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"Games Concern All Of Cyprus"

NICOSIA, 22 January 2009 - The XIII Games of the Small States of Europe CYPRUS 2009 are a matter that concerns the whole of Cyprus, stated the President of the Repblic of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias (pictured, left), at a meeting in the Presidential Palace with the President of the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Ouranios Ioannides and other members of the Honorary Committee of the Games.

The President of the COC had requested a meeting with all members of the Honorary Committee of the Games at the Presidential Palace here. Heading the Honorary Committee is the President of the Republic himself and members include the Minister of Education Antreas Demetriou, the President of the Cyprus Sports Organisation Nikos Kartakoulis, as well as the President of the COC. Also present at the meeting was the former president of the CSO, Titos Christophides.

The President of the Republic and the members of the committee were briefed by the Mr. Ioannides on the progress made since the new administration of the COC was elected. Mr. Christofias expressed his satisfaction for the organisation of the Games, as well as for the parallel activities planned during the XIII GSSE. Mr. Christofias provided the assurance that the organisers will enjoy the full support of the Government and stressed that the Games are an event that concerns the whole of Cyprus.

The President of the Republic approved a proposal by Mr. Ioannides and will extend invitations to all heads of states of participating countries for the duration of the Games, and especially for the Opening Ceremony.

It was also agreed to hold an informal meeting of European Ministers of Sports in Nicosia during the Games.

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