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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (PM), 99-09-03

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  • [01] Cyprus - Iran
  • [02] International scientific conference - ICECS '99
  • [03] Spokesman - Murdered enclaved - Post mortem
  • [04] Spokesman - Cem - Cook - Cyprus
  • [05] British High Commissioner - Cyprus
  • [06] Turkish Cypriot journalists - Arson attempt - Mosque
  • [07] Funeral - Murdered enclaved
  • [08] Stock Exchange - Three-week break - Decisions

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    [01] Cyprus - Iran

    Nicosia, Sep 3 (CNA) -- Iran has assured Cyprus that, on the basis of principles which govern its policies, it backs the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus.

    Iran also believes that a solution of the Cyprus question should be in the framework of UN resolutions and has expressed its wish to see bilateral ties develop further.

    CNA MM/MA/1999

    [02] International scientific conference - ICECS '99

    Nicosia, Sep 3 (CNA) -- Some 500 scientists will participate in a major international conference on electronics and information technology that will take place in the western coastal town of Paphos, Cyprus, September 5- 8 1999.

    The 6th International Conference on Electronics, Circuits and Systems (ICECS '99), the annual conference of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for Europe, Middle East and Africa, will be officially opened on Monday by Education and Culture Minister Ouranios Ioannides.

    CNA GG/MA/1999

    [03] Spokesman - Murdered enclaved - Post mortem

    Nicosia, Sep 3 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government today said it has noted Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's statement that the murder of enclaved Greek Cypriot Stelios Harpas was a result of a "hideous crime".

    A second post mortem on the body, which was transferred from the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic to the free areas this morning, confirmed Harpas was murdered by firearm wounds and was then set alight so that all evidence was destroyed.

    CNA EC/MA/1999

    [04] Spokesman - Cem - Cook - Cyprus

    Nicosia, Sep 3 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government has noted Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem's statement that the trend on the Cyprus problem is positive, stressing however that it anticipates proof from Ankara that it is willing to change its stance and back negotiations for a solution to the protracted Cyprus problem.

    Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou today said Nicosia also welcomes the British government's positions regarding the Republic's European Union (EU) accession course and the Cyprus problem.

    CNA EC/MA/1999

    [05] British High Commissioner - Cyprus

    Nicosia, Sep 3 (CNA) -- British High Commissioner Edward Clay today said "there are positive trends" in efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, which have been set off by the improving relations between Greece and Turkey.

    Speaking after meeting Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Costas Themistocleous, Clay said this trend will intensify in New York with meetings with all the principle players in the Cyprus peace effort.

    CNA MCH/EC/MA/1999

    [06] Turkish Cypriot journalists - Arson attempt - Mosque

    Larnaca, Sep 3 (CNA) -- Seventeen Turkish Cypriot journalists crossed to the free areas of the Republic here Friday to view the work carried out to restore the Hala Sultan Tekke in Larnaca following an arson attempt there on Sunday.

    Speaking to the journalists, police spokesman Glafcos Xenos said police questioned a number of Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots and foreigners but investigations have not revealed anything until today.

    CNA MAN/EC/MA/1999

    [07] Funeral - Murdered enclaved

    Limassol, Sep 3 (CNA) -- A Greek Cypriot enclaved, brutally murdered by Turkish in the Turkish occupied Karpass peninsula in the eastern tip of Cyprus, was buried Friday in the free areas of the island but away from his beloved village.

    Stelios Harpas, 69, was killed by injuries caused by firearms. His body was discovered in his burnt out car in a field in the Karpass peninsula on Tuesday night.

    Two post mortems one in the occupied north and the other in the free areas today revealed that he was shot and then set ablaze in an effort to cover up any evidence.

    Holy water from the Turkish occupied monastery of Apostolos Andreas and soil from his land in Rizokarpasso were brought to the government- controlled areas of the Republic by members of the Karpass Coordinating Committee to accompany Harpas' casket.

    His family, including his wife Yianoula who came to the free areas this morning, Humanitarian Affairs Commissioner, Takis Christopoulos and other officials were present at the funeral service at Agios Stylianos church in Linopetra, Limassol.

    In his funeral oration, Nicos Falas, president of the Karpass Coordinating Committee praised Harpas for being a "sleepless guardian angel of our history and land".

    "This hideous crime aims to complete the ethnic cleansing and extinguishing of Hellenism," Falas added.

    He pledged the new crime will make stronger the determination of some 500 Greek Cypriots who have remained in Karpass since the 1974 Turkish invasion to fight for freedom and the return of all refugees to their homeland.

    Wreaths were laid on behalf of President Glafcos Clerides, Archbishop Chrysostomos, President of the House of Representatives Spyros Kyprianou, Justice Minister Nicos Koshis, political parties and others.

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

    CNA SC/EC/MA/1999

    [08] Stock Exchange - Three-week break - Decisions

    Nicosia, Sep 3 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange will shut again its doors, this time for 15 working days, (three weeks) starting on September 6, to enable brokers sort through a backlog of paperwork caused by huge trading volumes.

    The decision was taken after a meeting between the CSE board, the Capital Purchases Committee, representatives of the island's brokers, investors, and listed companies.

    Announcing the decision, the Chairman of the CSE board, Dinos Papadopoulos said "this solution is painful but there was no other alternative."

    He expressed the hope that the new measures decided this evening, will "put the bourse onto a new foundation."

    The bourse will reopen on September 27 allowing sufficient time for all paperwork to be cleared.

    Papadopoulos said that with the reopening of the bourse, all brokerages will adopt a new way of working.

    Among the measures taken are that no transactions will take place without presentation of the documents of the titles, all orders must be paid before transactions take place, all orders made by telephone will be recorded to protect investors and finally all transactions will have to be sorted out by September 27, otherwise brokerages will be suspended from the CSE.

    Stock Brokers Association Chairman, Louis Klappas, welcomed today's developments, saying they are "heading towards the right direction."

    His views were echoed by the Chairman of the investors' association, Alkis Argyrides who said investors do not necessarily agree with the decision which was nonetheless taken in an effort to solve the CSE problems.

    The Chairman of the Capital Purchases Committee, Frixos Sorokos said the decision to shut the bourse for three weeks was taken in an effort to protect investors.

    The CSE had shut its doors for two days in July and a full week in August.

    Earlier this week a meeting at the Presidential Palace with the participation of President Glafcos Clerides, Finance Minister Takis Klerides and the CSE board reached a compromise envisaging an undertaking by the brokers to strictly adhere to the CSE regulations.

    CNA EC/GG/1999
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