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Akel leader meets with Kyp head over surveillance claims

Kyprianou has complained that he was under surveillance following a meeting with UN envoy Espen Barth Eide last week

Following reports that he was being watched, Akel leader Andros Kyprianou met Wednesday with the head of the secret service (Kyp) Kyriacos Kouros.

Reports said the meeting between the two took place in the morning but no statements were made afterwards.

It followed reports that during the national council meeting on Tuesday, Kyprianou complained that he was under surveillance, wondering how else it could have become known that last week he held a meeting with UN special adviser Espen Barth Eide in Nicosia.

The Akel leader also charged that his telephone was being monitored but he had managed to fool the listeners.

Kyprianou’s claims were made following a heated discussion with President Nicos Anastasiades at the national council.

On Wednesday, when asked about the issue on a live news show on Politis radio, Kyprianou refused to comment.

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides also declined to comment unless there was something official.

“If there is, the government will comment,” he said.

Apart from the wiretaps, the Green party also took issue with the fact that Kyprianou held a secret meeting with Eide.

“We wonder what its contents were and at what extent did it affect Akel’s position on Crans-Montana, but mainly the reason for not making it public,” the party said.

The party also remembered the secret meeting between Disy leader Averof Neophytou and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and demanded answers from the two parties.

“Instead of secret contacts we would suggest they submitted proposals at the national council so that we finally have a common national line for the continuation of the talks,” the party said.



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