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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-11-03

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    The President of the State of Israel Shimon Peres begins Thursday morning a two-day official visit in Cyprus. During his visit, the first ever by an Israeli President, Peres will hold a series of contacts with the political leadership of the Republic of Cyprus.

    Peres arrived in Cyprus Wednesday evening. At Larnaka International Airport, Peres was welcomed by Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou Markoullis and Israeli Ambassador in Nicosia.

    Thursday morning, will be received in the Presidential Palace by President of the Republic Demetris Christofias with an official welcoming ceremony.

    The two sides are expected to hold official talks and sign bilateral agreements, while subsequently President Christofias and President Peres will make statements to the Press.

    The Israeli President will also meet with Cyprus Archbishop Chrysostomos II, as well as with the President of the House of Representatives Yiannakis Omirou.

    Later in the afternoon, Peres will attend an official dinner, given in his honour by President Christofias and his spouse, Elsi.

    On Friday, President Peres will meet with the President of the Democratic Rally Party Nicos Anastasiades, before departing the island.


    The UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer will be briefing the members of the UN Security Council on Friday on the outcome of the Greentree meeting between the UN Secretary General and the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus.

    The briefing will begin at 1000 local time, behind closed doors, and will be presided over by Portugal`s Permanent Representative.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The leaders of the two communities are currently engaged in UN-led negotiations with an aim to reunify the island. They met on October 30-31, 2011 at Greentree, Long Island, with the UN Secretary General. The two-day meeting was the forth meeting with the Secretary-General.

    The UNSG said after the conclusion of the meeting that the leaders assured him that they can finalize a deal, acknowledging that there is still work to be done.

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