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Anastasiades: No talks just for the sake of talking

29 October 2013

Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades says he will not bow down to UN pressure to begin a dialogue on the Cyprus problem.

Instead he has called on Turkish Cypriots and Turkey to take bold steps to help the establishment of trust.

Before authorising any negotiations, he wants a joint statement in place, that will emphasise single sovereignty, single international representation and single citizenship, he says.

He added that otherwise, the negotiations will be a “dialogue of the deaf” and that he needs to set these conditions to honour the heroes who sacrificed themselves to reach a solution.

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