Cyprus Mail

DIKO decision expected Monday

DIKO will decide on Monday whether to remain in the ruling coalition or to pull out of it following President Nicos Anastasiades’ signing of the Joint Declaration this week, its leader Nicolas Papadopoulos said on Saturday.
Asked to respond to three of DIKO’s four ministers in the Anastasiades government comments that political stability should not be upset, DIKO’s president warned that “we should be especially sparing in our comments on such important issues so that our objectivity is not questioned.”
Meanwhile, opposition party AKEL leader Andros Kyprianou addressed his party’s conference on Saturday, reaffirming support to the President’s handling of the Cyprus problem and the resumption of talks but warning that such support is not unconditional and does not equal the abandonment of matters of principle.
“A solution to the Cyprus problem is the highest priority for AKEL, which is why we will support the negotiations,” he said. “But this support will under no circumstances extend to concessions on fundamental issues.”
Commenting on Kyprianou’s address, DISY president Averof Neophytou described AKEL’s stance as “positive and constructive”, despite conditionality.
“We must learn to focus on the positives. AKEL’s decision to support the President’s efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem is positive and constructive.”

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