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Cox congratulates Papadopoulos
2003-02-18 17:42:55

By Nicos Bellos-- Brussels, Feb 18 (CNA) ? European Parliament President, Pat Cox, congratulating newly elected President Tassos Papadopoulos, said he is taking on a heavy responsibility at an immensely challenging time.

A statement issued by Cox's office at the European Parliament, said the President of the European Parliament telephoned Papadopoulos last night to offer his congratulations, "in his own name and on behalf of the EP, on Mr. Papadopoulos' outright victory in the first round of the Presidential elections in Cyprus".|

"Mr. Cox wished him every success in taking on this heavy responsibility at this immensely challenging time", the statement concluded.

Democratic Party leader, Papadopoulos, was elected President of the Republic on Sunday from the first round of the elections, securing 51.51 percent of the vote. Outgoing President Glafcos Clerides secured 38.80 percent.

CNA/NB/EC/MK/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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