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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-09-02

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Thursday, September 2, 1999


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/ New episode in Disy row


THE LATEST instalment of the public row between the Disy leader Nicos Anastassiades and two of his party’s deputies returned to the front pages yesterday.


reported that the two deputies -- Prodromos Prodromou and Demetris Syllouris -- were given a "a slap in the face" by members of the Disy political bureau who had, unanimously, voiced their full backing for the party leader. Prodromou also received a "slap" from President Clerides who declined his request to grant him an audience, the paper said. Clerides only met Anastassiades.

The government spokesman had explained that the president could only meet the official representatives of parties and not individuals. This showed that press claims alleging the president had been furious with Anastassiades were unfounded. One concession was made to the two deputies -- they join the political bureau in a meeting its members have with Clerides today.


said that Anastassiades had been bolstered by the political bureau meeting, in contrast to Prodromou and Syllouris who were left without any support. In fact the bureau castigated the two deputies for their "systematic and persistent public distancing" from the bureau majority’s decision to welcome Clerides ’ cabinet reshuffle.

The deputies, the bureau added, had acted in "a way that contravenes democratic principles". For the Disy bureau members, the only way of defusing the crisis was to back the leader and distance themselves from the two deputies.


claimed that the Disy political bureau’s decisions were influenced by fear that the deputies who were in disagreement with the party leadership could leave the party and set up a rival group. Clerides would act as the last line of defence against such a move. This was why he had called for a meeting with the Disy bureau today, said the paper.


reported that all the ground work for the Cyprus peace efforts would take place in the United States during the second half of this month; this would determine the final decisions of the UN Secretary-general Kofi Annan, Britain and the US. The primary objective of diplomatic efforts would be to get the Turkish side to agree to participate in talks without setting conditions.

Clerides is expected to meet Annan in New York later this month. However, the most decisive meetings would be those which Foreign Minister Ioannis Cassoulides is scheduled to have with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and British envoy Sir David Hannay.


took great exception to the government spokesman’s claim that the Communist Party belonged to the same school of thought, regarding the handling of the Cyprus problem, as Disy and the United Democrats. It quoted Akel spokesman Nicos Katsourides as saying that there was a "huge difference" between Akel and the parties which backed Clerides’ way of handling the matter.

There were differences on issues of substance and on tactics, Katsourides said, adding that Clerides’ handling of the Cyprus problem had changed so many times that it was difficult to know what he actually supported.


predicted that a "dynamic rise in share prices is expected at the Cyprus Stock Exchange that will cause surprises". According to the paper’s sources, despite the fact that many investors had been realising their profits by selling bank shares, Stock Exchange circles believed that share prices of banks, particularly the Bank of Cyprus, would surge.

© Copyright Cyprus Mail 1999

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