PARIS --- President Demetris Christofias inaugurated Friday evening an exhibition of Cypriot antiquities at the Louvre Museum, in Paris, titled “Cyprus between Byzantium and the West, from the 4th to the 16th century”.The French government was represented by French EU Affairs Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
According to an official announcement, the exhibition is the result of cooperation between the Louvre and the Cyprus Antiquities Department and takes place in the framework of the Cyprus EU Presidency.The exhibition consists of 176 artifacts, displayed in various Cypriot museums, as well as in museums around Europe.
Speaking to the Press, President Christofias said he was proud because Cyprus, through the exhibition, displays its “multifaceted culture” .He also said that the masterpieces presented at the exhibition, show the connection between Cypriot and French culture, adding that the island’s rich cultural heritage dates back 11 thousand years.
The President further referred to Cypriot cultural heritage in the areas of the island under Turkish occupation, noting that a large part of it has been destroyed. He also urged all Cypriots to work for the reunification of Cyprus.
Cazeneuve said the President’s visit to France during Cyprus’ EU Presidency term was a great honor. He thanked President Christofias and his government for their work in the EU Presidency, adding that Cyprus is chairing over the Council of the EU with great efficiency amid difficult times.
“We are very proud to organize this exceptional exhibition which portrays one of Cyprus’ rich historical periods” the French EU Affairs Minister concluded.