Cypriot President starts official visit in Greece

Cypriot President Dimitri Christofias started an official visit to Greece Saturday.

Christofias was received by his Greek counterpart Karolos Papoulias at the Athens Presidential Mansion.

Christofias, who is also the leader of the Greek Cypriot community, briefed Papoulias on his talks last week with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat with the aim of solving the Cyprus issue. 

During his four-day visit, Christofias will have consultations with Greek political leadership and seek support to his position.

Christofias invited Papoulias to visit Cyprus as soon as possible.

On Sunday, accompanied by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, he will visit the fire-stricken region of Ilia in Peloponnese.

Cyprus supported financially the reconstruction of a whole village named Artemida after the fatal, catastrophic fires of 2007,which burnt down even the area around the ancient Stadium at Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.

Christofias will wind up his visit in Athens on Tuesday morning.

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