Daily Archives: February 18, 2004

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De Soto: there is no plan B

THERE is nothing to fall back on if Kofi Annan’s reunification plan is rejected by the Greek or Turkish Cypriots in separate referenda ahead of EU accession on May 1, UN Special Envoy Alvaro de Soto warned yesterday. “We do not have a plan B, nor are we thinking about scenarios about what will happen,” De Soto said.

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Cyprus potato farmers should get no compensation

POTATO farmers have not always been such an aggressively militant group. In the 1980s and early ’90s, when the Cyprus potato was highly popular in European markets and they were making large amounts of money, they bothered nobody. Their only complaint against the state was probably the excess tax they had to pay.

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Greek Press

ALITHIA: “Horror as niece burns her aunt alive”. A 22-year-old woman is said to have confessed to burning her 48-year-old aunt to death, the paper reports. Despina Nicolaou’s charred remains were found in a field on Sunday by hunters, just 200 metres from her house in Potamia village.

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Potato farmers give authorities a week to ponder their demands

POTATO growers have decided to suspend their planned blockades for one week to give the government a chance to meet their demand for payoffs to leave the profession. The government has refused to accept the potato growers’ demands and ruled them out as unjustifiable and unreasonable. They said they would not accept to negotiate under threat.

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Directive targets van and minibus speeds

VANS and minibuses will be forced to curb their speeds on European roads as the EU proposes to install speed limiters on smaller vehicles. At present, passenger-carrying vehicles weighing over 10 tonnes have to have limiters set at 100km/h, while goods carrying vehicles over 12 tonnes have to restrict their speed to 90km/h.

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Turkish Cypriots begin filing complaints with Ombudswoman

OMBUDSWOMAN Eliana Nicolaou yesterday told the House Human Rights Committee that Turkish Cypriots had started filing complaints involving the violation of their human rights. During her presentation of her annual report, Nicolaou said she had received more than 1,600 complaints during 2002, out of which the Ombudswoman’s office had responded to 1,459, while 404 were classed as groundless.

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Police crack down on fake IDs

POLICE are investigating six cases involving the use of forged passports and identity cards. In the first case, a 27-year-old Pakistani man was yesterday remanded in custody for seven days, after admitting he had attempted to leave the country using a false passport. According to police, the suspect checked in at Larnaca airport on Monday for a flight to Prague and on to London.

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CyBC plays down row over hiring for Turkish programmes

UNION members at the CyBC are up in arms about the public channel’s decision to hire new presenters and producers for Turkish programmes. Representatives of the union met with the House Interior Committee on Monday, when they were informed of CyBC vice president Andreas Chrysanthou’s decision regarding Turkish programmes.

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