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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-06-22

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  • [06] DIKO


    --Cyprus airways strike has affected 11 flights and some three thousand passengers

    --Foreign minister Casoulides said on his return that Cyprus tops the list of eu candidates

    --President Clerides and the Greek ambassador pleased with the Group of 8 declaration

    --The united states and Britain have been calling on Serbs toget rid of Milosevic

    --the Clerides-Kyprianou confrontation over ambassador brill is settled


    A total of 11 flights and some three thousand passengers were affected by the 24-hour strike action which started at midnight last night by member pilots of the Pancyprian Pilots Union.

    The results were more than obvious the waiting lounge of larnaca airport where foreign as well as local passengers were gathered.

    After refusal of pilots from other

    trade unions to fly, the company has been forced to charter flights from other companies, a fact which makes delays longer and increases the hardship for the public in general.))

    George Haralambous spokesman for the striking pilots expressed regrets for the trouble caused to passengers but blamed the company for the situation.

    Meanwhile the Eurocypria pilots trade union described the demands of the Pancyprian trade union as unacceptable.

    The Ministers of Commerce and Communications have warned the government will be studying how to speed up the liberalisation of the air lines, even of dissolution of the company itself.

    The minister of Labour said the pilots are out of order.


    On his return to Cyprus today Foreign Minister Ioannis Casoulides described the3 declaration of the group of 8 on Cyprus as encouraging and added that this is what the UN Secretary General has been asking since 1994.


    The appeal of the Group of 8 for talks on Cyprus in the Autumn was discussed this morning between President Clerides and Greek Ambassador Kyriakos Roodousakis.

    The Ambassador stated that the key for the talks rests with the UN Secretary General and his moves which are expected by Athens and Nicosia.

    The expected initiative however, has been met with a total rejection from the Turkish side which presents prerequisites with the demand for recognition of the Turkish Cypriot state as the main one.

    The Newspaper Aurupas reported that, an effort add prestuge to the so called state, Turkish prime minister Bulent Ecevit, accompanied by a team of six Turkish ministers will visit the occupied North on July 20, anniversary of the Turkish invasion.

    An official Turkish foreign ministry statement stated that in Cyprus there are two equal and sovereign states which are responsible for the solution which must be solved.


    The Democratic Party has decided to recommend an extension to emergency defence contributions, following last night's marathon meeting of the party's Executive Office.

    DIKO's decision was taken after a tumultuous meeting, during which Acting President Nicos Cleanthous referred to issues relating to the party's image and reliability.

    In the end, it was the position of the party's president which came out on top to extend the extention until 1999, while the party remains reserved in judging and determining it's position, until certain preconditions regarding the content and the philosophy of the United Defence Dogma are satisfied.

    The decision was taken with five members of the Executive Office and the House Group opposing and two members abstaining.

    [06] DIKO

    The defence budget issue is the main topic of discussion at the meeting of DIKOS executive bureau over the public confrontation of party chairman Spyros Kyprianiou and Nicos Kleanthous,alternate party chairman.

    ?n a letter to the executive bureau Kleanthous tabled the issue of party order for Kyprianou.

    He argued that Kyprianou as party chairman, and without informing party organs committed himself before the president of the Republic over support of the defence budgets.

    Kleanthous also argued that a series of recent developments have underlined the cohesion and collective leadership of the party.


    The United States and Britain have called on the Serbs to get rid of Slobodan Milosevic at a tike when Belgrade police broke up a demonstration against him, and the opposition called for immediate elections.

    US President Bill Clinton today arrived in Skoplje during his tour of countries neighbouring on Yugoslavia.

    Yesterday he was in Slovenia from where he called on the serbs to overthrow the murderous, as he pout it, Milosevic regime))

    In Belgrade police broke up a demonstration of about 200 Serbs from Kosovo, and arrested their leader.

    A declaration stated that the time has come to overthrow the political course of Serbia and demand explanations from those who held unlimited power over the past 10 years.))

    In Kosovo itself atrocities against the Serbs continue with NATO promising all sorts of protection to those Serbs who will return to their homes.

    Meanwhile two British soldiers were today killed under as yet unknown circumstances, while the Albanian national army reported they were blown up by a mine.


    The matter between House President Spyros Kyprianou and US Ambassador Kenneth Brill is on the way to a settlement, after Kyprianou was briefed by President Clerides at noon today.

    Kyprianou said that the President took whatever necessary action he thought fit, in reference to the violation of the institutions.

    He added that according to what the President told him, Kyprianou added, the Ambassador acted on his own initiative and not on instructions from Washington, and even without any intent to harm him personally nor the office he held as acting president of the Republic.


    Greek Singer Nana Moushouri is in Cyprus for a series of concerts to benefit the Parents Association and friends of children with heart ailments.

    This morning Moushouri was received by President Clerides who expressed the wish to help in future plans to support the heart patients.

    Moushouri assured the president she wants to take a more active part in observances to support these children.

    Tonight Moushouri will be giving a concert at the Lakatamia aopmphitheater while last night she sang at the ancient Theater of Kurium.

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