Archbishop Demetrios of America had a full schedule of meetings yesterday, during the second day of his visit to Cyprus. High on his agenda was the preservation of Greek language and the humanitarian issue of missing persons since the island’s Turkish Invasion in 1974. In the morning, he visited Education Minister Costas Kadis, with whom he discussed the strengthening of relations between the Ministry and the Archbishopric in the United States, as well as promoting the Greek language in schools.
In addition, the Archbishop visited the Anthropology Lab of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) at the old Nicosia airport, followed by a visit to the Leventis Art Gallery, where he was given a tour of the exhibits. At noon, he was invited to lunch by Greek Ambassador Vasilis Papaioannou, while later, Archbishop Demetrios met with Commissioner for Humanitarian and Overseas Affairs Fotis Fotiou and U.S. Ambassador John Koenig. Last night, he was hosted at a private dinner in Limassol by President Nicos Anastasiades’ wife, Andry Anastasiades, at their home.
Invited by President Anastasiades, Archbishop Demetrios arrived in Cyprus on Tuesday, and during his week-long visit, his agenda includes, amongst other issues, the Cyprus problem, charity foundations in Cyprus and educational issues. His departure is scheduled for October 27, while during his stay he will also visit historic holy sites.