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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 99-11-04

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <>

Thursday, 4 November 1999

  • [01] Clerides to meet with Simitis
  • [02] Cyprus ambassador to Portugal presents credentials
  • [03] British to use alternative firing range instead of Akamas
  • [04] New finds at the medieval sugar mill of Kolossi


    President Glafcos Clerides and Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis are scheduled to meet on 20 November in Athens, Cyprus' Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou announced yesterday.

    He also said Greece's Foreign Minister George Papandreou will visit Cyprus although no firm date has as yet been fixed.


    Cyprus' ambassador, Ms Thalia Petrides, has presented her credentials to the President of Portugal Jorge Sampaio.

    Speaking at the meeting, Mr Sampaio expressed his country's support to the Cyprus Republic's European Union (EU) accession course and said he will back it during December's summit in Helsinki, Finland.


    Cyprus and the UK are set to sign a memorandum of understanding concerning the use of an alternative firing range to that of Akamas in the training of British military personnel.

    The Council of Ministers decided yesterday to authorise the Foreign Minister to sign with representatives of Great Britain a memorandum which would give the British the right to use the firing range of Kalo Chorio from 10 until 19 August every year instead of the right to carry out 70-day exercises in Akamas.


    Important remains of the medieval era have been unearthed at the medieval sugar mill of Kolossi in the Limassol district, after the completion of archaeological excavations in the area which took place on 8-15 September.

    This year's excavations revealed two more fire chambers , where the sugar was boiled, a basic procedure in the refining process. Eight such fire chambers have been found in all, but these last two were found outside the vaulted main building where the others were situated, indicating that the building may have been larger than was originally thought.

    In addition the stone water channel, which had been found in previous excavations, was further unearthed and found to run along the whole length of the building of the refinery.

    The Kolossi sugar mill as well as the Kolossi Castle belonged to the powerful religious military Order of the knights of St. John of Jerusalem, the well-known Hospitallers. After the fall of Acre in Palestine in 1291, where they had their headquarters, they came to Cyprus, transferring their headquarters first to Limassol and then to Kolossi. The Commandery of Kolossi was the richest and most important territory of the Hospitallers covering a large area which included mainly vineyards and sugar-cane plantations around Limassol, Paphos and the foothills of Troodos.

    Sugar was a very important product for Cyprus in the 14th and 15th centuries, bringing wealth and fame to the island. Previously many written records had existed mentioning that sugar was extensively cultivated in Venetian times but only recently have archaeological finds been able to corroborate these writings and bring tangible evidence of the buildings and the mechanical devices involved in the sugar production process.

    From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at

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