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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-07-04

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

CONTENTS

SUNDAY 4 JULY 1999

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] NATIONAL COUNCIL
  • [03] KYPRIANOU ACCUSATIONS
  • [04] KASHMIR INDIA
  • [05] KOSSOVO TROOPS
  • [06] KOSHIS UNDERWORLD
  • [07] SHOOTING INCIDENT
  • [08] WIMBLEDON TENNIS
  • [09] SPICY MARRIAGE

  • [01] HEADLINES

    The National Council will meet tomorrow to contemplate the latest developments in the Cyprus problem,

    Spyros Kyprianou said the Cyprus problem is at a worse stage than ever before,

    Clashes between India and Pakistan over disputed Kashmir are continuing,

    US and NATO have forbidden more Russian troops from entering Kossovo,

    Police have launched strict inspections to counter cabaret violence,

    It was an all American affair today at Wimbledon, as Steffi Graf bids farewell to the All England lawn tennis club,

    And David Beckham relaxes with a game of golf before his marriage to Posh Spice today.

    [02] NATIONAL COUNCIL

    The National Council will meet tomorrow to examine the latest developments in the Cyprus problem.

    The Council will mull over the G-8 formula on Cyprus, Kofi Annan's report and the latest Security Council resolutions.

    According to Foreign Minister Ioannis Cassoulides, the President will present documents outlining the government's handing of the issue.

    The President will also outline his concerns over terms Rauf Dentkash has set for the Turkish Cypriot leader to engage in talks.

    Mr. Cassoulides said the President's concerns rest on the possibility that issues which may lead to a situation if a solution is not found, must not be allowed to be discussed at the talks.

    [03] KYPRIANOU ACCUSATIONS

    House President Spyros Kyprianou charged today that a confederal solution is being actively pursued and that the Cyprus problem is at a worse stage than ever before.

    Expressing fears that the situation is now irreversible, Mr. Kyprianou also harshly criticised Germany's special envoy for Cyprus Detlev Graf zu Rantzau, as well as both Dame Anne Hercus's and Koffi Annan's handling of the Cyprus problem.

    Mr. Kyprianou said that it is not only Count Rantzau's statements that prove that confederal solution is in the offing, but also the words and deeds of the UN Secretary-General's special representative on Cyprus which maintain that two entities must be recognised in Cyprus.

    The House President also unleashed an attack against Kofi Annan whose conduct Mr. Kyprianou described as shameful.

    He stressed the need for immediate action on the part of the National Council in co-operation with the Greek government.

    [04] KASHMIR INDIA

    Fierce clashes between Indian forces and Islamic rebels continue unabated in the disputed Kashmir province.

    India announced today that its forces recaptured strategically-important Tiger Hill following bloody, all-night fighting.

    The hill was fell into rebel hands in May and is considered of vital importance because it overlooks the roadway traversing Indian Kashmir.

    The battle over Kashmir has sparked a huge crisis in relations between India and Pakistan, which New Delhi accuses of supporting the rebels.

    In a bid to ease tensions, US President Bill Clinton will meet in Washington today with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

    [05] KOSSOVO TROOPS

    The US and NATO have not permitted Russian troops from entering Kossovo on the pretext that details pertaining to their mission and participation in the peacekeeping force must first be ironed out.

    Four Russian ships disembarked yesterday from Sebastopol harbour ferrying soldiers bound for Kossovo.

    The New York Times report that following consultations with US and NATO officials, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary refused to allow Russian aircraft loaded with troops into their airspace.

    Russian troops in turn, will land at a Greek port from where they will be transported by truck to Kossovo.

    Meanwhile, the first Turkish troop contingent has arrived in Prizren. Over 5,000 people of Turkish descent held Turkish and UCK flags and chanting pro-Turkish slogans.

    [06] KOSHIS UNDERWORLD

    Police have launched strict inspections to counter violence surrounding the operation of cabarets.

    Commenting on recent reported violent incidents, Justice and Public Order Minister Nicos Koshis has said that problems caused by the operation of cabarets are troubling police.

    He also called on the public to report attempts to sell protection to businesses, so that police may counter the problem and no one else.

    The Justice Minister congratulated police over their recent successes in solving the stolen car parts case, as well as recovering stolen jewellery.

    [07] SHOOTING INCIDENT

    Police have arrested to persons in connection with shots being fired early this morning against a house in Limassol.

    An unkown person fired a hunting rifle against an apartment belonging to 52-year-old Takis Efstathiou from Limassol.

    Efstathiou's family were all asleep at the time of the shooting.

    Efstathiou's neighbours, 32-year-old Christodoulos Iacovou and 27-year-old Vassilis Vassiliou were arrested in connection with the incident.

    According to Efstathiou, Iacovou had a verbal fight with him yesterday over a problem with parking in the building.

    Police are still investigating.

    [08] WIMBLEDON TENNIS

    Pete Sampras provided all the fireworks on American Independence Day by beating Andre Agassi 6-3 6-4 7-5 for a record sixth Wimbledon title.

    Today's centre court victory means Mr. Sampras equals Roy Emerson's record of 12 Grand Slam crowns.

    French Open champion Agassi, who will replace Pete Sampras as world number one tomorrow, was relegated to a supporting role for three sets as Mr. Sampras produced vintage, breathtaking tennis.

    On the women's side, Steffi Graf finally bade farewell to Wimbledon today after losing 6-4 7-5 to American Lindsay Davenport in the singles final.

    She announced that she would not play again at Wimbledon following the match. Miss Graf said that like Boris Becker, who also announced that he was retiring from tennis, she felt the moment was right to leave the Wimbledon stage.

    [09] SPICY MARRIAGE

    Soccer star David Beckham played it cool this morning ahead of his marriage to pop star Victoria Adams with a round of golf on one of Ireland's finest courses.

    Mr. Beckham and his Manchester United team mates, shielded by tight security froliked in the 560 acres of lush grounds surrounding the wedding venue, Dublin's 14th century Luttrellstown Castle.

    Around 300 guests were expected to celebrate Beckham's union with Adams, better known as "Posh Spice" from the Spice Girls pop group, in a wedding arguably glitzier than last month's marriage of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones.

    Most of the Manchester United team hit Dublin yesterday, partying the night away at a gig by British dance music king Fatboy Slim.


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