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Parties and MP merge to form European Party
2005-06-01 15:06:59

Nicosia, Jun 1 (CNA) - Two political parties, namely New Horizons and European Democracy, as well as an independent MP, announced today that they have joined forces and that their new formation will be called European Party.

The name of the new party was announced by the two parties' leaderships at a meeting of registered members.

According to the agreement signed on May 24 by the two leaderships and independent MP Demetris Syllouris, the European Party's founding congress will be held on July 3 in Nicosia.

European Democracy President Prodromos Prodromou said the new party would support President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos in taking decisions that would block the way to those wishing to bring back the UN-proposed plan for a Cyprus settlement, which was rejected by the overwhelming majority of the Greek Cypriot community in April last year.

New Horizons President Nicos Koutsou, who is currently in Athens, sent an address that was read out at the meeting, saying that the new party's aim was the liberation of Cyprus and the reform of both the state and the society.

Syllouris said the European Party was well aware of its responsibility towards Cyprus and noted that it could contribute towards bringing justice and well-being to all legitimate inhabitants of the island.

The new party will now have five members of parliament, namely Prodromos Prodromou, Christodoulos Taramountas and Rikkos Erotokritou from the European Democracy, Christos Clerides from the New Horizons, and independent Demetris Syllouris.

With five deputies, the European Party will be the fourth largest party in the House of Representatives.

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