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Tuesday, 16 December 2008


With Tassos and Cypriots in Brussels

It is with great sadness that I report the untimely death of Tassos Papadopoulos, the former President of the Republic of Cyprus. Tassos passed away on Friday 12th December, having been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Nicosia General Hospital on November 22nd, suffering from lung cancer.

Tassos served as the Fifth President of the Republic of Cyprus from February 2003 to February 2008. His greatest achievement was Cyprus's entry to the European Union on May 1st, 2004. In January 2008, during his presidency, Cyprus also adopted the Euro currency.

Tassos was President at the time of the Annan Plan and its rejection by the Greek Cypriots in a referendum in 2004.

Tassos Papadopoulos was born on January 7, 1934 in Nicosia. He is survived by his wife Fotini and their four children. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

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