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Damaging statements on Cyprus
Members of the Australian Cypriot community have accused Van Coufoudakis, a Greek American professor, who was recently giving lectures in Australia on the Cyprus issue, that he was here to try and reverse the excellent work achieved by the President of Cyprus Mr Demetris Christofias during his historic visit in May.
Dr Coufoudakis gave two lectures in Adelaide, entitled ‘Cyprus: A Fifty-Year-Old Republic at Risk?’ one at the Flinders University campus in English and another one in the Greek language, at the Cypriot Community Club in Welland.
In an article in page 3 of the Greek Tribune, Dr Evangelos Katsiambirtas, a retired university lecturer, writes that he was staggered to hear Dr Coufoudakis saying that President Christofias is about to close the Cyprus issue with a "bad" solution by the end of the year and that he (Coufoudakis) would like to see "things staying as they are" with the island partitioned, which is also the ultimate goal of the Turkish Government.
It is believed by many in the Cypriot community that Dr Coufoudakis was in Australia trying to promote the divisive ideas of the cleric turned politician Archbishop Chrysostomos and those of certain Greek Cypriot politicians who oppose the UN sponsored talks and reject calls for the reconciliation of Greek and Turkish Cypriots under a unified, multicultural federal Cyprus republic.
In the extremely difficult times which Cyprus is going through at the moment, those who are trying to undermine a UN solution based on previous agreements and UN resolutions for a bizonal bicommunal federation, are not damaging President Christofias - who is at present the legitimate elected leader of the country - but they are in fact jeopardasing the future of Cyprus and its people as a whole.
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