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Foreign Minister Markoullis thanks Israel, comments on upcoming trip to Paris
2011-09-02 09:33:11

Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs, Erato Kozakou Markoullis, has expressed the Republic's gratitude to Israel for providing generators and medical assistance following the deadly explosion of munitions at a naval base near Limassol, which rendered the island's main power station inoperable.

Before departing for Paris to attend the international conference on Libya, Mrs. Markoullis referred to the meetings she held with Israeli officials last week during her one-day trip to Israel.

Minister Markoullis mentioned that her schedule in Israel did not allow her time to visit a heavily wounded Cypriot who was injured during the blast on July 11, but noted that government officials have visited him and prepared a report on his condition, which she said is improving.

Referring to her imminent trip to Paris, Minister Markoullis said she will be partaking in the international conference on Libya, which is an initiative of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron. The conference will be attended by 50 countries and ten international organizations.

She added that this is "a very important meeting, during which issues of political support to the National Transitional Council will be discussed,'' noting that Cyprus has recently recognized the aforementioned Council as the legal representative of the Libyan people.

Minister Markoullis concluded her statements by saying that Cyprus' participation in the conference is in order to "establish how we can help at this significant moment for the Libyan people."

From Paris, Minister Markoullis will fly to Poland, to participate in the EU Informal Gymnich, to be held on September 2 and 3. The Ministers will discuss the Middle East, Libya, Syria, and EU relations with countries such as South Africa, Ukraine and Belarus.

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