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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-07-11

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

CONTENTS

SUNDAY 11 JULY 1999

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] MEMORIALS
  • [03] KASOULIDES
  • [04] MEMORIALS PARTIES
  • [05] L'SSOL MURDER ATTEMPT
  • [06] DRUGS ARRESTS
  • [07] BARAK-ARAFAT
  • [08] SERBIA MONTENEGRO
  • [09] FORMULA-1
  • [10] TRIATHLON CYPRUS
  • [11] WEATHER

  • [01] HEADLINES

    Memorials for those killed during the 1974 coup were held today;

    Foreign Minister Kasoulides appeals to the Turkish side not to close doors leading to the promotion of a Cyprus settlement;

    A Limassol resident escapes unscathed from a murder attempt;

    Eleven people are arrested in police sweep operations against drugs;

    The Israeli and Palestinian leaders vow to overcome any obstacles towards peace;

    Britain's "The Independent" carries reports of emerging tensions between Yugoslavia's federal partners;

    The two top contenders for the Formula-1 world championship title drop out of today's Silverstone Grand Prix;

    and...

    Britons gain top places in a triathlon event organised in Limassol today.

    [02] MEMORIALS

    This morning saw the holding, in all churches in the government-controlled area of Cyprus, of memorial services for all those killed during the island's July 1974 coup.

    The official state memorial service will be held on the actual anniversary of the coup, on Thursday July 15th, at the Church of Saints Constantine and Helen in Nicosia, under the officiation of Archbishop Chrysostomos and in the presence of President of the Republic Glafkos Clerides, while the memorial address itself will be delivered by House President Spyros Kyprianou.

    [03] KASOULIDES

    Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, following a memorial service in the village of Agros, appealed to the Turkish side not to proceed, on the occassion of the 25th anniversary of the 1974 Invasion of the island, to actions which could, figuratively, bind her hands and close doors leading to the promotion of a solution in Cyprus.

    Speaking to our station, Foreign Minister Kasoulides noted that such an eventuality would be to the detriment of all, including Turkey.

    Commenting on a senior US State Department official's statement that once negotiations towards a prospective settlement begin, any issue may be tabled, Foreign Minister reiterated that the Greek-Cypriot side cannot possibly accept discussion of a confederation proposal, and closed by saying that the United States should, once and for all, point out to the Turkish-Cypriot leader that his positions are way beyond what one can realistically expect.

    [04] MEMORIALS PARTIES

    AKEL Secretary-General Demetris Christophias attended a memorial service in Limassol today, and in his address to those present, expressed the conviction that the big powers of the West are systematically promoting a derailment of the Cyprus Issue from UN-prescribed tracks. In statements after the service, Mr Christophias said that his party has no desire to prolong any conflicts with the Democratic Rally, but added that President Clerides should show a greater sense of camaraderie within the folds of the National Council.

    Socialist EDEK's Vice-Chairman Yiannakis Omirou also attended a memorial service for persons killed in the coup today, and afterwards expressed his party's readiness to endorse an agreed-upon-by-all-parties policy on the Cyprus Issue, noting that the issue of national unity and concordance cannot possibly revolve around the co-operation of two parties, namely the Democratic Rally and AKEL. He also urged the earliest possible commencement of consultative meetings between Athens and Nicosia.

    [05] L'SSOL MURDER ATTEMPT

    A Turkish-Cypriot resident of Limassol was this morning the target of as yet unknown would-be murderers.

    According to preliminary police investigations, a hail of bullets was fired from an automatic weapon shortly after eight o'clock this morning against 45-year-old meat-packager Jemal Mustafa Kasapoglu, who at the time was in the front yard of his house, situated in the Turkish-Cypriot quarter of Limassol. Kasapoglu, the subject of investigations regarding the cultivation of illegal substances in the past, escaped unscathed.

    Police investigations, based on an eye-witness account and a number of shells found at the scene, are continuing.

