Memorial service for Yiannos Kranidiotis
Nicosia, Sept 14 (CNA) -- Cyprus, thanks to the pioneer efforts and initiatives of the late Alternate Foreign Minister of Greece, Cypriot Yiannos Kranidiotis, is facing the future with so much optimism for the first time, Greek Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Magriotis said here today.
Speaking at the annual memorial service for Kranidiotis, organized by the Movement of Social Democrats EDEK and Greek political party PASOK, Magriotis said that Kranidiotis insisted and tried hard for Cyprus' accession to the EU and his death left behind a huge empty space in the political, economic, social and diplomatic life of Greece and Cyprus alike.
Recent achievement of the accession of Cyprus to the EU, Magriotis said, is also based on his initiatives and methodical efforts.
Yiannos Kranidiotis was always saying that ''the accession of Cyprus to the EU will support cooperation between the G/C and the T/C communities on the island, will offer security and the guaranties they are looking for and, at the same time, will establish the human rights for the whole of the Cyprus people,'' Magriotis said.
Fifty-two year old Kranidiotis, with his son Nicholas and another four persons, were killed during a flight to Romania on the Greek Prime Minister's Falcon jet, in September 1999, when the plane lost altitude.
The Cyprus Republic signed its EU Accession Treaty on April 16 this year and will participate in all EU meetings as an observer until it becomes a full member of the Union on May 1, 2004.