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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-08-21

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    The head of Cyprus`s Orthodox Church, Archbishop Chrysostomos II, will be meeting with the King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Abdullah II on Monday, August 22, at the invitation of the King.

    The Archbishop of Cyprus will be accompanied by the Honorary Consul of Jordan in Cyprus Michalis Leptos and Deacon Kyprianos Kountouris. Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos will also be present at the meeting with the King of Jordan.

    Archbishop Chrysostomos is expected to return to the island on Tuesday, August 23, along with the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, accompanied by Archbishop of Constantinis Aristarchos and Archdeacon Athanasios, and the Lutheran Bishop Munib Yunan, to participate in the meeting of the Presidents of Middle East Council of Churches to be held on the same day.

    The Patriarch of Jerusalem with his entourage and the Lutheran Bishop will depart from Cyprus soon after the end of the meeting.


    The issue of missing persons is a sensitive one that must be solved, Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment Sophocles Aletraris said on Sunday, noting that the Government continues efforts to determine the fate of all missing persons and ease the pain of their families.

    Speaking at a memorial service for the missing persons and those killed during the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island, from the community of Eptakomi of Famagusta, Aletraris said that ``we must never forget that Cyprus is still partially under occupation and that the struggles and sacrifices of our people have not reached justification.``

    Aletraris said the aim was to reunify the island through a peaceful, viable, functional and just solution, securing the peaceful coexistence of the people, Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Armenians, Maronites and Latins, based on international law, UN resolutions, and the principles and values of the EU.

    He reaffirmed the Government`s commitment to continue the struggle for a solution of the Cyprus problem, noting that ``we cannot abandon the effort, we cannot abandon the struggle for freedom and the reunification of our homeland.``


    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias will address the UN General Assembly during its 66th session next month. The Cypriot President will be in New York City from 19th September.

    The 66th session will open on 13 September, with a meeting of the General Committee the next day. On 16 September the second plenary meeting will take place with the First report of the General Committee.

    From19-20 September 2011 the High-level Meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases will take place and on Tuesday, 20 September the High-level meeting on the theme Addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.

    The General Debate will be held from 21-23, 26-27 September while on Thursday, 22 September the High-level meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action will be held.

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