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Polish President to pay official visit to Cyprus
2005-03-11 13:47:35

Nicosia, Mar 11 (CNA) -- Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski will pay an official visit to Cyprus between 16 - 17 March.

During his stay here Kwasniewski will meet Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and delegations of the two countries will hold official talks, headed by the two Presidents.

The Polish President will also meet with the Mayor of Nicosia and members of the Municipal Council and will visit the old city of Nicosia and the cease-fire line dividing the island since 1974, when the Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Kwasniewski and the other members of the Polish delegation will arrive to Cyprus at 1645 local time, March 16.

Kwasniewski and his spouse will be received at Larnaca airport by Minister of Interior and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Andreas Christou, Minister of Education and Culture Pefkios Georgiades, spouse of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jennifer Iacovou and Undersecretary to the President Christodoulos Pasiardis.

On Thursday, March 17, at 1000, Kwasniewski and his spouse will arrive at the Presidential Palace.

They will be welcomed by President Papadopoulos and his spouse Fotini.

A band will play the National Anthems of Poland and Cyprus and Kwasniewski will inspect a Guard of Honour, escorted by Papadopoulos.

After that the Polish President will lay a wreath at the statue of the late President of the Republic of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios III. A moment of silence will follow.

The two Presidents will then introduce to each other the members of the delegations of their countries and enter the Presidential Palace.

At 1015 they will have a brief tet a tet meeting.

Official talks will follow at 1030.

From the Polish side together with the President will participate at the meeting the Minister of National Education and Sport Miroslaw Sawicki, the Ambassador of Poland to Cyprus Zbigniew Szymanski, the Secretary of State at the Presidential Chancellery, Chief of the National Security Bureau Jerzy Bahr, the Undersecretary of State at the Presidential Chancellery Andrzej Majkowski, the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Economy and Labour Miroslaw Zielinski, the Deputy Director of the European Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jerzy Chmielewski and Jolanta Albin from the International Relations Bureau at the Presidential Chancellery.

From the Cypriot side together with the President of the Republic will participate at the meeting the Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou, the Minister of Education and Culture Pefkios Georgiades, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides, Undersecretary to the President Christodoulos Pasiardis, Permanent Secretary of the Planning Bureau Andreas Moleskis, Director of the Diplomatic Office of the President Tasos Tzionis and the Ambassador of Cyprus to Poland Nafsika Krousti.

After the talks the two Presidents will make statements to the press.

At 1145 Kwasniewski will visit Nicosia Town Hall and will have a meeting with the Mayor Michalakis Zampelas and members of the Municipal Council.

At 1155, he will visit the old city of Nicosia and the cease-fire line, accompanied by the Mayor.

At 1330, Kwasniewski and his spouse will attend a state luncheon hosted in their honour by President Papadopoulos and his spouse.

At 1630, he will give a lecture at the University of Cyprus on ''The Republic of Poland and the Republic of Cyprus in the United Europe.''

A debate will follow.

At 1730, Kwasniewski and his spouse will arrive at the Presidential Palace, where they will be received by Cyprus President and his spouse.

The two Presidents and their spouses will have a brief meeting at the Presidential Office.

At 1745, the official ceremony for seeing off the Polish President and his spouse will begin.

The two Presidents will greet the members of the Polish official delegation and the Cypriot dignitaries.

The two Presidents and their spouses will then exit the Presidential Palace and a band will sound the National Anthems of Cyprus and Poland.

The two Presidents will proceed to the inspection of the Guard of Honour by the President of Poland.

Kwasniewski and his spouse will then greet President Papadopoulos and his spouse and depart.

The Polish delegation will take off on a special flight from Larnaca Airport at 1850.

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