Visit the Macedonian Press Agency (MPA) Archive A)? GHT="50">
Compact version
Today's Suggestion
Read The "Macedonian Question" (by Maria Nystazopoulou-Pelekidou)
HomeAbout HR-NetNewsWeb SitesDocumentsOnline HelpUsage InformationContact us
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
  Latest News (All)
     From Greece
     From Cyprus
     From Europe
     From Balkans
     From Turkey
     From USA
  World Press
  News Archives
Web Sites
  Interesting Nodes
  Special Topics
  Treaties, Conventions
  U.S. Agencies
  Cyprus Problem
  Personal NewsPaper
  Greek Fonts

Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-12-11

Cyprus News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: The Cyprus News Agency at <>




    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias has expressed shock over the desecration of the grave of the late Tassos Papadopoulos, former President of the Republic of Cyprus and the theft of his remains.

    It is an unacceptable, sacrilegious, immoral and condemnable act that is an affront to our morals, our traditions, our civilization and respect towards the dead, he stressed.

    Speaking on Friday in Brussels, after the end of the EU Summit, President Christofias said that this action causes repulsion and it is very upsetting, it disrupts the unity of our people, which is so necessary on the home front.

    President Christofias called on the people of Cyprus to remain calm, saying this act was a provocation. I cannot describe it any other way, he added.

    Papadopoulos body was removed from the grave overnight, by unknown persons, from the cemetery in Deftera village, near Nicosia, according to police.

    President Christofias said that he had communicated with the Chief of Police and urged him to investigate the theft as fast as he can.

    I would like to express my sympathy and my support to Tassos Papadopoulos wife and his family, he added, noting that this was a heinous act and shocking which causes aversion.

    The head of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Chrysostomos II has expressed his strong repulsion at the violation of the grave and the theft of Tassos Papadopoulos remains. This vandalism on the great leader of our country will not daunt our people, nor will it diminish our love, appreciation and gratitude towards Tassos Papadopoulos, he stressed.

    All the political parties of Cyprus have expressed their deep sorrow and strong repulsion at what has happened and called on the Police to intensify their investigation into the matter, in order to find the remains and the perpetrators.

    According to available information, unknown persons removed the body from the coffin and disappeared, under the cover of darkness, on the eve of the first anniversary since his death. The former President of the Republic of Cyprus passed away on December 12. Tomorrow a memorial service will take place to commemorate his death.


    President of the Republic of Cyprus, Demetris Chritofias has expressed satisfaction with the conclusions of the European Council and highlighted the EU decision to offer financial support to the least developed countries to help them combat the impact of climate change. Speaking on Friday to the press after the conclusion of the European Council in Brussels, President Christofias said that all EU 27 member states have contributed to the total amount of 2.4 billion euro per year, which the EU decided to offer between 2010 - 2012. Each country``, he said, will contribute to the best of its abilities.

    Stressing that Cyprus is among the countries affected by climate change, President Christofias noted that Cyprus has contributed a symbolic amount to this fund. He added that European leaders will meet again in Copenhagen to review the situation a day before the conclusion of the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen and take any necessary decisions.

    President Christofias stressed that the European Council adopted the conclusions of the General Affairs and External Relations Council on EU enlargement, which includes references to Turkey as well.


    The EU and its member states are ready to contribute with fast - start funding of 2.4 billion euro per year for the period between 2010 - 2012 to support least developed countries to combat the impact of climate change.

    In its conclusions, adopted Friday by the heads of state and government, the European Council refers to the UN Conference on Climate Change, which continues its deliberations in Copenhagen, noting that it constitutes an historic opportunity for the international community to act together to respond to the challenge of climate change.

    Meanwhile, in statements to the press, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, whose country holds the EU Presidency, expressed satisfaction with the agreement, saying that all EU member states as well as the Commission will contribute to it. In statements at the press conference, European Commission President Manuel Barrosso described the Swedish Presidency as a successful one, saying that it has done a superb job.

    Cyprus News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article
    Back to Top
    Copyright © 1995-2016 HR-Net (Hellenic Resources Network). An HRI Project.
    All Rights Reserved.

    HTML by the HR-Net Group / Hellenic Resources Institute, Inc.
    cna2html v2.01 run on Friday, 11 December 2009 - 18:39:14 UTC