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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-11-05

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENTS OF CYPRUS AND SYRIA - BUSINESS FORUM
  • [02] CY - POLAND - DEFENCE
  • [03] AL ASSAD - NICOSIA
  • [04] KYPRIANOU - PEACE FORUM

  • [01] PRESIDENTS OF CYPRUS AND SYRIA - BUSINESS FORUM

    The Presidents of Cyprus and Syria Demetris Christofias and Bashar Al Assad inaugurated on Friday the Cyprus-Syria business forum, expressing their wish to strengthen economic ties between the two countries.

    The first business forum was organised by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) on the occasion of Al Assad`s visit to Cyprus, in the presence of businesspeople from both countries.

    Addressing the forum, President Christofias said ``today`s event provides an excellent forum for exploring the world of trade and investment opportunities in Cyprus and Syria.``

    ``A strong and productive relationship between Cyprus and Syria is important to both our economies and will help to strengthen even further our bilateral ties as far as trade, investments and tourism are concerned,`` the President said, adding ``our government has much higher ambitions for deepening our relationship and the presence here today of so many business people and entrepreneurs, shows how committed our countries are to making this relationship successful.``

    He added that Cyprus welcomes Syrian businesspeople ``eager to invest and promote business activities, and as a European Union member country, offers attractive benefits and opportunities for companies wishing to establish their business on the island or use it as a hub to access the European Market.``

    Concluding, Christofias expressed hope ``that it will be both productive and stimulating and will help strengthen our trade and economic cooperation for the development and prosperity of our two countries.``

    On his part, Al Assad recalled President`s Christofias visit to Damascus last year, noting that this visit ``was a pivotal step in strengthening ties between our countries.``

    The Syrian President referred to the future of the two countries, stressing that ``key to this future is a new and active partnership one can build on our common interests and priorities.``

    Referring to developments in Syria and the region, Al Assad outlined his country`s initiative to transform Syria into a link between the Middle East and Europe in the fields of transport, energy and tourism.

    ``Cyprus shares this strategic location as both a member of the EU and as a direct neighbour to Syria and as such it should be a part of this regional dynamic,`` he said adding ``through bilateral and regional agreements in this field, we can be sure that our region is one that is characterized by inclusive growth and sustainable development.``

    Welcoming the two Presidents, CCCI President Manthos Mavrommatis said that their presence ``indicates the importance of the forum and their commitment to foster closer economic ties between the two countries.``

    ``Your presence here today reinforces our efforts in developing and strengthen economic relations between Cyprus and the friendly country of Syria,`` he noted.

    Mavrommatis also said that ``the Cyprus Chamber realizes the great potential for economic collaboration with Syria and promises to assist, promote and strengthen business cooperation between the two countries, especially in this period that Syria`s relationship with the EU is progressing and new and promising investment opportunities arise in our close neighbourhood.``

    [02] CY - POLAND - DEFENCE

    Cyprus and Poland intend to promote a defence agreement, Cyprus Defence Minister Costas Papacostas and his Polish counterpart Bogdan Adam Klich have decided.

    Papacostas, currently visiting Warsaw, said that Cyprus does not object to any cooperation between the EU and NATO provided this will retain EU autonomy in the decision-making procedures and that everybody respects its institutional framework.

    The Cypriot Minister briefed his interlocutors on the Cyprus issue, noting that this is the most critical juncture and that the Cypriots are ready for a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality as defined by UN Security Council resolutions.

    During the two-day visit, he had separate meetings with Deputy Foreign Security Policy Jacek Najder, the Minister of National Defence Bogdan Adam Klich, the Minister responsible for National Service Stanislaw Koziej and the Chairman of the House Defense Stanislaw Wziatek.

    [03] AL ASSAD - NICOSIA

    President of Syria Bashar Al Assad met on Friday with Mayor of Nicosia Eleni Mavrou, to discuss ways to strengthen relations between Nicosia and Damascus, especially on a political level.

    During the meeting, Mavrou briefed Al Assad on the difficulties faced by the capital due to the continuous division of the town and its people, as a result of the continuing Turkish occupation, following the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island.

    They also agreed that the two cities would exchange expertise regarding the maintenance and promotion of archaeological monuments.

    The meeting took place at the Nicosia Town Hall as the Syrian President concludes his two-day state visit to Cyprus.

    [04] KYPRIANOU - PEACE FORUM

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Kyprianou will participate in the 1st Sir Bani Yas Forum for peace and security in the Middle East, co-organized by the United Arab Emirates and the International Peace Institute between November 5th and 8th in Abu Dhabi.

    According to an official announcement issued here today, the goal of the event is to promote dialogue, address the geopolitical challenges and solve problems in the Middle East region.

    The topic for this year`s Forum, which will gather Foreign Ministers from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America as well as international experts and businessmen, is The Middle East, Energy and Security.


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