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Crucial presidential vote gets underway in North Cyprus | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 18.04.2010
Turkish Cypriots are heading to the polls in a presidential election on Sunday that could have a major impact on reuniting the island and Turkey's bid to join the European Union.  

The presidential vote pits Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu against incumbent leftist Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat. 

Eroglu, leader of the National Unity Party (UBP), has said he favors a two-state confederation. However, he has also said he would not abandon the reunification talks being conducted by incumbent President Mehmet Ali Talat.

"I hope the process that follows this election brings an honourable solution that allows Turkish Cypriots to live in peace and security under Turkish guarantees," Eroglu said.

 

Some 164,000 people are eligibile to vote.

 

Peace talks on hold

 

Talat, leader of the left-leaning Republican Turkish Party (CTP), supports reunification of the island, which has been divided into the Greek-speaking south and ethnically Turkish north since 1974.

 

Opinion polls have tipped Eroglu to win.



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