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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-08-26

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

CONTENTS

THURSDAY 26 AUGUST 1999

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] HOLBROOK
  • [03] CASOULIDES
  • [04] CLERIDES
  • [05] PAPAPETROU
  • [06] QUAKE
  • [07] AVRAMOPOULOS
  • [08] TURKEY
  • [09] ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS
  • [10] RUSSIA
  • [11] DENNIS
  • [12] STOCK-EXCHANGE
  • [13] WEATHER

  • [01] HEADLINES

    --RICHARD HOLBROOK ACCUSED TURKEY OF OPEN INTRANSIGENCE

    --FOREIGN MINISTER CASOULIDES WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE GROUP OF EIGHT PROPOSAL ON CYPRUS IN OSLO

    --DISY REJECTS THAT PRESIDENT CLERIDES HAS HANDED OVER THE GOVERNMENT TO THE UNITED DEMOCRATS

    --ATHENS MAYOR AVRAMOPOULOS GIVEN A WARM WELCOME IN CONSTANTINOPLE BY THE AUTHORITIES AND THE MEDIA

    --AS SENIOR EU OFFICIALS ARE ARRIVING IN TURKEY TO ASSESS AID, THE ANKARA CRISIS CENTER REASSESSES THE CASUALTY LIST

    --AND.....ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN NEGOTIATORS AGREED I PRINCIPLE ON STAGED WITHDRAWAL

    [02] HOLBROOK

    Richard Holbrook has openly accused Turkey of intransigence and underlined that unless it changes its stance, he will then personally and directly get involved in the Cyprus problem.

    If the other side, he said, which has caused so many problems since my last visit to Cyprus, and which has demonstrated such intransigence, does not show any will to move in one of the directions which we have discussed, then I want to assure you that I will personally and directly get involved.

    The Holbrook positions were incorporated in a message which he sent to the Congress of expatriate Greeks now held in Nicosia.

    [03] CASOULIDES

    Foreign Minister Ioannis Casoulides who left for the Norwegian capital, Oslo, late yesterday afternoon, will be joining in talks which will also include the Initiative of the Group of Eight on Cyprus.

    He said on departure that Norway is particularly interested in efforts for a Cyprus solution, and recalled that Norway had pioneered in the trout beck talks.

    Casoulides added that during the talks with his Norwegian counterpart Knut Wallenbeck, he will also raise the prohibition of the sale of Norwegian radar equipment in Cyprus.

    [04] CLERIDES

    The leadership of SDISY has rejected the premise that as a result of the government reshuffle. authority has passed onto the United Democrats or that P{resident Clerides is changing his policy.

    DISY Chairman Nicos Anastasiades rejected such allegations, while party vice chairman Panayiotis Demetriou said that no such message emerges, no authority been handed over to the United Democrats, nor is there any change in the Clerides policy.

    However, DISY MP Prodromos Prodromou told the CyBC that the appointment of United Democrats personalities on the Clerides Government could pass on the message that there is a change in the Clerides policy on the Cyprus problem.

    He added that some concern has been created by statements of United Democrats personalities who alleged that the Vasiliou policy on Cyprus is now being implemented.

    In a written statement, Anastasiades described as fictions of a sick imagination the allegations that commitments have been undertaken by the government which allegedly has been handed over to the United Democrats party.

    [05] PAPAPETROU

    New Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said he took over his duties in an effort to express and support the policy which President Clerides and his government formulate on the Cyprus problem.

    he told the CyBC that towards this end, he has the ease and facility provided for him by the political philosophy and the handling of the Cyprus issue by President Clerides from his election to date.

    Answering questions,. Papapetrou said he will not be formulating policy because this is not his job as government spokesman.

    His aim, he added, is to have an upgraded contribution. and he described as ridiculous the allegations that President Clerides has handed authority over to the United Democrats.

    [06] QUAKE

    A new earth tremor measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale was registered at four fifty this morning in Limassol.

    It's epicentre was, once again, in the Yerasa area.

    Two earth tremors, measuring four and 4.5 on the Richter scale were registered between yesterday morning and this morning, both originating in the Yerasa area.

    There have been 193 tremors registered since August 11, when the major Tremor measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale took place.

    [07] AVRAMOPOULOS

    A very impressive reception was accorded by the Constantinople Municipality and the Turkish mass Information media to Athens Mayor Demetris Avramopoulos who arrived in the City.

