|Monday, 20 January 2020|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 02-10-17
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES-- Bombs believed planted by Muslim extremists ripped through the main shopping district of a mostly Christian city in southern Philippines, killing five people and wounding 144.
-- Pakistan today welcomed India's decision to withdraw some of its troops from their common border.
-- Saddam Hussein said the Iraqi people were even more determined to resist any American attack after handing him a perfect 100 per cent score in a referendum,
-- Cyprus' accession to the EU will not be postponed, even if a plan fro a Cyprus settlement is submitted the day before the Copenhagen Council, said Enlargement commissioner Verheugen ,
-- Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides leaves for Athens today,
-- Managing Director of Globalsoft Lykourgos Kyprianou was remanded in custody for seven days.
 PHILIPPINES BLASTBombs believed planted by Muslim extremists ripped through the main shopping district of a mostly Christian city in the southern Philippines today killing five people and wounding 144.
The military said the blasts were the work of radicals fighting for an Islamic state in the south of the Roman Catholic nation and that investigators were looking into the possible involvement of the militant Jemaah Islamiah group.
Armed forces deputy spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Danilo Servando told reporters in Manila that all threat groups are suspect in this incident, including the Jemaah Islamiah...and others", referring to the Indonesia-based group linked by some to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.
The twin explosions in Zamboanga, in the heartland of a Muslim separatist rebellion, came amid a heightened security alert across the country after bomb attacks on the Indonesian island of Bali last weekend killed more than 180 people.
 PAKISTAN INDIAPakistan today welcomed India's decision to withdraw some of its troops from their common border as "a step in the right direction".
The announcement by India yesterday signals the end to the longest and biggest peacetime deployment in its history and is expected to reduce tension between the nuclear-armed rivals locked in a standoff over the disputed Kashmir region.
A foreign office statement said "the government of Pakistan...regards the Indian government's decision for a phased withdrawal of its armed forces from the Pakistan-India border as a step in the right direction."
India blames Pakistan for sponsoring militant Islamic groups who cross into Indian-controlled Kashmir to fight a violent separatist insurgency. Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said he has stopped infiltration.
 IRAQ HUSSEINSaddam Hussein said the Iraqi people were even more determined to resist any American attack after handing him a perfect 100 percent score in a referendum.
In his first comments since Tuesday's vote on extending his rule, the president was quoted today as telling senior aides that U.S. threats had boosted a result that he believed showed the world Iraq's leadership and its people were at one.
Official results, dismissed by Washington, showed every one of 11.5 million voters turned out to cast a Yes ballot, giving Saddam Hussein another term in office in a referendum that offered no alternative candidate. He had been in power since 1979.
 IRISH PEACEPublic support for Northern Ireland's four-year-old Good Friday peace accord has slipped to its lowest level -- little over half -- following this week's end to devolved home rule, an opinion poll showed on Thursday.
The BBC survey of 1,000 people showed only 56 percent of Northern Irish now back the 1998 agreement, compared to 70 percent in a referendum before it was signed.
The survey was expected to please hardline Protestant unionists, who want to scrap an accord they see as giving too many concessions to Catholic republicans who hope eventually to unite Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland.
But it is bad news for the British and Irish governments, and moderate politicians on both sides, who wish to continue working within the framework of the Good Friday agreement despite this week's return of direct rule from London.
 TASOS VERHEUGENCyprus' accession to the EU will not be postponed, even if the UN submits a plan for a Cyprus settlement the day before the Copenhagen European Council, pledged Enlargement Commissioner, Gunter Verheugen. Speaking during a meeting of the chairmen of the European Affairs Committees of the parliaments of the EU acceding countries, Mr Verheugen reminded that Cyprus comes first from all the other countries.
He also reiterated that a solution of the Cyprus problem is not a pre-requisite for accession.
Mr. Verheugen also talked about the effort of the two sides in Cyprus to reach an agreement either on principle issues or a full agreement.
