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Greek President concludes official visit
2005-10-19 14:53:18

Larnaca, Oct 19 (CNA) – Greek President Karolos Papoulias wrapped up his four-day official visit to Cyprus on Wednesday, pledging his country’s support in the struggle for a solution to the Cyprus problem.

Accompanying President Papoulias at Larnaca Airport, Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos asked his Greek counterpart to convey to the Greek government, all politicians and the Greek people, Cyprus’ gratitude for its unanimous input in efforts to end the continued tragedy on the island.

In a statement before departing, Papoulias said he returns home strongly moved with everything that he had lived in the last four days and for him the visit was a spiritual elation.

"I was spiritually elated because I experienced the high morale of the people of Cyprus, and concern because I experienced their concern over the continued Turkish barbarism on the island”, he stressed.

The Greek President said that he is “very encouraged by the discussions he had with President Papadopoulos and with Cyprus’ political leadership”.

He expressed the view that under these preconditions and with this morale, we will achieve in the end what we are pursuing – a free Cyprus, without occupation troops, a Cyprus that will prosper in the great EU family”.

President Papadopoulos in his statement said the UN decisions and the EU principles offer the framework and basis of the Cyprus problem.

"We will move within this framework to support and achieve the aim of a solution", President Papadopoulos said.

He added that in this effort, Greece remains our supporter.

The Cypriot President thanked the Greek President for his visit and the message it conveys to the people.

"It sends messages of unwavering support for the final justification of our common struggle", the President added.

The Cypriot President stressed that Papoulias’ visit renewed his interest for Cyprus and “gave us the opportunity to reiterate the sincere respect we have for you”, he added.

“We assure you that we will continue with consistency to work and cooperate to achieve a functional and viable solution to our national issue”, the President concluded.

A red carpet departure ceremony was held in the presence of President Papadopoulos and the island’s political, religious, military leadership and the cabinet.

During his stay on the island, President Papadopoulos held a meeting with President Papadopoulos and the island’s political leadership.

He also visited Makedonitissa Tomb in Nicosia, where army officers and soldiers killed during the 1974 Turkish invasion are buried, and laid a wreath and was declared honourary citizen of Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos, Paralimni, Derynia and occupied Famagusta.

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