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Cyprus negotiations aim for creation of federal state

19 September 2016

President Akıncı has said that the objective of the Cyprus negotiations is to create a federal settlement. Neither a confederation nor a unitary state has been considered in the negotiations, he added.

President Akıncı was replying to questions from a TAK reporter before the tripartite meeting in New York on 25 September with the Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The president said that there would be no hierarchical relationship between the Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and the Greek Cypriot Constituent State after a possible settlement. The existing political structure on both sides of the island will be transformed according to the new conditions, Akıncı affirmed.

He also noted that the population will not be fixed, and the numbers currently being discussed are the number of Turkish and Greek Cypriot citizens, 220,000 and 800,000 respectively.

Under the proposed arrangement, citizens who choose to stay in the TRNC with work and residence permits will be able to use those permits in a federal Cyprus, President Akıncı explained.

TAK News Agency

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