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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-07-21

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] HEADLINES
  • [02] TRUCKS TC
  • [03] MOVEMENT TC EC
  • [04] SPOKESMAN
  • [05] ANTI OCCUPATION
  • [06] MISSING PERSONS
  • [07] IRAQ DEATH
  • [08] EU MIDEAST
  • [09] BRITAIN BLAIR
  • [10] BRITAIN ARCHER
  • [11] JAPAN RAIN
  • [12] WEATHER Monday 21/07/2003

  • [01] HEADLINES

    --Turkish Cypriots are allowed as of today to enter the free areas with their trucks.

    --The government believes that statements by Turkey's prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash during yesterday's anniversary of the turkish invasion proves how much Mr. Denktash's positions have become unyielding and his position is encouraged by Turkey.

    -- A U.S. soldier and an Iraqi interpreter were killed in an attack in Baghdad today.

    --The European Union, frustrated by piecemeal implementation of the Middle East "road map" for peace and keen to assert its own role in the process, was set to crank up pressure on both Israel and the Palestinians today.

    And, --British novelist and disgraced politician Jeffrey Archer was freed on parole today after serving half of a four-year jail sentence for lying in a libel case over a prostitute.

    [02] TRUCKS TC

    Turkish Cypriots are allowed as of today to enter the free areas with their trucks.

    Communications and Works Minister Kikis Kazamias said that as a first step the trucks will have to go through the formal technical examination and procedure to obtain a temporary licence which will be valid for two months.

    Mr. Kazamias told CyBC that the trucks will be able to move freely in the government-controlled areas and will be subjected to all laws and regulations valid in the free areas.

    He pointed out that the trucks can carry goods from the occupied areas to the free areas but not vice versa.

    [03] MOVEMENT TC EC

    Only 950 Greek Cypriots visited the occupied areas yesterday which marked the 29th anniversary of the Turkish invasion and occupation.

    The number was especially smaller compared to other days and Sundays where up to six thousand people visit the occupied north.

    Likewise, the number of Turkish Cypriots who visited the free areas was down too. Only 1.250 Turkish cypriots visited the free areas.

    [04] SPOKESMAN

    The government believes that statements by Turkey's prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash during yesterday's anniversary of the turkish invasion proves how much Mr. Denktash's positions have become unyielding and his position is encouraged by Turkey.

    Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said the description of the invasion by Mr. ERdogan as a peace operation is contrary to every international law principles and is no different than statements made when Bulent Ecevit was in power.

    He also said that statements by Mr. Denktash regarding separate sovereingty prove that there is no progres on the Cyprus problem or change in Turkey's stance.

    [05] ANTI OCCUPATION

    With an anti-occupation gathering at the Ledra Palace Checkpoint, events marking the 29th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus culminated last night.

    The gathering was organised by 31 refugee associations and organisations.

    Similar gatherings sere held in London, Astoria New York as well as in California. Memorials were also held in orthodox churches.

    In London, hundreds of Greek Cypriots, mainly young people, gathered outside the Turkish embassy calling for the withdrawal of Turkish troops and settlers from Cyprus and for justice to prevail on the island.

    Police allowed the presence of around 25 Turkish Cypriots and Turks who gathered opposite the embassy holding flags of the illegal regime in the occupied areas.

    [06] MISSING PERSONS

    Relatives of those missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion have accused the government for not making any progress on the missing persons' issue.

    President of the Pancyprian Organisation of the Relatives of the Missing, Nicos Theodosiou, said that for five months now the government has said they will meet the members of the committee but no meeting has been arranged.

    He said that in an effort to find our more about the fate of their loved ones, the missing persons have visited the ocucpied areas where they found out that some persons listed as missing were seen one or two years after the invasions. Turkish Cypriots also told them that others were executed and buried in mass graves.

    [07] IRAQ DEATH

    - A U.S. soldier and an Iraqi interpreter were killed in an attack in Baghdad on Monday.

    According to a U.S. military spokesman, an improvised bomb went off and they came under small arms fire. The names have not been released but the soldier was from the First Armored Division."

    Earlier, witnesses told Reuters that a U.S. military Humvee vehicle had been blown up as it drove along a Baghdad street.

    In all, 38 U.S. soldiers have died at enemy hands since President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1. That has increased pressure at home for signs of a reduction in the U.S. role in occupying Iraq.

