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Cypriot House President returns home from Australia
2005-03-23 11:58:14

Larnaca, Mar 23 (CNA) -- Cypriot House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias returned home today after official meetings in Australia.

Speaking at Larnaca Airport upon his return, Christofias said all his interlocutors noted their ''respect towards the democratic decision of the Cypriot people during last year's referenda.''

At the same time, he added, they expressed to him their ''fervent concern for a solution of the Cyprus problem, as soon as possible, a position which coincides with our expectations, hopes and positions.''

Christofias said the political message of his visit to Australia is that there is ''a high-level interest for developments in Cyprus,'' which is attributed to the fact that since 1925 Australia accommodates thousands of Cypriots and also because since 1964 there has been an Australian Contingent with the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

During his visit, Christofias briefed Australian officials as well as overseas Cypriots on developments in the Cyprus problem and asked the Australian government to ensure that the small Australian police team, serving with UNFICYP, does not leave.

As regards the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot immigrants in Australia, he referred to the good relations between them.

''Once more it was proven that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots abroad continue along the same path they followed before foreigners, using the politics of 'divide and rule', turned the two communities against each other, always with the help of chauvinistic elements on both sides,'' the House President added.

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