Greek Cyprus junior governing partner confirms to quit government
NICOSIA - ReutersA junior partner in Greek Cypriot's ruling centre-right coalition said on Thursday it would be pulling out of the government in disagreement at a resumption of peace talks between estranged Greek and Turkish Cypriots on the ethnically split island.
The Democratic Party has expressed opposition to a decision by Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades to restart unification talks, saying terms of the dialogue contained too many concessions to Turkish Cypriots.
The two sides resumed negotiations under UN auspices on Feb. 11 after an 18-month hiatus.
Confirming an earlier decision of its executive committee on Feb. 22, the Democratic Party said it would withdraw its four ministers in an 11-member cabinet.
Greek Cyprus has an executive system of government and the party's resignation has no impact on the president.
The party had earlier said its withdrawal would not affect an international bailout programme the island nation is following under International Monetary Fund and EU guidance.