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Political parties from both sides stress need for early Cyprus solution
2003-09-11 10:11:28

Nicosia, Sep 10 (CNA) -- Leaders and representatives of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties ?underlined the need for an early, just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem? as well as ?their commitment to continue supporting intercommunal rapprochement at all levels?.

Their position is included in a joint communique issued at the end of their meeting today at the UN-controlled Ledra Palace, by the Slovak Embassy which is hosting the meetings, and said the next meeting would be held on October 15.

Replying to questions, Republican Turkish Party (RTP) leader Mehmet Ali Talat said there are still obstacles in communication, including the requirement to show passports, noting that the Turkish Cypriot parties would like this to ?stop, if we are to build trust between the two communities?.

He also said that the Turkish Cypriot parties have been invited to meet Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou this evening during a bicommunal gathering at the Ledra Palace in the Nicosia buffer zone.

Democratic Rally (DISY) Vice President Kate Clerides described the meeting useful, noting that all ?burning issues were examined behind closed doors?.

She said they talked about the forthcoming European elections, adding they hoped a solution is found before 1st May 2004 so that a unified state can come forward to vote.

The Greek Cypriot parties, which took part, were leftwing AKEL, DISY, Democratic Party, Movement of Social Democrats EDEK, United Democrats, Cyprus Green Party, the Fighting Democratic Movement ADIK and the Eurodemocratic Reformist Party. The Turkish Cypriot political parties were Patriotic Unity Movement, the Peace and Democracy Movement and RTK.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island?s territory.

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