    [08] EU MIDEAST

    The European Union, frustrated by piecemeal implementation of the Middle East "road map" for peace and keen to assert its own role in the process, was set to crank up pressure on both Israel and the Palestinians today.

    The Israeli and Palestinian foreign ministers were due to hold separate meetings with their EU counterparts in Brussels, the first such session since late 2001.

    The talks involving Israel's Silvan Shalom and Palestinian Nabil Shaath signalled easing tensions over the 33-month-old uprising in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    [09] BRITAIN BLAIR

    - British Prime Minister Tony Blair swapped pledges to boost trade with China's new leaders today as Beijing's warm welcome gave him brief respite from a crisis swirling at home over the death of a defence expert.

    Mr. Blair, on his first trip to the world's most populous country in five years, received red-carpet treatment, with an artillery salute and review of the honour guard, as he met Premier Wen Jiabao on the edge of China's political heart, Tiananmen Square.

    Both men hailed their strengthening relations after talks in the cavernous Great Hall of the People, as they sought to build on a trade partnership worth more than 11 billion dollars last year.

    The friendly welcome offered the British prime minister a bit of a break from the leadership crisis in London sparked by the suicide of David Kelly, an expert on Iraqi weapons, which had stolen the spotlight from Blair's whirlwind Far East trip.

    Mr. Blair has no scheduled news conferences in Beijing.

    Questions over whether his government shares responsibility for Kelly's death have plagued an Asian tour designed to boost his credentials as an international statesman.

    Kelly, a British Defence Ministry scientist, slashed his wrist in a quiet English wood after being thrust into a media fracas over the case Britain made for war on Iraq.

    A former U.N. weapons inspector, Kelly was the source of a BBC news report that alleged Blair aides had "sexed up" evidence of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction to justify the war to a sceptical public.

    [10] BRITAIN ARCHER

    British novelist and disgraced politician Jeffrey Archer was freed on parole today after serving half of a four-year jail sentence for lying in a libel case over a prostitute.

    Mr Archer, whose pacy thrillers are a staple of airport bookshops around the world, welcomed an end to "this unhappy period in my life" in a statement issued just before his release.

    A senior Conservative party politician when Margaret Thatcher was prime minister, Mr. Archer was later made a lord.

    He was convicted for perjury and perverting the course of justice and jailed in 2001 after lying in a libel trial against a newspaper which said he had had sex with a prostitute.

    The perjury case destroyed Mr Archer's political career and severely embarrassed the opposition Conservative party.

    The 63-year-old millionaire -- who made his fortune from best-sellers like "Honour Among Thieves" and "Kane and Abel" -- will now try to rebuild his reputation.

    Friends say Archer will campaign for prison reform and resume writing, rather than returning to politics.

    [11] JAPAN RAIN

    Landslides triggered by torrential rains over the weekend have killed at least 13 people and left nine others missing in southern Japan.

    Hundreds of troops, police and firefighters resumed rescue operations at dawn on Monday, using bulldozers, cranes and shovels to search for people still unaccounted for.

    Japan's navy sent a destroyer to the waters off Kumamoto prefecture, 900 km southwest of Tokyo, to search for anyone who had been washed out to sea.

    A 36-year-old woman, her three-year-old son and her mother-in-law were found dead on Monday after landslides smashed through wooden houses in the city of Minamata, in Kumamoto prefecture.

    A 10-year-old boy was found dead in a river in the city, while a 62-year-old woman was missing after flash floods washed her car into another river.

    The Meteorological Agency forecast more heavy rain for the area later today and warned of further damage.

    [12] WEATHER

    Tomorrow it will be clear in the afternoon but local cloud will develop over the mountains which will give isolated rain. Winds will be south-westerly to westerly light to moderate, three to four beaufort and southerly five beaufort.

    The sea will be slight to moderate on the south coast. Temperatures will reach 37 C inland, 33 C on the south coasts, 30 C over the west and 28 over the mountains.

    Tonight the weather will be generally clear but thin mist and low cloud will form in some coastal areas. Winds will be westerly to north-westerly light, three beaufort and the sea slight. Temperatures will fall to 23 C inland and on the south cost, 21 over the west and 18 over the mountains. The fire hazard remains extremely high in all forest areas.


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