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DISY President to head delegation to Turkey
2005-01-20 10:09:42

Nicosia, Jan 20 (CNA) -- Nicos Anastasiades, president of the main opposition Democratic Rally party (DISY), will head a delegation to Turkey, following an invitation by the ruling party of Justice and Development (AKP) of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Describing the visit as useful, Anastasiades said "the party delegation will be made up by Executive Bureau members and will be decided once we have the programme of contacts''.

He noted that both parties meet on the sidelines of meetings of the European People's party.

Responding to questions, he said before going to Ankara, in early February, he will meet Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos to confer on his visit.

''We have no intention of replacing in any way either the President o fthe Republic or the positions we express as the official Greek Cypriot leadership,'' he added.

He said there is no point and no purpose in acting in this manner, pointing out that DISY respects the Republic's institutions and would act to the benefit of Cyprus even if there can exist different views on a domestic level.

Responding to questions, he said the initiative to have an invitation extended to the party was actually initiated by DISY and Erdogan's party had accepted this call.

''We are pleased it has and the visit will give us a chance for a dialogue with Turkey's ruling party,'' he added, noting that DISY and AKP had talked about strengthening their ties.

Commenting on the reaction of other Cypriot parties to the DISY visit, Anastasiades said he disagreed with adjectives used to describe the whole affair and with attempts to downgrade it.

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