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Christofias: criticism of me is a democratic right...but
Players in the international community, and specifically the EU, want to see the re-election of President Demetris Christofias, he said today during his annual televised press conference on the status of the Cyprus issue.
These international players tell Christofias they cannot imagine the Republic of Cyprus without his presidency, he told reporters in answer to a question on whether he would run again as president next year.
Christofias also said that while criticism of him was a democratic right, “at the same time democracy means respecting the Constitution and official institutions “by those who criticise.
He also referred to the dissent within the National Council on his handling of the Cyprus issue, which according to the UN could be heading for a deadlock.
“I have repeatedly said that as President of the Republic, I undertake my responsibilities. However, it is evident that building unity presupposes mutual respect and common positions. This applies to everyone, not just the President of the Republic,” Christofias said.
“I do not mind criticism. I have full respect for all views. I seek dialogue and collective reflection.”
Christofias said it was imperative to remain committed to the strategic aim of a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality, as described in UN resolutions.
The painful compromise of a bizonal, bicommunal federation was the only option that could lead to, and end, the Turkish occupation.