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Greek and Turkish Cypriot football officials to meet for talks

Greek and Turkish Cypriot officials will meet at FIFA next month to discuss the future of soccer on the divided island, the two sides said on Friday.

The two sides issued simultaneous statements saying they had been invited by FIFA president Sepp Blatter to discuss and finalise a “provisional arrangement for football in Cyprus” which would be based on the FIFA and UEFA statutes.

“It is expected that at the end of the deliberations the two delegations will sign a document outlining the steps for the progress of football in the whole of Cyprus, with the approval of FIFA and UEFA,” the statements said.

“The arrangement will need to be ratified by the general assemblies of both the Cyprus FA and the Cyprus Turkish FA.”

The meeting will take place on November 5. The statements gave no further details on what the agreement might contain.

Turkish Cypriot teams withdrew from the CFA in 1955, following the beginning of the armed EOKA struggle for union with Greece.

The last match to take place was between Larnaca side Pezoporikos and Cetinkaya in the semi-final of the Cyprus Cup.

Cetinkaya, the most successful Turkish Cypriot side, had been crowned champions four years earlier in 1951.

They won the cup three times.

In 1955, the Turkish Cypriot association was formed, and the unified league disbanded as Cetinkaya left to join the inaugural league for Turkish Cypriots.

The CFA and the Cypriot first division were founded in 1934 by eight clubs whose supporter base reflected the ethnic composition of the island.

They played together for over 20 years and at the time selection of the national team was commonly arranged to ensure proportionate representation from the Greek, Turkish and small Armenian community.

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