NICOSIA - President Anastasiades stated on Sunday that Attorney General Petros Klerides was fully informed on the government’s actions regarding the appointment of the investigating committee probing the economic meltdown and that focus should now be turned to the findings.
Anastasiades stressed that Klerides has a right to review his earlier positions, but that this does not mean that he disagreed with the appointment from the beginning, and refuted the AG’s claims that he was not adequately informed.
“When you consult on and put together a text with someone, there is no need for a written update,” he said.
The president also defended the Cabinet’s decision to appoint the committee, adding that he considers the inquiry to “have been lawfully composed of three reputable and distinguished members and therefore what everyone should be waiting for is the outcome and not easy solutions offered through legalistic approaches”.
Anastasiades went on to explain that the only thing that matters is the people’s demand to finally know the truth and for justice to be served with regards to those responsible for today’s financial situation.
“Therefore, let us not focus on whether certain positions have shifted, either in writing or orally,” he said.
Five months after the appointment of the committee, Klerides has expressed his disagreement over the selection of its members, questioning their adequacy.
The AG explained that if he had been consulted on the matter, he would have chosen one reputable lawyer and two economists to comprise the committee, as they would be more relevant to the investigation.
Meanwhile, recent documents show that the AG had been fully informed regarding the Cabinet’s decisions and that instructions to publicise the committee and its mandate were approved by his office.
Klerides said that the signature of announcements that come from the Cabinet for publication in the Republic’s official newspaper is common practice.
In other statements the AG asserted that he has not yet decided on the fate of former president Demetris Christofias who walked out on the committee without testifying on August 22.
“I am not sure whether it is a case of the former president walking out or whether the meeting was interrupted due to divergence in views,” in reference to whether Christofias should answer the questions and then read his prepared written statement or vice versa.