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Greek leader refuses “two peoples” proposal in Cyprus talks May 17, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Cyprus, Yunanistan.
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Christofias said the “two peoples and two states” thesis of the Turkish Cypriot side was unacceptable.

Greek Cypriot Leader Demetris Christofias said the “two peoples and two states” thesis of the Turkish Cypriot side was unacceptable calling on Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus President Dervis Eroglu to give it up.

Christofias delivered a speech Friday in Lefkosa, during his meeting with the new British High Commissioner to the Republic of Cyprus John Christopher William Kidd.

He said the settlement talks would proceed as they agreed with former Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat, on the basis of a bizonal and bi communal federation with political equality, single sovereignty, and single foreign representation as laid down by UN Security Council resolutions.

Christofias said though they recorded relative progress in some of the crucial issues in talks with Talat, no major progress took place, accusing his former counterpart of lacking flexibility and autonomy.

Christofias urged the new Turkish Cypriot President Eroglu to give up on the two peoples and two states thesis under a loose confederation. He argued that Eroglu won the elections with votes of Turkish Cypriot citizens who migrated from Turkey.

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