- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 30, 2005

CYPRUS

Officials seek to avoid crisis over Cyprus

PARIS — France wants to avoid a new crisis over Turkey’s stance on Cyprus before Ankara’s accession talks with the European Union, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy told an annual meeting of French ambassadors yesterday.

The European Union recognizes only the Greek Cypriot government of the divided island, while Turkey has long supported the breakaway Turkish Cypriot northern region. Turkey last month signed a trade accord with Cyprus, one of the major conditions set by the European bloc before the opening of accession talks on Oct. 3, but Ankara said this did not imply diplomatic recognition of the Greek Cypriot state.



GAZA STRIP

Egypt offers help to Palestinians

GAZA CITY — A senior Egyptian envoy told the Palestinian parliament yesterday that Cairo will work “hand in hand” with the Palestinians for an end to Israel’s occupation of territory seized in 1967.

“I have the pleasure of being with you to convey the congratulations of President [Hosni] Mubarak and his commitment that we stay hand in hand with you until all Palestinian territory, in the West Bank and as well as Gaza, is liberated,” said Egypt’s intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman.

LIBYA

Amnesty eyed for convicts

TRIPOLI — Libya is planning to grant general amnesty to all convicts sentenced to more than 10 years in prison, even those serving life terms, officials say.

Justice Minister Ali Hasnawi said Tuesday that the higher judicial council will take the unprecedented step of pardoning convicts with sentences exceeding 10 years.

He said the amnesty decision coincides with the 36th anniversary of the Libyan revolution, which toppled the monarchy and brought Moammar Gadhafi to power.

Weekly notes

Iran will create a $1.3 billion “love fund” to help poor young people marry, state television quoted Vice President Farhad Rahbar as saying yesterday. Young Iranians often complain that they cannot afford to get married because of Iran’s economic woes and are living with their parents longer than before. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the June election on a pledge to distribute more fairly the oil earnings of the world’s No. 4 petroleum source. … The number of tourists visiting Lebanon increased in July to 188,465, up 42,000 from June, according to a report by the Tourism Ministry. Among the visitors were 84,320 Arabs, including 29,499 from Saudi Arabia. Lebanon always has been a favorite destination for visitors from Arab Persian Gulf nations, many of whom own property in Lebanon.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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