29 June, 2011
Andrew Duff on Cyprus Mission: "Federal Solution on Island is only Way to Stability"
Andrew Duff MEP (UK/ALDE), President of the Union of European Federalists, is on a special mission to Cyprus this week to speak to political leaders and civil society organisations on both sides of the partition about prospects for reunification of the island.

In a statement today (Wednesday) at the start of his visit, Duff said:

"The continuing frozen conflict in Cyprus does great damage to the stability of the whole region and to the European Union's attempts to build common foreign and security policy. The fact that the benefits of EU membership do not yet apply to the citizens of the North of Cyprus is an on-going scandal.

"I will be meeting with the President Christofias and with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, as well as with other government and opposition leaders, North and South. There is a chance, following recent elections, that Turkey and Cyprus will be able to make mutually supportive moves which will address in the first instance the main security issues. As the UN urges, the only credible long-term solution is a bizonal, bicommunal federal republic, with powers shared between Greeks and Turks in a united democracy."

He also met with Board members of the Cyprus European Federalists Movement, member organisation of the UEF, to discuss the probability of the reunification.

Andrew Duff has a long-standing interest in the Cyprus problem and is a member of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee.

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