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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-04-30

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  • [01] TOKAS - FUNERAL

  • [01] TOKAS - FUNERAL

    Renowned Cypriot composer Marios Tokas, who passed away on Easter Sunday, at the age of 54, after a battle with cancer, will be laid to rest this afternoon in Athens.

    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias, a close friend of Tokas, travelled to the Greek capital to attend the funeral which will be held at public expense, while Cypriot Minister of Education and Culture, Andreas Demetriou will deliver the funeral oration.

    Political parties on the island and various organisations have issued statements praising Tokas great contribution to the world of music and to his country.

    Tokas, who was born in Limassol on 8 June 1954, on the south coast of the island, was receiving treatment for cancer at an Athens hospital when he succumbed in the early hours Sunday.

    Distinguished for his countless hits, Marios Tokas wrote songs for big Greek names such as Demetris Mitropanos, Yiannis Parios, Manolis Mitsias, Haris Alexiou, Demetra Galani and Antonis Kalogianis.

    The son of Cypriot journalist and writer Kypros Tokas, Marios moved to Athens in 1974 with the dream to make a career in the music industry. He studied simultaneously at the Philosophical School and the State Conservatory.

    From an early age he exhibited a talent in music writing and in 1978 he released his first album entitled ``Ta tragoudia tis pareas``, which earned him an early critical acclaim. This was followed by another great success, the ``Mikra Erotika`` sang by Antonis Kalogianis.

    More successes followed over the years, establishing him as a great composer. He also wrote the music for a number of psalms.

    Marios Tokas is survived by his wife and three children.


    The Foreign Ministers of Cyprus and Germany will meet today in Berlin to discuss the new process which began for reaching a Cyprus solution and reunifying the island, divided since the Turkish invasion of 1974.

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his Cypriot counterpart Marcos Kyprianou will also exchange views on European and other international issues.

    According to a press release by the German Foreign Ministry, main issue of discussion will be the ongoing talks which began between the Republic of Cyprus and representatives of the Turkish Cypriot community for a solution of the Cyprus question.


    Australia encourages the two sides in Cyprus to maintain the dialogue they have begun and to maximise this opportunity for a just and lasting solution to the Cyprus problem.

    In a press release, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Stephen Smith confirms the appointment of Evan Williams as Australia`s High Commissioner to Cyprus.

    Williams will replace Garth Hunt, who has been High Commissioner since April 2004, and is expected to take up his appointment in June 2008.

    Smith says ``Australia is a longstanding supporter of the reunification of Cyprus and welcomes renewed efforts towards a settlement of the Cyprus dispute.``


    A delegation of the Cyprus branch of the Doctors of the World is currently in Kenya offering medical assistance and medicine to the tried people there.

    In statements to CNA Greek Orthodox Bishop of Kenya Makarios said that due to internal political problems in the country, many people died and around 200.000 are suffering hunger and need urgent help.

    The Cypriot doctors accompany me at my visits in the refugees camps, offering free medical assistance and medicine, he said.

    The Bishop said he was shocked and sad about the situation in Kenya.

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