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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 04-01-26
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 MONDAY 26 JANUARY 2004
 HeadlinesThe Cyprus government has asked for an official briefing from the United Nations on positions put forward by Turkish prime minister Recep Tayip Erdogan, during a meeting with Kofi Anan, in Davos Switzerland, last week,
Greek foreign minister Yiorgos Papandreou will put the Cyprus issue on the table of discussions, during a meeting of the EU General Affairs Council, later today in Brussels,
Migrating birds may be responsible for the unprecedented spread of a highly contagious bird flu that has broken out across Asia
For the next two weeks, up to one quarter of the entire British population will be glued to the television watching a bunch of D-List celebrities bickering in the Australian jungle.
 Papadopoulos CyprusThe Cyprus government has asked for an official briefing from the United Nations on positions put forward by Turkish prime minister Recep Tayip Erdogan, during a meeting with Kofi Anan, in Davos Switzerland, last week. In statements after a meeting with the visiting Prime Minister of Luxemburg, Zan Paul Junker, the President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos, said that this briefing is necessary as there have been different versions of what Mr Erdogan meant, some of which have been withdrawn even by himself. Tassos Papadopoulos said that until it is clarified what exactly was meant by the contradictory statements, the Greek cypriot side will not react to them. Commenting on a telephone conversation between American foreign secretary Colin Powell and his Greek counterpart Yiorgos Papandreou, President Papadopoulos said that he has ben\en briefed on the discussion by Mr Papandreou. The President stressed that Mr Powell has already received assurances that the Greek cypriot side has always been flexible and is continuing on this path.
 Simitis CyprusGreek prime minister Costas Simitis said that the Turkish prime ministers' positions on Cyprus were very unclear, adding that what's necessary, is a change in the Turkish stance, so that a just and viable solution is found. He also said that the goal is to avoid any difficulties with Cyprus' membership of the European Union. Mr Simitis, in the midst of an election campaign following an early call to the polls on the 7th of March, met with president Costis Stephanopoulos and put forward the position, that because of the developments in the Cyprus issue, the current government needs to continue. The Greek prime minister will suggest the dissolution of parliament on the 7th of February, thus officially marking the start of the election campaign.
 Gul CyprusMeanwhile, Turkish foreign minister Abdullah Gul said that it is up to the Greek cypriot side to make the next move, in order to start the procedure leading to a resumption of a settlement talks. Speaking in Ankara, Mr Gul said that if the Greek cypriot side makes good will moves, like the Turkish side did, as he claimed, then there will be hope for a solution.
 Papa BrusselsGreek foreign minister Yiorgos Papandreou will put the Cyprus issue on the table of discussions, during a meeting of the EU General Affairs Council, later today in Brussels. According to what was reported on Greek state television, despite the fact that the Cyprus issue is not on the agenda, Mr Papandreou will put it to foreign ministers during a working lunch. He will also hold talks on Cyprus with other officials, on the sidelines of the meeting. The Greek foreign minister is scheduled to meet European Commission president Romano Prodi, to discuss the latest intensive diplomatic moves for a solution of the Cyprus, also in light of the islands' EU accession on the first of May.
 Iraq StrawOver to foreign news and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw today insisted that war on Iraq was justified despite the belief of Washington's top weapons inspector that Saddam Hussein had no stockpiles of banned weapons.
David Kay, who quit last week as chief U.S. arms hunter, said he did not believe Saddam had any stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons as U.S intelligence said before the war.
His comments have plunged the British government into further turmoil as it awaits a judge's report on the suicide of British weapons expert David Kelly.
Kelly was exposed as the source of a report that Prime Minister Tony Blair's team exaggerated the threat posed by Iraq, to make the case for military action.
Straw told BBC Radio it was disappointing no weapons had been unearthed but refused to accept they did not exist.
 BirdfluMigrating birds may be responsible for the unprecedented spread of a highly contagious bird flu that has broken out across Asia, killed seven people and ignited fears of a deadly pandemic sweeping the world.
In a matter of weeks bird flu has broken out in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand. Pakistan today said it had also found the flu in some of its chickens.
Scientists are baffled by the wildfire spread of the disease, which the World Health Organisation calls "historically unprecedented", but one theory is wild birds are behind it.
The flu has devastated chicken populations wherever it has appeared and killed six people in Vietnam and one in Thailand, but experts say there is no sign it is being passed between people.
All the human victims are believed to have come into contact with sick chickens.
But the big fear is that the virus may attach itself to a human flu virus, mutate and spread between people.
 Libya GaddafiLibyan leader Muammar Gaddafi welcomed a thaw in ties with the United States in an interview published today and suggested their secret services were already working together against Islamic militants.
The Libyan government announced last month that it was abandoning programmes to develop weapons of mass destruction, opening the way for better relations with the West.
Libya has also moved to resolve long-standing disputes over the bombing of a U.S. airliner over Scotland in 1988 and a French plane over Niger in 1989.
In the interview, Gaddafi hinted there could have been behind-the-scenes cooperation even before that against Islamic militants, including supporters of Afghanistan's ousted Taliban rulers.
 TailerAnd finally, on a ...much lighter note, For the next two weeks, up to one quarter of the entire British population will be glued to the television watching a bunch of D-List celebrities bickering in the Australian jungle.
High art, it ain't -- but fame is everything in celebrity-mad Britain.
Hence, "I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here," a hugely popular show derided by some critics as a new low in trash TV but loved by millions who will make it the nation's number one talking point.
A mix of the Big Brother and Fear Factor themes, it pitches 10 publicity-hungry contestants into the Australian jungle to fend for themselves while carrying out arduous and often distasteful tasks.
Nerves fray and tempers rise, creating an irresistible cocktail for voyeurs as TV viewers vote them off one by one.
And to the astonishment of diehard punk fans, they are due to be joined in the jungle by Johnny Rotten from the Sex Pistols.
 WeatherIt will be cloudy this afternoon, with the possibility of local showers. However, there will be periods of sunshine. Winds will be westerly to southwesterly, moderate to strong, force four to five, turning very strong force six in windward areas over moderate seas to rough seas in western and southern areas. Temperatures will reach 12 degrees inland, 16 on the coasts and one below zero on the mountains. Tonight, rain is forecast, with thunderstorms, strong winds and possibly hail. Snowfalls are expected on the mountains, with frost forming in some areas. Winds will be southwesterly to northwesterly, moderate to strong, force four to five, turning variable, strong to very strong, force five to six in the thunderstorms areas, over moderate to rough seas. Temperatures will drop to three degrees inland, seven on the coasts and two below zero on the mountains. The depth of snow on mount Olympus is 95 centimetres, with 75 in Troodos square.