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G/C and T/C politicians to continue meetings despite different views
2005-08-05 16:56:24

Nicosia, Aug 5 (CNA) Leader of the Greek Cypriot main opposition Democratic Rally party (DISI), Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Democratic Party leader Serdar Denktash pledged here today to continue meeting despite their different positions on how to solve the Cyprus problem.

Speaking to the press after a two-hour meeting between the two at the offices of DISI in the government-controlled areas, the two leaders announced that will form a committee to examine the differences between the two communities on various issues with a view to better understand the positions of each side.

''Despite our differences the meeting was useful and constructive,'' Anastasiades said, underlining that ''the main target is to restart the dialogue to achieve a solution to the Cyprus problem the soonest possible, reunifying the two communities.''

Denktash said that the two parties have different views and stressed the significance of these meetings.

''It is important to know the views of each side and to continue the dialogue. As Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriots we have different approaches on solving various issues,'' Denktash added, noting that ''we must concentrate on finding common positions because the solution will be common.''

Replying to questions regarding press reports about a possible meeting between Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, both politicians said that such a meeting would be important.

Anastasiades referred to the significance of such a meeting noting that it would be productive and fruitful.

Serdar Denktash said that the leaders of the two communities should meet and talk from time to time, adding that such meetings would be useful even if they were of social nature.

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