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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-11-29
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
MONDAY 29 NOVEMBER 1999
 HEADLINESCyprus National Council convened this morning to discuss this week's proximity talks and the upcoming Helsinki EU-summit;
Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides is leaving for London this afternoon;
The Turkish-Cypriot leader refutes all reports concerning a return of the occupied city of Famagusta to Greek-Cypriot administration;
Russian forces continue their pounding of major urban centres in Chechnya;
Unprecedented acts of football hooliganism for Cyprus were carried out last night;
The Cyprus Stock Exchange began a new week today, with the re-entry of the island's two leading banks;
The Welsh, known for their love of music, go ahead and prove it.
 NATCONCyprus' National Council convened this morning in order to discuss the latest developments in the Cyprus Issue, given this week's UN-sponsored proximity talks between President of the Republic Glafkos Clerides and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, scheduled to commence on Friday in New York, as well as the upcoming Helsinki EU-summit.
According to reliable sources, President Clerides briefed those present on the preparations being undertaken by the Greek-Cypriot side, and was also expected to hear the represented parties' positions on the four subjects to be tabled for discussion by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan: these are the issues of territory, security, distribution of powers and the constitution.
The Democratic Party (DIKO) is being represented by Deputy Chairman Nikos Kleanthous and Parliamentary Spokesman Tassos Papadopoulos, given Party Chairman Kyprianou's continued hospitalisation in the Nicosia General Hospital Intensive Care Unit.
 NON NATCONMeanwhile, the Presidential Palace announced today that President Clerides will, this afternoon, receive the leaders or representatives of non-parliamentary parties in order to brief them on the results of today's National Council session as well as on the upcoming talks.
The announcement prompted an adverse response from the New Horizons Party, which stated that it steadfastly refuses to attend any such briefings until such time as objective criteria are set concerning party participation in the National Council.
A refusal to attend the briefing was also expressed by the Ecologists-Environmentalists Movement, which mentioned such briefing meetings are not in the least helpful, since the matters are not discussed in depth and the information provided is found lacking.
 KASOULIDES LONDONForeign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides is leaving for London this afternoon, where tomorrow he will speak at a function organised by the Cypriot Community in Britain on the latest developments over the Cyprus Issue and the island's EU-accession course.
A significant number of British parliamentarians have accepted invitations to the event, while Foreign Minister Kasoulides is also expected to meet with Britain's Special Representative for Cyprus, Sir David Hannay.
On Wednesday, Cyprus Foreign Minister is scheduled to fly to New York for the December 3rd commencement of the UN-sponsored proximity talks. While the talks will hopefully be in progress, he will leave New York and go first to Brussels for the EU General Affairs Council meeting and from there to Helsinki for the EU-summit.
 FAMAGUSTA DENKTASHNew provocative statements over the occupied city of Famagusta and this week's scheduled New York proximity talks were issued last night by both Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and Turkey's Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit.
Currently in the Turkish capital of Ankara for contacts prior to the New York meeting, Mr Denktash described all reports concerning the possible return of Famagusta to the Greek-Cypriots as falling within the realm of fantasy. In a parallel development, the occupation regime's spokesperson in New York stated that the occupied city is part of what he termed the "TRNC", adding that the Greek-Cypriots are seriously misled if they expect its return prior to the Helsinki EU-summit.
As regards the island's long-standing problem in its entirety, Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit was quoted by the pseudostate's House Speaker as saying that the Cyprus Issue is already solved.
 GROZNYIn Chechnya, Russian forces continued hammering major cities overnight, with the Athens News Agency quoting Chechen officials as saying that 80% of the breakaway region's capital of Grozny has been destroyed, while Grad missiles are being incessantly fired at the cities of Urus Mardan and Argun.
Commenting on the situation, the Mayor of Grozny stated that some 260 residents of the city have been killed over the last few days, while those who have not fled the capital are seeking refuge in underground shelters.
