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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-02-24

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    Newly elected President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias, in his first remarks after his election victory, said he would work to reunite the country, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

    Today the people have spoken, this victory does not belong to AKEL but to a lot of people, parties, personalities and the ordinary man, he said to jubilant supporters who gathered at his headquarters to celebrate his election victory.

    Tomorrow a new day will dawn, we have many difficulties ahead, we will join forces as of tomorrow, we will work together to reunite our country, he added.

    I have often said that today our ideology is one: Cyprus and its salvation, this is the vision we are going to work for.

    Christofias thanked his opponent Ioannis Kasoulides for his telephone call to congratulate him.

    I promised him we shall work together, Christofias said.

    I thank President Tassos Papadopoulos for his congratulations and the cooperation we have had these past years, he said, extending particular thanks to the younger generation.

    Later today, Christofias will be officially proclaimed President of the Republic.


    Ioannis Kasoulides conceded defeat in todays presidential elections.

    He rang Demetris Christofias who is the clear winner, with more than 30,000 votes in his favour, and congratulated him on his victory.

    In his first remarks after the outcome of the election was announced, Kasoulides thanked everybody who voted for him, saying he was proud because "the values which we have projected during the election campaign have been embraced by a lot of people, in particular young people."

    "We have won a big battle, the Democratic Rally is now stronger than before," he adde, and called on his supporters to rally around the party leadership.

    He said he would be present in the struggle of the people of Cyprus .


    Newly elected President of the Republic Demetris Christofias was congratulated on Sunday by Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, President of the Hellenic Republic Carolos Papoulias, President of the Hellenic Parliament Demetris Shioufas, and the leaders of Greek political parties.

    He was also congratulated by Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Dora Bakoyianni and Greek Ambassador to Cyprus Demetris Rallis.

    Shioufas thanked Christofias, who is currently President of the House of Representatives, for their close cooperation and expressed certainty that this cooperation would continue when Christofias takes on his new duties.

    He wished Christofias every success and expressed hope that ``in the new period that begins we will achieve a viable and functional settlement of the Cyprus problem,`` adding that the Hellenic Parliament would always be beside the people of Cyprus.

    PASOK President George Papandreou said the victory of Christofias ``is a victory for a just society, a just settlement of the Cyprus problem,`` adding that ``we continue the struggle for a solution of the Cyprus problem on the basis of international law, UN decisions and with respect to the acquis communautaire, a settlement that will be based on the will of the people of Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.``

    General Secretary of the Greek Communist Party (KKE) Aleka Papariga congratulated Christofias and wished him every success in his difficult duties.

    President of SYN Alexis Tsipras said Christofias` victory was historic and gave a message of hope to the people of Cyprus, adding that ``it is also a message of optimism for the Left forces in the whole of Europe.``

    President of the Coalition of the Radical Left Alecos Alavanos said ``we believe that in this great trial for the Cypriot Left, to govern in an alternative way and make its mark in solving problems such as the Cyprus question and rapprochement between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, you will respond with great success.``

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