|Monday, 18 November 2019|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 00-11-30
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINESGiorgos Papandreou made clear to Turkish deputy foreign minister Faruk Logoglou that Greece will remain firm in its demand that the decisions reached at the Helsinki Summit are included in the final document of the Euro-turkish partnership agreement,
The Dutch government is steadfast in it's position that the decisions reached at the Helsinki summit are the guidelines that should be followed as far as Cyprus' entry negotiations are concerned AND
It might be an award that makes people snigger and top writers shudder but Sean Thomas was thrilled at winning Britain's "Bad Sex in Fiction" literary prize.
 PAP TURKSGiorgos Papandreou made clear to Turkish deputy foreign minister Faruk Logoglou that Greece will remain firm in its demand that the decisions reached at the Helsinki Summit are included in the final document of the Euro-turkish partnership agreement.
Mr Papandreou held talks in Athens with the Turkish official, who is on a tour of European capitals, in light of the EU Foreign Ministers Summit Meeting to be held next Monday.
Farouk Lologlou was laconic in his statements saying that te meeting was an important one and an understanding was reached, the result of which remains to be seen.
 Holland CyprusThe Dutch government is steadfast in it's position that the decisions reached at the Helsinki summit are the guidelines that should be followed as far as Cyprus' entry negotiations are concerned.
This position was expressed by Dutch deputy Foreign Minister, in charge of European affairs, Dick Bentshop, during a discussion at the foreign affairs committee of the Dutch parliament.
Reacting to the statement, an opposition deputy, reminded Mr Bentshop of a resolution approved by the Dutch parliament last December, which calls on the government of the country not to allow Cyprus to enter the Union before the political problem on the island is solved.
 Alvaro PapaUn Chief's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro De Soto, held talks with Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou in Athens, as part of the groundwork in light of the upcoming sixth round of UN-sponsored proximity talks.
Later today Mr De Soto is expected in the Turkish capital, Ankara, for similar contacts.
The UN approach to negotiations assumes that there is no turkish-Cypriot threat to abandon them.
Nevertheless, Alvaro De Soto will sound out Turkish intentions and is expected to reiterate that the UN are expecting turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, to attend the sixth round of talks in Geneva, next January.
The UN official arrives in Cyprus on Sunday and on Monday morning he is expected to hold talks with President of the Republic Glafkos Clerides.
On Monday afternoon, he will meet Rauf Denktash.
 Denktash TalksRauf Denktash keeps making contradictory statements regarding his intentions for the sixth round of talks, attempting to project the impression that he is not really abandoning them, but that they're over.
Speaking in occupied Nicosia, before a meeting with US ambassador to Cyprus, Donald Bundler, Rauf Denktash stated that he hasn't abandonded the talks, but that they could be repeated in the future on a totally new basis that will be negotiatied with the UN Secretary General.
The talks, he claimed, did not serve the purpose they were designed for.
In reply, the American ambassador that Washington supports the continuation of the process, adding that it's the best way to solve the differences between the two communities.
 UN CyprusDISY leader Nikos Anastasiades stated that next Monday, the UN Chief's report on the Cyprus issue will be made public.
Speaking after a meeting with British High Commissioner Edward Cley, Mr Anastasiades said that he received assurances from Mr Cley that the report will reflect on the basic parameters of the Cyprus issue, as well as certain aspects of the problem which the Cyprus government wishes to be included.
Nikos Anastasiades expressed to Edward Cley, the concern of the Cyprus government regarding blatant threats by Rauf Denktash of abandoning the talks.
 Britain CyprusBritain supports a federal solution to the Cyprus issue and on-going talks to achieve a solution developing into substabtive negotiations.
The positions was expressed by the Director of South European Affairs at the British Foreign Office, Jeremy Hill, after a meeting in London with a delegation of the occupied municipality of Morphou, led by the mayor Antigoni Papadopoulou.
Mr Hill pointed out that Britain supports a solution based on UN resolution and in accordance with the aqui communitaire.
He also stressed that Britain will do its utmost to ensure that Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash attends the sixth round of proximity talks.
