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Bi-communal Famagusta visit postponed

Ayios Georgios church in Famagusta

A scheduled visit to Famagusta monuments by delegations of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot parties on Friday has been postponed “due to differing views of the political parties,” the embassy of Slovakia said.

The reason was Turkey’s action to dispatch a research vessel to carry out seismic surveys inside Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone.

The act prompted President Nicos Anastasiades to pull out of reunification talks.

“Due to differing views of the political parties and under the circumstances, I have decided to postpone the visit to Famagusta for the new, until now not specified date,” Slovak Ambassador Oxana Tomova said in a statement on Thursday.

The embassy, together with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties participating at the bi-communal activities had planned a visit to ancient monuments in the Famagusta area on Friday.

I would like to reaffirm, the ambassador said, “that the Slovak Embassy was of the opinion that it is important to realise this visit especially in this critical time, in order to demonstrate the viability of this platform to bridge current issues and to send a strong signal of our devotion and commitment for confidence building measures.”

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