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EDEK 'Against Solution' - Turkish-Cypriot Spokesman

Socialist party EDEK's recent pullout of the government ruling coalition will help President Demetris Christofias to take steps towards a solution because the party 'has been against a solution for many years,' said Turkish-Cypriot spokesman Hasan Erçakýca.

EDEK's withdrawal might cause some delays in negotiations between Christofias and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat in the short term, but in the long term it 'might also enable the Greek Cypriot side to decide more easily on some matters,' said Erçakýca.

He reiterated that progress has been achieved in the reunification talks and 'now the time has come...where decisions should be made.'

No new date has been set for the next steps in the negotiations, he added, saying that a decision on the next meeting is pending from the Greek-Cypriot side.

EDEK withdrew from the AKEL-DIKO partnership on Monday the 8th of February after accusing Christofias of using the wrong strategy in reunification talks. Meanwhile, centre-right party DIKO is in discussions on whether they will remain in the coalition with communist party AKEL, led by Christofias.

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