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Cyprus News Agency 96-06-16.

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From: Giorgos Zacharia <lysi@MIT.EDU>


  • [01] Russians cast vote in Cyprus
  • [02] President in Washington for meeting with Clinton
  • [03] US should ''exploit'' Greek and Turkish Cypriot trust in them

  • 1430:CYPPRESS:01

    [01] Russians cast vote in Cyprus

    Nicosia, Jun 16 (CNA) -- Russians living or visiting Cyprus may cast their vote in their country's presidential elections at three different polling stations on the island, a Russian embassy spokesman told CNA today.

    The spokesman could not specify the number of Russian voters in Cyprus who would be casting their vote but said polling stations operate in Nicosia, Limassol and Larnaca.

    Polling will end here at 22.00 local time (19.00 GMT), the spokesman added.

    The spokesman said the Russian embassy here has provided voting facilities for Russian nationals often in the past.

    CNA MM/KN/1996

    [02] President in Washington for meeting with Clinton

    Nicosia, Jun 16 (CNA) -- President Glafcos Clerides flies to Washington today from New York ahead of Monday's meeting with US President Bill Clinton.

    President Clerides has said that at Monday's meeting he will continue ''an exchange of views as to how to proceed with the Cyprus problem'' which he started in New York with US presidential emissary Richard Beattie.

    Discussions on Cyprus will continue on Tuesday during a working breakfast US Secretary of State Warren Christopher will host for President Clerides, who has been in the US since Wednesday for a series of meetings with US Administration officials.

    The President leaves the US on Wednesday for a meeting in London with British Premier John Major.

    On Saturday President Clerides met in New York with representatives of the Cypriot American community and briefed them on current developments in Cyprus as well as his contacts in the US.

    The meeting evaluated the work done by the community in its efforts to promote a just and viable solution of the Cyprus question and identified areas in which this task needs to be enhanced to allow the best possible use of American involvement in efforts to reach a Cyprus settlement.

    On Friday, the President had a meeting with Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America whom he briefed on the latest moves to bring about a solution. The two men exchanged views on the future handling of the Cyprus problem.

    ''I felt it was my duty to pay my respects to the Archbishop who has spent his life working for national issues concerning Hellenism and in particular the Cyprus question,'' the President said.

    The Archbishop said the President's trip to the US was ''of great importance'' and expressed the hope that Monday's meeting at the White House will help towards bringing justice to Cyprus.

    CNA MM/KN/1996

    [03] US should ''exploit'' Greek and Turkish Cypriot trust in them

    Nicosia, Jun 16 (CNA) -- The US must use the confidence Greek and Turkish Cypriots show in them as peace sponsors to bring about a settlement in Cyprus, an American publication says.

    An article in ''The Journal of Commerce'' by Lucy Komisar notes that Greek and Turkish Cypriots agree that ''they have a greater confidence in Washington than anyone else, including the UN, as a sponsor of peace.''

    ''Washington must use this clout to bring about a solution to the divided Cyprus,'' the article said.

    It notes that the promise of membership of the European Union and a renewed US interest offer some ''hope for a breakthrough in the deadlock between the segregated Turkish and Greek Cypriots.''

    ''Greek and Turkish Cypriots have haggled about contentious issues of security and troop deployment, refugee property, freedom of travel and participation in central government,'' Komisar says.

    Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides, it adds, ''is considered committed to a compromise'' and so is the overwhelming majority of the Turkish Cypriots.

    The main difficulty now is ''political instability'' on the Turkish side with the collapse of Turkey's coalition government and the ill health of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, the article says.

    CNA JD/MM/KN/1996

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