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Cyprus: Doctor says former President Glafcos Clerides, who guided country into EU, has died

  • FILE - In this Sunday, May 21, 2006 file photo, former Cypriot president Glafcos Clerides leaves the booth after voting during the parliamentary elections in capital Nicosia, Cyprus.  A doctor says Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, former Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides has been admitted to a private clinic in a "very grave" condition. Clerides, who served as the fourth president of Cyprus, is widely respected for deftly navigating this Mediterranean island's often chaotic politics. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)

    FILE - In this Sunday, May 21, 2006 file photo, former Cypriot president Glafcos Clerides leaves the booth after voting during the parliamentary elections in capital Nicosia, Cyprus. A doctor says Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, former Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides has been admitted to a private clinic in a "very grave" condition. Clerides, who served as the fourth president of Cyprus, is widely respected for deftly navigating this Mediterranean island's often chaotic politics. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday Feb. 8, 2000, file photo, Cyprus' president Glafcos Clerides is seen during the last day of the Cyprus talks between Greece and Turkey at the United Nations headquarters at Geneva, Switzerland. A doctor says Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, former Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides has been admitted to a private clinic in a "very grave" condition. Clerides, who served as the fourth president of Cyprus, is widely respected for deftly navigating this Mediterranean island's often chaotic politics. (AP Photo/Laurent Gillieron, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday Feb. 8, 2000, file photo, Cyprus' president Glafcos Clerides is seen during the last day of the Cyprus talks between Greece and Turkey at the United Nations headquarters at Geneva, Switzerland. A doctor says Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, former Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides has been admitted to a private clinic in a "very grave" condition. Clerides, who served as the fourth president of Cyprus, is widely respected for deftly navigating this Mediterranean island's often chaotic politics. (AP Photo/Laurent Gillieron, File)  (The Associated Press)

Former Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides, a political force who dedicated most of his 50 years in politics to reunifying the ethnically split island and guided it to European Union membership, has died. He was 94.

Joseph Kasios, Clerides' personal physician for over a quarter century, said he died at a private clinic early Friday evening.

The country's fourth president, Clerides was a political survivor respected for navigating the Mediterranean island's treacherous politics.

After two failed attempts in 1983 and 1988, Clerides ascended to the presidency in 1993, winning back-to-back elections to hold the post for 10 years. He led the completion of negotiations for Cyprus to join the EU, though he was out of office before it was formally admitted in 2004.