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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-12-15

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] LYSSARIDES - FUNERAL ORATION
  • [02] PAPADOPOULOS - BOOK OF CONDOLENCES

  • [01] LYSSARIDES - FUNERAL ORATION

    Tassos Papadopoulos has died but he will remain alive in the memory of the people of Cyprus, Honorary President of the Social Democrats Movement EDEK Vassos Lyssarides said in this funeral oration during former Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos funeral. Lyssarides assured that our struggle will continue, adding that history will highlight Tassos Papadopoulos role as that of a President who rejected unacceptable solution plans and effectively reversed the negative climate which was created by the justified no of our people (to the Annan plan).

    Lyssarides said that Papadopoulos has been a great personality who graced the political life of Cyprus and who made history for Cyprus, the President who, remaining attached to the peoples mandate, rejected plans which aimed at destroying our people, reiterated a firm no and passed the threshold of eternity. Lyssarides said that Cyprus mourns a respectable politician and Hellenism participates in this mourning for his loss, noting the presence of Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, PASOK President George Papandreou and Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyanni at the funeral.

    As Lyssarides noted this painful event gives us the chance to send jointly the message that we will refuse plans which have been rejected by the people and which emerge with new names. We shall oppose Turkeys a la carte European course, as Ankara demands non compliance with its European obligations and we shall object to giving any legal status to rights of custodian to anybody, we shall also reject military presence and a virgin birth of two states in Cyprus. Lyssarides recalled Papadopoulos words in April 2004, before the referenda on a UN-brokered solution plan (the Annan plan) when he said that on assuming his duties as President he inherited an internationally recognised state and he was not going to hand to the future generations ``a community`` without a say internationally and in search of a guardian. The late Papadopoulos position that the Annan plan did not lift the de facto division but legalized it was explicit, he also recalled.

    [02] PAPADOPOULOS - BOOK OF CONDOLENCES

    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Greek Prime Minister Constantinos Karamanlis have signed the book of condolences, which opened for Tassos Papadopoulos, former President of the Republic of Cyprus who died on Friday of lung cancer.

    ``With deep mourning, we bid farewell to former President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos and we honour his contribution towards his country, Cyprus, from the posts of member of the House of Representatives, House President, Minister, interlocutor (in the talks for a solution to the problem of Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion) and President of the Republic,`` President Christofias wrote.

    The same message was signed by the members of the Council of Ministers of Cyprus.

    In his message, the Greek PM wrote ``Tassos Papadopoulos has been a prominent figure of the Greeks of Cyprus, whom he served with passion and devotion. Our cooperation was excellent with the single aim of finding a just, comprehensive and agreed solution to the Cyprus problem.``

    Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyiannis also signed the same message.

    President of the Greek Party LAOS Giorgos Karatzaferis, Lefteris Zagoritis Secretary of the Greek ruling party New Democracy Central Committee also signed the book.


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