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Monday, 17 April 2000
-  Foreign Minister on an official visit to Cuba
-  EU - Cyprus Joint Parliamentary Committee to discuss the Republic's
-  British government strongly committed to achieving an end to the
division of Cyprus
-  Excavations at Idalion bring to light Phoenician fortification
 Foreign Minister on an official visit to Cuba
Cyprus Foreign Minister Mr Ioannis Kassoulides paid a one-day official
visit to Cuba yesterday. During his visit Mr Kassoulides held talks with
Cuban counterpart Mr Felipe Perez Roque with whom he discussed the Cyprus
problem and the country's efforts to join the EU.
The two Ministers exchanged views on issues of mutual interest and signed a
Protocol of cooperation between their respective Ministries.
 EU - Cyprus Joint Parliamentary Committee to discuss the Republic's
The EU Cyprus Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) will hold its 17th
meeting today in Nicosia.
The meeting will discuss the political situation in Cyprus and current
EU/Cyprus relations as well as the Intergovernmental Conference.
 British government strongly committed to achieving an end to the
division of Cyprus
British Foreign Secretary Mr Robin Cook stated on 13 April that his
government is strongly committed to both trying to achieve an end to the
division on Cyprus and also to promote the accession of Cyprus to the
European Union without preconditions Mr Cook, who was speaking to the press
after a meeting with the new Secretary General of the Commonwealth Mr Don
Mackinnon, also said that ętalks will soon be beginning again on the third
round of the UN process on the division of the island, we will be making a
special effort to try and make sure that this time they do make progress
and that we do see the way forward. Cyprus is a valued member of the
Commonwealth and that is why when the Commonwealth meets we have always
committed ourselves to support for an end to the division of the island and
to the restoration of a single sovereign Cyprus".
 Excavations at Idalion bring to light Phoenician fortification
Excavations at Ancient Idalion conducted in May, June and December 1999
under the direction of Dr. Maria Hadjicosti unearthed a substantial part of
the fortification of the Phoenician Administrative Centre.
A substantial part of the fortification wall, 34m long was fully uncovered
to the north, while the west part of the large rectangular tower, excavated
in 1998 north of Rooms 10 and 11 of the Phoenician Administrative centre,
The earliest phase consists of a smaller tower occupying its southwest
During the second phase the fortification was substantially extended to the
north by the addition of a new tower and a fortification wall.
The fortification wall, 2,2.5m 3m wide, has an east-west direction and was
strengthened by parallel walls of north-south direction which abut an
earlier parallel wall to the south.
The results of the 1999 excavation season indicate that below and around
the remains of Phoenician Administrative Centre of the 5th 4th century B.C.
there are more impressive architectural remains of an earlier fortified
building complex. This building complex could be interpreted as the Palace
of the Kingdom of Idalion. The fortification, interpreted in previous years
as the inner city wall, seems to represent part of the Palace, which
developed into a stronghold at the end of the Cypro-Archaic -beginning of
the Cypro-Classical period. The conclusions of the 1999 excavation season
coincide with the epigraphical information that Idalion in this period was
continuously at war with the Phoenicians of Kition.
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