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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-12-19

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


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  • [01] Leaders hold new meeting on Monday
  • [02] Party leaders concerned over abstention rates

  • [01] Leaders hold new meeting on Monday

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu are holding a new meeting on Monday in the context of UN-backed talks for a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    In their previous meeting last Monday, President Christofias and Eroglu discussed the chapter of property in a meeting described by President Christofias as ``a failure.``

    Alexander Downer, the UN Secretary-General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus, also described the meeting as ``fairly unsuccessful.``

    UN-backed talks for a solution of the problem of Cyprus, divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third, began in September 2008.

    [02] Party leaders concerned over abstention rates

    Party leaders have expressed concern over the high abstention rate in today`s local authority elections, which reached more than 33% island-wide.

    Main opposition Democratic Rally (DISY) leader Nikos Anastasiades said in his statement that todays election results send a clear message to the government over voters discontent, and added that results justify the policy of our party, which we follow with consistency.

    Secretary General of the ruling AKEL party Andros Kyprianou noted in his statement that todays voting showed that people have rejected all efforts to marginalize AKEL and added that the partys share of the vote in these elections has improved, in comparison to previous local elections, held in 2006.

    Democratic Party (DIKO) President Marios Garoyian stated that results of local authority elections cannot be considered a prelude to the Presidential elections. Speaking at party headquarters, in Nicosia, Garoyian extended his congratulations to newly elected local authority leaders, wishing them every success in their job. Moreover, he expressed his concern about high abstention rates, adding that the Cypriot people are sending thereby a message of discontent over the way party competition is being conducted.

    House President and President of Socialist Movement EDEK Yiannakis Omirou expressed in his statement his satisfaction for the trust shown by citizens to a number of candidates supported by the party, and noted that EDEK will study election results in the coming days.


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