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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 05-05-20

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] KARAMANLIS BUSH
  • [03] BOUCHER CYPRUS
  • [04] TUNER TC FAIR
  • [05] TURKEY OCALAN
  • [06] EU FRANCE LUX
  • [07] CYPRUS FLAG
  • [08] PHARMACEUTICAL STUFF
  • [09] EUROVISION
  • [10] WEATHER THEOFILOU
  • [11] WEATHER FRIDAY 20th MAY 2005

  • [01] HEADLINES

    --The Cyprus problem, in the light of the new mobility, will be examined today during Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis' meeting with US President George Bush at the White House.

    -- The United States hope that the Greek Cypriots will respond to the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's request that they articulate with clarity and finality their concerns about the Annan Plan.

    --Turkey will not retry jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan after Europe's top human rights court ruled his 1999 prosecution was unfair.

    And

    --A total of 499 medicines which are included in the new government price list are not available on the market.

    [02] KARAMANLIS BUSH

    The Cyprus problem, in the light of the new mobility, will be examined today during Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis' meeting with US President George Bush at the White House.

    Speaking to the overseas greek newspaper "Ethnikos Kirix", Mr karamanlis siad he will also examine Turkey's EU prospects, Grecoturkish relations and the issue surrounding Skopje's name.

    The meeting, which begins at eight fifteen tonight Cyprus time, will last around half and hour and will take place in the presence of the two countries' foreign ministers.

    American and Greek diplomats estimate that the meeting will exhibit the excellent and upgraded relations between the US and Greece.

    [03] BOUCHER CYPRUS

    The United States hope that the Greek Cypriots will respond to the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's request that they articulate with clarity and finality their concerns about the Annan Plan, a UN-proposed solution which the overwhelming majority of the Greek Cypriots rejected in a referendum last year.

    ''We hope that the Greek Cypriots will respond to the UN Secretary General's request that they articulate with clarity and finality their concerns about the Annan Plan," a US State Department Spokesman said, asked about US expectations of ongoing meetings at the UN on Cyprus.

    Mr. Annan has said that he needs to have in writing the changes the Greek Cypriot side wants to introduce to the Annan plan, if he is to decide whether or not to begin a new initiative for a political settlement.

    Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has sent an envoy to the UN, Ambassador Tasos Tzionis who with the Republic's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis are having confidential meetings with Under Secretary General Sir Kieran Prendergast. The discussions are expected to be completed today.

    [04] TUNER TC FAIR

    Chairman of the Turkish Cypriot Industrial Chamber Salih Tounar said he was disappointed because the regulation on the Green Line did not achieve the purpose concerning improvement of the economic conditions in the occupied areas and cooperation between business people from both sides of the divide.

    Speaking at a press conference today where he introduced the Turkish Cypriot participation at the Cyprus International Fair, Mr. Tuner said that Turkish Cypriots want a lifting of all restrictions and its formulation in such a manner that would allow free commerce between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, with Europe and the rest of the world.

    He also said commerce between the free areas and the occupied north is around 130 thousand dollars per month while during the last four month goods totalling 300 thousand pounds have been sold to the free areas.

    During the fair, Turkish cypriots are present goods allowed by the EU within the Green Line regulation.typo.

    [05] TURKEY OCALAN

    Turkey will not retry jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan after Europe's top human rights court ruled his 1999 prosecution was unfair, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul was quoted as saying.

    However, Mr Gul did not rule out taking up an alternative recommendation from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that the original case against Ocalan be reopened.

    "The court said retry him or reopen the file due to this or that procedural inadequacy," Milliyet daily quoted Mr. Gul as saying in an interview with television station Kanal D.

    "Since we have the option to reopen and look at the file, we are honestly not thinking of taking any steps for a retrial."

    [06] EU FRANCE LUX

    European Union President Luxembourg rules out renegotiating the EU constitution if France rejects the treaty in a referendum this month, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker was quoted as saying today.

    "If France votes 'No' in a referendum on the European constitutional treaty, the European Union will lose 20 years. Treaties have never been renegotiated," Mr. Juncker told Belgian daily De Standaard in an interview.

    "That will not happen now either. Nobody is prepared to do that. And going on without France is possible but I exclude that," he added.

    Mr. Juncker said other member states were not prepared to restart negotiations on the treaty.

    German and Polish leaders rallied behind French President Jacques Chirac's "Yes" campaign on Thursday, urging French voters to back the constitution and saying it was their duty to set an example for other EU states.

    The latest opinion polls give the anti-treaty campaign in France a slender lead. Rejection by France, an EU founder member, on May 29 could in theory torpedo the constitution, which requires the approval of all 25 member states..

    [07] CYPRUS FLAG

    The Cyprus flag was removed from the black list of the Memorandum of Understanding of Paris to monitor ships.

    An official statement said this development is the result of measures taken by the government to reinforce the trust exhibited internationally to Cyprus flagged ships.

    The development was welcomed by Goverment Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides who said measures will be taken so that Cyprus is not included in such list again.

    [08] PHARMACEUTICAL STUFF

    A total of 499 medicines which are included in the new government price list are not available on the market.

    This was the result of a survey conducted by the Pancyprian Pharmaceutical Association following reports on the lack of medicines in the market.

    The survey's results were presented yesterday to the Health Minister and will be made public later today. The association warned that if no measures are taken, the situation will worsen.

    Concern over the lack of medicines have also been expressed by the importers of pharmaceuticals and political parties. They point out the need to handle the problem an submitted suggestions on how to overcome the situation. All insist that there should be plenty of medicines in the market and a variety, at reasonable prices.

    [09] EUROVISION

    Hungary, Romania, Norway, Moldavia, Israel, Denmark, FYROM, Croatia, Switzerland and Latvia are the ten countries which are going to tomorrow's final in the 50th Eurovision Song Contest that will be held in Kiev.

    The songs were chosen last night with televoting. These countries will participate with 14 other countries that have already been chosen to compete, including Cyprus and Greece. Last night's semi finals were broadcast on CyBC's first TV channel and secured 47 per cent of last night's tv ratings.

    Kiev is hosting the 50th Eurovision after Ruslana Lyzhychko, Ukraine's second Eurovision entry, stormed to victory in Turkey, mixing Ukrainian ethnic rhythms with half-naked dancing.

    Over 120 million viewers are expected to watch the final live -- the biggest international event staged in the country.

    [10] WEATHER THEOFILOU

    Temperatures will remain above average today, to 37 C instead of 29 which is the normal for the season.

    Director of the Metereological Department Kyriacos Theofilou explained that the warm temperatures are due to the hot air mass and high pressure in the atmosphere. He said that by Monday there will be a gradual decrease in temperatures which might even be lower than average.

    Mr. Theofilou said humidity remains at low levels.

    [11] WEATHER

    It will be mainly clear with some high cloud. Winds will be south-westerly to north-westerly light to moderate, force three to four and the sea slight. Temperatures will rise to 37 C inland, 32 C on the south and east coast and 27 C on the west and mountains.

    Tonight there will be cloud with thin mist forming in some areas. Winds will be north-westerly to north-easterly light, force two to three but gradually becoming westerly and northerly moderate, force three to four. The sea will be slight. Temperatures will fall to 16 C inland, on the east, west coast and mountains and 18 over southern coastal areas. The fire hazard remains very high in all forest areas.


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