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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-09-11

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Saturday, September 11, 1999


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/ Questions raised over Paphos carnage


THE ATHENS earthquake and the out-of-control truck which caused the death of five people, including two children, in Paphos dominated yesterday's front pages.

Simerini, under the headline "Massacre in Paphos", described how the "crazy truck" veered out of control at Mesoyi village, hit five cars and capsized in the centre of Paphos, killing five people and leaving another seven seriously injured.

The driver was a one-eyed Turkish Cypriot who had lost control of the truck as a result of a problem with the brakes. The Turkish Cypriot, who was seriously injured, had lost his eye in a car accident a year ago, the paper said.


_ said there were fears the death toll from the bizarre crash were set to rise. The main question was why the driver, who had lost his eye recently, did not drive the truck into the fields on the side of the road in order to save lives. It appeared that the brakes had overheated and were not working and because the road was downhill the truck, which weighed five tons, gained speed.


_ reported that the extent of the damage caused to the north-western suburbs of Athens by Tuesday's earthquake had been revealed. Rescue teams had stepped up their efforts to dig up survivors from under the ruins, knowing that they had to race against time. Some of their efforts were successful, making even "the hardened firemen" cry with joy.


_ said that the permanent committee for the evaluation of earthquake danger had unanimously agreed that Tuesday's earthquake was the main one. The committee also said that the scale of the quake was the biggest expected for the area. It added that the after-shocks were following the normal pattern, implying that the danger was now over.


_ reported that "moving scenes were unfolding until late into the night in the quake-stricken areas of Athens" as rescue teams tried free survivors under the ruins. By last night, 120 people had been rescued from the ruins, and rescue teams had also established contact with three people buried under the ruins of the Rikomex factory.


_ claimed that police had found a man who had witnessed last Saturday's anti-tank missile murder attempt against a cabaret-owner in Limassol. The key witness allegedly saw the two men who had brought the two missiles to the would-be assassin. The two culprits had seen the man and threatened to kill him if he said anything to the police, the paper claimed.


_ reported that Disy had emerged "strong and united" from the meeting of its supreme council, which showed that everyone's objective was the strengthening of the party as well as the bolstering of the government. Even the dissident deputies toed the party line, it said. Any suggestions about a change in the policies of President Clerides in the handling of the Cyprus problem and of defence were laid to rest by the speeches of the foreign and defence ministers, the paper said.


_ reported that Rauf Denktash was "provocatively" announcing that he would not attend peace talks with President Clerides, even if he was invited by the UN Secretary-General. "A national decision" had already been taken by Turkey's Grand National Assembly, he said.


_ said that of the 18 schools in the Limassol district that had suffered damage from the August 11 earthquake, 17 had been repaired. The one that is not fit to be used had suffered extensive damage during the quake.

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