|Thursday, 29 February 2024
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-09-09
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES-- The United States' envoy on Cyprus has warned Ankara against any attempt to rig the vote in December's ''elections'' in Turkish-occupied Cyprus.
-- The estimated cost of reconstruction in the northern Turkish occupied part of Cyprus amounts to six billion Cyprus pounds, a ministerial committee, in charge of planning for the return of displaced persons to municipalities and communities currently under Turkish occupation after a political settlement, has said.
-- A Palestinian boy was killed today as he watched a shootout between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants holed up in an apartment building in the West Bank city of Hebron.
And, -- A land mine hit a U.S. military convoy west of Baghdad today, damaging an armoured vehicle and wounding four soldiers.
 WESTONThe United States' envoy on Cyprus has warned Ankara against any attempt to rig the vote in December's ''elections'' in Turkish-occupied Cyprus.
As reported by AFP, special coordinator at the State Department Ambassador Weston said "elections" in northern Cyprus amounted to a referendum on EU membership and are ''far too important over whether or not there will be a Cyprus settlement.''
''We would be very concerned about anything which could be regarded as unfair and undemocratic elections,'' Mr. Weston said in Rome, as he wound up a 10-day trip to European capitals where he discussed the Cyprus issue.
 SIMITIS STEPHANOThe Cyprus problem and developments on the Greco-Turkish relations were examined today during a meeting between Greece's President Costis Stephanopoulos with Prime Minister Costas Simitis.
Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou will visit the island tomorrow for talks with the political leadership on the island, in view of President Tassos Papadopoulos' visit to Athens next week.
 AFRIKA PARTIESTurkish Cypriot newspaper "Afrika" wrote today that the parties opposing Rauf Denktash rejected an invitation to hold a formal meeting with Greece's Foreign Minister George Papandreou because they do not want to foster Mr. Denktash's propaganda.
However, reports said that the Turkish Cypriot politicians will meet Mr. Papandreou, who arrives on the island tomorrow, during a lecture he will give at Ledra Palace on the role of Europe and Education in a united Cyprus.
Political party leaders Mehmet ali Talat and Izet Iscan told "Politis" newspaper that they did not object to the meeting. Mr. Talat said the rejection concerned the venue of the meeting and that it would be better they met at Ledra Palace instead at the residence of the Greek Ambassador.
 RECONSTRUCTIONThe estimated cost of reconstruction in the northern Turkish occupied part of Cyprus amounts to six billion Cyprus pounds, a ministerial committee, in charge of planning for the return of displaced persons to municipalities and communities currently under Turkish occupation after a political settlement, has said.
The committee, comprising the ministers of Interior, Communications and Works, Finance and Education and Culture, had its first meeting yesterday and set the basic parameters for the work required.
Speaking after the meeting Interior Minister Andreas Christou said that a team of government officials will be formed with the participation of the Cyprus Scientific Chamber which has already prepared a study on this issue.
 IRAQ AMBUSHA land mine hit a U.S. military convoy west of Baghdad today, damaging an armoured vehicle and wounding four soldiers.
The explosion hit the convoy on the outskirts of the restive town of Falluja, 50 km to the west of Baghdad.
One of the wounded soldiers appeared to have suffered serious wounds.
There was no immediate word on the incident from the U.S. military.
Locals gathered near the scene, chanting anti-American slogans. Falluja is a hotbed for followers of ousted president Saddam Hussein and Sunni Muslim fundamentalists.
The U.S. military says 67 soldiers have been killed by hostile fire since Washington declared an end to major combat in Iraq on May 1.
 PALESTINIANS VIOLENCEA Palestinian boy was killed today as he watched a shootout between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants holed up in an apartment building in the West Bank city of Hebron.
The eleven year old boy was hit in the head, apparently by shrapnel from an Israeli tank, during a firefight that began when soldiers besieged a building in Hebron after a group of Palestinian militants hid inside. After evacuating the residents from the building, the soldiers surrounded it and opened fire at the two lower storeys with rounds from tanks and machinegun fire.
The boy was apparently hit by a fragment of shrapnel from an Israeli tank shell as he watched the gun battle from the balcony of a house about 100 metres away.
A cousin of the dead boy said he had tried to convince him to go into the house because he was afraid he would be hurt but the boy insisted on staying. Moments later there was a loud explosion and he came out to find the boy critically wounded.
An 18-year-old girl was wounded in the incident which began shortly before dawn.
An Israeli military official said the soldiers were sent to arrest a wanted militant.
The Israeli army has stepped up operations to kill and arrest militants since a Hamas suicide bomber killed 22 people on a Jerusalem bus on August 19.
 GREECE MEMORIALGreece's deputy Foreign Minister, in charge of overseas Greeks issues Ioannis Mangriotis, will arrive in Cyprus on Saturday to be the main speaker at the annual memorial service of the late GReek Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannos Kranidiotis.
The memorial service will be held on Sunday at the Agios Prokopiou church at Metohi Kykkou by Social Democrats's Movement EDEK and the Cyprus branch of the Greek party PASOK.
 HADZI EUThe Cyprus delegation headed by EU harmonisation Coordinator, Takis Hadzidemetriou, continues its contacts with community officials regarding harmonisation with the acquis communautaire.
Mr. Hadzidemetriou said the European Commission has already expressed satisfaction over the island's harmonisation course and is anticipating to see the implementation of the acquis on the island.
EU Chief Negotiator for Cyprus, Leopold Maurer said he hoped many more things will be done until the final report of the EU on Cyprus' accession to the EU is prepared by 5th November.
 FOREIGNERS ARRESTEDThirteen foreigners of various nationalities who were illegally on the island were arrested yesterday during a police operation.
The operation was held in Pafos and Polis Chrysohous area.
The foreigners were taken to the Central Prisons pending their deportation from the island.
 WEATHERThis afternoon, the weather will be clear with some passing cloud. Winds will be south-westerly to westerly moderate, and the sea slight to moderate in southerly windward areas. Temperatures will reach 32 C inland, 31 on the south and east coast, 29 C on the west and 23 over the mountains.
Winds will be north-westerly to north-easterly light, two to three beaufort and the sea calm to slight. Temperatures will fall to 19 C inland and on the coasts and 13 over the mountains. The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.