FIFA diplomacy pays with provisional agreement in Cyprus
ZURICH: A major milestone in the history of Cypriot football was reached at the Home of FIFA in Zurich today with the signing of a provisional arrangement for the organisation of football in Cyprus.
The document was signed by Cyprus Football Association (CFA) president Costakis Koutsokoumnis and Cyprus Turkish Football Association (CTFA) president Hasan Sertoğlu. FIFA president Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini confirmed this arrangement as witnesses.
Under the arrangement, the CTFA becomes a member of the CFA as an association in accordance with the CFA’s statutes and regulations. Furthermore, the CFA will continue to be a member of FIFA and UEFA as well as the governing body responsible for organising, servicing and administering football in Cyprus and for all international football activities in the country.
Both parties agreed on the setting up of a steering committee to work towards implementing the arrangement.
The arrangement, which is based on the FIFA and UEFA statutes and concerns only football-related matters, aims to unify and facilitate the progress of football within the football communities on the island of Cyprus through a relationship based on trust, mutual respect and goodwill.
“Both the Cyprus Football Association and the Cyprus Turkish Football Association are today providing the whole world with an excellent example of how football can build bridges and bring people together after a long period of conflict. I would like to thank both associations and UEFA for their outstanding contribution to this milestone arrangement,” said FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter.