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President Papadopoulos expresses gratitude for Greek support
2004-04-15 15:09:26

Nicosia, Apr 15 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has expressed his gratitude to the President, the Prime Minister, the party leaders and the people of Greece for their active support towards the decision to be taken by the Cyprus people on the 24 April referendum for a Cyprus setlement based on teh latest Annan plan.

In a statement this afternoon on the occasion of the Greek political leadership meeting on Cyprus earlier today in Athens, President Papadopoulos said ''their respect and active support towards the decisions of the Cyprus people, as was categorically set out today, is very important for us.''

Noting that on the 24 April the Cyprus people will express their verdict regarding the Annan plan, the Cyprus President said that ''as stated by the Greek Prime Minister the Cyprus people has the final responsibility, and the decision of the people will be absolutely respected and supported whereas our join effort will not stop at the referendum whatever the result''.

President Papadopoulos said he had a telephone conversation with Greek Premier Costas Karamanlis after the meeting in Athens and before making his own statement in Nicosia.

''The excellent cooperation with the Greek governments and the support of the Greek people, have led to Cyprus Republic being today an active and equal member of the European family and for this our gratitude will be big and eternal''.

The same cooperation, he added, ''and the same support will lead to the fulfillment of our big strategic goal: To achieve a functional and viable solution, which will unite Cyprus and our people within the framework of a united Europe. We remain dedicated to this goal, the solution''.

Concluding he stressed the need for a constructive and democratic dialogue so as to safeguard the unity of the people.

''Based on this unity, regardless of any different approaches and evaluations, which are natural we will move ahead the day after the referendum, with respect to the verdict of the Cyprus people and the mutual interest of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots within conditions of security and prosperity'', the Cypriot President concluded.

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