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Talks must restart immediately say Kyprianou and Tsipras

Akel leader Andros Kyprianou at Larnaca airport on Wednesday (CNA)

Negotiations on the Cyprus problem need to start immediately and they need to end positively, Akel general-secretary Andros Kyprianou and Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday.

Speaking after a meeting at Tsipras’ office, Kyprianou said “negotiations have to restart and this time go to the end, not just based on any solution but on what has been agreed with repeated resolutions at the UN, both communities, international and European law.”

If there is enough political will then there is room for solving the Cyprus problem, Kyprianou told reporters as he left Maximos mansion.

During the meeting, the two had exchanged opinions on the prospects which appeared to be opening up with UN envoy Jane Holl Lute’s meetings.

Kyprianou said the visit had been scheduled from last week and although Akel had asked if it should be postponed due to the wildfires that killed scores in Greece and prompted a national emergency, they were told by Tsipras that the meeting could go ahead.

The general-secretary expressed his condolences to Tsipras while the country is in a period of three-day mourning, and said Akel was going to contribute a symbolic amount of €5,000 to help those affected.

 

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