Former Greek President Papoulias Dies At 92 (Update)

Former Greek President Karolos Papoulias passed away this morning (December 26). He was 92 years old.

Born outside of Ioannina in northern Greece and graduated in law, Papoulias entered politics in 1974, joining the socialist PASOK party, rising quickly in its ranks and becoming a close associate of its late leader and former Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou .

He was a Member of Parliament from 1977 to 2004.

Papoulias was Minister of Foreign Affairs in two Papandreou governments between 1985-1989 and 1993-1996.

As Minister of Foreign Affairs from the early to mid-1990s, he played an important role in promoting the start of accession negotiations between Cyprus and the EU.

He was elected President of the Hellenic Republic by parliament in 2005 and re-elected for a second five-year term in 2010.

The Greek statesman has three daughters.

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou paid tribute to Papoulias for her role in the resistance against the Nazi occupation during WWII and against the Greek military junta of 1967-74.

“His participation in the national resistance and the fight against the dictatorship … reflected his continued attachment to the ideals of freedom and justice, which he defended all his life,” Sakellaropoulou said in a statement.

In Cyprus, President Anastasiades expressed his sadness at the death of Papoulias, claiming that he was a friend of Cyprus and that he always supported his just cause,

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