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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (PM), 99-06-02

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <>


  • [01] Cyprus government - Allegations - Ocalan
  • [02] President Clerides - Armenian Patriarch
  • [03] Cyprus University - New faculties
  • [04] UNFICYP financing - Draft resolution
  • [05] President Clerides - Arab Bank
  • [06] Foreign Minister - Exhumations

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    [01] Cyprus government - Allegations - Ocalan

    Nicosia, Jun 2 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government today categorically dismissed reports in the Turkish media claiming that Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan supported that Nicosia helped the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK).

    "The Cyprus Republic is innocent of any accusation Mr Ocalan is reported to have made," Government Spokesman Costas Serezis said.

    The Turkish media reported that during the second day of his trial yesterday, the Kurdish rebel claimed the PKK received help from Cyprus and the country's Orthodox Church.

    Earlier today the Primate of the Church, Archbishop Chrysostomos also dismissed the claims and expressed surprise with the reports "because nothing of the kind had ever happened".

    Replying to questions, the Government Spokesman said that "Ocalan's reported allegations may be related to possible activity by individuals."

    CNA RG/MA/GP/1999

    [02] President Clerides - Armenian Patriarch

    Larnaca, Jun 2 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides received here today the Catholicos of Silician Aram I.

    The Armenian Patriarch will later today honour President Clerides with the highest decoration of the Armenian Catholicacy of Silicia.

    The Armenian Church leader will also meet this afternoon the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus, Archbishop Chrysostomos.

    Speaking on arrival at Larnaca airport earlier today, Patriarch Aram referred to the long friendship between the Churches of Armenia and Cyprus as well as between the Armenian and Cypriot peoples.

    During his stay, he will have contacts with the island's Armenian community.

    CNA MAN/MCH/GP/1999

    [03] Cyprus University - New faculties

    Nicosia, Jun 2 (CNA) -- The Council of Ministers today decided to set up two faculties, in physics and chemistry, at the University of Cyprus.

    Government Spokesman Costas Serezis announced that the two new departments will replace the existing faculty of natural science.

    CNA MA/MM/1999

    [04] UNFICYP financing - Draft resolution

    Nicosia, Jun 2 (CNA) -- A UN Committee has approved a draft resolution on the financing of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) with 54.6 million dollars for the period 1 July 1999 until 30 June 2000.

    The sum was approved by the Fifth Committee of the UN on May 27 following informal consultations in order to enable UNFICYP "to fulfill its responsibilities," according to Security Council resolutions.

    The UNFICYP draft resolution is expected to be approved along with those for other peacekeeping missions towards the end of June, at the General Assembly.

    The draft resolution "requests the Secretary-General to take all necessary action to ensure that the Force is administered with a maximum of efficiency and economy."

    It also urges all states with overdue payments towards peacekeeping activities to make every possible effort to pay them in full and on time.

    CNA MA/MM/1999

    [05] President Clerides - Arab Bank

    Nicosia, Jun 2 (CNA) -- The gradual and smooth lifting of restrictions on the free movement of capital which exist will enable Cyprus to tackle the hard competition it will have to face when it joins the European Union, President Glafcos Clerides has said.

    Inaugurating today the new premises of the Arab Bank in Nicosia, President Clerides pointed out that its presence in Cyprus "is another proof of the close friendly relations between Cyprus and the Arab world."

    He said the government is promoting a bill to regulate the monetary and fiscal services and outlined a number of other measures underway such as the bills governing the protection of bank deposits and the liberalisation of interests.

    CNA MA/MM/1999

    [06] Foreign Minister - Exhumations

    Nicosia, Jun 2 (CNA) -- Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides paid a visit today to one of two cemeteries where the process of exhumations for the remains of war dead of the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus has begun.

    A local priest said prayers at the cemetery and afterwards the minister was briefed by the head of the team of experts, carrying out the exhumations, William Haglund, of the non-profit organisation "Physicians for Human Rights."

    Later on, the minister visited the scientific laboratory where examination of the remains will take place.

    Speaking to the press, Haglund said screening work continued today but had little else to announce.

    "We are doing that very carefully and are looking for any little thing, " he said.

    The American professor said more experts are due in Cyprus next week, and that will bring their numbers to 20.

    CNA MM/MA/1999
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