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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 97-09-08

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <>


  • [01] Kasoulides concludes visit to Lithuania
  • [02] Australia pledges support for Cyprus' unity
  • [03] Greek Orthodox Bishop of Canada to visit Cyprus
  • [04] Cypriot hoteliers to visit Moscow, St. Petersburg
  • [05] National squad lives up to promise of victory

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    [01] Kasoulides concludes visit to Lithuania

    Nicosia, Sep 8 (CNA) -- Cyprus and Lithuania have agreed to conclude a series of accords completing the legal framework through which the two countries will develop their relations in the fields of commerce, investments and tourism.

    The agreement was reached during official talks Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides had Sunday in Vilnius with his Lithuanian counterpart Algirdas Saudargas.

    According to an official press release issued here, the two Ministers discussed the protracted Cyprus problem, bilateral relations and Cyprus' and Lithuania's bid to become European Union (EU) members.

    Kasoulides and Saudargas decided to closely cooperate to promote their applications for full EU membership.

    Following an official visit to Latvia the Cypriot Foreign Minister flew on to the Lithuanian capital last Saturday where he visited an exhibition of Cypriot products and services, held in Vilnius between September 3-6.

    A cooperation agreement was signed between the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Association of Lithuanian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

    The Cypriot Minister left Cyprus on August 31 for a tour of six European capitals, during which he meets with his counterparts and other high-ranking officials.

    Kasoulides has already visited the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as Germany.

    Tomorrow he will be in Luxembourg where he will meet with Foreign Minister and current EU Council President Jacques Poos.

    Kasoulides will conclude his European tour with a visit to Italy, between September 10 and 11.

    During his stay in Rome he will meet with Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini and will be received by the country's Prime Minister Romano Prodi.

    CNA AP/GP/1997

    [02] Australia pledges support for Cyprus' unity

    Nicosia, Sep 8 (CNA) -- The Australian government and the country's Labour Party support Cyprus' reunification under a bizonal, bicommunal federation, Premier of New South Wales, Australia, Robert John Carr has said.

    Carr left Cyprus Sunday night after a one-day official visit here, during which he was received by House of Representatives President, Spyros Kyprianou, and met with Government Spokesman Manolis Christofides.

    In statements after his meeting with the House President, Carr, who is also the leader of Australia's Labour party, pledged the Australian government's and his party's support to efforts aimed at reuniting Cyprus under a bizonal, bicommunal federation.

    He noted the friends of Cyprus should face the challenge to keep the Cyprus question high on the agenda of the international community, which, he added, never forgets the tragic division of the island.

    On his part, Kyprianou described his meeting with the Australian official as "interesting" and said he briefed Carr in detail on the latest developments in Cyprus and the Greek Cypriot side's views on the deadlock in the UN-sponsored direct peace talks.

    The second round of face-to-face talks between President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, held in Glion-sur- Montreux, Switzerland, August 11-16, ended in deadlock.

    Denktash had refused to discuss on the substance of the problem unless the European Union freezes accession talks with Cyprus, due to begin early next year according to an EU decision.

    The House President said Carr had shown understanding on the difficulties the Greek Cypriot side would face in the course for a solution.

    During his stay, the Australian official visited the UN-controlled cease-fire line, in Nicosia, accompanied by officers of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.

    Later on he met with members of the Association of Repatriated Cypriots from Australia.

    In the afternoon, he visited Dherynia, the eastern end of the cease- fire line overlooking the Turkish-occupied coastal town of Famagusta, accompanied by Famagusta and Dherynia Mayors, Andreas Pougiouros and Flora Ioannou.

    Prior to his departure, New South Wales Premier attended a dinner hosted by Larnaca Mayor George Lycourgos.

    CNA AP/GP/1997

    [03] Greek Orthodox Bishop of Canada to visit Cyprus

    Nicosia, Sep 8 (CNA) -- Greek Orthodox Bishop of Toronto, (Canada), Sotirios will visit Cyprus between September 17-21.

    During his stay, Bishop Sotirios will meet with religious as well as political leaders.

    Bishop Sotirios has been an active and fervent supporter of Cyprus and has been a leading figure in promoting the Cyprus problem in Canada.

    He has also been instrumental in the Hellenic-Canadian diaspora's efforts to inform Canadian politicians on all levels and across the political spectrum on the Cyprus issue.

    CNA MH/GP/1997

    [04] Cypriot hoteliers to visit Moscow, St. Petersburg

    Larnaca, Sep 8 (CNA) -- Hoteliers of this south-eastern coastal town will visit tourist exhibitions in Moscow and St. Petersburg, to project their town as a tourist destination.

    They will fly to Russia on September 29, 1997.

    The visit has been decided following indications that the Russians are increasingly interested in Larnaca as a tourist destination, and the high number of Russians visiting the town this year.

    According to estimates by Larnaca's hoteliers, Russians constitute the biggest part of the town's tourist traffic this year.

    CNA MAN/GG/GP/1997

    [05] National squad lives up to promise of victory

    Nicosia, Sep 8 (CNA) -- Cyprus' national football squad coach Panicos Georgiou did not disappoint local fans by living up to his promise of an away win in a World Cup qualifying match against Luxembourg.

    Yesterday's 3 - 1 victory not only thrilled goal-starved players and fans alike, but marked the first time the national squad scored three away goals in an official match.

    "I'm very happy with the win, but mainly for the fact that we kept our promise and played offensively in our opponent's den... We won, but we promise that in the future, we will stare all our opponents in the eye. We still have a lot of work to do, but I believe in this squad," Georgiou said.

    The win not only gives Cyprus seven points out of seven matches in World Cup qualifying Group 5, but also the chance to reap the most points in World Cup qualifying ever when the national squad plays Luxembourg at home on October 11.

    The national squad was on a mission for goals from the opening whistle yesterday, scoring the first on a Nicos Papavassiliou header on the fifth minute.

    Luxembourg pulled even just three minutes later from a Cypriot defensive mistake and the score remained the same until the half-time whistle.

    The second half however, was all Cyprus with forward Yiannos Ioannou sending a missile past the Luxembourg goalkeeper in the 55th minute. Ioannou capped off the scoring with a powerful header in the 80th minute.

    Meanwhile, the national youth football squad likewise triumphed yesterday over its Luxembourg counterpart with a 2 - 1 away score.

    CNA MH/GP/1997
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