Deputy Shipping Minister attends events and holds meetings in Melbourne

Deputy Minister of Shipping Natasa Pilides has wrapped up her visit to Australia, with Melbourne � the city with the most overseas Greeks � being her last stop, where she attended a memorial for those killed during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus and took part in a march to demonstrate against the 1974 coup and invasion, and also held a series of meetings.

According to a press release, issued here today, on July 22, Pilides attended a memorial service for those killed during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus and then participated in a march organised by Cypriots in Australia to deplore the anniversary of the coup and invasion.

Addressing the gathering, Pilides said the government’s efforts focused on reaching a solution that would safeguard the independence of the state, without guarantees or intervention rights, and without the presence of the Turkish army.

On July 23, Pilides met with a group of Victoria MPs and discussed opportunities to broaden cooperation between Cyprus and Australia.

She also met with Minister for Ports Luke Donnellan, with whom she discussed enhancing relations in shipping and other issues of mutual interest.

Furthermore, she attended a lunch with Director of the Victoria State Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ambassador Jenny Bloomfield, whom she briefed on developments in the Cyprus issue. They also discussed bilateral relations, trade, immigration, investments, energy, and the geopolitical situation in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Before departing for Cyprus, Pilides visited the Saint Andrew Sunshine Community.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

Source: Cyprus News Agency