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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 99-04-17

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  • [01] Finance Minister - London
  • [02] Vassiliou - Cyprus ambassadors - Meetings
  • [03] Albright - Serb - Cypriot magazine report
  • [04] AKEL deputies - Yugoslavia

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    [01] Finance Minister - London

    Nicosia, Apr 17 (CNA) -- Finance Minister Takis Clerides is in London to attend the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development annual general assembly.

    An official announcement says representatives of about 60 member- states and other international organisations will attend the assembly.

    CNA MA/FZ/1999

    [02] Vassiliou - Cyprus ambassadors - Meetings

    Nicosia, Apr 17 (CNA) -- Cyprus' chief negotiator in the accession talks with the European Union George Vassiliou left today for Brussels, where he will attend a meeting of Cypriot ambassadors based in European countries and hold a series of meetings.

    Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides will chair the two-day ambassadors meeting, to be held this weekend to examine latest developments in the Cyprus issue and the Republic's EU accession course.

    On Monday, Vassiliou will meet with representatives from the 15 EU member-states, within the framework of substantive accession negotiations between Cyprus and the EU that got underway last year.

    According to an official announcement four chapters will be negotiated on, namely, Telecommunications, Statistics, Consumers and Health Protection and Fisheries.

    During his stay in Brussels, the former Cyprus President will also meet with British Commissioner Neil Kinnock and Nikolaus Van der Pas, the Director-General of the EU's Accession Negotiation Task Force.

    On Wednesday, Vassiliou will fly to Paris for meetings and a lecture on Cyprus' European course at Tour University.

    CNA MA/GP/1999

    [03] Albright - Serb - Cypriot magazine report

    Nicosia, Apr 17 (CNA) -- A Serbian family living in Vrinjetska Banja village, in Yugoslavia, is reported to have given shelter to US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, when her family fled Nazi persecution during World War Two.

    A Cypriot weekly publication "To Periodico" (The Magazine) carried the story yesterday, with phaded black-and-white photos including one of four- year-old Albright embracing Ljutko Popic, who told his story to the magazine.

    Popic claims he is the boy in the picture, taken in 1939, and the girl is the present US Secretary of State. He said he was Albright's "first love" and wondered why she is now backing NATO bombing in Yugoslavia.

    The Serb is reported to have said that Albright's Jewish-Czech family took refuge with his family, in their village Vrinjetska Banja, some 80 kilometres out of Kraljevo, to escape the threat of Nazi persecution.

    His village was bombed on the night the Cypriot journalists stayed there, April 12, and the following day the villagers apparently scrawled a message on an unexploded NATO bomb saying: "Thank you Mrs Albright for the presents you send us in return for our hospitality."

    According to the report, Popic said he had sent Albright a letter asking her to halt the air strikes, but had received no reply.

    CNA MA/MK/1999

    [04] AKEL deputies - Yugoslavia

    Nicosia, Apr 17 (CNA) -- Left-wing AKEL party spokesman and deputy Nicos Katsourides expressed certainty that Yugoslavia has captured more than three NATO soldiers and has shot down more planes than those cases known.

    Katsourides and AKEL MP Doros Christodoulides held a press conference today on their meetings and experiences from their two day stay in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, earlier this week.

    He said that all Yugoslav parties believe NATO's aim is to take over Kosovo and said they have enough evidence to prove their case.

    Yugoslavs support that the attack against their country is only the beginning and that NATO will also target other countries, the AKEL deputy said.

    They also believe that the US and NATO goal in the region is to create a greater Albania from the west and a greater Turkey from the east.

    According to Katsourides, the Yugoslavs believe that there are plans to transfer Turkish troops in the Adriatic and told them that this is something Greece and Cyprus have to evaluate.

    He added that the Yugoslavs do not rule out the possibility of a NATO ground operation in their country soon and believe that such an outcome would lead to an overall conflict in the region.

    "If a land operation begins they believe that the hostilities will last for years and that if Vietnam came as a surprise to the Americans, Yugoslavia will be twice such a surprise," Katsourides noted.

    The AKEL spokesman said Yugoslav Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic, with whom they met, expressed his government's willingness to accept a "political, peaceful settlement by conceding Kosovo self-government that will take into consideration the rights and interests of people from all seven nationalities living in the region."

    They are also ready to accept the presence of political observers during the peace negotiations, on the condition that are not from NATO- member countries, but will not accept foreign military presence in their country.

    Katsourides said that AKEL is trying to help Yugoslavs have a voice in international fora.

    He also expressed admiration with the way the people of Yugoslavia are handling NATO bombings.

    "They are very patriotic and there is solidarity on all levels," the AKEL deputy said.

    CNA MK/MA/1999
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