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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-03-29

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] Turkmen Cyprus
  • [03] Casou Washington
  • [04] Gypsies Again!
  • [05] Limassol device
  • [06] Tube strike
  • [07] Mideast Chaos
  • [08] Germany nuclear
  • [09] Fog Larnaca
  • [10] Primary strike
  • [11] Cse down!
  • [12] Tailer
  • [13] Weather THURSDAY 30 MARCH 2001

  • [01] HEADLINES

    Turkish former foreign minister Ilter Turkmen stated that turkish-cypriots should forget about Famagusta, because it's going to be handed back to Greek-Cypriots,

    Fifteen turkish gypsies from the occupied territories crossed over into the free areas of the republic this morning,

    A 24-hour strike by London underground railway workers on today caused commuter chaos and left business with a bill that could top 100 million pounds and

    A woman sophomore at the state college here did not have to think twice when her track coach gave her a choice between staying on the team or continuing to work as a stripper at a local night club.

    [02] Turkmen Cyprus

    Turkish former foreign minister Ilter Turkmen stated that turkish-cypriots should forget about Famagusta, because it's going to be handed back to Greek-Cypriots.

    In a lecture about Greco-turkish relations at the Erches University in Turkey, Turkmen noted that Ankara has very little time left in which to achieve a solution of the Cyprus issue.

    He also reminded that according to the Helsinki decisions, the solution of the Cyprus problem is not a precondition for the Cyprus republic joining the European Union.

    The turkish former foreign minister said that those who have adopted the so-called turkish-cypriot nationality in the occupied territories, will rush to get a Cyprus republic passport when Cyprus joins the European Union, so that they can travel freely to EU member countries.

    Responding to reports that Greece is coveting areas in Turkey, Turkmen claimed that even if Turkey gave Constantinople to Greece, it wouldn't be able to handle it, because it's got more population thatnthe whole of Greece put together.

    [03] Casou Washington

    The state department officially announced that Foreign Minister Ioannis Casoulides will visit Washington on the ninth of April and will hold talks with his American counterpart Colin Powell.

    State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher stated that the main issue on the agenda of discussions, will be the Cyprus issue and the UN sponsored proximity talks on Cyprus, which are brought up, he said, each time an American foreign minister, meets his Greek, turkish or Cypriot counterparts.

    The American official added that the Cyprus problem, is an issue of constant discussion and stressed that the United States firmly support the United Nations process in efforts to achieve a solution.

    [04] Gypsies Again!

    Fifteen turkish gypsies from the occupied territories crossed over into the free areas of the republic this morning.

    The five families, came from the occupied Morphou area.

    The National Guard briefed police on the arrival of the gypsies, that were spotted near the village of Akaki.

    The welfare department is dealing with the case.

    The gypsies were taken to Paphos, where they have relatives, as they say.

    Another 27 turkish gypsies crossed over from the occupied territories on Monday.

    [05] Limassol device

    An improvised explosive device was spotted this morning hidden in a bush at a parking place in Limassol, near the "Kanika Enaerios Komplex".

    The device was spotted by a passer by, who notified police.

    According to police, the device was left there, to be collected by as yet unidentified individuals.

    [06] Tube strike

    A 24-hour strike by London underground railway workers on today caused commuter chaos and left business with a bill that could top 100 million pounds. Thousands of commuters had to switch to cars, buses, bicycles, motorbikes and scooters for the morning rush hou into the British capital.

    A spokesman for London Underground, which normally carries three million customers a day, said that today train services will be extremely limited and that many stations will remain closed.

    The strike by thousands of signallers, station staff and other workers is in protest at government plans to bring in private companies to help fund the "tube" -- a move which unions say could undermine the network's safety.

    The action is due to end at nine this evening.

    [07] Mideast Chaos

    Israel today said that it had launched air strikes against Palestinian security targets to warn militants to halt a wave of bomb attacks, and signalled that more reprisals could follow.

    Palestinians denounced last nights' missile attacks by helicopter gunships as unjustified "state terrorism" and said they had set back any hopes of peace talks resuming without international mediation.

    A member of the Palestinian Force-17 security force and a civilian died and dozens of people were hurt in the air raids on the West Bank city of Ramallah and the Gaza Strip.

    Another Palestinian security force member was killed in clashes that followed the air raids, which also damaged Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's Gaza home.

    The attacks on Force-17, Arafat's elite security force, were in retaliation for the latest Palestinian suicide bombings, one of which killed two Israeli teenagers.

    Meanwhile, Israeli troops today shot dead a member of Palestinian security forces in Gaza.

    At least 357 Palestinians, 13 Israeli Arabs and 69 other Israelis have been killed since the violence erupted in late September after peace talks became deadlocked.

    The air strikes followed an attack yesterday in which a suicide bomber killed himself and two Israeli teenagers at a bus stop in central Israel near the border with the West Bank.

    Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erekat said peace talks could not be resumed under current circumstances and called for U.S. and European involvement in the peace process.

    [08] Germany nuclear

    Protected by a massive police presence, a convoy of trucks carrying German nuclear waste reached its final destination today after a four-day odyssey from France.

    Anti-nuclear protesters failed to delay the shipment, which covered the 12-mile stretch of rural road to the Gorleben storage dump on the river Elbe in northern Germany in just 80 minutes under the guard of 15,000 riot police.

    The short final act of Germany's nuclear drama followed a day of triumph yesterday for eco-warriors who delayed the train shipping the waste from a French reprocessing plant by 24 hours after a handful chained themselves to the track.

    [09] Fog Larnaca

    Seven flights due to land at Larnaca airport were diverted to Paphos airport this morning, due to dense fog covering the Larnaca area.

    Five Cyprus airways flights, a British airways flight and a charter flight from Britain, were grounded at Paphos airport for an hour, and finally landed in Larnaca, when the weather cleared up.

    [10] Primary strike

    Primary school students throughout Limassol, abstained from classes for one hour today in a show of solidarity for the eighth primary school students, being affected by the Nemitsas foundry.

    The protest was organised by the Limassolprimary schools Parents Association.

    In a written statement, the Association warned that it will take additional measures if the problem with the foundry persists.

    It gave a month's notice to the authorities to recall the foundry's licence and called on the Ministries involved to demonstrance its readiness in finding a permanent solution to the problem.

    [11] Cse down!

    Another steep downturn for the Cyprus stock exchange today.

    The All Shares Price Index, dropped by two point three percent, closing at 173 point six units.

    The Index has lost almost five percent in the last two days.

    Volume of trading reached just over seven million pounds, in relation to eight and a half, in yesterday's dealings.

    [12] Tailer

    And finally,

    A woman sophomore at the state college here did not have to think twice when her track coach gave her a choice between staying on the team or continuing to work as a stripper at a local night club.

    As far as exotic dancer Leilani Rios is concerned, stripping pays the bills, allowing her to be the first member of her family to go to college and cross-country running for Cal State Fullerton is just exercise.

    And that is the naked truth.

    Rios is studying kinesiology, the science of human movement.

    [13] Weather

    It will be mainly clear this afternoon.

    Thin mist is expected to form in some coastal areas.

    Winds will be light, southwesterly, two to three beaufort, over slight seas.

    Temperatures will reach 27 degrees inland, 22 on the coast and 18 on the mountains.

    Tonight it will be mainly clear.

    Fog is expected to form in some areas.

    Winds will be light northwesterly, two to three beaufort, over slight seas.

    Temperatures will fall to 13 degrees inland and on the coast and nine on the mountains.


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