|Wednesday, 21 February 2024
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-03-06
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES-- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos is in Athens where he is currently meeting Prime Minister Costas Simitis.
-- A spokesman of the Justice and Development Party, in Turkey assured members of the Peace Platform on Cyprus that Tayyip Erdogan is determined to solve the Cyprus problem.
-- Nationalist associations in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus are staging a rally tomorrow in support of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's policy on Cyprus, coinciding with Mr. Denktash's return from Ankara.
-- - Israeli forces killed at least 11 Palestinians, including some torn apart by a tank shell, in a major raid in the Gaza Strip today after a suicide bomber killed 15 people in Israel.
And, -- A bicommunal blood donation is taking place at Ledra Palace today in an effort to find a matching donor for five year old Turkish Cypriot girl who is suffering from leukemia.
 TASSOS ATHENSCyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos is in Athens where he is currently meeting Prime Minister Costas Simitis.
The main purpose of the meeting will be the reply which the Greek Cypriot side will give to the UN Secretary-General on putting the Foundation Agreement to a referendum.
 TURKEY EUA spokesman of the Justice and Development Party, in Turkey assured members of the Peace Platform on Cyprus that Tayyip Erdogan is determined to solve the Cyprus problem.
According to the Turkish Cypriot press, the spokesman said that if Cyprus acceedes in the European Union without a solution to the Cyprus problem, then there will be many problems for Turkey and the EU.
 HANNAY HAGUELord David Hannay, British special representative for Cyprus, will be in The Hague on Monday, according to the Cyprus News Agency.
 RALLY NORTHNationalist associations in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus are staging a rally tomorrow in support of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's policy on Cyprus, coinciding with Mr. Denktash's return from Ankara.
Mr. Denktash will address the rally and refer to the decisions taken during meetings with the Turkish military leadership and politicians on whether the Turkish Cypriot side will put the Foundation agreement to a referendum.
The National Unity Party of illegal prime minister, Dervis Eroglou and the Democratic Party of Serdar Denktash, will take part in the rally.
 MIDEAST- Israeli forces killed at least 11 Palestinians, including some torn apart by a tank shell, in a major raid in the Gaza Strip today after a suicide bomber killed 15 people in Israel.
The Gaza bloodshed and yesterday's bus bombing in the port city of Haifa, the first suicide attack in Israel for two months, battered U.S. hopes of dampening violence in the 29-month-old conflict ahead of a possible war against Iraq.
Witnesses and medics said the tank round crashed into a crowd watching firemen hose down a commercial building set ablaze in the raid on Jabalya refugee camp which triggered hours of pitched gunbattles.
Palestinians said the blast killed eight unarmed civilians. The militant Islamic group Hamas -- behind a wave of suicide attacks on Israelis -- vowed revenge, saying: "The Jews will pay a dear price".
The Israeli army insisted it had done the utmost to avoid civilian casualties and said the tank shell had hit a man standing in an empty street aiming a rocket-propelled grenade launcher at troops as they withdrew from the area.
Among the dead in Wednesday's bombing in Haifa was a U.S. citizen, Abigail Leitel, 14, a student at a local high school who was taking part in an Arab-Jewish co-existence project.
Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron identified the Haifa bomber as Imran Salim al Qawasmeh, a 21-year-old Hamas activist, and said he had been missing for several days.
 IRAQ- With the U.N. Security Council bitterly divided, Britain has proposed allowing Iraq more time to comply with U.N. demands following adoption of a resolution authorising war, diplomats reported.
The proposals were discussed with several undecided members of the council yesterday , who are uncomfortable with a U.S.-British-Spanish draft resolution authorising immediate warfare.
Meanwhile, China said it sees no need for a new U.N. Security Council resolution on the Iraq crisis and still hopes for a diplomatic solution.
Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan said his country also backed a joint statement by France and Russia that vowed to block any U.N. Security Council resolution authorising war with Iraq, he told a news conference.
 IRAQ MISSILES- Iraq said today it had scrapped six more al-Samoud 2 missiles at a military base near Baghdad.
A spokesman for U.N. inspectors in Baghdad, said a group of inspectors was overseeing the work.
Baghdad has destroyed 34 out of some 120 missiles since a deadline last Saturday imposed by chief U.N. inspector Hans Blix.
The surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, whose range exceeds the 150-km (93-mile) limit allowed by U.N. resolutions, are the most advanced in Baghdad's arsenal.
But President Saddam Hussein, facing the threat of U.S. invasion, told army officers Iraq's ability to defend itself would not be diminished by their destruction.
 CHILEAN UNFICYPUN Secretary General Kofi Annan has notified the Security Council President over his intention to accept a proposal to include troops and staff officers from Chile in the Argentine contingent of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).
Security Council President, Ambassador of Guinea Mamady Traore, has written to the Secretary General to inform him that the matter has been brought to the attention of the members of the Security Council.
 BLOOD TC GIRLA bicommunal blood donation is taking place at Ledra Palace today in an effort to find a matching donor for five year old Jale Sakaoglu who is suffering from leukemia.
The blood donation will continue for five days and is being organised by bicommunal rapprochement organisations and supported by the UN, the Karaiskakion Foundation and Doctors of the World.
Donors should be aged between 18 and 45. Those who have donated blood in the past for similar purposes are already registered in the Karaiskakion Foundation archive and need not donate blood again.
Jale's condition has been described as critical.
 weatherThis afternoon, the weather will be partly cloudy with rain and local storms. Winds will be south-westerly moderate, four to five beaufort and the sea moderate. Temperatures will reach 14 C inland, 17 C on the coasts and six over the mountains.
Tonight, the weather will be cloudy with local rain and storms but conditions will later improve. Winds will be westerly moderate, three to four beaufort and the sea moderate. Temperatures will reach five degrees inland, seven on the coasts and zero over the mountains.
The depth of snow on Mt. Olympus is 75 cm and 60 on Troodos square.