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White House remembers former Cyprus president

Former Cypriot President Glafcos Clerides leaves his meeting with then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in Paris on September 6, 2002
Former Cypriot President Glafcos Clerides leaves his meeting with then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in Paris on September 6, 2002

The White House offered condolences Monday following the death of former Cypriot president Glafcos Clerides, saying he was devoted to the highest principles of international cooperation and peace.

"The people of the United States were saddened to learn of the passing of former president Glafcos Clerides," White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

"Throughout his life, President Clerides was devoted to the highest principles of public service, human rights, international cooperation, and peace."

"With courage and commitment, he helped to lead his country first to its independence and later, amidst the violence of 1974, to the restoration of constitutional order."

Carney said Americans would never forget the sympathy and support Clerides offered after the killing of US Ambassador Rodger Davies and his Cypriot assistant Antoinette Varnava in 1974 by a Greek Cypriot sniper.

"We also will long remember President Clerides' tireless work to heal the division of Cyprus and to bring the island into the European Union. His vision, resolve, and dignity in these noble tasks were unexcelled."

Two-time former president Clerides died on Friday, aged 94.

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