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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-05-08

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


Saturday, May 08, 1999

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/Only miracle can save burns victims/ THE papers covered a disparate range of stories on their front pages yesterday, ranging from human interest stories to the ever-present Cyprus problem.

Alithia reported that only a miracle could save industrialist Savvas Savvides and his 27-year-old son George, owners of the burnt out oil factory in Larnaca industrial estate who sustained burns from the fire which broke out early on Wednesday. Both father and son are in intensive care and in exceptionally critical condition. A special plane came from Israel to take the victims there but returned empty after Israeli doctor examined the two men and said conditions were such that they could not be moved. They have burns covering most of their bodies.

Alithia also reports that the situation over the distribution of road tax discs is still in chaos saying that the whole communities are yet to receive their renewal letters and that the number of people yet to receive discs is said to exceed 15,000. The Head of the Road Transport Department said in most cases the addresses given were wrong.

Phileleftheros said Britain and the US were seeking the resumption of Cyprus talks on a broad range of issues in September. The aim is to find a collective solution and a clear agenda and with a specific timetable. The British and Americans hope to see progress by November. Talks will include an international force, refugees and territory. The paper also reports that the Labour Minister is trying to increase the monthly minimum wage by 3.5 per cent from 248 to 258 after a round of contacts with the unions. The increase will be retroactive from April 1 and will cover some 15,000 low- paid workers such as shop assistants. Wages of 268 given after six month will rise to 279.

Politis reported parliament's slap in the face to the government over its decision to side with the EU over the Yugoslavia oil ban. After a four-hour debate on Thursday, the parties, apart from Disy and the United Democrats, called on the government to review its position on the embargo. The debate centred on whether the government decision was in fact in the national interest. Politis also reported on a Kurd now living in Germany, who claims that 775 Greek Cypriots missing since the invasion in 1974 are now buried in mass graves on the outskirts of the southern Turkish city of Adana. Communist mouthpiece Haravghi claims it has uncovered a huge scandal which involves the police releasing two British drug suspects accused of assaulting them, after the British High Commission intervened. The paper laments that after bowing to the Israelis over security at Larnaca airport and to the Americans over the Ocalan arrest, Cyprus is now showing its subordination towards the British. After a phone call allegedly from the Commission, the two suspects were charged and released and allowed to travel on a cruise to Egypt.

Machi said May 14 would be the date for a top level meeting on defence spending. President Clerides will hold a meeting with the party leaders and the defence committee. Confidential talks were going on behind the scenes, the paper said.

Simerini details the case of the "monster" father who will pay a heavy price for rape and incest. Four years for incest and two for unlawful sex against his daughter who was 11 at the time. The criminal court's decision noted that such actions harmed the family, society and the victim, and that the deterrent sentence must be imposed.

Apoyevmatini reported that the National Guard is ready to throw off its Nato-style uniforms for friendlier ones. By summer 2000, they will appear in new uniforms, which will reflect Cyprus as it is after 35 years. A National Guard officer admitted to the House Defence Committee that today's uniforms were a copy of American ones and were hand-downs from Greece.

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