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10-04-2018 10:53 | Read 256 times

Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay reacts to GC lobby group

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay has made a statement in reaction to attempts by a UK-based Greek Cypriot lobby group to prevent Turkish Cypriot footballers from playing at a top tournament in London.

Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay reacts to GC lobby group

North Cyprus will compete at the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (Conifa) World Football Cup, which kicks off in the British capital on May 31, after qualifying for the tournament for teams that are not members of the sport’s official governing body, Fifa.
Last Wednesday the Greek Cypriot-run National Federation of Cypriots in the UK wrote a letter of complaint to Enfield Council chiefs, claiming that allowing the games to go ahead would be “insulting” to the “Cypriot community”.

“The apparent intolerance of the Greek Cypriots abroad towards something humane and peaceful like sport is concerning,” said Mr Özersay.
He added that this mindset had to change to make way for a healthy and peaceful relationship, not exclusive to the negotiations.
“We expect all of the actors, especially the United Kingdom, who claim to promote a solution and a relationship between the two sides based on trust, not to show any tolerance towards these unreasonable and uncivilised actions,” he added.

More details to follow in this Saturday's Cyprus Today.

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