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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-06-28

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos expressed Cyprus support towards Croatia in its effort to join the European Union.

    President Papadopoulos held official talks with his Croatian counterpart Stjepan Mesic, who is paying Cyprus an official visit.

    The Croatian President thanked President Papadopoulos for his support and expressed the wish that Cyprus continues contributing to Zagrebs efforts to become a full EU member state.

    During official talks at the Presidential Palace, the two Presidents discussed matters concerning Croatias EU accession course, the problems in the south eastern Mediterranean region and ways to resolve them, as well as the prospects for further enhancing their bilateral relations in the fields of commerce, economy and culture.

    In statements after the meeting, Mesic described President Papadopoulos official visit to Croatia last November, as a turning point for the relations between Nicosia and Zagreb.

    Referring to bilateral relations, he emphasized on the great potential that exists for further strengthening our fruitful cooperation.

    The Croatian President, who is accompanied in Cyprus, among others, by the Chairman of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Director of the largest Croatian ports, noted that through this (delegation) we wish to show that in terms of economic cooperation much more must and can be done.

    He also said that he informed the President of Cyprus on how Croatia resolved the refugee issue that emerged, as a result of the wars in the region.

    The process of the return of refugees and restitution of their properties and bringing those people who are responsible for crimes to justice, is something that enables us to have fruitful cooperation with the countries of the region, the Croatian President said.

    Asked whether his country intends to utilize Cyprus` experience towards the EU, Mesic said we do wish to use and exploit the experience of Cyprus and we also wish Cyprus to continue its support towards Croatia on its EU path.

    In his statements, President Papadopoulos referred to the excellent relations with Croatia, adding that during the official talks, they had a useful exchange of views on a number of issues, which affect both our countries``.

    We also discussed the process of Croatia towards the EU which we strongly support, the Cypriot President said.

    Furthermore, he underlined the need to further enhance the relations between Cyprus and Croatia.

    ``We must increase our bilateral, commercial, economic and cultural relations and it is up to the individuals to see the opportunities and make the best of it``, he concluded.

    Later on, the Croatian President held a meeting with the President of the House of Representatives Demetris Christofias.

    No statements were made after this meeting.

    The Republic of Cyprus is divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.

    Cyprus became a full EU member state in May 2004.


    Agriculture sector in Europe can better survive if it sets as its goal the production of high quality products, said here Thursday European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Mariann Fischer Boel, noting that Cyprus can contribute towards the achievement of this goal.

    Boel, who is paying an official visit to Cyprus, met this afternoon with representatives of Cypriot non governmental agricultural organizations, who informed her on the various problems they are facing.

    In a press conference she held with the Cypriot Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment Fotis Fotiou, after the meeting, Boel called upon the Cypriot farmers to aim on high quality products.


    Cypriot tennis player Marcos Baghdatis beat French Nicolas Devilder with 3-1 set, and advanced in the third round of the Wimbledon 2007.

    Baghdatis won the first two sets with 6-0 and 7-6 but lost the third set with 6-7.

    The Cypriot tennis player won the fourth and final set with 6-2.

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