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Greek Defence Minister to pay three-day official visit to Cyprus
2011-07-18 09:18:54

Greek Minister of Defence Panayiotis Beglitis arrives in Cyprus on Monday, July 18, for a three-day official visit at the invitation of his Cypriot counterpart Demetris Eliades.

On Monday,Mr.Beglitis, accompanied by Defense Minister Eliades, will visit the Evangelos Florakis Naval Base, where munitions confiscated in 2009 exploded resulting in the deaths of 13 people. The two Ministers will also lay wreaths at the graves of navy officers who were among the victims and will visit the family of Navy Commander Andreas Ioannides, who died in the explosion.

Mr. Beglitis' official welcoming will be held at the National Guard General Staff, followed by talks between the two Ministers. In the evening,the Greek Defense Minister will attend an event organized by the Pancyprian Organization of Relatives of Missing Persons and Undeclared Prisoners.

On Tuesday, July 19, Mr. Beglitis will be received by President Christofias and President of the House of Representatives Yiannakis Omirou, and will meet with leaders or representatives of parliamentary parties.

He will also attend memorial prayers at the monument of the Greek Armed Forces and an event to condemn the 1974 coup and Turkish invasion, to be held at the Presidential Palace.

On his last day in Cyprus, Mr. Beglitis will meet with Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus Chrysostomos II and will attend memorial prayers at the Tomb of Makedonitissa and a memorial service for those who died during the Turkish invasion of 1974.

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