|Wednesday, 17 July 2019|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-09-30
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES LUNCHGreek defence minister Yiannos Papantoniou stated that the unified defence dogma between Greece and Cyprus has been strengthened by weapons systems purchased this year by the Greek armed forces,
The United States reiterated their support to a solution of the Cyprus issue based on the Anan plan, a settlement that will be fair to all,
British Prime Minister Tony Blair today faced one of the toughest speeches of his career, trying to ride out anger among his party's activists over Iraq and convince them he is still an asset.
 DEFENCE KOULLISGreek defence minister Yiannos Papantoniou stated that the unified defence dogma between Greece and Cyprus has been strengthened by weapons systems purchased this year by the Greek armed forces, including 70 F-16 fighter jets, that can land and take off from Cyprus without refuelling. Mr Papantoniou was speaking following talks with defence minister Kyriakos Mavronikolas at the National Guard Headquarters in Nicosia. The Greek defence minister said that the annual joint exercise of the National Guard and the Greek armed forces "Nikiforos-Toksotis", will take place as scheduled. He also denied claims that there was ever a question of cancelling the exercise. Asked whether fighter jets will be included in the exercise, Mr Papantoniou said that the scenario will be decided by the leadership of the armed forces. Asked to comment on the fact that certain weapons system will be kept away from the public eye at tomorrow's Independence Day military parade, Yiannos Papantoniou pointed out that what's important is to have the systems, not show them off.
 GROSMAN CYPRUSThe United States reiterated their support to a solution of the Cyprus issue based on the Anan plan, a settlement that will be fair to all. The American position was expressed by deputy foreign minister, responsible for political affairs Mark Grosman, during a meeting with Archbishop of America Demetrios. Mr Grosman briefed the Archbishop about his talks on the sidelines of the UN's General Assembly meeting, Grecoturkish relations and the issue of reopening the Halki Theological school in Constantinople. The American official made special reference to his meeting with President Papadopoulos, saying that they had a very good discussion about the Cyprus issue and the direction that everyone hopes things will take.
 DENKTASH SAMEThe Turkish cypriot leader Rauf Denktash publicly admitted that despite his own wishes, there is no possibility that Islamic states will recognise his pseudostate during the Islamic conference meeting next month in Malaysia. He said that this is because the United States and Britain are exerting pressure on these states, threatening that they will cut off their financial assistance. The occupation leader also expressed dissatisfaction at the fact that he is been criticised about not accepting the Anan plan, adding that when he talks to foreigners about what the Turkish cypriots went through before 1974, they ask him to disengage himself from the past.
 Britain BlairBritish Prime Minister Tony Blair today faced one of the toughest speeches of his career, trying to ride out anger among his party's activists over Iraq and convince them he is still an asset.
Blair, aides say, will seek to regain public trust and promise his Labour Party's annual conference to listen more to rank-and-file concerns, but will not abandon controversial public sector reforms.
Nor will he show any regret for Britain's role in toppling Saddam Hussein, telling his restive followers they should be proud Iraq is on a path to a brighter future.
But a poll published in todays's Independent newspaper showed almost 60 percent of Britons believe Blair lied to them over the threat posed by Iraq to justify war. Forty-one percent said he should resign.
The premier knows public opinion is turning against him and knows he must make a strong pitch to party and public to show his government is not adrift after more than six years in power.
 IRAQ CONSTITUTIONAn Iraqi group working on a new constitution said it would be impossible to complete the job within the U.S. goal of six months because of deep disagreements over major issues.
According to the Washington Post, members are split over the role of Islamic law, the form of a new political system and even how to select delegates to a constitutional convention.
The newspaper said that Iraq's constitution panel was scheduled to present a report to the Governing Council later today.
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Friday that he would like Iraqi leaders to produce a new constitution within a six-month period.
The Bush administration regards a new constitution and subsequent elections as essential prerequisites to the end of the occupation and the exit of American troops.
According to the newspaper, Iraqi leaders insisted that the entire process of drafting a new constitution can not be accomplished in less than a year.
 TAILERSinger Justin Timberlake, subject of millions of teenage fantasies around the world, looks on course to cap a memorable year after garnering five nominations for the MTV Europe Awards.
The U.S. pin-up, whose "Cry Me a River" was hailed as one of the best pop videos of the year, is on the shortlist for a clutch of awards at this year's ceremony in Edinburgh on November 6.
It will be hosted by Christina Aguilera, who has been headlining with Timberlake in what promoters billed as "the sexiest tour of the year".
The raunchy singer has landed four nominations herself, the same number as back-to-basics rock band The White Stripes.
 WEATHER LUNCHIt will be mainly fine this afternoon, with patchy clouds, but also the possibility of light showers on the mountains and some inland areas. Winds will be light northeasterly to northwesterly, force two to three in the morning turning to moderate westerly to southwesterly force four in the afternoon, to force five in windward areas, over slight seas to moderate seas in the afternoon. Temperatures will rise to 31 degrees inland, around 29 on the south and east coast, 27 on the west coast and 21 on the mountains. Tonight it will be fine, with some patchy clouds, with thin mist expected to form after midnight. Winds will initially be moderate westerly to northwesterly, force three to four, turning light force two to three, over slight seas and moderate seas on the west and north coasts. Temperatures will drop to 17 degrees inland, 19 on the south and east coasts and 12 on the mountains. The fire hazard remains extremely high in all forest areas.