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'Turkish Side United, We Attack Each Other' - President

christofias isolatedThe Turkish side presents a united front on its unacceptable handling of the Cyprus problem, while "we are attacking and turning on each other," said President Demetris Christofias.

Speaking on the anniversary of the 1955 EOKA uprising against Britain, Christofias said that the message of the day is that of "reflection and lessons learned."

"Even after what we suffered, after the many sacrifices of freedom fighters, unfortunately, unity has fallen by the wayside," said Christofias.

He sees the current situation as "a tragedy for the country."

"If we do not reach unity, regardless of political, ideological and partisan purposes, we will not see success," he said.

The Turkish side is maneuvering to create two states in Cyprus, and "what do we do? We turn on each other," said Christofias.

A government with political unity will finally be able to deal with Turkey and its friends, one of which "is the coloniser of whom we speak about on today's anniversary," he said, referring to ex-colonial power Brtain.

After over 100 meetings between the two sides since 2008, limited progress has been made in UN-led reunification talks since Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu took over from Mehmet Ali Talat almost one year ago.

Christofias has said he will not run for re-election if the Cyprus problem is not solved by the next presidential elections in 2013, having faced seemingly insurmountable resistance within his government and the Turkish-Cypriot leadership. He heads a coalition government made up of the communist party AKEL with partners - albeit of convenience - right-wing party DIKO.
 

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