House President wraps up official visit to Armenia

President of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Syllouris has wrapped up his official visit to Cyprus, with a farewell meeting with President of the Armenian National Assembly Ara Babloyan, who reiterated that efforts would be intensified in order to promote cooperation between the two countries with tangible results.

Babloyan said Syllouris’ speech at the National Assembly impressed the Armenian MPs. In response, Syllouris said that in his speech he expressed his feelings about the real problems the two peoples have to address, noting that justice can prevail in the end through peaceful means and talks.

The Armenian official said it was important to promote cooperation in issues of mutual interest in order to produce tangible results.

Syllouris briefed Babloyan about his meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, with whom he raised the issue of Melkonian school in Nicosia, noting that it would not be made available for any commercial activities but a solution would be found to the satisfaction of the metropolitan Armenia and the Armenian diaspora and community, with Melkonian becoming a centre for education, technology, and research for the Armenian diaspora.

Babloyan said many Armenians were against selling Melkonian and expressed certainty that with patience a solution would be found.

In separate statements, Syllouris spoke about his vision to turn Cyprus into a smart country, noting that the House of Representatives could act as a catalyst so that the state, the universities, and the private sector cooperate to bring about tangible results in research and technology.

Before wrapping up the visit, Syllouris and the parliamentary delegation visited historical, commercial, and technological sites.

Meanwhile, the MPs participating in the delegation expressed overall satisfaction with the official visit headed by Syllouris, noting that relations between Cyprus and Armenia should be enhanced in a way that would bring about tangible results.

The delegation comprised MPs Nicos Tornaritis, Georgios Georgiou, Christos Orphanides, and George Perdikis, as well as Representative of the Armenian Religious Group in the House Vartkes Mahtesian, and Rector of the University of Cyprus Constantinos Christofides.

Tornaritis said the visit was very successful, noting that there were many fields in which relations could be further strengthened, such as tourism, air transport, education, and technology.

Georgiou said Armenia was fighting its own struggle to survive in the land of its ancestors, and expressed solidarity and support to this effort, adding that it was possible to create an arc of cooperation and friendship with the purpose of peace and the solution of the problems of both Armenia and Cyprus.

Orphanides said the official visit set a decisive course in bilateral relations, noting that Cyprus and Armenia could strengthen cooperation in all sectors.

Perdikis said the mission investigated many fields of cooperation, in sectors such as politics, diplomacy, education, and culture, adding that Armenia and Cyprus could help each other in their struggle against their common enemy, Turkey.

Mahtesian said the visit would contribute to enhancing relations, noting that there was much to do on their return to Cyprus.

Christofides referred to the rich culture of Armenia, noting that there was a Hellenistic temple dating back to the first century AD, with inscriptions in Greek, adding that the spirit of Greece is still there. He also said possibilities for cooperation between the Universities of Cyprus and Yerevan were explored.

Source: Cyprus News Agency