Greek, Turkish-Cypriot Soccer Associations to Unify Activities

Nov. 5 (Bloomberg) -- The two soccer ruling bodies on the divided island of Cyprus agreed to work together to organize local and international activities.

The Cyprus Football Association and the Cyprus Turkish Football Association signed a preliminary agreement today at the Zurich headquarters of FIFA, world’s soccer governing body, according to a statement on FIFA’s website.

The CTFA will be a member of the CFA, which will be responsible for organizing local soccer and for international activities in all of Cyprus. The island has been divided into the Republic of Cyprus in south and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus since 1974, when Turkey invaded in response to a coup to unite Cyprus with Greece.

The agreement is an “excellent example of how football can build bridges and bring people together after a long period of conflict,” FIFA President Sepp Blatter said in the statement.

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