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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-05-04

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    Five interstate agreements on research and the co-exploitation of hydrocarbon deposits in the line between the exclusive economic zones of Cyprus and Egypt were signed during the official visit of Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos to Egypt.

    The signing of the agreements took place at the presence of President Papadopoulos and Prime Minister of Egypt Ahmed Nazif. Three of the agreements were signed by Cypriot Foreign Minister George Iacovou with his Egyptian counterpart, the Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation and the Minister of Education and Scientific Research.

    Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism George Lillikas signed two agreements with Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Energy and Minister of Petroleum.

    The agreements cover the co-exploitation of hydrocarbon deposits in the line between the two countries` exclusive economic zones, the cooperation of the two countries in the production of electricity and renewable sources, a special programme on cultural, scientific and technological cooperation, scientific cooperation on research and development and a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in development.

    President Papadopoulos and Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif expressed satisfaction with the signing of the agreements.

    ``This is a very historic day in our bilateral relations because it opens up avenues, new types of cooperation``, President Papadopoulos said.

    Asked if a committee is going to be set up for monitoring the implementation of these agreements, the Egyptian Prime Minister said there is such a committee, but it needs to be re-activated.

    President Papadopoulos also had meetings today with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Speaker of the Egyptian People`s Assembly Ahmed Fathy Sorour and the General Secretary of the Arab League Amr Moussa.

    During his contacts President Papadopoulos expressed his gratitude for Egypt`s consistent support to the cause of Cyprus.

    Foreign Minister Iacovou also met in Cairo with his Egyptian counterpart with whom he discussed the Cyprus question and other international issues.


    Greek Premier Costas Karamanlis and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan exchanged views on the Cyprus issue, in a meeting they had on the sidelines of the South East Europe Cooperation Process (SEECP) summit in Thessaloniki.

    According to diplomatic sources the two sides expressed hope that there will be an ``auspicous end`` and the Greek side once again stressed its support to the UN Secretary General`s effort for the technical committees.

    The same sources said that Karamanlis stressed that a renewed effort for a Cyprus settlement must be well prepared so as to lead to a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem.

    Karamanlis said the full normalization of Greco - Turkish relations consists a strategic goal of his country, noting that both countries have expressed their will for the improvement of their relations.

    He added that Greece supports Turkeys European course, as long as Turkey fulfills all its obligations towards the European Union.

    Karamanlis described as useful the meetings he has with the Turkish Premier adding that they will continue, as an ongoing practice between neighbors and that this meeting took place in a friendly atmosphere.


    A total of 487 persons plus eight for the religious groups of the Maronites, Latins and Armenians, have submitted candidacies for the 56 seats of Greek Cypriots in the House of Representatives and the three representatives of the religious groups.

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