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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-12-12

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    Former President of the Republic of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos, passed away today.

    Papadopoulos death was announced by Director of the Intensive Care Unit of the Nicosia General Hospital Theodoros Kyprianou.

    The former President was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Nicosia General Hospital on November 22nd, suffering from small cell lung cancer.

    Papadopoulos was elected President of the Republic in February 2003 for a five years term. In April 2003, he signed the EU Cyprus Accession Treaty.

    During his presidency, Cyprus became full member of the EU and adopted the single European currency, the euro.

    In April 2004, he called upon the people of Cyprus to reject the UN brokered Annan plan for a solution of the Cyprus problem, saying that the Annan plan did not lead to the reunification of the island but in fact made the division permanent.

    Tassos Papadopoulos ran unsuccessfully for re-election in the 2008 presidential elections.

    Born in January 1934, Papadopoulos was married to Fotini Michaelides, of the family of Anastassios Leventis.

    They had four children: Constantinos, Maria, Nicholas and Anastasia.


    President of the Republic of Cyprus, Demetris Christofias, has expressed deep sorrow for the death of former Cypriot President Tassos Papadoulos, who passed away Friday. ``I would like to express my deep sorrow and the sorrow of all the people of Cyprus for the loss of former President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos, President Christofias said from Brussels where he went to attend the deliberations of the European Council.

    Noting that Tassos Papadopoulos has devoted his whole life in matters concerning the society since he was young, President Christofias said that the former President took part in the national struggle of the people of Cyprus for independence and played a leading role in the Cyprus Republics affairs, as Minister who served in various Ministries, as interlocutor and very close collaborator of the late Archbishop Makarios III.

    The Cypriot President talked about the close friendship he had with Tassos Papadopoulos saying: we cooperated, we gave struggles together for the cause of Cyprus, expressing his deep appreciation for the man who left.

    President Christofias expressed his condolences to the family and the people of Cyprus, noting that Tassos Papadopoulos will remain in history as one of the leaders of the modern history of our country.

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