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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-06-16

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] HEADLINES 16 JUNE 99
  • [02] COKE
  • [03] COWS AIDS
  • [04] HERCUS
  • [05] NUKE
  • [06] YUGO
  • [07] CLINTON
  • [08] BEKI
  • [09] LEONDIOS
  • [10] PASYDY
  • [11] WEATHER

  • [01] HEADLINES 16 JUNE 99

    --COCA COLA HAS WITHDRAWN MILLIONS OF BOTTLES AND CANS OF ITS PRODUCTS IN FOUR EU STATES

    --WE NOW HAVE WHAT HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS COW AIDS

    --HERCUS WANTS TO BAN PLEASURE BOATS FROM THE DHERYNIA AREA TO CUT DOWN TENSION

    --THE US HAS SUPPLIED SPECIAL EQUIPMENT FOR LARNACA AND LIMASSOL TO CHECK INCOMING GOODS

    --DEPLOYMENT OF THE PEACE FORCE IN KOSOVO STILL REMAINS UNDER DISCUSSION

    --US PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON HAS STARTED A TOUR OF EUROPE

    --AND... THE NEW SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT WAS INSTALLED TODAY

    [02] COKE

    The Coca Cola Company has withdrawn millions of bottles and cans of coca cola and other products from the Belgian, French , Dutch and Luxembourg markets, after bad quality carbodioxide and other substances were used in manufacture.

    These substances were identified in Belgium after the mass food poisoning of students who consumed these products.

    In Brussels the European Commission alerted all member states but it appears that only the named countries were affected.

    In Atlanta, Georgia, the Company announced no substances dangerous to health were found apart from the bad taste and smell which led to the withdrawal of its products from four European states.

    Not satisfied with assurances from the giant American conglomerate the French minister on protection of the consumer ordered withdrawal of all tine cans of the company's products, pending an analysis in French laboratories.

    Belgium announced it will reconsider the order to withdraw the products tomorrow.

    In Cyprus the authorities gave assurances that there were neither problems nor complaints from consumers, while the director of the chemical laboratory said the establishment is watching the situation.

    The manufacturing Company announced there are no problems with its products.

    [03] COWS AIDS

    The cycle of dangerous food products, however, appears to be expanding, and before the Belgian scandal has had time to abate, another broke out in Holland.

    A new as yet unknown fatal bovine disease has made its appearance in Dutch farms killing dozens of animals. The symptoms were reported to be similar to those of AIDS.

    The Netherlands health ministry announced the new disease appeared in a dozen farms and has been described as cow aids. It made its appearance three weeks ago, and it stops production of white corpuscles and antibodies and the animals perish under a combination of diseases which the animals were previously immune.

    Netherlands authorities reported there is no danger to milk products and that the disease has affected less then 100 cows.

    The federation of Dutch breeders announced there is no proof of thre appearance of such a new disease and stressed the symptoms and deaths could in all probability be related to vaccination for other disease.

    [04] HERCUS

    Expressing UN desire to avoid tension in the Dherynia sea area, UN special representative Dame Ann Hercus today discussed the problem of speedboats with Commerce, Industry, and Tourism Minister Nicos Rolandis.

    Arned with maps and statistics the UN envoy alleged an increase of violations of the so called security zone in the sea off Dherynia.

    She added that tension could be increased by the presence of large numbers of speed and recreation boats in the region.

    Rolandis countered the government wants to prevent dangers which might affect tourism and added that this is not a matter for establishing a buffer zone, but of adoption of certain measures.

    [05] NUKE

    The government has confirmed that the Americans have installed high technology equipment at Larnaca Airport and at Limassol Port which trace nuclear elements and banned merchandise.

    Government Spokesman Costas serezis commenting on press reports said the United States responded to a government request for high technology equipment which can locate drugs, weapons, banned products and materials as well as nuclear substances.

    The equipment has already been installed under international co-operation procedures against the illegal movement of such items.

    This action, he added is viewed very positively by the EU, but declined to say if any such substances have been located.

    [06] YUGO

    Deployment of the International Peace Force in Kosovo is being discussed at Foreign and defence ministers level at Helsincki, with indications of a harding of the American side and a softening by Russia.

    Arriving in Helsinki US Defence Secretary William Cohen said there cannot be a separate Russian sector and command in Kosovo.

    He added that if the Russians want to join the peace force, then they must play the game according to NATO rules.

    Until now there were no indications of closing the gap with Moscow insisting on refusal to accept the NATO demands.

    However Russian foreign minister Igor Ivanof today spoke of a Russian readiness to compromise and asked the American side for a similar response.

    [07] CLINTON

    US President Bill Clinton today started a tour of Europe which will end with the G-8 Summit, by discussing the post war situation in Yugoslavia.

    Clinton arrived in Geneva today, first stop of his tour and he will address an International Labour organisation meeting.

    He will then visit Paris for talks with president Chiraque and prime minister Jospen.

    President Clinton will also visit Cologne, Bonn and Lubljana, the capital of Slovenia.

    He will attend a meeting of the G-7 meeting with Russia in Cologne on day after tomorrow and on Sunday he will have a private meeting with Russian President Boris Yeltsin

    Secretary of state Madlein Albright who is with the president, said efforts are concentrated on winning the peace.

    [08] BEKI

    New South African president Tako Beki was officially installed today at a special ceremony. He succeeds patriarchal Nelson Mandela who voluntarily stepped down from the presidency.

    Mandela who presided over the multinational and multi racial republic chose Beki personally as his successor to succeed in the democratisation of the country.

    The installation ceremony was attended by Mandela and some four thousand officials, including 30 state leaders, mainly from Africa.

    Cyprus was represented at the ceremony by Foreign Minister Ioannis Casoulides.

    [09] LEONDIOS

    Two lanes of the Pyla-Ormidhia-Xylotymbou highway were opened to traffic today, as part of the Dhekelia-Ayia Nappa highway.

    Communications and Works Minister Leondios Ierodiakonou opened the 13 kilometre stretch stressing that the two lanes will not solve the traffic problem but will ease the situation by avoiding the British base area where congestion occurred.

    The minister added that all four lanes will be opened by the Autumn adding that all sections will be ready in one year.

    [10] PASYDY

    A delegation of PASYDY, the public Servants Trade Union today discussed problems and requests with president Clerides, whom it also briefed on its 36th congress.

    Special emphasis was placed on the problem of housing government services and the Health Pprogram.

    PASYDY president Andreas papavasiliou said the housing program must be expanded to cover all public services. He also expressed PASYDY opposition to the Health program weather process followed today adding it will apply to the World health organisation.

    [11] WEATHER

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

    Winds will be North Westerly light and the sea slight.

    Temperatures will drop to 21 C inland, and on the coasts and to 15 C over the higher mountains.

    The weather will continue clear tomorrow with some passing cloud. Isolated showers can be expected over the mountains in the afternoon.

    Winds will become light to moderate sea breezes, gusting to strong on the South coast in the afternoon.

    The sea will become moderate in windward areas on the South coast in the afternoon.

    Temperatures will rise to 34 C inland, 31 C on the South and Eastern coasts 29 C on the West coast and 24 C over the higher mountains.

    Today's temperatures were:

    Nicosia 34 C -- 22 C

    Limassol 32 C -- 22 C

    Larnaca 32 C -- 22 C

    Paphos 29 C -- 20 C

    Prodromos 23 C -- 13 C

    The fire hazard remains high in all forest areas.


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