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G/C and T/C political parties exchanged views on Cyprus problem
2005-11-02 16:37:57

Nicosia, Nov 2 (CNA)- The leaders and representatives of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties exchanged today during their regular meeting at the Ledra Palace, views on the current situation of the Cyprus problem.

“They exchanged views on the current situation concerning the prospects for a solution of the Cyprus problem”, the joint communique issued after the meeting says.

The communique that was read by Ambassador of the Slovak Republic in Nicosia Jan Varso, adds “the next meeting will be on 7th of December at 10:30 a.m”.

Today’s meeting was marked by the absence of coffee and refreshments since the occupied authorities did not allow the catering service to pass through the Ledra Palace check- point but sent it to the Agios Dometios check-point.

The incident was criticized by leaders of G/C and T/C political parties.

In statements after the meeting Deputy President of Democratic Party Nicos Cleanthous noted that “these unimportant incidents hide political expediencies which the illegal regime practices”.

Deputy President of the Democratic Rally Averof Neophytou said “the climate between the two communities is not the best” adding “that things are getting worse at all levels”.

President of the United Democrats Michalis Papapetrou said the incident “reminds us that as long as the Cyprus problem remains unsolved, Turkey and its troops are dominant in the north”.

Leader of Peace and Democracy Movement Mustafa Akinci said he could not explain why the incident occurred and described it as a “ridiculous problem and a very stupid act of behaviour”.

Asked about the climate during the meeting, he said he has been participating in these meetings from the very beginning adding that for many years “we have thought that these meetings could not replace intercommunal talks.

“The passage of time definitely in the short run is not for the interest of the T/Cs and in the long run is not for the benefit of the G/Cs either”, he concluded.

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