|Sunday, 13 October 2019|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-07-18
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 headlinesGood afternoon, it's half past one, and this is the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation transmitting on 91.1 FM. It's time for the news. First, the headlines:
The European Union offers a stable framework for both the Cyprus issue and Greek-Turkish relations,
The US said the Annan plan is the only basis for a negotiated Cyprus settlement,
The President's reply to Rauf Denktash's proposal to open Nicosia Airport is on its way to the UN chief,
And new Turkish Cypriot opposition party unveils its election platform.
Greece's Foreign Minister George Papandreou said the European Union offers a stable framework for the Cyprus issue and Greek-Turkish relations.
The Greek Foreign Minister said the framework gives a new dynamism and an opportunity to both Athens and Ankara to bolster a climate of security, stability and peace.
Mr. Papandreou make the remarks after talks with Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis which were dominated by the Cyprus issue and Greek-Turkish relations.
The two men also assessed the country's foreign policy after Greece's European Union presidency.
Mr. Papandreou said he discussed with Mr. Simitis the next steps in these foreign policy matters.
 BoucherUS State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher said the Annan plan is the only basis for a negotiated Cyprus settlement.
Asked if the US administration is aware of any settlement blueprint other than that of UN Chief Kofi Annan, Mr. Boucher said his country has repeatedly said the Annan plan is the way to achieve progress in the Cyprus issue.
Mr. Boucher said the US administration has underscored the need for all parties involved to return to negotiations based on the Annan Plan in what has been interpreted as a reply to Rauf Denktash's remark that the settlement blueprint is dead.
 IacovouPresident Papadopoulos's reply to Rauf Denktash's proposal to revive the UN-drafted confidence building measures of 1994 is on its way to UN chief Kofi Annan.
Foreign Minister George Iacovou said the President's reply was drafted in the spirit and to the letter of the National Council's decisions on the issue.
He said the President's reply assesses Rauf Denktash's remarks, but persists on the view that the Turkish Cypriot leader's move is intended to shift away from the essence of the Cyprus issue.
Asked if the government should undertake further initiatives, Mr. Iacovou said Nicosia has much to its credit with the implementation of announced measures to reach out to Turkish Cypriots.
 AnastasiadesDisy leader Nicos Anastasiades said no one has called on the Greek Cypriot side to accept the Annan plan as is.
He added that everyone acknowledges that the settlement blueprint is a basis for negotiations and not a solution in itself.
He stressed that the Greek Cypriot side shouldn't give any more ammunition to Rauf Denktash who is avoiding restarting settlement talks.
The Disy leader's remarks were prompted by President Papadopoulos' speech at the mass anti-occupation rally in Nicosia last night.
The President said that if the Annan plan is accepted as is and it's viability isn't improved, it would only held those who rejected it outright to cement the island's division.
 accidentA 38-year-old man was killed early this morning when his car rear-ended a truck near the Kakoratzia section of the Nicosia-to-Limassol motorway.
Rescue crews had to pull Electricity authority employee Ioannis Yiangou from the wreckage of his car.
He was taken to Nicosia General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.
The driver of the truck, Charalambos Michail, from Pareklisia, was not injured.
 AkinciTurkish Cypriot political leader Mustafa Akinci unveiled the campaign platform of his new Peace and Democracy Movement, now transformed into a political party to contest December's so-called parliamentary elections in the occupied north.
The new party is a merger between the Communal Liberation Party, the United Cyrpus Party and the the Socialist Party.
Mr. Akinci said the Movement's main goals are election victory, achieving a Cyprus settlement based on the Annan plan, the formation of a new Turkish Cypriot negotiation team and a reunified Cyprus formally joining the European Union on May 1st, 2004.
Mr. Akinci said the Annan Plan's foundations cannot change, but noted that the blueprint includes many blank pages that need to be filled in.
 BritsA motion put forward by British MPs at the House of Commons refers to the 20th of July as the 29th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
The motion also condemns Rauf Denktash's negative stance towards the UN Chief's settlement blueprint.
It also calls on the leaders of the two communities, as well as the governments of Greece, Turkey, Britain, the US and the European Union to bolster their efforts to restart settlement talks.
Meanwhile, British Deputy Foreign Minister Denis McShane welcomed Ankara's committment to compensate Titina Loizidou for denying her the right to enjoy her property in occupied Kerynia.
He also urged the Turkish government to continue working with the Council of Europe to pay compensation as soon as possible.
 Iacovou2The government is getting involved in controversial restoration work on the Apostolos Andreas monastery.
Foreign Minister George Iacovou decided to recall foreign experts involved with restoration work to assess why some are against tearing down four guest rooms built on top of the monastery's church that experts warn threaten the entire structure.
Mr. Iacovou met this morning with officials from the Free Karpass Association, a group that opposes tearing down the guest rooms in fear of radically changing the monastery's appearance.
The Foreign Minister said he doesn't believe that modern restoration means cannot save the guest rooms.
Association members said they want a speedy solution to the problem.
 KyriakouA Turkish Cypriot teenager was sentenced recently to three months in prison becaue he failed to pay a one hundred pound fine.
The revelation came from Nicosia Central Prisons Director Panikos Kyriakou, who said the teen was finally freed after his family paid the fine.
Mr. Kyriakou said despite the recent passing of debt-leniency laws intended to alleviate Prisons overcrowding, the situation at the island's only correctional facility remains the same.
Meanwhile, House Legal Affairs Committee Chairman Ionas Nicolaou said the new law dealt with debts and not fines.
Speaking on CyBC radio, Mr. Nicolaou said the wheels have been set in motion to release inmates convicted for unpaid debts.
 weatherFine conditions this afternoon with some cloudy periods.
Moderate sea breezes, force 4 to 5 with slight to moderate seas.
Temperatures will reach 38 degrees inland, 33 onthe south coast, 30 on the west coast and 28 in the highest mountains.
Fine conditions will carry through tonight with the chance of fog and low cloud in some areas.
Winds will be westerly to northwesterly light, force 2 to 3, with calm to slight seas.
Temperatures will drop to 22 degrees inland and the coasts, and 19 in the mountains.
A reminder, as always, that the fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.