    [06] DRUGS ARRESTS

    Police operations against drug use and trafficking continued last night, with eleven people being detained on charges of possession.

    The raids were carried out in the Larnaka and Famagusta districts, and resulted in the confiscation of a small quantity of heroin, 16 grammes of cocaine and 3 grammes of cannabis resin.

    All eleven detainees were arraigned before the Larnaka District Court today, and charged with drug use, possession and trafficking.

    [07] BARAK-ARAFAT

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat held the first Israeli-Palestinian summit in seven months today, and vowed to overcome any obstacles towards peace.

    The two were at odds over Jewish settlement expansion but signs emerged of a possible bridging of differences over Barak's proposal to combine implementation of an outstanding peace deal with talks on a permanent peace.

    Following a 75-minute meeting at the Israeli-Gaza border, Barak told a joint news conference: "We are determined to find a way to overcome all the obstacles and to coordinate under mutual understanding the way we move forward toward peace."

    On his part, Yasser Arafat said that the Palestinians expect the Israeli government to promptly move to carry out all of its obligations pertaining to existing agreements.

    [08] SERBIA MONTENEGRO

    Britain's "The Independent" newspaper today carried reports of emerging tensions between the Yugoslav republic of Serbia and its smaller federal partner, Montenegro.

    According to the article, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic is setting up a special police force which could, conceivably, be used in operations against Montenegro.

    Towards the end of this year Montenegrins are due to hold a plebiscite on distancing themselves from Serbia, while the smaller republic's parliament is expected to vote, this week, on establishing a separate citizenship for its people.

    Meanwhile, and following the 11-week NATO bombardment, Serbia is now being assailed by torrential rains which have led to destructive floods affecting the country's electricity supply, telecommunications and road systems.

    [09] FORMULA-1

    British driver David Coulthard, in a McLaren-Mercedes, finished first in today's Silverstone Grand Prix, the eighth race in this year's world championship series.

    Following a dramatic race, German driver and two-times world champion Michael Schumacher, experienced problems with his Ferrari's driving mechanism as early as the first lap, crashing into a side barrier at 200 kilometres an hour and withdrawing from the race with a fractured right leg.

    The 35th lap saw the exit from the race of the other major contender for the title, Finnish driver Mika Hakkinen in a McLaren-Mercedes, following wheel-bearings problems.

    The winner of today's race, David Coulthard, covered the 60 laps in one hour, 32 minutes and 30.144 seconds, with his compatriot Eddie Irvine, in a Ferrari, coming in second and Ralph Schumacher in a Williams-Supertech third.

    In the overall standings, Hakkinen still tops the table with 40 points, to Michael Schumacher's and Irvine's 32.

    [10] TRIATHLON CYPRUS

    A one-day event, open to the public and British Forces personnel, was organised by the Cyprus Triathlon Federation in Limassol today.

    A total of fifty athletes took part in the three legs of the competition, comprising 750 metres swimming, 20 kilometres cycling and 5 kilometres distance running.

    Briton Angus Cameron emerged as the Men's all-rounder, with Kypros Nicolaou in second place.

    In the women's triathlon, the three top places were obtained by Britons Bird Chiles, Jane Dank and Amy Chambers.

    Constantinos Demetriades won the Under-18 event, and Sotiris Nicolaou the Under-16.

    [11] WEATHER

    Generally fair conditions and higher-than-average temperatures are forecast for tomorrow, with winds in the morning being variable light, 2-3BF, increasing to light to moderate west-to-southwesterlies, 3-4BF, by the afternoon, on slight to moderate seas. Temperatures are once again expected to hit the 40-degree mark inland, while reaching 35C along the south coast, and 31C in the west and the higher reaches of the Troodos mountains.

    In a relevant announcement, the Meteorological Service wishes to inform the public that the current heat wave is not expected to recede before Wednesday, while the Forestry Department warns that the fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.


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