|Sunday, 19 January 2020|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-07-11
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 Casoulides CyprusForeign Minister Ioannis Casoulides stated that the government shares the view expressed by the UN Chief's Special Representative for Cyprus Alvaro De Soto, that there is still hope for a positive development in the Cyprus problem.
He added however that for the time being, there is nothing going on.
Speaking prior to his departure for France, Mr Casoulides said that international diplomacy is actively moving towards achieving a resumption of proximity talks on Cyprus, by exerting pressure on Turkey.
He noted though that there is still no positive result, despite the optimism of foreign mediators.
Asked whether an American official dealing with the Cyprus issue, is expected in Cyprus in the near future, Mr Casoulides said that nothing like that is expected, before the success of efforts for resumption of proximity talks.
Commenting on threats uttered by Turkish Minister on Cyprus Sukru Sina Gurel, over possible repercussions in case Cyprus joins the European Union, he said that the Turks have always uttered such threats, and it's not worth responding to them every time.
In Paris, Ioannis Casoulides will meet, French Minister of European Affairs Pier Moscovisi.
Issues concerning Cyprus accession negotiations as well as developments in the Cyprus problem, will be at the forefront of their talks.
 London mpsBoth Conservative and Labour MP's expressed the conviction that Cyprus will join the European Union by 2004, even without a solution to the Cyprus problem.
They addressed a meeting organised last night in London by the Cyprus National Federation of Great Britain, on the occasion of the 27th anniversaries of the 1974, 15th July coup and the 20th of July Turkish invasion.
The mps stressed that the continuation of the Turkish invasion was unacceptable and promised that they will intensify their efforts to achieve a just a viable solution of the Cyprus problem.
Earlirer, the Committee of Missing Persons relatives of Britain, organised a protest outside the House of Commons.
 Bases AntennaToday there was a break in talks between representatives from the Foreign ministry and the British High Commission, over possible health repercussions from the construction of the new antenna at Akrotiri.
The purpose of the meetings is to secure an agreement, over conducting a mediccal investigation, regarding repercussions on the health of locals.
Foreign Minister said that the dialogue has not been interrupted, adding that he doesn't know when the next meeting will take place.
He clarified that during yesterday's meeting, certain issues came up, for which the British side has to receive instructions from London.
 Antenna effectsMeanwhile, British Bases spokesman Rob Kneed said that the British side never claimed that there wouldn't be any repercussions on the environment, by the construction of the antenna.
Mr Kneed said that 27 antennae that had operated in the area in the past, were removed.
He added that there hadn't been any serious repercussions on the environment, by the operation of the antennae, for the last 40 years.
 KEAN TheftA 26 year old accountant from Nicosia has been detained by police in connection with an embezzlement, to the tune of 139 thousand pounds, from the Nicosia branch of KEAN company.
The financial director and the General Manager of the Branch, said that the deficit was discovered after an accounting audit for the period covering February 2000 to May 2001.
 Transplants CyprusHeart transplants can be performed in Cyprus, according to the renowned Austrian cardio-surgeon Ernst Wolner.
Dr Wolner said that Cyprus has the necessary infrastructure and equipment, to operate a transplants programme, but there needs to be a real push by the government towards achieving this goal.
As revealed last night by our station, Dr Wolner discussed thw prospects of implementing such a programme with Health Minister Frixos Savides, who showed particular interest.
 Heatwave CyprusCyprus will continue feeling the effects of a mini-heatwave today, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees.
Humidity is also on the rise, causing further discomfort.
The heatwave will intensify during the weekend, with temperatures soaring to 41 degrees, five more than normal for this time of year.
The electricity authority already has a special plan of action in place, if any problems with supply should arise.
The elderly, people with heart and respiratory problems and children, must take special precautions.
To avoid heatstroke and dehydration, people should avoid too much exposition to the sun.
Health authorities suggest light meals, taking as many liquids as possible and wearing light-coloured clothes.
 Mideast WrapIsraeli soldiers today killed a Palestinian woman at a West Bank roadblock, and in a separate incident Israeli police said they foiled a Palestinian attempt to set off bombs in a northern Israeli city.
The latest events, along with a Palestinian mortar bomb attack on an Israeli farming community near the Gaza Strip overnight, which caused no casualties, were further signs that a U.S.-brokered truce was not working.
In the northern Israeli city of Afula, police chased through the streets after a Palestinian who people said they saw planting a bomb in an open-air market.
Nineteen Palestinians, including a suicide bomber, and 10 Israelis have been killed since the sides accepted a ceasefire mediated by U.S. CIA Director George Tenet in mid-June.
Each side says the other is to blame for preventing the truce from taking root.
 Turkey quakeAbout 120 people injured themselves in panic when an earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale hit eastern Turkey overnight.
Earthquakes of varying size occur in Turkey almost every day. Public fear of the tremors has grown since two powerful quakes killed more than 18,000 people in 1999 and wrecked the country's industrialist northwest.
The epicentre of the tremor was 25 miles from the eastern city of Erzurum.
 Irish talksNorthern Ireland peace talks hosted by the British and Irish Republic governments resumed today with no sign of movement from rival Catholics and Protestants on the key disarmament issue.
Hosts British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish Republic Prime Minister Bertie Ahern intended the talks to last only two days, but deadlocks on arms and policing forced them into a third day with more possible.
Trimble, who quit on July 1 over the IRA's failure to disarm, said he was returning to Northern Ireland today, but members of his Ulster Unionist party were remaining and he would return on Friday.
Politicians from the province's Protestant majority and Roman Catholic minority blamed each other for lack of progress in implementing the 1998 Good Friday peace accord, reached in an effort to end three decades of sectarian and political conflict that has killed more than 3,000 people.
 TailerA British man disguised as an Arab woman and allegedly carrying an air pistol and a fake bomb was arrested in a Dubai market.
The unnamed Briton was veiled and dressed in traditional Islamic women's clothing when he was stopped by police in the Dubai gold market.
A police official told a local paper the man was carrying an air pistol, pieces of cardboard rolled up to resemble dynamite and a remote control.
The 55-year-old claimed he had bought the costume and worn it as a surprise for his wife, but gave no reason for carrying the air pistol and fake bomb.
Men are not allowed to dress in women's clothing in Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates.
 WeatherThis afternoon it will be mainly clear.
Winds will be moderate, southwesterly, three to four beaufort, over slight seas.
Tonight it will remain clear, with thin mist, forming mainly in some coastal areas.
Winds will be light westerly to northwesterly, two to three beaufort, over slight seas.
Temperatures will fall to 22 degrees inland and on the south coast, 20 on the west coast and on the mountains.
The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.