|Monday, 20 January 2020|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 02-10-10
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES-- Cyprus' Foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides described as very important the European COmmission's decision to give Cyprus the green light to join the European Union.
-- Turkey's Foreign Minister Sukru Sina Gurel said he was satisfied with the Commission's repoprt on Cyprus because it did not associate Turkey's accession efforts with efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.
-- The US believe that the UN Secretary-General should submit a draft plan for a settlement to the Cyprus problem.
-- A suicide bomber blew himself up by a bus today near Tel Aviv, killing a woman and injuring five people
And * Clashes occurred in Pakistan as elections began in the country.
 KASOULIDES EUForeign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides described as very significant the European Commission's decision to recommend Cyprus in the group of countries which are can conclude accession negotiations, noting it gives us the passport to Copenhagen when the final battle will be fought.
Speaking on CyBC's Third Radio Channel, Mr Kasoulides said there are many things that need to be done before Copenhagen.
However he said the international community wants to make use of the period before the Copenhagen European Council, adding that every effort will be made to promote a Cyprus settlement.
He said the US, Britain and other countries believe that now is the time for a draft solution to the Cyprus problem to be submitted by the UN Secretary=General.
 AKRAM CYPRUS EUBritish Shadow Foreign Secretary, Conservative Michael Akram, welcomed the European Commission's progress report on Cyprus.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Conservative Party conference in Plymouth, Mr Akram said Cyprus' accession course began during the Conservative government in Britain and he is now very happy it is ending with success.
He congratulated President of the Republic Glafcos Clerides for his sincere efforts to find a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem.
 GUREL EUTurkey's Foreign Minister Sukru Sina Gurel said he was satisfied the European Commission's progress report on Cyprus did not associate Turkey's accession efforts to the EU with efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.
Mr Gurel said however he considers the EU's attitude on the substance of the Cyprus problem completely negative, claiming it does not contribute to efforts to solve the Euro-Turkish relations.
He also provocatively said that with its decision on Cyprus, the European Union has put the sea on the island's division.
 GREECE TURKEY EUGreece believes the European Council in Copenhagen in December should send a positive message to Turkey regarding its accession course.
Foreign Minister George Papandreou said he does not see any reason why the EU should not give Turkey a date for commencing accession negotiations.
 VASSILIOU WESTONThe US believe that the UN Secretary-General's next step on the Cyprus problem will be the submission of a draft solution.
The statement was made by US State Department Coordinator Thomas Weston after a meeting in Brussels with Cyprus' Head of Accession Negotiations, George Vassiliou.
Speaking to CyBC's third RAdio Channel, Mr Vassiliou said Thomas Weston believes the UN Secretary-General's involvement on the Cyprus issue is more substantial.
He was also quoted as saying by Mr Vassiliou that the US want Turkey to support the efforts for a Cyprus settlement.
 UN DRAFT SOLUTION FTThe UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, will submit a draft solution to the Cyprus problem on detailed proposals for the territorial, security and central government issues at the negotiating table during next month's talks.
According to the "Financial Times" in London, the document will contain a kind of wording on the recognition of the so called "state" which will allow President of the Republic Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to sign an agreement before the Copenhagen European Council.
The paper says President Clerides has proposed to Mr. Denktash concessions on securityu and Constitutional issues so that the area which will be under Turkish Cypriot administration will come to 25 per cent.
Famagusta and Morfou will be under Greek Cypriot administration.
The UN propose the demilitarisation of Cyprus with the BRitish Bases and UNFICYP remaining intact.
The newspaper report says that if Mr. Denktash does not show any willingness to accept the plan, then it will be up to the Turkish government which will ensue from the November elections to exert the necessary pressure.
 MIDEAST EXPLOSIONA suicide bomber blew himself up by a bus near Tel Aviv today after Israeli passengers stopped him boarding, killing a woman and wounding five people.
The suicide bomber attack took place on the highway between Ramat Gan and Bnei Brek, two towns south of Israel's commercial capital, Tel Aviv.
