Daily Archives: June 12, 2001

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Cyprus issues alert over ‘terrorist’ on boat

POLICE have stepped up air and sea patrols in an attempt to intercept a boat thought to be carrying a terrorist hiding among a group of 50 illegal immigrants headed for Crete.

Marine Police Commander Theodoros Stylianou said the information about the suspected terrorist came from reliable sources in Lebanon, which he said could not be disputed.

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Heat wave on its way

BRACE yourself for the warm weather because the national weather service forecasts that the first real blast of summer heat will sear the island until at least the end of the week.

Temperatures today will climb to 39 degrees inland and to the mid-thirties on the coast and get even hotter later in the week, predicts Weather Service director Kyriacos Theophilou.

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Parties share out committee chairs

THE FOUR main parties yesterday shared out the chairmanships of Parliament’s 17 committees.

DIKO was the big winner, securing one more chairmanship than it had in the last House, although it lost one seat in the May 27 elections. KISOS, which also lost one seat, got only one chairmanship compared to two in the last Parliament.

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KISOS to elect new leadership next month

KISOS has decided to hold an electoral conference on July 22 to regroup and decide its new leader and political bureau.

The social-democratic party has been in crisis since it took a hammering at the parliamentary elections in May. The date was set late on Sunday after a one-day extraordinary meeting of the party’s central committee.

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De Soto in Cyprus in July?

The UN Secretary-General’s special advisor for Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, is thought to be planning a visit the island early next month in an attempt to encourage a resumption of the stalled proximity talks, the Cyprus News Agency reported yesterday.

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Vassiliou confident of Irish change of heart

IRELAND will have a change of heart and approve an EU enlargement treaty key to Cyprus’ entry hopes, the head of the island’s accession talks team, George Vassiliou predicted yesterday.

Vassiliou insisted Ireland’s rejection of the Nice treaty in a referendum last week would not stand in the way of Cyprus’s accession to the 15-nation block.

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CY engineers call off action

A WORK-TO-RULE protest by Cyprus Airways (CY) engineers that delayed many flights on Saturday has been called off, the national carrier said yesterday.

CY spokesman Tassos Angeli said the engineers, represented by the ASYSEKA union, had agreed to discuss their pay demands with management.

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