Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who was in Cyprus to attend the funeral of former Cyprus president and AKEL leader, Demetris Christofias, said that the memory of the Cypriot leader will always burn bright.
Tsipras, accompanied by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, signed a book of condolences at the Presidential Palace, and later had a brief meeting with Anastasiades.
Tsipras wrote in the book of vondolences: “Greece honours Demetris Christofias and his great legacy, his struggle for freedom, independence and social justice.
“He leaves an indelible mark on the course of the Republic of Cyprus and its people’s struggle for social justice and welfare. His memory will always remain alive in our common struggle to reunite Cyprus and its people on the basis of a just and viable solution.”
Tsipras was accompanied on the trip by the Greek Minister of National Defense, Evangelos Apostolakis.
Following the signing of the condolence book, Anastasiades and Tsipras attended Christofias’ funeral at the Holy Church of God’s Wisdom in Strovolos, Nicosia.
Christofias, the first Communist leader of Cyprus and in the entirety of the European Union, died last Friday at the age of 72 after suffering serious respiratory problems.