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Cyprus News Agency 96-06-10.

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From: Panayiotis Zaphiris <>


  • [01] No rapid developments expected, says President Clerides
  • [02] Sport:Cypriot women win volleyball title
  • [03] Med-Media Project gets underway
  • [04] Cypriot Minister flies to Hungary

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    [01] No rapid developments expected, says President Clerides

    Larnaca, Jun 10 (CNA) -- No rapid developments are expected concerning the Cyprus problem, Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides told reporters shortly before departing on his two-week tour to Europe and the US for contacts on Cyprus.

    ''Judging from the political situation and government instability in Turkey it is very difficult to expect that there could be any rapid developments concerning the Cyprus problem in the near future'', President Clerides said.

    ''The situation in Turkey is such'', he noted, ''that does not allow room for optimism, that the Turkish side will take the necessary decisions to open the road towards a solution to the Cyprus problem''.

    However, he added he does not expect the situation either in Cyprus or the Aegean to deteriorate within 1996.

    Referring to his June 18 meeting with US President Bill Clinton, President Clerides said they will discuss the Cyprus problem as well as regional problems, including Turkey and regional security issues.

    He described as ''constructive'' the fact that the US chose for the issue of regional security in relation to the Cyprus problem to be discussed.

    He said the US did not put forward the issue of Greco-Turkish relations, even though, he added, ''dangerous tension between Greece and Turkey would definitely influence the situation in Cyprus.''

    The Cypriot President will meet UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali tomorrow in Geneva.

    After Geneva, he will fly on to New York for meetings with the representatives of the permanent members of the Security Council and US Presidential Emissary on Cyprus Richard Beattie.

    On June 18, he will hold talks in Washington with US President Bill Clinton. He will also see US Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Ben Gillman, Chairman of the House Committee on International Affairs.

    On June 19, he will hold talks in London with British Prime Minister John Major and attend a dinner with British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind.

    After London, he will go to Florence, Italy, to have a working meeting with the European Union Council.

    President Clerides will return on Monday, June 24.

    CNA MCH/GP/1996

    [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

    [03] Med-Media Project gets underway

    Nicosia, Jun 10 (CNA) -- A four-day workshop on Photo-Journalism, under the title ''Masterclass in News Photography,'' got underway here today with the participation of twelve experienced photographers from seven countries in the region.

    The meeting, organised by the European Union programme ''Med-Media'', was opened by Head of Delegation of the European Commission Delegation in Cyprus Gilles Anouil, who welcomed participants extending a special greeting to Umit Bektas, a photographer with the Turkish daily ''Milliyet''.

    In his brief remarks, Anouil said Cyprus was an ideal location to host such meetings and maintained good relations with almost all its neighbours, with the exception of Turkey (Cyprus and Turkey severed diplomatic ties when Turkish troops invaded and occupied Cyprus' northern areas).

    Anouil, himself a journalist for fifteen years, said he was very pleased to have addressed them and wished participants from Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Cyprus luck with their workshop.

    Tudor Lomas, Director of the Med-Media Project, said this was the first time a Med-Media project was opened officially by a dignitary.

    He also noted the Cyprus project was the first of its kind.

    ''The aim of the workshop is to give the best news photographers in the Eastern Mediterranean the chance meet, compare work and experiences and consider ways to enhance their status and improve the use of pictures in the region's papers,'' Lomas said.

    Also present at the workshop is one of Europe's leading national newspaper picture desk editors, Theo Audenaerd, of the Dutch paper ''De Volkskrant'', who took this morning's session.

    The four-day workshop comprises two set assignment (one today at Nicosia Airport and one Tuesday on an international run in downtown Nicosia). On Wednesday, photographers will choose their individual assignment and on Thursday there will be an evaluation of the work done.

    CNA MM/GP/1996

    [04] Cypriot Minister flies to Hungary

    Nicosia, Jun 10 (CNA) -- Cyprus Justice and Public Order Minister Alecos Evangelou left today for Hungary to participate in the 20th Conference of European Ministers of Justice.

    Taking part in the Budapest conference are the Justice Ministers of the 39-member Council of Europe.

    Evangelou and Hungarian Interior Minister Gabor Kuncze will sign a bilateral cooperation agreement in combating terrorism, illicit drug trafficking and organised crime.

    CNA KN/GP/1996

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