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President Papadopoulos wraps up official visit to France
2005-11-07 13:52:40

by Gregory Savva

Paris, Nov 5 (CNA) -- Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos wrapped up today his official visit to France, during which he met his French counterpart Jacques Chirac and other French government officials.

This morning, President Papadopoulos and his entourage attended a church ceremony at the Metropolitan Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Stephanos in Paris.

After the ceremony President Papadopoulos reassured that he would do his utmost to reach a settlement of the Cyprus issue, adding that the decision of the Greek Cypriots to reject the UN envisaged Annan plan should be respected.

“The people rejected the plan because it did not meet the concerns of the Cypriots and did not lead to real reunification”, he noted.

He also said that the Church has always stood by Cypriots in their efforts for a settlement.

French Bishop Emmanuel praised the Cypriot President for his efforts to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem and the reunification of the island.

''Our prayers and love accompany you in your struggle for Cyprus”, the Bishop said.

President Papadopoulos and his entourage return home tonight.

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