Archbishop Makarios, President of Cyprus, and Mr. Rauf Denktash, Vice-President, pledged they would work for?
Archbishop Makarios, President of Cyprus, and Mr. Rauf Denktash, Vice-President, pledged they would work for the unity of the island's Greek and Turkish communities when they spoke at their inaugurations on Thursday (28 February).
President Makarios in a speech to the House of Representatives said it was possible to form a state in which Greeks and Turks could share the benefits of progress and prosperity in peace and cooperation.
In a separate ceremony in the turkish Cypriot Legislative Assembly Mr. Rauf Denktash was installed as the island's Vice-President. He also promised to seek peace with Greek Cypriots but added the Turkish community would turn down every proposal aimed t turning the community into a "mere minority".
The two leaders have acted as separate authorities since the Greek and Turkish communities broke apart at Christmas 1963 after bitter fighting.
SYNOPSIS: The newly inaugurated President and Vice-President of Cyprus promised on Thursday to seek unity between the island's Greek and Turkish communities.
Archbishop Makarios, leader of the Greek community, was returned unopposed as President. He promised to continue searching for reconciliation. He said he believed it was possible to find a state in which Greek and Turkish Cypriots could share the benefits of prosperity and progress.
It is the Archbishop's third term as president and in his inaugural speech at Nicosia said the government would take all necessary measures to combat violence. He was referring to recent outbreaks of violence on the island. During the weeks before the election, several police stations were raided and bombed. Archbishop Makarios said the opposition could use any democratic means to prove their views were right.
The Archbishop is instalment as President was separate from the inauguration of the Vice-President -- leader of the Turkish community -- Mr. Rauf Denktash. Since Christmas 1963, the two leaders have acted as separate authorities.
In his speech at the Turkish Cypriot Legislative Assembly, Mr. Denktash also promised to seek reconciliation. But he added that the Turkish community would continue to turn down every proposal aimed at reducing the Turkish community to a mere minority in the Republic.
The two communities are seeking ways of uniting under a joint administration.