Cypriot parties briefed by chambers of commerce from both communities

Cypriot parties briefed by chambers of commerce from both communities

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties, which meet regularly in the UN-controlled buffer zone under the aegis of the Slovak embassy here, were briefed today on the cooperation of the chambers of commerce on either side of the divide and their efforts to help the process for a solution to the Cyprus problem.

The President of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEBE), Phidias Pilides and the President of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce (KTTO), Fikri Toros attended today`s special meeting of the political parties at the Ledra Palace hotel, organized by the Slovak embassy in its capacity as a hosting party.

A press release issued after the meeting said that “The invitation of Presidents of both chambers as guest speakers followed an internal discussion between the political parties during previous subcommittee meetings in which it was identified that the format of the bi-communal dialogue has to take into account new challenges and opportunities including economic and commercial issues in order to find new ways of making progress in the Cyprus problem settlement talks.”

The Embassy of the Slovak Reoublic in Nicosia expresses its sincere acknowledgments to all political parties actively participated at the bi-communal platform in the year 2014.

Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. Numerous rounds of UN-led peace talks have not led to the reunification of the island.