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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-07-19
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
MONDAY 19 JULY 1999
 HEADLINESTomorrow marks 25 years to the day since Turkish troops invaded Cyprus;
The President of the Republic promotes a federal Cyprus as the "Switzerland of the Mediterranean";
Turkey's Prime Minister insists on the international recognition of the breakaway Turkish-Cypriot regime;
Iran demands an apology and compensation from Turkey;
Cyprus Airways begins an inquiry into yesterday's flight delays, while Hospital technicians come out on strike.
 INVASION ANNIVERSARYTomorrow marks 25 years since the July 1974 morning when Turkey invaded Cyprus, leading to the continuing occupation of the northern 37% of the island.
On the occasion of the dark anniversary, President of the Republic Glafkos Clerides has prepared a proclamation to be aired on CyBC's First Television Channel right after tonight's main news bulletin in Greek. Party-organised events to mark the anniversary have been called for eight o'clock tonight by both DIKO and EDEK, at Nicosia's Makarios III open-air theatre and the Ledra Palace roadblock respectively.
Meanwhile, relatives of Greek servicemen missing since the Turkish Invasion this morning laid wreaths at the Imprisoned Graves in Nicosia, and also took part in an anti-occupation demonstration held tonight in the vicinity of the US and Russian embassies.
 CLER INTERVIEWPresident of the Republic Glafkos Clerides, in an exclusive interview to Turkey's "Canal D" private television station, stated categorically that while a confederal Cyprus solution will have disastrous results for the island, a federation will turn the country into what he termed the "Switzerland of the Mediterranean". President Clerides expounded his position by saying that a confederation will inevitably lead to a financial and political catastrophe, since the island's economy cannot possibly support two separate states. On the other hand, a bizonal and bicommunal federation with separate and independent internal administrations will make Cyprus the connecting link between Europe and the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Referring to repeated demands issued by Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash regarding the question of his status in any bicommunal talks, Cyprus' President noted that the furore is null and void, given that UN resolutions provide for negotiations between the leaders of the two communities, and not between Mr Denktash and the Cyprus Republic.
 ECEVIT CYPRUSTurkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit yesterday proceeded to reiterate his intransigent stance on the Cyprus Issue, by saying that efforts to end tensions will prove fruitless if the international community does not recognise the breakaway Turkish-Cypriot enclave in the northern part of the island.
Prime Minister Ecevit told Turkish state television late last night that it is time for the rest of the world to join Turkey in acknowledging the enclave and, quoted by Reuters, said "Twenty-five years have passed and the child has grown into a robust youngster. However unwilling some countries are to acknowledge this truth, it is alive and undeniable."
Turkey's head of government is to visit the occupied part of Cyprus tomorrow for ceremonies marking the anniversary of the 1974 events, within the scope of which six Turkish naval craft today berthed at Kyrenia harbour in the presence of Rauf Denktash, who described their arrival as a guarantee to the safety of the Turkish-Cypriot people.
 SPOKESMAN NATCONThe Cyprus National Council will, from now on, convene under a veil of total secrecy, according to a relevant decision taken at the last meeting.
This was disclosed today by Government Spokesman Costas Serezis, who added that neither the time nor the day of the scheduled meetings will be announced.
The Government Spokesman went on to say that the motion for secrecy was tabled by a non-governmental member of the National Council, and was met with unanimous agreement. He did mention however the Government's disappointment in seeing certain matters discussed at the latest National Council meeting published in the press.
 DEFENCE MINISTER ISSUEGovernment Spokesman Costas Serezis told reporters today that Defence Minister Chrysostomis enjoys the full confidence of the President of the Republic.
Corroborating the Defence Minister's statements, Mr Serezis noted that similar visits, on the ticket of weapons-manufacturing companies, were also made in the past and during previous administrations, and do not deviate in the least from routine procedures.
Cyprus' Defence Minister, in statements made to our station today, said that he intended to request a hearing with the President of the Republic, adding that he has no desire to continue in his current role if he does not enjoy the president's confidence and support.
 HOUSE AUSSIESA delegation from the Australian parliament, led by House Speaker Neil Andrews, was today received by Cyprus House of Representatives President Spyros Kyprianou.
After the meeting, the Australian House Speaker voiced optimism that recent UN resolutions and the honest desire of President Clerides towards a settlement of the island's long-standing problem will lead to a viable resolution of the issue.
On his part, House President Kyprianou described the meeting as very useful and expressed the conviction that it will further promote the good relations between the parliamentary bodies of Australia and Cyprus.
 IRAN-TURKEYIran today demanded an apology and compensation from Turkey over what it said was an attack by Turkish planes on an Iranian border area yesterday.
According to Iran's official news agency IRNA, the Moslem Republic's foreign ministry summoned the Turkish charge d'affaires late last night in order to inform him that Tehran reserves the right to take any necessary action and that Turkey bears full responsibility for the consequences of the aggression, in which five people were killed, with another 10 being injured.
Relations between the two states have been tense over Turkish charges that Iran backs Kurdish rebels and Islamists in officially secular Turkey, while Iran in turn has repeatedly criticised Turkey for its military ties with Israel.
 CY AIR INQUIRYThe Cyprus Airways Board of Management has initiated a formal inquiry into the reasons for yesterday's delays in the company's Amsterdam- and Paris-bound flights, as well as the Larnaka-bound flight from Thessaloniki, which affected a total of some 600 passengers.
In statements to our station this morning, Chairman of the Board Takis Kyriakides noted that the inquiry will be completed shortly and that its results will be announced to the public.
Mr Kyriakides did mention however that while the problem was of a purely technical nature to start with, a number of flight attendants then called in sick, leading to further complications. Asked why replacements were not called in, the Cyprus Airways Chairman said that all the necessary arrangements were made so as to minimise all adverse effects, but added that it was not possible to find replacement personnel at such a short notice.
 HOSPITAL STRIKEGovernment Hospital Laboratory Technical staff came out on a 24-hour strike at 7:30 this morning, demanding the redefinition of current schemes of service, the improvement of working conditions and the modernisation of premises.
Commenting on the situation, Health Minister Christos Solomis expressed his support and apologies to all in- and out-patients discomfited by the strike, and voiced bewilderment since, as he said, the technical staff's demands have already been tabled for discussion.
In a relevant announcement, the Civil Servants' union PASYDY considers the Government fully responsible for the current industrial action, charging the Ministry of Health of purposely delaying dealing with the employees' grievances
 WEATHERThe weather tomorrow will be generally fair, with moderate sea-breezes, 4BF, giving rise to slight seas. Temperatures are expected to reach a relatively cool 36C inland, 32C in coastal regions and 25C on the higher reaches of the Troodos mountains.