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President denies keeping parties in the dark over talks

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Political parties are informed in detail about the reunification talks, the president said on Thursday in response to criticism from certain quarters, adding that some people just did not want to understand.

“What I am saying is that parties are briefed – there are the national council minutes – in detail on what is discussed,” Anastasiades said after a meeting with the Holy Synod, which he informed about the Cyprus problem.

He was responding to criticism from certain opposition parties that they were being kept in the dark about the goings-on in the talks.

Anastasiades said he would not reply in public to questions that have been answered in the national council, “but some people do not want to understand them.”

DIKO chairman Nicolas Papadopoulos said on Thursday it was time for the president to reveal what he was really discussing in the negotiations.

He accused Anastasiades of hiding — with AKEL — behind closed doors and constructive ambiguities because his handling of the talks was not accepted and approved by the people.

Other parties have also criticised the president.

Anastasiades declined to respond so as not to worsen the climate.

“What I will do is to say what the true facts are and will not enter a confrontation with any party,” he said.

While political parties appeared dissatisfied with the information they were receiving, Archbishop Chrysostomos said the president had allayed all their concerns regarding the ongoing talks.

“I can clearly tell you that coming to the Synod, he realised that we all had many concerns,” Chrysostomos said.

Those concerns were dispelled by the detailed and in-depth analysis provided by the president, the head of the Church said.

“I can say that all members of the Holy Synod are delighted with the analysis and the explanations and answers given by the president.”

Chrysostomos told Anastasiades he would have the Church’s support for a right solution in which Greek and Turkish Cypriots can live happily in the land of their fathers.

Anastasiades thanked the Archibishop and the Holy Synod for the opportunity to inform them on what was really going on in the talks.

 



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