/Cypriot soldiers 'expelled' from Crete/ TWO papers picked up on the story
of the National Guard S-300 contingent sent home from Crete in an apparent
row over their behaviour on the Greek island.
reported that the Russian-trained Cypriot soldiers had been sent back from
Crete by the Greek military "after they behaved unacceptably". The paper
said the soldiers had complained about their living conditions and tried to
form "cliques" within the camp.
also reported on the affair, saying "Athens is furious with (Cypriot
Defence Minister Yiannakis) Chrysostomis." The paper added that the issue
had caused serious problems in relations between Greece and Cyprus.
yesterday devoted its lead to the continuing dead-end in the strike saga at
two Larnaca hotels. The paper said that sympathy strikes were planned at
the airports and harbours while an island-wide hotel strike would take
place on May 27, from 6 am to 12 noon.
also reported that discussion at the House Plenum on public figures'
declaration of wealth had again been postponed. The paper said that the
chairman of the House Legal Affairs Committee had asked for the
postponement saying that the Committee's final report did not fall into
line with the political parties' position on the issue.
ran the headline "Falling in line with a crime!" The paper said "the
Clerides government has become an accessory in the crime of genocide
against the Yugoslav people." The paper was referring to a government
decision to take part in EU embargoes against Yugoslavia over the Kosovo
said that British prime minister Tony Blair was pushing Nato towards a
ground war against Yugoslavia. According to the paper, Blair told his
parliament that the ground offensive should start "before the winter."
Simerini added that Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosovic had withdrawn troops from Kosovo as a sign of good will. The paper also said that the Cyprus government was determined to stay firm on the issue of the EU embargoes, despite widespread opposition to the island's involvement.
reported that residents of Avdimou near Limassol were drinking water of
unsatisfactory quality. The paper said all the pupils at the village's
elementary school had dental problems as a result of the water they drank.
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