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Turkish-Cypriot Delegation Meet Christofias

demetris christofiasA Turkish-Cypriot delegation led by Izzet Izcan met with President Demetris Christofias yesterday afternoon, in support of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation which they describe as "the only feasible solution."

"We had a useful meeting with Cyprus President Demetris Christofias. From time to time we meet and evaluate the developments in Cyprus. This is our commitment to a federal solution that will reunite Cyprus," said Izcan, who heads the Turkish-Cypriot United Cyprus party.

He went on to say that his party supports the talks between Christofias and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and that what matters is to reach a solution.
"What is important is to help all those who believe and support peace in Cyprus. Therefore, as a party United Cyprus will continue to support the two leaders towards the solution," said Izcan.

The meeting came amid a crisis within the government after EDEK quit the ruling coalition it shared with communist party AKEL and centre-right party DIKO. Today, head of DIKO Marios Garoyian is due to meet with Christofias to discuss ways forward, including mending relations between AKEL and DIKO which were damaged after Garoyian refused to attend a reception held in honour of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

Members of DIKO have been vociforous in their criticism of the president's handling of reunification negotiations, citing fears that the Turkish-Cypriot side has a different interpretation of the basis of talks which is a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation built on political equality. Instead, the Turkish side is negotiating for two separate states which would give Turkey too much influence over the island, says DIKO.

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