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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-05-01

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From: The Cyprus Mail at <http://www.cynews.com/>


Saturday, May 01, 1999

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/No early end to Yugoslav war/ YESTERDAY'S papers were divided in their front-page coverage, with a host a different local and international stories sharing out the limelight.

Alithia said the war in Yugoslavia was no nearer an end in spite of the diplomatic efforts of Russian president Boris Yeltsin's special envoy to Yugoslavia. The paper said Victor Chernomyrdin's meeting in Bonn with the German Chancellor had proved fruitless, adding that the Russian envoy would be making contacts in Belgrade, Rome, London and Paris yesterday. On the local front, Alithia reported that there had been serious lapses made by two members of the government committee responsible for approving tenders. The paper said that the two had been responsible for selecting tenders for artificial joints for state hospitals but had not notified the government that they were related to employees at one of the bidding companies.

Simerini reported that the Russian diplomatic effort had been overshadowed by a meeting between Serbian president Milan Milutinovic and the leader of the Kosovo Albanians Ibrahim Rugova. The paper said that the two had released a joint announcement asking for an end to the Nato bombings and giving attention to a "wider form of self-government" in which all national groups in Kosovo would participate. On Cyprus news, the paper said that young people were becoming a "headache" to the police. Simerini said that the police had noted a rise in antisocial behaviour by young people in the last few months, giving the example of four youths arrested for vandalising a school and of a 16-year-old who allegedly attacked a policeman.

Haravghi gave most of its attention to the continuing animosity between House Watchdog Committee chairman Christos Pourgourides and former Interior Minister Dinos Michaelides. The paper said that Pourgourides had told the House of Representatives that he wanted a new probe into Michaelides' alleged misdemeanours.

Machi said that French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin had revealed the "real plans" for Yugoslavia, carrying a red headline - "They want Kosovo dismembered." The paper quoted Jospin as saying "We are not dealing with dismemberment at this stage, but we will see where this struggle leads us."

Phileleftheros reported that a Turkish Cypriot lawyer was threatening to take Greek Cypriots living in abandoned Turkish Cypriot homes to the Council of Europe. The paper said that most of the lawyer's clients had moved overseas following the 1974 Turkish invasion.

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