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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-01-17

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] Survey
  • [03] Denktash
  • [04] Tziakourmas
  • [05] Turkey
  • [06] Congo
  • [07] Opec
  • [08] World
  • [09] Telephones
  • [10] WEATHER WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY 2001

  • [01] HEADLINES

    --- A survey carried out for CyBC indicates that the Cyprus problem is the main issue the Cyprus people are concerned about.

    --- An illegal court in the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic will convene in ten days to hear the request that Greek Cypriot Panicos Tziakourmas be released on bail.

    --- Congolese President Laurent Kabila was reported killed by one of his bodyguards in the Democratic Republic of Congo, plunging the war-ravaged country at the heart of Africa into new uncertainty.

    --- Israeli diplomatic sources said Israel had agreed in talks with the Palestinians to begin lifting restrictions imposed in the Gaza Strip following the killing of a Jewish settler.

    And

    --- Salvadorans braced for new aftershocks as their nerves became increasingly frayed from days of enduring tremors and scurrying to avoid falling debris after a deadly earthquake.

    [02] Survey

    A survey carried out for CyBC indicates that the Cyprus problem is the main issue the Cyprus people are concerned about.

    The survey showed that 78,6 percent of the population believe the Cyprus problem is the most important current matter.

    The economy takes second place with 50,6 percent and drugs third place with 24,4 percent.

    These are followed by the Stock Exchange with 21,5 percent, unemployment 18 percent and crime 10,7 percent.

    Further down on the list of issues of concern to the Cyprus people are the drought and lack of water, foreign workers, social problems, the Church and the slacking of morals.

    Those questioned for the survey said they gave more weight to social problems with 34 percent, economic problems with 33,6 percent, and the Cyprus problem with 27 percent.

    The third part of the survey, dealing with the image of the political leadership and parties, will be presented on CyBC's Television Channel One at ten o'clock tonight.

    [03] Denktash

    Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash wants equality and sovereignty for his pseudostate.

    Mr. Denktash may visit New York or Geneva to explain to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan the reasons he did not intend to participate in the next round of proximity talks, aiming at reaching a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus.

    The information is included in a report by Turkish Cypriot newspaper "Kibris", quoting anonymous diplomatic sources.

    The daily's correspondent in New York reported that the United States, Britain and the United Nations were exerting pressure on the Turkish side to take part in the talks.

    Meanwhile, Mr. Denktash claimed it was not his side that abandoned the talks and noted that there were no issues left to discuss.

    [04] Tziakourmas

    An illegal court in the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic will convene in ten days to hear the request that Greek Cypriot Panicos Tziakourmas be released on bail.

    Tziakourmas was abducted from within the British Bases on December 13 and is being illegally held in the Turkish occupied areas since then.

    He is a diabetic and his health is deteriorating.

    The request for his release on bail was submitted by the Turkish Cypriot lawyer representing him.

    Tziakourmas' wife, Niki, told CyBC that she would pay any sum for her husband to be released on bail.

    [05] Turkey

    The Turkish government meets today to study the final form of its reform programme for harmonisation with the European Union.

    Turkish media described the meeting as a milestone in the country's European Union accession course.

    Turkish newspaper "Radical" said that quarrels among the Turkish government partners on the political criteria and the reactions of the military had set back the national programme by two months.

    [06] Congo

    Congolese President Laurent Kabila was reported killed by one of his bodyguards in the Democratic Republic of Congo, plunging the war-ravaged country at the heart of Africa into new uncertainty.

    British Foreign Office minister Peter Hain said today Britain's ambassador in Kinshasa had confirmed that Kabila was dead.

    Mr. Hain noted it was now very important that stability was restored and that there must be an end to fighting in the Congo.

    He added that it was crucial that the UN peacekeeping force, which Britain backs, gets in as quickly as possible.

    [07] Opec

    OPEC today prepared to approve a 1,5 million barrel a day production cut that aims to keep oil prices afloat near 25 dollars a barrel.

    Saudi Arabia, the cartel's leading producer, says it has full backing from the group for a reduction that lowers limits for 10 members to 25,2 million barrels a day.

    An announcement confirming the deal is expected after a meeting of ministers later today.

    OPEC is forging ahead with a policy that major importing nations are worried could spell trouble for the slowing economies of the West by raising energy costs again.

    US light crude traded today at just over 30 dollars a barrel. OPEC's basket of lower quality crudes still is valued below 25 dollars.

    The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries wants to prevent oil slipping below 20 dollars, let alone collapse back into the single-digit prices seen in 1998.

    [08] World

    Israeli diplomatic sources said Israel had agreed in talks with the Palestinians to begin lifting restrictions imposed in the Gaza Strip following the killing of a Jewish settler.

    Dennis Ross, the key US negotiator in the Middle East, is not expected to travel to the region before the Clinton administration ends on January 20 due to time constraints.

    - - - -

    Salvadorans braced for new aftershocks as their nerves became increasingly frayed from days of enduring tremors and scurrying to avoid falling debris after a deadly earthquake.

    Since Saturday's earthquake, that killed at least 675 people in the smallest Central American nation, some of the strongest aftershocks occurred yesterday with magnitudes of 4.7 rocking buildings, rattling windows and cracking walls.

    - - - -

    Thousands of opponents of Philippine President Joseph Estrada returned to the streets after prosecutors said a Senate impeachment court decision pointed to his likely acquittal on corruption charges.

    - - - -

    Indonesian police fired tear gas at about 3.000 students outside the parliament who are protesting over two financial scandals linked to President Abdurrahman Wahid.

    - - - -

    Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said on the 10th anniversary of the Gulf War over Kuwait that Iraq would emerge victorious in its struggle against the United States.

    - - - -

    South Korean President Kim Dae-jung said North Korea seemed to be interested in following China's model in developing economically while retaining its closed, Stalinist political system.

    - - - -

    UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan voiced concern about bickering between Ethiopia and Eritrea over the withdrawal of their forces from a buffer zone United Nations

    - - - -

    India successfully test-fired a longer-range version of its intermediate-range Agni ballistic missile from its eastern coast.

    [09] Telephones

    CyBC announces that its telephones will be out of order from two until five o'clock this afternoon, due to repair work on its telephone centre.

    [10] WEATHER

    This afternoon will be cloudy at times with a few showers, local thunderstorms and snow on Troodos.

    Winds will be northeasterly to southeasterly, light, three beaufort, over slight seas.

    Temperatures will drop to 7 degrees inland, to 10 along the coast, and to 1 over the mountains.


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