The suicide bomber tried to get on the bus but the driver noticed him and the passengers pushed him out, and then he blew himself up.
The attack took place after days of violence in the Gaza Strip following an Israeli tank and helicopter raid on Monday in which 16 people were killed.
Meanwhile, Palestinian witnesses and hospital officials said Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians, an 18-year-old and a 12-year-old boy in southern Gaza Strip.
The army said it was checking the reports
 PAKISTAN ELECTIONSOne man was killed and two others wounded when rival party supporters clashed at a polling station in southern Pakistan today during elections meant to return the country to civilian rule.
Supporters of the Pakistan Peoples Party of exiled former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and the small National Peoples Party clashed in the town of Moro, north of the southern port city of Karachi.
Today's election is the first since General Pervez Musharraf seized power in a military coup in 1999.
Police are guarding polling stations throughout Pakistan amid concerns about violence from extremist Islamic groups.
 IRAQ USA WEAPONSIraq invited the United States today to send officials to visit Iraqi sites suspected of producing weapons of mass destruction.
Abdul Tawab Mullah Hawaish, deputy prime minister and minister responsible for Iraq's weapons programmes said the US administration are invited to inspect these sites.
Speaking at a news conference in Baghdad, the Iraqi deputy Premier also said Iraq was not producing weapons of mass destruction and declared that U.S. claims that it was producing them were false.
He said Iraq would teach the United States an "unforgettable lesson" if it launched a military action to oust the government of President Saddam Hussein.
U.S. President George W. Bush has said he wants a "regime change" in Iraq, and is trying to persuade Congress to pass a resolution backing a possible U.S. military strike on Iraq if it does not cooperate fully with U.N. weapons inspectors.
 PHILIPPINES BOMBAt least six people were killed and 11 wounded in a bomb explosion at a city bus terminal in the southern Philippines today, the latest in a series of bomb attacks in the violence-hit region.
Police said the explosion occurred at the bus terminal in Kidapawan City in North Cotobato province. One woman and a child were killed on the spot, while the other four died in hospital.
At least 11 people were wounded in the powerful blast, which also damaged two buses.
Last week, a powerful bomb ripped through a karaoke bar and restaurant in southern Zamboanga City, killing a U.S. soldier and two Filipino civilians. Authorities blamed the Abu Sayyaf, a guerrilla band which Washington has linked to the al Qaeda network of Osama bin Laden.
 BANGLADESH CRASHAt least 80 people were injured today, several seriously, when a Bangladesh rush-hour passenger train jumped the tracks near the capital Dhaka.
Nine of 12 coaches of the Jamuna Express were derailed in the morning accident between Dhaka and Jamalpur, 200 km.
At least 500 people were on the train at the time.
Preliminary reports talk say a mechanical error was the cause of the accident.
 DENKTASH CONDITIONTurkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash will return to the turkish occupied north a lot later than scheduled after his bypass operation in New York earlier this week.
The Turkish Cypriot leader, who underwent open heart surgery on Monday, is now expected to return to the occupied north around mid November and resume his duties a month later.
According to his son Serdar Denktash, after he is discharged from the Columbia Clinic, he will remain in New York for another 15 days. Then he will travel to Constantinople and remain there for a further two weeks for medical examination.
According to the Turkish Cypriot press Mr Denktash is out of the ICU and recuperating in a regular room.
 WEATHERThis afternoon, the weather will be mainly clear. Winds will be south-westerly to north-westerly light to moderate, three to four beaufort while on the west coast will be strong, five beaufort. The sea will be generally slight and moderate on the west coast.
Temperatures will rise to 30 C inland and on the south coast, 28 C on the west coast and 20 C on the mountains.
Tonight the weather will be mainly clear with north-westerly to north-easterly light winds, three beaufort and the sea slight. Temperatures will fall to 18 C inland and on the west coast, 20 C on the south coast and 13 C on the mountains.
The fire hazard remains extremely high in all forest areas.