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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 00-06-21

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  • [07] OPEC OIL
  • [08] TURKEY FIRE
  • [10] ENGLAND OUT
  • [11] EURO 2000
  • [12] WEATHER


    The President of The Republic Glafkos Klerides, met Andras Barsony today in light of the Hungarian deputy's recent statements and actions during his contacts in the occupied north Cyprus, that have angered the political leadership of the island.

    According to diplomatic circles, President Klerides expressed the dissatisfaction of the government to Mr Barsony, the Cyprus Problem Speaker at the Parliamentary Assembly of The Council of Europe.

    President Klerides explained that such actions, might play into Rauf Denktash's hands since he is seeking recognition for his illegal state.

    Mr Barsony addressed the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, as president, during a meeting in occupied Nicosia on Monday.

    Far more careful in his terminology this time, the Hungarian official referred to occupied territories and Cyprus republic, pointing out that the occupation regime will not be recognised either by himself or the Council of Europe.

    This position is unaltered, he stressed.

    Responding to the strong reactions of the political leadership, Mr Barsony pointed out that politicians should first check out the facts and then form an opinion.

    The European official understood why some leaders did not want to meet with him, in view of the fact, he said, that the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash is seeking recognition for his illegal state and the situtation is very delicate.

    However, he stressed that when solutions to problems are being worked out, sentiment has to be sidelined and logic has to be the primary consideration.

    Andras Barsony stated that his report on Cyprus will be objective, substantial and unaffected by personal views.


    Disy party leader Nicos Anastasiades rejected criticism regarding his meeting with Mr Barsony.

    He pointed out that during his meeting with the Hungarian deputy yesterday, he strongly stressed that both his statements and actions were improper.

    Speaking after a meeting with President Klerides, Nicos Anastasiades pointed out that there should have been a united response by all parties to the situation that stemmed from Mr Barsony's statements.

    Meetings with the Hungarian deputy were necessary, Mr Anastasiades added, so that the dissatisfaction of the political leadership, was conveyed to him personally.


    Parliamentary chairman Spiros Kiprianou stated that he had made efforts to unite all the parties in their response to Mr Barsony's statements.

    Speaking after a meeting with President Klerides, Mr Kiprianoy said that his attempts were rejected by Disy leader Nicos Anastasiades.

    He stressed that the issue should be seen in its right dimensions and not as an internal political leadership feud.

    Furthermore, Mr Kiprianou, expressed his satisfaction by the briefing he had from President Klerides on the issue.


    Mr Barsony also had a meeting with the Attorney General Alekos Markides.

    Speaking after the meeting, Mr Markides said that he stressed to Mr Barsony that any solution of the Cyprus problem sjould be in accordance to the European Convention for the protection of Human Rights.


    There is still widespread uncertainty regarding the duration of the Cyprus proximity settlement talks due to resume on the fifth of July in Geneva.

    United Nations have not as yet responded to the demand by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Dentktash, that the talks are briefly interrupted in mid-July so he can take part in the so-called celebrations in the occupied territories for the twenty-sixth anniversary of the brutal Turkish invasion.

    After today's statements by Greek-Cypriot political leaders, it seems that the third round of talks will be completed by July the thentienth.

    The possibility of a fourth round is still very unclear.


    Commenting on the issue of the duration of the talks, Disy leader Nicos Anastasiades stated that there is still no date set up for the completion of the third round.

    He added that those with a pure interest for the Cyprus problem, should convey the right messages to the Turkish-Cypriot side and Turkey.

    AKEL leader Dimitris Christofias expressed the view that Rauf Denktash will finally attend the third round talks.

    This view, he said, was enforced, after his talks yesterday, with the leader of the turkish-Cypriot republican party, Mehmet Ali Talat.

    Mr Christofias stressed that Denktash will avoid substantial and creative dialogue and continue the adoption of hardline positions.

    Akel leader repeated his party;s position, that the political leadership should escort President Clerides in Geneva, for the thrid round of talks.

    Social Democrat Movement leader Basos Lyssarides pointed out that the United Nations invitation for talks throughout July still stands.

