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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-09-17

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Friday, September 17, 1999


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/ Kranidiotis death a 'national loss'


THE DEATH of Greece's Cypriot-born deputy foreign minister Yiannos Kranidiotis in a freak air accident completely dominated the front pages. All papers agreed that his passing was "a national loss" that would have a high political cost for Cyprus.


_ said Kranidiotis' loss would "create real problems and substantial gaps", which the governments of Greece and Cyprus were trying to tackle. It quoted the Cyprus foreign minister as saying that time would be needed for Kranidiotis' planning and strategies to be put back on track. It would be more difficult though for the personal relations he had with all EU foreign ministers to be re-established.

The paper cited two policy fields which would suffer. The deceased had played an instrumental role in Cyprus' EU accession course, in which there were currently "serious developments" and in the Cyprus peace efforts. His death had come at the "most critical point" in his strategy to link the Cyprus issue with EU accession and Greek-Turkish relations.


_ carried a eulogy on its front page, saying: "The role of Kranidiotis, in the safeguarding of national rights, was expressed through modern and scientific thought, incisive observation of relations and changes in the international forum, the correct evaluation of givens and capabilities and result-oriented political practice.

"The vacuum left by his premature and tragic death can be filled only with the continuation of the same sensible and pragmatic politics, which brought Cyprus closer to Europe and widened the horizons for national liberation and vindication."


_ said that "(someone has) huge responsibilities for the accident that led to the death of Kranidiotis and five others". The Greek government spokesman said that Prime Minister Costas Simitis had given instructions for an investigation that would establish who was to blame for the tragic accident.

Simitis had contacted the top brass at Olympic Airways and demanded that the investigation should go as high up the hierarchy as is justified in order to find those responsible. The Falcon jet in which the accident occurred had experienced problems in the past and on one occasion pilots had to opt for a crash landing.


_ led with a report about President Clerides' meeting in London with Akel leader Demetris Christofias, whom he briefed about the "imminent developments" in the Cyprus problem. Christofias said both he and the president were sceptical about the prospects for a breakthrough.

While there seemed to be "some mobility on the part of the US and the UN Secretary-General", if Rauf Denktash persisted with his demand for talks between two "heads of state", then there would be no negotiations, Christofias was quoted as saying.


_ continued its "revelations about the terrorist plans of the Islamist terrorists". It claimed that there were 70 training centres for Islamist terrorists in the occupied north which were operating with the blessing of "the arch-terrorist Denktash". The "fanatical Islamist trainers" have set up operations in several countries, it claimed.

The occupied part of Cyprus had been chosen as a base so that the fundamentalists could launch terrorist attacks against south Lebanon, Israel, the British bases and American and Russian interests in the Middle East. The leader of Hamas in Britain, Omar Bakri Mohammed, was the brain behind the operations and often visited Cyprus, the paper claimed.


_ reported that the Registrar of Companies had asked for the entire list of all those who had secured shares on private placement from Louis Cruise Lines. However, the law is not very clear, with regard to the provision and transfer of shares, so it is not certain that the Registrar's request will be granted.

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