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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-09-08

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Wednesday, September 8, 1999


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/ 'US preparing 10-point plan'


THE Cyprus peace efforts featured prominently yesterday in the absence of a big story.


_ said that President Clerides had been called to give "critical answers" to questions by the State Department's new Special Co-ordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston. During the meeting, Weston wrote down the views of the government on issues of security, territory, refugees as well as the procedure that should be followed at peace talks.

Clerides reportedly said that all issues should be discussed as a package, but pointed out that the Turkish side's intentions should first be established as there was no point in having "talks for the sake of talks". Diplomatic sources said that Britain and the US believed talks, at which Rauf Denktash will have the right to raise the issue of confederation, would take place in the first two weeks of October.


_ reported that a 10-point settlement plan had been prepared by the US and had been forwarded to Athens, Ankara and Nicosia; the Cyprus government has denied its existence. It said the US had been "cultivating optimism", regarding the prospects of a settlement, and officials had expressed the certainty that Clerides-Denktash talks would take place in October.

The plan envisaged the setting up of two cantons, under one state, a rotating presidency between the two cantons, the return to the Greek side of Morphou and Famagusta, the withdrawal of most of the Turkish troops and the establishment of a 5,000 strong Nato peacekeeping force. Policing would be carried out jointly.


_ said the Greek government had gone ahead with some "amazing openings in the direction of Turkey" which have been very positively received by the US and Europe. Foreign Minister George Papandreou opened the EU road to Turkey by submitting a strategic plan at an EU meeting in Helsinki, which set a time-plan for Turkey's accession course.

The first step would be for Turkey to become an "EU candidate" in December. For every step to be completed, Turkey would have to meet certain conditions such as contributing to progress in Cyprus. No decision had been taken by the EU foreign ministers. Papandreou's plan provoked a storm of protest in Greece with the opposition accusing the government of upgrading Turkey-EU relations without Ankara satisfying any of the conditions that had been set by the special EU summit.


_ reported that Limassol was in a state of turmoil after the latest murder attempt in Heroes' Square on Saturday night. "Anger and despair reigned among Limassolians" after the attack on a cabaret owner with an anti-tank missile which had put the lives of innocent people at risk.

In a front-page editorial about the attack, the paper said: "It is not acceptable for the government confusedly to watch the situation unfold. And it is worrying that the conclusion that 'we do not have a police force' has become ingrained in people's minds. Let us create a police force before this conclusion takes on the more extreme form of 'we do not have a government'."


_ castigated the police for "nailing an innocent". It was referring to the release from custody of Kyriacos Georgiou, who had been detained in connection with a case of attempted murder. Georgiou's only crime was that he was driving a white car, said the paper. Police destroyed his reputation by leading him handcuffed to court and putting him behind bars for three days.

Georgiou was a law-abiding citizen with no police record. However, to convince police that he was innocent he had to make public details of his private life, the paper said. A human rights campaigner claimed that three basic human rights had been violated by the police in their dealings with Georgiou.


_ reported that Disy leader Nicos Anastassiades was set to embark on a campaign promoting the work of the government and the prospects of his party in response to all those who questioned his leadership.

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