Greek Cyprus rejects Turkish minister’s invitation to match

Greek Cypriot officials have rejected an invitation extended by Turkish EU Minister Egemen Bagis to President Demetris Christofias to come to Istanbul to watch a football game match between Turkish and Greek Cypriot opposition this fall.

Bagis had used Twitter to invite Christofias to watch Turkey’s Fenerbahce take on AEL Limassol in the Europa League on Nov. 8. Greek Cypriot spokesperson Stefanos Stefanou, however, extended a formal invitation to Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu to watch the clubs’ other match on Oct. 25 in Nicosia.

"Eroglu is welcome to watch the game between AEL and Fenerbahce, should he wish to do so. Christofias and EroÄŸlu can watch the game as citizens of Cyprus in their common land," Stefanou said.

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