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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-12-09
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
THURSDAY 9 DECEMBER 1999
 TALKSProximity talks on the Cyprus problem continue today in New York, with the UN chief's special advisor, Alvaro de Soto, holding separate meetings with President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash.
UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, said that he will also meet with the two leaders later on, but did not specify exactly when.
 ANNAN TALKSMeanwhile, Mr. Annan urged all interested parties to refrain from making any statements, which could cause tension and complicate the proximity talks.
Speaking on his return from Canada, Mr. Annan did not say which side violated the moratorium, but stressed that statements must cease, because they cause trouble.
He added that the United Nations will make the necessary announcements, when the time is right.
In full compliance with the UN chief's request, President Clerides avoids to make any statements.
On the other hand, Mr. Denktash said that he would not make any good will move to bring Turkey closer to fulfilling its European Union aspirations.
 CLINTON GOREUS President Bill Clinton and Vice-President Al Gore have made short references to the Cyprus problem.
Speaking about US foreign policy, Mr. Clinton said that talks have begun on the Cyprus problem.
On the other hand, Mr. Gore told a New York newspaper that he is committed to solving the Cyprus problem and will pay attention to the issue.
 RUSSIA CHECHNYARussia is close to winning control of Chechnya's northern and central heartland, as its forces have begun an operation to take the last major separatist-held town apart from the besieged Chechen capital of Grozny.
The Russian command said an operation to take Shali, 20 km southeast of Grozny, was launched after residents told the military the town was free of rebels and invited them to move in.
 YELTSINRussian President Boris Yeltsin, who is visiting China, warned the United States today against trying to put pressure on nuclear-armed Russia over its military campaign in Chechnya.
Mr. Yeltsin was quoted as saying that US President Bill Clinton allowed himself to pressurise Russia yesterday.
He said Mr. Clinton must have forgotten for a moment what Russia is, and that it has a full arsenal of nuclear weapons.
Most Western leaders have joined an international chorus of condemnation of Russia's military campaign in Chechnya.
Mr. Clinton said yesterday that Russia could pay a heavy price by isolating itself.
 STOCK DROPThe Cyprus Stock Exchange reopened today after a three-day break, with a fall in its general price index.
The index dropped from 837 to 804 units, while total dealings reached 33 million pounds.
 OIL PRICESThe Government will decide today whether to increase the price of fuel, due to the price increase of crude oil.
Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Nicos Rolandis, said that the Government will submit price regulations to the House of Representatives today.
He also said that it has not yet been decided whether prices would go up or remain at the same level.
Mr. Rolandis said that crude oil is now 25 to 26 dollars a barrel, compared to 8 dollars last year.
 BANANASPaphos agricultural organisations put in a request for extra irrigation water to the Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Costas Themistocleous.
In their message, the organisations suggest that plantation owners, especially those of bananas, continue to water their fields, due to the continuing draught.
They added that the water they use is over the limit set by the Agricultural Department.
 WORLD IN BRIEFAnd now for a look at developments around the world in brief.
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Israel began setting out its negotiating position ahead of its first peace talks with Damascus in nearly four years, vowing it would not return to Syria all of the land it demands.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak hailed the resumption of talks at an unprecedented high level but predicted crises, saying that the Syrians are the champions of brinkmanship.
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US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright began talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak after convincing Syria and Israel to resume their long-stalled peace negotiations.
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The United States ordered the expulsion of a Russian diplomat after he was caught monitoring a listening device found in a high-level conference room at the State Department.
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A bitter cross-Channel dispute over British beef flared again after France rejected lifting an embargo, forcing the European Commission to say it would press on with steps to take Paris to court.
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Cuba welcomed the imminent return from the United States of six suspected hijackers of a tourism boat and two crew members they allegedly overpowered with knives. But President Fidel Castro's government warned that bilateral migration accords between Havana and Washington remained in jeopardy over a highly politicized custody dispute centering on a 6-year-old Cuban boy.
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In Bogota, at least 11 convicts were shot to death and eight other people wounded in a shoot-out between rival gangs in the country's notoriously violent La Modelo prison.
 DIANAA statue portraying Princess Diana as the Virgin Mary has sparked fury at an art exhibition exploring the idea that royal, sports and showbusiness stars have replaced religion.
Diana, killed in a Paris car crash two years ago, is shown as the Madonna in the sculpture by Luigi Baggi being shown at the Tate Gallery in the northern English city of Liverpool.
Anthony Kilmister, chairman of the Prayer Book Society, said that the idea of Diana as the Virgin Mary is in appallingly bad taste.
Lord Alton, a professor at John Moores University, said he believed many people would find the "Heaven" exhibition deeply offensive.
 WEATHERThis afternoon will be fine with moderate northeasterly winds of four beaufort, on slight to moderate seas.
Tonight will be clear, with light northwesterly winds of two to three beaufort, on slight seas.
The temperature will drop to 9 degrees inland, to 12 along the coast, and to 1 over the mountains.