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FIA to investigate Talat's presence at Grand Prix
2006-08-30 09:47:09

Nicosia, Aug 29? The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has launched a full investigation into the circumstances in which the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mehmet Ali Talat was invited to present the winner?s trophy at the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix.

According to a FIA press ?political neutrality is fundamental to the FIA?s role as the governing body of international motor sport. No compromise or violation of this neutrality is acceptable?.

The results of the investigation will be presented to the FIA World Motor Sport Council, it adds.

The Cyprus government, the Cyprus Automobile Association and a number of Greek Cypriots have protested the incident in Turkey on Sunday, during which Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat presented the first prize to the Formula 1 winner. Talat was presented at the ceremony as ?president'' of the illegal regime of Cyprus? Turkish ? occupied north.

UN resolution 541, issued after a unilateral declaration of independence in November 1983 by the regime, deplored the declaration, considered it as legally invalid and called for its withdrawal.

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