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Erdogan blames Greek Cypriots for impasse

Turkish Prime Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused Nicosia of blocking negotiations with Turkish Cypriots.

?The North Cyprus Turkish side is working for peace and solutions against all injustices. It?s not bearable anymore,? Erdogan said during a military parade in the Turkish-occupied north on the 37th anniversary of the island?s invasion.

?An urgent and permanent solution to the Cyprus problem should not be sacrificed for daily political interests and poisonous prejudices,? Erdogan added.

Erdogan?s comments drew sharp responses from Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias and from Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou.

Meanwhile it emerged that Jorge Cesar das Neves, a former Portuguese diplomat serving as an adviser to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, has been appointed the EC?s special envoy to Cyprus.