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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-05-30

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From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Headlines
  • [02] US Cyprus
  • [03] Alvaro hopes
  • [04] Erdogan gates
  • [05] Markos economy
  • [06] Russia Chechnya
  • [07] Sharon Abbas
  • [08] Allies Iraq
  • [09] Tailer
  • [10] Weather FRIDAY 30 MAY 2003

  • [01] Headlines

    The United States called on the two sides in Cyprus to resume settlement negotiations as soon as possible, under the auspices of the United Nations, on the basis of the Anan plan,

    The UN expressed hope for the revival of the Anan plan,

    and

    Talks between the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers ended on a positive note, setting the tone for a three-way summit led by U.S. President George W. Bush on taking the first steps in a peace "road map".

    [02] US Cyprus

    The United States called on the two sides in Cyprus to resume settlement negotiations as soon as possible, under the auspices of the United Nations, on the basis of the Anan plan. State department spokesman Richard Boucher, in response to a relevant question, said that the special coordinator for the Cyprus issue at the State Department Thomas Weston, will hold routine talks in Brussels, Rome, Athens, Nicosia and Ankara from the ninth through to the 20th of June. Mr Boucher said that the steadfast goal of the United States, is the resumption of talks in Cyprus as soon as possible.

    [03] Alvaro hopes

    The United Nations expressed hope for the revival of the Anan plan. The UN chiefs' special advisor on the Cyprus issue Alvaro De Soto, at a meeting in New York, with a delagation from the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen Association said that this depends on the will of the two sides in Cyprus. According to the Turkish cypriot daily "Kibris", Alvaro De Soto also expressed the hope that there will be developments in the near future. Asked if he is optimistic, he replied that it would be more appropriate to use the word realistic. Mr De Soto will travel to Turkey at the end of the week in order to take part at a meeting of civil servants and advisors of the Erdogan government, dealing with the Cyprus issue. Meanwhile, it was announced today that the National Council will convene on Monday afternoon, at five, to discuss the latest developments in the Cyprus issue, in light of the recent talks of President Papadopoulos in Athens, with Greek government officials.

    [04] Erdogan gates

    Turkish prime minister Tayip Erdogan reiterated that it was his decision to partially lift restrictions on free movement in Cyprus. According to a report in the Turkish cypriot daily "Ortam", in an address at the Turkish parliament, Erdogan said that his Justice and Development party opened the gates in Cyprus in a decision that had not beeb taken before in 40 years.

    [05] Markos economy

    Finance minister Markos Kyprianou stressed the need for frugality, in order to effectively deal with economic problems. In statements to our station, Mr Kyprianou reminded everyone that the state of the economy is a national issue and has to be dealt collectively and responsibly. He added that the finance ministry is looking at ways of dealing with the situation with imposing new taxation. What has to be done first, he noted, is to put public finances in order and development works and not reduce and restrict capital spending. The finance minister said that the problem could not have been avoided, but measures could have been taken since last October in order to adapt the economy to the new conditions.

    [06] Russia Chechnya

    An explosion tore through a bus carrying workers to Russia's main military base in its turbulent Chechnya region on Friday, killing three people and wounding eight.

    The attack in a region gripped by a decade of conflict came as dozens of heads of state began arriving in St Petersburg, at the other end of the country, for celebrations marking the 300th anniversary of Russia's second city, hosted by President Vladimir Putin.

    The sources said the bus was carrying about 20 workers to Khankala, the main Russian military base just outside the Chechen capital Grozny.

    [07] Sharon Abbas

    Talks between the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers ended on a positive note, setting the tone for a three-way summit led by U.S. President George W. Bush on taking the first steps in a peace "road map".

    Israel announced a series of goodwill gestures towards the Palestinians, including plans to release some prisoners, but failed to agree on terms for an Israeli troop pullback in the West Bank and Gaza Strip envisioned in the U.S.-backed plan.

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said the two-and-half-hour meeting in Jerusalem last night had been conducted in a "positive and very good atmosphere".

    Abbas described the talks as "serious, candid and beneficial" and called on Sharon "to take the opportunity of peacemaking.

    But there appeared to be little chance of putting the peace proposal into motion before Bush meets the two leaders in a June 4th summit in Jordan, showcasing his decision to take a more hands-on approach to Middle East peacemaking after the Iraq war.

    Bush said in an interview with the French daily Le Figaro he was determined to see the peace initiative through to the end.

    In a sign of Israeli public support for Palestinian aspirations towards a state, whose creation the road map sets for 2005, an opinion poll published on Friday showed 62 percent of Israelis wanted to end "occupation of the territories".

    [08] Allies Iraq

    The number of peacekeeping troops U.S. allies are pledging to the postwar effort in Iraq has fallen short of Pentagon expectations.

    Citing unnamed diplomats and military officials, a report in the USA Today said that the United States and Britain have received promises of just 13 thousand troops from two dozen countries, far fewer than the tens of thousands of peacekeepers U.S. planners want.

    U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in a speech that 39 nations had contributed to the postwar force in Iraq or "provided other assistance."

    But the Pentagon would not say which nations were contributing troops or how many have been promised, USA Today reported.

    USA Today reported that the first significant arrivals in Iraq of allied relief forces could come in July.

    Pentagon officials had hoped to begin substituting troops from other countries for some U.S. troops as early as next month when they had expected to send home most of the Army's Third Infantry Division, the newspaper reported.

    [09] Tailer

    Having sex in Chile can take you to new heights.

    At least that's the claim of local brothel Fiorella, which offers clients a flight over the capital, Santiago, accompanied by two ravishing women.

    For five hundred dollars, a client is entitled to an hour-and-a-half session in a small but lavishly decorated aircraft complete with a cooler for fruit and champagne.

    The standard service is for a gentleman accompanied by two of our girls, but we can also accommodate a group session.

    Fiorella has three light aircraft.

    The prostitute "flight attendants," as they are called, are previously selected by the client, are supposed to speak more than one language and be between 18 and 26-years-old.

    [10] Weather

    It will be cloudy this afternoon, with the possibility of local showers and isolated thunderstorms, in some cases accompanied by hail. Winds will be strong to very strong, westerly to southwesterly, force five to six, turning to near gale force seven in some areas, over rough to very rough seas. Temperatures will reach 28 degrees inland, 26 on the coasts and 18 on the mountains. Tonight it will be cloudy with local showers and isolated thunderstorms, mainly in western areas and on the mountains. Winds will be light northwesterly to southwesterly, force three to four, turning force five in some areas. Temperatures will fall to 15 degrees inland, 17 on the coasts and 11 on the mountains. The fire hazard is very high in all forest areas.
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