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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (PM), 98-06-23

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  • [01] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [02] British deputies table early-day motion
  • [03] Michaelides to Interior Ministers' meeting
  • [04] Britain welcomes Clerides' letter to the UN
  • [05] Russia working towards demilitarisation in Cyprus
  • [06] Cyprus to host local administration meeting
  • [07] Greek-American leader on Clinton's call to Simitis
  • [08] Top British Defence official in Cyprus

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    [01] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    Nicosia, Jun 23 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows:
       CSE General Index                          85.14 (-0.28)
       Traded Value            CYP 634,513
       Sectural Indices
       Banks                   CYP   344,342      98.64 ( 0.09)
       Approved Investment
       Companies               CYP    13,124      59.77 (-0.98)
       Insurance Companies     CYP    71,002      63.39 (-0.09)
       Manufacturing Companies CYP    11,085      77.90 (-0.68)
       Tourism Companies       CYP    14,890      69.23 (-1.54)
       Trading Companies       CYP    23,792      47.04 (-0.61)
       Other Companies         CYP    38,651      71.51 (-2.47)
    The third column presents the percentage variation of the indices as compared to the last meeting.

    CNA MCH/1998
    1530 :CYPPRESS:02

    [02] British deputies table early-day motion

    Nicosia, Jun 23 (CNA) -- Members of the British House of Commons have tabled an early day motion, calling on their government to oppose Turkish threats of an armed attack against Cyprus.

    The motion, submitted earlier this week by MPs Tom Cox, Sydney Chapman, Edward O'Hara, Alan Meale, Joan Ryan and Nick Hawkins, says "this House notes with increasing alarm the threats of armed attack being made by Turkey against the Republic of Cyprus."

    It calls on Her Majesty's government "as one of the guarantor powers under the treaty of guarantee to make a clear and unequivocal statement of their total opposition to such threats against a sovereign state and a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations."

    The motion "fully endorses the right of the government of the Republic of Cyprus to take whatever measures they judge to be necessary to protect their people and to defend their territory against threats of external aggression."

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory.

    CNA EC/MM/1998

    [03] Michaelides to Interior Ministers' meeting

    Nicosia, Jun 23 (CNA) -- Interior Minister, Dinos Michaelides, left for Brussels today to join his counterparts of European Union (EU) candidate member states at a ministerial meeting of EU Interior Ministers.

    The meeting will concentrate on immigration issues, police and court cooperation and other matters which concern countries implementing the Sengen agreement.

    Michaelides is accompanied by officials of the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Justice and Public Order.

    CNA EC/MCH/1998

    [04] Britain welcomes Clerides' letter to the UN

    London, Jun 23 (CNA) -- Britain has welcomed a letter President Glafcos Clerides sent to UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, on the demilitarisation of Cyprus.

    Replying to questions by a CNA correspondent, a spokesman for the British Foreign Office said "we welcome any development which helps the UN Secretary General to proceed with his efforts for a solution to the Cyprus problem."

    He pointed out that Britain considers "President Clerides' letter as a step in the right direction".

    Clerides called on Annan to "undertake a personal initiative to achieve progress in reducing military tensions" and reiterated his own commitment to "reconsider the issue of non-importation of new weapons systems to Cyprus provided that progress is made on a schedule which includes a number of measures and steps leading towards the eventual goal of demilitarisation."

    The Foreign Office spokesman repeated that the British government has urged the government of Cyprus not to proceed with the order of the Russian- made S-300 anti-aircraft missiles.

    "Let us see how the whole question will develop," he added. Replying to another question regarding reports that Turkey will request the British government to mediate, the spokesman repeated an earlier statement that Britain has not received any formal request from Ankara.

    "From our position as a guarantor power, we keep in touch with the governments of Cyprus as well as Turkey and Greece about what action they are prepared to take to lessen the tension in the area," he said.

    "We are also in touch with other countries, members of NATO and the Secretary General of the organisation Javier Solana," the spokesman added.

    CNA KT/MCH/MM/1998

    [05] Russia working towards demilitarisation in Cyprus

    Nicosia, Jun 23 (CNA) -- A senior Russian diplomat has reiterated his government's resolve to help towards the demilitarisation of Cyprus as part of an overall settlement of the protracted Cyprus question.

    Russian Ambassador in Nicosia, Georgi Mouradov, said after a meeting with President Glafcos Clerides here today "Russia is working for the implementation of its proposals on the demilitarisation of Cyprus."

    He expressed support for a letter the President sent to UN Secretary- General Kofi Annan last week urging him to undertake a personal initiative to reduce military tensions.

    The President also reiterated his commitment to reconsider the issue of non-importation of new weapons systems to Cyprus provided there is progress on a schedule leading to demilitarisation.

    "All matters relating to the withdrawal of troops must be discussed in the framework of overall proposals for the demilitarisation and of course as part of a comprehensive solution of the Cyprus problem," Mouradov told the press.

