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Sizopoulos seeks allies in creating Cyprob front

EDEK leader Marinos Sizopoulos
EDEK leader Marinos Sizopoulos

EDEK chairman Marinos Sizopoulos has proposed a wider alliance with three other parties to cover the Cyprus problem in light of developments and possible referendum.

Sizopoulos, who saw his party lose two of its five seats in the recent parliamentary elections, had struck a deal with DIKO, the Citizens’ Alliance, and the Greens, to support him for the House presidency.

He was defeated by the Solidarity Movement’s Demetris Syllouris who won the support of ruling DISY.

In a letter dated June 7, Sizopoulos proposed to the other parties to extend their cooperation to include the Cyprus problem.

He suggested looking into the possibility of “defining common positions and coordinating our actions in light of the anticipated developments and possible referendum.”

A meeting will be set if the others agree to the proposal.

The three parties traditionally have a hardline stance on the Cyprus problem. In May last year, EDEK denounced the basis of reunification – bi-communal, bi-zonal, federation – which Greek and Turkish Cypriots had agreed decades ago.


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