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 Cyprus to be represented at Arafat's funeral
Cyprus to be represented at Arafat's funeral
Nicosia, Nov 12 (CNA) -- Cyprus President, government and political parties will be represented at today's funeral of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Cairo.
Honourary President of the Social Democrats Movement EDEK Vassos Lyssarides, former President of the Cyprus parliament and a persoanl friend of Yasser Arafat, will attend the funeral representing Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos.
The Cyprus government will be represented by Foreign Minister George Iacovou.
Lyssarides and Iacovou flew last night to Athens from where they will fly on to Cairo today, on the same plane with Greece's Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis.
Lyssarides said on departure that ''Cyprus has lost an important friend because his voice and the voice of Palestine represented the Cypriot struggle at the various fora from which we were excluded''.
Iacovou said Yasser Arafats death ''leaves a gap both for the Palestinians and the course towards peace''.
 Greek Premier in Cyprus today
Greek Premier in Cyprus today
Nicosia, Nov 12 (CNA) -- Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis arrives here today for a two-day visit during which he will hold talks with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and meet political party leaders, the supreme body of the Cyprus Church and address the island's 56-seat House of Representatives.
It is understood that his Nicosia talks will focus on efforts to revive the negotiation process for a solution to the protracted Cyprus problem and European Union issues, including Turkey's bid to secure a date for the start of membership talks with the EU.
The Greek Premier is scheduled to arrive at 1300 local time (1100 GMT) at Larnaca International Airport where he will be met by President Papadopoulos.
Karamanlis will be accompanied by Government Spokesman Theodoros Rousopoulos, Deputy Foreign Minister Ioannis Valinakis and other officials. Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis will join the Greek delegation after attending Yasser Arafat's funeral in Cairo.
In Nicosia, the Greek delegation will go to the Presidential Palace where Karamanlis will lay a wreath at the statue of the first President of the Cyprus Republic, Archbishop Makarios III.
Papadopoulos and Karamanlis will have a short private meeting followed by talks with the participation of the two countries' delegations. Afterwards, the two leaders will make statements to the press.
Later on Karamanlis will meet with Cypriot parliamentary party leaders, in Papadopoulos' presence.
The meeting will be attended by left-wing AKEL General Secretary Demetris Christofias, right-wing DISY President Nicos Anastasiades, centre-right DIKO Acting President Nicos Kleanthous, Social Democrats Movement EDEK President Yiannakis Omirou, United Democrats President George Vassiliou, New Horizons President Nicos Koutsou, Struggling Democratic Movement President Dinos Michaelides and Ecologists-Environmentalists Movement General Secretary George Perdikis.
In the evening, Karamanlis will meet at his hotel with Acting Primate of the Cyprus Church Holy Synod, Paphos' Bishop Chrysostomos, and members of the Holy Synod.
The Cyprus President will host, later on, an official dinner in honour of Karamanlis, at the Presidential Palace.
Tomorrow morning Karamanlis and his entourage will visit the graves of Cypriots who fought against British colonial rule in the 1950s. There, he will be welcomed by Minister of Justice and Public Order Doros Theodorou. The Greek Premier will lay a wreath and sign the visitors' book.
Karamanlis will then meet at the House of Representatives with House President Demetris Christofias in the presence of President Papadopoulos. The Greek Prime Minister will address a special session of the House.
He will also meet the Committee of Relatives of Missing Persons and Undeclared Prisoners of war.
Greek Ambassador to Cyprus Christos Panagopoulos will give a reception at his residence in honour of Karamanlis.
 Greek Premier arrives in Cyprus
Greek Premier arrives in Cyprus
Larnaca, Nov 12 (CNA) -- Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis arrived today in Cyprus for a two-day visit, his first visit to the island after his election.
The Greek Premier was welcomed by Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos during a red carpet ceremony, while the National Guard band played the national anthem. The Premier inspected a guard of honour.
The Greek Premier was also met at Larnaca airport by Greek Orthodox Bishop of Kitium Chrysostomos, the Ministers of Defence, Justice and Education, other officials as well as the military and police heads.
 Greek Premier says Cyprus efforts will continue with same intensity
Greek Premier says Cyprus efforts will continue with same intensity
Larnaca, Nov 12 (CNA) -- Efforts for a Cyprus settlement within the UN framework will continue with the same intensity, Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, has stressed upon his arrival in Cyprus for a two-day visit, his first visit after his election.
Speaking at Larnaca airport Karamanlis said that his talks with the Cyprus government will focus on the Cyprus problem, bilateral and European issues with emphasis on the decisions of next December's European Council.
''Cyprus' accession to the European Union is a historic moment creating new conditions of security, development and most importantly new conditions to achieve what we have for many years longed for, solution of the Cyprus problem and reunification of the island'', he stressed.
Welcoming the Greek Premier, Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos expressed the Cyprus people's ''immense gratitude'' for Greece's support to the Cyprus cause.
''On behalf of the Cyprus people and my self, I express to you the gratitude of the Cyprus people for all that noble support Greece offers to Cyprus with a big cost'', the island's President said.
He expressed certainty that this support will continue in the framework of a new era of relations and that justice in Cyprus will eventually be restored.
Karamanlis also said that ''the Cyprus he visits is a modern, complete and equal member of the European Union but at the same time a Cyprus still struggling for a comprehensive, viable and functional solution of its problem''.
He added that he will hold discussions with the Cyprus government and political leadership on the Cyprus problem, ''several European issues with an emphasis on next month's European Summit''.
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 Cyprus & Greece agree Turkey must fulfill obligations towards EU & Cyprus
Cyprus & Greece agree Turkey must fulfill obligations towards EU & Cyprus
Nicosia, Nov 12 (CNA) -- Cyprus and Greece support Turkeys European course, however, they say Turkey must fulfill its obligations as a candidate country, towards the European Union and Cyprus, stated here Friday Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and visiting Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.
Speaking after their talks at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, President Papadopoulos avoided revealing what stance Cyprus will take on the issue of granting Turkey a date for the start of accession negotiations with the EU, stressing that the decision will be taken, after developments are reviewed at the last moment.
He stressed that although 17 December 2004 is a milestone, it does not mean that efforts end there.
The EU leaders are expected to decide on the issue on 17 December during their Summit. Both Greece and Cyprus are members of the EU.
The two leaders stressed the need for a resumption of efforts to solve the Cyprus problem based on the Annan Plan, provided, as President Papadopoulos stated, the relevant amendments and improvements are made to the plan to make it functional and viable.
The common aim remains the need to solve the Cyprus problem, within the framework of the UN and as a member of the EU, said Karamanlis, so that Cypriots can live in conditions of security and prosperity and enjoy the fruits of accession to the EU.
The two leaders examined issues of common interest in a climate of understanding and cooperation, as they said, and ascertained the excellent level of bilateral relations.
Papadopoulos and Karamanlis also discussed the missing persons issue.
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