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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (PM), 99-04-22

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <>


  • [01] Czech official - Visit
  • [02] Spokesman - Yugoslavia
  • [03] Cyprus - India - Air transport agreement
  • [04] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [05] Armed bank robbery
  • [06] EU - Yugoslavia - Cyprus - Embargo
  • [07] Left wing parties - Resolution
  • [08] President Clerides - Children - UN

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    [01] Czech official - Visit

    Larnaca, Apr 22 (CNA) -- Deputy Prime Minister for Foreign and Security Policy of the Czech Republic, Egon Lansky, arrived in Cyprus today, for an official visit.

    Finance Minister Takis Clerides, who met Lansky at Larnaca airport, said that "the relations between the Czech Republic and Cyprus have been very high for a very long time".

    Lansky said there is "a wide scope for improving relations between our two countries", adding that "our relations have been excellent for quite some time".

    He said that during his stay he will discuss "a number of common issues", such as accession to the European Union and developments in South- Eastern Europe.

    Asked about the position of the Czech Republic on the Yugoslavia crisis, Lansky said: "We are fresh members of NATO, which makes us committed to the case NATO has being making in Yugoslavia".

    He also said that he recently visited Albania and the refugees there, adding that "suffering is terrible for people, no matter what nationality, ethnic group or religion they belong to".

    Lansky added that upon his suggestion, the Czech Republic will offer the refugees humanitarian aid.

    During his stay in Cyprus, Lansky will meet President Glafcos Clerides, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, Nicosia Mayor Lellos Demetriades, and political party leaders or representatives. Lansky leaves Cyprus on May 2.

    CNA MAN/RG/MM/1999

    [02] Spokesman - Yugoslavia

    Nicosia, Apr 22 (CNA) -- Government Spokesman, Costas Serezis, said today that there would not be any consequences on US intentions to resume talks on the Cyprus problem because of the stance the local political parties have adopted on the Yugoslav crisis.

    The government, he pointed out, "does not see the issue in a one-sided manner."

    Commenting on statements by US Ambassador, Kenneth Brill, that a one- sided stance by one of the communities of the island on a complicated issue such as that of Yugoslavia does not help cooperation between the two sides, Serezis said "if this has any repercussions on efforts to resume talks, then we shall be officially informed about it".

    "We believe this will not affect attempts to start talks," he added. Responding to questions, Serezis said the government "has formulated its policy on the specific matter, taking into consideration the interests of the country."

    Asked to comment on a meeting here of European left-wing parties, Serezis said that "anything concerning peace or contribution to peace in this turbulent region cannot but be regarded as positive".

    CNA MK/RG/MM/1999

    [03] Cyprus - India - Air transport agreement

    Nicosia, Apr 22 (CNA) -- Cyprus and India have initialled an Air Transport Agreement and a relevant protocol, aiming at further strengthening economic and tourist relations between the two countries.

    An official press release issued today says the agreement was reached during negotiations held in New Delhi on April 20 and 21 and "sets out the framework of cooperation between the two countries in air transport."

    The agreement was signed by Communication and Works Permanent Secretary Vasos Pyrgos, on behalf of the Cyprus Republic, and Indian Civil Aviation Ministry Permanent Secretary H.S. Khola.

    CNA RM/MA/MM/1999

    [04] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    Nicosia, Apr 22 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows:
          CSE General Index                         119.00 (-0.58)
          Traded Value            CYP 4,628,144
          Sectural Indices
          Banks                   CYP 2,706,467     151.29 (-0.76)
          Approved Investment
          Companies               CYP    78,716      71.26 (-0.05)
          Insurance Companies     CYP    59,632      75.01 (-0.40)
          Manufacturing Companies CYP    45,325      91.85 (-0.11)
          Tourism Companies       CYP    97,944      85.54 (-0.25)
          Trading Companies       CYP   100,126      48.80 (-0.70)
          Other Companies         CYP   238,790      84.15 ( 0.54)
    The third column presents the percentage variation of the indices as compared to the last meeting.

    CNA MM/1999

    [05] Armed bank robbery

    Paphos, Apr 22 (CNA) -- An armed robber got away with six and a half thousand Cyprus pounds today, after he threatened bank clerks with a gun at a branch office of the Bank of Cyprus.

    The robbery, one in a recent spade of such robberies, took place in broad daylight at the village of Chloraka, in the Paphos district.

    Police are looking for a thin man, in his mid-twenties, of about 1.60 cm in height. During the robbery he spoke very good Greek.

