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Akel leader confirms bicommunal committees have stalled

Andros Kyprianou

The presence of Akel members on the bicommunal technical committees are just a formality because they are no longer functioning, the main opposition party leader Andros Kyprianou said on Monday.

He told the Cyprus News Agency that no committee relating to the Cyprus problem was working following the collapse of the talks early in July, and the issue of the participation of party members was a formality.

“If the government insists otherwise, that is, that the technical committees are functioning, then we will soon take our decisions,” he added.

Last week, the government that the work of the committees had been frozen after the collapse of the talks, but instructions issued to the bicommunal cultural committee were published by Greek Cypriot co-chair Androulla Vassiliou last week, suggested otherwise.

“Following the conclusion of the Conference on Cyprus at Crans Montana without a result, and bearing in mind the crucial ongoing phase, the chief negotiator and the coordinator of the technical committees’ request  is that you adopt a standby stance with regard to the committees’ actions and meetings,” the email said.

“Discretion by everyone is deemed necessary, in order to allow (Turkish Cypriot) intentions for substantive negotiations to be revealed. Therefore, the request is that further initiatives are avoided at present, and consult with us in case any issues within your technical committee’s mandate is made public.”


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