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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-01-27

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  • [01] Cyprus Takes Olgac to Court
  • [02] Obama: Peace in M. East a Priority
  • [03] Two Killed on Gaza Border

  • [01] Cyprus Takes Olgac to Court

    Cyprus intends to take Turkish actor Attila Olgac to court after the latter's having confessed to killing 10 Greek-Cypriots, including a 19-year-old prisoner, during Turkey's invasion in 1974. Greece's Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis stressed that Turkey should abide to the European Court of Human Rights rulings and cooperate in uncovering the circumstances of the disappearances.

    A Cypriot spokesman Giorgos Iakovou termed Ankara's effort to undermine the Olgac's confession and present him as a psychopath as expected.

    In Athens, KKE (Greek Communist Party) said that the crime had not stopped, since the USA and the EU were equally blamed with the Turkish administration for not providing a fair solution to the Cyprus row.

    In Turkey, famous journalist Mehmet Ali Birand urged the country's Justice to step in, arguing that actor Attila Olgac should stand trial whether he lied or not.

    The actor retracted his statement, whereby he had confessed the killing of Greek-Cypriot war prisoners, arguing it was a scenario.

    Birand claimed that Olgac's claims angered the Greek-Cypriots and the Greeks and that the actor opened the Pandora box without him realizing it.

    News item: 18225

    [02] Obama: Peace in M. East a Priority

    U.S. President Barack Obama in his first interview with Arab television since taking office, Al Arabiya on Monday that the time was ripe for Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace negotiations, assuring that he will keep the promises he undertook during his electoral campaign. He said that he was prepared to extend a hand of peace to Iran..."

    "Difficult and Time-Consuming Deliberations"

    Obama reminded everyone that he signed the previous week that he signed a special decree that provides the closing of Guantanamo within one year. US "is ready to start a new corporate relation, based on mutual respect and mutual interests with Muslim world" he sated.

    He also confirmed that the government will make a clear distinction between Al Qaeda and all those who dispute the views of the organization. Finally, in recent statements Mr. Oabama stated that Al Qaeda leader members appear nervous.

    On Iran, Obama said he believed it was important to use all the tools of U.S. power with Tehran, including diplomacy.

    "It is important for us to be willing to talk to Iran, to express very clearly where our differences are, but (also) where there are potential avenues for progress," he said.

    "If countries like Iran are willing to unclench their fist, they will find an extended hand from us."

    The US and Iran have broken off their diplomatic relations since 1980. Former US president George Bush posed as a condition for the start of talks with Iran the termination of Teheran's nuclear programme.

    Source: Reuters

    News item: 18194

    [03] Two Killed on Gaza Border

    Israeli fire has killed a Palestinian in the Gaza Strip today just after the death of an Israeli soldier caused by an explosion, reported the Arab TV networks one week after the ceasefire between Iraq and Hamas. The 24-year-old farmer Anuar Al-Drem was killed in Kissufim near the Israeli border from Israeli artillery or helicopters fire, reported a Palestinian medical source. Al Arabiyia and Al Jazeera had reported earlier that an Israeli soldier had lost his life near the Gaza Strip. The blast wounded three soldiers. Until now, no organisation has assumed responsibility.

    Sources: Reuters, ÁNA-ĚPARelative articles: Diplomatic fever

    News item: 18200

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