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New formula afoot to solve Cyprus problem

5 May 2017

Diplomatic sources are cited as saying that initiatives are under way to suggest a new formula to solve the Cyprus problem.

The international community will undertake this initiative before July, writes Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Kibris Postasi’.

Akinci has warned of impending difficulties after July, when further drilling for hydrocarbons by South Cyprus offshore the island, will commence.

In order to overcome the profound differences between the two sides regarding the chapter on “Governance and Power Sharing”, the proposal is to form a “loose federation”. This will scrap the notion of a strong central government and the two sides will have separate internal administrations with a single representation abroad.

According to the paper, another remarkable characteristic of the new formula to be proposed, which has many similarities with the two state solution model, will be that the Turkish Cypriots will be granted representation in the EU by special status.

Stating that Turkey is positive about this formula, the paper writes that according its sources, Turkey is considering reducing the number of Turkish troops on the island as a confidence building measure, with the aim of reducing any possible reactions by the Greek Cypriot side. Another step that Turkey is considering, is the possibility of returning the fenced off city of Maras/Varosha.

Kibris Postasi says that the formula may be included on the agenda of Maarten Verwey, responsible for the EU’s Structural Reform Support Service office and Jonathan Cohen, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs covering Cyprus, who will be visiting Cyprus in May.

Kibris Postasi

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