It was stated that the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) left the meeting of the two sides’ political parties held under the auspices of the Slovakian Embassy in the buffer zone. Foreign Relations Secretary Muhittin Tolga Özsağlam was representing the Republican Turkish Party at the meeting. After the meeting, Özsağlam said that he left the meeting but he did not give any detail. It was also stated that representatives of the National Unity Party and Democrat Party National Forces did not attend yesterday’s meeting.
It was stated that 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 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.
When the representative of EDEK used the expression ‘be careful when you speak about EDEK’, the tension increased and CTP Member Muhittin Özsağlam left the meeting.