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Greek government honors Cypriot firemen
2007-09-06 08:48:36

Athens, Sep 2 – Cypriot firemen, who joined forces with Greek firefighters to combat the huge blazes in Greece, have been honored in a special ceremony by the Greek Government before their return to Cyprus.

On Sunday September 2, 2007, the Cypriot firemen laid a wreath at a monument for firemen killed on duty. The ceremony was held in Chalandri, in the presence of the Greek Minister of Public Order Mr. Viron Polydoras, the Ambassador of Cyprus to Greece Mr. Giorgos Georgis and the Chief of the Fire Department Mr. Andreas Kois.

Mr. Polydoras handed over honorary certificates to the 168 participants in the Cypriot mission and thanked them for their valuable help. He thanked Cyprus’ President Tassos Papadopoulos and stated that he was in constant touch with Cyprus Justice and Public Order Minister Mr. Sophocles Sophocleous and the Chief of Police Mr. Iacovos Papacostas. Mr. Polydoras pointed out that “Once again the fraternal relations between Cyprus and Greece have been reaffirmed”.

Mr. Georgis thanked Mr. Polydoras for his words and said that the Cypriot firemen had become “the apostles” of Cyprus in Greece. Speaking after the ceremony, Mr. Polydoras said that following overnight operations at Karistena and operations in Parnonas in the morning, all fires have been extinguished.

In the meantime, a team of five Cypriot technocrats left Sunday September 2, 2007 for Greece, with a view to evaluate the extensive damage suffered in Artemida village in Peloponnesus, during the recent fires that caused devastation across the country. The mission will go to Greece following a Cyprus government decision to undertake the cost of rebuilding Artemida.

For financial contributions to aid victims and the reconstruction of destroyed areas the Goverment of Greece has established the following relief fund:

“Special Account for the Relief of the Victims of Fire”
Account Number 2341103053 (Bank of
(Swift/BIC: BNGRGRAA, IBAN: GR 9801000230000002341103053)

[funds can be transferred in any currency]

Contributions can also be made through the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association's (AHEPA) website:

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