|Tuesday, 21 January 2020|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 02-10-23
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES-- Lynn Pascoe, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs in the US State Department, expressed here today optimism that there is still enough time for a solution to the Cyprus problem.
-- The two ad hoc bicommunal committees on technical matters, set up in the context of the UN-led peace talks, will get into action as soon as Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash recovers from the second operation and he is in condition to at least discuss the preliminary set up and policy of the committees.
-- Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said the government is considering all suggestions regarding the National Guard's annual military maneuver.
In the US, a serial sniper has told police that children in the Washington area are not safe from his relentless killing spree "anywhere, at any time."
 USA CYPRUSLynn Pascoe, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs in the US State Department, expressed here today optimism that there is still enough time for a solution to the Cyprus problem.
Mr. Pascoe, currently visiting the island, was received this morning by Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides, to discuss latest developments in the Cyprus question, as well as regional and international issues.
He thanked President Clerides for Cyprus' cooperation in the war against terrorism.
 OLGUN CYPRUSThe two ad hoc bicommunal committees on technical matters, set up in the context of the UN-led peace talks, will get into action as soon as Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash recovers from the second operation, he underwent in a New York clinic last Sunday and he is in condition to at least discuss the preliminary set up and policy of the committees.
Mr. Denktash's adviser Ergun Olgun told the Cyprus News Agency that the Turkish Cypriot leader, who underwent two surgeries at the Presbyterian University Clinic of Columbia, is not briefed on political news and "is cut off from the rest of the world" on doctors' advice.
He said that Mr. Denktash who is now recovering from the second operation, ''is in good condition and his vital functions are normal.''
 PAPANDREOU ACCESSIONThe Cyprus problem is at the epicentre of the Greek foreign policy and its solution before the European Council of Copenhagen, according to the decisions of the ministerial council in Greece.
Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou said Greece has fought for Cyprus' accession to the European Union and assured that tomorrow's meeting in Brussels will give the green light to the ten candidate states to continue the negotiations until the Copenhagen Council.
Mr. Papandreou said efforts will continue and the fight will be determined in Copenhagen. However, he said the course is positive.
 PAPAPETROU DENKTASHGovernment Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou expressed the view Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's illness will not lead to a postponement of the efforts to find a Cyprus settlement.
Speaking to CyBC's third Radio Channel, Mr Papapetrou said the UN efforts are continuing with the same intense, something which is evident from UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor, Alvaro de Soto's contacts in Nicosia, Athens and Ankara.
He also sadi it was too early to talk about a replacement for Mr. Denktash. However, if it is deemed that someone will have to confer with the Greek Cypriot side, then it will be up to Ankara to decide.
 SPOKESMAN NIKIFOROSGovernment Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said the government is considering all suggestions regarding the National Guard's annual military maneuver.
However, he added that these suggestions are being considered, bearing in mind the government's goals.
Mr. Papapetrou said that whatever is decided about Nikiforos will depend on developments will always be subject to the condition of reciprocity.
 SNIPER USAIn the US, a serial sniper has told police that children in the Washington area are not safe from his relentless killing spree "anywhere, at any time."
Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose told a news conference that police had received a communication from the killer who is suspected of murdering as many as 10 and wounding three since Oct. 2.
He said the message had a postscript which stated, "Your children are not safe, anywhere at any time."
Meanwhile, Police were still working to confirm whether the shooting death of a bus driver in Silver Spring, Maryland, yesterday was the work of the gunman.
Three other people have been shot and critically wounded.
The Washington Post, citing unidentified sources, reported on Wednesday that a message to police from the sniper demanded that authorities put $10 million in a bank account within two days or face more killings.
 TURKEY ELECTIONSThe head of the party most strongly placed to win Turkey's November elections was summoned on Wednesday to appear before an Ankara court to answer charges of illegal earnings.
According to the state-run Anatolian news agency, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party, suspected by Turkey's powerful military for its Islamist roots, is widely predicted to win November 3 polls in the crisis-hit country. But it could be outflanked by a coalition of mainstream parties if they clear the 10 percent barrier to parliament.
Turkey's election board has banned the former Constantinople mayor from running in the election after a previous conviction for "Islamist sedition". He cannot therefore be prime minister but he remains the AKP's leader and would be a powerful figure behind the scenes if the party entered government.
 MIDEASTU.S. envoy William Burns arrived in Israel today armed with a peace "roadmap" aimed at ending two years of Middle East conflict as Washington courts Arab support for a possible war on Iraq.
A U.S. embassy spokesman said Mr. Burns was expected to hold talks later today with Israeli officials, including Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, and would meet Palestinian officials tomorrow.
The plan Mr. Burns is carrying is expected to map out a way to establish a Palestinian state by 2005.
Mr. Burns arrived in Israel in the wake of a Palestinian suicide bombing on Monday that killed 14 people, the deadliest attack in four months. Israeli Defence Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said yesterday Israel was running out of military options to combat suicide bombings and suggested it may be time to return to diplomacy.
 WEATHERThis afternoon the weather will be clear with local cloud. Winds will turn to moderate sea breezes, three to four beaufort and the sea slight. Temperatures will rise to 29 C inland and on the south coast, 28 C on the west coast and 20 C on the mountains.
Tonight, the weather with light north-westerly winds, two to three beaufort. The sea will be calm to slight. Temperatures will fall to 14 C, 16 on the coasts and nine over the mountains.
The fire hazard remains extremely high in all forest areas.