Kenyan president makes low-key visit to Cyprus

Published June 10th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Kenyan president makes low-key visit to Cyprus 


Kenya and Cyprus signed bilateral agreements Thursday, June 7, boosting trade and tourism and facilitating closer cooperation in health and education during a four-day visit by Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi. 


Moi, 77, described his negotiations on commerce and tourism as "very fruitful" and his four-day visit to fellow Commonwealth country Cyprus as "very important". 


"Cyprus and Kenya have a strong and close relationship and we thanked the country's assistance in educating young Kenyans in this country," Moi told reporters at a brief news conference in Nicosia. 


He did not answer questions from reporters after meeting President Glafcos Clerides. "We have established procedures on how to improve matters on exports, trade, tourism, education and health. We have reached specific decisions," Clerides told the news conference, again without elaborating on the agreements signed. 


Briefly touching on the island's political division between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, living apart since the 1974 Turkish invasion, Moi urged harmony. "Personally I feel the world is becoming too small, we don't want to quarrel about little things when the world is being globalized," he said. "The two communities in Cyprus should discuss and resolve these matters to live in harmony," he added. 


Later Thursday Moi visited the Green Line dividing Nicosia and will lay a wreath at the tomb of former Cypriot leader Archbishop Makarios, revered among Kenyans, at Kykko monastery in the Troodos mountains on Friday. 


Cyprus and Kenya's traditionally good ties date back to the 1960s when Makarios visited the African country and set up an Orthodox church there. Many Kenyans are baptised Makarios and Kyko is viewed as the highlight of the tour among Moi's delegation. ― (AFP, Nicosia) 


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