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Polish President arrives in Cyprus for official visit
2005-03-16 14:29:15

Nicosia, Mar 16 (CNA) -- Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski arrived in Cyprus today for a two-day official visit.

Kwasniewski and his spouse were 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.

During his stay here, Kwasniewski will meet 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 ceasefire line dividing the island since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied the island's northern third.

On Thursday morning, Kwasniewski and his spouse will arrive at the Presidential Palace, where they will be welcomed by President Papadopoulos and his wife, Fotini.

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

The Polish President will also 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 for a brief tete-a-tete meeting, followed by official talks.

The Polish President's delegation includes Minister of National Education and Sport Miroslaw Sawicki, Ambassador of Poland to Cyprus Zbigniew Szymanski, Secretary of State at the Presidential Chancellery, Chief of the National Security Bureau Jerzy Bahr, Undersecretary of State at the Presidential Chancellery Andrzej Majkowski, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Economy and Labour Miroslaw Zielinski, 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.

President Papadopoulos' delegation comprises Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou, 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 Ambassador of Cyprus to Poland Nafsika Krousti.

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

Kwasniewski will also visit the Nicosia Town Hall and will have a meeting with Mayor Michalakis Zampelas and members of the Municipal Council. He will then visit the old city of Nicosia and the ceasefire line, accompanied by the Mayor.

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

In the afternoon, 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.

Kwasniewski and his spouse will then proceed to the Presidential Palace, where they will be received by President Papadopoulos and his spouse.

The two Presidents and their spouses will have a brief meeting at the Presidential Office, followed by the official ceremony for seeing off the Polish President and his spouse.

The two Presidents will greet the members of the Polish official delegation and the Cypriot dignitaries and then, accompanied by their spouses, will exit the Presidential Palace and a band will sound the National Anthems of Cyprus and Poland.

Kwasniewski will proceed to the inspection of the Guard of Honour and then, along with his spouse, will greet President Papadopoulos and his spouse and depart.

The Polish delegation will take off on a special flight from Larnaca Airport tomorrow evening.

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