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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-09-16

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Thursday, September 16, 1999


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/ Shock at death of Kranidiotis


ALL OF yesterday's papers led with reports about the tragic death of Greece's Cypriot-born deputy Foreign Minister Yiannos Kranidiotis and his son, who died in a freak accident aboard a private jet on their way to a meeting of Balkan ministers in Bucharest. Another four people died when the plain inexplicably lost altitude, plunging from 21,000 feet to 3,000 feet.

"Shock: Loss for Cyprus, loss for Greece," was the banner headline in Politis. "National loss" was the headline in Haravghi and Phileleftheros, while Alithia reported that "Another tragedy hits Greece and Cyprus". Simerini said that Hellenism had suffered "the second big tragedy in the space of a few days".

Politis, under a file photo of Kranidiotis with his son Nicholas, said that the latter had decided to go with his father to Romania because it was the only way they could spend a few days together. Nicholas, 23, had told his friends in Athens that he was considering not going with his father because he had a lot of studying to do.


_ also said that Nicholas, a law student, had decided at the last minute to accompany his father. According to the paper's information, Greece's Foreign Minister George Papandreou had been scheduled to attend the Balkan meeting in Romania, but at the last minute the mission had been given to Kranidiotis.


_ explained that the death of the six passengers of the Falcon jet was caused by decompression. According to experts, when a plane loses altitude abruptly, it can cause an air bubble in the blood which leads to instant death. The pilots of the plane had used the oxygen masks above their seats and managed to regain control of the aircraft at 3,000 feet, it said.

Most of the papers also gave prominence to President Clerides' meeting with Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis and the continuing saga about the purchase of Louis Cruise Lines shares on private placement by state officials.


_ reported that Clerides and Simitis had reached 'unanimous decisions' regarding the handling of issues that would be raised with the start, or during, negotiations on the Cyprus problem. The meeting also discussed Cyprus' EU accession course and defence co-operation within the context of the Unified Defence Dogma.


_ said that Britain and the US were preparing the ground to ensure the resumption of Cyprus talks by November at the latest. The US, which has kept an open channel of communication with Ankara, has been giving assurances that Rauf Denktash will attend the talks. Clerides expected to receive an invitation to talks from the UN Secretary-General in the third week of October.


_ reported that, according to information it was unable to double-check, a top banking official had also bought shares in Louis Cruise Lines on private placement. It also revealed that the Director of Customs as well as the Director of the Planning Bureau had received shares through private placement. It said "the whole issue has developed into a major political problem that undermines political institutions and violates the principles of political ethics."


_ claimed that the Turkish Cypriot journalist, Sertag Gorguner, who was murdered on Sunday night was a "well-known pederast" and said "many Turkish Cypriots had fallen victims of his perverted sexual appetites". According to the paper's information, "pederasty is blossoming, to a large extent, in the north". Pederasty had spread in the north "since the unchecked arrival of the semi-barbaric Anatolians."

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