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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-05-15

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Saturday, May 15, 1999


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/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.

Alithia 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.

Phileleftheros 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.

Machi 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.

Machi 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.

Haravghi 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 issue.

Simerini 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 Simerini added that Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosovic had withdrawn troops from Kosovo as a sign of good will.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.

Phileleftheros also 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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