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Akel calls for copies of letters sent to UN secretary-general

Andros Kyprianou

Opposition Akel on Wednesday called on President Nicos Anastasiades to hand over copies of the letters he sent recently to the UN chief, one on Varosha and the other appealing for help to restart the Cyprus talks.

Akel leader Andros Kyprianou was speaking after a meeting with Famagusta mayor Alexis Galanos, who had organised a mass protest last Friday outside the presidential palace to push Anastasiades to take action on recent comments in the north regarding the fenced-off town.

Kyprianou said Galanos had given him the memo he had presented to Anastasiades on Friday calling on the government to put a stop to any fait accompli by the Turkish side to open up Varosha to settlement under Turkish Cypriot administration, which is being touted by some political factions in the north.

“All of this is part of a Turkish project on the one hand to create new fait accompli, further deepen partition and on the other hand, to impose a solution of its choice,” he said, adding that the voices in the north were growing for a two-state solution.

Akel would never accept this, he said, and called on the president to take action to “end the Turkish provocations” and to resume Cyprus talks. The party was not satisfied with what has been said publicly about what the government is doing, he added.

“We want to see this letter in order to know what the president of the Republic is really saying when he addresses the UN,” Kyprianou added.

“For two years now, Mr Anastasiades has done everything other than what the UN secretary-general has requested,” “he said, referring to the president’s suggestions for a ‘decentralised’ federation rather than the long-agreed basis for talks on a bizonal, bicommunal federation.
Galanos said after the meeting: “If we let the plans of the Turkish side go ahead, there will be such a gap created between the two communities that we cannot hope for a reunification solution.”

Responding to Kyprianou later Wednesday, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said the Akel leader knows very well that the president will inform the political parties of any developments. A National Council meeting was proposed for next Monday but one of the party leaders was away so it was decided to brief them individually, something that began on Tuesday, he said. Schedules were being drawn up, Prodromou added.

“Therefore, given that the leaders of the political parties know they will be fully informed as soon as possible, it’s strange to hear criticisms on this issue,” the spokesman said.

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