    A police search in the vicinity has spotted a balaclava, a motorcycle and a leather bag believed to have been used during the robbery.

    Police investigations are continuing into the case.

    CNA MM/RG/1999

    [06] EU - Yugoslavia - Cyprus - Embargo

    Brussels, Apr 22 (CNA) -- The EU has called on its members, Cyprus and other candidate countries to comply with a decision, to be finalised by Monday's meeting of foreign ministers, to impose an embargo on the sale of oil and its by-products to Yugoslavia.

    The embargo is due to come into effect on Wednesday, EU sources have said.

    Today's common EU position says that "the sale or supply of petroleum products to the FRY will be prohibited" but points out that this prohibition will not apply to sales or supplies for verified humanitarian purposes, in particular for the needs of internally displaced persons and returnees.

    In article 2, of the EU position, it notes that the presidency "will ask the associated countries of Eastern and Central Europe, Cyprus and the EFTA members of the EEA to align themselves with this common position."

    The EU position will be kept under constant review, it adds. There is no reference to additional measures relating to a freeze of industrial and monetary investment or a restriction on the movement of Yugoslav politicians and diplomats within the EU, or a freeze of assets of the Yugoslav president and his family.

    CNA NB/MM/RG/1999

    [07] Left wing parties - Resolution

    Nicosia, Apr 22 (CNA) -- Leaders of seventeen left wing European parties, who concluded today their meeting in Cyprus, called for an end to the NATO campaign in Yugoslavia and a halt to the hostilities in Kosovo.

    They also expressed their solidarity with the struggle of the people of Cyprus for a just solution to the Cyprus problem and the reunification of their divided island, in line with UN resolutions.

    Representatives from twelve European countries gathered here for a two- day meeting, at the invitation of Cyprus' left-wing AKEL party to discuss the crisis in Yugoslavia and seek ways to promote peace in the region.

    The resolution was released at a press conference by Andros Kyprianou, in charge of AKEL's International Relations.

    In their resolution, party leaders strongly condemn NATO air strikes and say the campaign "violates flagrantly international law and the UN Charter".

    They also express solidarity to "the heavily afflicted people of Yugoslavia" and call for the resumption of political dialogue under the aegis of the UN with the participation of Russia in order to reach a solution to the problem.

    A solution which would safeguard the refugees' right to return to their homes in safety as well as their human and political rights, the resolution says.

    The solution should also safeguard autonomy for Kosovo and secure Yugoslavia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, it adds.

    Party leaders condemn NATO's intention to use ground forces in Yugoslavia, as this would further destabilise the region and call for more efficient humanitarian aid for the refugees "in their temporary country of residence".

    Referring to the future settlement of the crisis, the seventeen party leaders reject proposals for a solution guaranteed by NATO troops, adding this should be undertaken by the UN.

    They denounce NATO's role as a "world policeman" as this would lead to further "substitution of the UN" and arbitrary use of force.

    They decided to organise a series of events in the days to come in order to mobilise public opinion in their respective countries such as "human chains" in Yugoslavia itself, in a bid to prevent air strikes.

    The resolution was approved unanimously, "in spite of the parties' different assessment of the Yugoslav government's policy on Kosovo", the party leaders pointed out.

    In a written statement on the Cyprus issue, they express their solidarity to the people of Cyprus in their struggle "for a just solution to the problem and the reunification of Cyprus on the basis of the relevant UN resolutions".

    CNA GG/MM/1999

    [08] President Clerides - Children - UN

    Nicosia, Apr 22 (CNA) -- The continuing Turkish occupation of part of Cyprus forces Greek Cypriot and Maronite children to choose between being with their families or being educated on secondary level, President Glafcos Clerides has said.

    In his address to the annual conference of the European Forum for child welfare, the President described as a milestone in international law the UN Convention on the rights of the child.

    This, he pointed out, safeguards and promotes the fundamental rights of the child and has formed the basis of legislation and policies relating to the welfare of children.

    "The Turkish invasion of 1974 threatened seriously family unity and stability since one third of the population was uprooted from their ancestral homes and communities were disintegrated," the President said in his address.

    He noted that in the occupied areas, secondary education is not allowed for the Greek Cypriots and the Maronite community.

    "As a result, children must either be deprived of secondary education or be separated from their parents in order to attend secondary school education in the free area under the control of the government of the Republic of Cyprus," Clerides added.

    The illegal Turkish Cypriot regime in occupied Cyprus imposes many restrictions on Greek Cypriots living there, including travel, education and religious restrictions.

    CNA MM/RG/1999
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