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Government to financially support a cultural center for repatriated Cypriots in Geri CNA - CYPRUS/Nicosia 26/08/2019


The Cyprus government has decided to financially support the cultural center which is being constructed in the village of Geri, in Nicosia ditrict, for Cypriots repatriated from Africa.

The decision was announced to the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, Theodoros II by the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, during a meeting they had on Monday, at the Presidential Palace.

In his statements following the meeting, Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues and Overseas Cypriots, Photis Photiou, said that the Patriarch is fulfilling a very important task in an area that is facing difficulties, adding that the government and the President of the Republic support this task.

Photiou said that the President informed the Patriarch about the government’s decision to financially support a cultural center currently being built in Geri “because we believe this will help the thousands of repatriated Cypriots from Africa, who amount to 35,000 up until today."

In his statements, the Patriarch said that when he comes to Cyprus, he feels like home adding that whereever he goes he is striving for the rights of Cyprus.

Patriarch Theodoros also said that a youth conference with the participation of around 160 children from the Middle East, Egypt, Jerusalem, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, was held yesterday in Cyprus.

He said that the conference declared that youth is the hope of the world and the Middle East.

The Patriarch said that he briefed the President on his missionary work in 54 states across Africa with hundreds of schools and hospitals for all people.

In conclusion, he said that Egypt has friendly relations with Cyprus.
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