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Croatian President visits Cyprus
2007-06-28 14:08:20

The President of Croatia, Mr. Stjepan Mesic, arrived on Wednesday June 27, to Cyprus for a state visit.

During official talks at the Presidential Palace, the President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos assured the Croatian President, of Cyprus’ support towards the country in its effort to join the European Union.

In his statements, President Papadopoulos referred to the “excellent relations with Croatia”, adding that they “had a useful exchange of views on a number of issues, which affect both our countries''.

Apart from matters concerning Croatia’s EU accession course, the two Presidents also discussed the problems in the southeastern Mediterranean region and ways to resolve them, as well as the prospects for further enhancing their bilateral relations in the fields of commerce, economy and culture.

The Croatian President referred to President Papadopoulos’ official visit to Croatia last November, and described it as a turning point for the relations between Nicosia and Zagreb. He emphasized the “great potential that exists for further strengthening our fruitful cooperation” and underlined the need for doing more “in terms of economic cooperation”. President Papadopoulos concluded that “We must increase our bilateral, commercial, economic and cultural relations and it is up to the individuals to see the opportunities and make the best of it”.

Another issue that was discussed was how Croatia resolved the refugee issue that emerged, as a result of the wars in the region. The Croatian President said that “The process of the return of refugees and restitution of their properties and bringing those people, who are responsible for crimes to justice, is something that enables us to have fruitful cooperation with the countries of the region”. He added that with respect to the E.U., Croatia wished to “use and exploit the experience of Cyprus”.

President Mesic had a meeting with the President of the House of Representatives Demetris Christofias and was also honored with the Medal of the City of Nicosia by the Mayor of Nicosia, Ms. Eleni Mavrou. The Mayor reiterated that one of the most significant products of Nicosia’s cooperation with Zagreb is the ratification of the Protocol of Cooperation between the two cities.

During the ceremony with the Mayor of Nicosia, the Croatian President referred to the Cyprus problem, saying that its solution can be reached only through the will and wisdom of the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus.

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