Christofias Rejects EDEK Position
President Demetris Christofias has rejected EDEK's accusations that there is a gap between the party's principles and the course he is following in Cyprus reunification negotiations.
Nobody can predict the outcome of the talks and no one can claim that the government is trapped in 'dangerous paths', he said. EDEK's decision has saddened him and could 'impede the hard efforts to reach a settlement in Cyprus', he added.
Christofias said that in his opinion, EDEK rushed into its decision to quit the governing coalition, however, he was not surprised by the decision and has accepted the party's two ministers' resignation. The ministers of agriculture and transportation will remain in their positions until new ministers are found, he said.
Socialist party EDEK pulled out of the ruling government coalition yesterday by a margin of 115 votes to eight.