The new political party Dimokratiki Parataxi (Democratic Front) was launched on Sunday and former Diko leader Marios Garoyian was nominated as its president, promising not to be a “leader of old”.
Garoyian said he had stepped up cooperation with all political forces in order to strengthen the internal front and ensure the necessary unity of the political forces in the management of the Cyprus issue.
The new party (DiPa) would neither promote blanket opposition or blanket support of the government and its policies. “When government policies do not benefit the interests of the country, be it the Cyprus problem, the economy or internal government, you will find us in opposition,” he added.
“We are only interested in moving forward.”
The founding proclamation of the party, largely made up by Diko dissidents, said it was founded to fill the political vacuum that has been formed in the centre, because of the prevailing extreme political approaches that negate a moderate approach. The current centre parties, Diko, Solidarity, Edek among them had turned into a homogenous personality with obsolete elements in the so-called ‘inbetween space’ that left no room for moderates to express themselves those “rational citizens who do not believe in confrontations, rejectionism or fanaticism, those ho disagree with the personality, and the growing discord of division and hatred”.
On the Cyprus issue, Garoyian said the present situation, the continuation of the status quo could not continue “and certainly does not work for the benefit of our side”.
“During the course of the efforts we have achieved some positive elements, we accepted compromises, we made concessions,” he added.
According to Garoyian, at this stage what was needed was a thorough and realistic assessment of the data to hand and of the course of action to be taken that would prevent Ankara from integrating the north.
He also said that a solution should be based on the fact that the Cyprus problem is a matter of foreign invasion and continued occupation in violation of international law and human rights but agreed the UN framework that came out of the failed talks in Crans-Montana was a good basis for discussion.
DiPa was formed by former Diko members who were either kicked out of the party last February for not supporting its leader, Nicolas Papadopoulos, who was a candidate in the presidential election, or who decided to leave the party following the mass expulsion of senior members.
The name – Dimokratiki Parataxi – was the one Diko had used in the 1976 parliamentary elections when it had cooperated with Akel and Edek.