/ Minister mediates in market row
THE Greek language press yesterday continued to focus their attention on
the brutal murder of an enclaved man in the occupied areas and on the Stock
_ said that Stock Exchange arguments had been resolved after differences
between brokerages and the exchange's board were mediated by the Finance
Minister. The paper said that the advice of the Minister, Takis Klerides,
had been accepted by both sides and that they were expected to meet
yesterday to formalise the agreement.
said that "Turkish propaganda" was trying to present murder victim Stelios
Charpas as a smuggler. The paper also reported that government telephonists
continued to demand upgraded salary scales and that they had threatened
strike action if their demands were not met.
_ described the Stock Exchange crisis as "artificial". The paper said that
certain stock brokers had told customers there was a crisis so they would
not have to accept their business. Offices would only accept instructions
to sell stock but not to buy, adding that the action was probably linked to
brokersí disagreements with the Stock Exchange board.
The paper also reported on the British "Dog of the Millennium Competition",
won by a yellow labrador called Endal. The dog belonged to Alan Parton, who
suffered head injuries while serving during the Gulf War. According to the
paper, Endal can withdraw money from the bank, shop at the supermarket and
Parton and Endal were given £500 sterling and dog food for six months for
winning the competition after defeating 3,000 dogs from all over Britain.
_ said there had been political reactions to the Charpas murder. The paper
said: "Perhaps for the first time since 1974 the Turkish Cypriot leadership
has admitted that an enclaved person was murdered by Turks, a murder which
was even characterised as beastly by Rauf Denktash."
_ also reported that a "new scandal" had resulted from architectural plans
for the new House being put aside because of archaeological finds being
uncovered during construction. The paper said that the plans, worth £1
million, would probably be thrown away.
_ said that the agreement unofficially reached at the Stock Exchange had
been the result of Presidential Palace pressure on the Stock Exchange
board. The board members had threatened mass resignation over the pressure,
said the paper, but eventually changed their minds to avoid negative
results on the stock market.
_ also said that Disy's meeting with President Glafcos Clerides on Thursday
had resulted in a lot of behind-doors jokes, sometimes at the expense of
United Democrat leader and chief EU negotiator George Vassiliou. The paper
also reported on a "secret dinner" at the home of Disy deputy Demetris
Syllouris, which is to be attended by 20 former and current Disy members.
The dinner would be taking place on Monday night and would also be attended
by political figures from other parties.
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