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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-05-04

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


Tuesday, May 04, 1999

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/A ray of hope in Kosovo?/ YESTERDAY'S papers yesterday gave most of their front page attention to Jesse Jackson's successful efforts to secure the release of the three American soldiers captured in Yugoslavia.

Phileleftheros said that the three soldiers were "welcomed with cheers" at the American army base in Ramstein, Germany. Jackson noted that their release was only a small step towards the end of the war in Kosovo. Locally, the paper reported that Nicosia was concerned that Cyprus would be asked to implement a further EU embargo on Yugoslavia. Phileleftheros said that the island would be significantly affected by a 'freezing' of Yugoslav capital in Cyprus.

Simerini claimed that Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic had asked to meet US president Bill Clinton in exchange for his release of the three American soldiers. The paper said that the two presidents would discuss the return of the refugees, the deployment of an international peace-keeping force in Kosovo, an end to Nato bombing and finding a political solution.

Politis wondered if Jackson's effort was, "A chance for peace?" The paper said Clinton had said the bombings would continue in spite of the soldiers' release because the reason for Nato's intervention still existed. Politis also said that, in an interview to international news agency UPI, Milosevic had admitted that "bad things have happened in Kosovo," but denied that ethnic cleansing had taken place. "We are not angels, but we aren't devils either," he is quoted as saying. Milosevic also suggested a political solution to the conflict.

Haravghi called Yugoslavia's release of the three soldiers "a ray of light" in the Kosovo conflict. The paper said the gesture had been made while Nato forces "committed another criminal 'mistake' which led to the death of dozens of innocent people." Locally, the paper reported that a special constable, "hired in exchange for working towards (President Glafcos) Clerides' re- election," might be involved in drug trafficking. The paper said that while a civilian had reported the constable to the police, no official investigation had been carried out.

Alithia said "hope was born by the three's release." The paper said that the three US captives had been held in Belgrade for 32 days. The paper also said that 18.5 million would be given to families with four or more children in 1999. The announcement was made on Sunday in a speech by Clerides at an annual award ceremony for mothers of many children.

To Tharros said that prison staff would be given rewards for good service. The paper said that the move was part of an effort to modernise the law on the function of prisons. The paper said the awards would be given by the prison governor in appreciation of initiative, zeal, unusual bravery and self-sacrifice in the line of duty.

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