    Avramopoulos went to Turley to coordinate the aid being sent by the municipal authorities of large Greek cities for the Turkish earthquake victims.

    According to the Athens news Agency, dozens of newsmen and television teams awaited Avramopoulos' arrival at Constantinople Airport where he was welcomed by the city's Mayor, Umit Ozepol and then accompanied him along his entire tour of the stricken areas.

    [08] TURKEY

    - Senior European Union officials surveyed the devastation caused by last week's Turkish earthquake today as relief teams took advantage of a break in the weather after days of heavy rain.

    Foreign Minister Tarja Hallonen from current EU president Finland and EU External Relations Commissioner Hans van den Broek were the first of a number of foreign officials expected inspect the damage from the quake, whose confirmed death toll stands at 13,000 so far, with some 200,000 homeless.

    Later today Pakistani Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif was to fly by helicopter to two of the worst hit cities, Yalova and Izmit.

    In addition to relief supplies already sent, the EU has promised financial support to overcome a catastrophe which Turkey's central bank chief has said will cost $5-7 billion.

    Ties between Turkey and the EU have been strained since Ankara was excluded from the EU's eastward expansion because of its human rights record and disputes with EU member Greece.

    [09] ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS

    - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have agreed in principle on a timetable for Israel's staged withdrawal from more land in the West Bank.

    A senior Palestinian official said yesterday the two sides had resolved differences on the timing of two outstanding pullbacks, which Israel has to carry out under a land-for-security deal brokered by the United States last year at Wye River, Maryland, and since frozen.

    He said the Wye process, frozen for eight months, would resume early next month, with completion of the last of the two additional pullbacks next January 20 -- one month earlier than Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Barak had previously proposed.

    The withdrawals would boost the amount of West Bank land under full or partial Palestinian control to around 40 percent of the territory from around 29 percent now.

    [10] RUSSIA

    - Russia's Defence Ministry today confirmed its forces had dropped bombs into breakaway Chechnya late yesterday following their defeat of Islamic rebels backed by Chechen warlords in neighbouring Dagestan.

    Local residents streamed out of the Vedeno gorge yesterday evening after Russian planes hit camps belonging to the Islamic guerrillas.

    One woman told Reuters seven planes had hit the camps twice. The residents said they did not know of any civilian casualties but that windows and roofs had been damaged by the blasts.

    Chechen Deputy Prime Minister Kazbek Makhashev told Russia's Ekho Moskvy radio today the Russian planes had hit civilians but had failed to hit the guerrillas' bases.

    Russian troops yesterday claimed victory over the guerrillas, who came from Chechnya and for two weeks held several villages in the neighbouring Russian republic of Dagestan.

    [11] DENNIS

    Hurricane Dennis gathered force southeast of the Bahamas early today and continued its march on a course that could take it across the islands to the southeast coast of the United States by this weekend.

    Forecasters upgraded Dennis from a tropical storm early today and said the hurricane, located 465 km East-southeast of the Bahamas, was packing sustained winds of 120 kph and moving northwest at 8 kph.

    The Bahamas were under storm warnings, and forecasters warned residents of the southeast U.S. coast, primarily North and South Carolina, to monitor the progress of the hurricane. Dennis -- one of two hurricanes spinning over the Atlantic together with a tropical storm -- prompted warnings for the tiny islands of the northern Bahamas and the neighbouring British colony of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

    After remaining nearly stationary during the day, Dennis began drifting toward the northwest and the United States on Wednesday night.

    [12] STOCK-EXCHANGE

    The Cyprus stock exchange operated normally today, but under a climate of tension among brokers, because one brokerage firm was excluded for not completing previous transactions within the specified time limit.

    Despite a previous brokers decision not to take part in operations in protest against any possible exclusions, in the end all brokerage firms did join transactions.

    [13] WEATHER

    The weather will be generally clear today with some cloud, which will gradually thicken with the possibility of some showers mainly over the mountains.

    Light and variable winds in the morning will become North Westerly to South Westerly light later in the day.

    The sea will be slight, becoming moderate on windward coasts in the afternoon.

    Temperatures will rise to 34 C inland, 32 C on the South coast and 30 C on the West coast.

    Generally clear conditions will continue this evening with some light passing cloud.

    Winds will be North Westerly light and the sea slight.

    Temperatures this evening will drop to 21 C inland and on the West coast and to 23 C on the South coast.


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