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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 98-06-24

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

News Update

Wednesday, 24/06/98


CONTENTS

  • [01] Official visit by the President of the Hellenic Republic
  • [02] Greece backs proposal for a complete demilitarisation of Cyprus
  • [03] Wisconsin Assembly adopts resolution on Cyprus
  • [04] Excavations at St George Hill (Nicosia) completed


[01] Official visit by the President of the Hellenic Republic

The President of the Hellenic Republic Konstantinos Stephanopoulos arrives tomorrow in Cyprus on a four day official visit.

His visit is the first ever paid to Cyprus by a Greek Head of State since the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960.

It has been preceded by the visits of Greek Premiers Andreas Papandreou (February 1982), Constantinos Mitsotakis (June 1991) and Costas Simitis (October 1996).

Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides described his Greek counterpart's visit to Cyprus as "symbolic" adding that "it takes place in a very critical period for Cyprus during which we need the greater possible support" and concluding that "Greece is our most loyal supporter".

During his visit Mr. Stephanopoulos will be escorted by Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos, Foreign Under- Secretary Yiannos Kranidiotis, Finance Under Secretary Alexandros Baltas and other officials.

During his stay the Greek President will be received by President Glafcos Clerides , the President of the House of Representatives Spyros Kyprianou and the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, Archbishop Chrysostomos.

He will also have meetings with party leaders and address an extraordinary plenary session at the House of Representatives.

Mr. Stephanopoulos will have a private meeting with President Clerides on Thursday June 25, followed by talks with the participation of officials of the two countries delegations.

Later he will be awarded the Grand Collar of the Order of Makarios III.

Earlier in the day President Stephanopoulos will receive the gold key of the city of Nicosia by the Mayor of Nicosia Lellos Demetriades.

The Greek President will also visit various archaeological sites museums and other places of historical interest.

[02] Greece backs proposal for a complete demilitarisation of Cyprus

In a letter addressed to the President of the Security Council last week, the Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Greece to the United Nations Christos Zacharakis notes the provocative attitude of the Turkish government reflected in constant threats of using force in Cyprus .The Turkish reactions which followed a training flight of four Greek airforce jets to Cyprus, continues the Ambassador, obviously conceal other motives.

Drawing attention to the fact that Turkey tends to provoke artificial tension on the eve of important events, the Greek ambassador reiterates its country's commitment to a U.N based solution on Cyprus taking into account President Clerides' proposal for a complete demilitarisation of the island.

[03] Wisconsin Assembly adopts resolution on Cyprus

The Wisconsin Assembly endorsed recently a legislation calling for the United States to support a solution to the Cyprus problem.

The resolution mentions the dramatic increase of tension occurred in Cyprus over the last months which has heightened the potential for armed conflict and describes President Clerides' proposal for the demilitarisation of Cyprus as an internationally acceptable means of resolving the tense situation in Cyprus.

[04] Excavations at St George Hill (Nicosia) completed

The Department of Antiquities (Ministry of Communications and Works) announced yesterday the completion of the third excavation season at St. George's hill in Nicosia where the new building of the House of Representatives will be erected in the near future.

The six-week long excavation was directed by Archaeological Officer Despo Pilides and brought to light remains used throughout the Hellenistic period and the early Roman period.

The remains revealed include inter alia-large numbers of stone tools, clay loomweights, amphora fragments, a kiln vessels, small jugs and cooking pots.


From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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