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Cyprus President pledges to find bicommunal solution
2005-07-20 14:51:09

Nicosia, Jul 20 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has pledged the Greek Cypriot side is pursuing a solution to the Cyprus problem the soonest that will be based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation.

His statement was made soon after a memorial service at the military Tombs of Makedonitissa in Nicosia for those killed during the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.

Referring to the aniversary of the Turkish invasion (20 July 1974), President Papadopoulos said “31 years are far too many, but the time factor will not make us accept a solution which will not secure the natural and national survival of Hellenism in Cyprus”.

“We are pursuing a solution the soonest, in the framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation”, he stressed.

The memorial service was attended by House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias, Bishop Nikiforos of Kykkos, Ministers, the Government Spokesman, Greece’s Tourism Development Minister Demetris Avraamopoulos representing the Greek government, leaders or representatives of political parties, a delegation of the Greek Parliament, Mariliza Xenogianakopoulou of the Greek opposition party PASOK, Greece’s ambassador to Cyprus Demetris Rallis, the National Guard and Police leaderships, war veteran associations and relatives of those who fell.

On his arrival at the site, President Papadopoulos inspected a guard of honour and wreaths were laid on the tombs at the end of the prayer conducted by Bishop Nikiforos.

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