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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-09-03

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Friday, September 3, 1999


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/ Outrage at brutal Karpass murder


THE PAPERS were outraged by the murder of a Greek Cypriot man living in the village of Rizokarpasso. "Brutal murder" read one headline while another said, "Heinous crime by Denktash’s Anatolian beasts".


reported that 68-year-old Stelios Harpas had been burned alive in his car, at a location one kilometre east of his village. According to the Turkish Cypriot paper Kibris, Harpas had been phoned by a person calling himself Mehmet on Monday night and was asked to go to a meeting. On Tuesday morning his wife reported that he was missing and his body was found on Tuesday afternoon.

The victim’s son claimed that his father had been kidnapped by two Turkish settlers from the village coffeeshop and murdered. He also said that he was worried about his mother’s safety. No one could establish a motive for the murder as Harpas was a very popular person, said the paper.


said Harpas’ death was the latest addition to the "long list of mysterious deaths of enclaved of the Karpass". According to the victim’s wife and the chairman of the Karpass Co-ordinating Committee Nicos Falas, Harpas had been a target of the murderers for months. Eight months ago three Turks had visited him and threatened him to give them his money, reported Politis.

Machi, in a front-page editorial said: "Every civilised person will have been gripped by feelings of rage and despair after being informed about the brutal murder of Stelios Harpas.... Undoubtedly the enclaved, for 25 years, have undergone many ordeals at the hands of the (Turkish settlers) who have even dug up the graves of the Greek enclaved to steal their clothes....

"Stelios Harpas is not the first enclaved to be murdered in such a brutal way. Others have been murdered and others have been brutally assaulted when resisting robbery attempts. This is the ‘thank-you’ of the Atillas for the help that Greece and Cyprus offered the Turkish quake victims."


reported that there is a "war" at the Cyprus Stock Exchange between the stockbrokers and management of the exchange. The stockbrokers had threatened to go on strike if the board of the Stock Exchange did not accept within 24 hours a compromise package proposed by Disy leader Nicos Anastassiades.

Among other things, the brokers want the stock market to be open for one hour only three days a week, instead of 90 minutes five days a week, with a limit of 3,000 transactions per day. As an alternative, they would accept trading four days a week, with a limit of 2,000 transactions a day.

On the same day, the Stock Exchange board held a press conference to announce a new set of measures clamping down on day trading, which the brokers have rejected.


reported that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash was leaving, hurriedly, for the United States in an attempt to pre-empt any Cyprus developments. According to diplomatic sources, his objective is to present his conditions -- recognition and confederal solution -- for attending talks, before the UN sends out its invitations.

It was no coincidence that Denktash had gone to New York before President Clerides, said the paper. Denktash would first visit Washington for talks with US officials before going to New York for a meeting with UN Secretary- general Kofi Annan.


saw Denktash’s visit to the US differently. It said Britain and the US first wanted to establish whether the Turkish side had any intention to participate constructively in talks, which was why Denktash had been asked to the US now. Twenty days later, the Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit was also due to visit Washington.

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