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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-06-02

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From: The Cyprus Mail at <>

Wednesday, June 02, 1999


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/ Nato bombing dashes hopes for peace


YESTERDAY'S papers gave most of their attention to the continuing Nato bombardment of Yugoslavia and the trial of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan in Turkey.

Locally, they reported on elections for senior positions in Disy, the governing right-wing party and discussions between President Glafcos Clerides and government doctors.


led on Yugoslavia, saying "hopes for a peaceful solution are lost." The paper said at least 20 people were killed and dozens injured in the Nato bombing of a hospital in the Yugoslav town of Surdulica on Monday morning. Machi_ said that it was the second time the hospital had ben hit since bombing began.

Locally, the paper said that Clerides and break-away government doctors' union Pasyki would be discussing demands such as the lowering of the number of years before retirement and changes in hospital organisation.


_ said that interested parties would be submitting their candidacies for senior places in Disy yesterday. The paper said that there were three candidates for the position of vice-president, and many more for the 12 positions in the party's political office. The three-day elections are set to start on June 20.

On a different tack, the paper said that "Cyprus has been flooded with counterfeit cheques." According to Simerini, a gang from Syria had purchased a large amount of goods and obtained cash, to the value of approximately 100,000. The paper said that two arrests had been made and that police were looking for at least three more people in connection with the case.


_ accused Nato of "murdering defenceless people in cold blood." The paper reported on the hospital bombing and said that foreign journalists had also been injured when the vehicle they were travelling in was hit. The journalists' Serbian driver was killed.


_ reported that Ocalan was being tried in a "glass cage." The paper said that in Monday's first day of the trial, 138 pages of charges were read out against Ocalan, who was set to be questioned by the court yesterday.


_ said that because of international pressure, the Turkish government would be replacing the military judge with another civilian one.


_ said Ocalan had promised peace in exchange for his life. The paper continued that Ocalan had been shown on Turkish television dressed in a brown suit and speaking slowly.


_ reported that bullying school children were operating "protection rackets" at certain schools.

According to the paper, a Greek pupil of Russian descent had forced another pupil to buy his lunch every day while another Cypriot pupil took a younger child's school saving account money every week.

The paper also reported that the police were on the tracks of a gang that remodelled stolen cars before re-selling them.

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