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67th United Nations General Assembly
His Excellency Demetris Christofias, President of the Republic of Cyprus addresses the United Nations at the 67th United Nations General Assembly in the UN building in New York City on September 25, 2012. UPI/John Angelillo
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Dimitris Christofias also Demetris (Greek: Δημήτρης Χριστόφιας) (born 29 August 1946) is a left-wing Greek Cypriot politician and the current and sixth President of the Republic of Cyprus. Christofias was the General Secretary of AKEL and is Cyprus's first, and the European Union's first and so far only, communist head of state. He won the 2008 Cypriot presidential elections in the second round of voting. Throughout the election campaign, he pledged to restart talks with Turkish Cypriots in order to find a solution to the Cyprus dispute and reunify the island. He has also supported the closure of the British military bases on Cyprus.

He was born on 29 August 1946 in the village of Dhikomo, Kyrenia. Christofias became involved in leftist politics early in his youth and held several positions with the youth movement of AKEL (the Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus). His father, who died in 1987, was a progressive builder, member of the Pancyprian Federation of Labour (PEO).

He had his secondary-school education at Nicosia Commercial Lyceum, from where he graduated in 1964.

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