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Only Maras/Varosha might be returned: Denktas

1 February 2017

Deputy Prime Minister Serdar Denktaş, has said that only “border adjustments” should be made on the territory issue after such a long period. No land except for the fenced-off city of Maras/Varosha should be returned to the Greek Cypriots, he said.

Recalling that President Akinci had submitted a proposal for 29.2% on territory and the Greek Cypriot side for 28.2%, Denktaş argued that this is a certain sign that the territory on the Turkish Cypriot side fall below 29%. “And together with those who will come among us to obtain property and will not exceed 20%, this percentage will decrease to 27% and perhaps more,” he asserted. He also remained critical that the Turkish Cypriot side had presented a map at the last stage of the talks in Switzerland.

Referring to the guarantees, Denktaş said: “The guarantees must in no way be revised. The Treaty of Alliance and Guarantee is a part of the primary law of the EU because is a part of the Treaty of establishment of the Republic of Cyprus. The slightest change made will remove the guarantees from primary law and they might be annulled in the future“.

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