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Marathon National Council meeting produces neither decisions nor consensus

The National Council was convened yesterday by President Nicos Anastasiades at the Presidential Palace in what proved to be a marathon session that produced neither firm decisions nor consent among parties.

The Council was convened at 10 am, only to be adjourned at 1:30 pm and reconvened at 5:30 pm, before finally ending shortly before 8pm.

The agenda consisted of the latest developments on the Cyprus problem, the President’s trip to the UK, and the issue of recourse to the Turkish Immovable Property Commission (IPC).

After the session, President Anastasiades characterized the debate as “fruitful” and said that “the discussion will continue in early February, to reach final decisions.”

Government spokesman Christos Stylianides said that the Cyprus problem must be looked at “in realistic terms.”

“Any discussion of redefining our strategy needs to be based on three principles: it must be realistic, it must consider the role of international actors, and it must be based on what is achievable – not what is desirable,” the spokesman explained.

“Otherwise, we risk coming out worse off than before”, he added.

Stylianides also said that a document was submitted relating to the issue of the IPC, on which “a separate session will be held, either a Leaders’ Council or a bipartisan committee, for further discussion.”

EDEK leader Yiannakis Omirou called for a “new national strategy” as the one followed over the last 40 years had not paid off.

“I hope that in the upcoming session of the Council, our suggestion of a new national strategy will be adopted,” he said.

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