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Stormy National Council debate on talks deadlock, consequences

A National Council meeting on Tuesday focusing on the reasons behind the failed UN-brokered Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, and the subsequent developments, lasted for six hours.

And it seems that almost all party leaders were dissatisfied with how President Nicos Anastasiades plans to counter the consequences from the deadlock, accusing him of proposing nothing specific or concrete.

Even ruling Disy leader Averof Neophytou said on his way out of the Presidential Palace that “we have to find the way for the negotiations to resume.”

Opposition Akel leader Andros Kyprianou went a step further saying: “We are already feeling the very negative post Crans-Montana consequences, the safest medicine is to find the way for the talks to resume.”

Since the deadlock in Crans-Montana, Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side have said they would move ahead with unilateral measures such as allowing Maronites to return to their villages in the breakaway north.

In addition, Turkish Cypriot reports, though yet unconfirmed, suggest they might hand the fenced-off town of Varosha to the UN.

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said the President had asked all Council members to submit theirs proposals in writing on the day after.

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