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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:18 +0300

President Invites Chinese Schoolchildren to GSSE:

BEIJING, 14 August 2008 - The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias invited Chinese schoolchildren to visit Nicosia during the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe CYPRUS 2009, next summer.

The President, who is in China for the 2008 Olympic Games, was visiting the Zhongguancun No. 4 Primary School as part of the Olympic Education "Heart-to-Heart" Programme. Under the programme, more than 200 primary and secondary schools in Beijing have partnered with 205 members of the International Olympic Committee in an attempt to promote the Olympic Spirit, deepen mutual understanding and strengthen the friendship between the children of China and across the world.

President Christofias was accompanied on his visit by the Minister of Education and Culture Andreas Demetriou, the Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou, the Ambassador of Cyprus in Beijing Marios Ieronimides, the Director of his Office Vasos Georgiou, the president of the Cyprus Olympic Committee Kikis N. Lazarides, the General Secretary of the Cyprus Olympic Committee Andreas Stavrou and several members of the Cyprus delegation at the Beijing Games.

After writing the word 'Peace' in Chinese calligraphy and enjoying a game of table tennis with the pupils, President Christofias attended a cultural programme with dancing and martial arts presented by the schoolchildren.

The President also exchanged gifts with the headmistress, presenting her with a silver miniature of the Kyrenia Ship. "This is an ancient and historical ship, discovered near my village," said President Christofias. "That's why I feel like I'm giving you a piece of my heart."

President Christofias also spoke to the pupils: "This is our best day in Beijing. I am amongst children. We are amongst the future. The slogan of the Olympic Games is 'One World, One Dream' and the dream is the children themselves. The dream of Cypriot children is to see their homeland, now under occupation, free again."

The President of the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Kikis N. Lazarides expressed his satisfaction for the success of the 'Heart-to-Heart' programme and pointed out that the Games of the Small States of Europe CYPRUS 2009 will be an excellent chance to implement the proposals of President Christofias and to seek more ways to further promote the Olympic Spirit.

The Zhongguancun No. 4 Primary School is located in the heart of China's Silicon Valley Zhongguancun in the Haidan district of Beijing.

 

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The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias, with pupils of the Zhongguancun No. 4 Primary School The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias, enjoys a game of table tennis at the Zhongguancun No. 4 Primary School Pupils of the Zhongguancun No. 4 Primary School wave flags of Cyprus The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias, exchanges gifts with the headmistress of the Zhongguancun No. 4 Primary School

Pupils of the Zhongguancun No. 4 Primary School The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias, addresses the pupils of the Zhongguancun No. 4 Primary School The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias, tries his hand at Chinese calligraphy at the Zhongguancun No. 4 Primary School The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias, and the President of the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Kikis N. Lazarides, arrive at the Zhongguancun No. 4 Primary School
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