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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-10-07

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    Irish President Mary McAleese arrived in Cyprus on October 7 for an official visit, during which she will hold talks with President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos.

    McAleese arrived at Larnaca Airport on a special flight, where she received a red carpet welcome by Cypriot Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment Photis Photiou, the spouse of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Barbara Lillikas, Cyprus` Ambassador to Ireland Andreas Kakouris and Irish Ambassador to Cyprus Tom Brady.

    According to the programme of the visit, at 1910 McAleesse, escorted by President Papadopoulos, will visit the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, where they will watch the football match between the national teams of Cyprus and Ireland for the qualifying round of the European Football Cup.

    On October 8, McAleese will visit Kykkos Monasteri and the Tomb of Archbishop Makarios III at Throni.

    McAleese will attend at 1945 a private dinner at President Papadopoulos` residence.

    On October 9 at 1000 an official welcoming ceremony will be held at the Presidential Palace, during which the Irish President and the Cypriot President will take up positions facing the flags of their two countries, while the band plays the National Anthems of the two countries.

    McAleese will then proceed to the inspection of the Guard of Honour and lay a wreath at the statue of the late President of the Republic of Cyprus Archbishop Makarios III. A moment of silence will be observed.

    President Papadopoulos and McAleese will then introduce each other their delegations and will enter the Presidential Palace, where at 1010 they will have a brief meeting.

    Official talks will begin at 1020 between the Irish President, the Cypriot President and their delegations.

    Statements to the press will be made at 1110, after which McAleese will depart for the House of Representatives, where at 1140 she will meet with House President Demetris Christofias.

    McAleese will meet at 1210 at the Town Hall Nicosia Mayor Michalakis Zampellas, who will present her with the Golden Key of the City. McAleese, escorted by Zampellas, will visit the old city and the ceasefire line.

    At 1330, McAleese will attend a lunch hosted by Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Lillikas.

    McAleese will at 1715 depart for the University of Cyprus, where she will be welcomed by the Cypriot President. McAleese will give a speech on ``Europe`s new Horizons: an Irish perspective.``

    At 2100 McAleese and her delegation will attend a state banquet hosted by President Papadopoulos at the Presidential Palace.

    On October 10, McAleese will visit the Cyprus Archaeological Museum, where she will have a guided tour.

    McAleese will attend at 1200 a reception by the Irish Ambassador to Cyprus.

    At 1515 McAleese will have a brief meeting at the Presidential Palace with President Papadopoulos, after which an official seeing off ceremony will be held with the band playing the National Anthems of the Republic of Cyprus and of Ireland, followed by an inspection of the Guard of Honour by the Irish President.

    McAleese will arrive at Larnaca Airport at 1620, where Lillikas will bid her farewell. The Irish President will depart from the island on a special flight scheduled for 1650 local time.

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