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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 99-12-13

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  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [05] ECEVIT
  • [06] NY TALKS
  • [09] TAILER
  • [10] WEATHER

  • [01] HEADLINES

    Reactions and comments from Cyprus, Greece and Turkey as regards last week's EU Helsinki summit decision continue coming in;

    Turkey's Prime Minister criticises the Turkish-Cypriot leader, but reiterates his country's undying support to the pseudostate;

    The UN-sponsored proximity talks on the Cyprus Issue today enter the last two days of what has been described as a "first phase";

    A 58-year-old Greek-Cypriot is found dead of bullet wounds in a Limassol apartment complex;


    One man's food may be another man's poison, but Britain's Food Standards Agency is attempting to remedy that situation!


    Cyprus Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou, in statements to our station, described the EU Helsinki summit decision granting Turkey candidacy status as an extremely significant development, setting the relations among Greece, Turkey and Cyprus on a new basis and providing a new framework leading to visible future results. Mr Papapetrou further noted that the decision reinforces peace in the region and creates the necessary prerequisites for a resolution of the Cyprus Issue. In closing however, Cyprus' Government Spokesman did emphasise that the Greek-Cypriot side will insist on the need for reaching an honourable compromise.


    Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou also commented on the Helsinki decision, saying that it has led to the formation of a new framework of rules and principles securing peace in the region and presenting an opportunity for the resolution of the Cyprus Issue.

    Speaking on Greek Television, Mr Papandreou noted that the Helsinki decision provides strong motives for the Turkish-Cypriots to participate in Cyprus' EU accession process, and cease and desist from referring to their purported isolation and the establishment of a separate state which is not recognised by anybody. Mr Papandreou also referred to the state of greco-turkish relations, and said that the EU decision sets out the framework for a lasting peace between his country and Turkey.


    Turkish reactions to the decision reached at the European Union's Helsinki summit regarding the country's to an EU candidate-state continue coming in.

    In his first televised public reaction to the decision, Turkish President Suleyman Demirel stated that the road is now open towards forging better relations with Greece, adding that his country has undertaken a committment to resolve any territorial differences through peaceful means. He also expressed the hope that the positive climate created after this year's earthquakes in both countries will continue.

    Following a meeting with President Demirel, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said that the distance separating the current state of affairs in Turkey and that desired by the EU will be covered within the next few months, noting specifically that his country does not have a long way to go, but only a few steps. Prime Minister Ecevit also added that his government is determined to expedite change in the economic and human rights sectors.

    Less positive notes were sounded by Foreign Minister Ismail Cem however, who said that the terms secured by Greece in relation to Cyprus at the Helsinki summit are not in the best interest of Turkey. Maintaining that prior to the summit Italy, Germany, France and Belgium were against the accession of a divided Cyprus, Foreign Minister Cem said that Greece managed to change this, resulting in the summit's final communique disassociating the island's accession from its unitary integrity or division.

    [05] ECEVIT

    In relation to the Cyprus Issue itself, Turkish newspapers reported that Prime Minister Ecevit held a telephone conversation with Rauf Denktash prior to announcing the acceptance of Turkey's EU-candidacy. While the contents of the conversation were not made public, the same sources mentioned that Mr Denktash accepted Turkey's decision as an order coming directly from Ankara.

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ecevit last night openly criticised the stance adopted by Mr Denktash as regards the EU-decision and Turkey's acceptance, but attributed the adverse reaction to lack of information. Giving the assurance that the Turkish-Cypriots will never become a negotiating chip, Prime Minister Ecevit also stressed that as long as Turkey exists, what he described as the "Turkish-Cypriot Republic of Northern Cyprus" will never come to any danger.

    [06] NY TALKS

    The UN-sponsored New York proximity talks on the Cyprus Issue are set to continue today, with the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, holding separate meetings with President of the Republic Glafkos Clerides and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.

    The first phase of the current talks is scheduled to end tomorrow, with separate meetings between UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the two leaders. Following the conclusion of this first phase, Mr Annan will submit to the UN Security Council a relevant report, also to be forwarded to President Clerides and Mr Denktash.

    As mentioned by our correspondent on the scene, the talks have so far been dominated by the Ghali map and set of ideas, with the Greek-Cypriot side remaining stalwart in its proposal of no more than 24% of the island's territory coming under Turkish-Cypriot control


    A 58-year-old Larnaka resident, Adamos Georgiou Christophi, was shortly after seven o'clock this morning found dead in the basement office of the Thera apartment building complex in Limassol's Amathus tourist area, where he was employed as a doorman.

    The Police was notified by a colleague of the deceased who, in his deposition, mentioned that he had heard gunshots a few minutes prior to discovering the body. An autopsy carried out by state pathologist Sofoklis Sofokleous established that Christophi was shot twice by an automatic weapon. Police have already detained a 60-year-old Greek-Cypriot in connection with the suspected murder, and investigations are continuing.

    Meanwhile, a 36-year-old high -school teacher was found dead in her Nicosia apartment by her mother at about nine o'clock last night. The deceased is art teacher Elisavet Savva, who taught at the Dianellios Technical School and the Aradippou Gymnasium. According to preliminary police findings and the initial report prepared by state pathologist Sofoklis Sofokleous, there are no indications of foul play. Investigations however are continuing.


    A Cypriot, who wished to retain his anonymity, won 150 thousand and 59 pounds in last night's Joker draw, as the only second-category winner.

    There were no first-category winners, resulting in Wednesday's draw paying out 900 thousand pounds.

    The numbers drawn were 4, 5, 10, 29 and 36, with number "12" as the Joker.

    [09] TAILER

    Today's tailer comes to us from Britain, where a study recently carried out by the Office of National Statistics and commissioned by the British Government to help form a new strategy on food safety warnings concluded that the country's social elite have the most unhygienic kitchens, while the Scots are the fussiest about food freshness.

    Britain's wealthiest were found most likely to ignore safety advice on food packages and least likely to disinfect cooking surfaces, while conversely, low-income groups were the most likely to keep pets out of their kitchens and to clean cooking and eating surfaces more than once a day.

    The Scots emerged as the fussiest eaters, with some 70% refusing to eat food past its sell-by date, while only 50% in Wales and southwest England avoided expired food.

    Britain's Food Standards Agency is due to meet next April to devise improved food safety warnings and guidelines.

    [10] WEATHER

    Intermittent cloud cover is forecast for this afternoon, with the possibility of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms throughout the island, as well as sleet or snow on the higher peaks of the Troodos mountains. Winds will be moderate to strong southwesterlies, 4-5BF, on moderate seas, while temperatures are not expected to exceed 18C inland, 20C along the coasts and 9C at higher altitudes.

    Intermittent cloud cover will continue into tonight, leading once again to scattered showers throughout the island and the possibility of snow on Troodos. Winds will abate to moderate westerlies, 4BF, on moderate seas, and temperatures will drop to 9C inland and in the west, 11C in the south, and 3C on the higher reaches of the Troodos mountains.

    The fire hazard remains high in all forest areas.

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