LARNACA – An emotional President Anastasiades on Monday bid farewell to his closest aide Tasos Mitsopoulos, the island’s Defence Minister who passed away on Saturday at the age of 48.
Calling him “my son” and with tears in his eyes, the President paid tribute to the popular minister and former MP as well as ruling Disy party spokesman for years.
“You were a humble politician who always presented his point of view with arguments and never turned to sensationalism or flattery,” Anastasiades said.
“Your passing away is a huge loss for your country and your family and for me - the death of such a close associate and a sincere friend – it is a loss that cannot be described,’ he added.
The President also said that Mitsopoulos should rest assured that he has served his country and family to the full.
The funeral took place at Larnaca, Mitsopoulos’ home town, in the presence of Cypriot and Greek officials as well as hundreds of friends and relatives.
The Greek government was represented by Defence Minister Demetris Avramopoulos.
Mitsopoulos earned the love of ordinary people and respect across the political spectrum for his integrity and ethos.
Tributes, from political figures to the man in the street, spoke of the humility and modesty which characterized Mitsopoulos throughout his political career.
Members of the government and officers of the National Guard had accompanied the coffin to the church.