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A night at the theatre in leaders’ hometown

President Anastasiades greets Meral Akinci and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci

FOLLOWING UP on their social stroll across both sides of Nicosia’s dividing line two weeks ago, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on Monday went to the theatre together in Limassol, the two leaders’ shared hometown.

In a continued effort to maintain a positive atmosphere in light of the ongoing reunification talks, the two leaders watched “Cyprus: Saddened in Greek, Wounded in Turkish” at the Rialto theatre in Limassol.

The play was written by Turkish Cypriot Faize Ozdemirciler and performed by the Turkish Cypriot Nicosia Municipal Theatre, adapted and directed by Turkish Cypriot actor Yasar Ersoy.

A translation to the performance, carried out by a group of University of Cyprus students under the guidance of Turkish Cypriot Professor Niyazi Kizilyurek, was available in the form of subtitles.

Anastasiades arrived at the Rialto shortly before 8 pm, accompanied by First Lady Andri Anastasiades, and Akinci arrived shortly thereafter, also accompanied by his wife Meral.

The couples walked inside the theatre through the cheering crowd that had gathered, which featured prominent Greek Cypriots like Limassol mayor Andreas Christou, Rialto board chairman Kikis Kazamias, AKEL leader Andros Kyprianou, and Education minister Costas Kadis.

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