By Constantinos Psillides
PRESIDENT Anastasiades honoured his political mentor, the late president Glafcos Clerides, who was awarded a posthumous life achievement award during the 13th annual “Man of the Year” awards ceremony.
Clerides, a prominent figure in Cypriot politics for six decades, died on November 15, last year.
In his speech, the president extolled the virtues of the man he admitted on many occasions was his political mentor and said that it was an honour for him to present Kate Clerides with the award for her father.
“By honouring Clerides you are not just honouring his contribution to Cyprus. You are honouring his contribution to Europe and mankind. You are honouring his loyalty to democracy, his fight against the Nazis, as well as his fight against his country’s oppressors. He was a politician that transcended the borders of Cyprus. He was a visionary and a political father who instilled into us the values of democracy, political tolerance and national reconciliation”
The president talked about the Clerides’ political achievements and how he took control of a destroyed nation and brought it back to life.
“His most valuable contribution to the country is his legacy of understanding, dialogue and reconciliation. They are the cornerstone upon which we will build our future,” Anastasiades said, thanking the late president for teaching him that pettiness and politics don’t go together.
The “Man of the Year” award ceremony is organised by “Man” magazine and sponsored by Johnny Walker. The organisers said in an announcement that the aim is to honour men who excelled in their respective field in the year that passed.
Awards are given to the most successful sportsman, manager, scientist, actor, artist and businessman. The decision is based on online voting, on the opinion of 200 prominent Cypriots and on magazine reader polls, the organisers said.