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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-07-03

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    Former US Congressmen, John Brademas and Paul Sarbanes, who are visiting Cyprus these days, have expressed support for a just solution of the Cyprus problem, that would reunite the country. Both were received today by President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos, who briefed them on recent developments in the effor to find a negotiated settlement that would reunite the country, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. Tonight, President Papadopoulos will bestow on them the Grand Cross of the Order of Makarios III.

    In statements after the meeting, they assured the people of Cyprus of their support for justice and said that they would try to contribute to efforts for a just solution on the island. We both feel strongly about the importance of seeking justice for the people of Cyprus in view of the terrible events of the summer of 1974, John Brademas told reporters.

    Paul Sarbanes described the meeting with President Papadopoulos as very interesting and added: We are deeply interested and concerned about the Cyprus question for more than three decades and we continue to try to do all we can to bring about a just resolution and achieve justice for the people of Cyprus.


    Foreign Office Spokeswoman stated that Joan Ryans appointment as Special Representative of the British government to Cyprus, aims to strengthen relations with the Cypriot community in the U.K.

    Replying to a question by CNA on the importance of the appointment the Foreign Office Spokeswoman noted that the appointment demonstrates the UKs commitment to find a solution to the Cyprus problem and together with the other permanent members of the Security Council can work in support of UN efforts towards a solution.

    The Spokeswoman added that ``Ryan has a long standing interest in Cyprus and she will provide an additional channel of communication between Cypriots and Foreign Office``.

    She also said that Ryan may visit Cyprus occasionally for contacts with both communities.

    In a written statement, Ryan expressed particular satisfaction for the appointment adding that it is an honour for me to represent the Prime Minister in an issue with which I have been extensively involved.


    Greek Minister of Culture George Voulgarakis and Cypriot Minister of Education and Culture Akis Kleanthous have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of culture in Athens for the period 2007-2009.

    The two Ministers discussed bilateral cultural issues and the protecting of the cultural heritage of Cyprus in the Turkish occupied areas of the country and agreed that there is potential for further cooperation. ``We have signed the memorandum and decided on a series of more practical procedures for our mutual benefit,`` Voulgarakis said, adding that they agreed to examine this in a practical manner in mid-November.

    Regarding the protection of Cyprus` cultural heritage, Voulgarakis said this was a pivotal matter of great interest to both countries and noted that a protocol of cooperation could be adopted similar to those Greece has signed with other countries. Kleanthous said the meeting was ``very fruitful`` and that his Ministry was interested in cooperation with the Greek Ministry because ``we need help mainly in developing and promoting our cultural heritage.``

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