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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 99-08-05

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] SOCCER: Anorthosis 1 - Slovan 1
  • [02] State Department - Weston - Special Coordinator for Cyprus
  • [03] UNFICYP - Condition of Greek Cypriot - Turkish occupied areas

  • 1010:CYPPRESS:01

    [01] SOCCER: Anorthosis 1 - Slovan 1

    Nicosia, Aug 5 (CNA) -- Cyprus' football champion Anorthosis qualified for the third round in the Champions League after its match with Slovan Bratislava ended 1 - 1 in the Slovakian capital.

    Anorthosis opened the score in the 58th minute with Michael Obiku and Slovan followed two minutes later with Milan Timko bringing the score to 1 - 1.

    A refugee club from the Turkish-occupied town of Famagusta, Anorthosis won 3-2 on aggregate and will play Hertha Berlin (Germany) in the third qualifying round.

    CNA EC/GG/1999
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    [02] State Department - Weston - Special Coordinator for Cyprus

    Nicosia, Aug 5 (CNA) -- Thomas Weston has been named Special Coordinator for Cyprus, in succession to Thomas Miller, State Department Spokesman James Rubin announced on Wednesday.

    In a statement, Rubin said "Cyprus continues to be a high priority" of the US administration, adding that "the President and Secretary (of State Madeleine) Albright are committed to bringing about a just and lasting solution to the Cyprus dispute."

    As mandated by the President, the Special Coordinator for Cyprus is dedicated to facilitating a permanent solution of the Cyprus problem, Rubin said.

    Miller has been appointed US ambassador to Bosnia Herzegovina. Weston, a Minister-Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service, has been a member of the US Foreign Service since 1969. Most recently he served as Special Coordinator for Summits in the Bureau of the European Affairs and has been a Senior Inspector in the office of the Inspector General since 1998.

    He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs, responsible for multilateral diplomacy with Europe, including US participation in NATO, the OSCE and the OECD and US relations with the European Union, the Western European Union and the Council of Europe.

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

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    [03] UNFICYP - Condition of Greek Cypriot - Turkish occupied areas

    Nicosia, Aug 5 (CNA) -- The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) said a Greek Cypriot abducted by the Turkish occupation forces last month, has no signs of ill treatment and that he is in good health.

    UNFICYP spokeswoman, Sarah Russell told CNA that an UNFICYP doctor examined Rogiros Georgiou yesterday and "found him to be in good health, and that he (doctor) was satisfied with his medical condition."

    She said the doctor found Georgiou's living conditions "acceptable", adding that the doctor "...could not detect any signs of ill treatment."

    Georgiou, 48, a Canadian national was abducted by the Turkish occupation forces last month after accidentally entering the areas of Cyprus occupied by Turkey since 1974.

    Georgiou's brother, Dafnis, told CNA after visiting him on Tuesday that his brother was systematically beaten, tortured and on a number of occasions left without food and water.

    Asked about the headaches Georgiou had told his brother he was suffering from, Russell said she did not have the full medical report.

    The UNFICYP spokeswoman said the Force "will pass on this information to the ministry" of Foreign Affairs.

    The Foreign Ministry, in a statement yesterday, said it made representations to UNFICYP over complaints that Georgiou had been tortured by his Turkish captors.

    Russell said UNFICYP "had offered and said that at any time he (Georgiou) wanted to see an UNFICYP doctor, we would take a doctor," noting the offer has always been there.

    Asked if Georgiou's doctor will be able to visit him, Russell said UNFICYP spoke to Dafnis Georgiou yesterday and "he said that he will not for the moment seek permission to take the family doctor" to the occupied areas.

    Rogiros Georgiou is expected to appear before an illegal court in the Turkish occupied areas on August 10.

    The illegal regime in the Turkish occupied north is recognised only by Ankara.

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