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Parties from both sides meet as Crans Montana opens

Meetings between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot parties often take place at the Ledra Palaca

The leaders and the representatives of Greek and Turkish Cypriot political parties met for their regular meeting at the Ledra Palace in the Nicosia buffer zone, a joint communique said on Wednesday.

The meetings are held under the auspices of the Slovak embassy to Cyprus.

According to the statement, the parties “constructively expressed opinions” on the issue of how implementation of the European acquis communautaire will contribute to a just and functional solution of the Cyprus problem.

The topic was proposed by hosting party, Greek Cypriot socialists Edek.

“The political parties agreed that the solution of the Cyprus problem should be democratic, just and lasting, based on the relevant UN resolutions, on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International and European Law and the European acquis communautaire,” the joint statement read.

“The political parties support the current meeting at Crans Montana and hope that the meeting will have positive results for the solution of the Cyprus problem.”

The next regular meeting of the leaders and the representatives of the Cypriot political parties will be held at the end of September, 2017 at the Ledra Palace.

At the session, Edek deputy chairwoman Maria Vasiliadou said that all Europeans of any background should be treated equally with no discrimination, so that the states of the European Union may act as one identity instead of many partnered ones.

“All Europeans should have equal rights and opportunities,” she said.

“The acquis communautaire should be implemented in all forms and under any circumstances with no exemption by all member states.”

The removal of barriers to free movement in Cyprus will allow all the inhabitants of the island freedom to travel, without any legal limitations or deterrents, she argued.

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