|Wednesday, 21 February 2024
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-05-06
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES-- Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash appealed to Turkish Prime Minister, Tayip Erdogan not to play the US, EU and British game and become involved in endless discussions on Cyprus.
--Head of the European Commission during the accession negotiations with Cyprus, Leopold Maurer, expressed the hope that there will be a Cyprus settlement soon since Turkey knows what it needs to do for it to enter the European Union.
--The Union of Cyprus Journalists organised a gathering today to show its solidarity to Turkish Cypriot Sener Levent, chief editor of Afrika newspaper And,
-- The worst-hit district of China's capital sent thousands of investigators on a hunt for SARS today and Motorola closed its China headquarters in the city because a staff member there caught the disease.
 DENKTASH ERDOGANTurkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash appealed to Turkish Prime Minister, Tayip Erdogan not to play the US, EU and British game and become involved in endless discussions on Cyprus.
His appeal is included in a letter to the turkish premier, in view of his illegal visit to the occupied areas on Friday.
The letter is being published today in the Turkish Cypriot press and it quotes Turkish Cumhurriyet.
Mr. Denktash condemns the US, Britain and the EU that for their own interests are supporting the Republic of Cyprus and the Greek Cypriot side as legal government, and that is why they are exerting pressure on him to solve the Cyprus problem.
He also described the peaceful demonstrations of the Turkish Cypriot community as a coup attempt against him, with the funding of these three powers.
Mr, Denktash further claimed that his resistance aims at protecting the turkish national interests and called on Erdogan to support him during the illegal elections in the occupied areas in December.
 MAURERHead of the European Commission during the accession negotiations with Cyprus, Leopold Maurer, expressed the hope that there will be a Cyprus settlement soon since Turkey knows what it needs to do for it to enter the European Union.
Speaking at the European Studies Centre of the Columbia University in New York Mr. Maurer said that if the main issues involving the Cyprus problem are solved by 1st May 2004, then the European Commission's report on Turkey will be positive.
 LEVENT DEMOThe Union of Cyprus Journalists organised a gathering today to show its solidarity to Turkish Cypriot Sener Levent, chief editor of Afrika newspaper.
His Greek Cypriot colleagues condemned the inhuman attitude of the occupation regime against Levent who was illegally arrested and barred from crossing to the free areas of th4e Republic.
During the demonstration, Mr. Levent was standing at the occupation regime's control point in Nicosia, accompanied by Turkish Cypriot journalists.
This morning he had appeared before an illegal court over an article he had written during the illegal arrest last year of Greek Cypriot Panicos Tzakourmas by the Denktash regime. The hearing was postponed.
The Turkish Cypriot journalist said that as a citizen of the Republic of Cyprus he will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights over the occupation regime's behaviour.
 KAZAMIAS BILLA bill to revise regulations for vehicles to give Turkish Cypriots temporary driver's licence in the free areas of the Republic was tabled this morning at the Communications and Works Committee of the House by Communications Minister, Kikis Kazamias.
In statements, Mr, Kazamias referred to the bill which will be adopted on Thursday by the House and will come into effect on Saturday morning.
The Republic's authorities will note down the chasis of each vehicle since it does not recognise the number plates of the illegal regime, or any other document. The cars will also be checked to see whether they are stolen or belong to Greek Cypriots. In which case, they will be confiscated. Turkish Cypriots will also require a driver's licence issued by the Cyprus Republic.
According to CyBC sources, five insurance agencies have expressed interest in insuring the Turkish Cypriots' vehicles with the same conditions applied for Greek Cypriots.
 MOVEMENT TCAs the flow to and from the occupied areas continues, thousands of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots gather at designated check points along the ceasefire line to cross into the other side of the divide.
By ten this morning, around two thousand Greek Cypriots entered the occupied areas and almost one thousand Turkish Cypriots crossed to the free areas from the Ledra Palace, Strovilia and Pergamos control points.
By midnight last night a total of 2.481 Turkish Cypriots had crossed into the government-controlled areas of the Republic after the easing of restrictions on free movement of Cypriots.
According to a police press release by the same time a total of 5710 Greek Cypriots had crossed into the occupied north.
 PAPADOPOULOS MEETINGSCyprus President Glafcos Clerides is carrying out separate meetings with the leaders of the parties which have one seat at the House of Representatives within the framework of informing them on the latest developments on the Cyprus problem.
He already met New Horizons President, Nicos Koutsou, and United Democrats' leader, George Vassiliou.
This afternoon, he will receive the President of ADIK, Dinos Michaelides and Envirnmentalists Ecologists' Movement General Secretary, George Perdikis.
 SARS WRAP- The worst-hit district of China's capital sent thousands of investigators on a hunt for SARS today and Motorola closed its China headquarters in the city because a staff member there caught the disease.
The army of SARS investigators was the latest manifestation of China's desperate fight against the sometimes fatal disease which triggered another riot by villagers furious that people from infected areas had been put among them.
Premier Wen Jiabao said the country's plight remained "grave" despite stepped-up prevention, detection and treatment of the disease which has struck hardest in Beijing, where almost 1,900 cases have now been confirmed.
China's Health Ministry announced 138 new cases of SARS today. It also reported eight more deaths, taking the toll in the world's most populous and worst-hit nation to 214.
The flu-like disease has infected 4,409 people in China. Nationwide, 107 of the 214 deaths have been in Beijing. Nearly 7,000 people have been infected worldwide.
Elsewhere, there were signs the epidemic which has caused widespread panic and hurt the travel industry severely was slowly coming under control.
 IRAQ- The United States has prepared a U.N. Security Council resolution asking nations to be on the alert for and return any Iraqi relics looted from the National Museum in Baghdad.
Diplomats said they had expected the measure to be introduced this week but said this might be delayed. Other diplomats said it could be combined with a larger resolution on lifting sanctions against Iraq, which also has not been presented yet.
The measure, which is likely to be approved, comes after the museum was plundered over several days in April, following the fall of President Saddam Hussein and despite the nearby presence of U.S. troops.
The resolution would call on countries to not allow any imports of Iraqi antiquities and return any they discover to the museum.
Among the most precious treasures stolen from the museum, which housed thousands of rare objects and artifacts from Mesopotamia, were the Vase of Uruk and the Harp of Ur, dating back to between 3,000 and 2,500 BC and the rule of the Sumerian kings.
Interpol has launched a worldwide hunt for stolen treasures and warned collectors not to buy art treasures they suspected had been stolen.
 SOPHIE EDWARDThe youngest son of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Edward, Earl of Wessex, and his wife Sophie, are expecting their first child in December after a dangerous failed pregnancy left them devastated in 2001.
A Buckingham Palace said in a statement today "their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex are very pleased to announce that the Countess of Wessex is expecting a baby in December."
The announcement came some 18 months after Sophie, then 36, was airlifted to hospital and underwent a 2-1/2 hour operation to end a potentially life-threatening ectopic pregnancy.
The countess spoke at the time of her sadness at losing their first child.
 WEAHTERThe weather today will be clear and warm. Winds will be south-westerly to north-westerly moderate, three to four beaufort and the sea slight. Temperatures will reach 35 C inland, 32 on the south coasts, 26 C on the west and 25 over the mountains.
Tomorrow, the weather will be clear with some thin mist and low cloud forming at dawn. Winds will be north-westerly to south-easterly light, two to three beaufort and the sea slight. Temperatures will fall to 16 C inland on the south and east coast, 12 on the west and north and 14 over the mountains.
The fire hazard remains high in all forest areas.