Socialist MEPs to visit Cyprus
by Nicos Bellos
Brussels, Feb 2 (CNA) -- A four-member delegation of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament arrives here Thursday on a three-day visit, at the invitation of Yiannakis Omirou, leader of the Socialdemocrats Movement EDEK.
Greek Euro MP Panayiotis Beglitis said the Euro MPs look forward with particular interest to their meetings with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias ''to discuss prospects for a political settlement, in the light of recent developments.''
He said they intend to examine ways to strengthen ties of cooperation with EDEK, noting that though it is not represented to the European Parliament, EDEK's voice and active presence is valuable.
During the visit, the four MEPs will have talks with Omirou and EDEK honorary president Vassos Lyssarides as well as representatives of the party's youth, women and farmers branches.
The visiting MEPs will also have meetings with Turkish Cypriot politicians, Mehmet Ali Talat, leader of the Turkish Republican Party, and Mustafa Akkinci, head of the Peace and Democracy Movement.
Beglitis said the European Socialist Party and the Socialist Group have maintained a firm stance and a consistent strategy with regard to Cyprus and supported a solution and the reunification of the island in accordance with UN decisions and the acquis communautaire, on the basis of a UN-proposed plan that would benefit both Greek and Turkish Cypriots.
The other three MEPs comprising the delegation are Hannes Swoboda of Austria, Jan Marinus Wiersma of The Netherlands and Mechtild Rothe of Germany.