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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-06-04

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From: The Cyprus Mail at <>

Friday, June 04, 1999


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/ Milosevic's choice between peace and war



_ yesterday gave front page attention to Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's "Choice between war and peace."

The paper said that attempts were being carried out that day to solve the Yugoslav conflict. Alithia said that the first round of contacts had been completed the previous night without any information being officially released on how the talks went.

The paper also reported on the trial of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan. It said Ocalan had testified that he had asked for terrorist action to be stopped in Germany.


reported that food imported from Belgium was being withdrawn from European shelves, but not in Cyprus. The paper said that the government was indifferent to the panic caused by dioxins in chicken and other goods in Belgium. Politis_ said that Cyprus imported Belgium animal feed to the island as well.


_ reported that 2,000 more shelters had been judged unsuitable by the Civil Defence. The paper said that 4,500 sites had been tested and that a further percentage had to be overhauled to meet required standards. Simerini said that the information had been revealed in an Interior Ministry report the previous day.


_ had as it headline, "Hot Tax Package." The paper said that according to its sources, the report foresaw rises in VAT, fuel, cigarettes and alcohol. The paper also reported that the Russian trained Cypriot S-300 operators were returning to Crete to continue training Greek personnel on the missile system. Machi said they would be returning in a week following their recent return to Cyprus for a "rumour riddled sabbatical".


_ said the government doctors had postponed strike action following a meeting with President Glafcos Clerides the previous day. The doctors have been threatening strike action if the government did not respond to their demands for better working conditions and other changes in the health system.


_ meanwhile said that Cyprus was in the middle of a "Love Triangle". The paper said that foreign women in Cyprus, without the knowledge of the authorities, "disappear off the face of the earth, probably headed for the white slave trade in Arab countries." Apogevmatini said that a gang of Cypriot "flesh-traders" were collaborating with gangs in Eastern Europe.

The paper also reported on the sudden death of a Cyprus University inspector while she was talking on the phone. Apogevmatini said that state coroner Sophoclis Sophocleous said that 52-year-old Michaelina Kefala had died either from a stroke or a heart attack.

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