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Government says meetings with Turkish parties useful
2005-02-15 11:43:32

Nicosia, Feb 15 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today that meetings between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties, as well as between Greek Cypriot and Turkish parties, were always useful and contributed to the creation of a climate of understanding.

Asked if the government considered the continuation of a dialogue between the Democratic Rally (DISY) and the Turkish Justice and Development Party as being positive, Chrysostomides said ''the government's position has always been than contacts between political parties, Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot, as well as Greek Cypriot and Turkish, were always useful and contribute to the creation of a climate of understanding.''

He also read out a Presidential Palace statement, issued after today's meeting between President Tassos Papadopoulos and DISY President Nicos Anastasiades, which says that President Papadopoulos believes ''the contacts between parties and organisations can contribute to the creation of a climate of trust and the better understanding of each other's positions.''

Asked if the views Anastasiades expressed during his recent trip to Turkey were those of DISY or the National Council, Chrysostomides said that, according to the Presidential Palace statement, Anastasiades said he expressed the positions of the majority of the parties comprising the National Council, as well as the determination and readiness of the Greek Cypriot side for a Cyprus settlement.

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