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Party leaders briefed on Akinci dinner (Updated)

President Anastasiades with Diko's Nicolas Papadopoulos on Monday (Christos Theodorides)

President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday began briefing the political party leaders on the dinner he had with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci last week.

The first meeting was held with Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos, followed by one with socialist Edek leader Marinos Sizopoulos. Scheduling for the other party leaders has not yet been fixed.

Speaking after Monday’s two meetings, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said the president had discussed with Papadopoulos some of the latter’s proposals, a number of which had been included in the Diko leader’s election manifesto.

Prodromou said the president had briefed the two political leaders on the dinner “but also had the opportunity to chat with them about the internal governance issues and in particular on the changes needed following the presidential elections”.

“There may be political differences, however, there is a cooperative attitude and an understanding that some common objectives, which were clarified. Through dialogue, there should be some cooperation to create a better functioning of the political system, either reforms or social measures or measures for specific categories of social groups,” he added. The issue of non-performing loans (NPLs) was also on the agenda.

Papadopoulos made no statements after the meeting.

Edek leader Marinos Sizopoulos said he presented Anastasiades with his party’s proposals on the resumption of Cyprus talks, as well as for handling NPLs and on internal governance.


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