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Droutsas says Eroglu is not helping on Cyprus

Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas has accused Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu of not playing a constructive role in Cypriot reunification talks.

Speaking to London Greek Radio (LGR) on Friday, on the second day of his visit to Britain, Droutsas praised the stance of Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias but said that Eroglu should do more.

?On one hand we have the Cypriot president who has proved since the start of talks on Cyprus that he is putting forward and contemplating constructive proposals,? said Droutsas.

?On the other hand, we have Mr Eroglu who is not playing such a constructive role. Some of his suggestions and his whole approach are a reminder of the past, of old ideas.?

Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot official Irsen Kucuk met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Friday after the latter was angered by a January 28 protest in the occupied part of the island.

Turkish Cypriots protested against Ankara?s austerity measures and held up banners that called for an end to military occupation in northern Cyprus and for the enclave to be granted economic independence.

According to Agence France-Presse, Ankara contributed 635 million euros to the Turkish Cypriots this year, which amounts to a third of their budget.