 De Soto TacticsAn article by Alvaro De Soto published just before he took on his duties as the Un Chief's special envoy on Cyprus, is releaving of the strategy he is pursuing in an attempt to achieve a settlement of the Cyprus issue.
According to the Cyprus News Agency, in the article, which as part of a book, Alvaro De Soto discloses that he will follow a similar strategy in Cyprus as the one that led to the successful solution of the political crisis in the Central American state of El Salvador, in 1992.
Referring to the logic of his methodology, Mr De Soto points out that it would run against common sense if a date was set for the completion of solution negotiations between the two communities.
His tactics seem to involve negotiations on every aspect of the issue, a subsequent submission of a document to both sides, and a revising of the document depending on the reactions, so that differences gradually diminish.
A document might be submitte as many times is deemed necessary, till a compromise can be reached.
 US ELECTIONSThe Republican-led Florida legislature decides today whether to intervene in the U.S. presidential election, most likely on behalf of George W. Bush, as he and Democrat Al Gore forge ahead with myriad legal and public relations strategies to win the White House.
Lawyers for the vice president and the Texas governor have until eleven this evening to file their final briefs ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic hearing of oral arguments tomorrow about the disputed election of Nov. 7.
Bush, who was certified on Sunday as having won Florida's crucial 25 electoral votes by only 537 popular votes, wants the nation's highest court to throw out a Florida Supreme Court order that extended the deadline for certifying the election results and that ordered the inclusion of hand-recounted ballots in the state's official tally.
Gore, who won the U.S. popular vote and says he would have won Florida if all its ballots had been counted, launched a media offensive today, appearing on three major networks' evening news programs to argue his case.
 ISRAEL SITUATIONERIsraeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, hit by fresh evidence of sagging popularity ahead of elections next year, sought today to shore up support in his party following more Israeli-Palestinian violence overnight.
A poll published by the daily Yedioth Ahronoth showed Barak would lose by a large margin to his right-wing predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, if general elections were held today.
The poll gave former Likud party leader Netanyahu 51 percent of the vote, compared with 37 percent for Barak.
An election date must be agreed between the parties, but Israeli media said voting could take place in May.
Barak's popularity has sunk since his failed Camp David peace summit with President Yasser Arafat last July and the subsequent outbreak of violence in which at least 285 people, most of them Palestinians, have been killed.
Fighting continued overnight in several parts of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army said its troops had engaged in firefights with Palestinian gunmen in the divided West Bank town of Hebron and near Palestinian-ruled Ramallah.
Two Palestinians, aged 14 and 20, died last night from injuries sustained in Gaza clashes with troops earlier this week.
 CSE DOWNThe general price index at the Cyprus Stock Exchange plunged to new depths today, marking a sixth consecutive day of a dramatic drop in prices.
The index lost 3 point 3 percent and fell to around 225 units.
The volume of trade reached a mere 12 million pounds.
 Sub-stationDue to bad weather conditions, an electricity failure has occurred at CyBC's sub-station in Kalo Chorio in the Larnaca district.
Consequently, the television transmission has been adversely affected.
CyBC's technical services are doing their utmost to repair the damage.
 TAILERIt might be an award that makes people snigger and top writers shudder but Sean Thomas was thrilled at winning Britain's "Bad Sex in Fiction" literary prize.
The award was created by The Literary Review Magazine eight years ago for the worst, most redundant or embarrassing description of the sexual act in modern novels.
Thomas, a 37-year-old Londoner, won this year's prize on Wednesday night for a passage from his second novel "Kissing England".
This is a serious book abou male identity and sexuality, he told the times newspaper, after receiving the award at the perhaps appropriately named In and Out Club in London.
 WEATHERThis afternoon, rain is expected to fall over large parts of the island, with ensuing thunderstorms in some areas.
Winds will be generally moderate, northeasterly, four beaufort, turning strong, five to six beaufort in some areas.
Modeate to rough seas are expected.
Tonight, patchy clouds will bring local showers, snow and the possibility of thunderstorms in some areas.
Temperatures will fall to nine degrees cenigrade inland, 11 on the coast and 4 on the mountains.