Cyprus gives Maldives financial assistance
by Apostolis Zoupaniotis
New York, May 27 (CNA) -- Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis, handed a cheque worth 110 thousand dollars to the Ambassador of the Maldives Mohamed Latheef collected by the Cooperative Movement in Cyprus in aid following the catastrophic tsunami of last December in south-east Asia.
Delivering the cheque, which was accompanied by a letter by Cyprus Foreign Minister George Iacovou, Mavroyiannis expressed Cyprus’ solidarity with efforts being made to reconstruct the country as well as its willingness to support the country, as an EU member state.
He said that Cyprus, as a small state, is aware of the problems faced by island states especially in the field of security and expressed the government’s readiness to promote development of relations between the Maldives and the EU. This contribution by the Cooperative Movement, Mavroyiannis added, is an expression of Cyprus’ solidarity with the Maldives.
Latheef expressed gratitude to the Cooperative Movement and the people and government of Cyprus for their assistance, noting that Cyprus can share with the Maldives its experience and knowledge.
The Maldives ambassador expressed hope that with the contribution of the EU, the US and international organisations, his country will be able to secure the 400.000.000 dollars required to reconstruct the country.