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Cypriot observers at Palestinian elections prove special ties
2005-01-12 10:46:56

Nicosia, Jan 12 (CNA) -- Cyprus’ participation in the group of observers at last Sunday's Presidential elections in the Palestinian Territories was small but it proved the special relationship which Cyprus maintains with Palestine, Israel and the Middle East in general, said here Tuesday Interior Minister Andreas Christou.

The Minister said the Cypriot delegation, was made up of only two representatives, compared to the total of 650 observers. “However, it showed the special relationship which Cyprus maintains with Palestine, but also with Israel and the Middle East region”, he said.

It also proves Cyprus' capabilities to play its own role in establishing peace in the region and a better future for the peoples of the Middle East, Christou said and described the delegation's participation as "very important and productive".

Cyprus was represented by acting director of the Turkish Cypriot Property Administration and former head of the Election Service George Theodorou and his successor Demetris Demetriou.

The two were sent to Palestine after an invitation by the Palestinian Authority.

Theodorou told reporters that prior to the elections, the two held meetings with all the groups of observers, under the UN auspices, and there was an exchange of views and allocation of duties.

“We were impressed by the excellent manner in which the elections were conducted in a calm atmosphere and voters were excited. But we also witnessed their anxiety the following day”, Theodorou added.

Demetriou said that the atmosphere at voting centres in and around Ramallah was calm, noting that he did not notice any conflicts between candidates’ representatives.

MP Eleni Theocharous represented the Cyprus House of Representatives in the group of international observers to monitor the Palestinian presidential elections.

Cypriot MEP's Ioannis Kasoulides and Adamos Adamou were among the 30 members of the European Parliament who headed to Palestine to observer the elections.

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