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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-06-09

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From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] HEADLINES 9 JUNE 99
  • [02] DIOXIN
  • [03] YUGO r/up
  • [04] CLERIDES/SHIAN
  • [05] LARNACA QUAKE
  • [06] PREMIX
  • [07] HOUSE/SHELTERS
  • [08] BUIILDERS
  • [09] AEGEAN
  • [10] MONI FIRE
  • [11] WEATHER

  • [01] HEADLINES 9 JUNE 99

    -- UNDER GUARDED OPTIMISM A SPOKESMAN SAID PROGRESS IS BEING MADE IN THE MARATHON KOSOVO CRISIS TALKS

    --PRESIDENT CLERIDES TODAY VISITED THE CUTY OF SHIAN

    --THE GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO RELEASE THE LIST OF BELGIAN BANNED PRODUCTS, WHILE THE EU DEMANDED FULL BELGIAN COMPLIANCE WITH ITS INSTRUCTIONS

    --THE FOUD LEBANESE JUDGES GUNNED DOWN IN THEIR COURT YESTERDAY, WERE TODAY ACCOMPANIED TO THEIR GRAVES BY THOUSANDS OF LEBANESE

    --A LIGHT TREMOUR MEASURING 4 ON THE RICHTER SCALE, THE SEOND IN TWO WEEKS WAS FELT IN LARNACA TODAY

    [02] DIOXIN

    The government so far refuses to release the list of Belgian products banned from Cyprus because of Dioxin.

    The excuse is that the checks are continuing.

    However, Agriculture Minister Costas Themistocleous said that although the problem of Dioxin in Belgian products is serious, all preventative measures have been taken in Cyprus.

    He added that no animal feed produced after January one have been imported to Cyprus.

    The Minister went on to say that all products which are considered dangerous have been removed from supermarket shelves, while others ready for distribution have been confiscated at the ports. //

    When the checks are concluded, all products found free of Dioxin will either be destroyed or re-exported.

    The president of the Paediatric Association Panayiotis Zervos stressed for the CyBC that dioxin is extremely toxic and that when it enters the food chain its effectiveness is increased.

    [03] YUGO r/up

    Negotiations on the Yugoslav crisis are continuing under controlled optimism, but also with differences in the broader political sector.

    The dialogue at military level resumed in Kosovo and NATO is already talking of a more constructive spirit than last week, and even of the possibility that an agreement could be signed later in the day.

    At the same time, the consultations of the Group of 8 continue in Germany, centred on the talks of the Russian and US foreign ministers.

    Igor Ivanof made Moscow's position very clear that it will not permit approval of a UN Security Council resolution unless the bombing is stopped first. This position is also supported by China and, naturally by Yugoslavia itself.

    NATO on its part placed the signing of an agreement on Kosovo and the withdrawal of Yugoslav troops from Kosovo as a matter of first priority.

    However, there is also doublespeak within the ranks of NATO itself.

    Germany announced this afternoon that the bombing has been stopped and that negotiations will be concluded by the end of the day.

    However, only minutes later the German statement was denied by both the NATO as well as by the White House representatives.

    [04] CLERIDES/SHIAN

    President Clerides, who is on an official visit to China, today visited the City of Shian in the Province of Shianxi

    His reception and welcome took place at the South Gate, one of four in this ancient city of Shian, where the mayor presented to the president the Cuty's golden key.

    The president also visited the famous museum with the clay statues of soldiers from the Kin mausoleum which is under UNESCO's protection.

    [05] LARNACA QUAKE

    A light earth tremor, measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale was felt in Larnaca at 03: 27 this morning.

    The epicentre was between the villages of Ormydhia and Xylophagou and it was particularly felt by residents of apartment blocks in Larnaca.

    This was the second tremor within the last two weeks.

    On May 25 a tremor of 5 on the Richter scale had its epicentre in the sea area off Paphos.

    It had been felt in Paphos, Nicosia and Limassol causing cracks in buildings.

    Kyriakos Solomis, director of the Geological Survey Department told the CyBC the two tremors were on the same teuctonic triangle but had no relation to each other.

    [06] PREMIX

    Two civil servants responsible for the paving of road system in a plot division at Kokkinohoria were arrested following a police investigation of fraud involving state funds.

    The two were remanded in custody for eight days by the District Court on police charges of plotting to commit a crime, circulation of a forged document, and acquisition of money under false pretences.

    Police said that the Klatsia contracting firm collected 35,450 pounds for delivering 2.858 tons of premix while the state received only 1,9925 tons for a loss to the state of 11,600 pounds.

    [07] HOUSE/SHELTERS

    The Ministry of Interior will table before the house a Supplementary Budget in the amount of 500 thousand pounds for the improvement of shelters.

    The tabling of the budget as well as regulations on civil defence were discussed today by Interior Minister Christodoulos Christodoulou and House President Spyros Kyprianou.

    The minister said the House looks at civil defence with favour. He added that evaluation of inspections of six thousand sheklters is now in hand, together with a preliminary allocation of civilian occupants of the shelters which have been considered suitable for use under certain prerequisites.

    Decisions on the allocation of the population will be taken on the basis of results of this evaluation.

    [08] BUIILDERS

    Builders today also started strike action on Limassol building sites protesting the illegal employment of foreigners.

    The downed tools at 11 to attend a mass gathering addressed by representatives of the SEK and PEO trade unions.

    They demanded in a resolution that all employers who hire foreign labour should be punished, and also called on the police to locate, arrest and deport of the illegally employed foreigners.

    A picket parade was held through Limassol streets, ending at the District Administration office.

    Builders protest observances will be held in Paphos tomorrow, in Larnaca and Famagusta on the day after tomorrow.

    [09] AEGEAN

    The Oceanographic Ship "Aegean" of the National Centre for Maritime Research arrived on a visit to Cyprus.

    The ship is on a one month's scientific cruise of the ports of the Eastern Mediterranean, Africa, and Southern Europe.

    On board are students, researchers and post graduate students from the universities of the European Union and the program is financed under the fifth nancing protocol.

    The president of the research centre said the program includes participation by Cyprus in next Year's cruise.

    Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Costas Themistocleous who visited the ship said he accepted the invitation for this participation by Cyprus.

    [10] MONI FIRE

    The fire which broke out in the area of Moni at noon today, has been placed under control.

    The fire was started by sparks from the broken axle of a tanker that was dragging on the tarmack. The vehicle was loaded with petrol at the time.

    An area of about one square kilometre of brush, carob and olive trees was destroyed by the fire.

    [11] WEATHER

    The weather will be clear this evening but mist and low cloud will form in many areas.

    Winds will be light and variable and the sea will be slight.

    Temperatures will drop to 22 C inland, 20 C on the South coast, 18 C on the West coast and 15 C on the higher mountains.

    The weather will continue clear tomorrow but local cloud will thicken at about noon with the possibility of some light showers, mainly over the mountains.

    Winds will be moderate sea breezes and the sea will be slight.

    Temperatures will rise to 33 C inland, 30 C on the South coast, and 28 C on the higher mountains.

    Today's temperatures were:

    Nicosia 34 C -- 23 C

    Limassol 32 C -- 21 C

    Larnaca 31 C -- 20 C

    Paphos 28 C -- 18 C

    Pprodromos 24 C -- 14 C

    The fire hazard remains high in all forest areas.


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