    Commenting on the content of a UN resolution on Cyprus, due this week, the Russian Ambassador said "we believe we should maintain the practice we have followed in previous years and the resolution should be along the same points as in the past."

    His comments come amid speculation that efforts are being made at the UN to avoid reference in the said resolution to the Republic of Cyprus and substitute that with Cyprus only.

    The Cyprus government said yesterday on the same matter that it hopes the resolution will be on the right track.

    Mouradov said he anticipates that the response to Clerides' letter will be "positive."

    Meanwhile, in Moscow the Russian Foreign Ministry issued travel advice on Tuesday to its nationals that "it sees no reason why they should not travel to the Republic of Cyprus."

    The statement also reminds travellers that they should enter the Republic from a legal port of entry, in the southern part of the island controlled by the government of the Cyprus.

    The internationally recognised government of the Republic has been prevented from exercising its jurisdiction over the northern part of the country because of the continuing Turkish occupation of those areas.

    The Russian statement points out that ports in the self-styled Turkish Cypriot regime are declared closed.

    CNA RM/MM/MCH/1998

    [06] Cyprus to host local administration meeting

    Nicosia, Jun 23 (CNA) -- Cyprus will host the sixth international meeting of Twinned Mediterranean towns between 25-27 of June in the western coastal town of Paphos, its Mayor Fedias Sarikas, has announced.

    Speaking at a press conference, he said more than 350 delegates from nine Mediterranean countries will attend the meeting on "Local Administration - pillar for cooperation and development in the Mediterranean of the 21st century."

    The meeting will deal with cooperation among Mediterranean countries, with special emphasis on European Union programmes, the role of twinning towns, possibilities and prospects in the economic field and matters such as xenophobia and racism and common cultural heritage.

    "Our local administration can learn from the experience of other countries about development and strategic programmes," Sarikas said.

    Marijke Vanbiervliet, from Italy, said she was pleased with the cooperation she has had with Paphos Municipality and expressed hope the meeting will help in enhancing ties between Italy and Cyprus.

    Interior Minister Dinos Michaelides will open the meeting on behalf of the President of the Republic and Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides will address delegates at the closing dinner on Saturday on "Cyprus' European Future."

    The meeting is organised by Paphos Municipality, in cooperation with the Cyprus Union of Municipalities, the Central Union of Municipalities and Communities in Greece and the Italian Department of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions.

    Delegates come from Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Yugoslavia, Israel, Albania, the Palestinian National Authorities and Cyprus.

    CNA AA/MM/MCH/1998

    [07] Greek-American leader on Clinton's call to Simitis

    Nicosia, Jun 23 (CNA) -- A telephone call by US President Bill Clinton to Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis to request Greece to lift its reservations about Turkey's European course, was not in the best interests of the US.

    This position was conveyed by the American Hellenic Institute in a letter by its president Eugene Rossides to Clinton.

    Rossides notes that Clinton's intervention to Simitis during the European Union summit in Cardiff last week "was not in the best interests of the US."

    He explains that for the US administration to seek artificially to accelerate Turkey's candidacy "is to put the cart before the horse."

    Rossides said the US "should not seek concessions in Turkey's favour without cast-iron guarantees that Turkey will reciprocate with specific, predetermined steps" to honour normal EU membership conditions.

    The Greek American leader said Clinton's offer to Greece "amounted to no more than US good offices in the Aegean without any bankable undertaking by Turkey in return."

    Furthermore, Rossides said that: "Encouraging Turkey to believe that it can count on US support in the face of its present obstructionism sets back the administration's own initiative on Cyprus and complicates the problems in the Aegean."

    He stressed that while the "administration may be taking parallel steps with the Turkish government to encourage a more forthcoming attitude on its part, the sequence of events must be that Turkey should take the first steps and only then should there be any prospect of a reciprocal move from the US or other country."

    Stressing that "Turkey is not negotiating in good faith over Cyprus" because it is seeking to use the issue "as leverage for its own ambitions with the EU", Rossides proposed four steps where the US can receive a more promising approach:

    This would be to "tell Turkey that until it takes measures to bring itself into line with international law on Cyprus, until it withdraws its territorial claims against Greece in the Aegean, until it reforms its constitution to get rid of the political influence of the military and until it improves its human rights record, the US will be unable to plead Turkey's case with the EU."

    "This would place the burden where it belongs, namely on Turkey to take these necessary measures before seeking US help with the EU", Rossides said.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory.

    CNA EC/MCH/1998

    [08] Top British Defence official in Cyprus

    London, Jun 23 (CNA) -- A top British Defence official is paying a three day visit to the British Bases in Cyprus.

    Minister for the Armed Forces, Dr. John Reid, arrived in the British military base of Akrotiri earlier today to be briefed "fully on the functioning of the Bases", a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence told CNA.

    He will also visit the British contingent of the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces (UNFICYP). Reid returns to Britain on Thursday.

    Britain retains two Sovereign Bases in Cyprus following the Treaty of Establishment in 1960.

    CNA KT/EC/MCH/1998
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