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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-05-21

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From: The Cyprus Mail at <>

Friday, May 21, 1999


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/Night of terror in Belgrade/ YESTERDAY'S papers yesterday continued to focus on the war in the Balkans, but most also gave front-page attention to a wide range of local issues.

Haravghi's headline was "A night of terror in Belgrade." The paper said "Nato forces committed another crime against the Serbian people, just a short while after Russian mediator Victor Chernomyrdin left Belgrade." Haravghi said a hospital was hit by two Nato "smart" missiles, killing four people "in their beds". The paper said that the hospital was very close to Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic's residence, which had already been heavily bombed.

Phileleftheros' lead said "100,000 dangerous drivers threaten our lives." The paper said many people used "contacts" to pass their driving exam, with the Association of Private Driving Schools saying this was one of the main reasons for accidents. According to Phileleftheros, the Association also put some of the blame on unsatisfactory road networks.

Simerini said that "an orgy of secret diplomacy for the end of the war" in Kosovo was currently taking place. The paper's correspondent in Belgrade said that Chernomyrdin's meetings with Milosevic seemed to have had a positive result. Simerini said that both sides agreed that the diplomatic procedure should continue. On the local front, the paper said that the previous day's National Council meeting had been "embarrassing." Simerini said that, "instead of discussing pressing issues and our national cause, the purpose for which the meeting was called, it focused on procedural issues and lasted only an hour and a half." On Politis' front page were reactions to the Central Bank's decision to squeeze loans issued by the Housing Association this year. The paper said that the decision had the effect of the freezing loans given out by the Housing Association. Politis also said that the decision would have consequences especially on the middle and lower financial classes.

Machi had an 'exclusive' on its front page. The paper claimed that "soft" drugs would be legalised in Cyprus, supposedly in line with EU harmonisation. According to the paper, a proposal on the issue was expected at the House soon. Machi said that this would stop Cypriot drug-addicts from being taken advantage of. The paper also said that "tourists ending up in court on drug charges gave Cyprus a negative image."

Alithia continued on the Kosovo issue, saying that a proposal from the seven most industrialised counties in the world and Russia - the G8 - had made some progress but that further effort was required. The paper said that a "marathon" meeting of the eight had taken place from noon on Wednesday till 2am on Thursday morning.

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