Speaking after a meeting last night with members of the liberal party of Cyprus United Democrats and Turkish Cypriot political leaders, and earlier today with the Foreign Minister and President of Cyprus, the president of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party Sir Graham Watson MEP said: "communities kept apart by barbed wire have no place in the European Union. All politicians on this island know by now what is needed to unify its people. All that is absent is the political will. President Christofias should use his presidency of the European Union to steer the island to an EU-backed solution."
The leader of the United Democrats, Praxoula Antoniadou Kyriakou also called for the EU presidency to be used to find a solution rather than for campaigning in a presidential election for half of the island. "If a solution is in place by the end of the six months, a president could be elected for a united island." she said.