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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-09-21

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Tuesday, September 21, 1999


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/ Flurry of diplomatic activity


PREDICTIONS that there would be a flurry of diplomatic activity in New York this week in an attempt to secure a resumption of the Cyprus talks appeared in several papers.


_ said that a "10-day period of intensive, behind-the-scenes diplomatic activity on Cyprus starts today (Monday) in New York". By the end of the month it would become clear whether Cyprus talks would resume or not. The "key that could probably open the door for dialogue" is the benefits that Turkey would secure from the US when Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit visits the country.

It cites the following benefits: the upgrading of Turkey's status in its relations with the EU; financial aid to Turkey; the partial lifting of the trade embargo against the occupied area of Cyprus as part of confidence- building measures.


_ said that the round of talks that President Clerides and Foreign Minister Ioannis Cassoulides would have in New York this week would be of great significance. It quoted government spokesman Michalis Papapetrou as saying that Rauf Denktash would try to avoid sitting at talks by raising procedural objections, such as the replacement of UN special representative Ann Hercus.

Papapetrou, who is also in New York, said that it was not enough for Denktash to come to the negotiating table, but how he would behave during the talks. During his contacts, Clerides would argue that the international community would have to put pressure on Turkey to ensure that Denktash would adopt a more constructive stance during the talks.


_ said that all the diplomatic efforts for a settlement were concentrating on the setting up of an "evolutionary federation". From all indications, this would be a "very loose federation" that satisfies the Turkish side. To offset this, more territory would be returned to the Greek Cypriot side and Turkish objections to EU membership would be lifted.

Regarding the territorial issue, the paper claimed there would be a return of Famagusta and Morphou as well as the creation of canton in the Karpas peninsula. The reasoning of the State Department, which had studied the territorial issue, was that this would allow the return of a large number of refugees to their homes. Regarding the occupying troops, Britain had suggested gradual demilitarisation.


_ reported that a group of eight Archbishopric employees had misled Archbishop Chrysostomos in securing 187,500 shares from Louis Cruise Lines on private placement. According to the report, the Archbishop had given instructions that the shares should have been made available to all the Archbishopric's staff, but the group of eight ignored him and took all the shares for themselves.

One of the select eight told the paper that all the staff had been informed about purchasing LCL shares 15 days before these were put on the stock exchange, but the others had shown no interest. Only when they saw the share price rise did they realise their mistake and started complaining.


_ led with a report about the woman who had braved the flames to save a man from his hunting equipment shop. The woman, Maria Sakka, had ignored the fire as she went into the shop and pulled out the owner who was on fire. As soon as they got out there were seven consecutive explosions in the shop, causing damage to apartments above the shop.

To Tharros, in a report from Brussels billed as exclusive, claimed that an Islamic conference in southern Turkey had hatched a "satanic plot to turn France into the first Muslim state in the heart of Europe". It also revealed that the Muslim terrorists wanted to turn Palestine into an Islamic state that would have the whole of Jerusalem as its capital.

The terrorist groups behind these plans were Hamas, Hizbollah, Turkey's Grey Wolves, Cyprus' TMT, Islamic Jihad and the Fighters of Islam.

© Copyright Cyprus Mail 1999

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