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French Minister pays official visit to Cyprus
2006-07-21 12:27:54

Larnaca, Jul 21 (CNA) ? French Minister Delegate for European Affairs Catherine Colonna arrived here today, on a two-day official visit.

During her stay, Colonna will be received by Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and hold official talks with Minister of Foreign Affair Yiorgos Lillikas.

After her arrival at Larnaca Airport, Colonna met with the French Crisis Management Unit operating at the airport, as French citizens arrive in Cyprus from war-ravaged Lebanon.

At 1400 local time, Colonna will attend an official lunch hosted by Lillikas in her honor.

At 1545 the two Ministers will have a meeting at the Foreign Ministry, to be followed by official talks of their respective delegations. Statements to the press will follow.

At 1800 she will have a working meeting with the French Crisis Management Team and at 1900 she will inaugurate the new premises of the embassy of the Republic of France, in Lillikas? presence.

At 1945 she will attend a reception by the Ambassador of the Republic of France to Cyprus Hadelin de La Tour du Pin in her honour and at 2100 she will attend a dinner at President Papadopoulos? residence.

On Saturday, Colonna will go at Larnaca port to welcome French evacuees arriving from Beirut on board ?Ierapetra?.

She will leave the island in the afternoon.

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