Asked by the Chairman of the House European Affairs Committee, Tassos Papadopoulos that this statement could give someone the opportunity to submit a proposal and delay accession, Mr. Verheugen said whenever such a proposal is submitted, even on the eve of the Council, under no circumstances will the decision to accede the island be postponed because such action would jeopardise everything.
 SWEDEN CYPRUSSweden supports a solution to the Cyprus problem and the island's accession to the European Union.
The statement was made by Sweden's Foreign Minister, Anna Lindh in connection with the European Commission's recommendations of 9 October that ten candidate countries, including Cyprus, be invited to join the EU in 2004
Asked what will happen to Cyprus' application for membership if a solution to the Cyprus issue is not found, Mrs. Lindh said talks are in progress between the parties in Cyprus under the auspices of the UN.
She added that "Sweden supports the UN's efforts" and its "goal is to see a reunited Cyprus become a member of the EU".
Nevertheless, she added, Sweden "adheres to the decision taken in Helsinki in 1999 that a solution to the Cyprus issue is not a precondition for the country's membership".
 CLERIDES ATHENSPresident of the Republic Glafcos Clerides leaves for Athens this afternoon where tomorrow he will confer with Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis.
The President will inform the Greek premier over his meetings in New York with the UN Secretary-General.
The two will review developments and discuss the island's European Union course, following the European Commission's progress report on Cyprus.
Another issue on their agenda is the Turkish threats in the event the island accedes the EU, as well as the situation in Turkey in view of the elections there on November 3.
The President will also confer with President Costis Stephanopoulos and political party leaders. He returns to Cyprus on Saturday.
 MOUSHOUTAS UNCyprus Representative to the UN General Assembly, Constantinos Moushoutas said the non-implementation of Security Council resolutions lessens the effectiveness and credibility of the Council.
Addressing the Plenary of the Assembly on the report of the Security Council concerning the increase in the membership of the 15-member body, Mr. Moushoutas said though progress had been made on a number of questions, there were still many long-standing problems, including the question of Cyprus, that remained unresolved.
He said this was due primarily to the lack of political will and the refusal to implement mandatory resolutions and decisions taken by the Council.''
 DENKTASH PROBLEMSTurkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's condition has exhibited complications following open heart surgery on Monday, October 7 in New York.
According to the Turkish Cypriot press, Mr. Denktash's stay in the hospital was extended due to lung and dyspnoea.
According to "Yeni Duzen" newspaper, Mr. Denktash is unable to walk because of these problems. According to the Cyprus News Agency in New York, the Turkish Cypriot leader is expected to be discharged on Sunday and the reason he stayed in hospital is because the wound did not heal yet.
 LYKOURGOS 7 DAYSNicosia District Court remanded in custody for seven days the Managing Director of Globalsoft, Lykourgos Kyprianou, in connection with a case of conspiracy to commit fraud and secure and illegal licence to export currency.
The judge said there is evidence that the suspect was commissioned to buy out two overseas companies.
Noting the case is very complicated and serious, the judge ordered the suspect should remain in custody.
Lykourgos Kyprianou was arrested on Tuesday.
 CYBC FOLKLORE SONGSThe final stage of the 11th Cypriot song contest will take place this evening at the International Conference Centre.
Ten songs will be heard at the contest, organised by CyBC's Third Radio Channel. It will be aired live from CyBC's First TV channel, starting just after nine this evening and from the Third Radio Channel and the CyBC;s satellite programme.
 WEATHERThis afternoon, the weather will be mainly clear with passing cloud which will give isolated rain. Winds will be variable light to moderate, three to four beaufort and the sea slight.
Temperatures will reach 29 C inland and on the south and east coast, 27 C on the west and 20 C on the mountains.
Tonight, the weather will remain clear with north-easterly to north-westerly light winds, three beaufort and the sea slight. Temperatures will reach 16 C inland and on the west coast, 18 C on the south and east and 10 over the mountains. The fire hazard remains very high in all forest areas.