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Greek Cypriots attended Turkish Cypriot politician's funeral
2005-11-28 12:15:21

Nicosia, Nov 24 (CNA) -- Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political leaders attended today the funeral of Turkish Cypriot politician Ozker Ozgur, who passed away Tuesday in the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer.

Ozgur was elected leader of the Turkish Cypriot Republican Turkish Party, a position which he maintained for 20 years, and then he continued his political life in the United Cyprus Movement where he served as Foreign Affairs Secretary.

Present at the funeral were among others, left wing AKEL party Secretary General Demetris Christofias, President of the opposition right wing Democratic Rally Nicos Anastasiades, Deputy leader of the Democratic Party Nicos Kleanthous, President of the Social Democrats Movement EDEK Yiannakis Omirou, United Democrats leader Michalis Papapetrou, former President of the Republic of Cyprus and honorary United Democrats leader George Vasiliou, Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, former Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, President of the Republican Turkish Party Ferdi Sabit Soyer, General Secretary of the United Cyprus Movement Izzet Izcan, family and friends.

Delivering the funeral oration, Christofias praised Ozgur and his long struggle for reunification of the people of Cyprus and their homeland, adding that a photograph of Ozgur will be placed in the AKEL offices, next to the photographs of the party’s leaders.

''We feel great sorrow for the loss of a patriot, a political leader of the Left, a dear friend, who was devoted to the unity of Cyprus. All Greek Cypriot politicians who worked with him, but also all Greek Cypriots, grieve the death of Ozgur'', Christofias said.

In his speech Talat called Ozgur a great teacher, and a personality who worked for the benefit of all Turkish Cypriots, whereas Soyer said that Turkish Cypriots would continue to struggle for a solution of the Cyprus problem, on the basis of equality for both sides on the island.

Ozgur was buried in the Turkish occupied Nicosia cemetery, in the presence of many Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot friends.

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