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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-09-28

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Tuesday, September 28, 1999


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/ Window of opportunity for Cyprus


SECRETARY of State Madeleine Albright's comment that there was a "window of opportunity" for a Cyprus settlement in a press interview published on Sunday was given prominence yesterday.


_ reported that Albright had "consciously" chosen to give the interview, at the same time, to one Greek (Kathimerini) and one Turkish (Milliyet) newspaper. She hoped it would be realised that there was a "window of opportunity", thanks to the improvement of Greece-Turkey relations and the interest of the international community.

Albright also said that President Clinton had shown a personal interest in the peace efforts, which were a "priority issue" for the United States. Talks should take place under the auspices of the UN and no conditions should be set beforehand, she said. There were many peace methods that had been used in other complex and long-drawn out divisions, which could be applied in Cyprus.

_To Tharros

_ underlined the fact that Albright had called on Turkey to co-operate with the Turkish Cypriots so they could realise the importance of the need for substantive negotiations. She said that the improvement in Greece-Turkey relations had begun before the earthquakes, but had acquired a new dynamic from these.

The Secretary of State also asked Greece to help so that Turkey would be given the status of an EU candidate at December's EU summit in Helsinki. She did not rule out the possibility of Clinton meeting with the prime ministers of Greece and Turkey to help them resolve their countries' differences.

Politis' banner headline said that "Cyprus time has arrived", and it noted that the US was "ready for an involvement" in the peace efforts. The paper said that despite Albright's comments, Turkey's foreign minister Ismail Cem "appeared intransigent when speaking before the UN General Assembly".

Cem repeated Turkey's hardline position on confederation, saying that this could be the only basis for a viable and lasting settlement.


_ reported that Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit "holds the key that will open the door for the new initiative on Cyprus". Ecevit is to meet Clinton today and, according to US sources, Cyprus will be at the top of the agenda of their White House talks. Clinton will ask Ecevit for his co- operation so that Cyprus talks would be constructive.

On his departure from Ankara, Ecevit avoided mentioning that the Cyprus problem would be discussed with Clinton. Asked for a comment, he said he did not expect any pressure from the US. Informed sources believe that the only commitment Ecevit would be prepared to make would be for Rauf Denktash to accept an invitation to talks from the UN.


_ reported that the Stock Exchange Council was investigating the possibility that certain stockbrokers had committed criminal and disciplinary offences after receiving complaints and examining documents submitted by certain brokerage firms and public companies.

Some stockbrokers had been selling investors "hot air", the paper claimed. It said there were cases of investors paying for shares, but there was no record of ownership to be found. This was the main offence identified in most of the documents submitted by the brokerages to the Stock Exchange.


_ claimed that unemployment figures were rising fast, with 4.6 per cent of the active population claiming unemployment benefit in the first seven months of the year. The figures were included in a report prepared by the Social Insurance fund, which had to fork out 15.3 million pounds in unemployment benefits during the above-mentioned period.

The number of those taking unemployment benefit was significantly higher than the number of jobless, officially given by the Ministry of Labour as 3.6 per cent, the paper said.

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