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Panagopoulos leaves after five years as Greek Ambassador
2005-06-27 10:18:48

Larnaca, Jun 27 (CNA) -- Christos Panagopoulos left Cyprus yesterday after five years of service as Nicosia-based Greece's Ambassador, stressing that bilateral relations ''have reached their best possible point and are the corner stone to achieve the island's reunification''.

Speaking at Larnaca airport upon departure he said he was proud for the fact that he had arrived in Cyprus sharing the ''anguish and the expectations of the Greek Hellenism'' and he departs satisfied with the fact of the island's accession to the European Union.

Panagopoulos, who will take over as Greece's Ambassador in Belgrade, expressed his sincere gratitude to all Cypriots for their love towards him and he wished the President of the Republic and the Cyprus people as a whole to see very soon their expectation for a solution to the long-standing Cyprus problem.

The Greek diplomat served in Cyprus for the past five years during which he witnessed a change of government in both Greece and Cyprus, the achievement of the island's EU accession, in addition to last year's UN-led negotiations and its aftermath, when Greek Cypriots rejected a UN-sponsored solution plan, the Annan Plan.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.

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