Cyprus president promises full inquiry into blast

By REUTERS
July 14, 2011 14:02

 
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NICOSIA - President Demetris Christofias on Thursday promised a full inquiry into a blast that killed a dozen people and plunged Cyprus into an energy crisis.

In a national address, Christofias said his government shared the "disappointment, bitterness and even anger" of the people, and said the inquiry would serve justice.

"We will ... await the results of the inquiry and then, accordingly, we will address the people again," Christofias said.

Christofias has faced a barrage of criticism after confiscated Iranian munitions exploded at a military base on July 11, killing 12 people and knocking out the island's largest power plant. Thousands marched through the capital Nicosia on Tuesday, with some calling for him to resign.

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