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Cyprus between Europe and the Middle East.

THERE IS little doubt that Cyprus occupies a geo-strategic position at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. Whether this position is a blessing or a curse is a matter for debate, as the University of Cyprus' Department of Social and Political Sciences prepares to present the forum: Cyprus between Europe and the Middle East.

Cyprus' history spans nine millennia. In the second millennium BC, the Achaean Greeks established city-kingdoms based on the Mycenaean model, introducing Greek language and culture, preserved to this day despite upheavals throughout history.

Cyprus was well known in the ancient world for its copper mines and forests. Its geostrategic position, at the crossroads of three continents, as well as its wealth, accounted for a succession of conquerors. A brief look at history shows that until 1960, when it became independent, Cyprus had a large number of foreign rulers: other than the Mycenaeans, the Phoenicians, the Assyrians, the Egyptians, the Persians, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Franks, the Venetians, the Ottomans and finally the British all placed their mark on the island. This fact in itself demonstrates how strategic the island was and still is today.

At present, Cyprus lies on the south-eastern edge of the European Union and acts as a bridge between Europe and the countries of the Middle East in a rapidly changing international environment of cross-boundary cooperation effected by the new energy, geopolitical and broadly economic-political objectives and circumstances of the entire region.

The forum, which will take place tomorrow at Anastasios G. Leventis Building, Lecture Room B108, will host distinguished professors who will focus on the strategic geographic position of Cyprus and discuss the risks and opportunities of Cyprus diplomacy. Undoubtedly the forum will give enlightening information that will aid the interpretation of current and future political trends. There will be simultaneous translation from English to Greek and vice versa.

Distinguished professors will discuss the strategic geographic position of Cyprus and its risks and opportunities with diplomacy. December 15. University of Cyprus, Anastasios G. Leventis Building, Lecture Room B108, Nicosia. 6.30pm. There will be simultaneous translation from English to Greek and vice versa. Tel: 22-894305

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