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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-07-02

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    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias departs on Sunday for Ukraine, for a two-day official visit, where he is expected to sign bilateral agreements and inaugurate the new Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Kiev.

    According to an official announcement, the President will be accompanied by his wife Elsie Christofias. During the first day of his visit he will attend talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich., where the two sides will sign a series of Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding between the two countries.

    Afterwards, President Christofias will meet with acting Prime Minister Andriy Klyuyev and the President of the Ukrainian Parliament Volodymyr Lytvyn. Later, it is added, the President will inaugurate the Embassy of the Republic in Kiev.

    According to the announcement, the President will attend and address a Business Forum, organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ukraine, in the presence of businessmen from both Cyprus and the Ukraine, while later he will attend an official dinner in his honor, to be hosted by President Yanukovich.

    During the second day of the visit, President Christofias will depart from Kiev to Mariupol, where he will meet the Mayor of the city Khotlubey Yuriy. During a special ceremony at the University of Mariupol, the President will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy.

    During his visit in Ukraine, President Christofias will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Paschalides, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou, Presidential Commissioner Giorgos Iacovou, the Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry Nikos Emiliou, Cypriot Ambassador to Ukraine Evagoras Vryonides and other officials.

    On Tuesday, July 5, President Christofias will depart from Mariupol to Geneva, the announcement concludes.


    House President Yiannakis Omirou expressed on Friday Cyprus full support and solidarity to the Greek government to overcome its current financial crisis.

    Omirou, while in a working visit to Athens, met Friday with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to whom he conveyed the Parliaments support, noting that we are certain that Greece will manage to cope with the problems, because the Greek nation always survives the harshness.

    Papandreou expressed his gratitude, noting that we obtain strength from your support in order to fight and succeed.

    He also reassured of Greeces support towards the struggle for the solution of the Cyprus problem.


    Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Nikos Emiliou and the member of the Greek Cypriot negotiation team Toumazos Tselepis concluded on Friday a New York trip, after meeting in a working lunch with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe. The Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN, Ambassador Minas Hadjimichael also attended the meeting.

    Pascoe said it would be good for both sides to reach an agreement before Cyprus assumes the EU Council Presidency, on July 2012, and expressed his disappointment for the lack of real progress in the direct talks.

    Emiliou and Tselepis also met with representatives from the five Permanent Members of the UN Security Council, exchanging views on the course of negotiations on the Cyprus issue and the imminent Geneva meeting with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

    The two government envoys also met on Thursday with UN experts, to discuss the issue of property. According to diplomatic sources, during the meeting the discussion centered on the creation of an immovable property committee following a comprehensive solution.


    Mediterranean EU member states, like Cyprus, require the display of practical support on behalf of the EU, in order to address immigration issues, MEP Eleni Theocharous said on Friday, adding that the presence of FRONTEX in the area is imperative.

    Theocharous was speaking at a seminar, titled The New Mediterranean Reality of Europe: Immigration and Asylum in Malta, Greece and Cyprus, organized in Malta upon the initiative of the European Parliament Offices in Cyprus, Greece and Malta.

    The Cypriot MEP said that the problem was extremely serious in Cyprus, since in addition to the illegal migration flows and the thousands of asylum seekers, the country is facing the problem of the Turkish occupation and the systematic transfer of settlers by Turkey to the occupied areas of Cyprus.

    At the seminar, the Coordinator of the Asylum Service of the Ministry of Interior of Cyprus Sotos Ktoris referred to the need to create a Common European Asylum System (CEAS) by 2012, in order to address the serious immigration problem that Mediterranean member states face.

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