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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:17 +0300

COC President Welcomes Participants At XIII GSSE

NICOSIA, 1 June 2009 One day before the grand opening of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe, the President of the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Ouranios Ioannides, welcomed all participating delegations, VIPs, guests and media during a special Welcome Ceremony at Olympic House, here, Sunday evening.

"I take this opportunity to wish you every success in your participation as well as a pleasant stay," said Mr Ioannides, speaking before some 300 guests. "I call upon you to take advantage of every opportunity to see the beauties of our Island and experience the warm hospitality of its people."

The President of the European Olympic Committees, Patrick Hickey, also greeted the participating nations, before presenting representatives of the sports authorities of Cyprus with commemorative gifts.

The guests at the Welcome Ceremony were treated to a performance by the Choir of the COC and were also invited to sign a Guest Book specially opened on occasion of the XIII GSSE.

"We know the ties of friendship will only get stronger between Iceland, Luxembourg, Andorra, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Malta, San Marino and Cyprus, and hopefully tomorrow Montenegro will be part of this family," concluded Mr Ioannides in his welcome speech.

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Guests at the XIII GSSE Welcome Ceremony The COC Choir View of Olympic House during the XIII GSSE Welcome Ceremony COC President Ouranios Ioannides

EOC President, Patrick Hickey Patrick Hickey (right), with EOC Treasurer Kikis Lazarides (centre), presenting a gift to Cyprus Minister of Education Culture, Andreas Demetriou Patrick Hickey (right), with EOC Treasurer Kikis Lazarides (centre_, presenting a gift to COC President Ouranios Ioannides Patrick Hickey signing the XIII GSSE Guest Book
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