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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-10-06

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Headlines lunch
  • [02] Nat Council
  • [03] Alvaro Cyprus
  • [04] Erdogan Cyprus
  • [05] Denktash
  • [06] Mideast Wrap
  • [07] Nobel Medicine
  • [08] Korea Iraq
  • [09] Schwartz California
  • [10] Tailer
  • [11] Weather lunch MONDAY 6/10/03

  • [01] Headlines lunch

    The National Council is convening since this morning, under President Papadopoulos, discussing the present phase of the Cyprus issue and the prospects for a resumption of talks following the illegal elections in the occupied territories,

    The UN's special advisor on the Cyprus issue Alvaro De Soto expressed the readiness of the United Nations to immediately respond if the two sides on the island require again, the good offices mission of the Secretary General,

    AND

    The United States urged restraint by all parties after Israeli warplanes struck in Syria following a Palestinian suicide attack, but accused Damascus of being on the wrong side in the war against terrorism.

    [02] Nat Council

    The National Council is convening since this morning, under President Papadopoulos, discussing the present phase of the Cyprus issue and the prospects for a resumption of talks following the illegal elections in the occupied territories. The president of the republic is also briefing political leaders on his contacts in New York and Rome. The National Council is also expected to put the issue of the economic aspects of a settlement based on the Anan plan. Yesterday, President Papadopoulos had said that the government is preparing a study that extends in many areas beyond the economic cost, under the guidance of foreign experts.

    [03] Alvaro Cyprus

    The UN's special advisor on the Cyprus issue Alvaro De Soto expressed the readiness of the United Nations to immediately respond if the two sides on the island require again, the good offices mission of the Secretary General. Speaking at a conference on the Cyprus problem organised in London last weekend by Oxford University, Mr De Soto assured that all the necessary steps have been taken to ensure that the team created by Kofi Anan's orders, will regroup again, if the need arises.

    [04] Erdogan Cyprus

    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying he still saw a U.N. blueprint for ending the decades-old division of Cyprus as a basis for negotiations.

    Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, whose breakaway pseudostate is recognised only by Turkey, has said the U.N. plan is dead, but the EU and the United States want Ankara to use its influence to push for a resumption of reunification talks.

    Erdogan made his comments while returning to Turkey after attending a weekend meeting of European Union leaders in Rome. The EU is especially keen to break the deadlock on Cyprus as it prepares to admit the divided island as a member next May.

    Turkey knows a lack of progress on Cyprus could threaten its own hopes of opening EU entry talks in early 2005.

    Without a settlement, only the internationally recognised Greek Cypriot half of the island will join the wealthy bloc, leaving the much poorer Turkish Cypriots out in the cold.

    The Annan plan envisages a loose federal union for Cyprus, while Denktash, favours a two-state solution.

    [05] Denktash

    The American democrat deputy at the House of Reprentatives Frank Palon called on Rauf Denktash to apologize to the UN Secretary General and return to the table of negotiations for a solution of the Cyprus issue. In an official letter read out in the House of representatives, Palon says that as indicated by the mass demonstrations in the occupied territories, Denktash no longer represents the Turkish cypriots. Mr Palon also praised President Papadopoulos' commitment to continue efforts with the goal of achieving a just and viable solution.

    [06] Mideast Wrap

    The United States urged restraint by all parties after Israeli warplanes struck in Syria following a Palestinian suicide attack, but accused Damascus of being on the wrong side in the war against terrorism.

    Syria called an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting yesterdat\y over Israel's raid, saying it threatened "security and peace in the region and internationally".

    Israel said its deepest air strike into Syria in 30 years targeted a training camp for Palestinian militants and was in self-defence.

    Washington said it would not support a Syrian resolution condemning Israel's raid as it made no mention of the suicide attack, in which 19 people were killed in an Israeli restaurant.

    Syria wanted an immediate vote, but the United States -- which has a veto on the council -- said the resolution would have to go to capitals for study. Other diplomats said there would be no action today, the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday.

    Persistent violence has derailed a U.S.-backed "road map" for peace between Israelis and Palestinians that envisages a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which Israel occupied in the 1967 Middle East war.

    [07] Nobel Medicine

    Paul Lauterbur of the United States and Peter Mansfield of Britain have won the 2003 Nobel prize for medicine.

    According to Sweden's Karolinska Institutet university hospital ,They have made seminal discoveries concerning the use of magnetic resonance, ... which represents a breakthrough in medical diagnostics and research.

    The prize has been awarded since 1901 and is worth 1.3 million dollars.

    [08] Korea Iraq

    A South Korean fact-finding team sent to Iraq to study security after a U.S. request for combat troops said Baghdad and parts of central Iraq remained dangerous but the north and south of Iraq were stabilising.

    The United States asked South Korea last month to send combat troops to help stabilise post-war Iraq. South Korean media have said Washington wants about 5 thousand troops and a decision by the end of this month. It has not said where it wants the force.

    Seoul's civic groups have raised their voices against any troop dispatch and public opinion polls show strong opposition both to the war and any further South Korean role in Iraq.

    [09] Schwartz California

    Battling perceived villains in the media and Democratic party with characteristic testosterone, Arnold Schwarzenegger brushed aside sexual misconduct charges as he began the last stretch of his quest for California's governor's mansion.

    Schwarzenegger concluded a four-day bus tour yesterday outside the capital, Sacramento, after a sometimes rowdy barn-storming trek across the state.

    Thousands of supporters and a few hecklers gathered on the lawn of the Capitol building, where the actor gave his stock campaign speech, holding up a broom at one point and promising to "sweep out Gray Davis."

    Schwarzenegger closed his rally by exiting from the stage into the Capitol as though he already had the run of the place.

    At least 15 women have alleged Schwarzenegger groped or harassed them, as recently as 2000, with four fresh allegations emerging on Saturday.

    [10] Tailer

    And finally, Beer fans drank the equivalent of six Olympic-sized swimming pools during the two-week Oktoberfest in Germany, close to the annual event's record.

    The world's biggest beer festival, which ended yesterday, reported a jump in attendance as well as beer consumption after a two-year decline following the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

    About 6.3 million people crowded into the beer tents during the festival, some 400 thousand more than in the last two years, and drank 6.1 million litres of Bavaria's top export beverage -- up seven percent from last year.

    Demand for beer was so spectacular in the first week of the festival, due to warm and dry weather, that some taps briefly stopped flowing.

    Oktoberfest began in 1810 with a lavish five-day event to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princes Therese of Saxony-Hildenburghausen.

    [11] Weather lunch

    It will be mainly fine this afternoon. Winds will be moderate easterly to southeasterly, force three to four on the south and east coast and moderate northwesterly, force three on the rest of the island, over slight seas to moderate seas on the east coast. Temperatures will rise to 34 degrees inland, 31 on the south coast, 29 on the west coast and 25 on the mountains. Tonight, fine weather will continue. Winds will be light northwesterly to northeasterly, force two to three over slight seas. Temperatures will drop to 18 degrees inland, 20 on the coasts and 17 on the mountains.
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