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President Papadopoulos officially welcomed by Indian counterpart
2006-04-12 11:17:32

by Athena Arsalidou

New Delhi, Apr 12 (CNA) -- The Republic of Cyprus supports India's application to become a permanent member state of the United Nations Security Council, Cyrpiot President Tassos Papadopoulos said today.

President Papadopoulos, who is paying India an official visit, was officially welcomed today by his Indian counterpart Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Presidential Palace.

''We support India's application to become a permanent member state of the United Nations Security Council. India's presence and offer in the UN justifies and qualifies it to become a permanent member'', President Papadopoulos told reporters after the official welcome ceremony.

He said that his visit to India was a ''visit of respect for the great country of India with which we always had tradionally very close relations'' and expressed Cyprus' gratitude towards India's support in Cypru's efforts to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem.

President Papadopoulos, accompanied by an official Cypriot delegation, visited the Samadhi of Mahatama Gandhi where he laid a wreath and signed the visitor's book.

''Gandhi's great inside power, his support for non violence and passive resistance, is the biggest form of heroism for all those people who care for peace, freedom and vindication. May his soul rest in the peace of death, offered by the knowledge of justice'', President Papadopoulos said.

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