|Friday, 25 September 2020|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-03-14
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINESVisiting British Undersecretary of State Keith Vaz is to give a press conference this afternoon;
The Greek Foreign Minister leaves the island with a message of optimism;
Cyprus' EU-accession course cannot possibly be affected by suspicions of money-laundering;
Contingency services realise a save-and-rescue exercise in Paphos;
Football on CyBC's Second Television Channel tonight;
A buxom British army NCO is on her way out of the military.
 VAZ-CLERIDESBritish Undersecretary of State Keith Vaz, on an official visit to Cyprus and accompanied by Britain's Special Representative for Cyprus Sir David Hannay, was this morning received by President of the Republic Glafkos Clerides.
Matters discussed during the meeting were the current phase of the Cyprus Issue and prospects towards the resumption of the UN-sponsored proximity talks.
The two British officials later met with Cyprus' Chief EU-negotiator Yiorgos Vassiliou, and then crossed over into occupied Nicosia for a meeting with Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.
Mr Vaz, who is currently attending a working luncheon hosted by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, will give a bicommunal press conference at the Ledra Palace at 4 o'clock this afternoon, prior to his leaving the island from Larnaka airport at a quarter-to-6.
 PAPANDREOU MESSAGEGreek Foreign Minister Yiorgos Papandreou left Cyprus and returned to Athens last night following his 3-day official visit to the island.
On his departure from Larnaka Airport at 20-past-8 last night, Mr Papandreou noted that he will convey to all of his country's EU-partners that Cyprus is important to the European Union, given that the now-15-nation bloc will be acquiring a dynamic new member significantly situated in the eastern Mediterranean and at the gateway to the Middle East.
Yiorgos Papandreou further reiterated that during his stay on the island he sought to address what he termed "a European message" not only to the Hellenes of Cyprus but also to the Turkish-Cypriots, who he called upon to take all necessary decisions so that they may form part of the European family.
In closing, the Greek Foreign Minister stated that he leaves the island full of optimism over its people's dynamism and resolve.
 YugofundsConcerns that Cyprus' EU-accession course may be adversely affected by the possibility of the island's banks having been unwitting repositories for illegally-accrued funds from Yugoslavia were today dispelled by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.
Speaking to our station this morning, Mr Kasoulides noted that the Republic's authorities will be given the chance to prove that all the necessary mechanisms for combatting financial crime are well and duly in place, adding that they have repeatedly asked for particulars to be given over the questionable accounts.
He also said that it would be unjust to throw the entire responsibility for the laundering of Yugoslav funds onto Cyprus, citing statements by the Governor of Yugoslavia's Central Bank, who mentioned that other countries, such as Britain, Germany, France, Switzerland, China and Lebanon are also involved.
On the same issue, Central Bank Governor Afxentis Afxentiou stated that the measures being taken locally for the combatting of financial crime are fully in accordance with international models and as such raise no cause for concern. Mr Afxentiou further noted that Cyprus should definitely not be considered a money-laundering den, given a number of recent reports by international organisations presenting her not only as not lacking, but also as constituting a model for other countries to follow.
 DENKTASH KASOULIDESTurkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash is once again railing against the legitimate government of the island, charging Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides of trying to deceive the international community through statements saying that the only two courses of action open to Turkey as regards the Cyprus Issue are compromise or blackmail.
In an interview with the Turkish-Cypriot "Kibris" newspaper, Mr Denktash further claims that Turkey's actions are based on provisions contained in international agreements, and that Greece is the party practising blackmail, given that she is willing to veto the accession to the European Union of other candidate-states if Cyprus is not included among the countries to gain entry.
Asked to comment on Foreign Minister Kasoulides' statement that the EU-accession application filed by the Cyprus Government concerns the entire island, Mr Denktash issued a one-word response which could be translated into English as "shame" or "pity".
 Paphos exerciseCyprus' contingency services realised a save-and-rescue exercise at Paphos airport this morning, with the scenario providing for a flock of birds being sucked into a plane engine during take-off, necessitating the aircraft's forced landing.
The scenario was further complicated by the plane presenting a hypothetical electrical problem, leading to its veering off the runway and hitting construction and maintenance work equipment and personnel, resulting in the aircraft bursting into flames, with a number of passengers and personnel being killed or wounded.
Commenting on the exercise, Fire Department Chief Yiorgos HjiPetrou stated that its aim was to ascertain the readiness of all involved services as well as to establish how the best possible co-ordination could be achieved in case of a contingency situation.
Both Chief HjiPetrou, as well as Paphos Airport controller Antonis Lemeshanos and Paphos Hospital director Chrysostomos Andronikou voiced satisfaction over the outcome of the exercise.
 TSIAKOURMAS CHILDRENElementary schoolchildren from the Larnaka-district village of Livadhia this morning staged a protest demonstration against the continued detention of Greek-Cypriot building contractor Panikos Tsiakourmas by the Turkish-Cypriot authorities.
The children, schoolmates of Panikos' daughter Eleni, succeeded in blocking the Larnaka-Livadhia-Kellia road for some 15 minutes.
Attending the protest was also Panikos' wife Niki, who issued an appeal to visiting British officials Keith Vaz and Sir David Hannay to intercede and demand from Rauf Denktash that her husband be released and allowed to return to his home and family.
 CSEThe Cyprus Stock Exchange experienced a further, albeit slight drop of the All-Share Index today, compared to yesterday's plunge of over 4 units.
Specifically, the Index closed at 197.41, down 0.24% from yesterday, while the overall volume of trading was marked by low levels, reaching some 5.6 million pounds.
 TV CHANGESCyBC's Second Television Channel will link up with Munich's Olympic Stadium at a quarter-to-8 this evening for a live transmission of the European Champions League match between home team Bayern and England's Arsenal.
As a result, there'll be no TV News in English tonight, but our radio bulletin will be going on air, as scheduled, at 8 and 10 o'clock, with all of the evening's changes being announced on our daily "Round and About" magazine, broadcast between 6 and 8 p.m. on this frequency.
CyBC's Second Television Channel will also be carrying videotaped highlights from today's other European Champions League fixtures at 11:30 tonight.
 TAILEROn to today's tailer, with British Defence Ministry officials having announced that Army Lance Corporal Roberta Winterton, who posed topless for the Sun tabloid, is being kicked out of the service.
She herself however seems to have no regrets, and was quoted by the Sun as saying "I loved my time in the army but now I can get on with what I really want to be -- and that's a top class model."
According to a senior army official, Winterton's unimpressed superiors have already ordered her out of her barracks in Wiltshire in southern England, and have begun formal discharge proceedings.
 WEATHERGenerally fair conditions are forecast for this afternoon, even though skies will be marked by passing cloud which may also lead to the possibility of showers in areas. Winds will be moderate west-to-southwesterlies, 3-4BF, on slight to moderate seas, with temperatures not expected to exceed 22C inland and in the south, 20C in the west and 14C at higher altitudes.
Generally fair conditions are also forecast for this evening, with mist and low cloud forming in areas in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Winds will abate to light west-to-northwesterlies, 3BF, on slight to moderate seas, while temperatures will drop to 10C inland, 12C in coastal regions and 7C on the hiher reaches of the Troodos mountains.