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Cyprus Mail: News Articles in English, 02-12-29

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From: The Cyprus Mail at <http://www.cyprus-mail.com/>


Sunday, December 29, 2002

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CONTENTS

  • [01] Turkish Cypriots name ad hoc committee members
  • [02] Cyprus 'would facilitate UN' in Iraqi scientist interviews
  • [03] Rise in gastro-enteritis cases expected
  • [04] Got a big dish? That'll be sixty quid
  • [05] Game warden remanded 'for poaching'
  • [06] Police hunt dud cheques suspect
  • [07] Youth dies after hyperventilating

  • [01] Turkish Cypriots name ad hoc committee members

    AROUND two months after United Nations Secretary-general Kofi Annan asked the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides to set up committees to look into the technical matters of a potential solution, the Turkish Cypriot side has announced the names of the members of its two committees.

    In October, and while talks came to a close in New York, Annan asked the two sides to appoint two ad hoc committees each, tasked with examining the treaties signed by the two sides as well as legislation that would take effect in the event of a Cyprus solution.

    The Greek Cypriot side appointed its committees immediately, and according to reports considerable work has already been done on both matters.

    In a written statement yesterday, Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's adviser Ergun Olgun said that he, along with Denktash and his second adviser Mumtaz Soysal, would be co-ordinating the committees.

    The two sides' committees are scheduled to start their meetings on January 7, 2003, and will then meet twice a day until February 28.

    Turkish Cypriots name ad hoc committee members

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    [02] Cyprus 'would facilitate UN' in Iraqi scientist interviews

    THE government would not object to facilitating interviews of Iraqi scientists by the United Nations Monitoring Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported yesterday.

    Quoting a high-ranking government source, CNA said: “There would not be any objection from the government” if Cyprus was approached to accommodate Iraqi scientists for a temporary period.

    The source pointed out, however, that if the scientists and their families were to come to Cyprus, they would not be able to stay for a long period or permanently basis.

    The source was commenting on a report by the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post news service, which said the head of the UN inspectors, Hans Blix, and the Director of the International Atomic Energy Authority Mohammad El Baradei have been negotiating with the US government to convince a country neighbouring Iraq to provide facilities for the conduct of interviews of Iraqi scientists.

    According to the news service, the country agreeing to host the scientists and their families would also be expected to provide the necessary security.

    UNMOVIC spokesman Hiro Ueki told CNA that “we are still looking into the modalities of interviewing Iraqi scientists overseas”.

    Apart from Cyprus, the UN was also looking into whether Jordan or Turkey were willing to take in 42 Iraqi scientists and their families.

    Under the toughened UN inspections regime that resumed in November 27, inspectors can speak privately with scientists and workers associated with Iraqi weapons programmes and even take them abroad for interviews.

    US officials have said they hope the privacy of such interviews would prompt scientists to reveal hidden weapons programmes.

    UN inspections resumed a month ago four years after the last group of weapons inspectors left Iraq and US and British warplanes bombed Baghdad for failing to co-operate with UNMOVIC.

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    [03] Rise in gastro-enteritis cases expected

    By George Psyllides

    A RISE in the number of cases of viral gastro-enteritis is both seasonal and not unexpected, Health Minister Frixos Savvides said yesterday.

    Savvides said the situation was under control and there was no need to worry.

    He suggested that the spate of incidents may have been caused by a gastro- enteritis epidemic in northern Greece that had been brought to the island by travellers.

    Reports said one in three patients visiting hospital emergency rooms on Friday displayed symptoms of viral gastro-enteritis, that the number of those affected had reached 300, and that it is expected to rise further in coming days.

    Savvides said the situation did not warrant the issue of a warning by the health services but he suggested that people keep warm.

    “Those who are ill should not frequent enclosed spaces full of people,” Savvides said.

    He added that special attention should also be paid to the food people eat.

    The virus has affected people of all ages. Symptoms include diarrhoea, vomiting, fever, headaches and muscle pains.

    The health authorities say there is no reason for concern, although hospitals are still preparing to tackle an increased number of cases over the next few days because of the New Year festivities.

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    [04] Got a big dish? That'll be sixty quid

    By Alex Mita

    OWNERS of satellite dishes over 1.6 metres in diameter will have to pay £60 to the Ministry of Communications and Works for a satellite dish licence, a dealer confirmed yesterday.

    Speaking to the Sunday Mail, Costas Papacostas of satellite dish dealers Malloupas and Papacostas said the law on satellite dish licences was passed in 1993, but it was not strictly enforced.

    “You only have to pay for the licence once,” he said. “Every year dealers have to send a list to the Ministry of Communications and Works containing the names of all owners of satellite dishes with a diameter greater than 1.6 metres.

    “The law was passed in 1993 when everybody owning a satellite dish, regardless of the size, had to pay £60 for an operating licence,” he said.

    Papacostas said dealers had neglected to send the lists to the Ministry over the past two years because of the pressure of too much work and the issue seemed to be forgotten. But he added that dealers were ordered recently by the Ministry of Communications and Works to submit lists of dish owners.

    “A few days ago we received a memo from the ministry asking us why we hadn't been giving them any names of satellite dish owners, and we were told that all satellite dish owners with a diameter over 1.6 metres would have to pay for the licence,” he said.

    Papacostas said the extra money was no big deal for people buying very expensive dishes, but that some customers on a budget had complained the price was too high.

    Owners who have bought a satellite dish since 1997 and who have not paid for a licence will receive letters over the next few weeks reminding them to do so.

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    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2002

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    [05] Game warden remanded 'for poaching'

    A 35-year-old game warden from Larnaca was arrested for alleged poaching on Friday, the Game Service said yesterday.

    According to a police report, game wardens on patrol in Larnaca on Friday night approached a suspicious car in the Alaminos area after hearing gunshots.

    When he was approached, the driver rammed his car into the officers' vehicle and sped off, but the game wardens managed to see his face and arrested him a few hours later.

    The suspect, Antonis Spyrou, admitted he had been hunting in a game reserve area with a shotgun and named three other accomplices.

    Spyrou appeared before the Larnaca district Court where he was ordered to be remanded for two days.

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    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2002

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    [06] Police hunt dud cheques suspect

    LIMASSOL police are looking for a foreigner suspected of cashing forged US dollar traveller's cheques at various Bank of Cyprus branches this week.

    According to a police report, a transactions supervisor at the Bank's central branch in Limassol became suspicious when on December 24, a foreigner cashed several $100 traveller's cheques at various branches of the Bank of Cyprus.

    After examining the cheques, the supervisor discovered they were fake and notified the police.

    The man is described as being either Russian or Ukrainian, between 20 and 25 years old, and with short black hair. He is thin and about 1.75 metres tall.

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    [07] Youth dies after hyperventilating

    A 17-year-old youth from Vryssoules, Costas Kourris, died early yesterday at Paralimni hospital after being rushed there by his parents when he began hyperventilating.

    Doctors said the Kourris was admitted at 1.05am and was immediately put on special medication. But his condition worsened and he died at around 3.25am.

    Preliminary police investigation has ruled out the possibility of foul play, but State Pathologist Eleni Antoniou told the Sunday Mail the exact cause of death will be known after an autopsy.

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    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2002


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