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Blair congratulates Papadopoulos
2003-02-17 16:54:12

By Kyriacos Tsioupras-- London, Feb 17 (CNA) ? The British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, in his congratulatory message to president elect, Tassos Papadopoulos, confirms his expectation for a settlement by the 28th February.

The message says that the British government looks forward to working with the new government in Cyprus and is encouraged by the new President's endorsement of the UN settlement proposals.

"We are looking forward to focusing on achieving a just and lasting settlement by the UN deadline of the 28 of February", the message says.|

Papadopoulos was elected president at Sunday's poll, with 51.51 per cent of the vote. Incumbent President Glafcos Clerides received 38.80 per cent.

CNA/KT/EC/MM/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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