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25 November, 2000
Cyprus and Greece on Friday signed a cooperation protocol on science and technology, which is expected to strengthen relations between the two countries in these fields.
The protocol was signed in Nicosia by Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Nicos Rolandis and Greek Development Minister Nicos Christodoulakis, who is in Cyprus for a two-day visit.
Under the protocol, significant projects in the fields of information, telecommunications, agriculture, biotechnology, health, energy, education, economy and society, as well as the environment will be promoted and financed.
Speaking to the press after signing the protocol, Rolandis said the program for exchanges between the two countries "creates bridges for continuous communication", noting that there is great potential for substantially strengthening contacts between Cyprus and Greece.
Rolandis described commercial relations between Cyprus and Greece, amounting to 300 million US dollars annually, as "excellent" but noted however the two countries will try to upgrade them.
Referring to Cyprus' European Union (EU) accession course, he said the Republic must be ready for accession by 2002, despite the fact that the efforts are for the first wave of EU enlargement to take place in 2003.
On his part, Christodoulakis said Cyprus is "moving fast" in its EU accession course and praised the island's economy, adding that Greece will assist the Republic in its effort to join the Union. The Greek minister said Cyprus is modernizing its institutions in line with the EU criteria.
Cyprus started substantive accession negotiations with the EU in November 1998.
Source: Athens News Agency