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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-01-18

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    Cypriot Minister of Education and Culture Pefkios Georgiades, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 72 after a heart attack, was buried on Thursday.

    The funeral, led by Archbishop Chrysostomos II, was held at Panayia Evangelistria church in Nicosia, in the presence of President Tassos Papadopoulos, Greek Minister of Education and Religion Marietta Yiannakou, the members of the Council of Ministers, political party leaders, members of the House of Representatives and other political party members, the military and church leadership, and others.

    In a funeral oration, Deputy Minister to the President and Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis praised the laboriousness, passion, humour and service of Pefkios Georgiades, noting that during Wednesday`s cabinet session, the Minister of Education was ``as always a lively and creative presence,`` while during Thursday`s special meeting his absence was ``bitter``.

    Pashiardis said that Pefkios Georgiades had never betrayed anyone but was betrayed by his own heart, adding that he knew how to spread a smile, love, joy and kindness.

    ``You also had the simplicity and sweetness of a small child, the vigour and optimism of an impulsive youth, the maturity and realism of a down-to-earth man. All this ornate with inexhaustible humour and disarming politeness,`` Pashiardis said.

    He added that Pefkios Georgiades, through his entire career, ``showed a humanity which charmed, sensitivities which touched, visions which inspired, principles and authenticity which captivated.``

    Pashiardis said that Pefkios Georgiades spent the last years of his life serving education and culture and that from the post of Minister of Education and Culture ``he fulfilled with faith this responsibility and accepted with optimism this challenge, striving, without rest, to translate government policy into visible works and materialise his ideas and visions.``

    In a statement, Yiannakou said ``my personal grief and that of the government is deep over the loss of a great man, who at the same time was characterised by true optimism and a vision for this country and Hellenism in general.``


    With deep grief the House of Representatives bid farewell on Thursday, during its afternoon session, to Minister of Education and Culture Pefkios Georgiades, with the observation of one minute of silence and a special reference by House President Demetris Christofias, who announced that, honoris causa to Pefkios Georgiades, there would be no House proceedings during the session.

    In a short speech before the House plenary, Christofias said ``Pefkios Georgiades left us while on duty, while participating in an event for the internet school,`` adding that ``from day one, when Pefkios Georgiades undertook the heavy burden to lead the Ministry of Education and Culture, he made duty a way of life.``

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