Citizens Alliance party president Yiorgos Lillikas attended Thursday’s Council of political party leaders in what may be a step towards his party’s participation in the National Council.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Deputy Government Spokesman Viktoras Papadopoulos said: “The President of the Republic briefed the political party leaders on what has taken place since the latest meeting of the National Council, on the meetings he had with foreign leaders, heads of state and government, European institutions, as well as on the course of the talks on the Cyprus problem.
It was a thorough briefing on the part of the President of the Republic. A discussion took place in a constructive atmosphere.”
Papadopoulos also said the National Council would convene soon “in order to examine issues with regard to the course of the talks,” on the Cyprus problem.
Some party leaders have been calling for a meeting of the National Council for some time, including in the run up to USA Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Cyprus last week.
Lillikas' Citizens Alliance failed to win a seat in the recent European Parliament elections but managed to get a credible 6.7% of the vote.
Papadopoulos said: “During the last National Council meeting, during which the issue was discussed, the parties expressed their opinions (on Lillikas’ participation in the party leader council meeting) and the decision was left up to the President of the Republic.”
National Popular Front ELAM earlier this week also demanded a place on the National Council after securing 2.69% of the vote in Cyprus’ EP elections.
In a letter to President Anastasiades, the party’s president Christos Christou said the percentage achieved “eclipses the political reasons for ELAM not being represented on the National Council, as defined in the unwritten laws of democratic representation and political ethics.”