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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-05-28

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  • [01] President receives Ombudsmen
  • [02] FM briefed on Cyprus

  • [01] President receives Ombudsmen

    President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias on Wednesday received visiting European Ombudsman Nikiforos Diamandouros, and Greek Ombudsman Nikos Kaminis.

    Diamadouros informed Papoulias that he was on a tour of the 27 EU member states in order to brief the political leaderships and citizens on the rights emanating from their second citizenship, namely their European citizenship.

    He further noted that, with the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, more rights would arise for the citizens of Europe.

    Earlier, the President received the board of directions of the Association of Diplomatic personnel, headed by the association's president Vassilis Karantonis.

    Caption: President of Republic Karolos Papoulias (R) and European Ombudsman Nikiforos Diamandouros(L) at the presidential mansion on Wednesday 28 May 2008.ANA-MPA/MARGARITA KIAOU

    [02] FM briefed on Cyprus

    Foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis was briefed on the latest developments in the Cyprus issue, particularly concerning the process in March, by visiting Cyprus Presidential Commissioner and former foreign minister George Iacovou, ahead of her visit to Cyprus in mid-June.

    Although the Greek foreign ministry is briefed daily via the diplomatic missions, "we considered that such a meeting would be useful and, indeed, it was very productive," Iacovou said after the meeting.

    Questioned on progress to date in the joint Greek and Turkish Cypriot technical committees, Iacovou said that an initial assessment of their work will be made by himself and the Turkish Cypriot leader's chief aide Ozdil Nami, while the two leaders -- Cyprus president Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat -- will meet again at the end of June to further assess the working groups and the preparation for direct talks.

    He said that there has been progress in some of the groups, while in others there has been no progress.

    After the meeting with Bakoyannis, who is due in Cyprus on June 12, the Cypriot official took part in a meeting with foreign ministry officials for what a called a "broader and more detailed presentation of various issues".

    Later, Bakoyannis met with visiting European Ombudsman Nikiforos Diamandouros.

    Caption: Foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis and Cyprus Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou in Athens on Wednesday 28 May 2008. ANA-MPA/ALEXANDROS BELTES

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