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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 99-03-05

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  • [01] Popular Bank - World personalities - Millennium
  • [02] House President - Majorca Conference

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    [01] Popular Bank - World personalities - Millennium

    Nicosia, Mar 5 (CNA) -- Three renowned personalities will participate in the millennium celebrations of the Popular Bank, which is one of the two main commercial banks of the island.

    Kikis Lazarides, Chairman of the Popular Bank Group Kikis Lazarides, announced that the first man to step on the moon, the American Neil Armstrong, will visit Cyprus and give a lecture to mark the arrival of the new millennium.

    The aim of the conference was to launch the Bank's millennium celebrations named "Light Years", which include a series of events such as international culture with theatre, dance, music and literature.

    Lazarides said through the three-year series of events, the Bank will present its role in local financial, cultural and social developments.

    The last Soviet Union President Michail Gorbachev and the former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, who played a key-role in the reunification of his country, are included in the Bank's guest list.

    Armstrong will be visiting the island in June, while the date of Gorbachev's arrival has not yet been fixed.

    Genscher will give a lecture on "The role of a new Europe in a changing world" in Nicosia, on March 30.

    Lazarides pointed out that the Bank intends to invite to the island more world personalities, adding the "Light Years" will be constantly enriched.

    CNA GG/GP/1999

    [02] House President - Majorca Conference

    Larnaca, Mar 5 (CNA) - The Cyprus problem will be discussed at the Conference of Mediterranean Parliamentary Speakers, taking place March 7 and 8 in Majorca, House of Representatives Spyros Kyprianou said today.

    Speaking on his departure for Majorca, Kyprianou said he will have meetings on the sidelines of the Conference both on the Cyprus question and the Republic's European Union course.

    The House President said the Cyprus problem and Greco-Turkish relations will be addressed during a discussion on peace in the Mediterranean and the parliaments' role.

    Kyprianou underlined the importance of garnering support from Parliamentary speakers "on our EU accession course and a Cyprus settlement."

    Cyprus, which has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, began substantive accession talks with the EU last year.

    However, the House President appeared pessimistic with regard to the Cyprus question "because of the Turkish side's stance and the fact that Turkey does no feel any need or pressure to change its attitude."

    Referring to the Conference, Kyprianou said an initial decision has been taken to make it a yearly event and noted that parliaments are beginning to play a more serious role in relation to decisions taken by the EU.

    CNA MAN/MK/MA/GP/1999

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