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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 98-06-23
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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
 Stephanopoulos' visit bears substantial symbolism, says Clerides"Stephanopoulos'visit takes place in a very critical period for Cyprus during which we need the greater possible support and Greece is our most loyal supporter", President Clerides stated yesterday.
In an interview with Athens News Agency, the Cyprus President emphasised the importance of his Greek counterpart's visit to Cyprus adding that it "highlights the brotherly relations" between the two countries as well as their excellent cooperation.
President Clerides praised the significance of Greece's support for Cyprus' struggle in finding a just and viable solution to its national problem, for its European Union accession course and for strengthening its defence through the joint defence pact.
Mr. Stephanopoulos will be arriving in Cyprus on June 25 for a four day official visit.
 Government Spokesman blames Turkey for artificial tension"It is absurd that the country responsible for creating tension in Cyprus should be seeking a reduction of tension. In our view, tension is being created solely by the Turkish occupation forces which have repeatedly violated international law and are trying to create tension in the region", Government Spokesman Christos Stylianides has stated.
Speaking to the press, Mr Stylianides blamed Turkey for its attempts to create artificial tension in Cyprus. He noted that Cyprus has proved by specific proposals its will to reduce tension on the island and added that there was no response from the Turkish side as regards the government's position on a complete demilitarisation of Cyprus.
Moreover, Mr. Stylianides stressed that the Cyprus government has no intention of playing Turkey's game in creating artificial tension adding that Cyprus' stand on demilitarisation is the best answer to any reduction of tension.
 Government will persist efforts to locate the missing"We will continue our efforts to ascertain the fate of all persons missing", President Clerides stated yesterday.
He was speaking after a memorial service held in Nicosia for Andreas Kasapis, the first of 1619 missing persons whose remains have been identified and handed to his relatives in Detroit, Michigan.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/