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Athens News Agency: News in English, 12-02-20

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  • [01] ND leader meets with Cyprus President
  • [02] Four unknown shipwrecks discovered

  • [01] ND leader meets with Cyprus President

    Nicosia (AMNA/A. Viketos) -- Greece's New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras, on a visit to Nicosia, met on Monday with Cyprus president Demetris Christofias, and said afterwards that the Cyprus issue remains a top priority of Greek foreign policy, and also that Greece must undertake initiatives for the determination of its own Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

    After the one-hour meeting, Samaras said that despite the economic difficulties Greece is currently going through "the Cyprus issue remains, for us, a top issue in our foreign policy priorities".

    During the meeting, the two men discussed the Cyprus issue and the matter of natural gas exploration in Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).amna

    Samaras said he was closely following the developments regarding Cyprus' EEZ, and had an extensive discussion on this with President Christofias. "We believe that Greece should undertake corresponding specific initiatives, such as those undertaken with the recognition of (Cyprus') EEZ by the late (Cyprus) President Tassos Papadopoulos," Samaras said, adding that "this common denominator of the existence of underwater wealth" for the two countries "also shows the depth of a joint strategy that could be developed between Cyprus and Greece on these issues of the economy as well".

    [02] Four unknown shipwrecks discovered

    AMNA--Four previously unknown shipwrecks have been discovered some 30 kilometers off the bay of Heraklion, Crete, and south and east of the islet Dia (off the northern coast of Crete, 7 nautical miles north of Heraklion) in recent underwater exploration conducted by the culture and tourism ministry's Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities.

    The exploration was conducted to locate and record underwater antiquities in the wider area of the bay of Heraklion, as well as the gulf of Yera of Lesvos island and the island of Tilos.

    The new finds comprise two Roman era shipwrecks, one containing 1st and 2nd Cretan amphorae and the other containing 5th-7th century Post-Roman era amphorae, and two shipwrecks containing Byzantine amphorae, dated from the 8th-9th century and later. The finds in the shipwrecks were documented and raised from the seabed for further analysis.

    Three more recent shipwrecks were also discovered, as well as four other areas with archaeological material of various eras and origin which, due to their immense research interest, will be further explored in 2012 by the Ephorate.

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