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Simitis opens exhibition of Cypriot culture in Salonica
2003-09-08 17:05:48

Salonica, Sep 7 (CNA) - Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis opened an exhibition dedicated to Cypriot culture yesterday in Salonica. The exhibition, titled ''Cyprus 1700-2000'', is organised by the Teloglion Foundation of Art in cooperation with the Thessaloniki International Fair.

The Athens News Agency reported that, speaking at the opening ceremony, Simitis said ''the dynamism of the Cypriot society is the most effective impetus to close the open wound of the Cyprus problem, as we all wish, so that the two communities can live peacefully, creatively, in a united European Cyprus''.

Simitis said the exhibition gives ''the cultural and political message that Cyprus, which has a long historical course, participates in Europe and has its own contribution to make''.

The exhibition covers the historic period from the 18th century to our times. The backbone of the exhibition, which lasts from September 7 to December 7, is the monumental painting of famous Cypriot artist Adamantios Diamantis, ''The World of Cyprus.''

Other exhibits include collectors' items, documents, photographs, archive material, rough sketches, drawings, manuscripts, correspondence, pieces of furniture, books, oil paintings, watercolours, and traditional costumes.

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