The Athens News Agency also reported that the Chechen administration has requested the holding of a dialogue with Moscow in order to find a political solution to the problem. The decision to approach Moscow was reached during an extra-ordinary session of the region's parliament yesterday, and was today approved by Chechen President Aslan Mashkadov.
 ELGIN SAGAThe saga of the Elgin Marbles, removed from the Parthenon of Athens in the early 1800's and currently housed in the British Museum in London, is expected to take on a new twist today.
According to the "Daily Telegraph" newspaper, a conference of British historians is today expected to adopt a memorandum openly accusing the Museum's directorate of conspiracy, bribery and cover-up of damage caused to the ancient artefacts while in the British establishment's supposed safekeeping.
In a parallel development, London's "Sunday Times" yesterday reported that the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, supports the return of the Parthenon sculptures to Greece.
 OCCUPIED MONUMENTSThe Turkish-Cypriot newspaper "Yeni Duzen", reported today that christian churches in the occupied area are being left to rack and to ruin, since the pseudostate's authorities are exhibiting total indifference over the preservation of the island's cultural heritage.
"Yeni Duzen" makes special mention of Karavas church, saying that it now stands without any doors or windows, while the churchyard itself is overgrown with weeds and wild vegetation. The newspaper also carries a photograph substantiating its report.
 HOOLIGANISM FOOTBALLFollowers of the Nicosia-based football team "Omonoia" yesterday evening proceeded to unprecedented acts of hooliganism in Paralimni and Xylophagou, after the away match between their's and the Paralimni home team ended in a 2-all draw.
Storming the Paralimni stadium, the Omonoia followers set fire to installations and shattered windows and stadium seats, as well as causing extensive damage to a number of vehicles parked outside the premises. In the clashes which ensued, seven policemen were lightly injured. Not content with the havoc they wrought in Paralimni, the Omonoia fans also made a stop in the village of Xylophagou, where they smashed window fronts, causing damage to public buildings and installations. In an attempt to justify the acts of hooliganism, Omonoia's Chairman said that local residents had taunted and pelted stones at the team's fans during their passage through Xylophagou.
The Xylophagou Community Authority and the Paralimni Municipality have both stated that they intend to take legal action against those responsible and demand compensation for all damages.
 CYPRUS STOCK EXCHANGEThe Cyprus Stock Exchange showed a 40-point rise in the general price index today, closing at 849 units as compared to last week's closing of 809.
The volume of trading, following 4 thousand transactions, also showed an increase, reaching 33 million 600 pounds to Friday's 22 million.
As expected, today's re-entry of the Bank of Cyprus and the Popular Bank gave a new impetus to trading, despite a total of 21 companies remaining closed to trading and one brokerage firm barred from the floor.
Today's tailer comes to us from the Welsh coastal town of Swansea, where local music-lovers took pity on Russia's touring National Philharmonic Orchestra which was forced to play Brahms for alms outside a fast food restaurant after running out of funds.
Astonishing as it may sound, the venerable orchestra (which was founded in 1879) had to resort to busking outside a McDonald's restaurant after sales failed to take off on their British tour. The 86 musicians were forced to subsist on bread and cheese while sleeping 10-to-a-room in hostels.
Their plight struck a chord with donors, who jumped in to pay the travel bills for the remainder of the tour: among the donors were a major telecommunications supplier to Russia, which offered 10,000 pounds, a local travel firm and a catering company. The orchestra's conductor, Boguslav Davidoff, said: "We are very grateful for all the help we have received."
Still, music is music, no matter the venue!
 WEATHERThe weather will be generally fair this afternoon, with skies being marked by some high scattered cloud. Winds will be moderate northeasterlies, 4BF, on slight seas, rising to moderate off windward shores, while temperatures are not expected to exceed 17C inland, 19C in coastal regions, and 8C at higher altitudes.
Generally fair conditions are also forecast for tonight, with winds abating to light northeast-to-northwesterlies, 3BF, on slight seas. Temperatures are expected to drop to 5C inland and in the west, 7C along the south coast, and 0C on the higher reaches of the Troodos mountains.
The fire hazard remains extremely high in all forest areas.