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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-06-26

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Saturday, June 26, 1999


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/ Pilots picket for their demands


YESTERDAY's papers again devoted most of their attention to the Cyprus Airways pilots' strike.


_ said that "Pasypi pilots were not in the air yesterday, but were on the ground, picketing for their demands." The paper said that many passengers had been inconvenienced by the strike while the government was considering the national airline's privatisation.

The paper also reported that intense negotiations had been carried out at the United Nations on two new Resolutions on the Cyprus problem. The paper said that one was for the renewal of Unficyp's term on the island and the other on the UN Secretary-general's involvement in Cyprus.


_ said that a liberalisation of air-space announced by the government in an attempt to combat the effects of the walk-out, was temporary but of undefined length. The paper quoted Commerce and Works Minister Leontios Ierodiaconou as saying that the duration of the liberalisation would depend on the pilots' attitude and behaviour.

The paper also said that an unscheduled meeting between Cyprus Airway's management and the pilots' union Pasipy the previous night had not provided a solution to the problem, and that the 48-hour strike began as planned yesterday.


_ said that the government was threatening to make the air-space liberalisation permanent thereby allowing any airline to carry passengers to and from Cyprus. The paper continued that Pasipy would be deciding whether to extend the strike.

The paper also reported on the symbolic pupil registration at occupied schools carried out at Nicosia's Ledra Palace check-point on Thursday.


_ said that the national airline would be in private hands by November. According to the newspaper's sources, Thursday's Cabinet meeting not only discussed permanent liberalisation of air-space but also the possibility of speeding up Cyprus Airway's proposed privatisation.


_ said that the government's goal was for the foreign investors which have already shown interest in purchasing the company, to be called forward to make their offers as soon as possible.


_ said that the government and pilots were "playing their cards close to their chests." The paper referred to the Cabinet meeting after which no official statements were made, and to the fact the pilots were not revealing whether they would extend the strike.

The paper also said that on Thursday the aeroplane mechanics had decided not to service planes that had been scheduled for flights by Cynika pilots replacing their Pasypi colleagues. Cynika is another pilots union, which is not taking part in the strike.


_ said that no problems had been caused to flights because of the strike. The paper also said that the Cabinet had put the strike under the "microscope" during its meeting.

The paper also reported that another 16-year-old Nicosia schoolboy had attempted suicide after disappointing exam results. This followed another 16-year-old's suicide, again after disappointing grades, last week.

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