions on two separate states.
He also said the encouragement of the Greek Cypriot side for accession to the European Union did not help efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.
 Cox GurelPresident of the European Parliament, Pat Cox, has said the Cyprus problem and the relations of Turkey with the European Union were two different issues that were moving in parallel.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sukru Sina Gurel, Mr. Cox expressed hope that the Paris meetings would give the Cyprus problem a new impetus towards a mutually acceptable settlement.
Referring to Turkey's European Union accession course, Mr. Cox said Turkey's progress must be evaluated before any decisions are made.
Mr. Gurel said the Turkish people would be very disappointed if the Copenhagen Summit did not set a date for the commencement of Turkey's accession negotiations.
The Turkish official, who is currently visiting the European Parliament, also said not setting a date would damage EU-Turkish relations.
In an interview with Anatolu magazine, Mr. Gurel said Cyprus could not join the EU if Turkey was not a member of the bloc.
 WatchesRobbers broke into a jeweler's in Limassol around dawn today and got away with 15 watches worth a total of 45 thousand pounds.
The jewellery shop belongs to Vassos Eliades and is situated in Makarios Avenue in Limassol.
 Bush IraqUS President George Bush will meet congressional leaders today to focus on US efforts to overthrow Saddam Hussein, hoping to shore up domestic support and counter persistent opposition abroad to a possible military strike.
Brushing aside conflicting statements by administration officials, the White House said it wanted UN weapons inspectors to return to Iraq.
But the administration made clear it doubted inspectors could determine whether Iraq has given up its nuclear, chemical and biological arms programs.
Recent polls show half the American public would support the use of troops to depose Saddam, who the White House says is determined to use chemical, biological or nuclear weapons against US interests or give them to terrorists who will.
US allies, Muslim countries and many other nations are wary of any unilateral action, demanding a role for the United Nations in clarifying Iraq's capabilities and intent, and in sanctioning any attack should that effort fail.
 WorldUS Secretary of State Colin Powell, breaking weeks of silence on Iraq, said he was exploring proposals that would restore UN arms inspections despite what he called "lots of differences" inside the United States over what the administration should do.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, bidding to calm growing public alarm, has begun preparing the nation for war with Iraq in his most uncompromising speech to date on the subject.
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World governments finalised a plan in the early hours at the Earth Summit to ease poverty and protect the environment but political rows were brewing for the meeting's final session.
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Israel was to expel a Palestinian brother and sister from the West Bank to Gaza after its Supreme Court upheld the army's finding that they had helped their brother organise a suicide bombing.
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Despite vigorous US objections, the governing body for the new International Criminal Court began a week-long session yesterday to make sure the tribunal is in operation by mid-2003.
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President Bush is to ask Congress this week for nearly 1 billion dollars to aid Israel and the Palestinians and bolster security at US airports, administration and congressional sources said.
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Most Europeans believe America itself is partly to blame for the devastating attacks on New York and Washington last September 11, a new poll showed.
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Taiwan issued a sea warning as medium-strength Typhoon Sinlaku headed towards the island's eastern coast, the Central Weather Bureau said.
 Italian graveGiovanni Greco sent himself, literally, to an early grave.
Greco, 63, was so keen that his future mausoleum would be a perfect fit that he liked to visit it to ensure the builders were making it just right.
But his latest visit proved to be his last.
Local media said Greco was making his regular trip to the construction site in the small cemetery in his hometown of Lascari at the weekend.
He climbed a ladder to get a better view of the top of the mausoleum when he slipped, hit his head on a marble step, and fell into his own tomb.
 WillyKeiko the killer whale, star of the "Free Willy" movie, has turned up in a narrow Norwegian fjord, where he has made a splash with the locals.
The 10-metre-long whale, released into the wild just six weeks ago, even allowed children to ride on his back as he put on a display for them, showing he is the same playful orca in real life as on screen.
Keiko showed up in western Norway after swimming some 1.400 km from an Icelandic sea pen following his release in July. He was spotted in the fjord on Sunday by two 12-year-olds fishing in a small rowboat.
The father of one of the children said that after the children spotted him, he popped up just a metre away from the boat.
"At first, we got scared and sped up to get to land, but then we realised he just wanted to play", he said.
Keiko was captured near Iceland as a young calf and performed in marine amusement parks in Canada and Mexico for almost 20 years.
He was returned to Iceland in 1998 after people saw him as the captive whale in the 1993 movie "Free Willy" and campaigned for him to go home. Millions of dollars have since been spent on preparing him for life in the wild.
 WeatherThis afternoon will be generally fine with a few clouds over the mountains that may yield some rain.
A moderate sea breeze of four beaufort is expected over slight to moderate seas.
Temperatures will reach 32 degrees inland, 31 along the coast and 23 over the mountains.
Tonight will be clear.
Winds will be generally westerly to northwesterly, light, three beaufort, over slight seas.
Temperatures will drop to 20 degrees inland, to 21 along the coast, and to 15 over the mountains.
The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.