|Sunday, 25 February 2018|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-01-14
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES-- Peace talks resume tomorrow morning in a fresh attempt by Alvaro de Soto, Secretary General's special adviser on Cyprus, to clinch an agreement on the basis of a UN proposal by the end of February.
-- A rally is taking place in the central square of the Turkish occupied part of Nicosia today against the Denktash policy and calling for a Cyprus to the Cyprus problem and the island's accession to the European Union.
-- U.N. arms experts inspected at least six suspect sites in Iraq today as a hunt for alleged banned weapons widened after the United States and Britain supplied the inspectors with new intelligence.
- China said today it is willing to host talks between the United States and North Korea to resolve their nuclear standoff.
 TALKS RESUMEPeace talks resume tomorrow morning in a fresh attempt by Alvaro de Soto, Secretary General's special adviser on Cyprus, to clinch an agreement on the basis of a UN proposal by the end of February.
UN press spokesman in Nicosia Brian Kelly confirmed today to CNA that the leaders of the Greek Cypriot side and the Turkish Cypriot side, Glafcos Clerides and Rauf Denktash, will meet tomorrow at 1100 local time with Mr. de Soto and then attend a working lunch.
 WESTONUS Coordinator for Cyprus, Thomas Weston said the US have always supported a compromise on Cyprus which would be acceptable by Turkey.
He was speaking during a meeting yesterday with Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister, Baki Ilgin. Mr. WEston will visit Cyprus on Thursday.
 ECKHARD CYPRUSFred Eckhart, UN Secretary General's spokesman, referred yesterday to the return to Cyprus of Alvaro de Soto, Kofi Annan's special advisor on Cyprus and his meetings at the start of a fresh effort to find a comprehensive settlement on the basis of a UN peace plan.
''On Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, the Secretary-General's Special Advisor, returned to the island today following a stop in Turkey where he met with government officials, including the leader of the ruling party, Recep Tayyip Erdogan,'' Eckhart told his daily briefing
 RALLY OCCUPIED AREASA rally is taking place in the central square of the Turkish occupied part of Nicosia today against the Denktash policy and calling for a Cyprus to the Cyprus problem and the island's accession to the European Union.
The rally is organised by the Platform "This country is ours" and organisations which had signed the Common Vision of Turkish Cypriots. Tomorrow, Denktash supporters will stage their own counter-demonstration to support the Turkish Cypriot leader's policy.
The occupied areas prohibited Greek Cypriot journalists to cross to the north to cover the rally. The journalists went to the Ledra Palace checkpoint and crossed to the Turkish Cypriot post when the so called "press and information office" there told them to return to the free areas.
Security has been stepped up at Ledra Palace to avert any possible incidents. Similar measures are also underway in the occupied areas.
 OMIROU DECISIONPresident of the Movement of Social Democrats (KISOS) Yiannakis Omirou stepped down from the presidential race last night and said his Movement's Political Bureau has decided to support the candidacy of Democratic Party leader Tassos Papadopoulos for the February 16 elections.
The development comes as the Democratic Rally, which had backed Omirou's candidacy, decided last week to support incumbent President Glafcos Clerides' bid, reversing an earlier decision to support the KISOS leader. Left-wing AKEL party also supports Mr. Papadopoulos.
Announcing the decision of the Political Bureau, Omirou called for an extraordinary congress of the Movement tomorrow , to take the final decision.
 IRAQ INSPECTORSU.N. arms experts inspected at least six suspect sites in Iraq today as a hunt for alleged banned weapons widened after the United States and Britain supplied the inspectors with new intelligence.
Iraqi officials said inspection teams ended their seventh week of searches by swooping on sites that included a missile engine testing plant, a military depot and a state company based inside a complex housing Iraq's own disarmament monitoring body, the National Monitoring Directorate.
Chief U.N. inspector Hans Blix said his teams were casting their net for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq more widely thanks to new U.S. and British intelligence information.
Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said today that Britain reserved the right to take military action against Iraq without a second U.N. resolution.
Mr. Straw reiterated that if Iraqi President Saddam Hussein defies an existing United Nations resolution on disarmament, Britain's preference was for the U.N. Security Council to pass a second resolution authorising military action.
 KOREA NORTHChina said today it is willing to host talks between the United States and North Korea to resolve their nuclear standoff as Australian officials flew to Pyongyang to explore chances of a diplomatic solution.
Senior U.S. envoy James Kelly headed for the Chinese capital after wrapping up talks on the crisis with South Korean leaders.
Earlier, North Korea reiterated a demand for bilateral talks with the United States, a statement that appeared to hint that it, too, was looking to defuse the crisis after weeks of fiery anti-American rhetoric. Washington accuses Pyongyang of covertly developing nuclear weapons, a charge it denies.
China, Pyongyang's closest ally, has taken a relatively balanced approach to the nuclear dilemma, calling on the United States and North Korea to talk their way through the problem and keeping in regular contact with all the sides.
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell told The Wall Street Journal in an interview that if the North agreed to abandon its nuclear ambitions, Washington still would need "a new arrangement" that would better constrain Pyongyang's ability to produce nuclear weapons.
 ISRAEL ELECTIONSIsrael's Labour Party said today it would not join a government led by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon if he won the January 28 general election, complicating efforts to form a new ruling coalition.
The decision by centre-left Labour appeared aimed at capitalising on corruption scandals swirling around Mr. Sharon and his right-wing Likud party, which maintains a lead in the opinion polls.
Amram Mitzna, Labour's candidate for prime minister, decided to announce he would stay out of any Sharon-led government after internal party surveys showed the move would gain his party up to four seats in the election, the daily Ha'aretz said.
Mr. Sharon has made clear he wants to form another "national unity" coalition with Labour, Likud's main rival.
If he failed to do so, he would be forced to build a narrower government with ultranationalist and religious parties.
 KEROSINE DOWNThe price of kerosene will go down by seven cents a litre as of Thursday. A relevant proposal was submitted to the House in the form of an urgent proposal.
The President of the House Agriculture Committee said the consumers' tax and VAT should be returned to farmers.
 WEATHERThis afternoon, there will be cloud at times with local rain. Winds will be south-westerly to westerly moderate to strong, four to five beaufort, reaching six beaufort in windward coastal areas. The sea will be moderate to rough. Temperatures will reach 17 C inland, 19 C on the coasts and ten over the mountains.
Tonight, the weather will be partly cloudy with local rain and light snowfall over Troodos.
Winds will be north-westerly moderate, four beaufort and the sea moderate. Temperatures will fall to six inland, ten on the coasts and two over the mountains.