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Helios Airways air crash-Turkish Cypriot leader expresses condolences
2005-08-14 10:46:56

Nicosia, Aug 14 (CNA) -- The leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mehmet Ali Talat has expressed his deep sorrow and shock at the death of the passengers and crew of an Helios Airways, that crashed today near Athens.

An official press statement said that Talat conveyed his sincere condolences to Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos in a telephone conversation, following the crash of the Boeing 737, destined for Prague via Athens.

The full text of the statement reads as follows:

''President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos had a telephone conversation with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.

The Turkish Cypriot leader expressed to the President of the Republic his deep sorrow and his shock about the air accident which caused the death of a large number of persons.

The President of the Republic thanked warmly Talat for his condolences and expressed his appreciation for his personal interest in this big human tragedy.

The leader of the Turkish Cypriot Democratic Party Serdar Denktash has also conveyed to the President of the Republic his warm condolences.''

Helios Airways Flight HCY 522 was on its way from Larnaca airport to Prague via Athens, with 115 passengers and six crews. No information has been released yet as to the possible cause of the air crash but Cypriot government officials have said that initial indications and briefing by the Greek authorities rule out a possible terrorist attack.

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