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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-04-10

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] GREEK PM - CYPRUS - WORKING VISIT
  • [02] POPE BENEDICT - OFFICIAL VISIT - CYPRUS
  • [03] AKAMAS PENINSULA - EU - NATURA 2000
  • [04] EDUCATION MINISTRY - EU CITIZENS PROGRAMME

  • [01] GREEK PM - CYPRUS - WORKING VISIT

    Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou arrives Sunday afternoon in Cyprus on a two-day working visit.

    According to the official programme of the visit, the Greek Prime Minister will be met at Larnaka airport by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Markos Kyprianou and the Under Secretary to the President Titos Christofides.

    On Monday morning Papandreou will hold a tete-a-tete meeting at the Presidential Palace with President of the Republic Demetris Christofias.

    An extended meeting will follow with the participation of the leaders of the Cypriot parliamentary parties. The meeting will also be attended by the Greek Alternate FM Demetrios Droutsas, Greek Government Spokesman George Petalotis, Greek Ambassador to Cyprus Vasilis Papaioannou, Cypriot FM Markos Kyprianou, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou and Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou.

    On Monday afternoon Papandreou will meet with the Archbishop of Cyprus, Chrysostomos II and afterwards he will depart for Athens.

    [02] POPE BENEDICT - OFFICIAL VISIT - CYPRUS

    His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will pay an official visit to the Republic of Cyprus on July 4-6, following an invitation extended by the President of the Republic Demetris Christofias during his visit to the Vatican in March 2009.

    According to an official press release, this is an event of major historic importance as it is the first time such a visit is taking place. The Pontiff will be accompanied by the Secretary of State of the Vatican and other high ranking officials of the Holy See.

    Pope Benedict XVI will have official meetings with the President of the Republic and other state officials, the Archbishop of Cyprus as well as with representatives of the Catholic Community of Cyprus.

    During his stay in Cyprus, the Pontiff will make a holy pilgrimage to St. Pauls Pillar in Pafos. Other religious and political events are also scheduled to take place.

    [03] AKAMAS PENINSULA - EU - NATURA 2000

    The government has submitted to the European Commission Akamas Peninsula, which delineates the boundaries of this area, on the northwest of Cyprus, Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment Demetris Eliades has said. Akamas Peninsula is included in the European network Natura 2000.

    Speaking after a ministerial committee meeting, Eliades said that the committee reviewed the plan to manage Akamas, a region of exceptional natural beauty, and it was briefed that the map delineating the boundaries of this area was sent to the EU Commission on March 26 and that it was also published in the official gazette of the Republic of Cyprus.

    Cyprus is making a big environmental and ecological effort to protect the environment and ensure that the communities, the residents and the people in the area will remain in the region and that development will take place with respect to the environment, the Minister said. The committee, he said, discussed ways involving the exchange of land, amendments to building regulations and compensation to property owners.

    [04] EDUCATION MINISTRY - EU CITIZENS PROGRAMME

    Cyprus is participating in the programme Europe for the citizens 2007-2013 to help improve tolerance and mutual understanding among European citizens, through respect and the promotion of culture and language. The programme, funded by the EU and the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, aims to encourage citizens and civil society to get involved in the process of European integration, a press conference has heard.

    Citizens will have the chance to exchange views and experiences on how to build a more accessible, democratic, united and culturally enriched Europe to develop the notion of European citizenship.

    The programme has set out four areas of activity to achieve its goals: hosting meetings between citizens and networks of twinned cities, engaging non profit organizations and other institutions based in participating countries, organizing events to promote the notion of active participation in common goals and safeguarding archives and locations linked to the respect of victims of the Nazis and Stalin.


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