Cyprus pledges to continue solidarity with Palestinian people
Nicosia, Nov 13 (CNA) – Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias signed the book of condolences opened for the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat today, paying tribute to the man who struggled to make the dream of an independent Palestinian state a reality.
President Papadopoulos told reporters that “on behalf of the people of Cyprus, the government and me personally, we express our deep sorrow over the death of the leader of the Palestinian people, Yasser Arafat, and we hope that the Palestinian people will find in the memory of Arafat the symbol to continue the struggle for justification of their noble cause."
Christofias wrote, “We bow before the splendor of the struggle of the great rebel, Yasser Arafat, the fighter in making real the grand vision of freedom of his people and founding an independent, sovereign Palestinian state."
“We participate in the mourning and sorrow of our brother Palestinian people who lost their inspired leader. With consistency, we will continue our solidarity with the Palestinian peoples’ cause until the final victory and final justification," Christofias wrote.
Next to the book of condolences, a picture of the Palestinian leader was placed, surrounded by lit candles and a "kuffiyeh", the black-and-white headscarf, which he always wore.
The President and Christofias were welcomed by the representative of the Palestinian Authority in Nicosia Samir Abu Gazaleh.