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Cyprus News Agency 96-06-08.

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From: Panayiotis Zaphiris <pzaphiri@glue.umd.edu>


CONTENTS

  • [01] US. No reason for war in Cyprus because of Eu entry
  • [02] Sport: Cyprus' volleyball successes
  • [03] Cyprus police arrest illegal immigrants coming from Syria
  • [04] Ambitious projects for Cyprus
  • [05] European loan to improve Cyprus' air traffic services

  • 1115:CYPPRESS:01

    [01] US: No reason for war in Cyprus because of EU entry

    Washington, Jun 8 (CNA) -- The US government does not accept the notion that an eventual accession of Cyprus to the European Union (EU) is a reason for war in Cyprus.

    This was one of the points that the recent article in ''Wall Street Journal" claimed in order to support its belief that the possibility of war in Cyprus is a serious one.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.

    US State Department Spokesman Nicholas Burns was asked yesterday to comment on the threat for ''Casus Belli'' in case of Cyprus' entry into the EU. He was very clear about the US interest regarding the Cyprus problem and its peaceful solution.

    ''It should not be a 'Casus Belli'. It should not be a reason for anyone to try to inflame the situation,'' he said.

    He also made clear the US position on Cyprus' accession to the EU with a reference to his recent answer to a CNA question: ''I spoke last week about the US government position on Cyprus and its eventual admission into the EU. You know that the US government has a very positive outlook on that prospect.''

    The State Department Spokesman cleared once again any misunderstanding regarding the US position on the view that a war is a strong possibility in Cyprus: ''As I said yesterday, there's no reason for anyone to think that prospects for war have increased in Cyprus.

    ''There are too many countries and too many organisations, like the United Nations, that are interested in working now with the parties on Cyprus, the two communities, and Greece and Turkey, for that to be a fear of anyone.''

    Burns took a crystal clear position towards the ''Wall Street Journal'' article and its points. ''I don't agree with the main point of the article. I don't encourage you to incline yourselves in that direction either.''

    CNA DA/GP/1996
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1200:CYPPRESS:02

    [02] Sport: Cyprus' volleyball successes

    Nicosia, Jun 8 (CNA) -- The women's national volleyball team of Cyprus have doubled their wins in the Small States of Europe tournament being held in Malta.

    They have won Malta 3-0 set and San Marino 3-1. They hope to win Luxembourg tonight to take the gold medal.

    Last week, the men's national volleyball team of Cyprus won the Promotion Cup held in Iceland.

    The Cypriot players scored three clear victories against Luxembourg (3-0 set), Iceland (3-0 set), and San Marino (3-0 set).

    CNA GP/1996
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1300:CYPPRESS:03

    [03] Cyprus police arrest illegal immigrants coming from Syria

    Limassol, Jun 8 (CNA) -- A total of 28 illegal immigrants and four crew members were remanded in custody for five days today by Limassol District Court, for illegally entering the Republic of Cyprus.

    The 32 were arrested last night after coast-guard vessels of the island' Port and Marine Police located two boats three miles off Cyprus' southern coast.

    The boats, coming from Syria, were carrying a total of 13 Egyptians, five Tunisians, four Lebanese and 10 Syrians, including a four-member crew.

    The 28 illegal immigrants had paid 500 dollars each to be transported from Syria to Cyprus. The boats were led to Limassol old port.

    The illegal immigrants were presented this morning before Limassol District Court, which issued a five-day remand order against them.

    CNA EC/GP/1996
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1320:CYPPRESS:04

    [04] Ambitious projects for Cyprus

    Nicosia, Jun 8 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government has decided to go ahead with the construction of a new General Hospital, a university campus, a new House of Reprsentatives building and other government buildings.

    They are expected to cost 165 million Cyprus pounds (one Cyprus pound is about two US dollars).

    According to Communications and Works Minister Adamos Adamides, who attended a meeting under President Glafcos Clerides yesterday, the new Nicosia General Hospital would cost 55 m. pounds, including 10 m. pounds for the hospital equipment.

    The university campus would cost 75 m. pounds and the new building of the House of Representatives 20 m. pounds. Other government buildings would cost 15 m. pounds.

    The construction of the new Nicosia General Hospital and the university campus to be built at Athalassa area, on Nicosia's southern outskirts, is expected to start early in 1997.

    Plans for the new House building would be drawn up in the first half of 1997.

    CNA GP/1996
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1330:CYPPRESS:05

    [05] European loan to improve Cyprus' air traffic services

    Nicosia, Jun 8 (CNA) -- The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a loan of ECU 12 million (around 7 million Cyprus pounds) to the Republic of Cyprus to upgrade its air traffic services and bring it in line with European and regional systems.

    An announcement from the bank's Luxembourg-based headquarters said the EIB has agreed to lend the ECU 12 million to Cyprus for works to improve the efficiency, safety and capacity of air traffic services.

    The financing was made available under the Horizontal financing facility of the European Union's ''Redirected Mediterranean Policy''.

    The money will be used for the construction and purchase of equipment for the new area control centre in Nicosia, control towers, radar installations and landing systems instrument at Larnaca and Paphos airports. A new search and rescue centre will also be established.

    The project is scheduled to be completed in 1999 and will be implemented and operated by the Civil Aviation Department.

    The investment will allow for the full integration of the Cypriot air traffic control services into the European and regional systems and extend its handing capacity from about 200.000 to at least 600.000 fly-over flights per year.

    CNA EC/GP/1996
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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