    He said that the Turkish-Cypriot leader will attend the talks.

    However, he did not dismiss the possibility that the third round will be completed by Mid-July.

    [07] OPEC OIL

    OPEC leaders meet today in Vienna to decide how much extra oil is needed to tame crude markets and bring lower fuel costs to its leading customers in the West.

    The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is expected to lift supply for the second time this year after extra exports in March failed to control rising prices.

    Most in OPEC, fearful of a price slump, want to raise export limits by a mere two percent.

    But others believe a higher increase, of up to nine hundred thousand barrels a day from July first, is necessary to ease crude prices now at 30 dollars a barrel.

    Last March, Saudi Arabia pushed through a seven percent increase that many fellow producers were concerned might be too much.

    In the event, prices eased before soaring again above 30 dollars.

    [08] TURKEY FIRE

    Turkish firefighters brought under control a big forest fire that raged through the night in the west of the country and came dangerously close to the Aegean Sea resort of Alikarnassos.

    According to a private Turkish channel, some seven helicopters and dozens of fire engines doused flames, which engulfed almost a thousand acres of forest.

    The fire at one point during the night came within one kilometre of Alikarnassos, a popular tourist destination.

    There were no reports of injuries.

    Forest fires sporadically break out in the dry summer months, but Turkish authorities say they are now better prepared to deal with them after the recent purchase of a number of specially equipped helicopters.


    A strong earthquake struck Iceland early on Wednesday, four days after a similar tremor caused widespread damage on the North Atlantic island.

    Geologists reported that the latest tremor measured 6.6 on the open-ended Richter scale -- the same strength as the quake that struck last Saturday afternoon.

    The epicentre of today's quake was around 50 to 60 km southeast of the capital Reykjavik.

    National radio said the tremor was felt the length of the western side of the North Atlantic island state.

    Buildings were shaken in Reykjavik, in the nearby hot springs town of Hveragerdi and in other towns and villages.

    There were no immediate reports of casualties but national radio reported damage to roads. Police told people not to use roads or bridges unless their business was urgent.

    Last Saturday's earthquake caused widespread damage to homes and infrastructure, although there were no reports of deaths or serious injury.

    It was the biggest quake to shake the island since 1912.

    [10] ENGLAND OUT

    England's Euro 2000 dream is over after last night's heartbreaking last-minute defeat by Romania.

    A late Romanian penalty, at Charleroi stadium, two minutes before time, sent England crashing out of Euro 2000, a tournament some of its fans had scarred with mindless violence.

    The UEFA European football federation had threatened to kick England out of the tournament if there was a repeat of violence which marred Saturday's match against Germany.

    But contrary to widespread concern, English fans behaved impeccably before and during the Romania match and no trouble was reported following the game.

    Despondent England fans wandered through Charleroi, dejected at the latest failure by their national team.

    The Romanians by contrast were left to celebrate what could be their greatest national triumph since ejecting Nicolae Ceaucescu from power in 1989.

    To avoid trouble, English fans leaving the stadium were forced down a gauntlet of police who checked their papers making sure they had proof of accommodation in Brussels before allowing them to board the buses.

    [11] EURO 2000

    Sixteen-nation European football tournament Euro-2000, continues tonight with matches for the third and fourth groups.

    At seven, Yugoslavia takes on Spain and Slovenia plays Norway in third group matches.

    Yugoslavia-Spainb will be shown live on Cybc-One, while Slovenia-Norway will be transmitted around midnight.

    At nine forty-five France takes on the Netherlands in a fourth grroup match to be shown live on Cybc-one.

    At the same time Denmark will play the Czech Republic.

    This match will be transmitted around midnight tomorrow.

    [12] WEATHER

    Thats it for the news and now the weather.

    The weather will bew mainly clear this afternoon.

    The sea will be slightly rough and rough around the coast.

    Tonight the weather will continue to be mainly clear.

    Temperatures will drop to twenty one degrees inland, nineteen on the south and east coast, eighteen on the west coast and thirteen on the mountains

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