DIKO leader Nicholas Papadopoulos and MEP Eleni Theocharous on Sunday ‘left the door open’ for electoral or other cooperation between the party and the former DISY member’s new ‘Solidarity’ movement.
Theocharous left DISY last month citing a divergence of views on the handling of the Cyprus issue. She said she would form her own movement. Papadopoulos’ adverse views on the current round of negotiations are also well known.
The two met on Sunday to discuss how their resources could be combined to promote a ‘more assertive’ policy on the Cyprus issue to preserve the Republic of Cyprus. It was the first of a round of contacts Theocharous is to have with the political parties, minus DISY of course.
“Today I have launched a series of official contacts with the leaders of the political parties and other groups in an effort to investigate the situation regarding the development of our national question, which in my estimation, is at a very critical stage,” said Theocharous said after the meeting that lasted less than an hour.
She said Papadopoulos had agreed with her on many points.
“We are anxious, we have the same great anxiety about the developments and I think it is necessary to coordinate our actions so that we can prevent any bad developments. “Everything is open and fluid and we will continue regular meetings,” she added.
Theocharous was previously a member of DIKO and also socialist EDEK. She eventually settled at DISY and was elected to the European Parliament on the party ticket, a post she has refused to relenquish since departing from the ruling party last month over deep disagreement with DISY’s handling of the Cyprus problem. She dubbed it a “policy of continuous capitulations and painful compromises”.
After Sunday’s tete-a-tete, Papadopoulos thanked Theocharous for her initiative to ask for a meeting which he described as “really interesting, constructive and useful on many issues that concern us”.
He said that of course the primary concern was the Cyprus issue and that through the discussion they had found their views coincided on many aspects, especially President Nicos Anastasiades’ “wrong polices”.
“I also believe that we agree as regards the need to defend and safeguard the continuity of the Republic, and I think all these convergences create a prospective electoral cooperation between the Solidarity movement and DIKO, which we will analyse in the coming days,” Papadopoulos said.
Asked what would happen if there were no elections, Papadopoulos said: “We will see”.
Reports out of Saturday’s National Council meeting suggest Anastasiades had forewarned the party leaders that if there was Cyprus solution soon, the May 2016 parliamentary elections might have to be postponed for a number of months.