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Cyprus President in Vienna for EU-Latin American summit
2006-05-12 14:44:07

by Athena Arsalidou

Vienna, May 12 (CNA) --- What has been described as the biggest and most important summit in the history of postwar Austria is taking place today and tomorrow in Vienna, with the participation of more than 60 heads of state and government of European Union, Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and Foreign Minister George Iacovou arrived yesterday in the Austrian capital to attend the fourth EU - Latin America/Caribbean Summit.

Last night, the Austrian presidency hosted an official dinner at Hofburg Palace for all heads of state and government and all Foreign Ministers. The dinner was also attended by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Turkish Premier Recep Tayip Erdogan.

President Papadopoulos is expected to confer with his EU and Latin America counterparts on the sidelines of the summit. Today he is scheduled to meet with Greek Premier Kostas Karamanlis.

The Summit will be addressed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The agenda includes several issues such as Democracy and Human Rights, Combat of Terrorism, Drugs and Organized Crime, Employment and Migration, as well as environment and energy matters.

Parallel to the Summit, Austria is also organizing the first EU - Latin America and Caribbean Business Summit with representatives of the business communities from the two regions who will discuss trade relations, investment, services and business opportunities.

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