Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi (22.10.15) reports that sources close to the paper said that tensions rose yesterday in the routine round table meetings of the two sides’ political parties held under the auspices of the Slovakian Embassy in the buffer zone.
According to the paper, issues relating to a bi-zonal bi-communal federation arose when the Greek Cypriot parties EDEK and the Greens wanted the reference of ‘an acceptance of a bi-communal agreement with the EU aquis’ to be put into the joint text. The CTP representative at the meeting rejected this by saying that the two leaders had not agreed on such a matter and responded by criticizing that the two Greek Cypriot parties were opposed to a bi-zonal federation.
After this, EDEK members became angered and asked the CTP member to “be careful when he spoke about EDEK”, forcing the CTP’s member Muhittin Ozsaglam to walk out of the meeting.
Present at the meeting were the CTP, TDP, KSP and BKP from the north and AKEL, EDEK, EPALXI, EDI and DIKO from the south. The UBP and DP parties were not present.
Ozsaglam later on his Twitter feed noted that a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation based on UN parameters is a solution to be supported for the island. He said that they owed it to the two leaders to be supportive of an equal solution and when defending those values one needed to be respectful of diplomatic rules and to one another.