Jerusalem, 16 July 1995

CYPRIOT FOREIGN MINISTER ARRIVING FOR VISIT

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Cypriot Foreign Minister Alecos Michaelides will arrive in Israel tomorrow

(Monday), July 17, 1995, on an official two day visit.

Michaelides will first visit Gaza, where he will meet with Yasser Arafat and discuss with him the details of Cypriot aid to the Palestinian Authority. On July 7, 1995, the Cypriot government approved granting the Palestinians an aid package worth about $2.5 million.

On Monday evening, Michaelides will meet with Foreign Minister Shimon Peres for dinner to discuss his visit to Gaza, Israel-Cyprus relations and Cypriot involvement in the peace process.

Cyprus, which opened its embassy in Israel last year, would like to participate in the economic working group, and is showing special interest in the area of tourism. Cyprus’ intention to take part in projects that will be proposed in the framework of the Amman Conference will also be discussed. Cyprus has also shown interest in a regional development bank.

During the past year, Cyprus’ speaker of parliament, education minister and the minister of justice and police have visited Israel. Cypriot President Glafcos Clerides arrived in Israel a number of times for medical care at Hadassah Ein-Karem Hospital.

The Cypriot government has donated 50,000 tree saplings in order to aid in the restoration of the Jerusalem corridor. President Clerides announced this, on July 14, 1995, at a sailing competition awards ceremony, in which approximately 200 Israelis participated. He noted that next year, when the competition moves to the Larnaca-Haifa course, he intends to personally participate in the event and arrive in Israel on the deck of his personal yacht.